bibliotrope

From the little green house on the corner

Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else's favorite song.

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Name:
Bibliotrope
Birthdate:
18 November
Location:
Weirton, West Virginia, United States
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Schools:
Irwin Junior High School - Irwin PA (1962 - 1965)
Norwin High School - North Huntingdon PA (1965 - 1968)
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh PA (1968 - 1972)
Interests: (69)
almanacs, astronomy, atlases, aunts, baseball, bibliotropism, blue, books, bruce springsteen, calendars, calligraphy, canada, chocolate, cold girly steel, democratic party, depository libraries, dictionaries, electing a democratic president, etymology, filk, flowers, freedom to read, great aunts, great lakes, handsewing, history, how-to, knitting, language, libraries, lois mcmaster bujold, looking things up, maple syrup, maple trees, maps, music, mysteries, not destroying social security, ohio river valley, pennsylvania, perimenopause, pittsburgh, pittsburgh panthers, pittsburgh penguins, pittsburgh pirates, pittsburgh steelers, railroad history, reading, reality-based communities, reality-based presidential candidates, rec.arts.sf.fandom, rivers, science fiction, secret librarians of fandom, sewing, sleep, sports, steel industry, stumpers list, television, terry pratchett, toronto, userpics, watching clouds, west virginia, western pennsylvania, wikipedia, wildflowers, yohogania county
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Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

"They can have my World Almanac when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers. Or when next year's edition comes out, whichever is first." -- moi

"Bibliotrope" is inspired by a phrase, "a tropism for books" in a post by papersky. It fairly well sums up my life, as I've explained here and here.

The new subtitle, selected December 2008 after fierce competition, is from the Steely Dan song "FM", which was a movie with a great soundtrack if nothing else.

The former subtitle of this site had to be taken down after the 2008 election. It was inspired by this story:
Labels on most of the backpacks, messenger and laptop bags made and sold by Tom Bihn have his company's contact information along with washing instructions in English and French along with a message reading: "Nous sommes desoles que notre president soit un idiot. Nous n'avons pas vote pour lui." The translation reads: "We are sorry that our president is an idiot. We did not vote for him."
A photo and discussion of this label is here.

The previous subtitle, "Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny," (from "Rosalita," by Bruce Springsteen) may yet return someday.

I was formerly known on LJ as "laffwv", a username I chose before discovering the word "bibliotropism". LAFF is my name, or at least my initials. As I told my nephew, "What use is having cool initials if I don't use them?" But it was taken as a username, so I added WV for the state where I live, beautiful West Virginia. The name change is discussed here.

I also identify with Pennsylvania, where I grew up and where my sisters live, and to a lesser extent Ohio, which is just across the river. I am a librarian and read a lot -- mysteries and histories and science fiction and fantasies. (So many books, so little time.) I also like music; the CDs in the pile next to my computer range from Anonymous 4 to Warren Zevon. And I spend way too much time playing FreeCell and Super Collapse II.

Those of you from the Bujold mailing list know me as "the other Lois."

For a long time I've "friended back" almost everyone who has added me to their friends list. Lately, though, I seem to be reaching my limit in regard to how many LJ posts I can keep up with, so I am being less quick to add new friends. But feel free to add me as a friend if you want to!





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