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Old 05-22-2010, 03:20 PM   #1
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Did you know that non-fiction is denser than fiction?

I am moving next weekend, but since I'll be busy next week, I already started packing. I've packed up most of my books today. I found out that small size moving boxes was the answer - usually I've just spread a thin layer of books in all my moving boxes, but this time I got the feeling there'd be too few boxes all in all if I did that. I've been going through my things and it's been a pleasant surprise to discover that I don't own as much "stuff" as I feared. Only books....

Anyway, I can fill a box with fiction books, and it'll be heavy, but not unmanageably heavy. With non-fiction, I've had to stop when it's filled about 2/3-3/4. And it's not that my fiction books are all small, light-weight, mass-market paperbacks - most of them are not - but non-fiction books are apparently overall denser and thus heavier. And I've got perhaps 2/3 non-fiction to 1/3 part fiction books.

I can't wait till this is over.
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:29 PM   #2
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It sounds like your non-fiction books have better paper.
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Very probably Though one can imagine that it's all the intellect behind the words on the paper that is weighing down the books Apparently story-telling is more light-weight.
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:04 PM   #4
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My family calls fiction, "fluff". Now, I know why.
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:08 PM   #5
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Well, at the moment I sincerely wish the fluff-to-seriousdenseness relationship were a bit... different in my home than it is.
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I hope the move is a good thing and you don't have too much disruption. I paid the movers to transport all my books when my son and I moved. Of course, when I saw what the estimate was for the books, we sold quite a few of them.
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and at the same time they elevate the spirit ...

This brings us right in the middle of Pataphysics. A link? why not. No better a list of the giants on whose shoulders we stand:

Hippocrates of Chios
Sophrotatos the Armenian
Alfred Jarry
Raymond Queneau
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Boris Vian (Considering Boris Vian a giant is a true pataphysical assertion)

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One reason I hate moving is my "library." Yes the small boxes are best for books otherwise they become heavy and unwieldy.

Good Luck with the move!
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I hope the move is a good thing and you don't have too much disruption. I paid the movers to transport all my books when my son and I moved. Of course, when I saw what the estimate was for the books, we sold quite a few of them.
It's fine, I'm looking forward to it. It's just that it's nine years since I moved last time and I'm completely out of practice. Plus I've acquired a number of things since then. Apparently especially books *sigh*
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Just weighed a particularly heavy one; The Art of East Asia. 6 kg!

But I think my IKEA catalogue collection is close on its heels, weight-wise.
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Everything's in now, my family has left, and I'm going to bed (it's a quarter to twelve). It's SO quiet here (wonderful!) Wish I didn't have school tomorrow But I can sleep in Tuesday. And sort stuff out. I finally found my shoes, but my make-up is still missing. Now I just need to figure out what bus to take tomorrow.
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Everything's in now, my family has left, and I'm going to bed (it's a quarter to twelve). It's SO quiet here (wonderful!) Wish I didn't have school tomorrow But I can sleep in Tuesday. And sort stuff out. I finally found my shoes, but my make-up is still missing. Now I just need to figure out what bus to take tomorrow.
That's everything packed ?


So the reverse process will be less painful ?
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Everything's packed, moved, and inside my new apartment
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So the reverse process will be less painful ?
Well... Define painful It takes time to pack because there's all the clutter to clear up at the end, but then it also takes a lot of time to put things away finally - and put up things like shelves, lamps, curtain rods, towel holders, etc. That's a great time to have a man in one's life Unfortunately both my brother and my father are aware I am fully capable of doing such things on my own and will tell me so* - but I don't like doing it. I just put up a light-blocking blind in my bedroom - almost took an hour - once was enough. Though break of dawn at 4.00-3.30 AM is enough as well... I hate waking early in the summer - you'd know, I think.

*they'll help if I look helpless enough *lol*

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