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I wish it was warm.

I wish it was warm.

(Source: themountainboy)

Done with Children of Dune. Shit, now I want to go and reread the books.

I don’t have time for this shit…and I have to reread The Hobbit first.

I will say one thing though, where in the mini-series versions we don’t have to deal with the original movie’s hilarious and bizarre internal monologues, at least in the original there isn’t as much REPETITION of lines over and over and OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. Uuuuuugh, I don’t care about the Golden Path, you’ve already discussed this, move on.

But I got a pretty decent amount of knitting done at least. ORIGINAL MOVIE NEXT!!! Mwahahaha!

I keep seeing people arguing about this, and I wanted to mention something I haven’t heard from other people yet.

On the issue of books versus e-readers (haha, I know, just stop reading now, right?) I am an obsessive lover of books, a compulsive book buyer, and the owner of a kindle.

I didn’t pay for my kindle, (I would never be able to afford to spend so much money on something so frivolous) it was a gift from an aunt who has colon cancer and she seriously handed them to my sister and I and was like “I want to leave you something that you’ll look at everyday and think of me.” We…..weren’t exactly pleased.

And I use that kindle, I mean, Christ, it has free 3G. But I haven’t bought a single book for it. I’ve downloaded some free books, but what I really use it for is to read fanfiction online whenever and where ever the fuck I want, and to look up knitting tips while I’m out and about.

But as I mentioned, I’m a COMPULSIVE BOOK BUYER. Not to a really outrageous extent, but whenever I end up in a bookshop, I usually walk out with at least 2 or 3 books or magazines. And in this way, I’m able to limit the number of books I buy by not going to bookshops too often. I am not in a financial situation where I can just buy shit all the time, and spending money online is a way to too easily lose track of how much money you have and have spent. I use cash for all transactions and have a credit card for necessary online purchases, so in real life I’m forced to limit what I spend because I carry a finite amount of money around. Online…I don’t want to think about how easily I’d lose track of the money spent on books sent automatically to my kindle. To me, books vs. e-readers is a much more financial/economic debate.

That being said, fuck, like whatever you like and I’ll like whatever I like and this is seriously something I don’t know why people are fighting over.

MIKACHU I FORGOT TO TELL YOU!!!

Remember that book I posted laughing about on facebook a few months ago? And you responded because you were actually reading it? The one that’s like annoyingly psudo-Norse where there are dudes who bond with wolves and then when the wolves have sex the dudes have sex too? Uh….A Companion of Wolves or some shit like that…

I bought it at Borders because I accidentally picked it up and was like “!!!hahaha!!!” and it was seriously like $3. And now I’m reading it? And 10 pages in, this is my response:

In roughly that order.

MIKACHU I FORGOT TO TELL YOU!!!

mikachu:

nikariot:

Remember that book I posted laughing about on facebook a few months ago? And you responded because you were actually reading it? The one that’s like annoyingly psudo-Norse where there are dudes who bond with wolves and then when the wolves have sex the dudes have sex too? Uh….A Companion of Wolves or some shit like that…

I bought it at Borders because I accidentally picked it up and was like “!!!hahaha!!!” and it was seriously like $3. And now I’m reading it? And 10 pages in, this is my response:

In roughly that order.

oh my god nika, i read maybe like 20 pages and then couldn’t go on anymore, it was horrifying - and promptly forgot about it. and then i read all of a song of ice & fire this summer andddd realized that it was at least partially based on ASOIAF????????????????

I just….the thing that bothers me the most is that HE IS HIS FATHER’S HEIR AND ONLY SON. THAT RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ALL OTHER THINGS. ESPECIALLY LEAVING HIS VILLAGE TO GO AND BECOME SOME SORT OF WOLF-MAN-WARRIOR DUDE. SEEEEERIOUSLY. WHAT THE FUCK, THE PREMISE OF THIS BOOK IS ALREADY IMPOSSIBLY STUPID 5 FUCKING PAGES IN.

I think I just decided that when my best friend moves away for grad school…I’m going to record myself reading books and send the recordings to her.

Because she listens to a lot of books on tape (and reads a lot of books….books might be a large portion of our friendship…) and this way I can make her listen to books I think she should read (haha).

Also, it would force me to keep in touch with her. We’re super bad at keeping in touch.

Is this weird?

