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The time has simply got away from me!  I am working on the next installment of the Grand Lenormand translation, and I hope to get that posted sometime over the weekend.  Sorry for the huge delay in posting. Things have just been a bit crazy around here – in a mostly good/busy sort of way.  I will try to be much more regular with my postings in 2013.

I hope your year has been great so far, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

In this post I start the section of the book with the interpretation of the cards in the suit of Diamonds. In other news, the other book I ordered (also in French) arrived this week, so I can start doing some comparisons, but I don’t want that to color this translation work, so I’ll refrain from posting any of the comparative data until after I finish this current work. Enjoy!

Ace of Diamonds [Group: The Unforeseen]

This card represents good news in terms of business. Interesting propositions, fruitful projects, and building solid foundations for current affairs and those to come.

The Letter S
Represents: Cleverness, Independence, Creativity

Floral Arrangement: Reeds, Purple Loosestrife, Rose
Interpretation: A new beginning awaits you on the professional or emotional level, after traversing a very difficult to manage period. It’s worth patiently waiting for.

Large Subject: Harpocrates seated on a lotus hands a letter to Mercury.
Interpretation: You’re going to see your ambitions realized, possibly in connection with writing or travel abroad. However, caution is recommended. Keep watch over all of your secret projects, and if you need to bring someone into your confidence, choose well.

Bottom Right Subject: Anubis, an Egyptian God, watches over some papers.
Interpretation: If you must appeal to someone to be your messenger, you can have every confidence in them, they will not betray you. They will remain discrete on all counts with any confidence you make with them.

Bottom Left Subject: Argus, the giant with a hundred eyes, reads a letter.
Interpretation: Wisdom is recommended in your projects, you have a tendency to talk too much about what you’re doing. Learn to stay quiet and don’t talk about your business until it’s done. Additionally, beware of your indiscretions.

Constellation: Telescopium [‘The Telescope’ – another ‘modern’ constellation]
Interpretation: It announces displacement of all kinds.

Overall Interpretation of the card
Like Mercury who represents change and communication, you will receive important messages about your future. Keep everything secret, divulge nothing before the final agreements. Some messages will be very positive, others somewhat less.

2 of Diamonds [Group: The Unforeseen]

This card represents partnerships in business or private life. It announces success and a positive outcome in connection with several people.

The Letter P
Represents
: Discretion, Independence, Calm

Floral Arrangement: Yellow Violet, Gentian, Buttercup
Interpretation: You’re living in the past. It’s time for you to let go of those things that cause you too much nostalgia, because it’s slowing you from your true potential [lit.your current evolution].

Large Subject: A child riding on a goat. [most likely Zeus and Amalthea, less likely; Cupid and Pan, since the card is about child rearing (not sensual desires), and Amalthea gave suck to Zeus]
Interpretation: This card represents fertility and motherhood. It could also announce the birth of a business or simply that of a child. It awakens sensual and natural pleasures.

Bottom Right Subject: A young woman in front of the Marsh Fairy. [ ? a fairy god-mother]
Interpretation: If you’ve made mistakes, providence will fix things quickly. Soon there will be more danger of failure for you on the horizon, but you will find you can continue safely on your way.

Bottom Left Subject: A young woman in front of Eugenia, the goddess of pregnancy. [Most probably Eileithyia, Eleuthia, Ereutija – Greek goddess of childbirth & midwifery]
Interpretation: If you’re not married, a child may be born in your home. This birth may cause you some minor material or availability problems. You may find yourself confronted by some embarrassment.

Constellation: Pisces
Interpretation: It announces a period of good luck.

Overall Interpretation of the card
This card represents birth and warns against unwanted pregnancies. It would be good to take some time to think about your future and that of this child. It’s the same if you have business projects; reflection remains a major asset before you begin [lit. engage].

3 of Diamonds [Group: The Zodiac]

This card represents great success in future projects, if they are conscientiously established. At the same time you will need to expend a lot of energy.

The Letter E
Represents
: Mobility, Curiosity, Expression.

