Never leave books near mice, pigeons, children or other vermin that are likely to damage books

12 January 2006

Isn’t the interweb frakkin[1] fantastic. Via Crooked Timber[2] there is this genius site where you too can make your own bookmarks. Why would you want to, I hear you cry, well, because supposedly post-it glue damages books and should not be used. Course, people who say that won’t tell you that reading books can also damage them. And as for touching them with your fingers! Are you mad? The acid on your skin[3] will eat away the paper.

Personally I’ve never been one of those people who get all precious about their books. Once the text is legible and the pages all there I’m happy. That doesn’t mean I go out of my way to throw[4] books against a wall, or that I think it is okay to damage library books, just that i don’t really care about the proper way to open a book, or indeed the improper removal of a book from a shelf.

Of course none of this matters unless you are using old antigue-type books, or hoping to hang on to your novels for 300 years. Still, those bookmarks/notemarks are just cute. Must print some off myself as I’ve recently begun using bookmarks again.


  1. okay, so I’ve been watching BSG, but the real reason I used frakkin not gorram is alliteration
  2. I’ve only reached C in my blogroll, so there may be later additions
  3. I think it is acid, I never did the conserving books class, and I don’t really care enough to even google it
  4. why is it that I never notice that I used through instead of throw before hitting publish? Then i have to decide will I edit, or just leave it alone. Often I don’t bother to correct the post, but sometimes I look at these errors and go aargh

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19 Responses

  1. anne says:

    Those are ace, thanks for the link!

  2. Carl V. says:

    Cool bookmarks, will have to try some of those myself. I am one of those people who is obsessed with keeping books looking new. No matter how much I may let the car get dirty or the clothes pile up, my books are always kept safe and nice and new (if they were new looking to start with).

  3. Fence says:

    They're great aren't they Anne. I've alredy printed out a page to test them. Only problem is my printer at work is only black and white.

    Everyone needs at least one obsession Carl

  4. weenie says:

    I tend to keep my books in good condition – sometimes I can read a paperback and when finished, it still looks unread, ie no creases on spine etc. I used to be obsessive over my books when I was younger but not so bad now, although it seems some old habits die hard. I have a couple of bookmarks that I use, but often use things like shop receipts, piece of string, etc. I'll have a go at making some of these I think.

  5. Alan says:

    You could have used Fraggin'. But that all depends on your feelings about B5 I suppose.

  6. Fence says:

    I've never seen B5, so fraggin not really an option. Fricken (sp?) was a possibility.

  7. Alan says:

    You've never seen B5???? Shame on you! The series that broke the mould as far as TV SF was concerned. Without it, there would have been no Firefly! Just think of that!

  8. Fence says:

    B5 and Farscape are the two big (recent) SF tv shows I never saw. I did catch a few episodes of Crusade though (wasn't that a spin-off of B5?), it used to be on while I was babysitting.

    See for many, many, many years we lived in a land that had only two tv stations, RTE1 & 2, and they aren't really fans of the sci-fi.

  9. NineMoons says:

    Well, I've seen Babylon 5 and imo it was not good. Maybe if you watched the whole thing and appreciated the arcs and so on it would be good but the characters did not do it for me.
    And fragging (unlike irony) is in military usage so it can't really be used as substitute swear word anymore. I always thought it sounded a bit too like frigging anyway.
    Wasn't it frell on Farscape? And can anyone remember what they used on SAAB?

  10. Fence says:

    Frigging fragging, frakkin, smeging, kriffin, grud, drokk, blood and ashes, belgium, gorram.

    My favourite "not really a curse word" has to be terry Pratchett's –ing.

  11. NineMoons says:

    that is the best -ing swear word ever. Where's belgium from?
    Smegging is Red Dwarf. Blood and ashes is wheel of time. Gorram is duh.
    Ruddy was used instead of bloody in old British war movies. Motherlover is a replacement for for motherf-er. Forget you has been used for f-k you. And my personal favourite is UTV's alteration of John McClane's famous Die Hard catchphrase – Yippee-ki-ay Kemo Sabe.

  12. Fence says:

    Belgium is from Hitchhiker's

  13. NineMoons says:

    Really? God, I don't remember that at all. But then it has been about ten years since I read them.

  14. Alan says:

    Sorry, been distracted today. To respond, yes B5 is a series you really have to watch all of to appreciate. Particularly as the first series was a bit iffy, but then it wasn't the series JMS wanted to make. He always wanted to tell one story over five years, but the TV execs couldn't get their head round that so the first series had to be done in self contained episodes with the continuing story kind of sneaked in in random events which don't make much sense in context of the episode in question. Subsequent series then drop this convention and just go with the continuing story. Season 3 is, imho, the best television SF season ever made.

    You can tell I'm a bit of a B5 fan, can't you!

    But more to the point was that without B5 none of the other series would exist. JMS had to fight the studios nearly five years to get it made because the received wisdom was that there was no room for SF on television that wasn't part of the Star Trek franchise. Once B5 proved it could be done, that's when other series like Farscape, Andromeda, Stargate etc started getting the greenlight.

  15. NineMoons says:

    So we can thank J. Michael Stravinsky for Andromeda? And here was me blaming it all on Roddenberry. What a fool I am…

  16. Alan says:

    Hey, whatever you may think of the series, Andromeda was a babe!

  17. NineMoons says:

    I meant Strazinsky.

  18. NineMoons says:

    And yes, I did spend many hours mooning over the beauty of Rommie. Until I remembered I'm a straight woman. And turned over to another channel.

  19. Fence says:

    I would like to watch B5 at some stage, but shelling out all that cash on however many seasons there weren't isn't really part of the plan at the moment.

    Suppose I could get the first one, and go from there.