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hdschellnack's picture

Hrant, if you mean you like their desktop scanner, they're identical with Microtek models. Agfa simply relabelled the stuff. Btw, I like the Epson-Pro-models better, especially with VueScan. There simply is no better scan tool :-).

hrant's picture

Hey, so is there a Rule that says the poser of the question can ignore other Rules at will?...
Why exactly didn't Matha win?

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HD, are you sure about the Microtek business? Maybe it was the other way around, or maybe it was a recent thing? Back when I used to sell pre-press equipment (don't ask...) Agfa was a bastion of quality. Anyway, the reasons I like Agfa are that: they didn't engage in the total bullshit about resolution (some companies would advertise like 14 million dpi while keeping the true optical resolution secret), and their software was ultra powerful from day one, unlike the dumbest-common-denominator "user-friendly" stuff out there. My lowly SnapScan (which I got for like $50) performs marvelously - you can tell it's serious when it forces an extensive warm-up/calibration after prolonged lack of use.

BTW, I personally haven't met a single Epson product I've liked - except maybe when they first came out with their high-end color inkjets.

hhp

John Hudson's picture

I believe the correct interpretation of the rules in this case is as follows:

The poser of the question is resposible for declaring the winner. Eduardo declared me the winner at 2:51 pm. So far so good.

After the winner is declared, other parties have one hour in which to challenge the answer and/or declaration. Within this time frame, various people expressed the view that Matha should have been declared the winner. Although only Clint Eastwood's post constituted a definite challenge, I consider this a valid challenge of the declaration, i.e. not a challenge of the answer.

However, since Matha has stated his own acceptance of the declaration, citing tiredness, I will use quizmaster privilege to award both Matha and myself a dual win, and quizmaster caprice to invite Hrant to pose the next question.

hrant's picture

:-/

You guys are gonna make me use up all the nice trivia questions I've collected over the years...

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NEW QUESTION:
Which letters of the contemporary English alphabet are not present on the Trajan Column inscription?

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

W, J, K, G [;^/]

hrant's picture

One wrong, four missing.

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

B HJKUWYZ

beejay's picture

tiffany, there's a B

HJKUWYZ

Miss Tiffany's picture

thanks bj - trib

Miss Tiffany's picture

thanks bj - trib note my edit :-)

rs_donsata's picture

any way i found out. WJK YZ HU

hrant's picture

Now I'm torn... Tiffany was the first, but she had an extra letter (which might have actually been caused by misreading my "four missing"), on the other hand she tried to pull off a sneaky message editing thingie; BJ was the first to get it exactly right (although he might have been cannibalizing on Tiffany's attempt, but since he's a fellow Angeleno I can look the other way) so technically he should win; but I certainly like H

beejay's picture

I just googled it (see below) and found
the inscription.

I didn't begin at the beginning. I wasn't online.
I haven't attempted these pop quizzes much
b/c I don't have a chance when my best ref.
book is the "encyclopaedia of typefaces"
and my relative immersion level
(among typophiles at least) is low.

Anyway, when I got online,
you were telling Tiffany
she had some right, some wrong.

So I looked at the question and thought,
hey, I can google that.

That's when I found the inscription and
started to go through the alphabet.

Tiffany was quicker!

The order is alphabetical.

Here's the google link...

Tiffany, if you're awake and you have a
question, the floor is yours.

If you don't post a question by 12:30,
then I'll open up my type library
and find somethin'.

fair?

http://216.239.39.100/search?q=cache:-CMSbSqpB9oC:www.lancs.ac.uk/users/english/palwork/week02/palwk2.htm+%22trajan+column%22+%22missing%22+%22letters%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

beejay's picture

Strike that. Surely, I broke
some rules in the previous post...

I don't know where the rules
are but rules are rules, even
if you can't find them. ;)

(can a moderator do a little
infographic with The Rules)

Apologies Tiffany. Go ahead and post a
new question at your earliest
convenience.

bj

John Hudson's picture

Hmm.

The question poser, Hrant, declares BJ the winner.

BJ declares Tiffany the winner.

The quizmaster hereby disqualifies Hrant's declaration in retaliation for the tasteless mud-wrestling comment, and joins BJ in declaring Tiffany the winner.

BJ, the basic rules are posted way, way back at the beginning of this thread. Others are dotted through the thread as they were added. Frankly, I've forgotten half of them, but that's okay because I'm still basically an anarchist at heart.

hrant's picture

> tasteless mud-wrestling comment

Hey, it was chocolate-flavored.

Anyway, I still want to know how H

eomine's picture

>Why exactly didn't Matha win?

I declared John the winner because he answered correctly the
full question first. Maybe I shouldn't have written "bonus question".

Let's say Matha's shot was quicker, but John got it right on bullseye.
;-)

Anyway, that's past. Just waiting for the new question.

matha_standun's picture

Chocolate-flavoured mud wrestling?
Can I Play?

M.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Hmm. Clint Eastwood is here? Or is it Clint as Dirty Harry?

Either way, did I win? I can't quite tell. :-) John?

clint's picture

You won all right, Tiffany.

eomine's picture

Yes, Tiffany, I think it's your turn:

The quizmaster hereby disqualifies Hrant's
declaration ..., and joins BJ in declaring Tiffany
the winner.

matha_standun's picture

Go on Tiffany, ask us a question. I'm wide awake for once.

Matha

hrant's picture

> Can I Play?

Do you have your Speedo?

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Tiffany, please fire at will. Or Clint.

hhp

matha_standun's picture

Do you have your Speedo?

It's naked or not at all

M.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Only if it is dark chocolate guys. And I'll have to wear a bathing suit, sorry Matha. =D

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I'm thinking of a specific milestone in the history of statistical analysis through graphical representation that occurred in the first half of the twentieth century.

What was it? Who created it? And what was it for?

jfp's picture

related to Otto and Marie Neurath and Isotype Institute?

matha_standun's picture

In 1924 Otto Neurath (Austrian), created ISOTYPE the International System of Typographic Picture Education.

matha_standun's picture

Double post and a bit of further info:

Isotype was designed to be an alternative to written script, ie. a pictorial means for communicating complex information.

Matha

Miss Tiffany's picture

Close. An additional person should be credited, as well as a little more specific on the "what was it for".

anonymous's picture

...that's okay because I'm still basically an anarchist at heart

I reckon we need a new sheriff round here, one that'll make sure folks respect the rules. I'm callin ya out, quizmaster. This thread aint big enough for the both of us.

Clint.

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