BookMooch

Mar. 23rd, 2007 11:17 am
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I love books, and I cannot throw away an actual real book, even if it's quite bad. Right now, we tend to drop off the "oops, this wasn't good" and "how did we end up with three copies of this" books at our favorite coffee shops (because a good coffee shop should have a bookshelf full of books). But [livejournal.com profile] emzebel mentioned that she uses BookMooch, which is a site for trading books. You only pay for shipping, which is pretty darn cheap for media mail. Has anyone used it? Any comments?
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Post if you want to participate. I will:

1) Tell you why I friended you
2) Associate you with a song/movie
3) Tell a random fact about you
4) Tell a first memory about you
5) Associate you with an animal/fruit
6) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you
7) In retort, you must spread this disease in your LJ
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We are planning to add music to several rooms in our house and wondered what others have decided upon?

There a several audio streamer systems now (Sonos, Roku, etc.), some hand built systems, or just using an extra computer with SongBird or the like. What are others using? What are others recommending? A remote control would be cool but not absolutely necessary.
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I finally got my General Election Voter Information Guide today for the elections next month. I've been looking through the propositions, and although some are no-brainers, I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go on some of these. So I thought I'd turn to you all and see if you had any strong feelings about any of these

NO * 1A - Protection of Transportation Funding
* 1B - Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security
* 1C - Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006
* 1D - Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006
* 1E - Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Act of 2006
NO * 83 - Comprehensive Registered Sex Offender Laws (popularly known as "Jessica's Law")
* 84 - Bonds for clean water, flood control, state and local park improvements, etc.
NO * 85 - Parental Notification before Termination of Teen's Pregnancy
* 87 - Funding for alternative forms of energy
* 88 - Property Parcel Tax to fund for Education
* 89 - Campaign Finance Restrictions, including a corporate tax increase
* 90 - Eminent Domain Restrictions

As you can see, I have quite a bit of reading left. Any of you have some strong views or reasoned arguments about any of these?
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So someone on another board asked people for their three favorite books. I found the lists very interesting, and started pondering what I can find out about the people based on their lists. Unfortunately, I don't know most of the people on that list well, so other than the obvious (the person picking the Bible & Book of Mormon is boring & religious) I couldn't do much with the data.

So I thought I would ask you nice folks. I know most of you pretty well. I'm curious if I will find a correlation between your three favorite books & what I know about you. Tell me your three favorite books. Feel free to say why, but that's not required at all.
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I'm sure at least one of you can recommend a CD ripping software that works on Windows. Right? Because I just realized that Books-on-Tape are wonderful, except that I own neither a working portable tape player nor a working portable CD player. On the other hand, MP3s are portable, and there is this Treo 650 that claims to play them & lives in my pocket.

Magazines

Jan. 8th, 2006 10:41 pm
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Someone whose livejournal I read regularly because of here interesting views on language [livejournal.com profile] ozarque just said: "If you've been reading this journal a while you're aware that I read every issue of Forbes, in order to get an idea of the worldview of the prototypical Rich Person -- and that I've learned a tremendous amount about the way an RP defines his or her terms."

Now I know that folks who really are well off don't particularly care for Forbes. But is there another, more real, magazine that is targeted at the person who is really rich, and not just a wannabe?
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Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders are editing an anthology of essays titled She’s Such a Geek, and they're looking for submissions from people like us (well, those of us who can write).

While I never had the nerve, or time, to attempt NaNoWriMo, I am very tempted by writing something for this anthology. Anyone want to get together and ponder topics & maybe even write together? I'm a much better editor than writer. The deadline is January 15, 2006.

Edit: link fixed. duh!
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They're coming to SF in November, and I'm pondering buying us tickets as an early present. Are they worth it, or are they more of a CD-polished performance band?
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I need to find folks who are skilled labor in these areas, and would be willing to help me out for money:

1. Sewing (fairly basic: pillows, curtains, etc.)
2. Gardening: Would love to get someone who would like to love my yard and make this better.
3. Cleaning: I don't like our current cleaning lady, and would love to find someone better.
4. Handy-person-ing: Just the little stuff that needs to get done.
5. Maybe, if someone can recommend, cooking. I would love to eat healthier, but I don't have the mental space/time/interest to make cooking anything but a chore.

Hm, I don't think I'm very domestic. What I really want is a housewife-type person for hire, it seems.

Oh, and if you have a contractor you can recommend, I still need someone to help with redoing the kitchen. I would actually seriously pondering doing a bigger remodel if I found a contractor I trusted.

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