Floral Arrangement: Ivy, Thorn, Mock Orange, Rosemary
Interpretation: You spend too much energy day dreaming about romantic adventures. Even if they concern you, give it up [lit. take a pass on this cross].

Large Subject: Castor and Pollux, twin sons of Leda and Zeus hold hands.
Interpretation: Despite a profound union or friendship normally foolproof, you’re going to go through a real crisis with difficulties to overcome. A difficult time, but not impossible to get through safely, it all depends on you.

Bottom Right Subject: A man on a horse.
Interpretation: Due to a broken heart, you will take a little trip to clear your head and forget your sadness. Additionally, you may find you need to take a business trip.

Bottom Left Subject: Two palm trees, side by side, but not touching each other.
Interpretation: The palm represents and symbolizes solitude. You may not be able to come together, whether on the personal or professional level. You will be sailing for some time in a type of sadness.

Constellation: Gemini
Interpretation: It represents uncertainty in what to do.

Overall Interpretation of the card
Like Castor and Pollux, you may go through some difficult times in your love life or friendships. But know that there’s nothing impossible in the future. A good star can always be there to give you relief.

4 of Diamonds [Group: The Golden Fleece]

This card represents difficult decisions to be taken in the professional, personal, or financial domain. Don’t rush it.

The Letter O
Represents
: Willpower, Obstinance, Comprehension

Floral Arrangement: Nettles, Judas Tree, Bryony
Interpretation: You will most certainly find someone who will help you enormously in a very difficult time in your life. New connections will likely be made.

Large Subject: Medea the enchantress, in love with Jason, gives him a package.
Interpretation: This card represents very powerful protection. It tells that the person who loves you will likely bring you wealth and possibly drive you toward your aspirations.

Bottom Right Subject: Jason throws powder at the dragon
Interpretation: Currently, you are in full possession of your faculties an sure of yourself. You’re right and you know it, success is at hand. Don’t ask questions and remain self assured.

Bottom Left Subject: Jason faces a furious bull.
Interpretation: You doubt, even worse, you have fears and frights. They’re not justified because your problems will rapidly resolve themselves. Fear nothing and reprove yourself, save your energy for the victory.

Constellation: Cygnus [the swan]
Interpretation: It represents luck and providence.

Overall Interpretation of the card
Like Jason who is protected by Medea, you will also be protected by a person with a lot of friendship or sympathy for you. Even if you have some difficulty, don’t feel down, keep your self confidence, these problems will be of short duration and cannot directly affect you.

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This is a continuation of my (rough) translation of a French book concerning the Astro Mythological Lenormand, AKA “Grand Jeu de Mlle. Lenormand.” I’m posting this directly from MS Word, so it may not look terribly pretty, but hopefully it’s at least functional. Once the project is complete (in the far distant future, lol), I hope to post it as a singular PDF file. This posting covers the Ace-Four of Clubs.

Interpretation of the cards:

Ace – 4 of Clubs


Ace of Clubs [group: The Golden Fleece]

This card represents the chance of success, both personal and professional. For more precision, the neighboring cards will give some details.

The Letter C
Represents: Expression, Ingenuity, Liveliness

Floral Arrangement: Tremella (Fairy Butter?), Daisy, Blue Bells
Interpretation: Now is the time for creative self expression through painting, music, writing, etc. In a word, make yourself a work of art.

Large Subject: Jason in the forest, fighting his last battle for the Golden Fleece.
Interpretation: Success after having to fight a little. You have all the cards to play it your way. Triumph and success are assured on all endeavors/tests.

Bottom Right Subject: Jason and Medea are walking in a reception.
Interpretation: Your well-being and serenity are disturbed by the arrival of news that may upset your projects. Keep calm, things will sort out without great inconvenience.

Bottom Left Subject: Jason and Medea going away on a boat.
Interpretation: You feel the need to take some vacation and to relax for awhile. You can finally go on a trip and enjoy your free time renewing ties to certain people you may have lost sight of.

Constellation: Ophiuchus (the serpent bearer)
Interpretation: Success in all domains.

