Monthly Archives: October 2013

Acrobat Professional provides extraordinary character recognition

Over the years we have needed to convert scanned images of text into editable text. Companies have invested heavily in the process of extracting text from printed documents, some have lost fortunes in this effort. Some have solved problems, while … Continue reading

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Godspeed, Scott Carpenter!

If you have followed this blog for more than a couple of years, you know that I am an Eagle Scout. I earned that honor at the age of 15 in Troop 206, Oakland, California. I was one of the … Continue reading

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More textures – from aloft

I have a great hobby – hot air ballooning – and I get to practice it occasionally. This year has been a pretty good year for my ballooning adventures, including this last weekend when I flew with my good friends … Continue reading

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Out damned spam! Out I say!

I don’t use Gmail. I have nothing against Google or their e-mail offering, but I just don’t use it. I use the Mail application provided as part of the Macintosh operating system. I have done this for years (decades?). Several … Continue reading

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Details on scanning film with the Epson scanner

In two earlier blogs I described how I set up a large tabletop arrangement to scan historic panoramic negatives on my Epson Perfection scanner. When using the Epson scanner with the Epson Scan software (you can control the Epson scanner … Continue reading

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Taking a nuclear plant tour (and how it relates to scanning historic film)

Last Friday I was privileged to be taken on a tour of San Luis Obispo County’s nuclear power plant. This tour was arranged by the local Chamber of Commerce leadership training group, and I was included by being related to … Continue reading

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More on scanning film with the Epson scanner

Last week I wrote about my immersion into scanning 19th century panoramic film. These negatives kept me up nights for about ten days. My total output of scans was 26. I carefully sorted through over 150 pieces of film, selected those … Continue reading

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Scanning Kodak Cirkut film

A dear friend of mine, now deceased, handed me a box of film about 30 years ago. The film had been in a flood in the garage of his friend who obtained the film from the original photographer who died … Continue reading

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A textural photo assignment

I occasionally find myself walking down a street of booths at a farmer’s market or a community fair. I attended one a week ago in Clovis, California. There were all the usual vendors – kettle corn, corn dogs, frozen lemonade, … Continue reading

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