I Died Contributing VHS Tapes In A Sweltering Warehouse And Am Now A GHOST

Does the Discogs submission form still work if you’re also no longer living and are also clearly a ghost? Who knows. In our series centering on Fox subjecting himself to awful conditions in the name of data entry and Discogs submissions, we continue our story.

Warehouse containing boxes full of VHS tapes

How is it thursday. How did I do 105 subs yesterday? How am I going to image this massive pile of stuff with no imaging rig? How am I going to survive this heat? This weather is brutal. I believe in me. Everything still hurts. I am wondering if I actually damaged something or if those muscles are really atrophied. Heck.

Several weeks have passed now since the event. 2017’s summer was heavy and I ate the brunt of it. I melted in that warehouse. Parts of me burnt away, revealing raw motivations and drive. No longer would I be working on hope of being made a court’s subject. If this is one of those doors that I alone can open, then I am going to open it, nobody is going to grant permission to accomplish what I want to accomplish.

Be it VHS tapes, records, or anything else, the Discogs Database is yours to command too! So as long as your submissions are in-line with the style guide. Yes, there is a learning curve and it can be quite difficult at times, but other community members are happy to help out if you post in our help forums. When submissions are made, you might receive comments or votes with items that need to be adjusted. By making those changes as requested, you can ensure that your Discogs submission is as accurate as possible, which will ensure your item can be easily found in it’s proper location.

Everything being in its proper location is the difference between a collection and a hoard. I know I skirt that line pretty closely, but surely most of you strive towards being more of a collector than a hoarder as well. Moving along with the story, though, the working conditions of the warehouse were pretty unique during the peak of the week:

Air conditioner in warehouse


Yesterday was somewhat intense. It must have been over 100 degrees in the warehouse. I managed to do about 50 subs and a box of images. The lighting conditions were not optimal, but overall the results aren’t that bad.

I must have drank a gallon of water, easily. I was drinking to ensure a constant sweat, assuming that time spent not sweating was potentially dangerous. During the peak of the day, I was ducking into the office for 30 minutes on, 30 minutes cool down. At least one of the images I uploaded has a bead of sweat on it.

As noted, imaging presented itself as a challenge. At home, I use a modified copy stand rig. This produces some consistently okay images in a fraction of the time it takes using a scanner. However, this time, I only had my camera and laptop. I did a few things though that may help some of you out:

Image processing set-up for submitting VHS tapes to the Discogs Database

I use my laptop to trigger the camera shutter. This way I don’t have to physically touch the camera when taking a photo, reducing the potential to slightly alter its position. I could have made things more square against the edge of the table. Perspective issues weren’t too bad, though. I recommend keeping a small bubble level with you to help with that. By shooting horizontally, I got around the issue of having to re-focus the camera for different depths. Pulling up an item to a pre-focused area is much easier than refocusing the camera every time.

When all was said and done, at the end of the week I got in a little under 500 submissions to the Discogs database. Apparently there are about 6000 tapes left. I was told maybe a 1000 at first. If I do get a chance to attack the rest, it’ll hopefully be on my own terms and not in a sweltering warehouse. Hopefully I won’t die again doing those. Until next week, leave comments.

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