After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

11/30/04 TUE:
---Disc Log (upstairs accumulation):
- Michael J. Schumacher ‘FIDICIN DRONES’
- The Bottle Rockets SONGS OF SAHM (Xgau: A Minus)
- Fred Eaglesmith RALPH’S LAST SHOW (2CD) (Xgau: A Minus)
- PAROXYSM samper (MP3s downloaded from www.paroxysmrecords.com)
- Roger Lasley DINNER ON THE GROUND
- Burnt Sugar THAT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU KNOW: Fubractive: Since Antiquity Suite (Xgau: A Minus)
- Burnt Sugar THAT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU KNOW: The Crepescularium (Xgau: select cut)
- Michael J. Schumacher ROOM PIECE
- TAFELMUSIK: A Baroque Feast
- Delta Dart FIGHT OF FLIGHT (Xgau: HM**)
- Charles Avison CONCERTI FROM OPUS 9
- The Moldy Peaches THE MOLDY PEACHES (Xgau: A Minus)
- James Sellars PIANO WORKS (Gann: A)
- Northern State HIP HOP YOU HAVEN’T HEARD (Xgau: A)
- J.S. Bach MAGNIFICAT, Cantata BMV 10
- Sidney Bechet KEN BURNS JAZZ
- Kékélé RUMBA CONGO (Xgau: A Minus)
- Philip Glass THE MUSIC OF CANDYMAN
- George Harrison THE BEST OF GEORGE HARRISON (Xgau: B Minus)
- TEA IN MARRAKECH (Xgau: A)
- Halim El-Dabh CROSSING INTO THE ELECTRIC MAGNETIC
- Marvin Gaye THE VERY BEST OF MARVIN GAYE (2CD) (Xgau: A)
- Bullfrog BULLFROG (Xgau: B Plus)
- The Strokes IS THIS IT (Xgau: A Minus)
- Mary Wells THE BEST OF MARY WELLS: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (Xgau: A)
- Eric B. & Rakim THE BEST OF ERIC B. & RAKIM: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (Xgau: A)
- The Doors THE VERY BEST OF THE DOORS (Xgau: A)
- Roger Miller OH BOY CLASSICS PRESENTS ROGER MILLER (Xgau: A Minus)
- The Holy Modal Rounders and Friends I MAKE A WISH FOR A POTATO (Xgau: A)

Friday, November 26, 2004

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

11/23/04 TUE:
---Here today from TTA:
SUCCESS...AND HOW TO AVOID IT by Matt Coward--a hip writer’s book which doesn’t insult its readers’ intelligence--$20 (25% discount for MDP).

