Futuristic Library

Futuristic library

I love the photos of this library.  My first thought was of benches in the library.  They are beautiful, but, I have a feeling it would be like the locker room in the gym.  Someone would be sitting on the bench right where the book you need is shelved, just like people in the locker room sitting in front of the locker where you put your belongings.

The original article is linked above.  A lot of the comments went way off topic, so I didn’t include those.

Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books

China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch photographer Ossip van Duivenbode‘s images of the library will be a feast for your eyes.

The new Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, was designed by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV to look like a giant eye.

The five-story, 360,000-square-foot library features shelves spanning from the floor to ceiling — many of the shelves double as stairs and seats in the beautifully designed space.

The “books” above the actual bookshelves are actually painted onto the building to look like full shelves that continue up to the ceiling (creating the floor-to-ceiling illusion).

The Tianjin Binhai Library was built in just 3 years and opened to the public on October 1st, 2017.

 

Unplugging?

I read an article about why people don’t read.  The answer, according to the article, is electronics.  TV.  Smartphones.  Computers.  Video games.  Ok.  I get that.  Distractions.

I have distractions such as chores, other books, and random thoughts.  Most of them aren’t electronic.

One of my favorite electronic devices is my Kindle.  That’s how I get the majority of my reading done.  I tend to read faster on it.  I think because I am not distracted/overwhelmed by seeing how many more pages I have left.  Also, technically, my car radio is electronic, too, and that’s how I get my audiobooks completed.

I have been asked by many people about how I find time to read.  I could be reading more than I do, but I have other interests, too.  I do turn off the TV and read, often.  I put the phone down when I’m reading.  I even put my headphones on to tune out random noises while I read.  I make time, find time, etc.  I enjoy it, so I make it a priority.

 

Baseball!

I had tickets for the Giants game for today, but my daughter ended up scheduled at work, so she couldn’t go with me. My cousin’s wife agreed to go with me. Yay!

I picked her up and off we went.  We were almost there and realized that we didn’t have sunblock.  Oops.

We got into the lot, no problem.  Got through security and ticketing, and realized it was a giveaway day.  Bags.  Perfect for carrying stuff in to future games.

We got lunch and headed to our seats.  It wasn’t too hot yet.  Around the fourth inning, it was hot.  We took a walk for a snack and wandered back to the seats.  We had cooled off enough to hit the end of the game.  Unfortunately, the Giants lost, but we got to spend time together, so it was a nice afternoon.  Despite the sunburn and the team’s loss.

International night

My daughter’s dance troop was asked to perform at international night at an elementary school.

There were several other dance troops there.

This was part of the Tahitian group that included my friend’s daughter. I hadn’t seen my friend in quite a while, so it was nice to catch up a bit.

This is part of the Hawaiian troop that one of my daughter’s instructors dances with.

The performances went smoothly, other than a few technical difficulties with the music and microphone.

Shazam

I had little on yesterday’s agenda, and Shazam was playing nearby, so I decided to take myself to the movies.

The movie was cute. It wasn’t the same as when I was a kid watching it on Saturday morning cartoons, but I laughed a lot and followed the action.

After the movie, I stopped at Starbucks then at the book store. I browsed for a long time. Independent book stores are great. I always want to buy them out. Today, the employees were discussing an upcoming contest involving guessing how many objects are in a jar. One was arguing that they can’t do that because someone can do the math and figure out the exact amount. No one is going to do that was the argument back. I pitched in my two cents. These are readers, not mathematicians, plus no one is going to take the trouble to figure it out mathematically.

I took the train home. I got to the station and just missed a train. I looked at the board and there was nothing listed for upcoming trains for my line. I was really confused. I went up to the board that showed each train and where it was on the line. There was a train about 8 stops away. And one ten stops away. “29 minute wait.” Something was definitely wrong with the system. I watched the train move closer and closer. It arrived about fifteen minutes after I arrived at the station. So much for 29 minutes. On the way home, the drive was smooth, other than the driver stopping at a stop that isn’t a stop anymore. Scenic route, I guess.

It was a nice, mostly uneventful day. I should have more of those.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I kept hearing about what a wonderful book this was. I finally, after many months, managed to get it from the library. From the very beginning, it kept my attention. All the way to the end, it kept me guessing. I truly enjoyed the book.

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! I kept hearing about what a wonderful book this was. I finally, after many months, managed to get it from the library. From the very beginning, it kept my attention. All the way to the end, it kept me guessing. I truly enjoyed the book.

View all my reviews