Another Picture of Amy

An old friend of Amy contacted me today, as she’d just heard about what happened. Amy had been a bridesmaid in her wedding four years ago, but they’d dropped out of touch. However, she had some pictures!

Amy the Bridesmaid

Of course, Amy is in the back wearing blue.

Update: Nancy sent me two more pictures.

Amy the Bridesmaid 3

Amy the Bridesmaid 4

A Change in Relationship Status

I’ve mentioned “a friend” a lot lately, and well, it’s time to introduce that friend. Everyone, meet Kathy.

We met online about a month ago, and at first just intended to hang out as friends and swap stories (she also lost her spouse, a couple of years ago). However, things just CLICKED. I feel like I’ve known her for years, and really enjoy the time we get to spend together. Among other things, it’s nice to be able to swap “spouse stories” without the other person getting annoyed. I don’t have to worry about bursting into tears when talking about happy memories of Amy and our years together.

(December 2009 update): Kathy and I are no longer in a “committed relationship”, but remain close friends.

Adapt and Overcome

I’ve got a big box containing at least 350-400 slides from Gray Lodge #329 that I need to scan.

One problem – my scanner (an old HP Scanjet 6200C) does not have a transparency adapter.

One trip to Ace Hardware later, things are working fine.

Six paint stirrer sticks (free), cut to appropriate lengths, taped to the scanner body over the glass with blue painter’s tape. These serve as guides to keep the slides straight; I can only put three slides on the glass at once.

One 18″ long, 15-watt flourescent light fixture with bulb. Once the slides are on the scanner glass, I position the light shining down through them down into the body of the scanner.

VueScan scanner software, running on my MacBook Core Duo (recently reinstalled with OSX 10.6.1 “Snow Leopard”). This supports the HP (and damn near every other scanner on the planet), and lets me put it into “transparency mode” where the built-in light on the scanner head is turned off. I’ve been using VueScan since 2001 and have never found anything better.

The scans are only ending up being around 800×600 since the maximum resolution of my scanner is 600dpi. However, this is fine for now; I’ll eventually buy a new scanner (whenever I’m able to sell some of Amy’s purse collection) and redo the scans at 1200dpi.

Update: A dedicated $40 slide scanner works great, although I still need to clean up the output a bit.