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Topic: Easy access...., ... good or bad?
Leilah
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Posted: Mar. 29 2011,9:02 am

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"Death stands above me whispering low, I know not what into my ear; Of His strange language all I know is, there is not a word of fear."

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Cwelan
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Posted: Aug. 03 2011,12:35 pm

I love books, I have to many books. I believe that I even read to many books (read less - do more.. hard to break out of.)  Might be why my writing style comes off how it does, not much output but tons of input.

I like finding old books, I go to discount bookstores and sit in there for hours, sometimes I find nothing, sometimes I find a book that makes the long hunt worthwhile, I love the smell of books the feel of flipping a page, I love discovering rare/weird books, I like the fact that books will be around even if all the power gets shut down, I can take them with me on a hike, etc.

I used to like to look things up online more and surf from site to site, but it seems to be getting harder to do that, not many people like making personal pages with information anymore it seems, I am happy this place is still around, many old sites I once visited friends on or used for reference on the occult or other things have disappeared.

Edited by Cwelan on Aug. 05 2011,11:47 am

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Leilah
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Posted: Aug. 03 2011,5:40 pm

Thanks Cwelan   :rose:  Yeah...I guess in the day and age of planned almost immediate obsolescence, we are "old timers"...and we hope to keep it that way!!

I still refuse to wrap my head around reading a book on a screen....na!!

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"Death stands above me whispering low, I know not what into my ear; Of His strange language all I know is, there is not a word of fear."

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Lucid Kaos
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Posted: Aug. 06 2011,9:31 pm

I continue to be old school and continue to search for and purchase books...not so much for knowledge as in my younger days...mainly just because I enjoy reading and collecting. It seems nowadayz in this half ass generation that one can for half the price..... download a book to read on their PC ...Kindle or whatever...it just is not the same...I agree with previous posters that the internet is a double-edged sword. On the plus side it has made finding hard to find books easier....I guess the balancing act of that is the prices for those books! :bash: Either way at the end of the day Daniel and I still have our Big Blue Crowley doorstops and occult paper weights! :headbang:

Edited by Shinigami on Aug. 07 2011,7:52 pm

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Lucid Kaos
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Posted: Aug. 06 2011,9:42 pm

There is great intimacy in holding, smelling, and reading a book...an intimacy that is lost when trying to do the same staring at a computer screen....and yes I do fondle my books fondly...just saying.... :laugh:

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EnchantedEther
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Posted: April 23 2013,12:24 pm

I know the topic here is a bit old but with the onset of CISPA threatening internet security I was thinking and saw this and thought I would put in my own words here.

I love the internet but it does take the "magic" out of discovering something new or sought after and finally with yawns and grumbles you find that dusty book in the back of the storerooms or what have you. I refuse to use the kindle or nook things. I want my books on paper. I worked for years at a printing press and made books (literally from plate burning/pre-press to bindery) that smell of fresh ink and new paper sparks something in my memory that stirs deep in my subconscious. I just love books.

The internet has taken away a lot and I am sure some would think that going paperless is easier and of course saving trees and such but it also takes away from us, things like libraries and searching quietly (one may say ritualistically) down those musty smelling aisles in search for the one special book you are hoping to find. That search is a sacred act in my world since I'm a bibliophile. I like to do things by myself and the rewards for hard work and effort are far more rewarding when there is a challenge and the internet takes from me that challenge of finding the right book for the right purpose. I love the treasure hunt! That's what it is a treasure hunt! The rewards are far more precious than jewels and gold, in my opinion.

I am old fashioned in that way that the internet is making things too easy and more than half the time the sites disappear or bandwidth exceeded or they are just plain 'ol wrong. There is SOOO much information on the net and a lot of it is wrong, written by misinformed people or people who claim to know everything and really they are taking things from other people (books, articles, opinions) and putting it on the net to make themselves look like they figured this out all on their own.

I used to haunt a used bookstore that was my favorite place besides my cemetery, and the owner would refuse to sell books to me with certain titles (The Necromantic Ritual Book was one of them) particularly titles having to do with the occult or Wicca or anything of the sort. I scored a first edition of The Golden Bough there. Anybody remember the comic book type Tales From the Crypt series? Old stuff there but I found a few and they are worth more than expected, not like I would ever sell them. These are some of my fondest memories. Searching for this book or that subject so I can sit and feed my brain is one of my favorite things to do. I wouldn't want to live in a world without books.

Instant gratification has little effort involved which is something I value, effort I mean. Anyone can type in necromancy (or whatever) in their search engine and come up with loads of sites both ok and utter crap. Often I feel more satisfied when it is a challenge or at least involves some thinking on my part. I understand not everyone will feel like that but I was born in '80 and I had no internet till I was in my late teens early 20's. I still turn to books but a lot of books have misinformation, too. It's all about where to look and what to look for. Once you can spot the bs you are ok or at least heading in the right direction.

As for the ego bubble... pop it asap, IMHO. Letting go of ego, I think, makes people more humble to realize they may be wrong so they can evaluate (or reevaluate) their motives or opinions and what they "think" they know, or the truth (or false) behind things they read. Especially before passing it on to others. I've lost many a teacher because I realized they are full of themselves and their own self proclaimed "importance". Ego is hindering but not to be confused with self confidence. Confidence in self and ones abilities is not bad but too much of a good thing, you know, can fuel the ego in a negative way I think. Long live paper!

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