June 6th, 2010

The Librarian

Collections page changes

There's been some modifications going on over at JLS' Collections and they're still in progress. However the major work on the "Listening" section is done ... now, instead of having to page through a list to see what I own, you'll see top and side menus that let you choose what you want to investigate. This format change has also let me add a genre list (and forgive me any errors there ... my personal musical genre classification is very simple and shockingly uncataloguerlike: "stuff I like", "stuff I don't like", and "it's okay, but I wouldn't buy it" ... so having to work with my software's preprogrammed, uneditable genre options quite mystified me at times)

Work has begun on similar changes to the "Reading" and "Viewing" lists, but I've got to alter how some of my data is entered to make 'em work so it'll take a while for those to appear ... however, a trial run of the new-style authors list under "Reading" is loaded and viewable (I'm running a modified version through the html generator right now, so that'll change its appearance slightly in a few hours).

Happy browsing!
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What the cataloguer is reading while her computer is busy building web pages

Dropped into a real bookstore yesterday (yes, I still occasionally do that despite working in the reader's candyland) and came across a must-buy-this-now-'cause-I-want-to-read-it-now title: Octopus: the ocean's intelligent invertebrate, by Jennifer A. Mather, Roland C. Anderson, and James B. Wood. And I've been reading it steadily since late yesterday afternoon, between little visits to the computer to start it on the next phase of test files, checking results, and setting it to build "real" files" ... am on the last chapter now. It's one of those perfect science books: academic enough to convey real, not-dumbed-down scientific information, yet still written in a way that makes it fun to read. I've always found the octopus to be a very fascinating critter and this is probably the most complete single information source I've come across in decades. Bonus: the authors, who've all been studying, diving/swimming with, and caring for octopuses for decades, have added lots of entertaining sidebars with their own personal comments and anecdotes about octopuses they've encountered (includes observations of play, individual personalities, and creativity). Highly recommended.
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Well, darn!

Thought I could squeak in that revision to my book author list just barely under the space limit on my webhost account, but hit the wall at the 97% loaded mark. :-( So any further updates have to wait until the most recent transfer to my Paypal account goes through (since I'm in Canada that can take a couple of weeks) so I can buy some more space. Ah well, just gives me more testing/experimenting time ...
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