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Announcements / Re: New Forum Changes
« on: June 22, 2012, 02:45:01 PM »
It's about time we got a competent admin around here!

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Oh, also, I apologize in advance for the increase in price since the last batch.  Royal Mail just did a major price increase on postage rates -- in some cases an increase of between 50-70%.  Very annoying.  To hopefully lessen the sting a bit, I'll make sure to include extra FES freebies (stickers, keychains, etc).

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For the first time since November, we're offering Flat Earth Society t-shirts and hoodies in the Flat Earth Shop.  In addition to the original design, there's a new special edition design based on illustrations from everyone's favorite, Earth Not A Globe and a headline from an issue of the UZS "Earth" journal!  That new design includes a back print as well.  Exciting stuff!  Pre-orders will last until May 27th and should ship about 2 weeks after that.  And unlike with membership packs, I'm usually very punctual about t-shirts.  Anyway, here's the two designs that are now available:


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Announcements / Re: Interview with Totally Dublin!
« on: March 28, 2012, 02:53:26 PM »
I recently did an interview with a local publication called Totally Dublin, which is a free magazine about local culture and events. It's distributed across Dublin and is also available online, where you can read the interview (starting on page 28):


http://issuu.com/totallydublin/docs/td91


The interview was much more casual than you might think reading the article (i.e. it's not a word for word transcription), but I saw the final draft before it was published and thought it was accurate and fair - it really gets across the different ideas and perspectives that the society has to offer. Basically, I'm very pleased!

Wow, excellent work!  Another great piece of publicity to raise awareness!

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A little dance?  More like a completely choreographed dance number with fireworks, a laser show and a slackline team.

Just for the record, I choreographed John's dance and approved the laser show before he performed them.  I don't know what slackline teams are, though, so the Society can't officially endorse that.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Just to Clearify Things
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:39:23 PM »
I believe that this very admin also banned me from this forum for almost a month for something that I was saying in Angry Renting. I always thought that Angry Renting was specifically designed for venting and foul play, so why was I banned?



That is a man with a very clear message.

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If you're still having problems, please PM me the IP address from which you're unable to access the site.  And let me know if it's just the forums or the entire domain.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: FES's performance is terrible
« on: March 09, 2012, 04:24:46 PM »
I have a henhouse that needs guarding.  Anyone have a fox I could borrow?  Thanks in advance.

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:39:14 PM »
And here's issue 51!

The Earth - No. 51 (pdf)

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:19:24 PM »
I've put another copy of The Earth online.  It's issues 49-50 and includes the photos of Blount's Bedford Level Experiment as well as a very cool illustration of an airship of some sort. 

The Earth - No. 49-50 (pdf)

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For the first time in recent memory, the online membership registry is 100% up-to-date.  We currently have precisely 421 members. 

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Flat Earth Merchandise
« on: March 06, 2012, 01:54:32 PM »
I've had a fair number of request for stuff beyond the usual t-shirts.  I've thought about that before but the cost usually gets in the way.  With unusual (well, compared to t-shirts) stuff like hats and scarves, not many people are likely to buy them and the per-unit cost would make them prohibitively expensive.  If people want FES stuff, I try to do it as cheaply as possible while maintaining good quality.  The t-shirts are a good middle-ground.  I can sell those for $20 (including international air mail), provide a good-quality item that people enjoy and use the $1ish I make on each shirt to help offset the cost of hosting the site, etc.  So everybody's happy, from what I can tell.  I don't think I'd feel good about people paying like $40 for a FES-branded baseball cap or whatever.

I am looking into some printed items like posters, though.  I've found a lot of great illustrations in some of the books we inherited recently.  I may be able to scan them, clean the images up and do a small run of posters/prints based on that.  Not just a big logo on a white background, but good-quality art prints of some of the amazing illustrations from the UZS era.  I really love the style of those diagrams.  And if I ever get my silk-screening setup working, that will open up lots of new possibilities like doing limited-edition shirts where I hand-screen 20 of them as part of the next Winter Charity Drive and then never print that design again.  And the only way to get one is to donate $xx to whatever charity we're working with.  But I'm probably getting ahead of myself :)  Designing and making stuff is a hobby of mine so I sometimes get carried away thinking about that sort of thing.  I need to get caught up on a small backlog of membership packs before I start worrying about all of the little side-projects..

