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user-inactivated  ·  410 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 6, 2018

rd95 here.

I’m probably gonna be on here very sparsely still, but I had to make a new account due some glitches after reactivating the last one. mk was more than kind enough to try and hammer them down for me, which is wonderful for him. But to be honest, for one thing, I don’t want him to go through that much trouble for me. For another, I’m used to scrubbing accounts and starting over every six months or so. That said, the mechanics of this site are kind of incompatible with that type of behavior. With that account being over a thousand days old though, I figure this is a good excuse to retire it and start a new one and letting you all know would be a good way to keep continuity.

I don’t want to just pop in and says “HEY! IT’S ME GUYS!” so here’s a little mini rant a and a little mini project I have in mind.

The selection of the local branch of our library is kind of lame. They don’t have classics like The Odyssey or Frankenstein or Don Quixote. Their comparative religion section has only two books worth looking at, one of which is ironically The God Delusion, and the rest of it is feel good pop spirituality and books by televangelists. Their art section is weirdly full of comics, antique guides, and books on home crafts, and very, very little actual art. They literally have only one book in their mythology section and it may or may not have something to do with Bigfoot. On and on I could go, but you get the idea. I know that Dala and I have a pretty concentrated and focused collection, but I feel like when we have more quality books squeezed into our bookshelves than this branch has, it kind of makes me feel like writing a letter to the branch manager.

I’m gonna try something first though. The other week we returned some books that we had to special order from a different branch. This weekend, I’m going to go to our branch and see if they were put on the shelves there or sent back to their branch of origin. If they were put on the shelves at our branch though, I’m going to systematically start ordering random books from other branches, thumb through them for a week or so because hey, free books, and then return them. As an aside, I’m gonna be using a lot of the past bookthreads as shopping lists because man, you guys are some high brow readers. Who knows? After a few months, maybe the shelves at this library will look a bit different.

If they don’t restock books ordered from other branches though? I think I might write a letter to the local branch telling them how disappointed I am in their selection and ask to talk to someone about maybe buffering it somehow.

mk  ·  410 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I hate having bugs that aren't squashed. In the process, I did kill a silly double PM email thing that has been bothering me for a bit.

You've been missed.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You were gone?! What happened?

user-inactivated  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's good seeing you bro. I was just thinking about you the other day actually.

Nothing major happened. Just hanging out on the computer/internet isn't really for me any more. I deleted my account to fight the temptation of being on here on a semi-regular basis, but you know how it is. Old habits die hard, especially when that habit is talking to cool people on Hubski.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Just hanging out on the computer/internet isn't really for me any more.

What made you realize that?

tacocat  ·  410 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Inter library loan dawg.

But you may be an immediate gratification person like me. There are two copies of this in the Georgia public library system. Both are available so I should probably just try to get it but I only used inter library loan in college really. I don't know if they're going to drive a book two hours for me in a technically unrelated library system. I feel you though.

Me and the author are sorta Twitter buddies maybe I should just beg for a copy

user-inactivated  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah. We do the inter library loan when we need to though.

That said, nothing beats browsing the shelves and discovering. A library, book store, what have you, really needs a semi-decent collection to make that worth while.