---A batch of new-arrival paperbacks ready for their print-out (after more than six months!):
• • NEW ARRIVALS (& re-arrivals): 5/13/2004—11/22/2004 • •
Avon 23168 Asimov, Isaac FOUNDATION, 21st, (Foundation #1), g-vg 1.50
Tor 53202 Bova, Ben BATTLE STATION, 10/87, (orig; stories), vg+ 5.00
Ace pb 75988 Carl, Lillian Stewart SHADOW DANCERS, 11/87, (orig; fantasy), g 1.50
Ace pb 89443 Carl, Lillian Stewart THE WINTER KING, 19/86, (orig; fantasy), vg+ 3.00
Zebra 1974 Carr, John Dickson CASTLE SKULL, 1/87, (Bencolin mystery), g-vg 2.50
Perennial 81040 Carr, John Dickson DEATH-WATCH, '90, (Dr. Gideon Fell mystery), vg 3.00
Carroll & Graf pb 0223 Carr, John Dickson THE EMPEROR'S SNUFF-BOX, 2nd('95), (mys), gvg 2.00
DAW 391 Carter, Lin ZANTHODON, 6/80, (Underground World; Carstairs #2), vg-f 5.00
Award A130F Carter, Nick A BULLET FOR FIDEL, 3/65, (A Killmaster Spy Chiller), g-vg 2.00
Dell pb 17310 Carver, Jeffrey A. PANGLOR, 4/80, (orig; adrift on a lunatic world), vg-f 5.00
DAW 677 Clayton, Jo QUESTER'S ENDGAME, 7/86, (orig; Diadem), vg-f 4.00
Pop Libr 04458 Dann, Sam THE THIRD BODY, ('79), (orig; Future Earth), vg-f 3.00
Mentor MT347 Dante THE INFERNO, 13th, (immortal masterpiece; Ciardi translation), g 2.00
Mentor MQ768 Dante THE PURGATORIO, 4th, (masterpiece; Ciardi translation), g 2.00
Del Rey 27642 Eisenstein, Phyllis SORCERER'S SON, 4/79, (orig; fantasy), vg-f 5.00
Pocket pb 48766 Elwood, Roger (ed) SIX SCIENCE FICTION PLAYS, 1/76, vg+ 5.00
Ball 24236 Fontana, D.C. THE QUESTOR TAPES, 10/74, (orig; TV pilot tie), vg 4.00
Pocket 82947 Ford, John M. WEB OF ANGELS, 7/80, (orig; computerized universe), vg-f 7.00
Ball 24435 Foster, Alan Dean STAR TREK: Log Four, 3/75, (orig; cartoon tie), vg-f 5.00
DAW 135 Foster, M.A. THE WARRIORS OF DAWN, 1/75, (orig; Ler #2), vg+ 4.00
Avon 75001 Friesner, Esther M. SPELLS OF MORTAL WEAVING, 5/86, (orig), vg-f 5.00
Vintage V8 Gide, André THE IMMORALIST, nd, (protective veneer of civilzation), vg 4.00
Faw GM 14351 Granger, Bill SWEEPS, 8/80, (orig; heady mix of TV, politics & murder), vg+ 4.00
Playboy 16554 Grant, Charles L. (ed) NIGHTMARES, 9/79, (orig; bloodcurdling), vg 5.00
Del Rey 32339 Gravel, Geary THE PATHFINDERS, 5/86, (orig), vg+ 3.00
Faw GM 4422 Graverson, Pat INVISIBLE FIRE, 8/81, (orig; ancient-evil child), g-vg 2.00
New Infinities 10636 Gygax, Gary CITY OF HAWKS, 11/87, (Gord the Rogue), g-vg $1; vg+ 2.00
Bantam 14647 Harrison, Harry STARWORLD, 7/81, (orig; To the Stars #3), vg-f 4.00
Ace pb 81126 Heinlein, Robert A. TIME FOR THE STARS, nd, g-vg 2.00
Zebra 144 Howard, Robert E. THE VULTURES OF WHAPETON, 11/75, vg+ 4.00
Signet J9498 Hughes, Zach PRESSURE MAN, 11/80, (orig; earth's final hope), vg-f 4.00
Dell pb 12217 Jones, D.F. EARTH HAS BEEN FOUND, 2/79, (orig; Xenos are here), vgf 4.00
Signet 19712 King, Stephen DIFFERENT SEASONS, 11/98, (movie tie-in edn), vg-f 3.00
DAW 582 Lake, David J. THE RING OF TRUTH, 9/84, (pocket-universe tale), vg-f 3.50
