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Scrap of Paper

In which I seek treasure in the stacks and play with mobile website plugins.

Puddles has been silent while I’ve worked through some personal stuff but I needed to log in to upgrade my WordPress install, so I might as well leave some word-barf while I’m here.

By way of a techy aside: in the midst of upgrading WordPress, I was reminded that I wanted to try out the WPtouch plugin, which tacks on a mobile theme for those who are browsing your blog from their phone. This blog doesn’t have enough traffic to warrant a mobile site (and my few loyal readers see new posts via RSS and rarely visit my blog) but if the plugin works well, I might go through the trouble of bringing up something more customized for Starrynight. If you would be so good, take a looksie at my blog in your iPhone/iPod, Blackberry, Smartphone, etc. There’s an option to turn off the mobile site for comparison. Better? Worse? Indifferent?

From ‘my snory life’ department: I was cleaning up my workspace before lunch and found a scrap of paper with a few call numbers scrawled on it. The Scrap of Paper Game! I had forgotten I was playing this game. Backing up–I used to keep long lists of call numbers back when I was a copy cataloger because I dealt with a much larger volume of books then and would happen upon all matter of interesting titles. These would collect until I filled a scrap of paper (~20 books). By that point, I usually wouldn’t have a clue what books I had thought worthy of The Scrap of Paper. When you have super-crappy memory, you constantly piss people off but better, you also litter your life with surprises. $6 in a pair of shorts I wore to work last summer: cheers! Realizing that you’re seeing a movie Tuesday night that you’ve been waiting to see forever: huzzah (the movie is usually decided the previous week)! The Scrap of Paper Game yields similar excitement. What will I FIND?

The only clues are usually the call number classifications. This time, two books were in the GR folklore classification and one was in BL religion and mythology classification. I ventured to the seventh floor of the stacks (taking the stairs!) where I found some collections of ancient Egyptian stories. A treasure! A find! Making a note to jot down call numbers more often.

The result: I now have two more books checked out (one of the three book didn’t have a focus that interested me) that I have to struggle to find time to read. I’ve added them to my Goodreads account, if you’re curious as to the particulars.

By Jenny

Dreamer. Reader, scribbler, occasional crafter, movie watcher, scenic walk taker, and enjoyer of all things nifty.

2 replies on “Scrap of Paper”

I really like the mobile interface, to the point that I need to make a mental note to grab it myself. (I have no idea whether anyone reading my various blogs CARES, but it’s nice functionality to have just-in-case.) On a mobile browser, it definitely is much better than the standard theme. It’s pretty plain-looking, but I think that’s a good thing for a mobile interface because it makes for faster loading and easier viewing on a tiny screen. Functionality and simplicity wins over pretty-fancy every time, mobilly speaking. (Is that a word?…)

I should go upgrade too, I suppose…

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