Archive for April, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 22) to…

April 22, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 22) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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Happy bookish birthdays (April 21) to…

April 21, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 21) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

I thought my books and I were “’til death do us part”, but now…

April 21, 2018

I thought my books and I were “’til death do us part”, but now…

For just about as long as I can remember, I’ve defined myself in part by the books I own.

Not just the books I’ve read: arguably, the books you read can truly shape who you are.

No, by the books I own. Most of those are also books I’ve read, and I don’t own books with no intent to read them ever, but having them has been part of my identity.

Our now adult kid had quite a revelation one time when we moved…our kid realized that “…the books always get a bigger bedroom than I do.” 🙂

True.

Our floor to ceiling shelved library is one of my favorite places in the world. I shared pictures of it before:

Our library with photos

I’ve often mentioned in the blog that I have something like 10,000 p-books (paperbooks) on shelves in our home.

However…

I’ve recently been rethinking my scenario.

I had always pictured that I would keep accumulating p-books until I died. Then, they would be donated.

Much of what I have would be considered ephemera…something with no lasting value. I didn’t know who would want to preserve, catalog, and share my books…I didn’t think that through enough.

I considered myself a preservationist: it wouldn’t surprise me if I have one of the very few copies of some of the works I have…some were basically self-published, and again, were never popular.

We have had a big change in lifestyle recently, and that has gotten me to re-evaluate a number of things.

I can tell you, it would be a burden on our kid (or whoever dealt with the estate) to figure out where to donate the books (and they wouldn’t have a whole lot of value). I’m sure the “next generation” wouldn’t want to keep them…houses in the future won’t even be built with the idea of massive bookshelves (which were initially actually part of a plan to sell more books).

It also seems…selfish to keep them just sitting on the shelf when they could benefit other people the way they have benefited me.

A big turning point for me: I donated a “Jenny Haniver” to Loren Coleman’s museum:

Going to Loren Coleman’s International Cryptozoology Museum? See my Jenny Haniver

I only recently met

Loren Coleman (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

in person for the first time (I did the donation before that), and that meeting really reinforced my sense that things I donated to the ICM would be respected.

If that’s the case, isn’t it better for the world that the books go to someone who will do with them now what I wanted someone to do with them after I died, however many years from now that might be?

We could also use the tax write-off, small though it might be. 😉 Refining the house is also something we are doing now: straightening things, streamlining, and doing some redesign of display.

It also made me really, really happy to see the Jenny Haniver very briefly appear in a trailer for the new documentary

Cryptozoologist

It’s not in the current version showing there, by the way…I saw it at a special event in San Francisco.

So (deep breath), I’m going to start looking at things to donate.

Cryptozoology books to the ICM; that’s an easy choice. That includes “cryptofiction”, and cryptozoology movie-related items (somewhere I have a giant theatrical poster for The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, which fits that). Fortunately, the ICM also takes other books on the “unknown”, and that’s where I have some collectible items as well. Loren suggested the

The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies

for purely UFO items, and I’ll consider that.

I hope to find a place for pop culture items which don’t fit my “Bufo’s Weird World” materials. I have a Buckaroo Banzai jacket, a promotional radio record for Blazing Saddles, that sort of thing. If you have a suggestion for an established non-profit (where we can get the tax write-off), I’d be happy to hear it!

I’m sure I never would have gotten here without the Kindle and e-books. We do have over 3,000 of those, and our adult kid is on our account and will therefore have access to them after I’m gone…and they won’t be any kind of burden.

Am I going to get rid of all my p-books? I’m not sure…my Oz books would be tough to do, and books I’ve owned since I was a child, or that were written by people I know…hm, I’ll think about it.

What about you? What is your strategy on your p-books? Have you already reduced your library? Did you donate them? Sell them? Give them away? Do you have a post-mortem library plan? If you inherited a lot of books, what was that experience like? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (April 20) to…

April 20, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 20) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (April 19) to…

April 19, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 19) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (April 18) to…

April 18, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 18) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (April 17) to…

April 17, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 17) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (April 16) to…

April 16, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 16) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Happy bookish birthdays (April 15) to…

April 15, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (April 15) to…


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Google’s new “Talk to Books”

April 14, 2018

Google’s new “Talk to Books”

I’m always looking for innovative ways to discover books to read. I’m also interested in artificial intelligence and talktec…conversational technology, like Amazon’s Alexa.

Google just introduced a really interesting new tool, called

Talk to Books

The idea is simple.

You ask a question, using natural language (phrasing your question like you would for a human being).

It answers (quickly) with snippets from books (and connects you to those books).

The first question I asked I won’t reproduce here, because it was too philosophical and potentially controversial. However, I was very impressed with the answers it gave me!

My next question was,

“What makes a character interesting?”

It gave me several passages…the first couple just seemed to parrot my question back to me, but I liked this response:

“Where you most need backstory information is in the areas of a character’s past that can’t safely be assumed. These are often, if not always, the areas that make the character interesting or unique. Why won’t Rick stick his neck out for anyone in Casablanca, even his long-lost love?”
How to Build a Great Screenplay by David Howard (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I seemed to just be getting answers from non-fiction books, which makes some sense, but I wanted to check on an in-universe answer for a fiction series.

So I asked, “Where does Glinda live?”

One answer came from Wicked, but didn’t really answer the question. I’m not sure why the others appeared…they weren’t related, exactly. This was an interesting one:

“Mrs. Beery continues regarding her ancestor “John.” She lives about 18 miles from the old Judy homestead in Clark County, Ohio, a big old brick house with fireplaces in each end. At the time she wrote, May, 1928, she said the house was still standing…”
–Genealogies of Virginia Families

My guess here is that it may have connected Judy with Judy Garland and Judy Garland with the Wizard of Oz and Glinda with that.

I asked, “What is Stephen King’s best book?”

and a couple of the passages clearly understood the question (although I’m not sure I’d agree with Pet Sematary as the answer).

This is all just in beta, but it’s quite impressive.

If they put this into Google Assistant, it will give it a quantum quality increase.

It will also be interesting if someone can build an Alexa skill to take advantage of it. 😉

You can let me and my readers know what you think about it by commenting on this post.


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

 


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