austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Just read the magazine my friend, your name is printed there

More progress progressing in my storage locker! Surprisingly it's been going really quite well. I think it was giving away the mattress and a couple pieces of bulky furniture to my brother that's made the difference, since that left it possible to gain access to more than the front of the locker space and to get into the midst of it without having to spend a half an hour taking things out. The rate at which I've been just throwing things out has slowed, but that's because I've got into things like my textbooks or other books well worth saving. It's also resulted in my recovering my copies of such treasures as Ian Shoales's Not Wet Yet, which I thought was lost for good, or a copy of Arthur C Clarke's Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds which I had completely forgot I owned. (I believe I bought it for airplane reading in December 2001 and then didn't read it on the airplane.) Also a copy of the Baseball Encyclopedia, in case I need a baseball statistic of questionable reliability and can't get online.

All the more impressively things are shaping up to where I have actual organization: a section for plastic models, a section for paperback books, a section for my old computers (going back to the TRS-80 Color Computer, original version, thank you) ... I need to better organize things like textbooks and trade paperbacks (particularly comic strip collection books), but it's getting manageable. And I've cleaned out all the drawers of everything, which is also a strange feeling.

Trivia: A roughly one-square-mile bit of land around a zinc mine in Moresnet, about four miles south of Aix-la-Chapellle, was granted by the Congress of Vienna to neither claimants the Netherlands nor Prussia (although surrounding territory was assigned one or the other), and remained as nation-less ``Neutral Moresnet'' until seized in World War I by Germany and awarded to Belgium in 1919. Source: Vienna 1814: How The Conquerers Of Napoleon Made Love, War, And Peace At The Congress Of Vienna, David King.

Currently Reading: Divided Highways: Building The Interstate Highways, Transforming American life, Tom Lewis. Hey, i didn't know RPI had so much to do with building the Interstate, although that's not a surprise since RPI has no self-esteem and couldn't bring itself to mentioning such a thing. But I am glad to have a primary contemporary source citation for the urban legend that RPI didn't, in those pre-1972 days, have a policy banning women from applying, it was just that women didn't. (Although they explicitly didn't tell women that, oh, yes, they could get an engineering degree from a top university if they wanted.)


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