Friday, 2020 October 30, 07:47 — general

bubbling shelves

I have more books than shelf space. I assume that some of my readers can say the same.

In my previous apartment, where space was even scarcer, I had one shelf beside my desk for the reference books that I use most often. After consulting such a book, I put it at the end of that shelf nearest my hand (I’ll call that end the head). How might I extend that principle to many shelves, without shifting all the books every time?

Initially all the books are in boxes (with a catalog telling me which box each is in). When I take a book from a box, it goes to the head of the first non-full shelf. If all shelves are full, it goes on the last shelf, and the last book on that shelf goes to a box.

When I take a book from a shelf, I return it to the head of the previous shelf (if any) and, if necessary, move a book from the tail of that shelf to the head of the next shelf.

Can you improve this scheme?

Friday, 2019 April 26, 19:45 — general


Mom died today.

She was a better friend to more people than I’ll ever be.

Monday, 2014 June 9, 11:01 — general

get off my lawn

Saturday I missed a birthday party because I’m not on Facebook. So it goes.

Friday, 2013 March 15, 23:11 — general

mood swing

Thursday I saw that my favorite bookshop is hiring. I got a bit of a buzz from the fantasy of working there. Friday I went to the shop and had a polite chat with one of the owners. When I got home, I was depressed, perhaps because the fantasy wore off. After dinner I went straight to bed “for a nap”; slept three hours, woke up feeling rested but still depressed.

Wednesday, 2012 November 7, 13:15 — general

For want of some fractional measure of devotion

I’m too literal-minded. When I hear corporate puff like

None of this would have been possible without the complete dedication and teamwork of every one of you in this room

I think, wow, just imagine all the grand projects that vanished without a trace because one of several hundred drones either lacked complete dedication or was hit by a bus.

Thursday, 2012 February 2, 01:16 — general

comments broken

Non-registered readers who try to comment now see

Error 1: Click back and type in the password.

I can find nothing in the settings that would explain this. Sorry. Until it’s debugged, you can mail comments to me and I’ll post them in your name.

(And yet, at least one spambot continues to get through.)

Later I remembered recently installing Spam Free — without seeing the full instructions. It’s off again for now.

Sunday, 2011 December 25, 11:00 — general


The Five Levels of the Economy

Oddest spam in a long time:

Want to buy weapons, drugs? Want to become a terrorist? Check this video and you can even blow up the White House!

The video is a TV comedy skit.

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