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About meOld, fat, bald, and now retired nerd with just a touch of Asperger's Syndrome.

The Egyptologists among you will note I have spelled "setnakht" wrong. I had a moment of keyboard dyslexia the first time I typed it and now I am stuck with it that way. (To those friendly LT'ers who send me messages on how to change it - I know how to change it. However, I ended up using it as a handle on lots of Web sites, and I don't want to track every single one down and fix it).

Disambiguation notice: Although we share a name, and I have some D&D books, I am NOT the person who writes D&D modules.

What Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

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About my libraryAbandoned as a child, I was raised by a pack of wild librarians.

I am dubious about some of my entries - geological maps, movies, music and suchlike. However, I figure a regular library would accession these, and I like to keep track of which ones I have.

I collect vampire and mummy movies, even atrociously bad ones, so their presence in my library doesn't necessarily indicate lack of taste. I hope.

All books, movies, etc. are things that are physically on the shelves (with the exception of a few that are out on loan or were accidentally entered twice). In other words, there are no "wish list" books or "read this but don't have a physical copy" books.

I think I'm getting the hang of properly combining books and authors; I probably caused trouble the first few times I tried, and if so I apologize.

Some of you are probably wondering how you got on my "interesting library" list. It's more or less like this:

1) If you put me on your interesting libraries list, or

2) If you show up on the "members with similar libraries" list, and you have books from seemingly wildly divergent categories (Georgette Heyer novels and calculus; egyptology and sewage treatment; Wicca and vertebrate paleontology), or

3) All libraries are interesting

PS: if you should happen to find bad data in my library - wrong ISBN, miscombined books, etc. - please feel free to let me know about it. And sorry it isn't more eclectic.

GroupsAlmack's, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient Egypt, Ancient History, Archaeology, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Colorado Bibliophiles, Disaster Buffs, Ecology and the environment, Egyptian Fiction Galoreshow all groups

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Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Denver - Downtown, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Westminster, Black and Read, Boulder Book Store, Capitol Hill Books, Luxor Museum Bookstore, O'Gara and Wilson, Booksellers, Powell's - Hyde Park, Red Letter Second Hand Books, Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo, The Book Cellar, Tin Can Mailman, Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Favorite librariesDenver Public Library - Central Library, Library of Alexandria, Mesa Public Library, Norlin Library, University of Colorado, University of Chicago - Joseph Regenstein Library

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To Setnahkt

My name is Sneferu and I received your email to me.

Can you remember which shop you bought The Monuments of Sneferu in 1991 in Cairo from?

Or if it was a library or museum shop you bought it from and what was the name of the library or museum?

Thank you.


To Setnahkt,

My member username is Sneferu.

I saw that you have two books called The Monuments of Sneferu at Dahshur Volume 11 The Valley Temple Part 1 The Temple Reliefs.

The other book is called the same name but near the end it is called Part 2 The Finds.

Would you be willing to swap or sell these two books or send me by email some photos of these books.

Thanks for adding my library to your interesting libraries list. I'm almost two thirds through cataloguing one collection, and just started on the second, but I'll still be quite a bit below your total even when finished. You've made more than a little envious.
I got my husband hooked on Heyer after reading The Grand Sophie at night before sleep and laughing my rear off (which took some doing!) :) He had to know what was so funny...and now he's a devotee as well. You're not the only one!
Thank you for thinking my library is interesting...pretty much the highest compliment as far as I'm concerned. I like yours too. :) And a fellow Heyer reader is always a pleasure to meet.
Hope you enjoy The Toll Gate! I haven't read it yet but I know many Heyer enthusiasts who like it.

Also (and randomly), if you wish to change the spelling of your username, you can do so by going to your profile > edit profile and settings > change or delete > Request username change.
Thanks for the link!
Thank you for finding my library interesting! I've been browsing yours and it is really something else and quite extensive too. Besides the 202 books we already share, you have quite a few tempting titles, so I'm off to Amazon.
Many thanks for the "Interesting Library" add! I was surprised after I got the larger chunk of my library added this month to see just how many other people have some of the same interests I do. Can't wait to take a day to sit down and browse your library, because it looks like I could find a lot of interesting things!
I only just noticed this comment! I live on the East Coast, but now I'm interested in Kansas City....
Thanks to your tagging, some geyser, glacier and volcano lit has seismically appeared on my 'to acquire' list.
I just took the 'Nerdosity Test' and found out I'm merely a lightweight...I hang my head in shame.
No, I updated my safari, and when that didn't work I downloaded a new browser (foxfire or something like that) and that didn't work. And facebook did finally acknowledge that there was a problem. They haven't revealed to news sources how many users this is affecting, but sites have cropped up about it to share news. People from Britain, Australia, Greece are also affected. Twitter has a site on it. We all get the same 'site maintenance' thing.
I haven't been neglecting the scrabble game. My facebook account, along with untold numbers of others across the globe, is unavailable due to 'site maintenance'. At first it said that it would last 'a couple of hours'. Ater a day I look up stuff under 'help' and it had a list of stuff to do if it didn't come up. I did all those things that they listed dozens of times and it was still closed. I tried my sisters facebook account and that opened without a problem. I called Mac support and they helped me download another browser on day 3, still didn't work but the tech. told me that he was looking on the internet and seeing all kinds of people complaining of the same problem. Facebook didn't respond until day 4 or 5 and said that it should be fixed in about 24 hours. As 24 hours drew near they changed their response to "as soon as possible". So frustrating. I think it is now day 7 and it is still down. I've been bad in the meantime, ordering things from ebay. I need to stop. I took solace in ebay. Bad, bad. bad.......ordered some books too of course!!
Thanks for finding my library interesting!

I do think I have a diverse library. However--with no desire to appear less intriguing--in my case, while the Georgette Heyer books are from my loving Georgette Heyer, the calculus books are from my uncle having written them.

I do have that problem, I must admit! Many of the most interesting books have magically found their way out of our store room and onto my shelves back home... perks of the job?! I think my mum's planning a raid to find out just how many I might have 'borrowed' recently! For future reference, Derbyshire is right in the middle of England, perhaps a little to the east of the central point. All rolling green hills and craggy limestone!
Thanks for adding me to your Interesting Libraries list! Quite a compliment coming from someone with a library as vast and varied as yours... Just took the Nerd Test too - apparently I'm a slightly nerdy lass with a tendency towards bookish and social dorkiness!
My picture is just a photo of my shadow. Nothing too special about it.
I have uploaded a cover for The Night the War Was Lost by Charles L. Dufour. This is from the original 1960 hardcover edition.
Very cool. What have you read so far?
Your description made me laugh; I'll have to check them out.
Thanks for the explanation.

