The scene: the university library. The time: earlier today. The person: me. The books: on the shelves.
While looking for a specific book about rust my eye was caught by something. “Is that,” I thought, “another book about the history of containerized cargo?” I’ve already read, and bought, two such, but I am hardly going to refuse a third book just because I would not be able to buy it from the library without first losing it. “Oh, no, it isn’t,” I thought, “it’s about containerized cargo as a current and living industry. That’s great!” And I had a book I didn’t figure on borrowing to borrow.
So if you also remember that I’m still reading Usenet, you know everything necessary to prepare your own simulation of me.
Another Blog, Meanwhile Index
The index dropped nine points after closer inspection revealed the book was not specifically about containerized cargo but was instead about all manner of wrapping a thing in some other thing and the reasons one might do such a thing. Which isn’t bad, mind you, but it isn’t all about the container shipping.
| Subject I Go In Looking For A Book About
|| Subject Of Book I Come Out With
| Amusement Parks
|| Madame Blavatsky
| The Taiping Rebellion
|| Muzak’s Contributions to World War II
| Niagara Falls
|| Containerized Cargo
| The Gemini Program
|| The History of the Accordion
|| Alexander von Humboldt
| The Oort Cloud
|| Comic Strips
| Science Fiction, Criticism
|| The Cherry Sisters
| The Cherry Sisters
|| Languages for Extraterrestrial Squirrels
| The Great Migration
|| Public Swimming Pools
| The Customs Wall of India
|| The Grand Canyon
PS: You would be shocked to know how much of this is not joking.
Come on down to the Deer Mouse Street Library to enjoy the fifth annual pronunciation-off at 3:15 pm Thursday. Main Auxiliary Room. Participants are hoping after the preliminary rounds to make it through most of “oryctolagus”. Attendees are asked to specify when they arrive whether they believe “snuck” to be a word so they may attend the correct session. We don’t want a repeat of the quarrels which broke out last time, although we admit it was kind of great when Ms Windling, shaking with rage, demanded the judges tell her whether they thought “tuck” was the past tense of “teak”.
I got to talk with someone who designs those sensors for sinks and air dryers. Well, at someone. I couldn’t get his attention.
Still, I don’t get why public restrooms decided we had to give up faucet technology. It was really good. Anyone could go into a Meijer’s restroom any time, day or night, and fauce as much as they want. They were happy days, but that’s all gone now. We’re saved from going out with dried hands, or wet hands either.
Maybe the problem isn’t the sensors. Maybe the trouble is I don’t exist. That’d be a good gag on the guy I met. Of course, that means I’ve got more library cards than I really should.
Also my spell-checker says “fauce” is a word, so I think my spell-checker is messing with my head.