November 4th, 2006

LibraryThing, or Whoops!

Okay, I've been sucked in. Here's how (it was an accident! Really!):

I'm reading _A Short History of Progress_, which coves a lot of the same ground covered by Brian Fagan's _The Long Summer_ (a really good book) and Jared Diamond's _Collapse_ (an okay book). Wright is kinda snippy about Diamond (mostly based on _Guns, Germs and Steel_ and rightly so) and while he's aware of Fagan's area of expertise, I think he probably hadn't seen _The Long Summer_. Wright annoys me with some of his summaries, but when he digs in, he's not bad, and I think where's he's going with this is actually really, really good.

So I think, hmm, has anyone else compared these three. I try searching on the three names, and stumble across LibraryThing's Author Cloud. What, I ask, am I looking at? It's very cool, ah, I get it, oh, I'm at LibraryThing. I., M. and others have all mentioned this. I'll give it a go.

Oh, dear. Innocent things like that. Now LibraryThing is _down_ and I am in withdrawal. I bought a lifetime membership. My login is rebeccaallen. I've ordered a Cue Cat and am thinking about cataloging the whole enchilada.


Apparently, it goes down a lot. I'm not too upset this time, because while it was up, it wasn't letting me add books. It _would_ let me tag books, however, and since I'd added, oh, about five hundred books today (that is not, actually, an exaggeration) without tagging, I had plenty to do.

This is _obscenely_ fun. Hopefully it will come up soon. Otherwise, I guess the next step is to start tracking down contact info at my former employer and pinging them about making good use of the fine, fine authority information they are generating.

I fixed the Kotzwinkle Farting Dog problem. Someone had combined the first book in the series with Trouble at the Yard Sale. Really easy to use interface.