Oh, the temptation…

People are mean.

I know I´ve said this a bit too often, but I really am busy. I´ve spent my Saturday trying to find out why rubeanic acid reacts with acetone to develop chromatograms of Ni, Cu and Co solutions. And I´ve only found answers in a freaky German book from 1859. I think I found it, since I speak zero German and Google translater doesn´t want to help me.

But anyway, I´m busy.

And yet, people keep on throwing books at me.

Okay, maybe sometimes they only show their books and comment on the amazing time they had with them and I do my Best-book-carrier look and they end up lending them to me. But still….

The pile gets bigger!

I´ve given up on “Sushi” for the moment, cheated on “Artemis Fowl” with “Specials“, felt too guilty about it after reading this, got back to Artemis, and then yesterday, waiting on my desk, was the most delightful of surprises:

It got here! It got here!

I ordered this over a month ago on Better World Books and just when I´d given up, and was beginning to think Dad was right, saying they were too good to be true, it arrived! And it´s a bit worn and seemingly read. If it had the previous owner´s notes/name it would be perfection.

(Can´t say “perfection” without thinking about Chandler in that bank during the blackout, being offered gum by that famous girl. I miss Friends.)

Anyhow, today mom and I visited one of mom´s friends – book lovers beware, she used to run a library at her house, now she settles for giving select people handfuls of books to “pass around to people we like”. Mom got some 9 thrillers, I got “Committed“, by the same author of “Eat, Pray, Love“, and  “The Girls from Ames“, which I´d never heard about — it looks like a terrific read.

Not that I´ll give in to temptation and take a peak. I cannot. I will not. Rubeanic acid, Laplacian transforms and capacitors await me this week. No time for books.

Eventhough “Artemis Fowl” is getting pretty good.

 

 

“Artemis Fowl” was recommended to me by Aylee at Recovering Potter Addict, I think (though I can´t for the life of me find her comment). Thanks!!

“Secret Society Girl” was recommended to me Kay from The Infinite Shelf, thanks in advance :D

Actual books

I´ve got other stuff I´d like post here first, but-

Can I just say something?

I realise being able to download books into my phone/tablet/whatever would make life a whole lot easier for me (not just cheaper, several books I want to read simply don´t get here) and that that´s the solution given by most people I´ve asked “Do you ship internationally?”, but I don´t like it.

I´ve got some books (especially some of those heavy text books) on my computer and they are handy, but when I´m reading simply because I want to read, I want to do it my way. And my way is picky. Very picky.

I judge books not only by their covers, but by their font, their paper, their scent. They will be my companion for days/weeks/months and then rest with all my other, carefully picked books – I get to be picky. I have some books I really wanted to read that just stayed on my shelf for months, sometimes years, that I only read after I´d lent them to somebody else and they´d returned yellow-ish and worn. Others, only after I´d gotten a new edition (I´d have never finished reading Pride & Prejudice if I hadn´t been given this lovely edition). Can I do that to e-books?

NOOOOO.

They all look kind of… okay, it is going to sound stupid, but… synthetic. Fake. They lack the allure of a real book, the elegance, the self-importance of a printed book.

Plus, being a used book kind of girl, it makes them all the more special when I know somebody else owned/read them. Like they´ve got history and I´m a little part of it.

How can I get that from a pdf/djvu/epub/… file?

So that´s why I still get my books shipped instead of buying the $0.99 e-book.

(All that because I was wandering through Green Paw-Paw and clicked on the sidebar thingie. There are other ebook-resistants out there! Button added.)

Read the Printed Word!

(I came to the library with pure study reasons, why did I have to check my email??)

Three Super Awesome Inventions

There comes a time in a person’s life where she just needs to stand up and ask for help – in my case, after researching on about five different inventions/discoveries and not really finding what I need.

So I hereby, humbly, ask for HELP!

I need to write about three significant discoveries/inventions for society and  how they changed law and how we live. The examples given were portable phones, bow & arrow, anesthesia. Initially, I thought I’d write about rings and books and Nylon. Just because it would be fun to figure out where they came from. But as it turns out, finding out when rings were first used is a bit tricky – there are people claiming (though I can’t figure out why) cave men used rings of braided grass on their chosen women to attain their soul or something. And then they were used by everyone on numerous occasions, with a brief break during roman times. Oh, also, apparently in the 1800’s it was customary to give your fiancée a ring, but it was mostly made of ivory or iron. If it was made of silver or gold, it meant the guy trusted the woman with his most precious items. Or something.

And books? What books are we talking about? The ones transcribed by monks? The rolls of parchment? Or the hardcover, press-printed ones? Too many freaking variables.

Even the bow & arrow, are we talking simply of European societies, so England circa 16th century, and ignoring the Mayans or the Incs or whoever used them too? Doesn’t it strike you as a bit mean to disregard them? But then there are so many conflicting theories on their Law and social arrangements that I really really don’t wanna join the discussion.

Anywho, if you have a suggestion for me, I’d be veeery thankful, since it is due tomorrow :P

*The picture is from that 1901 light bulb.