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March 2017



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i'm going to get me a rubber girl when I find one my size

You know, Pukka Orchestra's "Rubber Girl" and the Dresden Doll's "Coin Operated Boy" really go hand in hand, thematically.

It might seem incredible that someone who's inedible would be perfectly acceptable to me.

Yesterday turned into an impromptu day off, which means I did not work (well, I got in about twenty minutes of editing on Dust), nor did I practice guitar., exercise, nor do my math homework. But I did go to archery, play scrabble with netcurmudgeon (I'm not actually very good at Scrabble. Shocking, isn't it? But under his tutelage I am getting better.), finish reading Phantoms in the Brain, make an icon for txanne, twice failed to successfully upload a file for truepenny (trying again this morning!), and write a huge obsessive meta post on the TV show that ate my brain.

Um, my agent isn't reading this, is she? Well, now she is.

And tomorrow I am trekking down to Ikea with netcurmudgeon and evynrude, because this is the current book shelf situation:

You can't really see the worst of it, as it's behind the rocking chair. Suffice it to say, I can hear them muttering in the night.

So today I have to work. And of course it's already 8:30 8:45 9:00am, and I've been up for an hour and a half two hours, and so far I have:

checked email
read livejournal
uploaded that bookshelf photo
been foiled in my intention to put books into Librarything (it's down for maintenance! woe!)

And I should probably shower and put on clothing.

I really do not feel like working on this thing right now.
But I also want to be done by Monday.

Multi-tasking means that you can do a lot of nothing at once.

So I guess it's time to saddle up.
But first, a book report! And then a shower.

Book Report #24, Phantoms in the Brain, V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D., and Sandra Blakeslee

Excellent book: pellucid, entertaining, funny, and assumed the reader is both intelligent and interested. Also, the authors are just bubbling over with how full of awesome the human brain is, and it's infectious. They're also very upfront about what they do not know, and where the research has no yet been done. (Or hadn't at the time of writing, some ten years ago.)

Essentially, this is a book on brain damage, and what its manifestations reveal about the structure of the human brain, the nature of consciousness, the experience of God, and so on. Highly recommended.

Coffee break's over. Everybody back on your heads.

...maybe I should make coffee.


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haha...when most people say their book shelves are about to collapse, they don't mean it literally, but you actually do.

few things in life are more satisfying that a new bookcase, successfully filled. well, okay, many things are more satisfying, but few of them are more wholesomely satisfying...

wave as you drive by! (or even stop in for coffee, I'll be here hitting my head against the keyboard)
*g* I would, but I am not The Driver. Boo.

But on the 10th!
I have, to my chagrin, discovered that even when one nearly doubles the amount of bookshelves one owns, it's still not enough room. It must be one of the laws of the universe or something.

I haven't updated my Librarything in a really long time. I should get on that sometime. Maybe when I get around to actually organizing my books.
"Books multiply like rabbits. Bookshelves multiply like elephants."
Every spring, the state of Washington holds database trials -- in which they invite library vendors to open up some of their products to let librarians try them out to consider purchasing.

The reason I'm mentioning this is that H.W. Wilson has opened up their "Book Review Digest"
You can also create alerts for their searches to notify you when new results match your search criteria.

The database will only be public thru mid-May, but you can request alerts for a full year (you'll get the info, but may not be able to open the article thru their service)

Just FYI, if you're interested...
That is a fantastic bit of coinage! I'm going to have to start using that. :D
A day off? I wanna day off! Even my weekends haven't been Days Off lately. Waaaaaaaaaah. Sorry. Lost control there for a moment.

An announcement for the sake of Those Who Do Not Yet Know These Things (which is to say, if you didn't know it, I'm telling you, and if you do know, you can point out where you think I'm wrong about any of this).

After many years of Frankensteined bookcases, I have learned that when you do the board thing, whether as an independent brick and board structure, or as add-ons to existing shelves, a run of over 30 inches (about 76 cm) length needs a central support of some kind. In fact, internal supports every 24 inches (about 61 cm) are Really Good. Also, what Lowe's and the Home Depot refer to as Holland pavers are really good for book shelves, as they are thinner than your average brick and a bit longer and wider, and so leave more room for books, while giving good support. I like using three together--one on its side, and two on their ends, usually with the sideways brick on top of the two. You get pretty good clearance that way.
If life permits, flip the boards regularly as this helps the bendiness that always shows up sooner or later.
Plywood rules.
If you have a lot of books that need to go on a single wall, make sure it's a load-bearing wall.
If your domicile is off-level enough, look into shims. A falling bookcase is Not Good.

I get one every couple of months. Usually because I don't get around to working, for one reason or another.
i'm going to make books with plywood covers, ten feet long, and eight inches wide.. then, you can make bookshelves out of books (!!!!!!!!!!!)
but when you want to read it, how do you get it out?
The thing about Scrabble is that it's not just about knowing a lot of words-- if it was, I would win, a lot. :) It's also about placement strategy, which is why I loose, most of the time. ;D
Indeed. Although I did get like a triple-intersecting one yesterday (Nest, sloops, and at) which I was super proud of.
AHHHH! Those poor books. Its not muttering its cries of horror! :p

I got a couple of MAGIKER bookshelves in cherry that I really like.

The shipping might be problematic, but I swear by Skandia shelving: of course, I live a couple of miles away from Container Store headquarters, so I might be a bit biased. I've been using Skandia for nearly fifteen years: it breaks down easily for moving, it's remarkably stable and strong for modular shelving, and it works under any number of circumstances. Right now, I not only have to look at getting a couple more large units for holding books (the horticulture books are taking over), but one of the short units currently supports my propagation tanks for carnivores and orchids. Skandia is wonderful: my only regret is that the big shelves (they're nearly three feet deel) are only available internally, so I have to wait until after the Christmas season to bid on extra-deep units once they've been pulled from the store floor.
Multi-tasking means that you can do a lot of nothing at once.

Someone should metaquote that...
be my guest. *g*
I have no content, I just had to share this icon...
I love the way those shelves are buckling under the bookweight. Having been raised in a bookish family, I'm convinced that no room is really homey unless it has at least one bookshelf. There's no such thing as too many books.
your book situation is the long-lost cousin of my book situation. And now I don't feel quite so alone.
Multi-tasking means that you can do a lot of nothing at once.
.... E. Bear

And there is my new .sig quote...
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