Overall Interpretation of the card
Great success in all domains. Get away from negative people during the necessary time to complete all of your projects. You will find a way, like Jason, to fight and overcome difficulties and emerge victorious in all situations.


2 of Clubs [Group: The Unforseen]
This card represents the dangers in associations. It recommends prudence in collaborations for the time being.

The Letter J
Represents: Creativity, Intelligence, Loyalty

Floral Arrangement: Wheat, Statice, Ash
Interpretation: You will be empowered to change your interior, whether in your home, or your behavior.

Large Subject: Goddesses basking on the banks of a river with small pots of gold, also called Jackpots.
Interpretation: These goddesses announce an inheritance, presents, a gift or even a completely unexpected win. Always a sign of happiness and tranquility in the coming weeks.

Bottom Right Subject: A bird in flight to land on top of a rock.
Interpretation: You must come to understand that you must make some effort to understand and indulge those around you. These efforts will bring you much satisfaction, dedication is always rewarded.

Bottom Left Subject: A bird resting on top of a rock.
Interpretation: Here you are finally free from material concerns, troubles, torments, or worries. The door is now wide open for financial transactions or investments without fear.

Constellation: Aquila (The Eagle)
Interpretation: A very satisfactory elevation.

Overall Interpretation of the Card
This glittering river truly symbolizes happiness for you and yours. Luck and opportunities of all kinds will be there for your enjoyment. Often, meeting a determined person that will bring you success.


3 of Clubs [Group: The Hermetic Science]
This card represents material rewards and financial stability. It contributes to the expansion of business affairs and the success of negotiations.

The Letter V
Represents: Mastery, Inspiration, Construction

Floral Arrangement
White Lilac, Willow, & Cockle [most likely Cow Cockle/Soapwort – saponaria vaccaria ]
Interpretation: Creative & inspired, all aesthetic concerns are particularly beneficial for you now. An ideal period for artistic inclinations.

Large Subject: The alchemical matter begins to dissolve. Kneeling down, the alchemist observes the change. 
Interpretation: Like the alchemist, you will always be rewarded for your efforts and your patience. After a period in darkness, you finally find yourself in the light. Here is a great promise of joy, union and happiness.

Bottom Right Subject: Martea, goddess of heirs [inheritance], receives a visit from a man.
Interpretation: You can obtain an inheritance or a very important job change and especially advantageous. Caution that you do not fall into greedy behavior or profit & success at any price.

Bottom Left Subject: The three providers, daughters of the priest Anuis.
Interpretation: You are at this time in an extremely positive cycle, both materially and emotionally. Enjoy this auspicious time to consolidate or create your savings. If you’re having some health issues, everything will be OK. [ literal translation: all will be returned to order ]

Constellation: Hydra
Interpretation: Inspiration from meetings [visits, social gatherings, appointments].

Overall Interpretation of the card
Like the alchemist, if you remain calm and attentive, you will be rewarded for your patience. A very beneficial change awaits you in a short time, thanks to an important meeting. There’s a happy and quite unexpected turn of events presented to you.


4 of Clubs [Group: The Hermetic Science]
This card represents the loss of money or objects of all kinds. It recommends caution in business, because your balance will be hard to hold.

The Letter B
Represents: Sensitivity, Reservation, and Emotion.

Floral Arrangement: Gillyflower [which can be stocks, wallflowers, or almost any fragrant flower], and Cacao.
Interpretation: Although your love for your companion is not returned in the same fashion, be patient. Time will offer a reason.

Large Subject: The alchemist observes with great interest the dissolving matter.
Interpretation: You are so totally enamored that your passion has made you lose touch with reality. For a male consultant this card represents a sincere [true] love. For a female consultant, a mad passion that risks being a flash in the pan.

Bottom Right Subject: A grisette is visited by a gentleman.
[Via Google, a grisette is a young working woman, individualistic, artistic, usually poor to very modest means, sometimes refers to part-time prostitutes (?), often a bohemian]
Interpretation: Your feelings are unreasonable and exaggerated. You find yourself in completely false reality, and this puts you in a weak position. Be objective, you cannot impose [force] fidelity.

