I am a book hoarder. I knew I had passed the collecting versus hoarding limit when I needed a second bookshelf for the non-ficiton books I mostly have not read yet. All those good intentions can't last forever. So I have at least a dozen books about computer software which have not been relevant for awhile. Libraries and second hand bookstores do not want them - computer books in particular they tend not to accept at all. But, I can't just throw them away! All that idealism that went into picking them for whatever project I had in mind. All that stuff I wanted to learn but didn't finish... before it became outdated.
Some books are just obsolete.
Just because you can't find someone who wants that old book about Windows ME, doesn't mean it's not worth more than the paper it's printed on. There are people who would be glad to have those old books for art projects. Consider donating them to schools for children to use in craft projects. I'm thinking paper mache but I'm sure teachers working with young people could think of other uses. Artists working with paper could use the pages of your books for practicing, creating a mock up/ rough draft of a project - of cleaning their paint brushes.
There is hope for your old books so stop keeping them all yourself.
(Image from Good Housekeeping).
- Written by Laura Brown
- Category: Inspiration
From a post on The Guardian:
Imagine, though, what the tech landscape might look like if soft hues and girly aesthetics were championed, rather than ridiculed? That’s exactly what three young artists – Gabriella Hilleman, 27, Violet Forest 26, and May Waver, 23 – decided to do a few years ago, when, mostly on a lark, they convened the first International Cybertwee Conference and Roundtable.
...Ultimately, Hilleman, Waver and Forest hope that Cybertwee can be not only simply an aesthetic movement, but that it can restore skills and participation in tech to girly girls who might normally be alienated from the space.
Visit the Cybertwee site.
One point in the article mentions pink being used to show things as fake and/ or sexual. I wish there had been more about that issue as it seems to be the bigger problem with having feminity or girlishness in technology/ the digital world. Pink has become fluffy or slutty. When did you last see something pink that wasn't supposed to be seen as one or the other? Pink has become a stereotype.
I like the ultimate goal behind cybertwee, getting more people involved in technology. It is such a new area, still evolving. It needs input from a variety of people with different experiences and points of view.
I think this is the second time I have been fooled into downloading this software from HP when I have bought new ink for my printer. It is really annoying! I would actually like software to create and print egreetings (greeting cards and postcards for online selling). So I download this, thinking it's free and how great that will be. I install it, open it and try it... only to find I can't do much with anything I create. You can save the file but you can't export it out of the HP Creation software.
So, that makes it kind of useless, unless you pay for the export feature. There are other features you can pay for, of course.
Thanks HP. But, I made the mistake of looking your gift horse in the mouth. This is one gift I will uninstall. (Are you now feeling suspicious and thinking about spyware? Me too.)
First, you should know, they are far more expensive than you would expect. (I was surprised). A new cart is also very expensive, plus there will be some assembly required with almost all of them. I can do the assembly, but… I’d still rather have an old cart assembled by someone else long ago. I don’t mind some wear, authentic wear, not contrived to look worn and aged. Fake aging is too artificial. Besides, wouldn’t an old cart be much happier cleaned up and given a fresh coat of paint? I don’t want a sad cart.
This one was on a site from the UK. Even pricier but I really like the look of it.
This one was found by someone else and done over. I would rather have it painted a nice showy red - make it look glamorous.
I found a few vintage/ antique carts online. Most are too expensive once you consider the shipping and the dollar difference from anything in the US. Paying double the asking price just doesn’t seem fair. Even when they say free shipping, that doesn’t mean they will stick to it when it comes to me.
So, I will continue to poke around on the Internet from time to time and see what I find.
The best bargain I could find online for a new book cart was from Wayfair. The company is new to Canada (or at least new to me in Canada). They offer free shipping and likely it is free shipping when it originates here. But, why is the price so much different just over the colour? I like the plain silver better than the white or black. I just think it’s odd. It’s not an old cart though, so no history to it. Likely I’d have to put the wheels on, if not more assembly. So… it is tempting. I’ve begun trying to let go some of my books and the cart would help in sorting them. Plus, I could keep it for the books I use most often and whatever I have on hand in fiction to be read.
Have you seen something like this before? The reader has a vote in how much the author is paid for the article. I say a vote because I don’t know if the author is paid the amount I picked. Is this a good way to pay web writers? It is based on readers and reader opinions about the content.
I found it at China Highlights.com.