Just e-mail address, fortunately.

The short version: my preferred personal e-mail has changed to stevekenson@me.com. Please update your address books accordingly. My work e-mail remains the same (steve@greenronin.com).

The long version )
Our household has a lot of books: roughly ten floor-to-ceiling bookshelves worth, with even more stored in boxes, and that’s not even counting the comic books!

In addition to a New Year’s purging of unneeded volumes, one thing we’ve been looking to do for quite some time is to catalog all of these books so we can track what we’ve got and, to a degree, where it is, since it can be difficult to recall if we have something (and if we still have it, or have given it away or sold it at some point).

So I turn to the collective wisdom of my readers: do you have any recommendations for library cataloging software? Mac OS X is a requirement (we’re a Mac household), with features like ease of use and portability (accessible from different machines on our network) high on the desireability list. Bonus points if it also works for any or all of: 1) comic book collections, 2) Board games and RPG boxed-sets, 3) DVDs, and 4) cabinets of herbal ingredients.

Any suggestions?

DVD-less

Feb. 3rd, 2008 12:05 pm
Well... crap. Our DVD player (a Sony, for any who might care) has suddenly and mysteriously stopped working: it starts up, clunks a bit, then shuts off, regardless of what disc is in it (although, thank gods, the tray mechanism still works, and we didn’t get a disc stuck in it). Now we’ve got to look into either getting it fixed or getting a new one. Sadly, with electronics being as they are, getting a new one is probably the more economical solution...
The weather outside? Frightful.

Warm hoodie and hot tea? Delightful.

But it sure is snowing a lot...

Home Again

Nov. 12th, 2007 09:32 pm
Back home from Con on the Cob, which was a fun experience; thanks to grandmaster Andy Hopp for the invite and the hospitality!

The trip home was uneventful: just a short hop from Akron to Detroit (about 45 minutes) then an hour-and-a-half flight from Detroit to Manchester. The only real drawback was there wasn’t much time in and around flights to grab a meal, so I was pretty hungry by the time I got home. Of course my mom (wonder-worker that she is) brought the homemade turkey pot pies she made and froze for me with her when she picked me up at the airport! So I’m well-stocked for the rest of the week while Christopher is away on his tour.

Now it’s sorting through the 130 e-mails in my in-box, doing laundry, and diving back into work tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting back into a regular at-home routine after a fair amount of travel these past few months.
Don’t know why, but I always feel more like cleaning — both figuratively and literally — in the Fall rather than the Spring. True Fall weather gets me in a mind to clear out the basement, put things away, throw away the stuff cluttering up my life, and simplify in general. Maybe it’s a hibernation or preparing the cave for winter instinct or some pagan harvest thing. Whatever the case, I’ve spent a decent part of the day doing it.

Putting my bike away in the basement made me wish I’d used it more this summer, but things went by so fast, as they always do. Next year, for sure! (Maybe I’ll check back on this entry next Fall to see how I did, probably not, though.)

I’m pondering a serious purge of my books — RPG books especially. It’s just getting ridiculous and a good 80+% of the stuff I’ve got will never see any sort of use if it stays here. Better it should find its way somehow to someone who’ll use and appreciate it. That goes doubly true of the stuff I’ll probably never even read.

Tonight is planning our Samhain celebration (as opposed to Christopher’s public ritual in Cambridge or the one with our men’s group on Monday): carving pumpkins and going over the outline and such. We also have to pick up laundry from my parents’ (who have been kind enough to fill-in while we’re washer- and dryer-less).

Crisp

Sep. 2nd, 2007 09:48 am
The weather this morning is best described as “crisp,” with the first hints in the air that say “Fall is coming.” It reminds me of numerous Septembers past, of first days of school and end-of-summer weekends, of the eventual turning of leaves and the slow, easy progression into the holidays and darkening time of the year. Autumn in New England is my favorite time of the year, and I’m looking forward to all that it brings. Hopefully, there will also be a cooling of the frantic activity of the summer months and some time to reflect and enjoy the Fall season.
Yay, I’m finally home! Had fun in San Jose, San Ramon, San Francisco, and New York City (not a “San” anything, and proud of it) but oh so glad to finally be home.

If I owe you a call or e-mail or something, expect it later this week. For now, unpacking and much settling back in to do. See ya!
stevekenson: (eshu)
Was planning a day out at the "mobile office" today: taking my laptop and just getting out of the house for a while, but circumstances have scuttled that plan. Had a scratchy throat last night and this morning I was drowsy, warm, and achy and had a difficult time waking up. So I think I'm moving things to the "soft office," as Christopher calls it when he works sitting up in bed. I'm going to get another mug of tea, some juice, and my laptop and get down to it.
stevekenson: (flaming)
If you're going to sit out on your stoop, smoking a cigarette and talking on your NexTel™ walkie-talkie enabled cell phone, could you please turn down the signature "bleep-bleep!" sound so it's not audible from across the freakin' street and up in my office? Blee-bleep! Blee-bleep! Blee-bleep! It makes me want to open the window and shout at you... or throw things... or get a high-powered rifle, and we wouldn't want that, now would we?

Love,
Steve
stevekenson: (calvin)
We've got a fairly small kitchen in our place and, on one side of the counter, the toaster, coffeepot, and electric kettle are lined up in front of one outlet. For a long while, it was necessary to leave one of them unplugged at any given time in order to use the other two, and it was a pain to unplug the coffeepot, as it has a clock that needs to be reset whenver the power goes out (but it was still necessary if you wanted to use the toaster and kettle at the same time). It was a hassle, but I never quite remembered to do anything about it except when I was standing in the kitchen in my sweatpants and a T-shirt in the morning, wrestling with the plugs.

Yesterday, I finally remembered and picked up a plug-splitter while I was at Shaw's, so now all three appliances are plugged in at the same time. This morning I made my coffee, Christopher's tea, and some toast all at the same time without any hassle at all.

Sometimes it's the little things that help make life better.

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