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
« on: February 29, 2012, 03:44:26 PM »
Sorry to go on about this, but i still can"t read any of Daniel"s new files. I get the "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" message when i do. I wouldn"t mention it, but it"s been like this for a few days.

Mizuki x

Sorry about that.  That will reset tomorrow.  And I'll be looking into expanding the bandwidth for the library this month to avoid this in the future.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are your Favorite T.V. Shows
« on: February 25, 2012, 06:28:09 AM »
I'm tempted to start watching the show just for him. Is he as fun to listen to as he is to look at?

He is awesome. The show is interesting, too. You don't have to believe in ancient alien astronauts, the archeological sites they talk about are interesting enough on their own. Then the bonus is how they link everything that has ever happened in mythology to aliens.

You're not exaggerating either.  According to that show, everything that ever happened throughout human history has directly or indirectly involved aliens.

On a related note: if you enjoy Ancient Aliens, try to track down an old movie from the 1970's called "Chariots of the Gods".  It's very much the blueprint for the entire Ancient Aliens series.  And it's really fascinating to watch.  In terms of format and presentation, it's like an old educational film.. but one that was produced in an alternate dimension.  The soundtrack is great too.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are your Favorite T.V. Shows
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:11:02 PM »
Ancient Aliens (I like his hair, OKAY?)

Ancient Aliens buddies!  High-five!

His hair is even bigger this season!

Season 4: Bigger hair, darker tan, browner suits.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are your Favorite T.V. Shows
« on: February 23, 2012, 03:36:12 PM »
Ancient Aliens (I like his hair, OKAY?)

Ancient Aliens buddies!  High-five!

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:42:13 PM »
Actually, scratch that.  I have tons of issues.  I just found a bound book which includes lots and lots of The Earth issues including the one Tom mentioned.  Unfortunately, that page only includes a written description of the experiment instead of a photo.  However.. in a different book, I did find the photo!  It's part of a larger pamphlet that I don't have time to scan right now before bed, but I've scanned the photo itself.  As far as I know, this is a first.  I've never seen that photo anywhere else..


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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:21:58 PM »

Daniel just posted issue No 48 of Earth Not a Globe Review. The picture is in issue 49. This appears on page 383 of issue 48:



A recounting of the experiment starts on page 389.

Hmm.  Unfortunately, I only have issues 47, 48, 56, 72, 73, 74 and 75.

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 23, 2012, 01:33:58 AM »
What program are you using to pdf these? 

If Adobe Acrobat, there are a few settings to carefully choose.    Here ya go: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Acrobat/8.0/Standard/help.html?content=WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7f71.html

Ask if you need me to parse that for ya.

Initially, I was just using OSX's built-in scanner/preview software.  It works well enough but the filesize isn't great.  I tried Acrobat and that wasn't much better.  It's either massive files of good quality or small files where it's unreadable.  The best luck I've had so far has been running it through PrimoPDF.  It's not great but seems to be the best option of the ones I've seen.  It's still nowhere near as good as I was hoping, though.  I've downloaded PDF books based on scans before and some were like 10megs for 200 pages while retaining pretty decent quality.  As it is, the best I've done is 2megs for 15 pages.  Not terrible but not great either.

Edit: Actually, never mind.  I've got a system in place now and it works really well.  Smallish sizes, decent quality.  I've already scanned two booklets.  More to come!

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:55:23 AM »
JPEG is usually better when you have lots of colors and color variations (16-24 bit color).  GIF is usually better when you have a more limited palette (8 bit color or less).

Yes, JPG is generally better for photographs rather than B/W documents.  Dropping the documents to GIFs using 4 colours has reduced the size drastically.  The only problem I'm running into now is that when I put them files into a PDF, the size increases quite a bit.  For example, I have a 14-page pamphlet which totaly about 800k as a series of GIFs.  When I make a PDF out of those same files, the size increases to 2.2megs.  Does the PDF format automatically re-encode images with a less efficient method than GIFs?