Bottom Left Subject: Sitting at a table, a young woman writes.
Interpretation: You work to consolidate [strengthen] your renown [reputation]. Writing or speech [communication] remains a strong asset that you should continue to develop. Once again, success will be obtained thanks to your efforts.

Constellation: Cerberus [3-headed guard-dog of Hell]
Interpretation: A recommendation to withhold your friendship.

Overall Interpretation of the card
Excess often provokes negative effects. You have to know to appreciate the pleasures of your new successes and the rewards from your work, without changing your behavior by becoming too proud. Do not allow yourself to be influence by greed. [Literally: Do not free yourself to be influenced by the appetite for gain.]

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Finding information in English on the unique deck known as “The Astro Mythological (Grand Jeu) of Mlle. Lenormand” is quite difficult. However there are several books out from France that do cover this particular (and peculiar) deck. I’ve decided to put my decades old minor in French to the test to try and render a passable translation of one of the more popular books out there on this subject: Le Livre du Grand Jeu de Mlle. Lenormand; Les 54 cartes et leurs definitions – Des methodes de tirage simplifiees” by Jean Didier. You can get both the deck and the book from Amazon.fr (the French version of Amazon.com).

[Note: Text in brackets are my personal notations and are not present in the book]

[Front Cover]
[title] The book of the large deck of Ms. Lenormand
[subtitle] The 54 cards an their meanings
(and) Simple Methods for divination
(by) Jean Didier
(publisher) Editions Trajectoir

Introduction

Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand, born in Alencon, Normandy in 1772, was the greatest clairvoyant of her time. She notably predicted the tragic end to Marat and Robespierre. Napoleon Bonaparte was equally in her consultations and now knew that she exercised a great influence on Josephine de Beauharnais. The deck that she created “Le Grand Jeu de Mlle. Lenormand” permitted a subjective interpretation of the planetary “salon” cards.

Today much utilized in professional clairvoyant consultations, the deck has made a place for itself, rich with interpretations. Appearing to be of hermetic knowledge and complicated by the number of subjects on each card, the deck becomes simple and logical once all of the elements are explained in detail and in a clear, easy language.

I ask you to take some time to review each card, one by one, where you may discover the secrets each figure represents on each card.

When finished, the interpretations given in the following pages are instructive and important, but equally made to serve as guidelines.

You will find, like other divinatory decks, you will learn appropriate interpretations combined with your own intuition.

Using the large deck

The large deck contains 54 cards: 2 represent consultants (Male/Female), 52 are divided into 5 categories.

The Golden Fleece – Representing commerce/business, contains 6 cards: 10 of Diamonds, 9 of Diamonds, King of Clubs, 4 of Diamonds, Ace of Clubs, 9 of Clubs.

The War of Troy – Representing strength over weakness, contains 9 cards: 5 of Clubs, 2 of Spades, Jack of Diamonds, 10 of Clubs, 9 of Spades, 6 of Clubs, 6 of Spades, 8 of Spades, Queen of Diamonds

The Hermetic Science [Alchemy?] – Representing marriage, contains 7 cards: 7 of Spades, 3 of Clubs, 4 of Clubs, 8 of Clubs, 6 of Hearts, 7 of Hearts, 10 of Hearts

The Unforeseen – [apparently self-explanatory], contains 19 cards: 10 of Clubs, Jack of Clubs, 7 of Diamonds, 8 of Hearts, 3 of Hearts, 6 of Diamonds, 2 of Hearts, King of Diamonds, Queen of Spades, 3 of Spades, 4 of Spades, Queen of Clubs, 5 of Hearts, 10 of Spades, Ace of Hearts, 2 of Diamonds, Ace of Diamonds, King of Hearts, King of Spades

The Order of Time – Representing the signs of the Zodiac, contains 12 cards: Jack of Hearts, Ace of Spades, 3 of Diamonds, 9 of Clubs, 9 of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, Jack of Spades, 5 of Diamonds, 5 of Spades, 7 of Clubs, 8 of Diamonds, 4 of Hearts

Note – the 9 of Hearts exists in two groups; The Golden Fleece and The Order of Time.

