In the second episode of Terry Tucker the Midnight Trucker, Terry picks up Sparky and learns all about the love of Sparky’s life, a mystic named Sheila, and an equally mysterious text called “The Book of Feelings.” Will Terry be able to unravel Sparky’s hazy way of speaking and reunite him with Sheila? It’s a “particular situation” you’re going to need to watch for yourself to find out!
I really like that an entire fictional movie about telephone operators exists.
Here is the first episode of Terry Tucker the Midnight Trucker from Snow Arch Films.
In the first episode of Terry Trucker the Midnight Trucker, Terry gives a ride to Ian who’s a little distraught over having lost his job at Banana Pancakes. Will Terry be able to give Ian the business advice he needs to make his dreams come true? Hop aboard and, “Don’t give up on your dreams!”
In this episode of The James Spader Podcast, hosts Mike Gray and Chris Onderick of Snow Arch Films and Erik Pepple with the Wexner Center for the Arts, dive into “Starcrossed” (1985) directed by Jeffrey Bloom. The cast comes replete with excerpts from an exclusive interview with director and writer Jeffrey Bloom, as well as a discussion of a “Starcrossed” remix, and finally a rather long-winded tangential discussion about logo culture.
I’ve been hauling around boxes and boxes of notes from my past. Things from graduate school, things from college. Things I had poured years of my life into. As a result, I have a hard time throwing some of this stuff away, even though there’s a 99.9% chance I will never use it again.
Recently, I searched around for some kind of service to scan it all in for me for a price, but it appears that most of those places cater to businesses. Scanning all my crap on a flatbed scanner was depressing since it would be way too slow of a process. I even thought about renting storage space to store this crap in just to free up closet space.
Things changed during my brief tenure at a nuclear power plant, where I was introduced to a $5000 document scanner than could scan 90 double sided pages a minute (180 pages). It was crazy. It was also $5000. Sure it slowed down when you scanned at a resolution I would use (600 dpi) for archiving important stuff, but you could still chew through a binder of papers in 5 minutes or so. A little bit of research turned up their consumer version for $400, the Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500. I figured that would be small price to pay to allow me to part with some of my crap with no guilt, so I bought one. It scans about 30 pages per minute at 600 dpi, which is 60 pages if you are scanning in duplex.
This thing is amazing. So far in the two weeks I’ve had it, I’ve scanned over 5000 pages1, enough to fill a 12″ x 12″ x 24″ box. Most of this stuff was handwritten notes, written lightly in pencil on an assortment of paper types (legal paper, notebook paper, engineering graph paper, and printer paper). The auto adjustments for darkness are pretty much perfect and so far everything has come out great. Better than what I got from the aforementioned $5000 scanner. The software will also automatically remove blank pages, i.e., the back sides of paper if you are scanning in duplex. The OCR is pretty quick too, so you can get searchable PDFs. If you are on Windows (I’m not) you also get a full version of Adobe Acrobat X, which is a pretty nice program.
In addition to my old physics notes, I’ve been archiving old investment and bank statements, allowing me to shred that stuff and get rid of it. Once the years of backlog material is worked through, when a new bill or statement comes through, it will take about 20 seconds to scan it and file it.
This short review probably sounds like I’m getting paid to write it. I know I don’t normally write shit like this, but this is seriously a really useful purchase that will change the way I deal files. If you don’t have as big of a backlog as I do, I think Fujitsu sells slower but cheaper scanners. I figured I’d spend the extra money since after I finish my files, I’m going to work several other people’s files, and the extra speed will pay off.
Mostly scanned during the first week of ownership. ↩
In the third episode of The James Spader Podcast, hosts Mike Gray and Chris Onderick of Snow Arch Films and Erik Pepple with the Wexner Center for the Arts tackle “Endless Love” (1981) directed by Franco Zeffirelli. In addition to James Spader, the film would feature performances from Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt and serve as the screen debut for Tom Cruise. What will the verdict on the film be, and will the word “patriarch” be mentioned during the course of the discussion? Listen and find out!
In the second show of The James Spader Podcast, hosts Mike Gray and Chris Onderick of Snow Arch Films, and Erik Pepple with the Wexner Center for the Arts, examine Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction (1983) directed by Paul Wendkos and featuring performances from actors Dennis Weaver, Karen Grassle, Jeffrey Tambor and Pamela Bellwood. Special guests Joel Stigliano and Marissa Wolf also join the show and perform remixes of scenes from the movie in an attempt to discover if there is sympathy for Tambor, and whether or not this TV movie has it in spades.
This weekend, Buff and I hosted a St. Patrick’s Day dinner for some close friends. Shepherd’s Pie (actually, Cottage Pie) and green cabbage were served, and I got the inspiration to try to make Black and Tans to drink. (more…)