SOFTWARE: Google’s PhotoScan app RECOMMENDED

“Get the photo scanner from the future”

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OK, I’m a sucker for apps, phones, and all technology gadgets and tchotchkes (NB: I’ve been criticized all to often for using big and or strange words so now I am linking to their meaning. OK?) (NB: A “gadget” becomes a “tchotchke” when it: (a) doesn’t work as advertised; (b) breaks; (c) gets purplanted by a better gadget; or (d) I lose a part of it — usually the power supply. I have an old digital video camera waiting for me to find the power cord to it.)

I read about the app somewhere — I’d have thought Google would let me know about it … … personally — and downloaded it BECAUSE I have a ton of old framed pictures that I was considering HOW to digitize. It’d be a lot work to take them out of the frame — if they’d survive that — scan them and put them back.

So this holiday, I tried it on two framed pictures. 

Judge for yourself the results.

2016 00xxx xx shore group


File Dec 26 10 17 47

Very impressive, no?

Anyway, I’m impressed. 

As usual, FWIW and YMMV.

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Learned a new word over the holidays.



  1. a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.
    “on the eve of my third trimester, we boarded a plane for a week-long babymoon among the quiet canals of Amsterdam”
    • a period of time following the birth of a baby during which the new parents can focus on establishing a bond with their child.
      “a babymoon is regarded as a crucial time for a family to establish itself”

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Wow, Google knew. I never heard of it.

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port·man·teau wordnounplural noun: portmanteau wordsa word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’).

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And, of course, I made a modest edit to the Wikipedia page

Contributing to “global whizdom”!

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INTERESTING: A forest is an internet of trees?

Trees Do Communicate and Why It Matters for Forest Conservation
By: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
December 26, 2016

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“Forests aren’t simply collections of trees, they’re complex systems with hubs and networks that overlap and connect trees and allow them to communicate,” says Simard. While this can make forests resilient, it also makes them vulnerable.

“You can take out one or two mother trees, but there comes a tipping point where a massive disturbance can affect hydrological cycles, degrade wildlife habitat, and emit greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere, which creates more disturbance and more tree diebacks,” she explains.

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Wow, that’s an interesting POV.

Now how do we take advantage of it?

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