BookCrossing

The get "LOST" in a good book pun is too easy...

For several years now I have been a member of this site called bookcrossing.com. The whole point of the site is to register a book and leave it where someone will find it, with the intention of them in turn registering for the site (if they’re not already a member) and journaling their thoughts on it after they finish reading. There is even a service on the site that sends users a daily summary of “releases” in their area (maybe 3-8 daily in the San Diego area). I suppose its just like those dollars one sees floating around out there with “Where’s George” floating around on them… wheresgeorge.com has the same “tracking” aspect but I’d argue that BookCrossing is more substance-based.

While my enthusiasm for registering and releasing books has come and gone over these 3 or 4 years (I’ll go through a spurt where I register and release maybe 6 books at a time, about once a year). My books have a low “caught” ratio (3 out of  20 or so) which I think lends to my sporadic nature of participation. Had I more positive feedback, my enthusiasm would be more sustained, I think. Nevertheless, I’m still a fan of the project.

If you’d like to find out more, go to bookcrossing.com and poke around a bit. My profile is here, and if you’d like to join, you can put ‘sutashi’ as your referrer.

Bonus: Here’s a 2003 BBC article about it.

Ready for my Closeup

Today I was but an accessory in my friend’s photography project: the first in her series of “modern classics,” in which she finds inspiration from classic stories and paintings (she is an Art History major) and changes them up in a way that would be appropriate for today. Today we tackled the Judgment of Paris, and did our own version of something like this (focus on the figures to the right):

No, we were not nude.
Kind of wish we got to wear these 1600s dresses.

I got to play modern Athena, complete with fake assault rifle (that’s what you get for being goddess of war I guess). She’s working on photoshopping the pics as I type this and I should have my mitts on one to show you all in the next few days.

I was happy to be photographed (I’m so vain, I certainly think this song is about me–catch the Carly Simon reference?) and happy to do this favor for my friend. I had a great time with the other models too!