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worth reading • seeing as how we are at that time of year where all those piles of invoices have to be distilled into a tax return,’s post “How to Go Paperless and get more work done” sounds enticing. I wonder if they offer a guarantee with that?

well worth reading • Ephemera blog has a guest post by Adrienne Crew on Estate Planning for Ephemera Collectors.

worth reading • Mental Floss blog has a fun little piece Bedroom Quirks of 10 Great Authors, taken from Secret Lives of Great Authors by Robert Schnakenberg

blog of note • gave us the heads up about lexicographical blog called Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary from Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

worth hearing • on that note, NPR’s On Point had a show on Samuel Johnson at 300, featuring Jeffrey Meyers the author of “Samuel Johnson: The Struggle.” I ended up sitting in the driveway listening to it.


book blogs of note

new blogs on the blog…

blog of note • The Bookshop Blog is another biblioblog in the category of trying to be all things to all people. If you feel like testing the waters to see if you like blogging, they are taking contributors.

blog of note • from my neck of the woods we have a readable personal biblioblog from Frognall Dibdin – why didn’t i invent an alternate identity when i started blogging?

let me count the ways

I love this piece of software…no really I do, no shit, really.

I have been using .

It’s a small flexible database program that works as an elaborate upgrade on the old Windows Cardfile program. The sidebar index, brings up the corresponding ‘card’ and the cards can contain images, tables, html, text, phone numbers that can be dialed, I could go on…it has many features i haven’t even found yet. they have recently add ICONS, hee hee. Best of all the program itself is TINY. this is important, it fits on the corner of a thumb drive and can be stuffed on a SD card. whatever.

I open a file for every project I have going on and use it to take notes, and manage data. It would kick as a customer wants manager. It is so flexible I am sure you can find SOME use for it, perfect for catalogs, cookbooks and reference material. It can be downloaded and test driven for free..let me read that again….you can TRY IT FOR FREE.

Basically it’s the best piece of $19 software you will ever buy. And having a new version of it to play with through the holidays makes me happy.

Azzcardfile homepage.

another layer

there isn’t an end here…is it bad that my entire life fits in a 12″ x18″ shoe box?

lots of library cards…and school ids….yeah my house caught fire and there i am in my nightgown….and they got my name wrong.

the cover of freshman notebooks always look the same don’t they?

oh yeah..i once met Graham Chapman… and there are my 1st rejection letters…i am crap at fiction….and a picture of a boy…if you were gonna save one picture of one boy….which boy would it be? good god he was such a dick. oh i found a picture of my ex husband too…i must have missed throwing one on the pyre.

personal archeology

this is some of the stuff i put in the KEEP box.

i was a strange child, i have about 5 notebooks full of all the stuff you can find on the internet now, i used to record all kinds of bizarre facts and figures, once i wrote them down i remembered them for bloody ever….another thing I used to do was type out all those childhood rhymes….these are some of the more politically correct ones:

Here ya go…8th grade yearbook. these i am keeping – we were grunge back in 1976 and we didn’t even know it.

6th grade report card…i can’t believe i have them all the way back to 1st grade…i must have confiscated them from my mother…she was shit for saving things. I don’t know why i saved them either…must be an insecurity thing. if you read it you will find that the unsatisfactories are generally about playing well with others and respecting authority…nuns were big on those things…what can i say? misanthropes are made not born.

I know i have more name tags somewhere…i accumulated a lot in 46 years. I even have those signs they put on your cubical…they must be in another box. that’s my Star Trek Academy graduation ring…i wanted it more than my HS ring…and that’s Marion’s bridge, it was leftover when they took her body away..and i just can’t bring myself to toss it. Is a bridge a body part?

stay tuned i still have the shovel out….i think i found the AKC registration for a dog that died in 1980.

idiot alert • a Missouri Reverend busy body has pulled books about President-elect Obama from shelves, because he doesn’t like Obama’s stance on abortion. By that logic, if you pulled books about people you don’t like or disagree with, it’s gonna leave damn few books.

blog of note
Rachel Jagareski has been posting to Forward Magazine’s Shelf Space Blog, The Personality of Used Books and Alcohol as Literary Muse? A Cautionary Review.

worth reading • from NYT Op-Ed Essay by Laura Miller “It’s A Narnia Christmas”

well worth reading • the Independent posted a retrospective on the legacy of Scrabble.