Onyx 19472 Levin, Ira SON OF ROSEMARY, 9/98, (Rosemary's Baby sequel), vg 2.50
DAW 679 Llewellyn, Edward WORD-BRINGER, 7/86, (orig; First Contact!), vg-f 4.00
Pinnacle 00711 Lory, Robert CHALLENGE TO DRACULA!, 9/75, (Dracula Horror #9), vg+ 25.00
Pinnacle 00200 Lory, Robert THE HAND OF DRACULA!, 6/73, (Dracula Horror #2), vg-f 25.00
Pinnacle 00398 Lory, Robert THE WITCHING OF DRACULA, 8/74, (Dracula Horror 6), vg 25.00
Faw GM d1739 MacDonald, John D. CRY HARD CRY FAST, nd, (ruthless passions), g-g 2.50
Pop Libr 00298 Malzberg, Barry THE MANY WORLDS OF..., ('75), (orig; Elwood intro), vg+ 4.50
Pocket 77789 Malzberg, Barry THE SODOM AND GOMORRAH BUSINESS, 12/74, vgf 5.00
Faw GM 402 Mara, Bernard FRENCH FOR MURDER, 5/54, (orig; hard-boiled), g 5.00
Tower 51493 McGiverns, William P. & Maureen THE SEEING, ('80), (evil child), vg+ 3.00
Del Rey 34133 McKinney, Jack GENESIS, 3/87, (Robotech; First Generation #1), g-vg 2.00
HarperPrism 05675 Moore, James A. HELL-STORM, 6/96, INSCRIBED, (World of Darkness: Werewolf), g-vg 2.50
Bantam 56359 Navarro, Yvonne DEADRUSH, 10/95, (orig; horror), g-vg 2.50
Pocket 80490 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle INFERNO, 5/76, (orig; hell of a book), vg 5.00
Berkley S2693 Norton, Alden (ed) HORROR TIMES TEN, 12th, fr (magic markered cover) 2.00
Del Rey 31545 Pohl, Frederik POHLSTARS, 10/84, (orig; stories), vg-f 4.50
Ace pb 00265 Reynolds, Mack ABILITY QUOTIENT, ('75), (orig; new human race), vg+ 4.50
Spectra 57461 Robinson, Kim Stanley A SHORT, SHARP SHOCK, 3/96, INSCRIBED (to Bruce Boston), vg 3.00
Faw GM 14638 Romkey, Michael I, VAMPIRE, 10th(6/93), (confessions), vg 2.50
Leisure 913 Ross, Clarissa SATAN WHISPERS, ('81), (horrifying novel), vg+ 3.00
Pop Libr 20666 Russo, John LIVING THINGS, 10/88, (orig; awesome terror), vg+ 2.50
Ace pb 60739 Saberhagen, Fred OCTAGON, 7/81, (orig; computer game), g-vg 4.00
Pop Libr 00503 Samuels, Victor THE VAMPIRE WOMEN, ('73), (orig; orgy of blood), vg+ 5.00
Ball 24182 Saunders & Waldrop THE TEXAS-ISRAELI WAR: 1999, 9/74, (orig), vg+ 5.00
Dell pb 18289 Sherrell, Carl THE SPACE PRODIGAL, 8/81, (orig; magical Earth), vg-f 3.00
Pocket 83085 Silverberg, Robert (ed) NEW DIMENSIONS 11, 7/80, (orig; OA), vg-f 5.00
Ace pb 71156 Smith, David C. & Richard L. Tierney THE RING OF IKRIBU, 12/81, (Red Sonja #1), vg-f 3.50
Ace pb 10258 St. Clair, Margaret CHANGE THE SKY and Other Stories, ('74), fr-g 1.50
DAW 149 Stableford, Brian M. SWAN SONG, 5/75, (orig; Star-Pilot Grainger 6), vg+ 3.50
DAW 441 Stateham, B.R. BANNERS OF THE SA' YEN, 7/81, (second coming), vgf 4.00
Pyramid 03297 Sutherland, James STORMTRACK, 6/74, (Harlan Ellison Discovery #1), vg+ 4.50
Avon 89518 Vardeman, Robert E. THE QUAKING LANDS, 1/85, (Jade Demons #1), vg+ 3.00
Bantam pb 12103 Williams, Gordon THE MICROCOLONY, 5/79, (orig; The MicroSociety), vg 4.00
Pocket 80916 Wilson, Colin THE SPACE VAMPIRES, 3/77, (superior SF), fr-g 1.75
Avon Eos 05806 Zebrowski, George CAVE OF STARS, 12/00, (stirring fable), vg-f 4.00

