You keep using that word…

Upgrade v – 1. raise in rank etc. 2. improve (equipment, machinery, etc.) esp. by replacing components.



I have been concerned about the upcoming update to iphoto for some time. We all know that upgrades cause upheaval in my blogging life and that I fight an uphill battle to get Joe/Ken to uphold my believe that upgrades (as defined above) are a big fat honking lie told by software companies.

As defined above, an upgrade to iphoto should surely mean that I would not only continue to produce blog pictures, but to do so with some measure of improvement.

Nowhere in the definition of upgrade does it mention that the alleged improvement to said blogging system will actually mean that you will have no photos at all, and that this component of your computer will instead seize into a denying filth pit of reluctance and vile taunting refusal.

Since Joe/Ken/iphoto seem determined to drive me insane with upgrades that downgrade my ability to blog, my previously upbeat attitude is in the dumper.

Until my upgrade is downgraded to a level at which I may post pictures, I will be found face down on the chesterfield upholstery. Surrounded by un-upgradeable knitting.

(ps. This would be no time to remind me of the upcoming upgrade to OS X. A thousand curses. )

64 thoughts on “You keep using that word…

  1. Just hoping the UProar doesn’t make you UPchuck.
    By the way, has anyone noticed that if you say “bookbookbook” out loud it sounds like a chicken?

  2. You’re ahead of me by virtue of the fact that you have a computer on which to blog.
    Usually I have to wait until I visit my sister so I can “borrow” her computer before I can load pictures. And do you have any idea how bitter I am that I forgot(!) to take any pics at the Knitters Frolic?
    BTW, thanks for signing the bookbookbook on Saturday! I was the Tunisian crocheter in the red (non-knitted) hoodie who kept stumbling over the few sentences I managed to blurt out: “I love the book! I love your blog.”
    No, I don’t get out much actually.

  3. Hmm. Perhaps it will upgrade your mood to hear about the conversation I overheard at Yarn Forward in Ottawa this weekend. A customer was buying a copy of your book, and the woman at the counter commented that they had sold 130 copies in the last week, and were nearly out. They plan to order more, of course.
    130 copies, in one yarn store, in one week. I think that counts as a runaway bestseller.
    Congrats!

  4. Stephanie, part of my job description means I have to deal with all these stupid UPgrades. Typically, they solve one problem and create two more. It’s a losing battle. But you can’t tell Joe or Ken that. I know. Comfort yourself with some knitting — it’s the best way.
    Saw you Saturday at Knitters’ Frolic and you were, as usual, funnier than a rubber crutch.

  5. Hi Stephanie, as a proud ibook user I had that problem while upgrading iphoto too. I found a sinple solution for that, if you still need help write me a mail, so i try to describe it in my humbling english.
    Sibylle

  6. Well, the upgrade we made to OS X was fabulous, and Nate is anxiously anticipating Tiger. Apple is pretty good, so I’m not overly worried. I always get annoyed because things look different and I have to actually THINK for awhile, but after the initial shock, it usually ends up being better than it was before. This is speaking about Apple upgrades. PC’s I can’t vouch for. Nor would I want to. You’re on a Mac, so all should be well.

  7. I’m UPsorry that you’re so UPset about the possibility of an UPheaval in your UPblogging. Although I UPdid UPnotice that you UPchose to use the word Chesterfield… how very UPpatriotic of you. You UPlifted my sagging Canadian spirits. I think I’ll go have some 7UP now.
    (Hmmmmm…. perhaps sales of your book will make you rich and powerful and you can decree a ban on Upgrades.)

  8. Hi Stephanie — While face down on the chesterfield, will you buzz your publicist and see if she’s gotten emails about L&T? Call me nervous but I’ve emailed twice and asked for confirmation, and have not heard from her. I know she is busy, but she will get back with us, won’t she? Otherwise, I’ll have to storm the event… guess I better bring something stronger than bamboo needles.
    As for the computer, will you send one of your guys over to hook a digital camera up to mine? DH is too busy, or so he says. I’d love to be able to post a picture once in a while.