"She is seven years old, and has been shuffled around to several locations over the past six months. She had been in and out of several different school districts, and is very frustrated over leaving her friends and her family. I was able to find several [First Book] books on her level — some for fun and some with a life lesson. When I gave her the books, she looked up at me and said, “I don’t know if I’ll be here long enough to read all of these and give them back.” I shared with her that these books were for her to keep, and they now belonged to her. She carried those books around with her everywhere she went. I would always see her sitting in a corner to read. She may not have the best of everything, but she was able to use her creativity and imagination to transport her to the world of books. She has since left the shelter, taking with her a backpack full of books. She and her mother recently called me to share that she made the honor roll and received an achievement for reading." - Ellen, Volunteer

When I started to write it was the ’70s and throughout that decade we didn’t have any problems with book challenges or censorship. It all started really in a big way in 1980 … It came with the election, the presidential election of 1980, and the next day, I’ve been told, the censors were crawling out of the woodwork and challenging, like it’s our turn now, and we’re going to say what we don’t want our children to read.

But I think it’s more than that. It’s what we don’t want our children to know, what we don’t want to talk to our children about; and if they read it, they’ll know it, or they’ll question it.

Young adult lit author Judy Blume on the rise of censorship in school libraries over the last several decades. (via npr)

Facing economic gloom and competition from cheap e-readers, brick-and-mortar booksellers entered this holiday season with the humblest of expectations.

But the initial weeks of Christmas shopping, a boom time for the book business, have yielded surprisingly strong sales for many bookstores, which report that they have been lifted by an unusually vibrant selection; customers who seem undeterred by pricier titles; and new business from people who used to shop at Borders, the chain that went out of business this year.

Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest bookstore chain, said that comparable store sales this Thanksgiving weekend increased 10.9 percent from that period last year. The American Booksellers Association, a trade group for independents, said last week that members saw a sales jump of 16 percent in the week including Thanksgiving, compared with the same period a year ago.

At the R. J. Julia bookstore in Madison, Conn., sales of adult trade books in November rose 30 percent over last year, said Roxanne J. Coady, the owner.

“Last year was just depressing,” Ms. Coady said by telephone. “It was the beginning of the e-reader, and we didn’t know what that meant. Somehow, this year, people are back to thinking of books as an appealing gift.” Considering the economy, she added, “Adult books being up right now feels crazy to me.”

fuckyeahdioramas:

The Great Wall by Guy Laramee. A beautiful landscape constructed from books, with a fascinating story. From the artist’s site:
“Having recently overthrown the American Empire in the 23rd century, the Chinese Empire set out to chronicle the history of the Great Panics during the 21st and 22nd centuries.
This Herculean undertaking resulted in a historiographical masterwork entitled, The Great Wall. Comprising 100 volumes, this encyclopaedia derives its name from The Great Wall of America, a monumental project to build an impregnable wall around the United States of America so as to protect this land from barbarian invasions. 150 years in the making, this wall ultimately isolated Americans from the rest of the world while sapping the country’s remaining cultural and natural resources. It also undermined the American people’s confidence in systematized hedonism, thus hastening the fall of the American Empire. As we now know this paved the way for China to invade American territory.
The Chinese Empire later ordered a group of scribes to write The Great Wall series. In the course of their duties they familiarized themselves with the libraries of the former USA. Through a strange twist of fate they thereby discovered the ancient sources of their own civilization which the new Middle Kingdom had long ago removed from its libraries. In the end this contact, primarily with Taoism and Chan (Zen) Buddhism, sowed the seeds of the Chinese Empire’s”

fuckyeahdioramas:

The Great Wall by Guy Laramee. A beautiful landscape constructed from books, with a fascinating story. From the artist’s site:

“Having recently overthrown the American Empire in the 23rd century, the Chinese Empire set out to chronicle the history of the Great Panics during the 21st and 22nd centuries.

This Herculean undertaking resulted in a historiographical masterwork entitled, The Great Wall. Comprising 100 volumes, this encyclopaedia derives its name from The Great Wall of America, a monumental project to build an impregnable wall around the United States of America so as to protect this land from barbarian invasions. 150 years in the making, this wall ultimately isolated Americans from the rest of the world while sapping the country’s remaining cultural and natural resources. It also undermined the American people’s confidence in systematized hedonism, thus hastening the fall of the American Empire. As we now know this paved the way for China to invade American territory.

The Chinese Empire later ordered a group of scribes to write The Great Wall series. In the course of their duties they familiarized themselves with the libraries of the former USA. Through a strange twist of fate they thereby discovered the ancient sources of their own civilization which the new Middle Kingdom had long ago removed from its libraries. In the end this contact, primarily with Taoism and Chan (Zen) Buddhism, sowed the seeds of the Chinese Empire’s”