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Catablogs…nope nothing feline about them… i had visited a couple and added an RSS feed to my list but i hadn’t given them much thought until now. The special collections librarian one city over has started blogging their catalog…cata-blog get it? Queen City Massachusetts – which i find awesome…every object has a story and with catablogs, the object, pamphlet or image gets its fifteen minutes of fame too. Here’s a nice little blog post from Geneaology Insider with a sweet list of other Catablogs.

Stupid publisher tricks • Scholastic has no love for Luv Ya Bunches…a young adult title about four elementary school girls named after flowers…but OOPS…one of them has TWO mommies! and that’s apparently one too many for Scholastic. WTF? I can’t really comment on it properly..because when I try i start using expletives and hitting the keyboards like I am punishing them.
blog of note • if you haven’t seen it you HAVE to check out Letters of Note blog... it rules..”Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. ” Seriously i haven’t read one thing there that wasn’t fascinating.

warped

The backlash of having pain free days where my head isn’t going to explode if I bend over, is that I end up running at warp speed and trying to get everything off my plate. Since everyone and his mother is harboring found kittens for us, including ME there is always something to clean, especially laundry. I finally broke down and turned on the A/C units…hey the utility company wants to cut me off I may as well go down comfortable. I shipped EVERY damn order I had on my desk, and baked a loaf of honey oatmeal bread (at 95 degrees outside, it takes NO time at all to rise) I even found time to start a Community Helper List to help my community And did 3 hours of Data entry via telephone. Yes, that was all Tuesday…at least that’s all I can remember.

Today I want to go over my book inventory and look at the non-moving titles, which means ALL the inventory. Repricing and relisting some on auction sites instead of listing sites. Variety is the spice right? gotta keep em guessing don’t want to make it too easy for the customers to find my books, someone may actually BUY one. I guess you never get over the whole starting the school year thing – all the stores stuffed with empty notebooks and as yet sharpened pencils . . it’s infectious.

The other day I had the irresistible need to buy a new Weekly Calendar (Moleskine of course…you know they have them Soft covered now?) – you know the kind you use to get all organized. We are probably programmed from childhood to rebegin the year in September. Either i was having an organizational fit or I have finally admitted to myself that my memory is for shit. I keep waking up and having to check the computer to find out what day it is. I have missed meetings and such because I get caught up inside my head and time slips by unnoticed. I wish I didn’t have to pay .25 to send myself text messages. I’d set my phone up to remind me of what I should be doing every minute of every day. But alas we will try the old fashioned paper and pencil method. and as you can guess, on my very 1st day with my calendar all up to date and ready to be my memory hole and …..I left it safely at home.

rock, paper, electrons v.1

1001 reasons a paper book is better than electronic book

aerodynamics • You can throw paper books at a yowling cat and not have to worry about violating the warranty.


NO limit on downloads •
There is a limit on the number of times you can download a book you bought for or from Amazon’s Kindle….and there is no way to tell how many times before you buy the book, only after you have hit the download ceiling. (from Consumerist)

unlimited notetaking • Kindle Clipping Limits- small percentage of Kindle text can be copied to notes, whereas I can copy and entire book into my notes if I need to.

you can share them • Amazon Kindle: Books You Can Never Share “You may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not, and you will not encourage, assist or authorize any other person to, bypass, modify, defeat or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content.” so there.

Now I know what a bobble head feels like…. my face swelled up a lot more since I mentioned it. I have spent the last few days downing antihistamines and sleeping with blue cold packs on my face. I am still redfaced and swollen, but I can see out of both eyes now…not enough to drive, but still. Timing couldn’t be better I suppose, the US Census has folded operations in my area, so my 8 week job turned into a 3 week job – must be the new government math. Just as well I have a bunch of chores i had set aside….like blogging – they just don’t pay as much.

site to see • James Pardey is building a superb archive of Penguin Science Fiction cover designs.

blog of note • Bibliodyssey had an especially good post last week.

site to see • from Boing Boing How To: Build Your Own Letterpress

Was Shakespeare Really Shakespeare and Cervantes Cervantes?

 
 

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via Britannica Blog by Robert McHenry on 4/26/09


Don Quixote by Cervantes, oil on canvas by Honoré Daumier, c. 1865–70. The Granger Collection, New YorkGreg McNamee wrote a very nice post the other day about the birthday of Don Quixote de la Mancha (right), who is remembered by those who haven’t read the book as the odd fellow who jousted with windmills and sang “The Impossible Dream.” Greg noted in passing that the author of the book, Miguel de Cervantes, died the day before another literary giant, William Shakespeare, passed from the scene.

