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I'll probably still need more shelves, but I'm wondering whether maybe I should sell some of my books. Like old textbooks I kept for "future reference" and haven't looked at for almost a decade. Will used book stores even take that kind of thing? If they won't is there someplace I can take books too the have them recycled? I'd hate to send them to a landfill. Does anyone who knows the answers to these questions read this thing?

I don't know.

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Feb. 19th, 2008 03:21 pm
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I meant to post about last week, well, last week. But i never got around to it.

So, latest developments. cut for length )

  

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when you're hanging around talking to your girlfriend and she says, "you see, I've become this ultimate weapon." Just finished watching Saikano: The Last Love Song on This Little Planet. I can finally return the series to MJ, now. It was good. But sad. Also crazy/fucked-up. But on the hole I enjoyed it. Next I think I will watch the Hellsing DVDs my brother gave me last Christmas. Then I have Madlax. Another coworker of mine is going to loan me Desert Punk next week. I have several volumes of manga I need to read, as well as the first Full Metal Panic novel. Also a ton of books, including The Forgotten Genius, which I had almost finished but set aside for some reason.

How am I going to get through all of this‽ There's so much to do. Anime, manga, regular books. Plus hanging out with friends, computer games, laundry, cooking cleaning, work, AAAAAGH!  Too much stuff!!!!

My car is at the VW dealership, because I think the garage in Arlington put something back together wrong. It runs, but the car is not like it was before. I have a rental car ($28 per diem) so I can get to work. It is a Mitsubishi Galant. I do not like it. Hopefully my car will be ready tomorrow.

Going to a wedding this weekend. Should be good. I like weddings

I've typed this in "Lucinda Sans," solely to make use of the interrobang (‽). God, I'm such a geek.
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Being a "Borders Rewards" member has increased my music and, to a lesser degree, book buying significantly. Mostly because Borders keeps e-mailing me coupons. I had a coupon for 25% off one item, so I just went out and bought five items.

Books:
- No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy; The Coen brothers have made this into a movie I want to see very much. I've never read one of McCarthy's books, though I've heard good things -- about Blood Meridian, in particular --  so I decided to pick this one up on impulse.
- A second coy of one of may favorite titles, which I will keep secret for now because it was bought for someone else. I will rave about it at some other time. After I make sure I haven't already done so in this medium. Or perhaps even if I have already done so. This book is good enough it can stand repeated plugs.

CDs:
- Under the Iron Sea, by Keane, because that group was recommended by [insanejournal.com profile] bushadvisor, and I've had good luck with here previous suggestions
- Costello Music, by Costello Music CoverThe Fratellis, for two reasons: 1) It was recommended to folks for like Arctic Monkeys, of which I am one; and 2) I like the album art. Honesty dictates I inform my readers that the second of these reasons was far more compelling. There's no point in concealing my love of 40's-style pin-up art. This particular piece combines beautiful women, music, drinking and cigarettes. Best of all worlds in my opinion
- The Essential Electric Light Orchestra, by the aforementioned ELO, because I love "Evil Woman" and a few of their other songs. Also because it was on sale for $8.99. Have I mentioned before my musical tastes are somewhat, er...eclectic?

Right now I am listening to Nick Drake's Pink Moon, which I picked up on sale a few days ago.

On the subject of books, I'd best put this here, before I forget about it, as most serious things I think about get forgotten before I get home, leading me to blog mostly about crap.

Driving to work the other day, I listened to an NPR story about the California wildfires. At the tail end of the story, they had a segment where a firefighter was speaking of one of her forest fire experiences. This caused my to think about a book I read years ago, called Young Men and Fire, by Norman Maclean. Most of you have probably heard of this author because of A River Runs Through It, either book -- which sits on one of my shelves -- or the movie Robert Redford made out of it. Young Men and Fire is about the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire, a wildfire in Montana that spread out of control and killed 12 of 15 smokejumpers who had parachuted into Helena National Forest to fight the blaze. If you can stand reading about something so sad, it's really a fascinating account of how badly things can go wrong and turn something that should be simple or routine into a horrific disaster. I guess in that way the book is somewhat similar to Black Hawk Down. Personally, upon listening to the NPR piece I was possessed by a strong desire to read the book again. But I'm not sure I own it. I think I may have checked it out of a library the first time I read it, but I'm not sure. I guess I need to check my bookshelves, then maybe go out and buy a copy.

Squeeeee!

Aug. 30th, 2007 10:57 pm
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The first Full Metal Panic! novel is released in English on 11 September! SO gotta buy it!

Books

Jun. 3rd, 2007 04:38 pm
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As if I do not have enough unread books lying around, I bought some more on Friday. I picked up Litany of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe; The Forgotten Genius, by Stephen Inwood (a biography of Robert Hooke, which I bought solely because Hooke appears in Quicksilver); and The System of the World, by Neal Stephenson.

I've just finished The Confusion, so I think I'll dive right into System, just to complete the series. I'm excited for what happens next. Then I'll start to knock out my other recent acquisitions.

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