I have seen the Kushiel books in SFBC and wasn't sure if I would like them. Might try them out sometime.

Speaking of Harry Potter, I just bought the whole set last year, and only just read the first one last week. A quick fun read, we'll see how it goes.
OK, and so what is the equation anyway? I can't quite see it very well from the photo.

And what do you think about the Kushiel books?
Ah, Bruce, never mind again. I'm discreet.
Ah, Bruce, never mind. I try my best not to be the older woman who still walks, flirts, whatever else the way she did when she was twenty and pretty. (It helps that I didn't think I was pretty when I was twenty.)
So I've read some of your correspondence with walton, and while I can't identify with bones in the washer, that doesn't freak me.....
Hey, Bruce. Thanks for finding me. I really like the 257 books we have in common, so I'll enjoy prowling around in your library and checking out some of these folks who have conversations with you.
Conversation ---- hmmm. Your tattoo comes as close to freaking me out as anything I've seen in a while. I'm of an age when girls didn't do math or physics; I believed that, memorized my way through the courses, and didn't learn anything at all when I could have. Real lack of imagination.
I took the geek quiz and scored Literature/History Ubergeek.... The lit part is mostly true; I have to be modest with good reason about the history.
As to diversity in the book department, I may regard Dean Koontz as a guilty pleasure, but I'd be churlish to apologize for it.....and I don't think I've entered my Georgette Heyers yet. Her mysteries are great, and sometimes nothing but a GH regency will fill the need.
I envy you your time in Egypt. I've literally never been anywhere and married a man who says and means, "I have everything in the world I want right here. Why should I go somewhere else?" But I can read!
I look forward to hearing from you from time to time.
Thanks for the link - that was pretty interesting.
I remember now reading an article in the paper a couple months ago about women getting groped in Egypt, and what a problem it was. I remember one of the women saying that she was veiled, and therefore modest, so why would the men do this. It was mentioned that many more women are veiled now. You supplied some interesting context to that. Thanks.
I'll have to check your pictures out and see how things have changed over the last 30 years.
First time in Egypt was 1970. Spent my time in Cairo - was able to go inside the Great Pyramid, through the thieve's entrance. Visited the Cairo Museum, the bazaar and saw the sound and light show. Then we went to Israel - this was a time when we would not have been able to visit Israel first and then Egypt. As a kid, it was very apparent to me how different these two adjoining countries were. Then a shorter visit in 1979, as part of a Greek Islands cruise.

Very cool that you can read hieroglyphics!
Just took the Nerd test, and although I am not a Cool Nerd God, I guess I'm nerdy enough. Seeing your CRC and merck indices, I realize I have a lot of those books yet to add. And you've got your movies in here as well. I haven't even thought about doing that yet. I'm kind of thinking about adding computer and video games though. I've visited Egypt twice and have always loved Egyptian mythology. Our jobs are related - I'm the PSM Audit Manager for an oil company - so trying to make sure we watch ourselves and do the right thing before we have a problem (find the issues before you do...).
Funny about the underwear drawer. I do feel that way sometimes - although since we are all posting our drawers to the internet, I guess we are all exhibitionists as well (except for those private library folks).
Thanks for adding me to your interesting library list - but what I'm really thanking you for is highlighting your library, which I've been enjoying trolling through. You've got the CRC handbook and all your D&D stuff in here - that's neat. Also loving all the Egyptian and Egypt-related books.

I wandered over here when I saw you had joined our Disaster Buffs group. I'm so glad to see that you include your movies in your library. I'd been debating whether that was kosher or not, so now I can blame it on you if someone criticizes me for doing it. LOL
Well, you probably smelled better than me!!!
The book I mentioned is "Atlas of Human Anatomy with Integrated Text" by Gosling. I open the book up and it still smells of formaldehyde, brings back memories. I didn't eat chicken for a year during that class. And everyone in the school had us pegged as first year students because we all smelled of formaldehyde.
Yes, the book looks pretty good. Right up my ally. Like it. Saw it in your library I believe. I think the Mutter Museum one (not spelled right I'm sure) or the book I have that is a pictorial of human dissections that I had to use for my gross anatomy class would be even better. Probably would gross most normal people out, especially if they noticed the telltale grease spots on the anatomy book. I thought it was pretty gross myself when I first saw it, but I was quickly conditioned to find it quite normal after exposure to far more graphic real life stuff.
I lived in Egypt from 1998 to 2006 as a permanent resident, working at an American NGO. Before that I lived in Nigeria, S. Arabia, and Tunisia (with the US foreign service) and as a college student I spent a year in France.

