Listening to: Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor

My Finest Hour goes mobile! Well, sort of. I’m writing this upstairs instead of being squirrelled away in my room, which is a bit exciting. I nearly wrote something from the State Library on Saturday, but the wireless connection was too dodgy – has anyone ever tried to connect there? Was it just me? It was taking five minutes for pages to load. It’s cool, though – such is life for us laptop users, right (eeeee!)?

Anyway, as usual, the only reason I’m even on the computer is that I’m writing an essay (comparing collection development policies, which isn’t too bad), so this is going to be brief. I’ve mainly been reading library-related blogs and articles, including this article on the scrapping of library fines, which I think came from Jessamyn West’s Any thoughts? At my public library, we will send the debt collectors around eventually, but it’s more about recovering lost books than getting money out of people (we cap fines at $5.00 per item, and restrict borrowing once it reaches $20.00, but we can also waive them where appropriate). At the resource centre, we don’t have a fines policy, and half our books walk out the door and never come back (I’m not sure fines would help the situation, though).

I’ve also read a couple of interesting posts on Pandagon lately, Can a woman have a perfect wife, too? and this one about the gender politics of eating meat . Also, a Cat and Girl for you. And I love this AskMetafilter question: How will I live without Harry Potter?, and this response. I haven’t written anything here since I finished The Deathy Hallows, but I loved it; it was completely satisfying. I loved the feeling of being completely absorbed in a book for a couple of days – I tried to stretch it out as much as possible (I didn’t pick it up at all for a couple of days after I bought it), but really I couldn’t put it down. There have been a few books I’ve really enjoyed this year, but nothing else took over my brain like that. I’m going to miss them.

And on that note, that’s your blooming lot.

P.S. I have joined Facebook, just so I can do the Traveler [sic] IQ Challenge. Anyone else?