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Sunset on the Apocalypse
My head decided to break when I got to work. I've gone from annoying headache to shooting pain in my left lobe. I think the Tylenol I took tis morning when I got up is working as it throbs a little less every few minutes. Careful application of water, coffee and scones should help. And less Excel. Fucking excel has decided that a spreadsheet I've been using to track certain data for the last year and a half is dead.

In fact, it keeps corrupting child files I use too so I can't even use them to track new data. The Excel repair functionality changes one formula on one of 37 sheets and says it's fixed. It lies. As soon as I save the sheet again, Excel crashes and I lose my data. Fucking terrible.

Anyone know any tools to fix dead/dying spreadsheets? I'd prefer not to spend half a day re-building the damn thing.

Meh. I suspect this isn't helping my headache. I'm really glad I had most of this week off.

Photo:
Did you see sunset last night? I did and it looked nothing like this; sure, it was red and pretty but not exactly the Last Day On Earth sort of pretty that the HDR version presents.

I wish I really understood how the software worked rather than, seemingly, understanding what sort of input will produce excellent output. I'm not complaining, mind; I'm just not much for black boxes. Photomatix and Wikipedia each don't explain tone-mapping all that well. Maybe I should try harder to understand Cambridge in Color's website. I found it initially when I first bought my camera as I was trying to understand exposure and it helped some but is crazy technical.
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Happy 3G iPhone day: iPocalypse.

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jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: July 11th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That picture is pretty amazing. It should be the movie poster for The Road.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 11th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it would work with many apocalyptic movies!

Hmm... I don't have any good apocalypse icons. Have you created any apocalypse icons?
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: July 12th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure there are some apocalyptic icons in there somewhere. I've made so many, it's hard to keep track.

Wait, does an icon of Paris Hilton holding a photo of John McCain count as "apocalyptic"? If not, it should.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 11th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you copy and paste it?

That's something that's worked for me in the past.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 11th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not with that much data on that many sheet with the amount of formulas I use.

Plus, I use a lot of internally referenced formulas. If you cut and paste those into a separate spreadsheet, Excel "helps" by adjusting the internal references to refer to the source sheet. So.. it doesn't really capture the data, per se.

lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 11th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah.

Then I'm at a loss.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 11th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fucking Excel. Grr. Argh.
From: thegelf Date: July 11th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might be able to write yourself a converter/copier in VB/.net
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