Theme: Your Bookshelf

Discussion in 'Competitions, Themes & Blogs' started by Rob MacKillop, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I downloaded a Kindle version of that book, Pete, and will read it later, maybe even a few weeks later as I have a backlog piling up.

    From one simulation engine to another, have a nice day!
     
  2. Davie Hudson

    Davie Hudson Well-Known Member

    I don't have any shelves but I do have a lot of books, though admittedly low brow compared to you lot :D

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    I too went to a catholic school so I feel your pain Rob (I went to St Johns) but I had a Marist Brother for English lol. Lawside is no longer with us unfortunately having been merged with St Saviours into St Pauls
     
  3. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

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    taken with the iPhone so excuse the quality. Books are mostly fiction, couple of photography books, loads of dictionaries for some reason. A highlight being my Nathan Bailey Dictionary from 1776 (I think). The most read book has to be Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency. Other faves from Jasper Fforde and Neil Gaiman.
    Some vinyl, my typewriter, Hannah's accordion ... Some negatives, a camera, DVDs (hammer box set :D) computer games, baby monitor, some of Hannah's face painting gear ... All sorts of junk really!
     
  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Love the accordion :) Susan tells me we also have a Nathan Baillie dictionary, from 1741. Never heard of it myself, until you mentioned it. Apparently it contains more rude words than Johnson's more famous dictionary :) anticipating the main usage of dictionaries in years to come!
     
  5. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Damned fine pair of shelves there Hamish. Dirk Gentry is a favourite of mine too and I enjoyed the Jasper Fforde book that I read. So, you solved your 5x4 negative storage problem them I see! ;)
     
  6. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    That must be an early edition Rob, I think mine is a 20-something-th it's been rebound and is a little burned on a few pages ... All adds to the charm!

    As for swear words

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    Id call it a trio rather than a pair Pete ... Made em my self I did, out of some floor boards and home made brackets ... I went a bit overboard really, I don't think there would be any issue in me climbing up them if I saw fit!

    as for Jasper Fforde, you should read the series that starts with "the Eyre Affair" ... The main character o those books have Connie her middle name "Thursday" ... I would have in fact called her Thursday if I'd had my way! If I have a son is middle name will be Friday ... Like Thursdays son in the books :)
     
  7. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I got a phone link to this thread saying that Ralph Thornton had uploaded a photo the the thread, but I don't see it anywhere...
     
  8. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    It looks like he deleted it, what's the story Ralph?
     
  9. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    I do believe my bookcase takes top honors for most cluttered so far. (I'd be curious to see if anybody can beat it for clutter.)

    Anyway, this theme has been interesting because in reviewing the images I took of the bookshelf I discovered I have two copies of Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry, and also discovered I still have "Flight" by Chris Kraft, a book I had long thought lost or lent to some non-returning Philistine.

    The bookcase is an old one from Scotland. I bid on it at an auction in Paisley a few years back. Won it--Hooray! :D. Then the wee man inside my brain said to me,..."How ye gonnae get it back tae Calafoarnia?"[doh] The thrill of the chase had obscured all reason and the intoxication of my victory was thereupon superseded by an unwelcome sobriety, largely cloaked in a veil of foreboding since I had but two days left in my holiday. :( I was blessed with a stroke of luck, however, and also the kindly intervention of an eccentric American woman who, it turned out, had observed me from afar throughout the day and had wrongly assumed that I was a countryman of her's based, she revealed, on the normally quite infallible evidence of the design of my shoes. She was mildly shaken to realize upon hearing the glottal stops punctuating my lowland accent that her shoe theory had been, well,...shall we say, "trampled underfoot?" Suffice to say the bookcase arrived at my front door in Huntington Beach some two months later.

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  10. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Doesn't look too cluttered to me, Brian. It's interesting when the story of the book case takes precedence over the contents. Looks a very nice case indeed. Pele!
     
  11. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    Very fine book and clutter collections, they put my non colllection to shame. I have a few actual books that I have kept but after reading novels, mostly sci fi, I tend to give them to my friend who is a prolific reader. I have a growing digital collection and Kerri has all her books on a Kindle these days. Usually if I want to know something I look on the internet and save the information. Scribd is also a good place to download out of print books for free.
     
  12. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    Here's my digital book shelf ... Well, PDF shelf at least

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    Instructions and guide to a viewfinder app I have been mulling over
    joans price lists.
    A client brand document.
    instruction manual for Nikon d60.
    A guide to anamorphic videography.
    One of Davies Ebooks
    d800 instructions ...

    i think that potentially says as much about me as my real life one :)
     
  13. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Excellent! And clutter free ;)
     
  14. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Pele indeed. At least two too! Great story and it only took me two readings to understand it! ;) And some fine clutter indeed. One of the bookcases in Germany comes close but I think you win there so far! Nice. :)
     
  15. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Sorry about the verbosity Pete, but thanks for hanging in there. ;)

    The two Pele books were gifts. (In America, in pre-Beckham days, if you loved footy all your American friends would think a book about Pele is a good gift for you.) I'm not that interested in him to be honest (although I did meet him once under unusual circumstances, and he seemed a very decent bloke), but I didn't want to break the rule of the theme by changing anything around.
     
  16. Beth Anthony

    Beth Anthony Well-Known Member

    lol hamish, that's where all my books are too.. well, most of them are on the phone, all of them are backed up on the hard drives to the far right on my non-bookshelf. most everything on my non-bookshelf is either toys or stuff my grandfather brought back from the korean war.

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  17. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    A fine collection there Beth and you win the prize for most skulls I reckon!

    Biology, genetics and statistics eh!
     
  18. Beth Anthony

    Beth Anthony Well-Known Member

    genetics, best of logic, math and biology. thought about a genetics career at one point, but it looked like a life spent handing out bad news... jumped ship to engineering after getting a biology degree... :confused:
     
  19. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model,...nice. We have something in common, Beth. Is that a Kodak Retina I there also?
     
  20. Nicely framed, Pete. I like to collection of the books too. :)

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    Love the Mini Cooper (as featured by the beach) and the coffee cup, Beth! Any stories from the Korean War?

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    Very organized, Hamish. :)

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    This is impressive, Brian! :)

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    Hamish, the accordion, the typewriter and the hung negatives get my attention. As organized as the digital one.. :)
     

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