Egypt, mother of the world - I miss it greatly, but of course once you've drunk from the Nile you must return.
Maybe it's like 665, "the Neighbour of the Beast"!
I like it cause only your friends have access and you can post pictures and it makes it easy to keep up with what friends are doing.
Do you do facebook?
Gee, now I think brown, green or black things are much worse than missing teeth. Also fragmented jaggedy things are also worse then no teeth.
Thanks, something that is actually simple!
I'm not a dentist. Just have a thing about teeth. No teeth are better than rotty snags.
Buzzer indicating wrong. Good thought process. I am in KY right now, hope to be out of here before fall. It is Kentucky. I'm in eastern KY right now and they sure do like their meth. (Not everybody of course). And propping sugars bottles or giving candy to their kids to shut them up. I've never seen so much tooth rot. It is horrifying. And most of the people I see get totally free dental care and don't have the nuisance of a job like the rest of us. I don't get it. If I had something green, black or brown in my mouth I pull it out myself, or pray for a visit with Peter the Great. He'd be a tooth pulling maniac here!!
Is there a way to type in the name of a book that you don't own to see what other people have to say about it?
Guess which state has the lowest number of teeth per adult??
Oh, I read the same book on Peter the Great, and some others. One of the things of his in Finders Keepers is a collection of teeth he pulled (some of them completely healthy--I guess if Peter the Great wanted to pull one of your teeth you didn't say no). I would have like to have met him. He was really amazing in his scope of interests. Brutal too I guess, but heck, those times were brutal.
I do really enjoy your comments. They are too funny. And you have caused me to buy a number of books. Which is a bad thing you know. Feeding an addiction. It's my heroin. But, judging by the number of your books you are a junky too. I guess at least we don't drool on ourselves, slur our speech, or forget to bath for weeks. Well, I guess I am speaking for myself. You don't have a drooling problem, slurred speech or forget to bath do you? If you do, well, stop buying books, it's probably making you drool......
Well, you sure made me laugh out loud. That chew you food comment was very very funny!!
We had Dermestid beetles. Got em on a Turkey carcass from the Smithsonian. We couldn't keep them under control and other dept.'s in the building started complaining. The university made us get rid of them. Then I did this experiment with a multitude of muskrats using various enzymes and chemicals reported in the literature to compare methods, it was my semester project. We didn't have any fume hoods or anything. My odor control consisted of rags shoved under the cracks in the door. I must say it was heinous. But it cracked me up cause the floor below us had the ROTC guys offices and they would act like they were gagging when they walked by our stair well (actually, I don't think they were acting). And that was probably in week one. I was pretty bad. But I like to stick with things, and I got christened my first week in the ethnozoology lab when a frozen raccoon I was suppose to process was left in a cooler on a window sill over the weekend and bloated up like a balloon with little stubby legs. I was carefully skinning it, trying to avoid catastrophic decompression and was having trouble with something and the same guy that went over walls with me was helping me yank on something and IT happened. And it all splashed into my face. Horrible. In my hair. Heinous. I was an abomination ((good word hah). After about 3 weeks of the muskrat experiment my professor called me in to his office. He said the university was unhappy about my experiment and that I should just freeze everything and call the experiment finished and that he would give me an A! I was so proud. I got an A and I made the ROTC guys nauseated. Life in college doesn't get much better than that!!
I hope it was mostly just bones you put in the washer machine. I can't even begin to imagine the mess otherwise. When I was in graduate school of sorts one of the students parents let him have a party for all of us at their house. One person got embarrassingly drunk and had to toss some cookies and the closest things was the washer machine. The son of the house had the brilliant idea of putting it thru a wash cycle. Unfortunately chunks don't go thru those little drainage holes. The parents never invited us to their home again, and the really sad thing was that the offender wasn't a student but one of the instructors.
You are really being a bad influence on me you know.
Wow, really funny. I knew I was missing something in the name South City but just couldn't think of it. You have some memory! Too bad you didn't stop, I think you would have loved it. Sounds like I would love Central City. I'll have to visit it next time I'm out that way.
I also have 2 more books on the Mary Rose, just not the one you have.
Guess what I have! When I was a kid we bought a suitcase at an auction and inside was a box, and in that box was a gravestone salesmen's kit. Price lists and 2 catalogues of gravemarkers, sample of the stone material, forms to fill out for grave sight and inscriptions and one of the catalogues has suggestions for inscriptions. The contracts have questions like whether the purchaser is black or white. It is from perhaps the 1920's. Interesting. No one else wanted it so I kept it. It also has pictures showing how the stones are quarried.
So you are rather, ah, twisted also!!!! I noticed people tend to apologize for being interested in things like pictures of dead people. I offer no such apologies.
When I was in college in the anthropology dept. we were relegated to the attic and the walls of the classes were just partitions really and didn't go all the way up to the ceiling. Me and this other guy use to climb a ladder over the wall to get to this locked area that I don't think anyone even had a key to. It had trunks full of archaeological finds that had been numbered in the field but then just sat since 1940. So we would nosey around. And there was another room we got into, and we opened this bucket full of liquid and we both jumped back and screamed when we jostled it and severed monkey heads floated to the top. There were also mounds of boxes full of old glass slides with autopsy pictures from way back when when Indiana University use to be the crime lab for Indiana. Too much fun. We use to macerate animals for reference material for archeological digs, to identify animal bones, and too many times I got repulsive stares from people as I walked up stairs to that attic (4 flights) dangling some dead thing. We were always on the lookout for dead stuff, it would please our professor so. If I found it before going to class I'd put it in a plastic bag but if I came across it on my way to class on my bike I would just have to carry it in the open. I remember carrying a squirrel by its tail on my bike, it flapping in the apparent wind. I did not belong to any sorority!!!!!
Oh, I also already ordered the Mutant book after checking out your creepy books!!
I actually already have the influenza book by Barry and the book on Edmund Fitz.
I agree that history of ordinary everyday life of us peasant types is the most interesting but least reported. When I got the tour of Versailles in France I wanted to know where the king went to the bathroom and where the servants slept. They don't seem to include these things generally.
The Henry Ford museum in the Detroit area is really quite interesting. They have some really unique things. They have a horse drawn hearse which is really neat, and they have a plethora of everyday implements that are fascinating. Fold up tubs, early non-electric vacuum cleaners, lots of stuff that I would never have imagined nor known what they were if I saw them. I also went to an old off the radar restored town (really more preserved rather then restored) called, I think, South City and I think it was in Wyoming, Some university was taking care of it. Is families moved out and abandoned it half a century or more ago one family bought the buildings and property and everything in the buildings and continued to live in the town. Unlike most historic places where period pieces are brought back in the furnish the rooms, this place has the things that were always there. In the town saloon there is a historic picture of the saloon and everything is still exactly the same. Same damaged pictures on the wall, same bar decor, even the preserve bottles, plates, glasses, everything is the same. You end up feeling like you just stepped into the picture.
