A Short One

 Posted by at 4:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 262013
 

No, not me, though I am a short one too. But the title refers to the fact that today’s blog will be shorter than usual. Almost every day for the last seven or eight years I have written a blog that ranged from about 500 to over 1,000 words. But I’ve been so busy working on a project today that I ran out of time.

But first, thank you once again for all the continued prayers for Terry’s dad. He had his PET scan yesterday, which was a quick and easy procedure, and now we’re all on pins and needles waiting for the results. That’s the hardest part. At least it is for rest of us. Pete is totally calm and not worried at all. He’s 83, but in amazing health overall, and has a strong faith that gives him much comfort.

Except for running a few errands and stopping to check on Terry’s dad after his test yesterday, and taking time out for Miss Terry to cut my hair, I spent most of the day working at my desk.

I announced in yesterday’s blog that I had put all of our different RV guides online on our E-Book Store with an autoresponder program so that readers can purchase and download them immediately. Several readers ordered books after reading that, and reported it was a quick and easy process.

As I reported a while back, another project I’ve wanted to get done is to create an index of all of our back issues of the Gypsy Journal and make them available for online purchase and download. So I spent most of yesterday creating an index of years 2003 through 2012. That’s 60 issues, and I have to tell you, I was pretty impressed with all of the places we’ve been and seen! The next step is to upload all of them to the autoresponder and get shopping cart buttons set up for them.

Unfortunately, in our early days of fulltiming and publishing the paper we did it the old fashioned way, physically laying it out on a portable drafting table, so we don’t have the first few years digitized. We do have physical copies of every issue, though, and I’d love to get them digitized. They’re too big for a scanner, and we’ve tried photographing them before with little success. But there have been a lot of changes in technology over the years, and if we ever find time we hope to get them done and online as well. You may remember that I wrote a while back that I need to clone myself. But the more I think about it, that won’t really help. One clone just can’t do the job. I’ll need a whole litter!

So that’s about it, I have nothing else to report. But I just did a word count and today’s blog is 527 words, so I guess it wasn’t short after all. But at least I still am!

Thought For The Day – Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for fifteen minutes and come out wrinkle free and three sizes smaller?

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  2 Responses to “A Short One”

  1. Nick,

    As far as digitizing your older journals, I understand the problem is generally in two areas. Sometimes the black character print is difficult to scan or photograph off of newsprint. This can often be improved by putting a piece of black paper behind the page to be photographed.

    The bigger problem is usually the pictures. Digitizing half-tone photos creates both resolution problems and an “interference” problem between the dots that make up the half-tone and the pixels of the digital camera. This often results in a pattern called a Moire pattern. It often shows up as a herringbone pattern that is not in the original printed photo. I’ve read a good, but short, article on methods of improving these copies at: http://www.jasondmoore.com/2010/03/16/removing-halftone-from-scanned-newspaper-photos/

    I’m not associated with Jason D. Moore or his company in any way. It just seems to be a fairly clear article with some understandable methods to use.

    Obviously, this would be a seriously time-consuming job for you. We all know how much free time you have…think of all those hours sleeping that you could use digitizing your old journals!

    Of course, as stated in the comments section, a more automated method to remove the Moire pattern is to remove it digitally using Fourier Transforms…uh huh….lol

    Wayne

  2. A couple of years ago I asked about accessing back issues of JG. And you said with all the other projects you had going it was way down on the list. Glad to see that this is coming closer to the top of the pile.

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