Bookbinding

Pile of books

In the interests of adding to my notebook hoard, today I attended “An introduction to bookbinding” at leeds college of art with Nephew A( after much dropping of hints ), and spent several hours learning the basics of making hardbacks and paperback books, different types of folding and stitching paper together. It was a class of 9 with students having varying levels of experience ( me = none ) ( one chap who’d been in professional trade for a long time). I took the pictures when I got home, because there was glue EVERYWHERE, and I was way too busy to stop and take progress photo’s although I would have liked to. All fingers still present and correct, despite the fact that there were sharp knives! Nephew B is also planning an etsy business. I’m not sure on the details, but I think I get to be his financial backer, and he … Continue reading

Dewey Decimal

Well, Its sorted!

3 deep in each cube, we have :

Non fiction

  • Languages
  • Cookery
  • Comp Sci & Networking
  • History
  • Random non fiction that doesnt deserve its own cube, such as Fencing, Tattoos, ancient inventions, pattern drafting, crochet, seashore creatures… er.. etc
  • Fiction

  • Trashy Novels that i'll read more than once, but I bought from the “normal books” section and not a genre
  • Sci Fi & Fantasy ( 60% of my cubes.)
  • TV tie ins
  • Crime & Thrillers
  • Comic books and Graphic novels ( 3 cubes including every calvin and hobbes books ever, and cerebus the aardvark)
  • novels in foreign languages ( French, Latin & japanese
  • This is only half of the Cubes. And Yes, that is my sonic screwdriver on the shelf. I was using it to change tracks on my imac while i was working.

    All I need to do now is to update my copy of Delicious Library and scan everything. I shall employ Nephew B ( aka Child A/Roadkiller/are you sure you didnt mean to call him damien) and arm him with my iphone scanner)

    Well, That and 2,500 bookplates, some RFID tags, And a set of Dewey Decimal Labels for the shelves….

     

    today I will be mostly

    … doing book related things without getting suckered into reading them again. I had plans to scan the remaining Cubes from my wall of cubes(tm) into delicious library, and from thence import the csv file into Goodreads so that I can organise thingummies online. However, that gets mildly scuppered as i keep reading the blighters and not scanning them. Also, if Nephew B hears of scanning occurring without his assistance, there may be consequences. Or Sulking. Perhaps both. I have therefore developed a cunning plan, which is to sort and backup my ebook library and not the dead-tree(tm) collection. Currently I am reading in epub ( ipad ) and mobi ( kindle. on my ipad ) format. I’ve always tried to buy DRM free stuff to prevent the unable to read when device is changed over, versions. I also have PDF comic books for my girl genius addiction.( Its the Jagermonsters and … Continue reading

    Room with a glow

    When the house was built 4 years ago, I obtained my hearts desire : A room of my own that i could fill wall to wall with books.And I got one.Okay, so it was the smallest room in the house – literally. It was the 0.5 of a bedroom that is targetted towards the least whingy child in a family home. It had four tall bookcases in it, all double stacked, things balanced precariously on top on them ( sewing machine, toolbox, junk)It had a little desk and chair and enormous beanbag and the filing cabinet and my lava lamp too. No actual floorspace. So. My options were : A) replan and replace the bookcases and desk and chair. reshuffle to make things a bit better laid out ( can I hang the desk from the ceiling I wonder… ) B) knock the wall down between middle sized room ( … Continue reading