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Thank you.  This has made me far happier than it has any right to! 

I feel like a guy who for years has sat on his roof each night sending out radio signals into the universe and then one evening gets a reply!

And when will I ever not feel like the new kid on the block around here, with only 14 years since registration? 
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In the UK, quoted prices for everything always include tax (Value Added Tax in our case).  No one in day to day conversation talks about non VAT prices, unless they're moaning about paying VAT in general on certain things and not on others!  The only people buying anything who're interested in net of VAT prices are businesses, as they can sometimes claim it back.  Prices in shops and online almost always include VAT, unless it's a seller focused on business customers, where they sometimes exclude the VAT in the primary cost they advertise.

Is there actually a formal description of what SRP is?

Not that I'm very interested in SRP prices one way or the other, as they seem pretty meaningless these days and I actually clear that field in my local database.
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Quoting mreeder50:
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I bought the material and built my own.

Marty


I did that too, for my records and CDs, as it was hard/expensive to get units to fit them efficiently.

However, I also live in a small flat, so for a lot of my DVDs and Blu-ray discs I put up shelves using (the black version of) this stuff:

I used wood pine for the shelves that I stained black and cut to the length I needed and also used the same wood to put ends on the shelves, so each 'unit' looks more like a bookcase rather than just shelves.  They basic construction isn't that attractive, but you can't really see anything except the edges of the shelves and the ends, once they're in use.

This is one in a corner, it goes from floor to ceiling and fills the entire space between the wall and the door.  (Horrible photo sorry, my phone's camera is broken.)  You can see they are more space efficient than the billy-style ones next to them and I get nine shelves in 'my' design in the same space needed for eight billy ones, plus the space from not having the vertical dividers.

You obviously have to drill loads of holes in your walls to put them up, but they're relatively cheap, can be made any height or width, you don't waste space with the vertical dividers and you can adjust the height between the shelves at any time for different media types.  Obviously if you can't or don't want to drill holes then it's not a very useful suggestion.

I also have over 3,000 discs stored under my settee, where I've put the discs in flight case style storage boxes (1,000 in each), with the sleeves stored in punched pocket sleeve holders, themselves stored in lever arch files and put in a bookcase.  I then got rid of the actual cases. I just don't have the space to put them on display.  The ones I put on the shelves are things like box sets, ones with unusual designs or covers, two discs in a case, etc.  The ones in the flight cases just had standard cases and standard sleeves.
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I feel like going out and buying this just to add to whatever annoyance it causes anyone involved in the decision to legitimately release Seasons 1-5 in the UK on Blu-ray and then not bother doing so with the last two seasons. Except £117.94 (Amazon UK) is a lot to pay to make a point that won't even be noticed. 

I had to admit to buying a couple of somewhat suspect box sets recently on eBay that seem to originate in the far east somewhere.  But with there being no official physical media releases of these, it doesn't feel a bad thing to do.  If the copyright owners, distributors etc want my money, then they know what they need to do and I'd be very happy to pay them for doing so. The quality of the dodgy copies is very good, even down to nice, embossed slip covers and things.
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Hello Fellow Comrades.

Is there a way to copy disc IDs (either one at a time or as a block) from one profile to another?

In my local collection I like to track TV box sets so they reflect the individual seasons (or group of seasons), where the seasons have their own cases within the box set.  Most of these don't have their own UPC and consist of more than one disc, so can't be contributed.  Normally when I audit TV box sets I do one version as I've described and one version as a single profile that can be contributed. To do this I record all the disc IDs twice, one for each version, as I go along.  However, I've managed to forget to do this for a box set I'm working on at the moment and would rather not go through all the discs one by one to record the missing ones.

Thanks.
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I'm vegan so I like all animals.... except sheep, ants, wasps and people; and those caterpillars that eat box hedges.
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I sometimes wonder if the ability to clone profiles to generate new profiles is more trouble than it's worth. If the first profile for a film is poor (which is quite frequently true, especially for older profiles), then the problems get duplicated again and again each time it's used and not checked - and I can understand why someone wouldn't check, as the source profile has already been approved, which gives a false sense of security.  If individuals haven't been connected to many films, it really messes up the Common Name process too.

I'm just finishing an update to a profile for a film that was originally populated by a clone from an existing profile, yet nearly all the crew and cast (and there're a lot) are wrong.  Most of the cast errors are with roles that don't match the onscreen credits or were just randomly missing; whilst the roles for crew are even more bizarre, such as a load of people listed as producers who aren't actually credited on-screen for anything, but on IMDb are credited as associate producers.  I think quite a few of the Common Names are probably wrong for many people as a result of the cloning too; all those accented letters!

I'd probably have been better starting from scratch using the awesome Cast & Crew Edit to get me to a decent starting point.  I all but gave up cloning profiles for new profiles when I realised how common this sort of thing is; it's just easier/quicker to do them from scratch, unless you can find an existing profile created/updated by someone you feel will have done an accurate job.

Okay, I've had my little bedtime rant now. 
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You read my post, then went back in time and posted yours?  How childish.

Funny enough, now I've read it again I remember reading it before. Clearly old age has finally caught up with me. Or maybe I was always this stupid, I can't remember.
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According to several articles, including this one, Network Distributing seems to have ceased trading.  For anyone with an interest in older British TV, this is a very sad loss. 
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Quoting mediadogg:
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I also recently joined the party. Cleaned up and adjusted my Dual turntable and fitted a new cartridge. Volume was low, but my receiver had a setting to compensate. Next step was to prioritize my 600 disc collection for transfer to digital, using Audacity.