There's a book called Finders Keepers that includes some of the collection of Peter the Great. Some of his collection includes a collection he bought from a French anatomist and has some babies heads that were preserved in fluid. There is one in particular looks like it is looking across time, like it could come alive. It is pretty amazing and touching.
Do you have books like this other than Wisconsin Death Trip??
I'm surprised to see you have The White River Badlands, it's pretty obscured. I would guess you must have been to the Badlands National Park.
I noticed that you have the same book I read on the Great Influenza. It is a very good book. I think you would also like The Devil in the Freezer and The Hot Zone. Excellent books and excellent author (can't remember the name). It's about the smallpox virus and the ebola virus respectively. The Hot Zone on ebola is horribly scary. Thank goodness it is rapidly fatal, that is the only thing that keeps it from spreading like wildfire. People don't go far once they're infected.
I do have an addiction. Before internet I went in bookstores all the time, especially bookstores in museums and used book stores. Thank goodness I don't have to pay full price anymore. But sometimes I just can't help myself.
I ended up buying Wisconsin Death Trip. I think my uncle bought it for my Grandmother 20 years ago but I don't know what happened to it. She grew up in Wisconsin. I'm sure it was much cheaper back then!! Glad you mentioned it. There is something spooky about pictures of dead people from the past. I really like it. I have a book on the Lusitania that has a few pictures. I wish there was more published. National geographic had a DVD on the Lusitania that showed a lot of them but they didn't publish them in the book they put out. They photographed a lot of the dead because of the logistical problems of distant relatives. They're just spooky. And like time travelers in a way. Old photos of living people can be similar but there is something poignant about death pictures of young people who died before their time.
I just got it in the mail today! It is awfully expensive, and of course I haven't read it yet. It is mostly black and white photos of paintings showing garments, but it does have some pictures of real textiles and clothing, some taken from dead peoples burials. Looks quite interesting. The elaborate embroidery is impressive. I can't even begin to imagine the man hours (or more likely women hours) spend to produce these fabrics. It is pretty amazing. I think we tend to think of distant history as being somewhat primitive, but it looks like the clothes of the high and mighty were more sumptuous than anything you could possibly buy today. But it also looks rather uncomfortable. It is an interesting subject. I am glad we can put comfort first today. But I suppose all peasants always put comfort first!
My Name is Red is such a good book.
Maybe it's a sign of my nerdiness, but I am way excited to see it in your library.
Damn, that is dangerous.. I always tell myself that I won't buy anything, I'll just write names of books down and buy them used and on the cheap in 6 months or so on the internet, but the flesh is weak, I almost always succumb to my desires. No self control. What can I say.
I could probably use a cat cause I have mice off and on but I just can't do it. I just don't like them for some reason. Now a dog, that a whole other story. I figure I can take a dog backpacking with me and train it to get firewood depending on where I camp (I usually don't have fire, except maybe on beaches up in Alaska).
I'm afraid I'm not fond of cats. I'm not mean to them or anything, but the hole hair ball, catbox, meowing thing is irritating. And most cats I've known are pretty arrogant. And you don't hear of cats saving peoples lives. A dog growling at an intruder is a lot scarier than a cat meowing. And if I was freezing to death a big dog could help keep you warm, but a cat would just scratch you up. I don't like small yappy dogs. I think chauwahas (can't spell it at all!!!!!!) look like some one sqeezed there heads too hard and their eyes started popping out.
No, no mushing for me, not that I wouldn't like to. If I was home more often I would have a dog and it would be a mixed breed with malamute. Huh, ranch? Maybe. Usually kennel would refer to a dog enclosure, but if it is some huge spread I guess kennel doesn't conjure up that type of image. Winter Dance actually qualifies as the funniest book I ever read, and it is a rather fast read. Put it on your list. There are a lot of books that I've read but don't remember enough to rate them anymore. So I've only rated my resently read or ones that were so good I still remember them as great, or the bad ones, but the really bad ones I get rid of.
While Shackleton didn't really like dogs he did care about killing humanely. On the Discovery expedition with Scott they didn't bring any fire arms with and ended up having to kill some of the dogs to put them out of their misery. All they had was a knife, and I believe it was a scalpel, and Shackleton had to kill one of the dogs and remarked in his diary that thank god he got it's heart the first time. On Endurance he also accompanied one of the men who was bringing in seals to make sure they were killing them humanly. But I know on the film that Hurley shot on board the Endurance you can see Shackleton kicking the dogs, but it is hard to tell if he was doing it hard or just enough to get them out of the way. I know they had to kill the dogs and cat at some point. Leaving them to a starvation death would be horrible. I hate the thought of them beating the dogs. I think it just makes them mean and doesn't really accomplish much. Have you read Winter Dance by Paulson about the Iditarod? It is hilarious.
I did get the Shackleton thing straightened out. There are still multiple author sites that come up but when I click on my Shackleton authored books it comes up with the one with the picture, which is nice, because when I thought there wasn't a picture I emailed the Scott Polar Institute and asked them if they knew of any public domain pictures of Shackleton or if they had a picture I could use and they said they knew of no public domain pictures and they charge a fee to use any of theirs. Lord Shackleton is actually his son Edward.
The whole copy right thing on photos is a little goofy if you ask me. Lots of pictures in books will say things like "publish with the permission of the Shackleton family" but I know I can't copy pictures that are around 100 years old of my family that are studio pictures where the studio has not been in existence for half a century and have no trackable evidence of having sold the business to anyone else. So you can't get permission. So I guess it can never be copied in infinitum. That seems ridiculous. And I wonder what a place would charge if they did still exist for copyright priviledges.
Have you read about the Endurance? It's pretty incredible. Another survival tale which has actually been made into an excellent documentary movie (my favorite movie) is Touching the Void. I also love In the Heart of the Sea about the sinking of the whaling ship the Essex which Moby Dick was based on. And Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea is amazing.
I'm 50 by the way, in case you are afraid to ask. I suppose asking a woman her age is suppose to be rude. But most of the time, I don't think it is rude.
That mosaic thing would be kinda neat. Office supply does oversized poster prints. When I get all mine in someday I'll have to do that. I might just set up an easel and my camera on a tripod and take pictures, crop and down load them. I could scan them but my scanner is a little slow.
I hope to move before next fall and might do the covers and assign numbers to my books than. I would like to print off a list of all my books eventually too. I hope there is a printer friendly way to do that eventually. How many books did you have the last time you moved? Or have you stayed put. How old are you anyway? You said old but it is all relative you know!! I'm nosy!
I noticed you seem to have covers on most or all of your books. Do you take pictures of your covers to get them on the site?
Well, I'm still on this kick of seeing how much my books are worth. Got any books signed by dead people? I've got a book signed by Jacque Cousteau. Without his signature the book goes as low as $4, signed (same book) starts at $165 dollar. Gee, huge difference. Now, if a few more authors die . . .

