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Testing RSS feeds
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Not sure how useful others were finding the RSS feeds in the Links section - I wasn't, given the way the module put them all together, and that most (99% or so) were not specifically collecting related.

For the moment I have turned off all of the RSS feeds from other links (with apologies) while I do some experimenting to try and make the feature more useful to the site.

I have put a test feed in the links section from craigslist.org, for classified ads mentioning Tolkien. A reasonable number of hits come up, and I have bought some good stuff through the ads in the past.

Quick Jump to the RSS feeds page in Links

Please let me know if others find the idea of pumping classifieds through the RSS feeds a useful idea. I can also pump eBay search results in, but they have bugs so the search results in the RSS feed do not match the search results from the original query. I'm in touch with their technical support, but don't expect quick resolution. [As an aside, the search I did a test on was for auctions mentioning Tolkien, with a price of $100 or more, with 1 or more bids. Cuts out all the noise, gives 10 or so auctions per day that tend to be interesting.]

As another aside, a lot of people here may not be familiar with Craigslist. It is for face to face transactions only, they greatly discourage mail transactions (leaving those to eBay and the like.) If you see something interesting in the San Francisco listings, I am willing to work out a way to acquire the item for you and arrange shipping. Let me know if similar search results would be useful from other craigslist regions.

Posted on: 2006/9/4 20:27


Re: Essays and Studies
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[Deleted duplicate post. Still trying to clean up some annoyances with this BBS software...]

I bought a fine copy in 2003 for $75 and thought I got a good deal. I'd think the ex-lib is worth much less than that. A fine copy could probably find a buyer in the $100 to $200 range now, I think.

Posted on: 2006/9/4 9:17


update (sort of)
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Jeremy here. It's been an incredibly busy summer for me on all fronts, so the TolkienGuide website coasted for a while. Sorry about that! Lots of things planned for the site in the coming weeks

- a Ballantine paperback article
- the beginnings of a collectibles database, starting with books (probably Ballantine paperbacks ). Don't know if I can set it up to allow multiple administrators to let others contribute in areas of their specialty ( I don't collect everything...). Let me know other categories you are interested in having done sooner rather than later.
- site maintenance and cleanup
- tons of new links (feel free to submit your own!)

[For the very curious, the startup I co-founded was acquired this spring, so the day job has been taking a lot of time. ICTV Press Release. In addition, my wife and I are almost finished with the paper-chase to adopt a child from China. A very exciting time for us, but not very Tolkien related!]

Posted on: 2006/9/2 10:27


Re: Assistance required
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The funny thing is that I bought a "matching" 1965 set (according to provenance) that had this copy of ROTK. I guess that lends credence to the DJ replacement in early 1965.

Posted on: 2006/6/18 19:41


Re: Assistance required
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I have a 10th impression (1963) of ROTK. Unfortunately the dustjacket says 11th impression (unclipped, 25s net on front flap, trilogy advertised 8vo 25s net each on rear flap. There is no "price per set" on the rear flap like some earlier (1960) impressions I have). Matching age wear says this dustjacket is original to the book, though.

Jeremy

Posted on: 2006/6/17 9:42



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