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    This poem neither rhymes or scans....

    A nice, new Arbour seat for the garden.
    Needed 2 concrete pads for the base.
    I laid the pads.
    Advertised width of seat...144cm
    My Pads...144cm centre to centre...bang on.
    Assemble base of seat and measure width....
    Width 128cm....

    ...now where's my f****** mallet
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    ^ Reminds me when I fixed a spalled area of my front porch steps. Ran out of concrete patch halfway through and had to run to hardware for more. Also could not find my trowel so used a whisk broom. Came out pretty level with lines in it, but is two different colors from two different brands of patch. On the bright side, it is hard as a rock, but now the rest of the steps are slowly crumbling away. Oh, and I did spot the trowel recently, but couldn't say where because I forgot again.

    EDIT: Just ran out and took a photo of it with my cheap phone in poor lighting:
    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Jun-30-2020 at 16:40.
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    ^ LOL.....well remembered for remembering you spotted the trowel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I often include images in MS Word documents in my reports at work. I find embedding images is much nicer if you don't use the latest word version, that is not .docx, but .doc. It is as simple as deleting the x off the file name or maybe saving the .docx as a .doc (which I think maybe says 2003 version). I always found images and figures to be very squirrelly in the .docx files.
    Aha! Thanks for that. I did wonder whether Word 'upgrades' or improvements (sic) might have had a hand in the madness. One thing I have learned the hard way is to avoid .jpg files if pic quality matters. I use .tif formats as much as possible even though it makes for big file sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fairlea View Post
    I have spent much of the last week trying to finalise the print-ready version of (ahem...) my latest book. And I hit the problem of photographic images pasted into a Word file becoming very low-res, with hugely reduced bit-depth, when converted to pdf/a format, despite me tweaking all the necessary Word Advanced Options.
    Eventually I solved the problem, but only by taking the images through umpteen different stages and a third software package altogether. Success! The print-ready pics look as lovely as they should.
    So what's my gripe? Simply this: WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO DAMN TRICKY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All I'm doing is putting pictures into a test document and saving the whole shebang as a pdf. It's not Fermat's Last Theorem.
    I am often amazed at how poor Word is at performing the basic tasks of document preparation. The biggest nightmare for me was thinking I should use "metafile" or "advanced metafile" to past a vector graphic into a word document. All sorts of weird things would happen, line thickness would change, font sizes would change, alignment would change, and somethings were right in metafile and others were right in advanced metafile. Lord, it is pasting from one microsoft program to another microsoft program using a proprietary microsoft format. Why can't they get it right? In the end, the only solution was to convert everything to tif, png, or some similar uncompressed image format. The basic gripe with word, when it is automatically "fixing" things for you like optimizing image resolutions, then it makes a hash of it and it is impossible to "unfix."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fairlea View Post
    Aha! Thanks for that. I did wonder whether Word 'upgrades' or improvements (sic) might have had a hand in the madness. One thing I have learned the hard way is to avoid .jpg files if pic quality matters. I use .tif formats as much as possible even though it makes for big file sizes.
    Never tired tiffs. I get some pgn files but find jpgs are way smaller in file size. The jpgs work fine for me in my documents, especially since I don't want large file sizes. In fact I just finished a report today that several figures and two photographs. I made the photographs to a size in Paint similar to what they will display in word. I discovered also that this Word document is a docx but the figures are behaving. I think it is worse when I get someone else's reports, especially where someone has done picture editing in Word, or wrapped text around a picture. But for sure, images are much simpler in doc files. I don't use auto numbering or any of that fancy stuff because, well, I just never learned it and when I have someone else's document with auto numbering it is a beast to work in.
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    ^^^I think the problem is that the sophisticated image formats have hidden properties like native size (in inches, or cm), native resolution (dots per inch) which might be totally inappropriate the the way the image has been resized and pasted it into the document. I suspect Word can end up using these inappropriate values when it decides to automatically resize images on output, and make a hash of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    ^^^I think the problem is that the sophisticated image formats have hidden properties like native size (in inches, or cm), native resolution (dots per inch) which might be totally inappropriate the the way the image has been resized and pasted it into the document. I suspect Word can end up using these inappropriate values when it decides to automatically resize images on output, and make a hash of it.
    Yes, that's entirely plausible. Thanks to all who have contributed to this topic. I am reassured that it's not just me being inept!

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    One of the most watched YouTube channels about chess was taken down by YT yesterday, allegedly because in one of the videos the presenter said "white is clearly better than black" a number of times as the game progressed. They have put the channel back today. The world is slowly but surely going mad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    Well, that's not easy to hear! I hope all goes well with them.
    He turned out positive and my colleague on work as well...Its everywhere lately.
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    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    One of the most watched YouTube channels about chess was taken down by YT yesterday, allegedly because in one of the videos the presenter said "white is clearly better than black" a number of times as the game progressed. They have put the channel back today. The world is slowly but surely going mad.
    So much content to oversee on Youtube (or, for that matter, Facebook).

    That sort of volume of videos cannot be policed by humans, even several hundred of them, so it's left to bots. When they err, humans intervene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    So much content to oversee on Youtube (or, for that matter, Facebook).

    That sort of volume of videos cannot be policed by humans, even several hundred of them, so it's left to bots. When they err, humans intervene.
    Chess match narrators will have to adapt: "...clearly the individual playing large albedo pieces is better than the individual playing low albedo pieces..."
    There are two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. - Duke Ellington.

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