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I added a few books to my Amazon wishlist on Saturday after I went in search of a good book to start reading about knowledge organization (focusing on library and information science, suggestions welcome) and realized that if you gave more weight to my wishlist than the random mental list and occasional rants I post here, I seem a lot more interesting there... if by "interesting" you mean "has expensive taste in books on information design and likes children's books that have probably been banned in conservative places". The latter spills over into my LJ -- my crafts and home/family icons are from Robert Munsch's Good Families Don't, the best children's book ever written about farts.

Through one of the book reviews I read there, I found something sure to please your inner cartography geek: the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, with over 11,000 antique maps digitized for your lusting viewing pleasure.

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Quick notes for Vogon:
- the movie with all the hands is Quicksilver Highway;
- Topsy-Turvy Tomato Planter and Gro-Pole

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I received a pre-paid Shutterfly card as a Christmas gift a few years ago. It was due to expire at the end of the month and I had no idea what I'd want to use the 50+ 4x6" print credits for until my little sister mentioned she was planning to make a scrapbook for Laurel with photos from our vacation last month. Thanks to that, I used them up and spent a total of -- drum roll please -- $4.92 for 60 4x6" prints that my sister will be receiving in a couple of days. I am a happy consumer.

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Vogon bought a bushel box full of roasted Hatch chile peppers over the weekend that he prepared and froze in ice trays we have just for the task. I love the smell of them, but the box leaked in the kitchen so the floor was sticky until I broke down the wet box and bagged it, then used an old sponge to wipe up the worst of it until I mop. I'm not sure when I started to dislike mopping, but I suspect it has to do with the style of mop we have. We have a string-style mop, which I've only used in very large spaces like camp dining halls, and I prefer a sponge mop for home use.

I'd been thinking about buying a Swiffer WetJet to use in between full-on mopping and regularly in the bathrooms, but I don't like the continuing cost of disposable cleaning pads and cleaning solution. Now I'm trying to decide whether a mop with a microfiber pad (such as the StarMop) or a terry cloth pad would be better. Assuming they're the same price, which would you choose and why?

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vogonpoet
Aug. 29th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'd pick the terry cloth pad because it's a) more durable than microfiber and b) I'd expect that microfiber would just push around anything larger than dust, instead of actually cleaning it up.
oddharmonic
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
I want to check out the Libman Nitty Gritty Roller Mop, which sounds great to me after using a regular roller mop at my parents', and maybe get a terry cloth mop for the master bathroom to clean up after your homebrewing hijinks. I'm tired of frequent sticky floor and a terry cloth mop sounds like a better solution than hauling the old mop in there.

CXLIII
vogonpoet
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
The floor has only been sticky once (which would be right now) because of the overflow from this last time. That's why the shower mat had to be washed.

I'll take care of it next time I have the minutes and remember. Feel free to remind me and I'll do it tonight.
oddharmonic
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
You're right. It registered as "frequent" to me because I hadn't taken the time to clean it up, so I did a quick mopping in there after I did the kitchen and entry floors this morning.

I still want to check out new mops, though. (:
vogonpoet
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
We can do that this weekend if you like.

And, actually, the best mops I have used are the standard string mops like they have in the military. They're a little bit too heavy duty for home use, but they're really great. They hold lots of water and pick up things that fall to the floor.
spasmsproject
Aug. 29th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
All I know is, even hating to mop, I love my Libman Nitty Gritty Roller Mop: http://www.libman.com/index.aspx?src=PDI&ct=3&pid=119.

It's angled so you don't have to bend down to reach difficult spots, it's got a tough scrubber attatchment for ground-in gook, and it lasts for-freaking-ever. I've had mine for three years and only had to replace the sponge twice. (I rinse it and spray it with Lysol after each use, which might help.) I got the mop at Target for $13, and generic mop refills are available.

Love the Mop. Be as one with the Mop.
oddharmonic
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Oooh, that looks like a swell mop. I've used a roller mop before and loved it; the scrubber attachment is just gravy (but potentially very useful gravy).

Thanks for the recommendation!
spasmsproject
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
Emily's nine, and Rob's in construction, so I get a lot of dirt and mud and scuzzy things that I don't know what they are on my kitchen floor, which sometimes dries before I get home to clean it up. The scrubber attachment is the best gravy in the world when that happens.
slutmuphin
Aug. 30th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
have you read munsch's the paper bag princess? always a favorite of mine. also, if you don't know them, check out the stinky cheese man and other fairly stupid tales and the frog prince continued. i love kiddie lit!
oddharmonic
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
Yes! Paper Bag Princess is one of my favorites, too. I recommended it to may_lyn the other day -- what a coincidence! (:

I've read The Stinky Cheese Man but haven't read The Frog Prince Continued yet.

I am currently in search of good books about human reproduction; Laurel's suddenly curious about it and I think one of her classmates having a new baby sibling due any day now just fuels that curiousity. After giggling at a review on Amazon.com that complained that Where Do Babies Come From? had overly graphic material, I think I'm going to start with It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families because I've read It's Perfectly Normal by the same authors and thought it was great, so a similarly comprehensive book for a younger audience sounds like a good investment for both of us.
clemidia
Aug. 30th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Hmm--never have found the perfect mop, truly.

I do think the "scrubber strip" on the front helps, but I tend toward the terry types as far as absorbancy. But, I think that the other comment is right--that the strippy type would just smear the stuff around and not really do a good job of cleaning.
oddharmonic
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Vogon's had a Libman Wonder Mop for years, but since I do most of the mopping now I want something I like.

I'm currently looking at the Libman Nitty Gritty Roller Mop that spasmsproject recommended for the kitchen and a smaller terrycloth mop for the bathrooms since the master bathroom floor needs light cleaning frequently. (Vogon recently got into homebrewing and our garden tub is perfect for containing part of that stuff. I love the standalone shower.)
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oddharmonic
Aug. 30th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reference point. I wasn't sure a Swiffer WetJet would be good for our bathroom anyway since nothing beats hot water for tackling sugar-based stickiness (the master bathroom is HQ for Vogon's homebrewing) and I want something simple -- no batteries and inexpensive maintenance.
paradoxymoron
Aug. 30th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
quicksilver? the thing with the stephen king story and the... um... barker story?
oddharmonic
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Yep. It was on one of the local channels the other night and I looked it up on IMDb for Vogon to refer to later. (:
may_lyn
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
i'm a bit irritated on the whole chile front right now.

the stores that sell the chile's segrigated from mild to hot don't roast. the stores that DO roast don't segrigate. of all the nerve.

love hatch chiles, though. if i thought i could get away with it, it would be in gamma's eggs this morning.
oddharmonic
Aug. 31st, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
The store we went to sold fresh chiles in boxes labeled hot or mild. Vogon requested that the box we were going to buy roasted should be hot, but apparently we got a box of mild chiles too. He's not thrilled with it, but at least we have lots of peppers frozen into convenient ice cube size! (:
may_lyn
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
i think we're getting a box roasted this weekend. :D do you peel yours before or after freezing?
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