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06 October 2011 @ 09:56 pm
media move & chd  

Today was Housecleaning Day. We got a fair amount done. Not enough, but one of the things achieved was the Culling of Books.

We kept the signed stuff (of which we have a surprising number, at this point). We kept the hardbacks. We kept a very small handful of beloved series. The rest I SCANNED INTO A DATABASE USING BARCODES AND MY PHONE.

Bahahahahahaha! I’m sorry, but that is JUST SO AWESOME. I kept scanning barcodes and bemoaning my youth, when I had so often wished for just such a thing while trying to corral my book collection into a database, and NOW I HAVE IT. And now we have a list of all the books we didn’t feel the need to keep in paper copy but may someday wish to replace in e-copy. Well, all the books here, anyway. There are hundreds in Alaska, where we will soon be going and plan to spend an exciting day, you guessed it, scanning them into a database using barcodes and my phone. :)

Seriously, we’re down to 3 shelves of fiction in this house (um, not counting the dozens and dozens of books by this “CE Murphy” woman, who really takes up a lot of shelf space around here), and I can’t say I’m crying bitter tears over it. I have moved too many times. My emotional attachment to physical entertainment media has disappeared. All I want for Christmas is a Brennan JB7, which will allow us to get rid of the CDs. Ted’s already got two media drives for our movies and we have 70% of them ripped. With any kind of luck, by early 2012 we will have only TV on DVD (because it’s too much bother to rip), a handful of DVDs with extras worth re-watching, and what few CDs have sentimental value, which may add up to “my Jim Byrnes CDs, even if none of them are signed”. And if I can find a good Europe-based platform from which to purchase direct download music & film I won’t bother buying physical media at all anymore, which has thus far been our method to get new stuff.

…in completely unrelated news, my hair, which has gotten quite long, is driving me kind of bonkers. I’d talked myself into getting a body wave perm (because my hair, besides being long, is also extremely straight, and left to its own devices has no body worth mentioning. There’s a *lot* of it, but it’s deceptively straight (hairdressers tend to say, “Er, wow, you actually have quite a lot of hair, don’t you?”).) so I went into Peter Mark, one of the salons here, and said I wanted to make an appointment. They said “Have you ever had a perm here before?” “Nope,” said I. “Then we recommend you come in to talk to one of our permanent specialists before booking an appointment,” they said, “because we need to make certain your hair can tolerate the very harsh chemicals we use.” “Uh,” I said, “are they harsher than a regular permanent? I’ve had them before, just not here.” “If you haven’t had one here,” they said, “because of the harshness of the chemicals used we recommend you talk to a specialist.”

“Right,” I said, and went away and didn’t come back, because jeebus. I mean, I’m sure they’re doing a CYA in case someone’s got baby-fine hair that melts if chemicals are waved near it, but that was not a pitch to convince *me* to let them do anything to my hair. So instead I went and got these “self-sticking” hair rollers which are velcro over (apparently) some sort of ceramic which conducts heat evenly, and in theory one can blowdry one’s hair and get waves. I can at least manage to roll them (though they really do sort of need a bobby pin to stay in place, despite the self-sticking bit. Still, they cling to the ends of the hair so it’s easy to roll, anyway), which is more than I can usually do with hair things. And I have this nice caramel color to put on my head tomorrow, and perhaps the nice caramel color and some experimenting with the velcro rollers will make me less aggravated with my hair.

Or maybe I’ll be forced to put the Rogue stripe back. I guess we’ll see.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Kate Kirbykirbyk on October 6th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
What app did you end up going with, for the book scanning?
kitmizkit on October 7th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Book Catalogue, which seems fine. :)
martyn44martyn44 on October 6th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
The hair. Listen to him. You do not want to know the number of insurance claims coming through my department from women who haven't listened, haven't had the tests done and then end up damaged. Not fun. The guys can't understand why any woman should risk it and the women all have straight hair. The photos. Uggghhh.
kitmizkit on October 7th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, like I said, they talked me right out of it. :)
Megabitchmegabitch on October 7th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
My regular hairdresser, the place I've been going to since we moved here in 2003 for shampoo, blowdry, cut, colour, everything hair related (especially since the fibro got worse and doing my hair is a pain) appears to have changed hands (again). I went in a couple of weeks ago for my semi-regular urge to go *RED*RED*RED* and got all this bollocks from two what looked like 15 year old girls about how they don't have a card for me with an allergy/skin-test result listed on it and so they won't be able to do a permanent colour, but could do a semi-permanent that would wash out after 6-8 washes. If they'd said this when I _booked_ the appointment, I'd've gone elsewhere. So the result is that I, who has had her hair every colour under the sun since she was 18 (including using food dye one easter after having been dipping boiled eggs), who has had her hair covered in chemicals more times than the hairdresser has had birthdays, can't say "I want my hair X colour" and have them do it because _they_ don't know how my scalp and hair will react*. The poor things have lost another customer, and judging by the lack of people in there whenever I go past, I'm not the first.

