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By gzt (Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 01:49:18 PM EST) gzt, big tax refund, work, workful, books, boneitis, the hammock district, evil dead, baconmas (all tags)
I am making a slight purge of books on my shelves. I got rid of a lot when we got married and moved, but I still have some that can go.

Namely, anything that's a cheap edition of something that I am not likely to pick up again is definitely out. Anything that I am definitely not going to ever use, especially if it is unwieldy, is getting chucked. Anything that I am going to pick up again is going to be kept. Anything in the public domain that is not a very nice edition is going to be tossed, as we will eventually have a Kindle or something and don't need a Dover Thrift edition.

So, for instance, my boat books (Patrick O'Brian) are going to be kept even though many of them could be replaced for a penny plus shipping, since they make ideal commuting reads. Fairly light, fit in a pocket, enough variety to keep me amused even though I'm familiar. My copy of The Fatal Shore is disappearing, though, since I don't think I am going to refer to it again and I could get a copy for a penny plus shipping if I needed it. I have a nice edition of the basic works of Aristotle, but I am not going to refer to it ever and it takes up a lot of shelf space. I have an okay critical edition of The Dubliners by James Joyce. I haven't read it and I am unlikely to read it, so even though it is a nice book, I am going to ditch it. If I want Joyce, I have Portrait of an Artist and Ulysses.

There are some cases to think about. We have a decent edition of Silas Marner, for instance, it's a good book, but I don't think I'll ever read it again. Will have to check with the wifing unit. The Heart of Darkness, however, stays (but not both copies!). All Jane Austen, of course, stays.

We have a small sack to get rid of now. Most have no resale value, so they're just getting donated or something. A holiday I think we will all appreciate. January 22nd. Celebrating science, Sir Francis Bacon's birthday, and bacon. I might host something. I might not, some people are getting together to watch football and I might be sociable. Might. I could be more sociable by inviting people over to do Baconmas. We would eat bacon. Maybe play games. Talk about Science.

I like Science.

Seems like my ANOVA and Experimental Design course will be using SAS. Groovy. The book, however, is annoying in that used cost is 90% of used cost.

The wifing unit was visiting a friend in Madison - I would totally have applied there as a long shot if the deadline weren't December first. Who has a deadline that early?! Anyway. I watched Evil Dead II and drank a bottle of wine. I also started watching the pilot of Brisco County, Jr., but it was getting late. I don't think the wifing unit would be down for horror, so I figured this would be the one opportunity I would have to watch it. She might like Army of Darkness, though, and definitely would like Brisco County.

Perhaps I should have finished off all my applications yesterday that are due the 15th. But I needed a break.

Work is workful, I am busy. Not as busy as the occasional-60-hr-per-week other team, because I have a good manager who refuses to ever let that happen and who would view that sort of demand as chronic mismanagement.

My only regret is that I have... boneitis.

Man, my tax refund is going to be so big this year. I need to fix my withholding.

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dubliners by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 02:20:15 PM EST
by far the most readable set of works from Joyce. After having to read the other two you mention, I found Dubliners actually got me to like Joyce.

Interesting. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 02:26:10 PM EST
I may dig it out of the salvage bin, then. The copy will fit in my coat pocket, too, despite being a critical edition with notes.

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Is it JUST the short story ? by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 04:51:08 PM EST
I had the anthology of short stories, and it included the titular Dubliners ..

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In enlightened countries, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 06:10:57 PM EST
it's public domain now, so you could stuff a copy on an ereader.

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It is in America. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 07:08:49 PM EST
But, you know, if I have a nice copy of a book, that's better than a free e-reader version.

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"used cost is 90% of used cost" by nathan (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 04:57:39 PM EST

Its limit as used cost goes to infinity is 0, and the series converges?

roffle doffle by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 05:30:20 PM EST
I am fail.

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omg, brisco county junior. by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 08:12:43 PM EST
just another awesome fox series cut down in its prime. netflix? hulu?

man, i used to love these cancelled-in-one-season fox sci-fi/fantasy series. legend? vr5? roar? why were the 90s so awesome? 

ripped DVD by gzt (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 08:29:15 PM EST
It wasn't just the 90s, the last decade had Firefly. The great thing about these shows is that the short run allowed them to have almost no bad episodes. They could have one perfect - or close to it - season (though brisco county had a long season). The 90s, though, were certainly dense. Here's my idea: Fox was still an upstart network, sci fi naturally has a high failure rate, so they just kept throwing ideas out until they stuck. X-Files worked, Brisco County didn't (but did well in syndication, or I presume it did, as I remember it being on all the time on Saturday mornings on cable despite its short run). Fox was still trying to catch up to the other networks, so they had to be a little innovative and take risks - like making sci fi.

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ya, i think that's part of it. by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #10 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 09:02:53 PM EST
it's definitely true fox had a lot of incentive to take risks at that time, but i think it was also true that sci-fi, fantasy, and surrealism had a lot of success on other networks (see twin peaks, northern exposure, picket fences) and on fox (star trek: the next generation, obviously, and subsequently x-files as you say). early nineties tv was already out there, i think, and fox was able to be just a little further out there, which was good for people who like weird shows (although i don't think fox had anything more out there than twin peaks).  

what amazes me is that there isn't a space or steampunk western running at all times on network television. like, is it even possible to make a space western or steampunk western that isn't awesome? even cowboys vs. aliens was watchable in spite of being objectively completely stupid. i can't stand joss whedon, but i still thought firefly was decent. 

unfortunately, i think the failure of the star trek franchise after the next generation (and the x-files spin-off "the lone gunmen") spelled doom for sci-fi on network television. who but joss whedon could've gotten a space western on tv in the early oughts? i

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FOX hasn't been in upstart up mode since the 80's by lm (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 09:05:10 PM EST
By the nineties, only old farts thought of them as the "new" network.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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meh by gzt (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 09:21:54 AM EST
I certainly had the impression until maybe '94. Even if they weren't still "upstarts", they behaved like it, especially since they were still far below the other networks in ratings.

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true fact. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 05:32:20 PM EST
also, not respected in the industry. at all. 

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they landed Monday night football in '93 by lm (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 06:37:21 PM EST
So I think that's the absolute latest you can place their recognition as a 'real' network.

But with juggernauts like The Simpsons and Married With Children prior to '93, I think '93 is on the late side of the spectrum.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Firefly: <1 season. Cleopatra 2025: TWO seasons by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 10:03:16 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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this reminds me by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:13:24 PM EST
a coworker and I still need to arrange our Brisco party...
if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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