F 1 D 0 - 2003 05 17 at 1400 A good day. When closing "A Day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch", the author said, "almost a good day." This day was better than almost. It was very good. As a time saving measure, I'll plagarize my own recent email on the subject. Let me see. Ann and I did a lot of things together today. It began with a mild complaint that I was slowly ruining the kitchen, so that was my cue to build the final steel shelving unit. It went together well. This set the tone for a wonderful day, actually. By handling this instantly, rather than delaying for a better time, cheered us on to the Lunch Bunch thing. They have not seen us in a few weeks, so we were warmly greeted. One of the profs, Helen, brought some Olivia books. This is about a piglet, who is like many young girls growing up. If you see it anywhere, read it over. I like how it uses the colour Red. We took our time coming back home from Lunch Bunch, and look! it was 5pm or something. Along the way, we stopped at Radio Shack. They had a sale on MP3 players. I wanted to see if the one they had for 69.99 was much better/worse than the RCA I only just picked up from Zellers for 129.99 - reg $200. This KOSS unit had better amplification. Nicer buttons. Worse display (mostly numeric). I'll bring an MP3 disk over to Radio Shack, and may get it IN ADDITION to the one I have already. I should contact the Unitarian Church. They're not far from here, and now four different people have suggested them as a place for my dance. I should delay no more. I'm not sure why I remembered this in the middle of my day report, but anyway. So I didn't get the MP3 player, but we did pick up a nice Epson Scanner Printer Copier all in one printer. It's now all set up. It works fast, it works well, the colour is much better than the old Canon Bubblejet we had. It's the Epson Stylus CX5200. The software is fine on Ann's machine, but on mine it is a light form of spyware. It sends a copy of anything I print over the internet. Very weird. If I don't let it talk internet, it doesn't send the file locally. Grrrr. Still, all is well. It's working. It's scanning. It's printing. And it copies. Works on cheap paper, good paper, photo paper; everything. It came with a USB cable, so I went back to Radio shack to get the 20.00 plus taxes. After that, I noticed a big sale at Burger King (whoppers for 1.00) so I went. After that was when I realized I was missing dancing. Sigh. I got there at 906pm, but because the sets were full, and it was just a new dance being taught, I didn't actually get started until after 930pm. Got two dances in. Oh well. After that, I went to Safeway's for Skim Milk, Bananas, Apples. Stuff. They're open until 1100pm. Then I rushed to meet Ann at the studio. We hung out there until almost 100am. I guess I didn't have to rush, but I did. - - I've returned to a project I set aside ages ago. Trying to Colour By Numbers. If you search for Paint by Numbers, you'll get a popular Asian game, but not the familiar outline and colour numbers. One product ColorBN http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/11696.html was so complicated, I wasn't able to learn how to get it to do my bidding. Here is what it *does* do. It knows about certain professional colours of paint and crayons. It will let you pick which ones to use, up to 32 of them. Once it has finished its magic, you can print the colour key, print the outlines which will get painted, or print the simplified picture it made of your JPG. So, that's the good news. The bad news is, most of the choices of regions and colours use a very artistic (drug induced?) system. I'm sure I have the power to alter its choices, but I wasn't able to figure it out last night. I woke up this morning, and realized that Corel Draw had a program called Corel Trace in the suite. When I checked on version 7, they've combined OCR and Tracing. Again, it wasn't a load and go thing. Some learning was required. But this program was much closer to what I was looking for. Its purpose was to convert a picture, like a JPG, into a series of vectors (regions of filled polygons, as many as are needed) to describe the same thing. This was the ticket. It was a bit of fiddling but I eventually got what I wanted. 1. Corel Trace. a. load the jpg b. convert it c. save it as a CMX file 2. Corel Draw a. load the CMX file b. save it as CDR for safekeeping c. print if you like d. save it again CDR with a new name e. select the entire image f. choose FILL (paintcan), X (means NO fill, please). g. panic. Image disappears! h. choose OUTLINE (fountain pen), thin line (not the one with two arrows, but the thicker one) i. breathe. Image returns as outline only. j. save, print, whatever. Job is done. Done enough. That's all I know.