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 Post subject: ocd
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:04 pm 
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Just like I have a few books, I have a few magazines. A few thousand. All in boxes in the basement. I will, of course, never read them again, but it somehow conforts me to have them there. But now they are just taking up to much space; the stacks of boxes collapse from time to time and I have to stack them all again.

A sane person would bite the bullet and throw them out. Not being a sane person, I'm scanning them all in first. Currently do Volume 90 of The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. The article going by is "A Day In The Life Of The Ancient Egyptian Goatherd Ityaa; Abnormal Hieratic Papyrus Michaelides 1 and 2". I'll let you know how it comes out.


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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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I have old photos like you have old magazines - not just treasures of long-gone beloved relatives and valued friends, but wiggly-shots of a hillside while camping, too-faded building of indeterminate function or locale, etc. Some good interest shots, like traffic in the 1950s, but many are just junk that should have been culled by two successive generations, but never were. Thing is, I will look at these missed culls, look at the scanner, think of the time it takes to scan them, set them aside 'for later,' then usually end up not scanning them, just tossing them back in the unscanned pictures box for the next go-round.

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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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I have a set of Analog magazines that I ought to dispose of, but I can't. I keep hoping to find someone who will want them.

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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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SPQR wrote:
I have a set of Analog magazines that I ought to dispose of, but I can't. I keep hoping to find someone who will want them.


Analog? From the Ben Bova era? I'd pay good money for that if I had any good money.


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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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Hmmm, some Ben Bova and Stanley Schmidt. I'd have to go look to refresh my memory on the years.

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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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I'd pay good money for that if I had any good money.

Heh - What's that? NCI is being a bitch and hosing Leidos, paid contract? FU, no pay except for active patient samples, which is is a problem when NIH is closed. So we'll be paycheckless, soon. :o

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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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setnahkt wrote:
A sane person would bite the bullet and throw them out. Not being a sane person, I'm scanning them all in first.


Please tell us you have an automatic document feeder.


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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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barisax wrote:
setnahkt wrote:
A sane person would bite the bullet and throw them out. Not being a sane person, I'm scanning them all in first.


Please tell us you have an automatic document feeder.


Yes; I break them down to individual sheets. It's somewhat touchy, though, and usually requires at least one manual intervention per magazine. Staple bound magazines are easy - pull the staples out then cut down the middle with a sharp knife. Perfect-bound magazines (where the pages are glued to a spine) are giving me minor problems; so far the best solution is to cut the back off with fine-pitch blade on a radial arm saw but that isn't perfect; it leaves part of the back pressed into the kerf cut on the saw table. I'm looking for a "circular knife", which is basically a circular saw blade with a sharp edge and no teeth. This seems to be what is used in the professional paper industry (it's also used in the meat-packing industry, where it's called a "heading saw"). Unfortunately there are plenty of places that will sell me them at wholesale but no retail source I can find. I need a 10" or smaller blade with a 5/8 arbor. I may end up building a special jig that will do the job with a conventional saw blade. Commercial magazine scanners use a guillotine cutter; I could probably build one of those but it seems like more trouble than it's worth. Setting it up in the living room would probably impress visitors, though.


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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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You could take them to a print shop and have them cut the bindings off. A decent sized shop should have a guillotine capable of cutting through a ream at a time.


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 Post subject: Re: ocd
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barisax wrote:
You could take them to a print shop and have them cut the bindings off. A decent sized shop should have a guillotine capable of cutting through a ream at a time.



Absolutely true. However, in the spirit of all true nerds and hackers, I'd rather cobble together an inferior work-around myself. Currently the sheet feeder is jammed, probably because of a tiny bit of paper detached from a 1988 Science. I will disassemble it and fish out the offending bit, which I have done several times before, excepts once when I had to buy a whole new sheet feeder. But I still have the old one and will fix it Real Soon Now.


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