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Flat Earth Q&A / Re: Moon shrimp
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:58:53 PM »
Has anyone produced an illustration of a moon shrimp?  Preferably vectorized?

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:52:38 PM »
File size depends greatly on the resolution color depth you use.  In my experience, PDFs for things like text and line art, 200 dpi b/w is usually quite legible and pretty reasonable file size wise.  If you need gray scale or color, then obviously the file size will grow accordingly.  My guess is that 200 dpi b/w will be good for much of your older material. 

You may also want to look into OCR so that the material can be searchable, but it would require an awful lot of proof reading to catch the inevitable errors.
This.
OCR is great and cuts file sizes down.
Your PDFs are also a larger resolution than they need to be.  You can definitely cut them down when you upload them.  Just have the high quality archived somewhere, like your home computer.

Yeah, I'm making a lot of progress now.  I've played around with different settings and sheets that used to be 200-300k JPGs are now 35-45k GIFs with relatively little loss of quality.  It kind of depends on the type/quality of the original images.  Most of the Shenton letters are from digital photos rather than scans.  And they're on thin paper with typing on both sides which makes it trickier.  Once I start actually scanning things (especially commercially-printed books/pamphlets), everything should be a lot easier to work with.

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:37:04 PM »
Thank you for the reply Daniel. I have no idea what 'hotlinking protection' is, though!

It prevents people from easily downloading the same file over and over again.  You have to access the files by clicking on links on the website.  So if you just copy/paste the URL of that particular PDF, it won't work.  Not sure if that's what you did but it seems like it may be the case.  In any event, if you go to the library page and click on the links there, they should work.

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:24:22 PM »
When i click on any of these new links, i get:-

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /library/Experimental_Proofs.pdf on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


I just tried several different files including the one you mentioned specifically.  Everything worked fine.  There's hotlinking protection in place, though, so that might be the issue if you're trying to directly access the files.  I just tested that and it gives the same error you quoted.

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:45:17 AM »
Oh, also, a quick technical question:

Does anyone have experience with compressing scanned/photographed documents?  I'll have a pretty huge amount of material available and I'd like to compress it to small a size as possible while keeping it readable.  As it is, PDFs containing 20 pages of photographed black-and-white documents are coming in at around 2.5megs.  Not terrible but I imagine it could be better..

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Announcements / Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:40:58 AM »
I'll be posting a comprehensive catalogue of the materials in the next week or so in case anyone has specific things they'd like to see digitised early on.

Is there any chance that you have a copy of the famous Lady Blount Bedford Levels picture that Tom keeps going on about but doesn't ever want to produce?

I haven't looked at everything yet, but I haven't seen any photos like that.  I'll let people know if/when that surfaces..

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Announcements / A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« on: February 20, 2012, 04:37:44 PM »
As of Friday, I'm in possession of the massive archive of Samuel Shenton's Flat Earth materials from the Science Fiction Foundation at the University of Liverpool library!  This has been in the works for a while now but just became a reality last week when I visited Liverpool to pick up the collection.  It's HUGE.  There are numerous books (many extremely rare), letters (to and from Shenton), handwritten notes and diagrams, presentation posters.. and much, much more.  It's basically filling up an entire bookshelf in my house now.  Digitising it will be a long process but I have a few things (about 60 pieces of correspondence from Samuel Shenton) online already and more to come very soon. Check the Library on the main site to see what's there.  I'll be posting a comprehensive catalogue of the materials in the next week or so in case anyone has specific things they'd like to see digitised early on.

I'll be sending out a press release about this in the next few days as well.  Big, big news for the Society!

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Are you two still having issues accessing the site?  If so, can you PM me with the IP addresses from which you're unable to access the site? 

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Technical Support / Re: Technical To Do List
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:20:28 PM »
I've installed a new captcha system for new account registration.  Hopefully this will slow down spam bots.  We'll keep an eye on it and see if there's any improvement..

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