Table of Zodiac signs & Time values [months, days, weeks, whatever]:

Jack of Hearts, Aries, 3
Ace of Spades, Taurus, 6
3 of Diamonds, Gemini, 9
9 of Clubs, Cancer, 12
9 of Hearts, Leo, 15
Queen of Hearts, Virgo, 18
Jack of Spades, Libra, 21
5 of Diamonds, Scorpio, 24
5 of Spades, Sagittarius, 27
7 of Clubs, Capricorn, 30
8 of Diamonds, Aquarius, 33
4 of Hearts, Pisces, 36

An event that is signified by these cards will be realized in the given time frame, for example, with the 7 of clubs: Capricorn announces something happening in either 3 or 30 days.

[I created the following picture to help illustrate the next bit of text – this image is not in the book]


Each card carries about a number of supplemental indications/interpretations.

  1. Upper Left = An image of the classic “poker” card face
  2. Upper Middle = A constellation which announces a clear way for certain events
  3. Upper Right = A letter of the alphabet which qualifies/clarifies the card meaning
  4. Center = the principle subject which gives a general interpretation of the card by the scene it presents.
  5. Bottom Left = The left-subject, which gives more precision in the reading regarding the card to left side of this card.
  6. Bottom Middle = A floral arrangement, which speaks to the creativity and sentiments of the consultant [also see “The Language of Flowers” – a very Victorian-era means of communication]
  7. Bottom Right = The right-subject, which gives more precision in the reading regarding the card to the right side of this card.

A Simple Spread: The Triangle [and how the bottom corner images relate to one another]

Shuffle the cards well while concentrating on a precise question. Cut the deck and place it face down on the table in front of you and draw three cards:


  1. The forces acting on the object in question
  2. Gives an idea toward near future events and may also suggest an attitude to face the question with confidence
  3. Possible final (long term) outcome concerning the question.

[Note how the lower scenes are only read against other neighboring lower scenes. This spread is described in the last pages of the book, but I think it’s helpful to present it early to illustrate how the small corner images are interpreted in a reading.]

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In my next post I will begin presenting the cards one-by-one, by suit, as they are given in the book. I may try to include several cards in one post, but I’ll have to experiment and see how quickly I can render the translations. Thank you for your patience, and I hope someone will find the information useful. Enjoy!

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But it’s certainly a far cry from the wonderous smart phone I was hoping it would be.  Yeah, the functions are pretty cool and all, but jeebus, it drops a lot of calls!  This thing must have just about the worst antenna ever!  Before now, I’ve never had a dropped call before – ever, except when I’m on the road out in the boonies/mountains, travelling at a high rate of speed.

This thing drops calls while walking around in my small, corner apartment (ie – two walls are exterior walls – with windows!).  So that’s the biggest disappointment.  I can’t even use the 4G capabilities because it won’t hold onto the signal for more than 5 minutes or so.  And I live in very large, very flat city – there are virtually NO signal barriers (Las Vegas).  In all honesty, I can’t recommend a Galaxy Nexus until they fix their antenna/reception issues.  Talk about buyer’s remorse – I’m thinking I should trade it in for a RazorMaxx – I think I still have time to do that. I’ll have to look into that possibility.

Just wanted to float this out there for now, I’ve got a couple other posts I’m working on.  It’s definitely Spring out here in the Mohave, so hopefully Spring will find the rest of you soon!  Enjoy!

So I’m still behind in blogging.  I’m just hoping to get at least one post a month now, whereas I used to try for 2 or 3 a week when I first started.  I just can’t seem to find that much time anymore. Lately I’ve been spending far too much time in Skyrim, reading a pretty good book, working on my tarot music videos, and trying to get ready for the holidays.  I’ve also been spending far too much money on expanding my tarot card collection.

