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Subject:Rulebreaker
Time:11:59 pm
Most people don't realize this about me, but I generally tend to follow rules. I also tend to keep things in good condition-- I don't write in books or bend pages, I don't throw out the useless accessories that came with a tool I bought, etc. I throw things away immediately when I'm working on construction projects, rather than just leaving the waste around me and cleaning it all in one fell swoop when I'm done. I'm sure I get this from my mother, but whatever.

I have five Canon digital cameras now. Between them, they use four different models of battery, all very similar-looking but of slightly different size, color, and shape. They also, of course, have four different battery chargers, and the chargers are all nearly identical but not interchangeable. Trying to keep track of the cameras and batteries has always driven me batshit crazy, and has only gotten worse in the last few months with two new cameras joining in the fray.

Today I was trying to pull everything together for a shoot tomorrow night, and couldn't figure out which batteries/chargers were which. I did a lot of sticking batteries in cameras then in chargers to try to sort it out, and every charger I grabbed seemed to be exactly the wrong one. (I know. You've already thought of the perfect answer.)

"I should keep the batteries with the chargers and the cameras, so I don't have to sort this out." That thought lasted about two seconds, since I quickly realized that this was impractical approaching impossible.

"Actually, I should just label these." I started looking around for a label maker, and tried to figure out how to keep labels from falling off of batteries as they got installed and uninstalled over and over. I scratched my head.

And then, I very deliberately reached for a Sharpie marker and inscribed the camera's model number on each individual battery and charger. It was surprisingly difficult to do, since it went so deeply against my upbringing-- my brain kept trying to tell me that I was ruining things.


Tune in tomorrow for another exciting episode of Patti's Brain is Broken.
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bittercrackbaby
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Time:2009-01-29 08:13 am (UTC)
BP-511A has been my friend for many years. It even convinced me not to buy a 1D3. :)
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timprov
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Time:2009-01-29 09:03 am (UTC)
I'd just have used the magic of Ziploc.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-01-29 09:17 am (UTC)
That works for storage, but not active use. I often have multiple cameras/batteries/chargers with me when I'm shooting.
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rmd
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Time:2009-01-29 12:34 pm (UTC)
you can always remove the sharpie marks later. :-)

if you need to write on very dark plastic, the silver metallic-looking sharpies do a great job.

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stevecohen
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Time:2009-01-29 03:02 pm (UTC)
I would have sharpie-marked a small symbol (star, square, circle, heart, etc.) in an inconspicuous place. I totally understand your follow the rules thing.

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whipartist
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Time:2009-01-29 05:39 pm (UTC)
And then I need a lookup table somewhere to know that a yellow moon belonged to the 5D and an orange star belonged to the G10.
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evwhore
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Time:2009-01-29 07:30 pm (UTC)
Great, now I'm craving cereal.
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prock
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Time:2009-01-29 03:03 pm (UTC)
I can't believe you runed those batteries.
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songmonk
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Time:2009-01-29 07:38 pm (UTC)
This should have been a reply to stevecohen's comment.
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byronium
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Time:2009-01-29 04:20 pm (UTC)
Colored stick-on dots work remarkably well for this kind of thing. When I did ENG/EFP in school, we had dots on batteries, cameras, decks, cables, and chargers, so we didn't even have to think too much about what model was what... just grab everything with a red (or blue or yellow) dot on it and go.
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