July 21st, 2007

Books

The Maple Dell of '76: Adelia Marries the Lawyer

Adelia Marries the Lawyer

No festal rejoicing, no feast was prepared,
The flocks and the herds from slaughter were spared;
Her mother and brothers refused to attend,
To see her united with Jurist, her friend.
'Twas less than one year since her father had died,
And sable crape hung on the form of the bride,
While hope, blessed hope, filled her heart and her head,
She judged of the living by him that was dead.
She though of her father, who always was kind,
And thought best of virtues in manhood combined.

No science had taught her that flesh from a horse*
Could make man inconstant in love's sacred course,
She thought he was made in God's image of dust,
And, like his Creator, was pure, kind, and just.
No vision presented a wine-glass or flask
That time in the future would ever unmask.
The pastor's own parlor was cheerful and bright,
Adelia and Jurist were wedded all right.


* Adelia does not yet believe the unscientific new-fangled notion that man was originally created from horse-flesh or dog-flesh, although the fidelity of a biped like Jurist is very diminutive when compared with that of a faithful quadruped.

Books

Comparison of cataloging sites

I have been on a quest to catalog my books for ages. I had almost everything in a piece of software called Book Collector, which was decent. But that computer crashed and I lost it. I like the idea of everything being online so I can access if from anywhere. My current solution has been to set up MediaWiki on a private URL and use it's free form entry and category system to get everything in. But the drawback is it can't import information from Amazon or other sites.

There are a number of web based project though that do this. I am thinking of trying them all out and doing a comparison piece on them.

I currently have on my list:

librarything.com
goodreads.com
gurulib.com
allconsuming.net
listbook.net
reader2.com
shelfari.com
bookjetty.com

Any other sites I am missing?

Also, for my bibliophiliac friends, what are the things you want to do with a book catalog? (I want to make sure I am covering features other people use or want, but which I don't care about.)