I’ve also been acquiring some more pretty obscure books in preparation for a project I’d like to take up in 2012.  I’ve always wanted to do an “oracle deck” based on the Goetia, and I’d thought I’d found what I want in the “Fallen Angel” oracle deck. But it’s not really what I was hoping it would be.  I’ve also decided to make it a bit different, in that it would also include the Shemhamphoresh angels in reversal to the goetic demons – or the demons in reversal to the angels – whatever…  Anyways, each card would have two beings, much as modern face-cards – except different.  Hopefully I’ll have a prototype card to post before the New Year so y’all can get an idea what I’m thinking of.

Anyways, I hope your preparations for the holidays are going well, and in case I don’t get back here before then, I wish you all the best!  Have fun, and be safe! – Enjoy!

I don’t have a lot of new news to report.  I’m still looking for “a real job,” while I’m otherwise occupied trying to keep my IT skills in shape by updating my own websites, learning how to better use Flash & ActionScript, learning Blender and animation skills, etc.  I haven’t been doing much gaming at all, mainly just using Oblivion to test out my “Blender Blunders.”   I’ve also been working a bit more on my photography and writing, mainly by doing a “Picture A Day” project on my Facebook page and by working on my novel once in awhile.  I’ve also been doing some work with the old family photos, and a local historian that is writing a book on the area has requested several of the older photos for inclusion in the book. 

Blender is really what’s taking up most of my time right now.  I’m hoping that I will eventually come up with a straightforward way of creating new races in Oblivion.  Currently there are a few tutorials out there, but they’re way too technical for most folks to even begin to comprehend.  Hopefully I’ll work out something a bit simpler and realistically do-able.  The hardest part is on highly specialized races, ones that have snouts or large horns/ears poking out of their heads.  The built-in system that Oblivion uses really isn’t meant for heads that deviate much from the human form.  But I think I may have found a few work arounds, I just need to get in there and test them enough to get reproducible results.

In other news… Hmmm, I guess there isn’t any other news.  I hope all is going well with you and yours, and that the upcoming Super Bowl weekend provides some fun, even if you’re not going to watch the “Big Game.” Enjoy!

So it’s been awhile since I’ve tried my hand at 3D modeling and animation.  I started way back when on my trusty Amiga 2000 when I ran a bunch of different 3D goodies (VideoScope 3D, Calligari, imagine, etc – I couldn’t afford LightWave, but a friend of mine had it). Since then I’ve also tried 3DSM and Maya at local “night school” type environments – I can’t afford those either. I could afford POV-Ray, and actually built quite a few “still scenes” with that tool.  But now I’m trying my hand at Blender.  Mainly because of its excellent price-point – FREE.

First impressions – the interface is just about the worst I’ve encountered, not just for 3D programs, but for ANY programs out there.  Coding in COBOL is easier.  Actually, if you’re just going to make models and textures, I’d recommend POVRay, then import the object to blender to create the mesh/animations. Blender can’t handle the procedural/complex iterative type textures you can build in POVRay, so you’ll have to export those separately, as tga or dds files or something to add as skin later – at least that’s the impression I’ve got.

Anyways, it’s been frustrating.  In fact I’ve ended up using other tools to mod the meshes (like NifSkope to mod the nifs from Oblivion or DAoC) then export them as .obj so I can import them to Blender where I can use Blender’s animation tools – which is where Blender really shines – if you can figure it out.  Good luck with that.  I’m projecting it will take me at least 6 months to figure out how to make a mesh “walk” realistically.  And that seems like an overly optimistic projection.  We’ll see.

Why use NifSkope?  ‘cuz the NifTools Blender scripts won’t even install for me.  I think they were written for older versions of either Python or Blender, or both.  But they (Blender Nif Scripts 2.5.5) certainly don’t install with my Blender 2.49b, Python 2.7 configs (32-bit versions running on a Win7 64bit OS).  Later today I’ll probably try downgrading my installs of Python and Blender to see if I can get the Nif Scripts to work.  I’ll post any results there.

