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Next time I think I'll just casually scan in three songs and email them to the accompanist, and get anything else at all accomplished in the same evening? Someone please KICK ME INNA HEAD.

Strike one: The eternal challenge of musical theatre vocal selections books, whose standard size is such that you can fit the print onto letter size paper, but you have to place it very carefully on the scanner or copier because the actual pages are larger. I don't know if this standard developed specifically to discourage copying, but if so, it works really really well. Because it can be done, but man is it a pain in the ass. And unavoidable, because every pianist on the planet HATES playing out of the books the way they're bound.

Strike two: I am a GREAT BIG DITZ and didn't pay attention to the fact that the new scanner's default settings appear to be "more colors than the human eye can actually see" and "so many dpi that the dots are actually subatomic particles." Resulting in such entertaining file sizes as THIRTY-FIVE MB for a four-page PDF.

Strike three: I should really upgrade to something newer than Acrobat 4.0 so that it's easier to fix something stupid like Strike Two without actually having to rescan everything (carefully placing and probably having to repeat at least a couple pages due to Strike One).

And I'm out. But 2 1/2 hours later, the files are in fact off to accompanist. It would have taken less time to copy the damn things at Kinko's and then drive them to her house. *sigh*

Writing? Editing and posting sound clips from Sunday night? Various overdue blogging? Put off one more day. But at least it is All Done..

Oh, wait. One of 'em bounced....

ETA: And just as I got it uploaded to my web space, I find out she has the score for the show it's from anyway. Oy.

Better planning = less wasted time. Always always always. "Measure twice, cut once" ain't just for carpentry.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 13th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
"entertaining file sizes"
I measured three times and still managed to accidentally cut too much off when hemming my fencing jacket sleeves this weekend ... just taking the literal side while commiserating. Sorry about all that time and frustration!
Aug. 13th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Re: "entertaining file sizes"
Oh, no! Will they still work? Or can you fudge it with bias tape binding or something? I don't know much about how those are constructed.
Aug. 14th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: "entertaining file sizes"
>"I don't know much about how those are constructed."

There are two main kinds, and mine is the older style. Imagine a tight, white, denim jacket that snaps up the side instead of in the middle. The fabric is a little bit thicker and sturdier than an average denim jacket all over, but it is double thick --- two layers -- on the right side (or the reverse, if you're left-handed) and quilted through those layers on the torso. You want the sleeves to cover your wrists, but not any more of your hands than your wrists. The glove on your weapon hand has a long cuff that goes over the sleeve.

The sleeves on mine were about three inches too long, and far, far too wide. The glove would barely fasten over it. Unfortunately, now the right sleeve is about an inch too short.

>"Will they still work? Or can you fudge it with bias tape binding or something?"

I bought a very thick wrist sweatband, and I'm going to try it as a stopgap on Thursday night. If it is not a tremendous success, I'll take the first two inches I cut off, cut down the width, hem the raw side, sew on some velcro, and make a separate cuff, to always put on like an extra guard.

(This is hand-sewing, by the way. I can't justify buying a machine with no time to use it, and no place to put it...)

I'm not likely to get hit just there, on my right wrist behind my bell guard. But I don't want to risk a broken wrist, just in case.

(Thank you for listening! I've wanted to talk about that! ~g~)
Aug. 13th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
I think you're being *very* generous to Kinko's to allow 2 1/2 hours (including travel time) for them to make copies. Just saying... :)
Aug. 13th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
*snerk* Maybe if I were asking them to do it. Self serve, I hope I could manage a total of twenty pages, even with adjusting the placement, in a reasonable time...
Aug. 13th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
Isn't it great the way technology makes our lives simpler and more efficient?
Aug. 13th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Absolutely! And makes us so much smarter, too...
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