Does Spell Perfection allow Quicken Spell to reduce a spell’s casting time?

The Quicken Spell metamagic feat lets you cast certain spells as a swift action (instead of a standard action). This causes the spell’s slot to increase by +4 levels.

The Spell Perfection feat has several benefits, including the following:

Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its level or casting time, as long as the total modified level of the spell does not use a spell slot above 9th level.

The text says “affecting” the casting time, rather than “increasing”. So how does this interact with Quicken Spell, which normally reduces the casting time?

Can the spell be cast as a swift action (as per Quicken) without the +4 spell slot increase?

Or is the spell’s casting time unchanged, thereby negating the benefits of Quicken Spell?

Can I attune a circlet of human perfection to my animated skeletons allowing them to blend in and speak?

For those unfamiliar, a Circlet of Human Perfection is a Dungeon of the Mad Mage item that reads:

The Circlet of Human Perfection transforms its attuned wearer into an attractive human of average height and weight. The circlet chooses the physical characteristics of the form, such as age, gender, skin color, hair color, and voice. Except for size, the wearer’s statistics and racial traits don’t change, nor do items worn or carried by the wearer. Removing the circlet ends the effect.

If I allow my skeleton created with Animate Dead to attune to this item will they be able to blend in perfectly? What about their ability to speak?

The language trait for skeleton reads that you can’t speak, but the circlet reads that you gain the voice of a human. Do the racial traits staying the same supersede the gaining of the voice?

On the Epson Perfection v500, how does one scan half-frame negatives efficiently?

I have 2 rolls of half-frame film to scan this evening, which amounts to over 144 photos. Most of the manual labor is selecting each photo with the Marquee Tool by hand in the Epson Scan application.

Another alternative is using the “Automatically locates the images” feature (when you untick “Thumbnail” in the main window), which selects automatically two images at the same time. This option is a problem, because Auto Exposure is not working very well when I do it, and file numbering becomes a very complex process to retain the order of the photos:

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In the 4th image of this Epson Support link, there seems to be a way to use the Automatically locate the image even outside of Thumbnail mode.

Is there a way to allow the scanner to detect each one of the 22 half-frame photos present in the film holder without the software jamming them together?