So you can read hieroglyphs? Impressive.
It is wierd to think that most people who halibut fish bring guns and they usually shoot it in the head before hauling it on board because the big ones are so dangerous when they flop around. People have been killed. They are also known as 'barn doors' in Alaska. They are so wierd. You probably already know this, but incase you don't, they are born like most fish with an eye on each side of its head but eventually both eyes migrate to one side of the head; happens on most bottem feeders that continually swim on one side along the bottom.
I don't need binoculars to see bears from my little kayak ship for one, Mr. luxury liner guy!!! Okay, so you made up for it later. The Mendenhall is pretty nice. Did you go up Mount Roberts? If you did did you take the tram part way? I walked (I'm cheap).
Oh, by the way, I noticed you use creepy as a tag. I've been using odd for the same type of thing, but I don't think I use it a whole lot. The oddest thing I have is a book on the Mutterer (not spelled right) museum. It is really yucky. It is a medical museum with a collection that is very old and quite gross, especially in the way they combine things for the book. I'm sure you'd love it.
Gee, I thought of another issue. Some books are simple reprints, maybe with a new forward but essentially unchanged. But sometimes it is improved/undated. Like "Mummies, Disease and Ancient Cultures" is a great book and the newer edition has more recent finds included in it.
I noticed you have a book on the glaciers of Prince William Sound. Have you been there?
I can see where it can be confusing. Such as some of the polar books I have are 2 volumes, one with journals/narratives and one with scientific studies. Some people will only buy the journal volume or a popular edition will be published by the same name which is only the journal volume and was never part of a set. Confusing what to do with that. I suppose that popular edition should stand on its own but what to do with the volumes of a set if someone only has one is confusing.
It means I'm just too dense to follow all your steps to liberating lonely books. I noticed under Shackleton I could combine different editions of his books, I did it! Except for my own lonely copy of "The Heart of the Antarctic", on the main page it lists it separate but when I go to the combine page it doesn't even list it. Hopefully it is just being slow and will eventually combine. So, I have found one way to combine that is different from yours (which I don't really grasp, but that is perfectly fine--I'm happy!!!!!!)
Yes, except for one thing, which maybe will just take a while to disappear. The names that say LORD Shackleton can't be him because he was never a lord. His youngest son apparently was a Lord, so maybe that's his son. I tried to remove (separate) the name but it doesn't seem to be working.
How the heck have you done so many books. Geeze. There is obviously a method to your madness. There is definitely something I'm missing. But, eventually I will figure it out!!! Thanks for your help. More badges for you!!
As long as the psychiatrists don't notice your head is swelling you should be okay.
Try not to flunk your test!!!
I just found something else vexing. I have stuff by Shackleton and when I clicked on it it brought up him on an author site and I saw there was nothing on hms so I filled it out and made an inquiry to the Scott Polar Institute to see if there are any public domain pictures that I could put up. Now I see there is another site with a picture but no information (which I already typed in on another site). I tried combining them but everything is still separate. Do they never merge?? (You seem to be a font of information).
Well, you sure are educating me. The tag suggestions will really help especially. Gee, that whole combining things is over my head. That would be great. Two of my polar books are looking unnecessarily lonely, Farthest North by Nansen and Shackleton's Boat Journey by Worsley.
I wonder if some of my Egypt books that are supposedly only owned by me are also owned by others. That is probably your real area of expertise judging by your books. Hah, should I be smug about owning some you don't have!! Well, probably can't, given how valuable your stand alone or nearly stand alones are. For the most part my obscure ones are obscure cause hardly anyone bought them cause they weren't all that good. There was a time when I bought anything I saw on Egypt regardless of whether it was good or not!! And to think you have me to thank for your knowledge of your new found riches. Who needs antiques road show!! Hah!!! You're now several thousand dollars richer because of me!
Well, call me lazy but I don't know if I'll get around to the combining thing. I tried the tag thing and found that foreign languages by non English members throws a great big wrench in things. I looked up polar and about the first 14 people listed had books that were listed under polar but definitely weren't polar in subject, and they were all French. I wonder what polar means in French. Is there some way to choose English tags only???
Thanks so much for the tag tip. That will really be nice!!
Thanks for the instructions. How the heck you learn these thing I don't know, but next time I have access to a printer I will have to copy that. Some of the problem may very well be lack of the codes. A few of my books are from the turn of the century or just after (early 1900's) and some of them have been reprinted with codes. So my oldies don't match up with other peoples young things.
My niece got me to go on facebook. No interesting sites.
Boy, I've noticed that my library doesn't match up with anyones very well. I have a lot of books no one else has, but I have also noticed when I was looking thru someone's polar library that they must not always do a good job of linking up different editions of the same book because there were several that this other person had that I have too and my listing says no one has them.
I see your closest library person has the same rate of books as you at a rate of about 1 out of 7, mine's almost 1 out of 21, and that's the best.
I wish they had a feature where you could type in a tag and see who has the most books on that subject. Or maybe they do but I just don't know it. And if they do, I'm sure you'll let me know!! And that is a good thing!!!
You liked the old one better hah. I'll just have to put it back. I had a Halloween one up on another site. What do you think of this one--I also did one with a cockroach and one sporting fashionable billy-bob teeth!
You poor thing you. Tragic. So you probably just had to settle for magazines and dead things.
Keypunch! I couldn't think of the word.
My whole building was girls but another building in the complex was guys, and for some reason we could always get in.
Well, you were quite an inventive peeping Tom now weren't you!!! Actually, for some reason that I don't quite understand that seems a bit more innocent, but I suppose if you had got caught your parents would not of liked that phone call.
WELL, I used the room size computer at college where you had the punch cards and that was even more baffling. No keyboard, no mice, and what amounted to a foreign language. Horrible. If it wasn't required in one of my classes I'd of avoided it like the plague. The only fun thing was what we did with the punch card remnants after we were done (I lived in a dorm--we regularly redecorated the guys dorm floors while they were asleep, we were just reciprocating). Weren't those computers monsters. I really hated it. Mine would always abort 5 or 6 times before I got it right. Those were the prehistoric ones!!
Quite over my head!! Oh well. I am slowly getting more computer savvy. Very very slowly.
Well, the stuff about how to put additional pictures up leaves me clueless!! Oh well!
Oh, I also sent a message to the guy that created this site. I thought it would be neat if they could make it possible for people to put pictures of there real libraries on their sites. Maybe even run a contest for bragging rights on catagories like funny libraries, classic, macabre. etc.
Mine would be rather macabre. I have a nicely done fake skeleton propped up on my books. and I happen to own a human skull. And a taxidermied bat. But I don't have any pictures of them. I guess my library is victorian. They were somewhat macabre. I could see a lot of people with funny libraries, with books piled all helter-skelter and falling over in huge mounds that constitute a fire hazard.
I did go to Westminster Abby and did a wax rubbing of one of the brass plated graves but don't remember much else.
You will probably have a heart attack to hear that in 2005 I hiked 1700 miles of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). At one time I had 9 blisters and 2 toe nails falling off. It was wonderfully tough. I loved it! I'm afraid I am just a little extreme.
It does sound to me like you've traveled a lot. Went I went to Europe I figured the most expensive thing was the plane flight so I stayed for a couple months. Slept on trains a lot since I was poor. And stayed with people I met in youth hostels when I was in their countries if they were home. It was great! I'd like to think that being poor worked in my favor. I had wonderful experiences.
It has been interesting talking to you. I've flagged 2 other people but they haven't answered back yet. Maybe my picture scared them. I'm framing myself you know. You picture is evasive! Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater. I find using my computers photo booth is quite slimming!!
OH, by the way, Splendid Slippers doesn't have anything really bad like nudity (so sorry), maybe naked feet. Which in Chinese culture would have been scandallis, men never saw their wives feet unwrapped and they very rarely removed the bindings.
Well, after college I started backpacking out west and then spent the better part of 2 summers traveling thru Europe (youth hostels, Euro-rail pass, sleeping on trains) with Egypt tacked on to one of them. Then I went to Alaska and it was all over. I love glaciers and ice and spent 8 summers and part of one winter in Alaska mostly sea kayaking. I've spent 4 summers in Glacier Bay paddling in from Juneau, a summer paddling around the Admiralty Islands and Fords Terror/Tracy's Arm Wilderness (and have done shorter trips there also--love the name of one of the islands and a glacier there "sumdum" island, funny), summers in Kachemak Bay off Cook Inlet and a summer in Prince William Sound (advertised in Sea Kayaker Magazine for paddling partners, had 2 guys that went, one from Australia who I lent my gear too (kayak) and he reciprocated and planned a 5 week paddling trip of the east coast of Australia, I just had to show up!! I also have visited a friend in Costa Rica, but the last 2 places are tropical and really don't do anything for me. I've driven to Alaska about 6 or 7 times, so I've seen lost of Canada. Been to all of the US except Hawaii. All of Canada from Ontario west (Yukon and Northwest Territories). Europe was England, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, France. Love High Gate Cemetery outside of London.
By the way, I think I'm the one going on and on!!!

