January 13th, 2013

Daily Activities Include: Learning about Photos

Things I have learned today about photos.

(1) Flickr is owned by Yahoo, so setting up an account there required zero effort. On previous days, I had learned that my two most reliable friends for tech suggestions both use Flickr, and neither one has any affection for Picasa.

(2) I learned that .sfw was a proprietary bitmap format for Seattle FilmWorks.

(3) That is what my photos are stored in on the 4 CDs I have. 4 CDs is a whole lot less than the total number of rolls I have in the box. While the SFW CDs have executables on them, they are all designed (this is a duh thing, if you think about it) for the Classic environment, no longer supported on the MacBook I currently use.

(4) But which _is_ supported by the iMac upstairs. However, I don't think it's worth the trouble. I think I'm going to take all my old rolls of developed film (ahem, I'm not mentioning APS because everyone hated it, even tho it was very kind to me) and have them digitized in something that isn't proprietary and isn't already out of date.

(5) Probably using Costco 1 hour. That's what R. suggests. Learning about that is the next step.

ETA: (6) Definitely not using Costco 1 hour. Probably not using Costco. They say they fit scanning jobs in between other jobs and it is time consuming. They predict 2-3 weeks to get through the 60 rolls I have and won't commit to getting even a couple done in less than a day. Thus,

(7) I have a request out to the (closed on Sunday) local shop. Their pricing will probably frighten me -- but they're local, and that counts for a lot.

I'm not prepared to say this is fun, however, it is learning.

Not a Book Review: comparing sample chapters

Recently, R. (not my husband or my sister) said she had downloaded the sample chapter for 50 Shades, after hearing from someone involving in running the CSPC that a lot of the new people finding the center were coming in after reading the series -- and unlike people who came in in earlier years after reading Gor books or Marketplace books, this crowd need a lot less de/re programming to participate in safe/sane/consensual play.

So while I had previously understood 50 Shades to be not-a-positive example of a kink relationship, I, like R., felt compelled to reconsider my position.

In any event, she was feeling like she should at least read the sample and I volunteered to do the same so we could compare notes. Because I understand it to be Twi-fan fiction, I also downloaded the sample chapter from the first in that series, for comparison purposes.

I have this to say: I'm not impressed by the writing style of either. I'm not impressed with viewpoint character of either. Nothing about the incipient relationship in either sample chapter in any way appeals to me.

That said, I sure liked Ana better than Bella, and Christian better than Edward. I liked that Ana had a friend (did Bella?). I thought the idea of Ana's mother being on her fourth husband was funny. And I infinitely prefer relationships that start with politely expressed interest to ones that start with overt, unjustified unpleasantness.

Thus: no way in hell am I going to continue with Twilight. However, there's at least a 50/50 chance I'll decide to read more of 50 Shades.

What I almost certainly will do, however, is start downloading a whole lot more sample chapters, which I have historically tended not to do. Because honestly? This was kind of fun, knowing there was zero money on the line, and the time commitment was approximately 10-12 minutes, max.

Pointless Complaining about Redbox

I went over to my gmail account to get rid of the masses of email that build up. Mostly, this is email to other people who have my name and, for whatever reason, give a business my email address rather than their own. This time around, there were allstate, redbox and, get this, _an Apple ID_!!! I still don't understand how that happened.

Anyway. I'm waiting to hear back from allstate, but expect them to handle things reasonably. I was not particularly surprised that Redbox's chat customer service response to my complaint was, set your spam settings to ignore our email because we can't fix it.

Not surprised, but it's still pathetic.