On a related tangent.  Once I started playing around with these tools and the various assets from different games, it got me thinking about the uproar that so many game company’s have about resource sharing.  I can see both sides of the port/don’t port argument but I can’t reconcile the two positions, esp. when I see a really cool item in one game that I really want in another.  I dunno, people love to mix assets, look at the whole Predator vs. Aliens thing. And wouldn’t it be cool to see the Babylon5 Universe bump into the Star Trek Universe?   With all the various tools hitting the interwebz lately (and often included with the games themselves), I think it’s inevitable that we’re going to start seeing a lot of these kinds of mash-ups regardless of what the law and game companies protest.

It also makes me wonder how much does one have to tweak or change a model/texture in order for it to be “legal” to use across platforms. I mean, a sword is a sword, is a sword – how different, really, are all the various sword models out there in the gaming universe?

Now I’m really starting to ramble, so I’d better sign off.  I hope things in your world are going well and that you can find the time to – “Enjoy!”

I’ve been using the new scanner intensively the past week or so.  For the most part it has been great, but when it fails, it fails big time on the “Digital ICE” feature that is supposed to clean up old, possibly damaged photos, slides, negatives, etc.  Besides the problems with ultra rocky settings, it also seems to do odd stuff when there are a lot of leafy trees or rippled water shots.  It just over smooths those things and turns them into blocky, artifact filled pictures, which is unfortunate.  Of course, you can turn that feature off, but then you need to re-scan the image (which can take a long time if you’re using a high dpi setting – upwards of 3-5mins per picture).

Anyways, I’m still glad I got the scanner, and it really is performing pretty well.  It just an annoyance that when it fails, it does so in such a grand failure.  I’d say it’s failure rate is well within acceptable limits though.  Across a spectrum of many types of photos, it probably only conks out apprx. 5% of the time, or less.  But on those types of photos (lots of rocks with shadows, leafy-forest shots, rippled water…etc) it fails near 100%.

I hope the coming week finds you well, and that preparations for the upcoming holidays are on track! Enjoy!

I saw this over on Yahoo today (What Not To Buy…), and since it didn’t really offer any solutions, I thought I would present my own.  I can’t speak for Mom’s or 40ish women so much, so I’m not even going to try that, but since I’m nearing my 45th birthday, I figured I could help out with the Dad type gifts. These are not in any particular order, just what popped into my head while writing.

Gift Certificates – especially to Amazon.com, Home Depot,  Best Buy, or even a favorite “nice” restaurant (ie – Not Micky-D’s), so I can treat someone to a nice dinner & wine, or at least reduce a bit of the “wallet sting.”  I shop Amazon ALL the time because they have a lot of stuff I like: music, books, electronics, software, etc.  Most folks in their 40’s are not techno-dunces and readily shop online. People that are our parents (folks in their late 60’s on up) can be techno phobic, just FYI. 

 If you must get clothes… Get me stuff that I’ll actually wear.  Comfort is priority one, and functionality is right behind.  If it’s something that builds up a lot of static or attracts pet hair better than a vacuum cleaner – I’m not going to wear it.  Shirts must (MUST) have a shirt pocket or I will not wear them. If you’re going to get me slippers, they better be tough enough to go get the mail and paper at the end of the driveway (ie – they’d better have a substantial sole, so if I step on a pebble or a “goat-head” I don’t keel over in pain).  But honestly, I don’t like getting clothes that much, unless I really need them and have specifically asked for something. Ball caps are always good too – the good ones (real fabric, dark-colors, easy to adjust…) – on weekends I refer to them as my “Early Morning Hair Protection System.”

Tools – counter to what that previous article recommended, I love getting new tools, esp. garden tools. But that’s probably because I’m an avid gardener.  Anything that helps me get stuff done around the yard quicker so I can enjoy it longer from the patio.

Food treats – stuff like cinnamon honey, gourmet coffee, carmel corn, or other goodies you know we like but rarely buy/make on our own.

Portable MP3 players – this you may just want to get us a GC to Amazon tho’ since most guys I know are pretty particular about these types of personal electronics.

Accessories for gadgets we already have, like memory cards, USB sticks, external hard-drives, etc.

Hopefully this was a little bit helpful.  Now get out there and finish your shopping!

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