Monday, September 26th, 2005
10:09 am - The Newest Neat Thing  
So, just suppose for a second that you have a lot of books, and want an easy way to catalog them all. Whadda you gonna do? You go to LibraryThing, type in a couple of search phrases, say "boys of summer, Kahn," and then click on the Library of Congress data retrieved by the search engine to add the book to your catalog, along with any tags you'd like. Easy peasy. Also potentially addictive. It's sort of like Flickr, except for books.

One thing I did notice is that the search engine is a little picky. I tried "Ball Four, Bouton," and although it gave me several versions of the book, it didn't give me the edition I have. (Bouton adds a new appendix to each reissue, so it does matter.)

I was pointed towards LibraryThing at Dodger Thoughts, of all places, in the comments on a good piece by Jon on how it's often more pleasant to attend major league games when your team is totally out of contention. Traffic is lighter, good seats are easier to get, and folks in the stands are mellower. It almost makes up for the losing. Of course, since I don't live in LA, I can't take advantage of it.

Lost amidst the uproar when the Orioles kicked Rafael Palmeiro off the team the other day is the fact that another Oriole in the 500 HR club who's alleged to have used steroids, Sammy Sosa, has likely played his last game in an Oriole uniform, if not any ML team. Now if only Bonds would take the hint.

The Dodgers took two of three from Pittsburgh as they play out the string. DLowe bounced back from his poor performance in Arizona to get the win. Seven games to go...
Current Mood: dull
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susano on September 26th, 2005 - 02:54 pm
I love Library Thing!

And the books and writing thread I read are fanatic about baseball, and often breakout into OC (used to be Buffy) discussions. It all seems to go around.
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Veejaneveejane on September 26th, 2005 - 07:42 pm
All the comments about Sammy Sosa that I have seen have been "the shrunken shadow-of-himself slugger..."

So, everybody seems to presume his guilt as well, even in the absence of a positive test. Which, they're probably not wrong, but he's also been on the decline for a while now.
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DXMachinadxmachina on September 26th, 2005 - 08:16 pm
Yeah, no positive test, but I think his credibity also took a hit when he got caught corking his bat.
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