The time before this, when I went to that salon, I'd bleached my own hair a couple of times in preparation for going purple but was getting fed up with having to colour/bleach my own, quite long, hair (and the fibromyalgia makes it really tiring to do by myself), I told the hairdresser what I wanted (this one was quite a bit older than me, a bit younger than my own mum), she sat me down, mixed up some bleach for the final removal of the remaining orangy-yellow tinge, leaving me with almost pure white hair, then dumped the purple all over it. Purple's a great colour beause after several weeks it fades and starts to go back to a very light grey-white colour, which I could have left as it was but decided to have it dyed a very red auburn colour. That's what is growing out now.

So, now when I go to any hairdresser for a colour or perm I am going to have to ask "Will you do what I want you to do to my hair or are you going to insist on the bollocks that you have to test me first because I can't possibly know what my hair can take?" FFS, if they're that scared, I'll sign a sodding waiver.

*I know precisely how my scalp and hair will react to a permanent colour. The eczema/psoriasis will clear up and go away for about 2-3 weeks before it gradually returns (which is no end of a relief, not having an itchy scalp makes it almost worth having this done every month) and my hair will stop going greasy within a couple of hours of being washed. My hair itself will feel fuller and in better conditionfor several weeks.
Bryantbryant on October 6th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yes! I've been doing the SAME THING. (Book Crawler for the iPhone. The interface sucks but it's got a good search and it's functional and it exports data.)
kitmizkit on October 7th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
I have Book Catalogue, which isn't bad. And yes, exports data. :)

IT'S SO COOL!
desperancedesperance on October 6th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
*votes for Rogue*
kitmizkit on October 7th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Will you come to P-Con if I have a rogue stripe? :)
desperancedesperance on October 7th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
Tragically, I don't think I'm allowed to. Not next year. The time that P-Con happens is just about exactly the time that Karen wants me to move to California.

Maybe the year after, I can do a whole come-to-P-Con-stay-till-Eastercon thing...?
kitmizkit on October 7th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I was pretty certain, actually, that you would be moving to America just about then. But I figured asking wouldn't hurt. :)

I think that sounds like a terrific idea for 2013. We will expect you to be tan and sleek and totally California-ized. :)
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kitmizkit on October 7th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
We got pretty brutal with books when we moved overseas, even if we left a lot of them in storage. And now that we both have e-readers...yeah. :)
Autopopeautopope on October 7th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
The Brennan JB7 is nify indeed, but as far as I know it doesn't do anything that a PC with a CD drive, a sound card, and iTunes can't do. Or a Mac. Just add an amp and speakers. If you really want to live large, go wireless and stick an amp and speakers in each room you want music in, plugged into an Apple Airport Express, and designate a PC or Mac running iTunes and hooked up to your wireless network as the music hub; then any iPhone/iPod Touch can act as a local remote control.

As I already had a mac, an amp/speakers, and an Airport network, this worked out significantly cheaper for me.

Still: the JB7 has a really appealing simplicity and is absolutely the way I'd go if my elderly parents had a CD collection.

(Which reminds me: I really need to pull my CDs out of storage and re-rip again, at a higher bitrate.)
kitmizkit on October 7th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
You're the one who pointed the JB7 out to me last year when I expressed a desire for a "solid-state", as I phrased it, digital music player. It's still exactly what I'm after. Perhaps I have too much in common with your elderly parents... :)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on October 7th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
I am doing the book culling too. There are some books I'll keep in paper, but I am culling a big part of my Mercedes Lackey books. Some of them I haven't read it years, and the library have a lot of her Valdemar books. ( I *love* the Singapore Library.) But it is going slow. So far I have sold eight books, of the thirty I listed. ( Got a lot more books that I want to sell, though) :)