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Semi-OT: today's Doonesbury
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Lenona
2021-08-15 13:57:05 UTC
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What caught my eye was three of the comments.

https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/08/15.

Richard S Russell PREMIUM MEMBER about 8 hours ago.
"We all need to set goals for ourselves. My goal is to keep playing pickleball until it no longer sounds funny."

20140504 172227 crop Aspen_Bell about 8 hours ago
"Mine is Jewish Death Cleaning. You get rid of as much stuff as possible, without disposing of anything you really care about. What you’re keeping is then organized neatly with a will and/or trust for its future, so your executors don’t come in and go 'Oy!' "

Harisonyellow. salunga about 1 hour ago @Aspen_Bell
"Sounds good, except the things I care about are pretty much the useless ones."
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I try to live by the words of the 19th-century English designer William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that is not beautiful or useful."

But, since I DO still have a lot of useless books, I'm trying to get rid of at least five per day, while I can still carry heavy backpacks out of my house. (You have to keep reminding yourself that you don't want to leave a huge mess for your loved ones, and no matter how young you are, you can get hit by a car.)



Lenona.
A Friend
2021-08-15 15:19:37 UTC
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Post by Lenona
What caught my eye was three of the comments.
https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/08/15.
You added a period to the URL, which broke it. This link works:

https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/08/15
Post by Lenona
Richard S Russell PREMIUM MEMBER about 8 hours ago.
"We all need to set goals for ourselves. My goal is to keep playing
pickleball until it no longer sounds funny."
20140504 172227 crop Aspen_Bell about 8 hours ago
"Mine is Jewish Death Cleaning. You get rid of as much stuff as possible,
without disposing of anything you really care about. What you’re keeping is
then organized neatly with a will and/or trust for its future, so your
executors don’t come in and go 'Oy!' "
"Sounds good, except the things I care about are pretty much the useless ones."
_____________________________________
I try to live by the words of the 19th-century English designer William
Morris: "Have nothing in your house that is not beautiful or useful."
But, since I DO still have a lot of useless books, I'm trying to get rid of
at least five per day, while I can still carry heavy backpacks out of my
house. (You have to keep reminding yourself that you don't want to leave a
huge mess for your loved ones, and no matter how young you are, you can get hit by a car.)
Lenona.
Lenona
2021-08-15 16:14:34 UTC
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In article <
https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/0y8/15.
You added a period to the URL, which broke it.
You mean, the iPad did. Very annoying. But thanks for telling me.
Adam H. Kerman
2021-08-15 16:54:03 UTC
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Post by Lenona
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https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/0y8/15.
You added a period to the URL, which broke it.
You mean, the iPad did. Very annoying. But thanks for telling me.
Fight the machine, woman! The AI takeover began with spelling and
grammar checkers!
Lenona
2021-08-15 19:33:10 UTC
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Post by Lenona
https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/08/15.
You added a period to the URL, which broke it.
Funny thing is, I clicked on the defective URL just now, and it worked fine.
A Friend
2021-08-15 19:52:53 UTC
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Post by Lenona
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Post by Lenona
https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/08/15.
You added a period to the URL, which broke it.
Funny thing is, I clicked on the defective URL just now, and it worked fine.
I tried it again just now and got a 404. I guess my stuff's more
judgmental than yours.
Terry del Fuego
2021-08-16 13:05:20 UTC
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I tried it again just now and got a 404. I guess my stuff's more
judgmental than yours.
Some clients must have explicitly attempted to code around stuff like
that. Agent underlines what it thinks are links and in this thread
only underlined up to but not including the offending period.
Kenny McCormack
2021-08-16 14:33:00 UTC
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I tried it again just now and got a 404. I guess my stuff's more
judgmental than yours.
Some clients must have explicitly attempted to code around stuff like
that. Agent underlines what it thinks are links and in this thread
only underlined up to but not including the offending period.
Isn't it absolutely hysterical that there has been absolutely zero
substantive discussion in this thread? It has all been this twiddle
twaddle about a period.

Geez people. At least change the subject line, when you do this nonsense.
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Adam H. Kerman
2021-08-16 14:47:15 UTC
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Post by Kenny McCormack
Isn't it absolutely hysterical that there has been absolutely zero
substantive discussion in this thread? It has all been this twiddle
twaddle about a period.
Geez people. At least change the subject line, when you do this nonsense.
Go twiddle yourself with a substantive twaddle, Kenny. Bitching about
everyone else failing to entertain you while not making an actual
contribution to Usenet discussion is truly hypocritical.
Louis Epstein
2021-08-21 23:14:17 UTC
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Post by Lenona
What caught my eye was three of the comments.
https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2021/08/15.
Richard S Russell PREMIUM MEMBER about 8 hours ago.
"We all need to set goals for ourselves. My goal is to keep playing pickleball until it no longer sounds funny."
20140504 172227 crop Aspen_Bell about 8 hours ago
"Mine is Jewish Death Cleaning. You get rid of as much stuff as possible, without disposing of anything you really care about. What you?re keeping is then organized neatly with a will and/or trust for its future, so your executors don?t come in and go 'Oy!' "
"Sounds good, except the things I care about are pretty much the useless ones."
_____________________________________
I try to live by the words of the 19th-century English designer William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that is not beautiful or useful."
But, since I DO still have a lot of useless books, I'm trying to get rid of at least five per day, while I can still carry heavy backpacks out of my house. (You have to keep reminding yourself that you don't want to leave a huge mess for your loved ones, and no matter how young you are, you can get hit by a car.)
Lenona.
?!

