Speaker for the Diodes - November 8th, 2007

Nov. 8th, 2007

04:44 am - Oh my

a) Windows backup advice was useful for getting one box backed up to a temporary folder on the other -- thanks, folks -- but now I'm stumped by glitches in the burn-to-DVD part of the process. (The conputer's owner said he'd poke at it before he takes his computer away.)

b) I've also been making use of his scanner, because it has a transparencyy adaptor (35mm only, alas, and it doesn't like mounted slide though it will scan strips of slide film and black-and-white despite the manual's warning that it only handles colour negatives). This morning I hit the second roll this week containing images of a dead friend. (Dawn, at one of her punk lute concerts.) Abrupt shift-of-headspace.

c-because-I-didn't-want-to-end-on-B) GIMP is a fine and wonderful tool, but ... NNNEEEEEEDDD MMMOOORRREEE RRRAAAMMM!!! *sigh* Especially when I start with 25MB (2400x3600 pixels) TIFF files and want to open a few similar frames side by side to choose between them or edit a few related photos as a group. (For now, doing quickie edits for possibly posting online or emailing, I'm scaling to 900 pixels wide and converting to PNG, using ImageMagick, before opening them in GIMP ... I still need more RAM to edit comfortably.)

Oh! And: d) I found a very well-composed shot of myself taking a picture, obviously shot by someone who picked up another of my cameras since it was in the middle of one of my rolls of film, but I cannot remember who shot it. Apparently someone who believes in composing in the viewfinder instead of planning-to-crop.

And yes, I really did write "punk lute" in the second paragraph and it's not a typo, as others fortunate enough to have known her can attest. I know, and have known, some amazing, magical people.

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05:28 am - QotD

"Sanity is a madness put to good use." -- George Santayana (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

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