Hey, I have a book recommendation for you. I think it would be something you'd like given the attraction to creepy dead stuff. The book is called "Splendid Slippers" and is on Chinese foot binding. It has lots of unbelievable pictures, even an x-ray. And the text is nice and graphic, that's why it could even go under dead stuff because some of these women would have toes rot off and such, It would also appeal to your, well, the side that made you think twice about entering some books!!
Wow, you should make sure they are covered by your home owners insurance!! What a pleasant surprise. A don't have anywhere near as valuable collection as you. The books that are worth the most I had to pay a lot for, like "The Ascent of Mount St. Elias" and some early books from polar explorers like Nansen, Scott, and Hall.
Gee, it sure feels good doesn't it!!!
I was looking thru my Egypt books some more and had one more I bought at the Field museum around the same time I bought the now rare x-ray atlas. This other book called "Canon and Proportion in Egyptian Art" has a price tag on it of $25 dollars and I probably paid less due to my membership. Its now considered rare and starts out at about $150. Better than the stock market, although I could not part with it. I've got a few books from Alaska that someone might throw out if I died that are worth a little, just silly little native authored soft back books. You never know. I've actually been hitting "bookfind" on a lot of my books just out of curiosity to see how much they would be to replace. Hope my house never burns down. Probably the most expensive thing I've ever bought besides my house, car and kayaks are books. There is one that took me 18 years to find. Would have found it sooner if I wasn't such a dummy about computers. Isn't it wonderful that you can track down books pretty easy!! I've been on a book buying spree since I started putting books on this a few weeks ago. Yikes! Did you go to the Oriental Institute while you were in Chicago?
Odd indeed. I saw buildings that were essentially gutted and people were living in them. You could see laundry strung up inside the building thru the missing windows. I did see lots of torn up side walks and lots of garbage. I heard that no one knows when garbage will be picked up and that they don't need permits to dig up the sidewalks and no obligation to fix it back up after tearing it up.
I also was amazed at the time I was there at all the small glass pop bottles that disappeared from our markets (dispensed by pop machines) when I was in elementary school and must of all got shipped to Egypt. Huge stacks were on lots of street corners.
I wasn't brave enough to try the sugar cane drink they made on the streets by putting the cane thru a pulper of sorts. It was too gross seeing tobacco spit all over the bases of the stacks of cane.
It was also frustrating that no one queues up, its just a mob. And I hated bribing people to do their job. They'd hang out outside their ticket booths until we gave them some money to open them, I hated doing it, but there were times we waited for an hour or more and they still wouldn't open, even though the times were posted. I wonder if that has gotten better!
I was also surprised that no one would ever tell you that they didn't know something, including the tourist police, They would send us on wild goose chases! Funny, but also frustrating.
Have you traveled extensively??
Yes, misconceptions, Cairo was very interesting when I was there, Lots of side walks were torn-up and at the fringes of the city in the west desert sands were pouring into abandon Sadat era buildiings. There were as many donkeys in the streets as cars, and lots of stray dogs.
When we got picked up my cousin and I both had to squeeze in the front seat, It was a lone male driver. My cousin made me sit in the middle and the driver kept touching my leg!! An oncoming train would be worse. But maybe he would have had to pay more attention to his driving and wouldn't have been so inappropriate! I think I might have messed my pants if I was in your position.
You're pretty funny.
When I was in Egypt I was traveling independently with a blonde haired male cousin of mine, and I have red hair, so we stuck out like a sore thumb. When we were in Luxor a Belgium couple asked us if we would like to go in on a small sail boat (I can't spell fa-lue-ka) to go from there back to Cairo, which would take 3-4 days, We had to get police permission which took about 3 days which was frustrating, The first day and a half were nice with lots of log jams of plastic bottles!! But then the wind died. It was a little miserable. We slept on the boat in the open with 4 inch roaches outside a Nubian village which was really pretty interesting. But the heat was so bad that we got the boat owner to let us off. It was truely in the middle of nowhere in someone's fields. There were all these people that came out of the fields and followed us. We got the idea that we just needed to head east and we would hit a road. By the time we got to the road there was a little crowd. We actually hitch hiked!!! Got picked up and drove through an area where there were wild dogs and dead camels in varying states of decomposition for several miles. Got left off in a bigger town, the name of which I can't remember and took a local bus that had cages of chickens and board and it was quite filthy and wild, and went back to Cairo. I really liked the experience. The tourist buses and train aren't a cultural experience at all. I feel lucky to have had those experiences and lucky not to have gotten caught. Back when I went it was illegal to travel outside tourist zones without police permission. I think it was in the 1980's. Some 3rd world travel experts recommend independent travel in dangerous areas because terrorist groups usually target big and predictable tour groups. It just seems scary to me now.
Isn't it a little scary traveling there now, what with the Muslim world disliking Americans. I traveled there independently, and ended up in the middle of no where without police permission, I am so lucky not to have gotten into big big trouble. Egypt made Europe feel just like the U.S. It was a little frustrating at times, but nice to experience someplace non-western. Egypt was always a dream trip, to see the monuments of ancient Egypt. Now my dream trip is Antarctica!! But not just as a tourist on a boat. I want to sea kayak and backpack!!
I went to Egypt quite a few years ago (a couple decades ago) and Sadat had taken the royal mummies off display (I was there after his assassination), so I didn't get to see them. I hate that they may remove them again, but I guess as long as they continue to be preserved, then they will resurface again in another generation or so I suppose.
About 20 years ago they redid their Egyptian section (my favorite, surprise, surprise) and got rid of my most favorite mummies. They were these two little children that were laid in a rectangular box head to toe, and as a child I was just mesmerized by them. They also put plexiglass over a huge sarcophagus on which we use to do rubbings of the hieroglyphs , so now you can' anymore. I miss that!! I loved the shrunken heads as well. There is something really appealling about creepy things!
I just bought my x-ray atlas at the museum store. Did you know it was rare and worth so much now?? I didn't take any classes but had a Field Museum membership. Members night once a year was fun.
If you find any good books on the history of embalming let me know, it would be up my alley!!
I still can't find anything when I group stuff together. I decided to group funny books together and wanted to find my "Flattened Fauna" book to put it with my "How to shit in the Woods" book and can't find it for anything, and I know I just saw it. Oh well.
Well, thanks for putting me on your interesting libraries thing, I am still in the process of adding all my books. What a job, and I've been a bit dismayed to find that I have sometimes bought the same book more than once. That's one less book I could have bought on something else! I'm still learning library thing and your comment has helped me learn a little more about it. Is looking into some ones library kinda like looking into some one's medicine cabinet!!??
Well, thanks for putting me on your interesting libraries thing, I am still in the process of adding all my books. What a job, and I've been a bit dismayed to find that I have sometimes bought the same book more than once. That's one less book I could have bought on something else! I'm still learning library thing and your comment has helped me learn a little more about it. Is looking into some ones library kinda like looking into some one's medicine cabinet!!??
It's true that LT isn't a perfect venue for movies. If I had the programming ability, I'd see if Tim would let me spin off a MovieThing using LT code as a base and modifying it for movie specifications. My fantasy would be that it would integrate with LT seamlessly, so you could see everything together and thus find interesting book/movie relationships. This is all fantasy of course, because, while I have the database design ability, I don't have the coding skill, nor the means to support myself while I acquire such skill.

