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

What program were you using?
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.
May. 10th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
The list of cards. :-) I just used Access for my inventory. ~shrug~
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.
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.
May. 10th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'll send you the summary, and then you can tell me how much of the rest of the lists you want.

My current system works pretty well for me: In the Green Binders of Doom, in the database. In boxes or loose somewhere, not in the database. If I take anything out of the binders to put in a deck, the deck gets sleeves and I put a note in the sleeve with the card so I know to put it back again.

However, as noted previously, that's not useful for trading.
May. 10th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
I used to have Binders of Doom. Then I moved everything into boxes for easy transport. I started the inventory with the old stuff that was in the binders. The Giant Box of Doom has mostly new stuff in it. Then of course there are the actual constructed decks. Too much to do before June 23rd rolls around...
May. 10th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
June 23?

Is that the vacation, or is it some other important thing I don't know about?
May. 10th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
It is indeed the beginning of vacation. Actually, it officially begins on the 24th when we get to the cabin. But I'll be at my parent's house in Maine on the 23rd. We're going to a baseball game and probably will do lunch or dinner at Cap'n Newicks...mmm...fried seafood. ~drool~
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?
May. 10th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well, after that, there wasn't anyone stranger... ;-)

But, actually, you were more someone to be my friend so I didn't have to hide in my computer all the time. It was mostly Cathy bringing the strangers into my room at all hours of the night that got me partway over the not-talking-to-people.
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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.
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*
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.
May. 11th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
Well yes dammit... I want a game.
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.
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...
May. 11th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
*ears perk up* People want to play Magic? Glee!

I'm in. Anytime anyone wants to get a game in, let me know. I've got my decks in the car. :-)
May. 11th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Similarly, you can suggest it if you think of it in down time...
May. 11th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Pearlman House of Horrors.

PHoH is considerably easier to type than "amy_pearlman and blackfog's house".
May. 11th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
I had gotten the Pearlman House of something... I had been thinking Haberdashery... but I guess Horrors works as well.
May. 11th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
Do you really see it as a House of Haberdashery?
May. 11th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
No... but it could be that faster than I feel it could be made into a house of horrors.
May. 11th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
All depends on what horrifies you, doesn't it?
May. 12th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
And a house of Haberdashery and Horror would be weird.
May. 12th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Horror Haberdashery: Dressing the well-bred monsters and villains since 1873.
May. 13th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Vampires, having trouble with shirts that show blood stains? Come to Horror Haberdashery, and check out the new line of Arrow blood resistant shirts...
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