This weekend I've been left alone, and I plan to put the time to good use by mucking around in the garden. I have many, many plans :) The existing plants need some maintenance, and some of my herbs didn't really make it through the winter, they'll need to be taken out. I'm going to plant a bit of scented garden around the side, and I've got some wildflower matting. I've got some new herbs to go in. This year I'm tending more toward the edibles rather than the medicinals, with several varieties of thyme and some garlic and ginger. I've also got some fruit to go in. I'm going to use the bits of space around the apple trees and raised beds to put in some currant bushes (red and white, which will stand up straight), some gooseberries, and some cranberries for ground cover. That, plus some extensive weeding and so on, is likely to take up most of the weekend, alas.
Assuming plans work out, it looks like I'll be attending Arisia 2015. This will be the first time in many moons - the last time was 2011, shortly before I finished my undergrad degree and moved to the UK. I'm not going to be volunteering for anything or on any panels, because this is such a last-minute thing, and also because I'd like to just enjoy the convention a bit. We might arrange some kind of dinner-ish thing one night if people are interested. Who's going?
We (by which I mean myself and N) are now at Worldcon. We're in the Ramada. I am sequestered tonight on account of I haven't written my presentation yet, but will be out and about tomorrow. I may not have your contact number, due to technology hairballs, so please contact me by other means (and if you do text me let me know who you are :)
Help me out, Internets. A few years ago I read a short story, I don't remember who it was by but I don't read a lot of short stories so it was probably Connie Willis or Charles Stross. It was about two next-door neighbors who lived in a world where nanotechnology advanced so much that people just made stuff in their garages. One particular point was one guy making oranges, and then recycling the peels into socks or something. Do you remember this story? I need it! (It's a perfect illustration of the problems of an abundance economy.)
So, I started my volunteer job last week. Right now it's only two shifts a month (about five hours). I wish it was longer, but I need to learn about the objects and do curator object handling training, so I'll have plenty to do for the time being. I absolutely love it. First of all, playing with stuff this old is amazing. I mean, actually picking up a Roman denarius or a Bronze Age chariot fitting, holding it in your hand, it's indescribable. Second, I love how it brings people out of themselves. Even people who are shy and think they'll drop things get incredibly animated over it. I'm reading up on the periods I'm doing over the next week and a half, to make sure I can answer questions like "how much is that worth?" (Answer: a day's wages, to a Roman :) I also think when I get to pick my own objects I'll make sure to always have at lease one thing about that is very durable, like the coins. That way people that are anxious can feel more comfortable about it all.
So. Tell me about book sorting! My problem: around 800 books across a very, very wide range of subjects, with two subjects (anthropology and science fiction (top level genre)) dominating. How finely grained a sort do you find useful? Are thematic sorts useful? (For example, I have a collection of books to do with London, and another to do with Cambridgeshire.) I tried a simplified Dewey system but Dewey totally breaks down with fiction, and is past the point of usefulness for social sciences.