Me: Nerd. I like clever words & pretty things. Close personal friend of Oscar Wilde.
Yemeless, adj. - Negligent and careless
Haecceity, n - The aspect of existence on which individuality depends; the hereness and nowness of reality. The sense one gets of being in the present tense, the pure experience of a single moment in time.
"Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal."
Libraries are a good thing to support, I think. I am of the opinion that they may serve to decrease the level of ignorance in the world rather than increase it. We’re probably all set, ignorance-wise. I bet we could afford to go the other way for a while, see how that works. I do wish they had provided an explanation for the melting shoes, though.
IT’S ME AGAIN: Hodgman Actual.
Thank you for re-tumbling this Paul, and everyone. EVEN YOU, NEIL GAIMAN.
To answer your question, I found this answer on the YouTube page:
“Thank you, everybody! You’re all helping a lot! To answer: Our heat source is a grate in the middle of the library’s floor. It gets so hot that the soles of our shoes melt if we stand on it for more than 10 seconds. (It’s directly in front of the check-out desk.) It’s also obviously a hazard for storyhour, with kids crawling around!”
AND SPEAKING OF TINY LIBRARIES,
Here is the Robertson Memorial Library in Leyden, MA.