As you may know, there are those who question whether William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was really “Shakespeare,” the author of some of the most brilliantly penetrating and poetical plays in all human history. They argue that the bumpkin from the Warwickshire village simply could not have had the education or the sophistication required. The argument has been going on for a century and a half, ever since a Connecticut writer by the name of Delia Salter Bacon set it going with a claim that “Shakespeare” was actually Sir Francis Bacon and a few others. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that no less a contemporary than Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is an anti-Stratfordian; he holds out for Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.

The argument is bolstered, at least negatively, by the paucity of information about the Stratford lad. He hardly exists in the documents preserved from his time. Few of his contemporaries thought him worthy of mention. Could so obscure a person have accomplished such miracles of creative expression?

It occurred to me that for some reason no such questions seem to have been raised about Cervantes. I wonder why? If you read the biography of Cervantes in the Encyclopædia Britannica, you repeatedly encounter such words and phrases as “probably,” “little is known,” “supposition,” “another mystery,” “he must…have been,” and the like. In short, much is not known about this fellow also. He was a soldier, a civil servant, and then suddenly, late in life and in jail, he penned this world classic novel. How probable is that? I only ask.

As it happens I have read the book, though it wasn’t until just a few years ago. I managed to avoid it in college. My girlfriend, a comparative literature major, was assigned it, but I, an English major, got to read The Faerie Queene instead. I lost that round. But I can now strongly urge anyone who hasn’t yet to take up Quixote; and then read Tristram Shandy, too. You’ll thank me.

I’ve always tried to finish the books I start. It’s probably just a character flaw. The only novel I can remember giving up on was John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor. (I had forced my way through Giles Goat Boy and in end wished I hadn’t.) Just now I’m finishing up a book that has tempted me to walk away: A Confederacy of Fools, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980, in large part, I have to think, because of the book’s back story. I leave it to you to investigate if you’re interested. The novel is meant to be an antihero romp in the manner of Catch-22 or The Ginger Man, but I have found it merely tedious. When next I have a taste for that sort of thing I think I will reread At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien, a very fine book, indeed.

 
 

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friday funnies

site to see Old Picture of the Day

worth hearing • from NPR: Renee Montagne interviews Alexander McCall Smith author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Renee Montagne the star of the new HBO miniseries.

worth hearing • Commentator Peter Sagal mourns the loss of science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer.

blog of note • NY independent community bookstore Book Culture has a blog post up which I ate with great relish: Ed Park is currently teaching two classes at Columbia University one of which is A Comic Novel, the post lists the required reading.

worth reading • from Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News comes a good post on Archival Storage: Acid-Free and More.

cool tool • Gmail has added an 10-second delay on sending mail and an Undo button. How many Effing years have we have email and NOW they invent this?

site to see • Threadbanger has a bunch of things you can do with vinyl LPs besides play them, i’m kinda over the things you can do with books beside read them.

don’t forget • April 1st is Edible Book Day kiddies.

obit of note • Henry Bemis Hero Bibliomaniac at 97. from Fine Books Blog.

snow marches on

All this damn snow has broken my spirit, all I want to do is keep warm. Of course eat and sleep, but that’s normal.

worth reading • un-published story by Mark Twain “The Undertaker’s Tale will finally see print, in the pages of the mystery quarterly The Strand Magazine.

blog of note • from J. L. BELL’s Boston 1775 Blog: The Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, and Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello are among the organizations presenting a conference titled “John Adams & Thomas Jefferson: Libraries, Leadership and Legacy” in Boston and Charlottesville this June.

well worth reading • Exile Bibliophile has a post up at the revised edition of Fine Books Blog at “A Bookbinder’s Ticket and Bookseller Labels”

really well worth reading • from the Guardian – What choice of reading material would impress you in a potential date – and which book would be a big turn-off?

banktoaster • HTML to PDF Converter to Turn Web Sites into PDF Files

cool tools • LAMY pen finally has a USA site up, Lamy makes affordable casual fountain pens. the kind that don’t break your heart too much when you lose it. But this little item had not up until now been vended in the USA. A wooden fountain pen for school children. Think one little pen can slow the progress of technology? Nah, neither do i.

entrails of the day

As always my day entails all the busy work of selling books without the actual SELLING part.

cool tool • To add a page count to a Google Doc, you have to add a little html code to your document. worked swell for me.

worth reading • Maud Newton reviews Script & Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting By Kitty Burns Florey for NPR.Org

new age • it may not be legal to read someone else’s kindle book but apparently it IS okay for libraries to lend them out. go figure.

obits of note • Philip Jose Farmer at 92

blog of note • at 89 Frederik Pohl has started a blog, yes, THAT Frederik Pohl – the Way the Future blogs.

site to see • and if like me you are goofing around waiting for the parade to start, you have GOT to check out the new WHITE HOUSE .GOV website, it is to DIE for. seriously doesn’t suck. change has already started, and it started online. All Presidential Proclamation and Executive orders will be posted there after signing, as well a the weekly video address and a Executive Office blog – the political junkies are making their ‘O’ faces.

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