obit of note • in from Lux Mentis – Bruce Gventer is putting his New York bookfairs on hiatus. That’s s terrible shame.

worth reading • the New Online only version of Fine Books and Collections yields up not for the feint of heart. (via PhiloBiblos)

book envy

blog of note • Bybee at Naked Without Books has a think piece up about the ‘Odd Shelf’, inspired by a donation by Robert and Miriam Lovett to Emory University of their 700 copies of Robinson Crusoe. She muses about quirkiness in collecting and regrets she has none. I too have always envied collectors who can maintain such tunnelvision, hell I have always been jealous of book dealers who could even choose a speciality. Like Bybee I find too many books fascinating to fixate on one, aside from having about 8 copies of Gehman’s Haphazard Gourmet, (I like to give them as gifts.) I think I have 5 editions of Buchheim’s Das Boot, including a pirated one, and about 3 copies of the Scarlet Letter including a second edition, 4 editions of Three Men in a Boat (i like to have one within easy reach) – I probably have a dozen or more books in both their hardcover and paperback editions, either from upgrades or just book breeding. And still the envy continues, hmm perhaps it’s not too late in my career to pick a speciality…how many editions of Three men in a boat have there been? f hundred thour five hundred? that should keep me busy.

i got it from agnes

oops wrong song…

obit of note • Jeremy at PhiloBiblos tells me that Ian at LuxMentis told him, that: “Following on the heels of Fine Books & Collections’ decision to abandon print for a digital existence, it appears that Rare Book Review has also ceased publication. Published since 1974, RBR ‘is to be “mothballed” with immediate effect!’.”

Anyone checked on the health of Firsts these days?

Forrest J Ackerman at 92

obit of note • “Forrest J Ackerman, who influenced a generation of young horror movie fans with Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and spent a lifetime amassing what has been called the world’s largest personal collection of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia, has died. He was 92.. . . ” (continue)

Part of my childhood just died – Famous Monsters of Filmland was my earliest subscription magazine…to be followed up by Starlog. Forrey was da’ man in ever sense of the word.

i got tagged

. . . like a polar bear or a subway car. There you are minding your own business and someone comes up and dope slaps you on the back of the head and runs away leaving you standing there wondering what the deuce goes on?

Aurora Fox (Foxy Art Studio) left a comment on my last post telling me that I am now obliged to sharing six random things about myself and then go tag six other unsuspecting bloggers with this happy horseshit. If you ask me it’s just a blogger’s version of a Ponzi scheme. Whomever thought this up was probably bored with their own navel gazing and decided to provoke others. Not thinking that that expending six random things on one post will deprive most of us of five other posts we might have invented. God knows we are always short for insanely personal things to blog about.

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person or persons who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

1. I can cook. No, I mean REALLY cook, like cook without recipes when company’s coming cook; the bastard child of Julia Child and Graham Kerr. I had to teach myself in self defense as there was never a back of the box recipe my mother didn’t like. BTW Chefs are the guys who will use twelve pounds of food to make a single entree. Cooks will use 12 pounds to feed 4 people for a week and a half.

2. I have been an atheist since I was eight – when I noticed what some people called miracles, others called science fiction. And you have NO idea how much it tickles me to say that – I don’t know why it took me 30 years to come out of the closet. The more I say it out loud the more the world finally makes sense to me.

3. I once dated my mechanic….bad bad idea… it’s easy to find a new boyfriend, it’s hell to find a new mechanic. So, now I work on my own engine.

4. I didn’t finish college; I simply ran out of juice. My mother had a nervous attack at the thought of me going away to college. So, I was dealing with her, working part time and commuting over an hour to college every day. She would insist I got up before 7, regardless of what time I got home, sometimes in the wee hours. So I would drive to school and sleep in my car. After three years I had to drop out and go to work full time.

5. My dvds are in order by release year.

6. I can’t draw, well not in any creative way. Give me a pencil and a t-square and I can design a house, but if you give me a box of crayons I can’t draw one. I don’t know what that means. Sometimes I sit there with 40 colored markers and a big fat white notebook and stare at it for like twenty minutes before I give up.

I tagged
Chris Lowenstein @ Book Hunter’s Holiday
William Smith @ Hang Fire Books
Ira Joel Haber @ Cinemagebooks
Jerry Bilek @ MonekyreadBlog
Jeremy Dibbell @ philobiblos
Lynn Deweese-Parkinson @ Tijuana Bible
Sorry guys, it’s one of the rules

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