Time Flies

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Reading, RPGs | Posted on 04-05-2009

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I used to get so annoyed when my moth­er would say, “Twen­ty years from now, nobody will know the dif­fer­ence.” She was wrong in a sense—I cer­tain­ly still know the dif­fer­ence, about so very many things.

On the oth­er hand, I do under­stand the longer view much bet­ter now. Twen­ty years seemed like such a long time then, and now? It’s so very short.

In any case, Katie did get home from her trip to the great north­west. She had a mar­velous time and thinks she has found her school.

I’m real­ly proud of her. She planned this trip, to a place nei­ther she nor any of us had ever been before, all by her­self. She went with­out a qualm, had a mar­velous time, man­aged her mon­ey mar­velous­ly, and made some great new friends.

Since then she also went to her first LARP. Again, she had a mar­velous adven­ture, lots of fun, and found a new thing she enjoys. I think we need to acquire camp­ing equip­ment.

Sam has start­ed play­ing Burn­ing Wheel with a group of local peo­ple. He real­ly enjoys the game. I’m glad to see him get­ting out and hav­ing some social time with oth­ers.

I had a big thing hap­pen, but I’m going to stay qui­et about it a lit­tle longer, ’til it’s also a sure thing.

In the mean­time, I’ve found a nice out­let for my OCD urges as a “librar­i­an” at Good Reads.

New Addiction

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery, Reading | Posted on 18-08-2008

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Whoops! What have I done to myself?

I was frus­trat­ed that there were a fair num­ber of books on my “shelves” at Good Reads that had no asso­ci­at­ed cov­er image. I col­lect­ed all but, I think, two of the cov­er images for the books I had list­ed in Now Read­ing, but could­n’t find a way to make use of them at GR. I also found a lot of incon­sis­ten­cies in the way titles were rep­re­sent­ed, and some mis­spelled author’s names.

Then I noticed a link about apply­ing to be a librar­i­an. They’re the peo­ple who can edit author and book infor­ma­tion. Cool! I applied, fig­ur­ing they’d tell me I haven’t been active long enough or some­thing, but not­ing that this is one endeav­or in which OCD is an asset.

Odd­ly enough, they approved me.

This may not be a pow­er I should have. I’ve spent a ridicu­lous amount of my awake time today nor­mal­iz­ing data their data. And enjoy­ing it.

Good Reads Migration Finished!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Geekery, Health, Reading, RPGs | Posted on 17-08-2008

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That was not pain­less at all. The import fea­ture is tetchy, at best. I had to go through the entire list of 1300+ books and fix their “book­shelf” assign­ments, and add some that just did­n’t import at all. I had over 1400 books in Now Read­ing, and I haven’t quite fig­ured out why there are few­er books in Good Reads. Oh well. It’s pret­ty much done!

The dates I’d read books, my rat­ings, and my reviews did NOT trans­fer to Good Reads, which is high­ly annoy­ing.

I was able to go through and update a bunch of books that I’ve read since NR stopped work­ing, and use the to-read cat­e­go­ry to request books from the library. As a result, there are 33 books await­ing pick­up now, and anoth­er 61 pend­ing (most­ly books that are real­ly new or not yet avail­able). That does­n’t include the inter-library loan items I request­ed.1

Sam and I had bonus gam­ing time tonight. He’s stor­ing up brown­ie points before Dragon*Con. Katie, unfor­tu­nate­ly, could­n’t sleep last night, then slept all day until about 11:30. Now she’s re-hydrat­ing and get­ting some food now. I hope she can go back to sleep. She’s def­i­nite­ly hav­ing a fibro flare. 🙁


1 I’m so tick­led that the library added a way to put in ILL requests online!