A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!

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Daniel

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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #30 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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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #31 on: February 22, 2012, 06:27:15 AM »
Since GIF was a proprietary format for a long time, there probably is some conversion to a JPEG2000 based format.  Does your scanning software have the option to save directly as a PDF without having to go through an intermediate format?  Most modern copiers will let you scan and save multi-page PDFs directly so I would think that most other scanning software should be able to as well.  If not, you might want to try scanning and saving as a b/w TIFF and then converting to PDF.

This Wikipedia article may give you some insight into how PDFs handle raster images:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format#Raster_images
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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2012, 06:32:16 AM »
Tsk, tsk, Tom.  One man's crap is another man's historical record.

Most of the correspondence will be 1950's versions of the newbie threads about circumnavigation/eclipses/seasons that we see every day.

Well, that's not very zetetic of you, Tom.  Without actually seeing the correspondence, it's impossible to know for sure what they contain.

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It's a shame that those journals are lost and the public debates with leading scientists of the day went unrecorded.

My guess is that those public debates were 1870's versions of the newbie threads about circumnavigation/eclipses/seasons that we see every day.
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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2012, 06:53:34 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.
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« Reply #34 on: February 22, 2012, 06:18:49 PM »
As of Friday, I'm in possession of the massive archive of Samuel Shenton's Flat Earth materials from the Science Fiction Foundation

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Daniel

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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #35 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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Tom Bishop

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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2012, 01:28:03 PM »
This topic looks familiar:



From Page 28 of "The Sea-Earth Globe and and its Monstrous Hypothetical Motions" by Zetetes
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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2012, 01:48:59 PM »
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?

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.
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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #39 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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« Reply #40 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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Tom Bishop

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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2012, 08:17:06 PM »
The fact that a single issue of The Earth Not a Globe Review could reach almost 400 pages in length illustrates how serious the early Flat Earth Society was.

And it was allegedly a monthly journal...

Here's the text of the Calico Sheet experiment as described in issue 48:

« Last Edit: February 23, 2012, 08:26:17 PM by Tom Bishop »

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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2012, 02:02:26 AM »
I've discovered that there is also hotlinking "protection" on the site's theme images, so that when viewed without sending the (again, optional) HTTP Referer header, the FES homepage looks completely broken:



Once again, for the sake of your users who are unable to access the PDFs in the library or even browse the site normally, and because it doesn't provide any actual protection (as demonstrated in my previous post, which you ignored), I request that you remove this hotlinking "protection".
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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2012, 03:56:15 PM »
For those hindered by Daniel's hotlinking "protection", and in light of him ignoring me trying to inform him of this hindrance, I am now mirroring the PDFs available in the Flat Earth Library without any download restrictions whatsoever:

http://feslibrary.steven-mcdonald.id.au/

I'll be updating this periodically as new items are added to the Library. I hope this is of some use to Mizuki, and any others having difficulty accessing these files.
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« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2012, 04:08:13 PM »
For those hindered by Daniel's hotlinking "protection", and in light of him ignoring me trying to inform him of this hindrance, I am now mirroring the PDFs available in the Flat Earth Library without any download restrictions whatsoever:

http://feslibrary.steven-mcdonald.id.au/

I'll be updating this periodically as new items are added to the Library. I hope this is of some use to Mizuki, and any others having difficulty accessing these files.
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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2012, 04:10:42 PM »
What happens if you get DOSed?

That's my own concern. I'll deal with it if it happens.
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Parsifal

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« Reply #46 on: March 02, 2012, 05:35:57 PM »
Update: I have written a script that will automatically update my mirror of the Flat Earth Library every hour, on the hour. It won't download files it already has, so you don't need to worry about bandwidth exhaustion as a result of this.

However, if you do have any objections to this, please contact me.
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« Reply #47 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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« Reply #48 on: March 09, 2012, 03:39:14 PM »
And here's issue 51!

The Earth - No. 51 (pdf)

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« Reply #49 on: March 27, 2012, 02:07:24 PM »
It looks like the hotlinking protection has finally been removed. Thanks to Daniel and/or John Davis (I'm not sure who was responsible for this).
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« Reply #50 on: March 27, 2012, 03:10:54 PM »
I still can"t read them, Parsifal. I think it"s because i need to download a PDF reader. When i click on the links i get a box that says "what should firefox do with this file? open with or saue file."

If i download a PDF reader, will i be able to read them?

Sorry if i sound a bit dim  :(

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« Reply #51 on: March 27, 2012, 03:14:41 PM »
Might I suggest Acrobat Reader? As you can see, it doesn't have any v's in the name. ;)

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« Reply #52 on: March 27, 2012, 03:18:42 PM »
Might I suggest Acrobat Reader? As you can see, it doesn't have any v's in the name. ;)

 :)

Thanks Thork. I"ll go and try and download it now x x
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« Reply #53 on: March 27, 2012, 03:27:35 PM »
 :) :) :)

It Works! Thank you Thork. I can read Daniel"s files!

I was supposed to be hauing an early night, but that"s not going to happen now.

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Re: A HUGE announcement about the Flat Earth Library!
« Reply #54 on: March 27, 2012, 03:42:21 PM »
Might I suggest Acrobat Reader? As you can see, it doesn't have any v's in the name. ;)

A wider range of suggestions is available at http://pdfreaders.org/.
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