  9. There must be balance in the universe. For every upgrade there is a downgrade. Up, up, and away!!

  10. Ah computers. I’m convinced that programmers put bugs in these things on purpose so that they can later introduce the “upgrade”. A sneaky form of job security, if you ask me. I have a Dell that hates me – no kidding. I’ve been giving some serious thought to a Mac, but have yet to take the plunge. Maybe one of these days I’ll upgrade. No avoiding it I suppose.

  11. maybe you could try darning programmes instead?
    It seems to work on your socks, read that page today had me giggling. Great book to just dip into when you’ve got a few minutes.

  12. I’m sorry iPhoto is being mean. I just upgraded yesterday (new laptop, so a clean slate) and iPhoto is working beautifully. Hopefully once you get Tiger installed, it’ll be your friend again.

  13. Here’s a pick-me-UP: recently spotted at a Vancouver Chapters…a huge, lovely pile of Harlot-ty goodness (bookbookbookbook) prominently displayed on a table within 6 steps of the main entrance, along with other books recommended for Mother’s Day. I promptly snatched my copy and willingly underwent a nasty 10 minute lineup so that I could run home and devour the whole thing like a box of imported chocolates in one big gulp! My personal fave moment is page 41..hobby vs. mental illness. Although, we must remember that it is not a “hobby” but rather a “lifestyle choice”. I’m sure that the man of this house is getting quite sick of me randomly spewing “You know you knit too much when….”!

  14. Totally off-topic, but maybe not.
    I just finished your book, front cover to back, every meditation, every list, every “you know you knit too much”. You really outdid yourself in this one. There was a lot of laughing throughout, but towards the end, when only a few pages remained, and I knew the funny was coming to an end and I got to thinking what the book really meant to me, I felt so touched, so sentimental… like someone out there understood me… not just someone, a whole community of *someones*. Thank you for writing this book, Stephanie, it’s a treasure.

  15. I love Macs to no end, yet I just can’t love iPhoto. In fact, I hate iPhoto. It started with the damned aliases, and it was all downhill from there. So I squarely removed it from my Powerbook, downloaded the GIMP, and have not looked back since.
    The GIMP is free, open-source graphics software. In short, it rocks. You can get it here:
    http://gimp-app.sourceforge.net/
    (Also, the GIMP site is: http://www.gimp.org/) ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

  16. Holy cow !
    & here i was thinking how happy you’ll be with an upgrade for your ipod –
    because mine have never caused a problem.
    However, ! Don’t sweat this small glitch. it will be over soon & then your future upgrades will be Easy Peasy. (as they say in the UK.)
    this is Just a Speed bump in your week. small chance that this will ever happen again.
    Really.

  17. I can’t wait until you can upload photos again. Quick question: You have yourself at the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool on the 13th, but the festival is the 14th and 15th. Please explain so I can come have my book signed!

  18. “…i do not think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya
    my all time favorite movie. we all get frustrated re: technical crap. That’s why we either make the technophile people in our lives suffer, or pay gobs of money so we don’t have to deal with it.
    here’s a quote from my best friend
    “cheapie you buy, cheapie you get.”

  19. It’s a library issue! If you’re still having trouble, drop me a line. I think I know how to fix this one, since mine was totally hosed for a while after the upgrade.

  20. All the UPs remind me of hiccUPs. Strange but true. Did you watch CBS on friday?
    (please tell me I’m not the only one) During Joan of Arcadia was completely based on knitting. This tells me that it has either become more mainstream than ever, or Amber Tamblyn needs to be added to the additional list of celebrity knitters.
    Good luck with the UPgrade stephanie. I have little to no experience with macs, so I’m not really sure how easy (or hard) it may be.

