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I was out at lunchtime, and the outdoors looks too good to be true. The trees and flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining brightly in the blue sky, and flags are rippling in the breeze.

In practice, of course, it is a little too good to be true. The trees and flowers are also in pollen, so there's a light green film coating everything. Also, it's just humid and warm enough to be slightly muggy, while not warm enough to justify air conditioning.

Indoors, it's been a bit hectic. I was out sick yesterday, so I've been playing catch-up all day. We had to file papers yesterday that I had prepared, and today was one of the tax appeal deadlines. It's good to be busy with stuff I understand and can actually get out the door, though.

Meanwhile, while at home yesterday, I geeked out with my Magic card inventory. I finally finished printing my have/want lists and summarizing them, which is the same project that killed my old printer some months back. It looks like I may need to find a new inventory program, because they seem to have stopped producing set updates for the one I've been using for years. Entering new sets by hand for the old program would be a lot of work. On the other hand, re-entering my existing inventory would also be a lot of work, and this program doesn't seem to export to anything but Excel - good for working with, not so good for changing programs.

I'm well aware that it’s a strange hobby for me; if it were TV advertising, I'd be muttering "so not the target demographic" under my breath. I've never claimed to be an ordinary woman, though.

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talanos
May. 10th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Ooo...any chance you'd share that inventory? :-)

What program were you using?
collacentaur
May. 10th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
The information, or the cards themselves?

I've been using Magic:the Database (www.magicdb.net). No bells and whistles, just what I want from it.

I looked at a couple of others last night, but I don't recall the names at the moment. Can tell you when I get home, if you're curious.
talanos
May. 10th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
The list of cards. :-) I just used Access for my inventory. ~shrug~
collacentaur
May. 10th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
1) ...sure, but it's a rather long list - or a lot of short lists.

More to the point, I suspect, all I have on the list are the first copy of each card. I had a hard drive crash about 2 years ago, and I lost the database that had *all* the cards. I only re-entered the display copies in the binders, and have never gotten around to the duplicates.

So, if you're looking for trade potential, it probably exists, but the list may not be so very helpful. (But, on the other hand, I'm generally interested, so we can talk.) If you're just curious about what I have, on the other hand, it's fine for satisfying curiosity.

2) When I started collecting, I used a generic spreadsheet/database-type-thing (actually, that's what I did during my first two weeks at Drew, while I was still afraid to talk to strangers). However, I like to be able to access all the information, which requires a substantial amount of data entry, and I want to be able to generate the lists of what I don't have as easily as lists of what I do have. Freeware/shareware programs where someone else did the hard work seemed like a good choice when I got back into it post-college.
talanos
May. 10th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
Curiosity mostly, but perhaps for trading as well. ;-)

My problem is figuring which cards I've actually inventoried and which ones still need to be cataloged.
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notjustcamilla
May. 10th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
actually, that's what I did during my first two weeks at Drew, while I was still afraid to talk to strangers

So did I make you more or less afraid to talk to people?
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collacentaur
May. 10th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Anything can be converted to anything, given enough time. Need any help from a bored perl programmer?

You must be very bored indeed.

Actually, according to the site, it's just an Access database for the most part. So, it's definitely easy to find a way to convert it to another format.

Hm. In that case, I'll play around a little more with some of the other programs, and if I find one I like, I'll copy everything onto the laptop and bring it to come see you.
caniswolfie
May. 10th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Mmm.. magic.

Do you still play at all? I haven't really gotten around to doing it at all and I have all these cards.. *shrug*
collacentaur
May. 10th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Not in a while... but I'm sure it will come around again. If nothing else, usually when I babble about it, people get interested again for a little while.
daernhelm
May. 11th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
Well yes dammit... I want a game.
collacentaur
May. 11th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
Stick a deck or two in your car when you're heading to the PHoH. Enough of us play casually that sooner or later you'll find someone who'll play in the downtime.
crifmer
May. 11th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
You know, I should bring a deck or two over one day. I haven't played in years and years, and I think I'd probably have more fun playing with you than with Andrew... wait... that came out wrong... still accurate, but wrong...
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daernhelm
May. 11th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
PHoH?
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