26th August, 2014

I got tagged by typhoidmeri for the book challenge. 

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

Writing this down made me realize how many books I have read that weren’t that good. We are talking I didn’t want anyone to know I read them because I don’t want to be judged by them. Also, I have been reading more non fiction in the last several years than I ever have in my life. 

Anyway.

1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Recently found this one and I devoured it. Killer horses, great atmosphere and cinematic landscapes, amazing writing. Go read it.

2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I picked up my first copy of this at a Scholastic Book Fair and spent an entire summer rereading it. I loved the twist on a tale and reading how Ella would try to trick her way out of doing things she had been commanded to do. I might have also fallen in love with Prince Char. Several times.

3. Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

It’s a long book and I technically haven’t finished it yet, as the chapter I am in covers some pretty new logic for me to understand, but it still goes on the list. He covers economic theory rather than just statistics, and after presenting the facts, he lets you decide where you stand. With a PhD in economics as well as having studied with the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science, he makes a dry subject a compelling read.

4.The Giver by Lois Lowery

Such a short book and yet it carries so much. Fell in love with this book the first time I read it. I love the way she portrays this world and the characters.

5. Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks

First book on writing that left me feeling like I could actually write a book. Not in a hyped up ‘Oh I’m gonna write a book and it will be wonderful' type of way, but in a 'This will be hard work but I will love it and I can do this’ type of way. Also, reading about the time he almost lunged at George Lucas was pretty entertaining.

6.  Feral by George Monbiot

Manbiot makes the case for Rewilding, letting mother nature let loose to correct things that are going wrong in our eco system as well as letting the wild back into our lives. 

7. The Sylvia Game by Vivian Alcock

The first ‘detective’ story I ever read on my own. A compelling story revolving around a Renoir painting.

8. Glass House People by Kathryn Reiss

I honestly liked some of her other stories better, such as Paper Quake and Dreadful Sorry, but this one struck me, at the time, as such a grown up book. It was so far outside the realm of what I usually read that it has kinda stuck with me.

9. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

I don’t usually like spiritual books, but I was amazed at the characterization here. I was so used to reading books from the POV of the good that I hadn’t thought about what the story was like from the POV of the ‘bad’. Changed the course of what I liked in books and how I needed to approach my own writing. Still working on that.

10. The Search For Delicious by Natalie Babbitt 

Hilarious and chock full of childlike honesty. Plus, the pretty drawings that accompany each chapter. 

So lostdaemon, lady-cheeky, thedancingwriter, maggie-stiefvater, and danidear.

25th August, 2014

nourgelitnius asks:

Do you have any information on the authentication of old books and papers? The chemicals used, tools, machinery, and computer programs, in determining the age and make-up of papers, leathers, paints, and inks. Also if you have any information on what type of set up a lab like this would need in terms of sterility and environmental controls would be appreciated.

mysciencebeta:

Thanks so much for the clarification!

Sadly, we do not have anybody versed with book or antique authentication on staff! In a quick query of known librarians, the usual method is to go through a plausibility test (ie, see whether the object is known to have existed, when was it last bought or sold if ever, how many copies were printed and were they numbered?) and depending on the value it would be handed off to someone likely in a museum department or a professional authentication expert. The Getty has some basic resources:

http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/guides_bibliographies/guide_appraisal.html

That said, if you think about what goes INTO A book, there are a limited number of parts of it to test for authenticity: paper/vellum, ink, binding materials, glue, etc. Some of these things could be examined under a microscope or with magnification (ie, binding materials and printing surface) for appropriate signs of ageing, while others would likely have to be tested with chemicals. What chemicals, I’m afraid we’re not certain.

Depending on the type of artwork or artifact, museums keep books in temperature and humidity controlled environments, usually on filtered air. In some situations particularly delicate texts might be kept in an oxygen-depleted environment (nitrogen rich, if I’m not mistaken?) to prevent oxidation of materials.

Hope this helps, and let us know if you have further questions!

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25th August, 2014

Anonymous asks:

Ooga-chacka-ooga-ooga-ooga-chacka *dancing baby comes in and fiddles with your biological clock*

*Looks at clock* Huh….That’s where you are….

Also, I am picturing the dancing baby as the creepy one that came out years ago.

25th August, 2014

thetravman:

americaninthedeerstalker:

thetardis:

largerthanlifeus:

consultingskeletontribute:

somesortof-death-frisbee:

imyouraziraphale:

One

two

three

four

I declare

a time war. 

 #five 

#six 

#seven 

#eight 

#daleks scream 

#EXTER-MIN-ATE

Nine,

Ten,

Eleven,

Twelve.

The Doctor died,

and Silence Fell

Twelve,

Eleven,

Ten,

Nine. 

Here he goes,

back in time.

Eight,

Seven,

Six,

Five

Saving 

Everybody’s lives

Four,

Three,

Two,

One

Grab her hand

And whisper “Run.”

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