I am a resolute believer in "he who dies with the most books,wins."
My book inventories will rise as long as I'm breathing.

-=-=-
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.
Lenona
2021-08-22 06:03:22 UTC
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Post by Louis Epstein
I am a resolute believer in "he who dies with the most books,wins."
My book inventories will rise as long as I'm breathing.
That's nice and romantic.

But, I believe that true respect for books means making sure there aren't so many that you don't have time to protect them all from dust, silverfish, mice, mildew, etc.

AND...when you die, surely you don't just want them to go to Goodwill. Even giving them to a library may not work out as well as you'd like. Plus, you can't always be sure that your loved ones will want most of them - or any of them. Book lovers tend to buy their OWN copies of their favorite titles, after all, long before you die.

(That's certainly the case with me. I don't have that many younger relatives, and my older ones certainly don't want any more stuff.)

I've heard that Fran Lebowitz owns thousands of books (she's almost 70, I think), but she's also a smoker, so that will make it even harder to ensure that most of her books won't get trashed when she dies. Is there anything sadder than a dumpster full of books?

Lenona.
A Friend
2021-08-22 11:21:19 UTC
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Post by Lenona
Post by Louis Epstein
I am a resolute believer in "he who dies with the most books,wins."
My book inventories will rise as long as I'm breathing.
That's nice and romantic.
But, I believe that true respect for books means making sure there aren't so
many that you don't have time to protect them all from dust, silverfish,
mice, mildew, etc.
AND...when you die, surely you don't just want them to go to Goodwill. Even
giving them to a library may not work out as well as you'd like. Plus, you
can't always be sure that your loved ones will want most of them - or any of
them. Book lovers tend to buy their OWN copies of their favorite titles,
after all, long before you die.
(That's certainly the case with me. I don't have that many younger relatives,
and my older ones certainly don't want any more stuff.)
I've heard that Fran Lebowitz owns thousands of books (she's almost 70, I
think), but she's also a smoker, so that will make it even harder to ensure
that most of her books won't get trashed when she dies. Is there anything
sadder than a dumpster full of books?
You've made me think that "A Dumpster Full of Dreams" would make a
great song title.

I have thousands of books and have been trying to find a home for them.
The local library was interested in selling some of them, but not
nearly all, as a fundraiser. Wonder Books would take them but likely
just trash them.
Lenona
2021-08-22 16:11:28 UTC
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I have thousands of books and have been trying to find a home for them.
The local library was interested in selling some of them, but not
nearly all, as a fundraiser. Wonder Books would take them but likely
just trash them.
See here for an informative thread:

"Writing a will: Whom to leave books to?"

https://forums.abebooks.com/discussions/AbeBookscom_Community_Forum/_/_/abecom/29761.1?dbg=6&mobile=y

Many ideas were suggested.

I began it in 2013, revived it in 2017, and Cori revived it again in 2020.
A Friend
2021-08-22 17:59:30 UTC
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Post by Lenona
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I have thousands of books and have been trying to find a home for them.
The local library was interested in selling some of them, but not
nearly all, as a fundraiser. Wonder Books would take them but likely
just trash them.
"Writing a will: Whom to leave books to?"
https://forums.abebooks.com/discussions/AbeBookscom_Community_Forum/_/_/abecom
/29761.1?dbg=6&mobile=y
Many ideas were suggested.
I began it in 2013, revived it in 2017, and Cori revived it again in 2020.
Hey, thanks for this! I would never have thought of, for example, a
prison library, but I have a ton of sf paperbacks from the '60s and
'70s that are in great shape because they've been tightly packed
together. Thanks again.
Lenona
2021-08-22 19:19:31 UTC
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You're welcome.

Maybe you should head over to rec.arts.sf.written as well and see if the members there have any more ideas. (The traffic there is higher than here.)

I should probably look up local charities as well.
Terry del Fuego
2021-08-22 13:09:50 UTC
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Post by Lenona
Is there anything sadder than a dumpster full of books?
A pregnancy.
Louis Epstein
2021-08-24 23:47:16 UTC
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Post by Lenona
Post by Louis Epstein
I am a resolute believer in "he who dies with the most books,wins."
My book inventories will rise as long as I'm breathing.
That's nice and romantic.
But, I believe that true respect for books means making sure there aren't so many that you don't have time to protect them all from dust, silverfish, mice, mildew, etc.
AND...when you die, surely you don't just want them to go to Goodwill. Even giving them to a library may not work out as well as you'd like. Plus, you can't always be sure that your loved ones will want most of them - or any of them. Book lovers tend to buy their OWN copies of their favorite titles, after all, long before you die.
(That's certainly the case with me. I don't have that many younger relatives, and my older ones certainly don't want any more stuff.)
I've heard that Fran Lebowitz owns thousands of books (she's almost 70, I think), but she's also a smoker, so that will make it even harder to ensure that most of her books won't get trashed when she dies. Is there anything sadder than a dumpster full of books?
At my local recycling depot,I go looking in the discard
bin before I go to the swap shelves.

-=-=-
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.

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