January 2nd, 2008

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Looking back over last year

What do you meant, this ought to have been posted yesterday? I was busy yesterday (more about that in the next post.)

This is a slightly modified version of the "post the first sentence from the first post of each month" meme. Basically I've taken the first significant sentence, ignoring the ones that are just memes or writing progress posts.

All year G has been moaning about what an awful year it's been. It certainly hasn't been all bad, but it has been stressful. To start with, it's somehow been a baker's dozen of a year because Collapse )

December 07: I seem to have been rather quiet recently. This is simply due to general busyness at work and lack of anything interesting or insightful to say.

I keep thinking of wonderful LJ posts to write -- usually when I'm in no position to do anything about it, eg driving to work. Then when I get time on the computer, the ideas no longer seem so exciting and I just fiddle around, reading other people's insightful posts instead. I think it's another facet of growing old. When I was young, I had definite opinions about everything. Ignorance of the facts never stopped me expressing an opinion. Now I just feel I don't know anything about anything and am thus unqualified to offer even a tentative thought. Oh, well we shall see if I can be more inspired this year.

And so that was my 2007. Not a bad year, not really and in many ways a good year, but I'm hoping that 2008 will be a quieter and more consolidating sort of year and the G will be more relaxed. Having said that, the college where he works is being merged with another couple of colleges to make one large FE college. However, as the distances involved between campuses are pretty big -- each one is about half an hour's drive from the next -- it will be more a paper exercise than any physical merger, and perhaps this will result in more financial stability for the college and hence less stress passed down from management to the lecturers?

Only time will tell...
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I have been busy scanning old slides...

Thanks to oursin I have finally managed to get decent scans from my scanner. I've had my scanner for a couple of years and never got very far with it. Though the research I did on the web at the time showed that good quality scans were possible, mine were disappointing. Every so often I would try a couple more, only to give up in frustration. I had resigned myself to buying a much better quality scanner (mine had only cost £80), but then oursin's recent difficulties and solution made me wonder whether I didn't have the same problem.

It seems to be a problem with vibration.

I had had my little scanner on the top of the computer, which lives in the hutch under the desk. Simply moving it to the solid window ledge and, for good measure, putting a small stack of books on top before each scan has transformed the results from hopeless to definitely OK.

View from Caernarfon Castle -- summer 1987
View from Caernarfon Castle -- summer 1987

Scanned from an old slide. Some slides scan much better than others. It really doesn't like dark photos, which is a bit of a bummer, but I can live with it.

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