September 11th, 2007

marcus 2013

Flatland, three hole binders

I'm making good progress with the OCR of "An Episode of Flatland"; all of the book is now scanned, and I'm more than half-way through proofreading and conversion to HTML. I ought to have the first pass on line later this week. Fortunately Omnipage seems to have started working again as abruptly as it stopped - I think that the problem may have been incompatibility with my previous anti-virus program, AVG - and the process has been more or less trouble free; the less was a computer freeze on Sunday which was probably down to accidentally hitting the scanner's "photocopy" button while Omnipage was running, and didn't actually lose any data.

In other news, at work I've just received some very nice American datalogging equipment which comes with an impressive amount of documentation; all of it on US sized paper, and punched for an American three-hole binder. Does anyone reading this know of a reasonably inexpensive source for these binders in the London area?

An Episode of Flatland

I got on faster than I expected this evening and now have the first draft scan of Hinton's An Episode of Flatland on line. As far as I know this is the first time the complete text has been put on line - this may be because it simply isn't as good a book as Abbott's Flatland, although the physical world described (at least in the introduction) is a good deal more scientifically plausible than the original. Unfortunately later sections tend to under-emphasise the peculiar nature of the 2D world. I still think I can do something with it for RPG purposes, though the next Forgotten Futures will come first.

I'd be grateful for comments before I put up links to it - there are probably lots of errors I've missed.