Adobe Robo Help 7 and Captivate

Adobe RoboHelp 7 was released at about 7:00 a.m. yesterday. And today I’m taking a hands-on workshop on creating Multimedia user assistance files with RoboHelp 7 plus Captivate 3 to include short “movies” to illustrate the topics. Captivate enables you to capture a series of onscreen motions. It’s neat!

UPDATE: Here’s a link to a reviewer’s guide to RoboHelp 7, in PDF


Invention of a disease

Not discovery—invention.

Bridgepoint Health is a chronic-care hospital in Toronto that used to have the much more euphonious (and meaningful) name Riverdale Hospital. It sits on a bluff above the Don River’s ravine, and is thus seen every day by the tens of thousands of motorists using the Don Valley Parkway.

The hospital is also adjacent to (and indeed has designs on) Riverdale Park. As I was running through the park yesterday I noticed that Bridgepoint has a huge banner advertising (is that the right word?) a “new disease”, neurodiabesity.


When I got home I googled neurodiabesity. I found no definition, only its being listed as one of several “new” complex diseases under attack by the brave physicians of Bridgepoint Health—and how much money that battle will take.

So, is this really a new disease, or just an opportunity for a hospital seeking a niche to distinguish itself: define a new disease, and promote oneself as that disease’s enemy-in-chief?

They selected teosinte…and got corn

Quintessence of Dust: They selected teosinte…and got corn. Excellent!

Someone once pointed out that Eurasia got emmer, which took perhaps 100 years of selective breeding to turn into wheat, and the horse; while the Americas got teosinte, which took 1000 years of selective breeding to turn into corn, and the llama. Progress in corn development is followed in part through the images of corn on pottery.

The same source said that teosinte was changed into corn by a change in timing of the development of the ear. And as we all know, changes in timing or enabling/disbling of a feature can cause huge changes in the resulting organism.

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