2.) Eagle works 'backwards' then how many (at least myself) are taught to work.. normally (maybe this is a Windows thing?).. we select the object/text (whatever) FIRST... and then click on the effect you want to be applied to it (bold, flip, color change..etc)..
however in Eagle.. its the other way around.. you click on the effect/change you want to apply.. and then select/choose the object/part you want it applied to..
That's because that's how you choose to use it. You CAN pick and place parts and then change attributes, rotate, flip, whatever. In fact, a lot of times you don't even have to change tools to do any of those.