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Thursday, November 23

The Second Commandment

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

What's a graven image? An idol. At least, that's what the dictionary says.

I don't understand the idea of not making likenesses of things in heaven, below the earth, or in the water under the earth. I was assuming this meant the oceans? Does this mean no statues of whales but dogs are ok? What is meant by "under" the earth? Is that different from oceans?

Then it goes on some more about not worshiping or bowing to "graven images" or "likenesses".

Doesn't being a "jealous" god imply something to be jealous of? Does that mean god is here admitting the existence of other gods and wants us to be monotheistic?

Wednesday, November 22

Readerware for the Book Collector

I used to have it as a goal of mine to collect as many books as did Thomas Jefferson - or at least as many as he sold to the Library of Congress. I read somewhere that he sold some 5,000 volumes to the Library of Congress after the original library burned down.

I was well on my way with this project when it occurred to me to catalog the books. I used a spreadsheet. At first, I tried to look at each book and type in all the information I could find about it - the title, author, publisher, copyright date, categories, current list price, price paid, when purchased, etc...

This was very tedious and I didn't get very far. I switched to simply typing in all the titles I knew I had just to get started (minus most of the other info). After a few hundred, I got tired of the project. It did give me quite a perspective on just how many 5,000 books is. I think I counted something in the hundreds - and that took up 9 bookcases! Although a few were half-sized, that's still a lot of books!

I started to realize that 5,000 books would take up more space than I could really afford (not that I could afford all those books either!) Plus, moving with so many books was horrible. I sold off a large number of them and I'm down to roughly 3 bookcases worth. I take advantage of the library sometimes when I really "need" a book fix. Otherwise, I try to only own books that I am likely to refer to over and over again.

Still, sometimes I think longingly of my dream home - a place with a 5,000+ volume libary. This readerware seems just the thing I needed to get my collection organized. It even works with barcode scanners/readers. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would look through the Sears catalog pointing out all the things I wanted for Christmas - "I want this and this and this and this". I rarely got much of what I pointed out, but it was fun to think about anyway.