Archive for October 17th, 2010

NFL Week 6

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Cally is the clear winner this week! Again, a tough week to pick: St. Louis over San Diego, New England over Baltimore, Minnesota over Dallas. We’re still in the middle of the Indianapolis vs. Washington game, so there are still two undecided races here. There is a slight chance that Ashley will tie Cally, but Cally wins in all possible outcomes.

Go Cally!

UPDATE: Monday morning, Indy wins! If Tennessee wins, Cally and Ashley will tie. Otherwise, it’s a straight Cally win.

UPDATE: Tennessee wins! Cally and Ashley tie for the week.

Wither the Bookcase

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I was thinking the other day, there will be no new bookcases in my life. One of the major furniture considerations when adding to or moving to a house, and I will never need any more than I already have.

While I haven’t yet gone out and purchased an eBook capable device (hey, when are those cheap Android tablets coming out!), it’s undoubtedly just around the corner. And I prefer ebooks — I can’t lose them (I spent half an hour yesterday searching for a misplaced paperback), I can share them with my always-on-me cellphone and I can always adjust the text so that my age-altered eyes have no problem reading.

Is there a reason to keep physical books? They’re dang heavy when they need to be shifted or moved. Do I really want them to impress people walking through my home and browsing my shelves? Or would they just think I’ve wasted my life reading too much science fiction and history? I don’t really care about impressing people with my possessions (look at my cars, for instance) and books fall into the same category.

Quick observation: I spent two years shopping for a house in Los Angeles in the late 90’s, and a much shorter time just before moving to Temecula. One thing I realized — in every single house I walked into, if there were a substantial number of good books on the bookshelves then the occupant was a renter. No value judgment here – just an observation.

No more bookshelves. Gone the way of the buggy whip. Odd. Less unsettling than I would have thought, too.