Sep. 5th, 2012 03:22 pm
bouteillebleu: (Run away!)
It appears to be mosquito season and the bastards keep biting my arms while I sleep. Is antihistamine cream supposed to do something other than make the bites swell up massively?

(Thankfully I don't think any of the bites will get in the way of lifting; they're on the backs of my forearms and an elbow this time round.)
bouteillebleu: (Lightbulb)
I wonder if there's some bastard out there who just does this every year.

Whoever you are who broke into two cars in Grantchester Meadows on the afternoon of March the 14th, 2009, I hope that you cock up a burglary in an embarrassing and incriminating fashion and are caught and the things you stolen are returned.

For anyone else, especially CUTT people - if you're going to Grantchester Meadows, please don't leave anything in cars at all if you can help it. I'd say "put things in the boot", but one of the cars had its lock screwdrivered and the boot gone through.


Mar. 1st, 2008 11:15 pm
bouteillebleu: (Bad day)
Today's LARP linear was quite fun.

The fun was shattered when we got back to the Grantchester Meadows car park to discover that some fucker(s) had broken into practically all the cars we'd left there, breaking two of the windows on Tim's car, and stealing several bags, phones and cash.
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I hope you're okay.

I should have got out at the next stop to check you were all right.

And I'm sorry that the bitch at the front of the bus (note: not the driver, just someone talking to him) laughed about it.


(I've emailed the council's Park and Ride address about it.)
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An open letter.

Dear moron. )

At least it's more readable than the other article I've got to read, which is written in French. Academic French is quite clear compared to colloquial, but it's still harder than English since I don't have as much practice.

And speaking of French, Fib has lent me his copy of Les Chevaliers de Baphomet - that's the French version of the first Broken Sword game. I shall set about playing it soon.
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I know not many of the people who read this journal, if any, will be near Cambridge at the moment, but I found something that makes quite a succinct update to my post here about book defacing.

The Cambridge University Library has an exhibition on at the moment called "Marginalia and Other Crimes", about various examples of damage done to their books. The exhibition itself is, of course, in the library, but pictures are available online, at this site. I particularly like the examples of books dropped in the bath, giving an example of something that is not okay to read in the bath, and something else that is okay to read there.

Yes, well, the UL does tend to talk down to its users. I can't say I blame them, though - the people who don't deface books are the ones who don't come to the library's attention. The ones they notice are the people who use highlighters on books they don't own, or pull off the type in books that are over a century old by using post-it notes.

On a slightly more positive note, I would like to advertise a friend's Nanowrimo entry. Yes, November's over, and this person did manage to get to 50,000 words (unlike me - I'm still stuck at about 31,000, and with the amount of essays I have yet to do it's looking increasingly unlikely that I'll get any more of it done this year). But he's still not finished! It's quite a light read, about a group of adventurers on a trip through the jungle, and goes by the name of "Through Jungle with Crossbow, Boot and Elly". And it can be found here, linked to on the main page.
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I've hit my second essay panic this term - quite predictably, on my second essay, which along with another essay has to be in next Monday. Given that I've only just started to read up for the first, this is going to be rather close.

Anyway, I've been reading through a book of collected essays on the division between semantics and pragmatics, while researching for an essay on various theories of meaning, and while flicking through the book I noticed that someone had underlined several passages in one essay.

This is not right.

Yes, I accept that the writing was only in pencil, and thus could be erased. I also know that the book is hardback and the paper is of fairly high quality, and thus the writing and subsequent erasing would not destroy the book. But still, why on earth would someone do this rather than take notes? There is no reason whatsoever that you must underline passages in a book, and that you cannot complete your essay/research paper/book without doing this.

What makes it more annoying is that this book has the sort of binding that means that it will quite happily lay flat, and the book itself is only four years old. This means that you would have little to no difficulty in persuading the librarians to let you photocopy pages from this book, and then you could annotate those to your heart's content. Heck, since that particular section is less than 10% of the content of the book, the Copyrights Act (or a related act pertaining to copying of copyrighted materials) permits you to photocopy it for your personal use. So why didn't you do this, whoever you were that had the book before me?

The restrictions on photocopying are because this book is in the University Library (also known colloquially as the UL), which is one of the six libraries in the country that gets sent a copy of every book that is published in the UK, and buys a fair amount from other countries as well. (I'm not sure whether it's technically a copyright library or not - the man who explained this at the orientation session I went to implied that it wasn't, but that it and the Bodleian in Oxford are treated as if they were). This means:

(a) There is only one copy of this book in the library. If you annotate it, deface it, or otherwise write in the book, anyone else who wants to read it will have to cope with the results.

(b) These books are supposed to be kept for posterity. In a hundred years, the books we regularly use now will be rare, and the UL wants to hold on to them - and keep them in good condition. What are they going to say when they find this book has been written in?

At least the UL have precautions against this sort of thing: if you damage a book, you pay the full restoration cost. Not so important with a four-year-old book like this, but if you damaged a hundred year old tome...

Okay, that's my rant finished. I also have nothing against people writing in their own books - I did it with my copy of Pride and Prejudice, as it was a set book in one of our English exams - but if there are people lending you books with the assumption that you'll take good care of them, please do.

Actually, the orientation session I went to for the UL did give me some thoughts about becoming a librarian. Nothing definite, of course, but being around books would be quite interesting, and is something I've enjoyed since I was young. Of course, something like this would be even more fun, but it is alas not possible. Though it would be very enjoyable. (Working for the British Library Special Engineering Force! :)


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