Monday, November 22, 2004

11/22/04 MON:
---Here today from Hippocampus:
OUT OF THE IMMORTAL NIGHT: Selected Works by Samuel Loveman ($15)

---And from Small Beer:
CARMEN DOG by Carol Emshwillwer (Peapod Classics , $14)

---And back in stock: LADY CHURCHILL’S ROSEBUD WRISTLET #7 ($3) and #9 ($4).

---Have uploaded all those Tor paperbacks to my biblio.com listings. But when I was shown the summary of a sample of listings, every book was marked as being 'sold' in the status area. No wonder I haven’t received any orders in a while. Hmmm. I wonder how that happened.

---Received information about shipping charges ($148) for The Vance Intergral Edition, which I never subscribed to, but I did inquire about carrying. I think I tried to get their first book, a promotional item, but was unsuccessful. I see on the website there is a second (The Languages of Pao) for $32, which is also probably not eligible for a bookseller discount. Looks like maybe they have the full 44-book set available now (or soon)! I believe it is only available by subscription and not to booksellers at a trade discount. But it sure looks like quite a feat of bookmaking.

---Tried the Body Mass Index Calculator at the Runner’s World website.. Mine is 22.8, below the “healthiest” range.


Saturday, November 20, 2004

11/20/04 SAT:
---Converted most recent catalog files (as of yesterday) to text, RTF, PDF files and put them in a folder that can be dragged with ease onto a CD-R and burned. Now I can send a CD copy of my complete catalog inventory to anyone who wants it--and maybe a few others too. Don’t know why it took me so long to exploit this capability. I’ve been burning music compilation CDs for a couple years now, but I never bothered to figure out how to burn data. Basically, I never had all my information from the downstairs (business) computer available on this (family) computer. Only when that computer started to misbehave, causing me to back up all my data to a zip disk and transferring it to this computer, to see if I could still get work done up here, did it dawn on me that I could be burning something else than what I had been burning. I’m a slow learner, I guess.

Friday, November 19, 2004

11/19/04 FRI:
---A few used books catalogued:
Carlile, Clancy THE PARIS PILGRIMS, Carroll & Graf '00, (biographical novel about Hemingway and the company he keeps in the Paris of 1922), vg 5.00

Dozois, Gardner (ed) THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: Seventeenth Annual Collection, St. Martin's Griffin, 7/00, 1st edn, vg+ 8.50

Gunn, James THE JOY MAKERS, Crown Classics of Modern SF #2, '84, vg-f in dj $12

Leoni, Edgar NOSTRADAMUS AND HIS PROPHECIES, Wings, 22nd, vg+ in dj 6.50

Rogers, Bruce Holland WIND OVER HEAVEN and Other Dark Tales, Wildside '00, 1st edn, SIGNED by author, vg+ 10.00

---And a mighty simple thing it turned out to be able to do, converting all my catalog data to PDF and simple text files for burning on CD-Rs. All it comes up to is 9.4 MBs. I could add some pictures if I had them to scan, because those CD-Rs hold seventy times that much information. But that will be something for later. I will try to maybe upgrade the files every month at least. That will involve, for now, having the Zip Drive work, so I can transfer data from from the old downstairs (business) computer. Lately it has decided to run reliably again, so I am under no compunction to replace it yet. It would be nice if the two were running on the same systems and could share data more easily, though. One thing about putting it all on the Zip Drive is that it constitutes a backing up of all my data. Having it in more than one place does make me breathe easier--and anyone who wants a copy of my catalog-data CD-R, just let me know.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

11/16/04 TUE:
---Word from TTA:
Hi Chris

Your copies of Interzone 195 and Success And How To Avoid It are now on their way :)

Best wishes
Andy
www.ttapress.com


---More personalized word from Small Beer:
Chris,

We are out of the hardcovers of each of them and have been for a bit, sorry.
Will send the other LCRWs with the new ish which will go out in a week or
two.

Sorry -- just found your email. Can't seem to get the inbox down under 250
messages! Must erase and file more.

Cheers,

Gavin

Monday, November 15, 2004

11/15/04 MON:
---Word from Night Shade:
2005 titles

Keep an eye on the site, as we'll be announcing most of the 2005 schedule in the next week, and there's a lot of great titles coming.

Coming soon!

Look for Iain M. Banks' collection, The State of the Art, to start shipping this month. We also wanted to point out that this is not the same as the Ziesing edition published many years ago. That was just the novella. This is actually a full short story collection, and includes Iain's brilliant essay, "A Few Notes on the Culture."

