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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2013-04-30 01:45 am

"My friend bids me come and see"

Xtina is continuing the project of cataloging all our books in LibraryThing. Our initial estimate was that we had around 4000 volumes, but the catalog is at over 2600 and not yet done with the living room, so it might be closer to 5000.

Since most of the books are mine, X occasionally IMs me with questions.

Xtina: i got to a couple of magazines, then make electronics, and now something in russian
Rose: it's new worlds
Rose: the cover says "novi miri" but that's "new worlds" in russian
Rose: why it's in russian, i have no idea
Xtina: what in the hell is this thing
Rose: a magazine from the dawn of time
Rose: by which i mean, the 1970s
Xtina: oh, no, apologies; i didn't mean "what am i looking at"
Xtina: i meant, "what the hell am i looking at"
Rose: right, that's sort of where i was going... "because the 1970s and drugs" is the answer you're looking for, i think

Xtina: a kung fu: the legend continues fanzine
Xtina: i'm judging you, you know
Rose: that's josh's
Xtina: i judge the both of you
Xtina: freely and without reservation

Xtina: there are two types of "complete guide to middle earth"
Rose: different authors?
Xtina: nope
Rose: what makes them different?
Xtina: talent

Xtina: did anyone sort the uh metafiction books?
Rose: not to my knowledge
Rose: they might be in some sort of vague "books about fictional universes" "maps" "bestiaries" grouping
Rose: like the cookbooks*
Rose: but beyond that, no
Xtina: welp
Xtina: awkward
Rose: if you feel compelled to alpha by author, i won't stop you
Xtina: i feel compelled to sort them by author
Xtina: if someone wants to rearrange them by latitude and longitude, they may do so only if there are index cards
Xtina: or some other indication of wtf this-all is
Rose: if you feel compelled to sort them by dewey decimal number i will stop you
Xtina: awwww
Xtina: but whyyy
Rose: because LCC is clearly superior!
Xtina: oh, fair

* The cookbooks are not grouped into "fictional universes" "maps" "bestiaries". They are, however, grouped into "nationalities" "gadgets" "vegetarian/vegan" and so on.

Xtina: 2627 books so far
Rose: awesome
Xtina: projected 2750 by end of the living room
Rose: then i get to sort my romance novels
Xtina: yep!
Rose: i assume you'd break out in a rash if you had to catalog those
Xtina: i can do any number of things so long as i don't gotta read them
Rose: well, i did have my heart set on this heterosexuality indoctrination program
Xtina: read one romance novel, and bam! slippery slope down to 0-Kinsey-ville
lauraanne_gilman: sleepy bear (sleepy bear)

[personal profile] lauraanne_gilman 2013-04-30 10:33 am (UTC)(link)
Xtina: a kung fu: the legend continues fanzine
Xtina: i'm judging you, you know

Oh hey, that show was awesome. In the "holy shit this is terrible" way.
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[personal profile] akycha 2013-04-30 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm cataloging our books but it is going much slower. I should totally blog the experience, though, because which books are already in LibraryThing and which are "NOPE, this book does not even EXIST WHAT THE HELL" in response to my attempting to catalog it are pretty amusing.
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[personal profile] xtina 2013-04-30 04:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I actually have a Google Sites page just about how to catalog books in LibraryThing for our peculiar needs. I'm trying my best to do these in waves -- get 'em in first, then get picky about editions, then get super-picky about book covers and tagging.
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[personal profile] dantesspirit 2013-04-30 02:49 pm (UTC)(link)

I need to finish tossing my books into library thing and goodreads. I got bored after the first few hundred because quite honestly, I'd rather be reading them.}:P
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[personal profile] sparkymonster 2013-05-01 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
I loooooove cataloging in library thing. When I finally get the living room unpacked my reward is updating my library thing to reflect new purchases and books I've gotten rid of.

ps LC is better
Edited 2013-05-01 18:56 (UTC)
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[personal profile] freyjaw 2013-05-02 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
If we catalogued our collective books, Chris' head would explode. Then I'd have to clean that up. Good thing we own a carpet cleaner (& a Spotbot Pet). We have enough fun finding enough shelving for the books as our books breed like lemmings. We don't have much room for bookshelves. (Maybe if we moved MIL's file cabinets to the basement...)

[identity profile] 2013-04-30 07:41 am (UTC)(link)
you guys are way too cute sometimes :)

also ROTFL at the guide to middle earth bit

[identity profile] 2013-04-30 11:35 am (UTC)(link)
Oh is that what happened to me! I did read one romance novel once! I remember now!

[identity profile] 2013-04-30 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
<3 so cute.

[identity profile] 2013-04-30 02:01 pm (UTC)(link)
The one time I read a romance novel (old-timey romance novels notwithstanding) it made me want to swear off men forever. Kind of like when my mother put that "don't-bite-your-nails" shit on my nails and I thought it was delicious.

Also, for a second I thought that you had bestiaries with your cookbooks. Delicious manticore souffle.

[identity profile] 2013-04-30 02:11 pm (UTC)(link)

This is a useful reminder to me to update my LibraryThing soon so I can shelve my last six months' worth f books.

[identity profile] 2013-04-30 03:15 pm (UTC)(link)
The cookbooks are not grouped into "fictional universes" "maps" "bestiaries".

There ought to be such cookbooks.


[identity profile] 2013-05-01 12:42 am (UTC)(link)
I very thoroughly enjoyed this whole post and concur about LLC

[identity profile] 2013-05-01 01:17 am (UTC)(link)
If you snap a picture of the russian thing (or of any Russian thing), I would be happy to translate. In fact, if you can spot the table of contents, I'd be happy to translate that part, too, and then you might know why you have it.

If it's a magazine, I'd expect it to be called Новый Мир, aka New World (singular), which would make it a rather good literary magazine. (Solid light-bluish cover, no?)