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Thursday, September 8, 2011


This is a repost from January.  I have added this to it. You know the drill, click to enbiggen!


If you are going to putz with these things you have to have the knowledge. Shop manuals for everything from a 1967 Cadillac to a 2004 F-150. The binders are the records for automobiles I get my hands on occasionally.

Here is one of the oldest books I have yet one I consider a treasure:

First edition in 1947, the second 1955. I enjoy this book and consider it one of the best if you decide to work on "old school" stuff.

 Next up overflow parking for mostly fiction:

Then the current queue: 

And now the post from January!

Several Bloggers of late have posted about books. B. has a picture or two here. Tam laments the fluid nature of the Internet here. The Retrotechnologist shows even more dead tree media and made accommodations for them.   

Books have always been an important part of my life and in every room in this house you will for better or worse find printed media. 

Here is the current shot of the dining room table. You may infer that I am not all about fine dining and you would be correct unless I have guests:

Here is an end table in my living room with two books from my home town:

 Here is the coffee table:

The right hand side is a "Today in History" book. I find it enjoyable. 

Here is a shot from the office bookshelf:

And another: 

These are textbooks I have used as both student and teacher. If anyone notes the age of some of these I would be impressed! 

Finally another bookshelf picture. 

Many thanks to those that have commented on books and there will be more of them here I fear based on their recommendations! 

They do have a permanence to them that the Internet will never have! The oldest one here I acquired when I was 13. If you have not read it, get 2001. It does explain much after watching the movie! It was not HAL's fault, but the folly of man in my opinion!  


  1. I got the Star Trek book in the mail today from Amazon. Awesome!!!!

  2. @B.- I hope you enjoy it! Get better!

  3. I know there is a wonderful story behind the 1972 calendar hanging on the wall. I still love books with bindings and paper pages.

  4. Good one, and very true... Books have a permanence and a presence that the interwebz can never provide...

  5. I see lots of good stuff there.

  6. @Supi- There is a story behind that calender, good eye! It will wait for another day..

    @NFO- Yes, old books read many times over many years are almost as good as comfort food for the body, but they are comfort food for the mind.

    @Brooke- Many more here, just did not want to scare away the followers, LOL!

  7. Nice Collection, But I didn't see any Rosemary Rogers or Kathleen E Woodiwiss books..Where are they? :)

  8. @Stopsign- I guess I am not that well read.

  9. The TTL handbook! I wish I still had mine; got rid of it ages ago and I still find I could use it now and then. In my world, the digital designers do everything in FPGAs or some sort of programmable device. Sometimes I need some little glue logic, and there's nothing like the old book.

  10. Wow, a book on msdos. I think I may have a copy of that Irwin Handbook of Telecommunications myself from when I was doing voice communication work.

  11. Graybeard- I simply cannot part with this book! I actually used it several years ago to design a remote control for a production scale.

    John- Yeah, MSDOS. A LOT of industrial control stuff still boots to it.