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25 January 2009 @ 11:13 am
How To Get Rid Of All Those Books That Litter Your Home - and Get New Ones!  
My colleague/fellow diploma worker pointed me to this place: www.bookcrossing.com.

You must all go there! Now! Register all the books you don't want to read again but don't want to throw away because books are a little like living beings! See if anybody else wants to give away that book you've wanted to read for years! Check if somebody has released books into the wild where you live! Check whether there's even a group of people in your city who meet regularly to swap books and talk about them! 

I've registered five books this morning and am planning to release at least a couple of them into the wild next week - i. e. leave them half-hidden in some public place and hope somebody finds them. What a fantastically cool site!

Otherwise, small things keep happening that I want to write about, but then I never quite find the time or motivation to do it. I snap crappy photos with my phone of things that might be fun to show you all, or save for the future, but I never get around to post them. The major thing right now, however, is that the diploma work has suddenly reached escape velocity and I more or less feel that the only thing left is to write up the report, which feels like a trifle. I'm tweaking my weird CV and surfing for jobs and next week I'll write up at least a couple of actual application letters and mail them. Daily I swing between wild hopes of landing an interesting job and despair because the medical technology companies are so few and small and I'm so incompetent. I'm not bored, though.
Kelpie: green and pleasant hillskelpie667 on January 25th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
I've already heard about bookcrossing, but never tried it although it seems to be an awesome idea. I have far too many books I'll never read again which occupy so much space in my shelves...

I snap crappy photos with my phone of things that might be fun to show you all, or save for the future, but I never get around to post them.

Oh, I know that feeling! I'm also thinking about LJ posts quite often, writing them in my head and spend quite some time thinking about how to express things in English - but when I'm back at the computer I'm far too lazy to actually post them *sighs*

Oh, so you're almost finished with your diploma work? I keep my fingers crossed that you'll find an interesting job! It must feel really weird to leave uni and entering the "real" world.
mrs_conclusionmrs_conclusion on January 26th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
It seems bookcrossing is quite big in Germany, my friend (who is from Rostock) said she used to go to meet-ups with other bookcrossers at home, but that the few Swedish members didn't seem that keen on meeting in RL.

And yes, that's exactly what I do too, I have an English running commentary to my life in my head. Constantly!
Kelpiekelpie667 on January 26th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think I even heard about bookcrossing first at some German LJ community, but I didn't know that there were meet-ups.

Yes, that's it, an English running commentary (although the English in my head is usually much better than that which I write down later on)
Frescafrescadp on January 26th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
As a native English speaker, I'm afraid the same is true for me too! : )