January 1st, 2011


The Trouble With F***book

Oh, you messaged me a poem on Facebook. How nice. Who are you, again?

I must have friended you for a reason.

Let's see. Based on this poem, either you're postmodern or you're not a native speaker of English. (What's the difference?) Looks like you're Russian based on those funny letters in your profile. And pretty. Love those eyes.

Okay, but whence do I know you. Wait, was it that dance class three years ago? You've lost weight and you're looking good. If that was you.

Okay, what's in the poem? Best wishes but vaguely salacious. That could just be infelicity with the language, though. I don't remember you being full of double entendres, but it was a long time ago. And we hardly ever spoke English. That's probably why I don't remember much. Let's assume it's just ordinary new year wishes.

I wonder if I'm supposed to respond to this. Would it be impolite to ignore it?

Non sequitur: I really like the new HP printer ad on Hulu with the theatre prop special effects.

Keeping Track Of Reading

I'm tried of reading only on the internet. I want to read more books in 2011. You folks on the flist aren't writing as much BtVS fic as before, so I need to branch out. So I'm keeping track of the books I read to make sure they proliferate.

I checked out Librarything.com and Shelfari.com which both seem like nice places. Does anyone here have a preference? I'd like to pick just one of them to use through the year.

It seems like Librarything has more of the books on my to-read shelf right now, especially the non-English language ones. I'm leaning that way just for the ease of entry but I'm not convinced it's the best way to keep track of reading lists. Shelfari is more list-oriented while Librarything seems aimed at managing a physical collection. I like to return books to the library when I'm done, so I'm not really trying to grow a collection beyond the 800 books I have in my apartment and 1000 more I keep at my parents' house.

I haven't tried goodreads.com yet.

I'd really like to hear what you think about either or both.