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Jan. 1st, 2004 | 05:47 pm
mood: curiouscurious

I was bored.

I have approximately 677 books in my apartment.

I didn't count simple hardware manuals, and multiple issues of a comic book were counted as one book. Though I did count all the various bound role playing game books. I also only bothered to count once, and so some books were missed and some were counted twice. Nor did I count electronic books.

Maybe one day I'll pretend I'm a library and create an electronic database listing all the titles so I could have a more accurate count.

I decided to do this because the new years party I went to last night was hosted by a woman whose doing her radiology internship and she only had one small bookshelf that wasn't even full. And that's after an education that requires some level of intense study.

It seems odd to me that an educated person doesn't have large piles of books.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Books are made of paper is made of trees, and some educated people don't like to kill trees.

Nice move, Sarumon.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
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One day when I finish reading all of my books, I will rise up and rule the world....

Mwahaha.

(Or more appropriate to me, one day I will rise up and encourage people to form cooperative societies that encourage kindness and understanding).

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
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...whereas at the New Year's party I went to last night, a woman (in her mid-thirties) was finishing up the entries for 2003 in her database of every book she's read since high school, and her husband remarked that he read seventy-eight books last year, which he figured was an all-time low for him.

You're clearly hangin' out with the wrong crowd. :^) (Although this other crowd is entirely devoid of single women, so it's not so hot from a dating perspective.)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Just because no one is single doesn't mean that there are no available women, there's always the chance that some are queer and poly.

And though most of my experiences with non-monogamy haven't worked well, perhaps a good enough library could help out with the difficult parts.

And yes, perhaps I should find parties that match my interests better.

(78 books, that's rather impressive).

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soulspirals

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from: soulspirals
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 08:37 pm (UTC)
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My rule of thumb: Be very afraid of people without real book collections.

very afraid.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Maybe one day I'll pretend I'm a library and create an electronic database listing all the titles so I could have a more accurate count.

My sister did that years ago (and updates it from time to time). She sat down with her laptop and typed in all the authors and what books she owned by each author. She has a gazillion books. Her living room has prolly 10 bookcases (Billy, from Ikea) filled with books, some double stacked (granted some are big/thick tech manuals). I'm not sure how many she has in digital form. Lots there, too. I keep meaning to put some of the info in my Palm so when I go to the store I don't have to wonder if I had That Book or not.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Think about sharing your list of books with friends so they could also check to see if you had "that book". it could almost be like a real library.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Jan. 1st, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Depending, tho, I prolly wouldn't want to lend my books out. I've had too many that didn't make their way back home :/. Some, I wouldn't care if I didn't get them back, but most I do.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Jan. 2nd, 2004 01:20 am (UTC)
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I got rid of about 30 books when I purged my room. I have about a hundred now. I want to loose half of them. Over my whole life, I've probably owned about as many as you, but I go back to zero books, every time I travel outside the country or move or whatever.

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her other side

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from: saltbox
date: Jan. 3rd, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
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It seems odd to me that an educated person doesn't have large piles of books.

A lot of the medical-types I know (including my brother) don't have many books. Med school and residency don't seem to leave much time for reading (or even sleeping). My brother, for example, seemed to be working 80+ hour weeks.

Though this may be better now with the new regulations (my brother did his residency before). My point is, that I wouldn't read too much into the lack of books, at least for the time being. Maybe if they still don't have books after they settle down into their practice and work fewer hours a week, then I'd start wondering. But like I said, med school and residency and even fellowships and other beginning-of-medical-career type stages seem to take up so much time.

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