In the meantime, your method makes good use of the benefits of LT. Putting a code in the title (e.g. "Movie Vampire Vixens" or "DVD Vampire Vixens" might help on the combining end, if more people start adding their movie libraries to LT.
Your library is a pretty good argument for putting movies into LT. Browsing through it, I can see how LT does exactly what I want in terms of a movie catalog. I've been teetering on the fence in the debate about what non-book items are appropriate, but examples like your library are tipping me into the inclusive camp.

Hi! Just a belated thanks for adding me to your Interesting Libraries list (back in June it was). I'm just returning to Library Thing -- a crazy work schedule and some family issues kept me too busy to read or post here for many months. Now that I'm back I know I'll enjoy browsing your fascinating personal library.
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Folsom or Clovis would be classy, indeed. I'd love to do the entire Archaic sequence from southern Arizona up one arm and down the other, but that might be a bit much.
Thanks for the add, and I love the geek tattoo. I'm mulling which arm and which projectile point to use for my own archaeology geek ink.
Nifty. Thanks for the add!
You're welcome. People with eclectic tastes are always interesting. Are you a paleontologist with a literary streak, or a literati with a paleontological streak?

I suppose the latter...I was an embryo paleontologist until age 20 but my development took a sudden left turn. Now I'm a writer. How about you?
Thanks for adding me to your "interesting libraries" - there aren't that many of us with _Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives_!
Never seen the bats in Austen, but would LOVE too! We have bats around our house and I love to watch them here. Seeing a large amount, like the bridge in Austen, would be a dream!

It may take them a while to come to your bat house. The human smell has to leave and sometimes that takes a year or so.
I suppose we're both exhibitionists, then? "Book Flashers"?

Well, I do own a long raincoat.
We share an interesting assortment of books, including a bat reference guide, which is how I came to check on you. I'm wild about bats. :D

I'm on the Asperger's spectrum myself and work with preschoolers Austism. I always say I love my job so much because I understand them better than a typical person.

Love the tat; mine is in the drawing stage and will be (of course) a bat. :D
I know how you feel. However, if people put their library on internet and choose not make their account private I guess they don't mind other people looking in.
"All libraries are interesting"

Good point!
Well, I rather expect you have other things to occupy your time. Like having a life, for example.