Also later this month, look for Leviathan 4.

Next month is a Wellman fiesta, as we'll be shipping both Strangers on the Heights and Giants from Eternity.
---Checking on books from Hill House, limited editions of the books in Neal Stepehenson’s Baroque Cycle.

Friday, November 12, 2004

11/12/04 FRI:
---Word from Small Beer:
Dear Bookseller,

Hope the holidays are gearing up well for you. In about a week or so the
first of our Peapod Classics reprint titles, Carol Emshwiller's CARMEN DOG
(tpb, ISBN 1931520089, $14, cover art by Drawn & Quarterly star Kevin
Huizenga), will arrive from the printer.

More info on the book is below and on this page:
http://www.lcrw.net/peapod/emshwiller/carmendog.htm

---Installed Panther OS-X operating system on eMac. Looks like it will be pretty good. We needed it to run FileMaker Pro 7, which we also bought. Except for FedEx leaving it on a picnic table out in the rain and cold three doors down from our house.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

11/11/04 THU:
---Email rec’d:
I am glad to see all the titles I ordered were still in stock. A
preliminary check on Biblio was not useful since only your used books are
listed there for now.

Reading through your blog is not painful; it just requires the discipline to
remember going to it. Your little catalogues were useful physical
reminders, visibly laying on the desk or the night table, that there were
new publications waiting to be ordered.

Have you sent any e-mail updates recently? It has been quite a while since
I received one.

If you go to Necronomicon Press' site, you'll see they have just reissued
Joshi's biography of Lovecraft, with a rather ugly cover. It might interest
those who missed it.

I was surprised by the computer problems you report. I am still working on
my iMac Special edition without any problems since I bought it. I am now
looking at buying one of the new iMac G5, and I hope what you recount does
not point to a lowering of quality standards at Apple.

Thanks for remembering the Crypt of Cthulhu back order; I guess you haven't
received anything from Mythos for some time.

When the Midnight House Leiber comes in, I will add a few titles I left
aside this time around. And when Wormwood #3 comes in, please reserve me a
copy also.

---My reply
The problems with the G3 might be associated with its being a bit old now, and my using it near the floor in the basement. I still don't know what causes the problem (seems like a little micro-short in the micro-circuits somwhere), but that computer has served its purpose well over a long time. An iMac came and went as the family computer, while that one has kept going okay. Having it do its freezing up intermittantly now bit might actually be a blessing in disguise, because it did cause me to back everything up on a zip drive and bring it up to the now family computer (an eMac G4), where I can burn everything onto a CD. I want to try to set it up so I can have a folder that I burn onto a CD once a month, with my entire inventory. At 20¢ each I can't think of too many better deals. But I will still try to get those paper catalogs and booklists out in one form or another.
No, I haven't sent an email update in a very long while. I keep wanting to do it--hopefully soon--and hopefully regularly. I should set up a two-week schedule to follow. It wouldn't be that hard to do, but I do have to do it.
As far as Apple is concerned, I don't think I have had near the problems over the years, always using Macs, that other people always seem to be having. Even though some of mine have gone belly up after a while, I have not lost any data. I still have some of the first things I ever keyboarded in, such as Lafferty text--and, alas, probably too many catalog entries. Every computer has certainly lasted long enough to have been well worth having. I would like to get a G5 too, but the CPU can't be behind the screen with that loud fan. The tower models I can put under the desk (using my current not-bad monitor) are a bit pricey for the low-level advantage I take of all the features and capabilities. Maybe a notebook computer next, so I can lay on the couch or recliner and work. Or go out in the sunroom. (Lately I have been having trouble esconsing myself in the office chair down in the cellar as much as I should.)
My Biblio listings do include new books too, but only Mic- to Rus- (or something like that) in the alphabet so far. I have been working on the Tor paperbacks to add to the listings, so I won't have that big bottleneck along with other books when they come up in the alphabet. That has proven to be a bit of an undertaking (with 539 books), but I have found that paperbacks do sell there. Usually when I post a new batch a little trickle of orders comes in, probably due to hits on peoples' want lists. But it is still nothing much. Total orders I have received in the whole time I have had listings hardly amount to what I would take in in one week if I had a printed catalog out. But that would be a lot of work keeping up with. I would never be able to sit around and read a book or pursue any other interest. Still, I have to do what provides the cashflow, so I ought to stop coddling myself.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

