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Don’t Miss Stuff
May 31, 2008, 7:59 am
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Making of the Almanac
May 29, 2008, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media

We pride ourselves on high-tech solutions to pricing software and collecting tools. So when Gean Paul Figari starts crunching the files for the upcoming Beckett Almanac book, he uses some Puruvian ingenuity.

To oversimplify, the files have to process continuously to flow the text onto the pages. We are talking about more than 100MB of files. In a world of iTunes and digital photos, this doesn’t seem like much. But we are talking about 100MB of TEXT only (card listings and pricing), NO PHOTOS. Huge, huge text files for the 1,000+ page book.

When left alone, computers go into sleep mode. Gean Paul figured that if he put the mouse on a speaker, played music just loud enough and used a stapler to keep the mouse from sliding off, the vibration from the music keeps the computer “awake.”

Whatever . . . it works. — ph



What a Difference 3 Months Make
May 28, 2008, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I was just browsing my checkbook register and realized that on Feb. 28, I filled up my truck for $2.82 a gallon. Today, I paid $3.83. — ph



What the Heck is This?
May 28, 2008, 10:40 am
Filed under: Upper Deck | Tags: , , , ,

Upper Deck has officially picked a winner in the Democratic race for the 2008 presidential nomination.

This is part of the second series of Presidential Predictor cards. They can be found randomly inserted into packs of 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Series Two. — ph



Don’t Forget
May 23, 2008, 12:41 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media

If you’re out enjoying your freedoms this extended weekend, please remember why.



Frozen, Boiled and Dipped in Motor Oil
May 22, 2008, 9:54 am
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It’s a little bizarre, but check out this BGS slab test.



Real People Do Win
May 22, 2008, 9:31 am
Filed under: Beckett Media

Here’s the phone call we made yesterday to the lucky winner of the $1,800 in cards drawing for readers of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. Real people do win.