December 6th, 2005

Lego

la, la, la ...

Up to 801 books logged in ... got Shelf #2 on Bookcase #1 done, as those were relatively accessible (just having to reach back behind a printer). To get to Shelf #3 there might require actually moving a (large, heavy) printer, and Shelves #4 and #5 may require some serious furniture shuffling, so this may be the last of Bookcase #1 for a while. I can get to the top three shelves on Bookcase #2 OK, the only problem being that these are right above my desk, so have acquired masses of non-book "stuff" over the years ... in fact, I wasn't 100% sure that B2/S2 had any books as they are all behind a solid wall of diskette files, clock radios, notebooks, dead mouses, etc. and topped by boxes of various sized laser/inkjet label sheets. Needless to say, it will be a major pain in the ass to move that stuff to get to the books and then replace everything so it will be back where "it used to be" when I next go looking for it!

Today's shelf was a lot of basic "English major" sorts of books, from both highschool and college, which once again shuffled in new entries in the "similar libraries" view (it was about half Russian literature, with a bunch of Joyce and Kafka and some Restoration Drama thrown in). Bookcase #2 is more of same (your basic Liberal Arts core reading list), while B3 is primarily my "military history" collection ... that should provide an interesting shift in what shows up in the LibraryThing "Zeitgeist"!


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bleh ...

I'm discovering that I was too much of a "wimp" when first entering my books into LibraryThing ... I'd pretty much take what the ISBN brought up, even if it clearly was not the edition that I had on hand. So, now I'm going back and editing a lot of stuff that just doesn't "look right" in my listings.

For at least the past several shelves, I've pretty much gone in and edited everything in the listing to reflect the specific book I have in my library ... but on my earlier ones, it's all over the place, which is now irritating the heck out of me.

Oh, while I'm griping ... it bugs me when I find a wrong ISBN printed on a book cover, while the right ISBN is inside the book ... how the heck does that happen?


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Dang ...

Looks like Bookshelf #3 needs a lot of work! I was eyeing the books on its top shelf and decided that the amount of "stuff" in front and on top of the books would take me only a minute or two to clear ... unfortunately, once that stuf was out of the way I noticed that there was significant damage at the mounting rails ... I don't know why that set of books were so heavy as to bend the shelf beyond its point of breaking, but both ends were screwed up. Such is the problem with particle-board shelving ... it eventually bends under the weight of what you put on it if the load is heavy enough.

So, after I pulled the books off the shelf, I pulled it out (fortunately it just had clearance over my monitor), flipped it over (going from "smiley shelf" to "frowny shelf"), re-set the rails, and pushed it back in. Unfortunately, it had also developed some "warp", and after I'd put in a corner brace on one side, the other was twisting away from the support. I figured that once the books were back on that, however, it would start to work its way up, so I only put in the "outer" screw on the brace arm going into the shelf, which should allow it to "pivot" on that point, and I can put in the other screw once the shelf starts getting straighter.

I still haven't started logging in those yet ... somehow having to do construction projects is messing with my idea of how long this all should take! I suspect that the shelf below it would also benefit from being flipped and braced, but I'd have to move my whole computer set up to do that. I have enough room to get the books out and logged, but there's not much I can do about the shelves (unless, of course, they fall apart while I'm working on the books, in which case I'll have to do major furniture moving).

The Wife and I have been having an on-going tiff about the bookcases in here ... first of all, she would prefer that we get rid of my office (what do we do with ME then???), and make it a "family room" for The Girls ... which is probably why she's dead-set against my doing anything built-in (which would be my preference). She's also been resistant to my getting new bookcases, even though these range from 15 to 25 years old (which is sort of pushing it for particle board!), and I could replace the lot of them for only around $400.00 (K-Mart has an almost identical unit for $39.99 each, and I could have 10 of them shipped to our local store for free, and just get a U-Haul van for a couple of hours to go get them home).

Obviously, this is one of those "hidden" issues in our marriage ... she's not a "book person", while she buys and reads a lot of stuff, it pretty much goes out when she's done with it. I "come from a place" where one's library defines who one is ... sort of like a chest full of medals on a career military guy, or some sort of totem display in a native culture. I guess this is one of the reasons that I find LibraryThing so exciting ... it's a "totem display" of my intellectual history! Anyway ... if it were up to The Wife, at best she'd have me box up all the books and dump them in storage somewhere ... such a bizarre concept!


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Gee ...

Well, that was a lot of work to log in just 20 books (big books, mainly) into my LibraryThing catalog (now up to 821 books), but I had really forgotten what I had up there! One is a 1919 edition of a book about the British Fleet ... it's amazing with all sorts of charts and things inserted into it, plus there's a "pocket" cut into the back cover which has a bunch of other diagrams, reports, etc. ... what a cool book! Back in highschool I read a LOT of military history, and I'm sure I picked up this (heck, probably everything on that shelf) at used book stores (which explains why almost everything up there is older than I am).


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