  21. I could make an UPstart pun in order to keep to the topic… nah.
    The bookbookbook arrived yesterday, so Amazon was lying when they said it wouldn’t reach us Aussies until May. It’s so cuuuute! Just the right size to slip into the knitting bag. I read half of it before going to sleep last night, then dreamed of knitting.
    Don’t suppose you’re coming on a signing tour of Australia sometime soon? No? Oh well. *sob*

  22. Perhaps this will be UPlifting. I seem to remember that sometime last week, your book was #150 in Books on the Amazon Sales Rank. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. TI-GER….can’t WAIT!
    once you have the Tiger upgrade,
    it’ll be smooth (um) sailing…
    Or so they say…

  24. Remember, the world of wireless is fun, fast, easy and about as secure as standing on the street corner with a megaphone!….Please Please be aware of this….Have fun with the new MAC, remember protection, and also be aware…and as you know any questions JUST ASK! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Chris ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Upgrades should come with Valium, or your soother of choice… i.e., chocolate or hanks of cashmere/merino/alpaca.
    Hey… since I didn’t especially like any of the patterns in the IW Knits that arrived today, I read Ms. Singer’s editorial… So what’s the deal about BOOK2BOOK2BOOK2BOOK2?
    Yes, Ms. B, I do think BOOKBOOKBOOK sounds like a chicken. And BOOK2BOOK2BOOK2BOOK2 sounds more like a little motor—-

  26. Computer problems again? That perfect pink and green baby sweater is really kicking you in the karmic arse, isn’t it. Or maybe it’s the two balls of perfect sock yarn from the weekend…just think what would have happened if you’d bought that delicious green silk you were eyeballing…

  27. I hope the iphoto thing works out for you. I haven’t installed the new version and I’m waiting quite patiently for tiger. Good luck with the upgrades.

  28. Upgrades NEVER work for me either. But the thing that really burns my toast is how surprised the technical people are. It’s like I already know. even before I start, that it ain’t going to go the way it says in the “quick start” guide, but when I have to call for help, they are so surprised!! I figure any device where you need to select the “start” button to “shut down” is just not going to be intuitive for me.

  29. I’m with you on the UPgrades…. that is so a MAN thing. They know it won’t work, that’s why they love it! It will give them days and days of tinkering bliss.
    Since I see you still aren’t scheduled anywhere near my home, and unless money falls, literally, from heaven I won’t be able to make the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (again)so I will recommend that sometime during your stay there you check out The Barefoot Spinner who will be in Building 2-03. She is not in any way related to me, a friend, etc., etc. I have just been purchasing roving from her at every opportunity I can squeeze in since 1998 or so and never, ever have I been disappointed with the quality, luster, nothing. In fact, she is the reason I went to my first Maryland Sheep Festival! Just check out her color blends if nothing else. There are many, many (think overload, can’t take it all in) other fiber artists there, most wonderful, she’s just my favorite. I’m not giving up hope I can go, hasn’t money fallen from heaven before at some point in the earth’s history? Or couldn’t this be a first? Have fun on your tour and hope your UPdates are all successful. Jane

  30. Ah, I will tell you something that should make your new iPhoto transition slightly less painful. The Export photos option was moved to a new menu location. It is now found under “Share”. Don’t ask me why, but that’s where it is. Also photos will save to a different default location other than the desktop, but my Movable type knew to go to that location as a default, so I guess it’s rather seamless other than those couple stresses I had. Hopefully I will spare you from them!

  31. I was just using our UPgraded iPhoto this weekend, thinking how bad it sucks.
    Face it, if iPhoto were a knitting pattern we would all send it back.

  32. Granted, I’ve been/am away, but has Norma entered a Tibetan monastary? How else to account for the absence of references to your fuckedUPgrade? (You, I understand, are keeping yourself pure for the appearances. But I thought I could trust Norma…)

  33. Stephanie: I feel your pain. I’ve used Macs for almost 20 years, and finally UPgraded my old G4 to OSX; which I then used strictly to surf the web and UPload files for the first 3 months. I’m adding one application at a time. I’m UP to InDesign and Photoshop, both of which I don’t plan to UPgrade anytime soon. I have not used iPhoto, but I can certainly understand the frustration when they “fix” the UPgraded software. I just discovered yesterday that I can’t print a file listing from a window. Apple, in their great wisdom, removed this “feature” that I’ve been using for 20 years. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    TMK

  34. Uppalling! Thank you for the cautionary tale–I am needing the iPhoto upgrade but now shall wait until . . . a little leprechaun comes and does it while I’m asleep or something. Or I just wish and wish and it magically happens.
    xoxoxo

  35. Rams, I’ve been wondering why you were so quiet. In fact I was about to post asking if everything is alright. But if you are capable of channeling Norma, I’ll stop worrying.

