Thursday, July 30, 2009

happy boxes

Its interesting being in the book industry at the moment - stuck between a library community that varies wildly between head-stuck-in-sand, desperation and optimistic-early-adoption, a publishing industry that seems intent on the former, rather like the music industry and so-called tech companies suddenly getting in on mass-digitisation programmes. I've noticed that I hardly ever buy books from bookshops in town any more. To be honest I've never been a huge book buyer as much of my fiction reading was borrowed from family/friends and my SCA reading from libraries. But often I can't get the material I want from our library (yeah no perks for working for it I'm afraid) and the very same holds true for local bookstores... even the very good ones. Nope, most of my book purchases these days arrive in a happy box from Amazon - their boxes have a long curvy arrow on the end that looks like a smile. For the following reasons:
  • they have books I want
  • its easy and fast (delivery in under a fortnight usually
  • I don't have to deal with grumpy/disinterested 'assistants', many of whom have no idea how to find items in their own system
  • as the books I want generally ahve to be brought in anyway Amazon is usually way cheaper
and now I can add stuff I want from other sites to my wishlist I'm using it even more. Although LibraryThing also now lets you have a list of books that you want. while I love LibraryThing I do wish that it would encompass my whole library - not just books. I mean, if CCL can stock music (LP, cassette and CD) and video (VCR, DVD) then why can't my library?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Going out

Hmm, don't know what to call this one? We went out last Saturday night - went to Tony Astle's new spanish restaurant pre-movie. they were doing an early (between 5 - 6) set menu meal for $20 although I then had a cocktail and we all ordered an extra side dish so it came to more like $35 - $40 each ($109 for 3). But it was very nice. There was still quite a lot of options in te set menu which i hadn't expected. I had chorizo with white beans in a tomato-y sauce and the a side of cracked wheat with pistachios which was really very nice. Jenni and I both had citrus crema catalana and it was lovely - Nick had spanish donuts with chocolate sauce. Then we went to the latest Harry Potter epic. Not having read the books I didn't know what was going to happen. I thought that it lacked the zing of some earlier movies - definite feeling of impending doom and desperation is beginning to show through. Maybe that's how its supposed to be. But all in all a good night out. Oh and we saw the shorts for a few movies I've been looking forward to - Coraline and Where the Wild Things Are which looks great. I have worked out that Saturday is really the only night I can go out because it can't be a night where I'm going to work the next day and it can't be a night where I've been at work because that means Kiwi's been in her run all day and she needs to come out and be walked and I can manage working all day, coming home and walking her, and then going back into town for a do. A bit of a bummer but at least I can manage going out a bit one night a week.