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scanning and Hebrew

The big book is done--it was done yesterday at 3:00 P.M. And it scanned beautifully! For the amount of pain it cost me, I'm relieved beyond description that the scan is near perfect, including the text close to the spine. That rarely happens with theology texts.

I sat in on the official Hebrew class last night. Some explanation is in order here. I am registered for Hebrew along with everyone else; but I am actually studying with a new professor who is "brushing up" and will eventually be teaching the course. We are using a different textbook (one which is available in braille), so what we cover and what "they" cover may or may not even go together.

My purpose in sitting in last night was to determine whether a blind student could effectively participate in the standard class if the textbook issues were solved. It so happened that we were all on the same page last night; so it was a good night for me to sit in. I was able to keep up very well. The professor read what he was writing on the board and described particular spelling features he was pointing out. The only thing that I would have had to modify would have been finding a way to take note of things in my book. He has the other students doing a lot of underlining, circling, etc. I can understand why. It just wouldn't work for me. I probably would have been fine without it; but another student might really need to take note of such things and be able to remember that note was taken.

My success with Hebrew is quite dependent on note-taking, which is dependent on facility with the Hebrew keyboard. Any other blind student who takes this course would need to develop this kind of facility, and that would necessarily slow down progress during the first little while. I think that a blind student could probably participate in an advanced Hebrew course with few difficulties if the text was available--and certainly in a course which was based on straight reading of the Hebrew Bible if certain factors could be taken into account. However, in a first-semester course, there are significant blindness-related hurdles to overcome that I think would impede effective study with sighted students. It could certainly be tried; but I think that a great deal of support would need to be available for the student during the first few weeks.

I came home with a migraine. I don't know whether it was caused by the scanning of the huge book, by the lighting in the rooms at the school, or by the weather change. In any case, cleaning the cat box was a major accomplishment. I went to bed early, and I will have to be up early and clean during the day tomorrow. I was looking forward to a nice evening, and I hate it when migraines take away my nice evenings. I suppose that's why I'm awake in the middle of the night: I am stealing a bit of "me time" since it was stolen from me.


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Jul. 20th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
That's great. Glad you got the whole thing scanned.

Have you ever considered a bulk scanner? It is more expensive, and then, of course, you have to buy the books, since you'd have the bindings removed. But you can scan 100 pages in seven minutes (I timed myself). It might be something worth purchasing with student loans.
Jul. 20th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Forgot to add that you also don't have any problems with text near the spine, since the entire book is fed right through the scanner.
Jul. 20th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
bulk scanner
I've thought about it but don't want to have the bindings removed from my books. I also do a lot of scanning of library books by necessity. But there may come a time when I don't have a choice. What do you do with all those unbound books when you're done?
Jul. 20th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
Re: bulk scanner
I generally put my unbound books in storage somewhere, in case I need to scan them again (I've never had to do this). But lots of people have them re-bound. I don't think this is particularly expensive. For me, it has definitely been worth it. I could have three or four books of 1200 pages or more per semester, and scanning them by hand would just be impossible. I also sometimes have to scan things that I can't cut apart. But doing this with my books haas sure saved me a lot of time! BTW, some publishers will send you unbound books as an accommodation. Actually, I think the way that happened at my law school was that I first had to buy the regular books and then return them once the unbound ones came in, but I'm not really sure. In any case, it only costs about $1.50 per book at Kinkos for me to have them unbound. I don't know about the price of binding them again, though.

One of my sighted classmates has her books unbounhd and then has them hole-punched. She puts the sections she will need for each class in a binder to make it easier to carry around. So other people find reasons to have them unbound, too.
Jul. 20th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
That is SO cool!
Good Luck with all the hebrew studying thus far. I read your accounts of it and I am SO excited for all the effort you are putting into it being it is a completely different written script form.

And to the mibraine....
feel better quick.
I had them all my life in a crippling way.

Since the lamictal for the epilepsy....not one anymore and few headaches at all which I hear may in fact be the exact opposite of what the medicine instigates.

Then again...I am a wacky chickie to begin with ;P
Jul. 20th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
I find Hebrew fascinating. I want to find a way to get a graphics file of Hebrew script. I have the ability to emboss a tactile version of it so that I can see what it looks like. I just need to find someone with time to play with the little paint program that creates the embossable graphics.
Jul. 21st, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Hebrew
As a sighted person I thought Hebrew was tough enough. I can't begin to imagine what it's like for you! Anyway, this is Cheryl from Blooking Central. Thought I'd swing by and thank you for your comments about your blook-to-be.
Jul. 21st, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Hebrew
Thanks! Feel free to friend me or watch here for my announcement about the blook. I'm working rather slowly on it. Hebrew and medical stuff are sort of slowing the project, but I try to write a few pages each day or two.
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