11/09/04 TUE:
---Here today from Tartarus: THE GOLEM by Gustav Meyrink ($55).
---Also, word from them about future plans:
Dear Chris,

You might like to know that a reprint of our World Fantasy Award winning anthology Strange Tales, edited by Rosalie Parker, will be available on the 19th November. It is essentially the same as the first printing, but we have taken the opportunity to mention the World Fantasy Award in big gold letters on the dust jacket.

Our next new book, Black Spirits and White by Ralph Adams Cram will be published on the 30th November. It is a collection of 1890s ghost stories, which also includes the author's only two other known pieces of fiction.

This will be followed in December by our big Christmas book, The Suicide Club and Other Dark Adventures by Robert Louis Stevenson. With an introduction by Mark Valentine, it is all of the essential Stevenson in a volume similar to our two recent Machen reprints, Ritual and Tales of Horror.

I hope that these will appeal to your customers!

All the best

Ray

TARTARUS PRESS - World Fantasy Award winners 2002 and 2004

Monday, November 8, 2004

11/08/04 MON:
---Here today from Night Shade:
Roberts, Adam SWIFTLY: Stories That Never Were and Might Not Be, Night Shade ('04), 1st edn, (author's first collection; eight originals), new in dj 27.00

Shepard, Lucius VIATOR, Night Shade ('04), 1st thus, (ltd. edn still avail. @ $45}, new in dj 25.00
---One copy of this trade edn of Viator arrived with a quarter-inch hunk of the dj missing from the top of the spine. Nothing wrong with the book itself, but I will offer up this copy for $15.

Williams, Liz THE BANQUET OF THE LORDS OF NIGHT & Other Stories, Night Shade ('04), 1st edn, {SIGNED ltd. edn avail. @ $45}, new in dj 27.00

Zivkovic, Zoran THE FOURTH CIRCLE, Ministry of Whimsy/Night Shade '04, one of 100 SIGNED copies, (a novell by World Fantasy Award winner), {trade edn still avail. @ $27}, new 45.00

---Also:
CEMETERY DANCE #50, '04, (special 50th all-star issue; Ray Bradbury, etc.), new $5

Friday, November 5, 2004

11/05/04 FRI:
---Here today from John Benson:
NOT ONE OF US #32, (‘04), John Benson, (Dislocation issue), new 4.50

---Once again having trouble with the downstairs (business) computer (a Mac G3). It does not sound its starting-up intonation but does emit little popping noises that I have learned signify no good. It will seem to start up okay but before long will freeze. This morning I got it to work long enough to copy all my data onto a zip disk again, before the computer went down, and got everything onto the upstairs (family) computer, using the old balky external zip drive. This computer (an eMac) does not have a built in zip-drive.
---So now I am working on the upstairs computer. Trouble with that is I will have to do a lot of running up and down for things, and changes I make on files up here I might not be able to use down there--if I can get that computer to behave itself again. It has done lots good work over the years, so it might be high time to replace it--if I could afford to. A few months ago it started to mess up like this too. Then I tried to get thecase open so I could squirt it with dust spray, thinking maybe something was causing a microcircuit to short out or something. Maybe a dust spray blow would be the fix. I was not able to get the lid off, but I did manage to break something in there and get it halfway off. After that I couldn’t get it to close up all the way again, but it did go back to working okay.
---Now, after several months, it has gone back to that popping and freezing, same as before. I have unplugged the cords and brought it upstairs for a little voodoo maintenance. Maybe just moving it around a bit and replugging the cords (which I made sure weren’t loose to begin with) will get it back to working again. It would be fun having a new computer, but a hassle getting it to do the work and learning how to use it. For what I use it for down there, I do not need a lot of fancy features. This eMac does do some cool things--more than I know how--but mainly they just cause me to waste time.
---Anyway, I’ll try to do a little work up here. Maybe if we have to buy a new computer this one will go down to the basment anyway. Always something!