  36. Thank you for the touch of humor while I studied for tests (or avoided it while reading your blog). Nice break from statistics and medical jargon.
    As a macophile, I appreciate your dedication and understand your dread of upgrades. I made the leap last year from system 7.5 to OS X (new computer, too), briefly lusted after a laptop, but reason and a students budget won out.
    After searching high and low discovered the Mac lab on campus (its a lonely place, but I do have a roomful of iMacs all to myself).
    Now to figure out how to knit my notes so my life would be more complete…
    Wishing you were coming to Minnesota (specifically Duluth) soon, well, really only after finals week and before the new school year starts ;->
    Thanks again for the peek into sanity!

  37. Um, are you coming out soon? Can we bring you anything? Screech? (whatever that is!)

  38. I NEED AT LEAST 15 GOOD REASONS TO UPGRADE ANYTHING. HOWEVER, MY HUSBAND IS A COMPUTER GEEK AND ALWAYS NEEDS THE NEWEST UPGRADE. IT KEEPS ME ON MY TOES AND PULLING MY HAIR OUT WHEN I CAN’T USE A FAMILIAR PROGRAM AND I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE 15 GOOD REASONS. IF EVERYONE ELSE WOULD STOP UPGRADING ALL OF THE TIME WE COULD BE OLD FARTS AND STILL COMMUNICATE! GENERALLY, I LIKE THE BENEFITS, HOWEVER I USUALLY CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE THEM SINCE THERE ARE NO BOOKS ANYMORE!
    BTY I DIDN’T GET A R ESPONSE FROM THE WOMAN AT LORD AND TAYLOR RE: RESERVATIONS TO HEAR YOU SPEAK. MY UGRADED COMPUTER SAID THAT HER ADDRESS WAS NOT GOOD. THAT IS VERY BAD, I’LL BE VERY SAD AND FROWNGRADED IF I MISS YOU THERE. MAYBE MY COMPUTER GEEK HUSBAND CAN HELP ME, OR I’LL JUST GET ON THE PHONE AND DRIVE THE L&T PEOPLE CRAZY!
    I JUST KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO BE A HUGE HIT AND THERE WON’T BE ANY ROOM LEFT. LET’S SEEE, SHOULD I DRIVE THE 3+ HOURS TO SEE YOU AT AMHERST? HMMM. I HAVE DRIVEN 4 HOURS TO VERMONT FOR LUNCH BEFORE AND 4 HOURS BACK. DESPERATE WOMEN COMMIT DESPERATE ACTS. MAYBE I’LL FIND SOMEONE GAME TO DO THAT THAT ISN’T COLLEGE AGED WHEN WE ALL USED TO DO THAT. I HAVE RETAINED THAT QUALITY INTO MY 50’S. SEE YOU SOMEWHERE!

  39. Oy vey. First the bookless signing, and now this. Stay tucked in bed with some morehouse and hot chocolate for a few days until the likelihood of a third event dwindles a bit, will you?
    Oh, and on the subject of having to quarantine your credit card while on the bookbookbook tour … you are exhibiting superhuman powers of resistance in the face of temptations to great for mere mortals. Perhaps the YS’s could be more gracious, offer you a little welcoming sock yarn or something. A gift, already. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me, given the number of yarn dazzled Harlot fans you’re drawing into their stores, nu?
    If it helps, I’ll find someone to cover for you AAAANDDD hand you my credit card when you get to Artfibers, if you promise to mule whatever you can carry back to the T(dot) and share.

  40. Your UProarious post UPlifted my mood as your sUPer witty writing always does. UPloads are miserable all around. Good luck

  41. I think that iphoto is hopeless for blogging. Sorry. The way it saves the photos makes them way too big (in bytes, not in cms). I just import them straight from the camera to my desktop, then open, fiddle and save them in grahic converter. Photoshop elements is good too. OSX is awesome. Get with the program, steph!

  42. Stephanie — Just wanted to let you know your book graces the counter at A Touch of Wool in Vancouver. I picked it up yesterday, thrilled by its compact size. It will make a much more manageable travel companion than the behemoth of a novel I’m reading, when I fly to NY this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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