The curse of the dorks

The curse of the dorks

September 1, 2010

Gadget, Journal

My aunt Ruth sent a bunch of wonderful slides for my parents’ anniversary, and I wanted to incorporate them into a movie. I needed a slide scanner, though, and didn’t have time to go buy one. In a quick internet search I found a diagram for making a low-tech slide scanner attachment out of paper. The article had a bunch of text that I didn’t want to read. “Perfect!” I said, and commenced making a paper tent without reading any directions, or printing their template.

How hard could it be?

It's construction should be exceedingly simple.

Draw, draw. Fold, fold.

Estimating is hard.

The first one was a disaster, but the second one was better.

That'll do, pig.

I dug out our scanner from under the guest bed, plugged it in, opened it up to try out my slide tent and saw…..

Great googly moogly.

Um. I have a slide scanner.

It even works!

Good grief.

By the way, I tested my homemade doo-dad. It did not work. I really should start reading that pesky text.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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8 Responses to “The curse of the dorks”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Heh. I hate it when there are extra bells and whistles on stuff I want to buy… until I need it.

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  2. Deborah Said on:

    Are we relation? Because I say “That’ll do, pig” and “Great googly moogly” all the time.

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    I don’t get the whole paper triangle = a scanner thing…so is it possible to make a fax machine for my house out of some construction paper…maybe in an octogon shape????

    I say Great googly moogly too! AND I say the pig one too…but I apparently had it wrong because I say, “That’ll do little pig, that’ll do.”

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  4. christina Said on:

    Where does the “That’ll do, pig” come from? Is the pig supposed to be an insult, or does it refer to something else?

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