Well, there's some truth to that, though two of my kids are ferocious readers also. The other thing is that I am a great borrower of books that eventually have to be returned.
Wow, almost 6,000 books? You shame me.
I have more fantasy fiction, ancient history and egyptology to list so I may yet beat 7th! I have approx another 500 to list.
I have more fantasy fiction, ancient history and egyptology to list so I may yet beat 7th! I have approx another 500 to list.
{I had questions about some things - for example, are the Histories of Herodotus "literature" or "histories"}

I have Herodotus simply tossed in a big tag called "classics". In taxonomy, you have your lumpers and your splitters. I'm definitely the former. If I'm browsing someone's library, it is a lot easier to scroll through a lot of books under one general topic.

I don't browse much, I get so many TBR candidates from the various message boards.

Anyway, I like your format much better than those who have 3,000 books and 1,000 tags!
Greetings Bruce, from an old bald nerd who is loosing some weight an lacks cool ink. You've got a cool library, I'm especially interested in the literature tag.
There are 101 theories regarding the mauscript. I think its a case of picking your favourite. I liked the life story of the book dealer Voynich who originally found it. Searching for ancient tomes seems to me the ideal job. The only problem being I know I could never part with a book once I owned it. I would starve to death surrounded by a fortune.I like you have accepted myself as the geek I was born to be.

Interesting you named the Luxor Museum bookshop as a favourite. I,ve been to Luxor twice: 1995 & 1997 and visited the museum both times.
Hi - thanks for the add. or the ADD... hehe. That's my reading style - ADD. My interests are all over the place in some ways, yet focused in others - love natural history/geology/science/outdoor/travel stuff, which is all sort of interrelated. Love your tattoo!!
Oh, boy, environmental compliance--my last in-house job was proofreading for a company that produces environmental compliance, human resources, and safety materials. Reading wastewater disposal regs for 49 states (all but the one we lived in, oddly enough) was not my favorite task of all time!

But very little of my leisure reading has anything to do with the type of thing I do for work, which is mostly reference publishing--although I might argue that everything has to do with reference and many factoids come in handy sooner or later!

I adore Lindsey Davis, though--I'd have more of her works listed, but lost the bottom shelf's worth of books, including a bunch of hers, from all my bookcases in a flood two summers ago. Irritatingly enough, most of what I lost were the ones I collected but hadn't yet read. On the other hand, through this site I've discovered BookMooch, so I'm repopulating my library at a great rate! (And so cheaply.)

Okay, I sort of take it back--I like history, but so far (as I've cataloged, I mean) that's not where our libraries overlap--more Lindsey Davis and Barbara Michaels and a few cookbooks. Sometimes LT is so random!


Not to moan too much about the weather--today was lovely--but it's been one of those chilly damp gray springs for the most part. I kinda hate going from heat one day to air conditioning a week later, but should just suck it up and realize that's where I'm living. I grew up around here, so should know better (maybe forgot by living in Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, and Connecticut in the interval between high school and these many decades later).

Anyway, shall add your library to the interesting ones . . . our overlap seems to be history and 1800s, at the least. I still have a lot of books to add, but will get around to it.

I can very much see myself holding the same sign. *grin*
That should be fun. Any Klingon Republicans in Mensa?
Likewise, and your collection is not to be snubbed at either.
Hi, Nice collection... OK, so I only looked up your geology books - a great list. Have you come across John McPhee's "Annals of the Formal World"? Thanks for marking my library interesting.
Cheers, d
I like...people who can use "multivariate" in a sentence, yet know that bentonite is sticky.
posted by setnahkt at 3:44 pm (EST) on Mar 26, 2008

Yes, we are a special breed.
Thanks for the compliment, Bruce. I still have a lot of adding to do, but I hope to match the volume of catalogued items in your library someday. I look forward to perusing your "shelves" and will be adding your library to my list, as well. Nerdiness is next to Godliness...or Hal-iness...or Horus-iness...? Whatever.

I was at the OI in the late 90's. I worked at the University of Chicago Hospital---angio tech and went to school part time. Got a great discount as an employee.
I love the OI...I was a docent there for years. Have you seen the new Egypt hall-amazing.
Nice to hear from you...
Tahnks for adding my library-I'll peruse yours at leisure. You seem yo be interested in Egyptology also..I studied at the Oriental Institute in Chicago--I love and hope to visit egypt some have a very interesting library from what I have seen so far...
I sift pretty much the same way...mostly depends on how much time I have at the moment.

~ M
Hi Bruce- I'm glad you found my library interesting. I haven't used that feature yet, but had noticed your name as sharing several of my less common books. After looking at your author cloud, I think we'd have even more overlap if I included books I've read from the public libraries. I'm still working my way through the house and boxed books- but will get there gradually. I'm intrigues that in Colorado, you have tgeh GSA Field trip guide from the Philadelphia meeting - but then I've got field trip guides from lots of other places too- just not yet in LT.

Take Care
Likewise. I look forward to sifting through your books.

~ M
I'm actually working my way through the Lindsey Davis novels right now. I've read most of them; I think I have four left in the series. I have a collection of Saylor's short stories, which I really enjoyed, but I haven't been able to read any of his other books yet because reading for school takes up all of my time these days. It's a bummer.
Yeah, after I read I, Claudius, I exhausted the local libraries trying to find everything they had to offer on him. I guess that makes me a really big nerd.
augustus, trajan, hadrian, julian the apostate. i'm also very interested in the life of julius caesar.
maybe "favorite roman emperors" is misleading.
perhaps it should read "a list of roman emperors i'm most interested in."
No problem on the shortness of the note - I'm sharing that experience as well.

Your about me says: "Old, fat, bald ..." Are you perchance a runner as well as a nerd? The "Old, fat, bald" phrase is a favorite (usually, but not always, ironic) description used by runners.
Yep! I enjoy reading and learning different things (not as many as I should, perhaps), even though my special interest are women writers.
I am always amazed at the vastity of interests and breadth of knowledge - beside the amount of books - I find in many of our fellow LThingers. Quite an interesting community and nice place to be, don't you think?

Paola :-))
Hello Bruce!
Thanks for adding my library to the ones you find interesting. I will wander through your shelves as soon as I have a moment. In the meantime, happy reading!

Paola :-))
Hi Bruce:

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list! I've returned the compliment--you have a nice eclectic collection.


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