walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

got up late

Had to do a mad dash to get to the library. Once there, A. and L. were there, so R. talked to them for a bit about the calculation that Brookliners do when assessing local property so the facilities committee could digest that and come up with an appropriate response for questions at the Town Meeting. After that, I shelved books, checked stuff in and out and J. showed me the list and bin for culling non-fiction. Didn't get around to starting it today, as before I found out about that project, I suggested to Deb that since the Abe Lincoln event was over, we could pull the Presidents books off the display and put up some stuff for Black History month. After all, the only thing worse than a library only doing African-American stuff in February is not doing any all year. She put together a little flyer and I puttered around in bio pulling books off the shelves. We have a new Colin Powell bio, which was kinda cool; it looks interesting.

I just finished reading _Engaging the Enemy_ by Elizabeth Moon, the latest Vatta's War in paperback. I really enjoyed it, altho initially I was distracted by the fact that it only had a 13 digit ISBN and that caused me momentary difficulties with LibraryThing, which then led me to investigate what is Amazon doing given their 10 digitness. Answer: once the 979s start showing up, they'll be assigning non-ISBN ASINs to those 13 digit ISBNs. Wow. I mean, when I set that up as base 36 (I _wanted_ it to be case sensitive and base 62, but NO ONE liked that idea), it was with the intention that they would have enough room to do whatever they wanted with it but this was, nonetheless, a startling turn of events for me. I hope they're doing some kind of programmatic mapping, and not just assigning the ASINs one at a time. I _hope_ that's what they're doing. However, I know nothing.

This is the first novel I've read in a while. The last several books were _Gone Tomorrow_ and the Disney stuff (still haven't read the Gabler bio, and I've started _High Tech Trash_). I also have yet to finish _Power Unseen_. But I'm thinking that when I'm done with this, I may tackle some of the other novels that have been lying about neglected: there's _Firestorm_, _Wintersmith_, _Sleeping with the Fishes_, that Rachel Caine vampires novel, a Wrede/Stevermer epistolary novel (third in the series and the first two were awesome) and I forget what all else. OTOH, the used Disney books are starting to show up, which is also tempting.

Teddy is doing spectacularly well on the slide. His grandma (mother-in-law -- not my mother; a cold day in hell before she'll ever see the kid) came over for a play date and the slide was a good way for them to play where she could be audience and he could be active. She's not really one to chase him around the kitchen island for minutes on end. She says it makes her dizzy. Anyway, he can now consistently get up the ladder and get both legs under him to go down the slide with no assistance required whatsoever, slide down and dismount standing up (most of the time). Quite cool.

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