Thursday, November 4, 2004

11/04/04 THU:
---I have been fiddling around with the CDR recording capabilities of our eMac. Hitherto it has all been using iTunes to burn music CDRs, but I thought I might try using it to back up my data too. The total from the two folders I have my built-up data in came to 55.1 MB, so I think I might have it all on the CD in good order. Presently I don’t have the capabilty of running my Database files on this computer. For that I would need FileMaker Pro up here--my paperbacks, mailing list and book order files. Of course I could copy it all into the WP and get at it okay that way, if I can get the zip drive to work again up here. That external zip drive has seen better days and I have forgotten the tricks I had to employ to make it work when I used to use it more often. But I did manage to fiddle with it enough the other day to at least get all the data from the downstars G3 copied onto this eMac. How much of it was corrupted I wonder, but everything I have opened seems to be working fine, even if it did have to convert to the newer version of Appleworks on this computer to open it (thus doing funny things with the fonts, but that was the least of my concerns when it is the basic data backup capability and the ability to survive a meltdown of one computer or the other that I wanted).
---Anyway, I have now figured out how to burn data on a CD, so if anyone wants to have me make them one with all my catalog data, I can easily do it. If you want me to “Save As” and copy in a format (i.e. text or RTF) other than this Appleworks form I am presently employing, I think I could do that without much difficulty. Or I could even send them as attached files by email. I know I am belying my computer illiteracy by finding such simple procedures to be a new thing. When it comes to computers I am as incurious as George W. Bush, I guess. I know there are all these features and capabilities I have not used or tried to use, but I continue to be satisfied with the things I can do, which are pretty cool too--for someone who grew up using a manual typewritter and postage stamps (albeit cheap ones)--and local radio (albeit near NYC).
---Heck, the first time I can remembered being disappointed by the outcome of an election was when Adlai Stevenson got beat by Ike--again. Since then there have been more disappointments than not. At the time it seemed like Ike was the president forever--all the time I was growing up. Now two terms seem to go by in no time. There are people who must have had a similar experience growing up while Reagan or Clinton were in office. Now, unfortunately, it is Bush. This time it might seem like forever again. If this term of office keeps going the way the last was headed, I guess the moral majority will get that Rapture they pray for. Nice for them, being in heaven, but we will all be dead. Lehane trumps Philip Roth in this new world order.
---Am experimenting with posting a transcription from my fountainpen journal. Was re-reading from Apr/2001 and was kind of charmed by the triviality of it all. Although posting it today with minimal editing (although a lot of it was sloppily written at best), I can’t imagine it would be much of interest, but since there might be the occasional hit among the misses, I will see about continuing to post this stuff from back in the days of innocence and some from less so. I was looking for a blank notebook to write in now and found a dozen or so or more that had been filled to the gills, not necessarily with anything worthwile, but that might be fun to have slither out into the light of day, for whatever interest it might be.
---Am experimenting with posting a transcription from my fountainpen journal. Was re-reading from Apr/2001 and was kind of charmed by the triviality of it all. Although posting it today with minimal editing (although a lot of it was sloppily written at best), I can’t imagine it would be much of interest, but since there might be the occasional hit among the misses, I will see about continuing to post this stuff from back in the days of innocence and some from less so. I was looking for a blank notebook to write in now and found a dozen or so or more that had been filled to the gills, not necessarily with anything worthwile, but that might be fun to have slither out into the light of day, for whatever interest it might be. Stay tuned?

Monday, November 1, 2004

11/01/04 MON:
---Here today from Gryphon Books (as opposed to Golden Gryphon):
HARDBOILED #32, 11/04, (cutting-edge crime fiction), new 10.00

Meskil, Paul S. SIN PIT, Gryphon Crime Classic #1, 10/04, (orig: Lion '54), new 16.00

Schoenfeld, Howard TRUE AND ALMOST TRUE STORIES, Gryphon, 11/04, 1st edn, (a classic author's collection; intro by Michael Kurland), new 16.00

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