Then I discovered "RecordScanner" app for my iPhone. Amazing. It can scan by barcode, label ID, or cover image, or search by keyword or Discogs ID. So far, after about 400 discs, there has been only a couple I could not find.

It is the Profiler for analog media (Vinyl / Cassette). You get a mobile database and a website, and a Discogs estimate of the value of each disc and collection as a whole. Items are put onto shelves by category. Really cool app.

Bonus, there is a button in the app that links to playing the closest match on Spotify. Most albums that have been commercially digitized come up readily. Best for popular non-classical. For classical, you often get a close match to the track contents, albeit with different artists / album. Still super fun. I haven't touched the turntable since. What a trip back in time I have been having, listening to Spotify as I scan and catalog my collection.

See it here:

My Collection


Another comrade returns to the true way!  Good luck with digitising everything.  It took me some 20 years to digitise all my CDs and vinyl; recording, cleaning up the recordings, editing, converting, tagging, getting sleeve images...  Weirdly I just started this month on my cassettes, the last things I have left to do.

I don't know RecordScanner, will have to have a look see at it.  My music collection is all on Discogs. If anyone thinks the contribution rules here are complicated, check out Discogs!

I'm not a Spotify fan, not sure quite why, but it just doesn't really give me what I want.  I mostly either listen to my own collection on shuffle, or a few Internet radio stations.  Same with Amazon music, I just find it frustrating and musically constricting; it's the worst thing Amazon has, and that's coming from someone who's been fully absorbed into the Amazon ecosystem; Fire, Kindle, Prime, buying digital films and music.
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Quoting scotthm:
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I had occasion to replace my vintage stylus recently too.  When I pulled my old Sony PS-X600 turntable out of storage a few months ago all it would produce was static.  I replaced the stylus on my Shure  V15 Type V-MR cartridge and now it sounds wonderful again.

I bought these new around forty years ago, but they'd been in storage for almost twenty years.  I decided it was time to put an end to that.

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Yay, another believer returns to the fold.    But "in storage"?!    "Twenty years"?!    I can't recall ever being that cruel to my turntable, although I admit that many years ago it did spend a year under a bed; (along with my entire collection of cacti (and other succulents) in cardboard boxes and thus entirely deprived of light and water - some I still have to this day as most managed to survive the ordeal and now live in comparative paradise on my living room window sill)!    Old turntables are great, because they can still genuinely compete with modern ones; as a person who's recently become eligible for a UK Senior Railcard, I appreciate that.

With the resurgence of vinyl over the past few years, I've recently made the effort to get my turntable looking and working as it should again.  I'm now wondering if I need to get my old VHS recorder out and restore it to its pride of place in the cabinet by the TV - the space is still there, although a small Blu-ray player I use for CDs is presently squatting it; at the moment the VHS machine is languishing on the floor under my computer, on the off-chance I might want to digitise a VHS tape.  It lost its home as it never really got on with my current TV, it would either give me the picture or the sound, but never both at the same time - SCART to HDMI via my amp seems to involve some sort of 'new physics' presently beyond human understanding. 
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Just fitted a new stylus to my turntable. It's like going from DVD to Blu-ray!  I'm even tempted to say it's like going from VHS to UHD Blu-ray. 

(For the geeks, it's a 54 year old Thornes TD150 Mk 2 turntable, with the original tone arm and original Shure M75E Type 2 cartridge.  It was my father's originally; still have the receipt and paperwork for it, although it's probably out of warranty now.)
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I'm currently watching "The Addams Family" Season 2 as my comedy and "Haven" Season 2 as my drama.

I always like to be watching just one comedy and one drama at a time, although I did make an exception for Star Trek Picard recently.
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Same here too in the UK, where of course today we're all wearing bowler hats, eating chips, drinking tea, travelling around in red double decker-buses and waving Union Flags. 

And it's raining of course.
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Quoting GreyHulk:
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That's what I feared. It's in the database, credited as "Stephanie Barnes", but I wasn't sure if it was correct. Looks like the common name might be going the other way since 2018. That may make it hard to determine a common name again, unless we're counting each season of something seperately(?), or until something else enters the database.

Quoting SpikyCactus:
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If it's of interest, I just had a look at my own Blindspot box set (that I've not watched yet) and randomly checked an episode from each of seasons 3-5, and STEPHANIE BARNES is credited for make-up for all the three episodes I looked at. 

I have the UK release of this (5051892229012) which isn't in the online database yet.  I have no idea when I'll get around to watching it or auditing it though.  Could well be years!


If it's any consolation, my box set would only be a single entry into the database, as the seasons aren't packaged separately. (And disc level profiles are the spawn of the devil!) Can't say for all the other releases though.
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Quoting GreyHulk:
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Blindspot has her credited in 52 episodes, allegedly. Season 3 onwards.


If it's of interest, I just had a look at my own Blindspot box set (that I've not watched yet) and randomly checked an episode from each of seasons 3-5, and STEPHANIE BARNES is credited for make-up for all the three episodes I looked at. 

I have the UK release of this (5051892229012) which isn't in the online database yet.  I have no idea when I'll get around to watching it or auditing it though.  Could well be years!
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