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18 January 2004 @ 12:52 am
Went to hang out with Morna for awhile on Friday. On the way home i stopped by Best Buy and picked up a few DVDs including Babylon 5: Season 4 (the reason i went there in the first place, it's all B5s fault!)

There were a few other DVDs i was thinking of getting, but i couldn't remember if i had them already or not, and i'd forgotten to check my shelves before i left home. So of course when i got home i checked the shelves and found that indeed i did not have those DVDs.

Earlier in the week i'd been anoyed that this computer doesn't have a spreadsheet program, which would have been really usefull when i was making lists of companies to apply to. I tried downloading OpenOffice, but it died partway through (OpenOffice is a gigantic 60+ meg download. Gigantic when you're connected via modem at least)

I gave up and did all the sorting by hand (very annoying) and tried downloading OpenOffice Thursday night but again it died about halfway through. So i tried again last night and it finally succeeded. It probably helped that it was just a 3 hour download instead of the 6 it had predicted earlier since i wasn't doing anything else on the net. Watched the Martian Successor Nadesico movie and the animated Return of the King movies while waiting for it to finish.

So today i started cataloging all my DVDs. Took a break for awhile to talk to my ashke and to go to the village and have some dinner. I think i've finished up the list now. It should have every DVD i own AND that's in my apartment. (Have a few loaned out to my ashke)

I have 190 DVD "items." A boxed set counts as an item (but if the show has multiple boxes, such as B5 and Stargate, each box counts as an item.) Series that i have as individual DVDs (such as Escaflowne and Nadesico) are listed as one item, such as Nadesico: 1-6.

I have 367 disks. Most of the "extra" is because of series and other box sets with multiple disks in them. However some are due to a lot of movies with an extra bonus disk. (184 anime disks, 100 movie disks, and 83 tv series disks)

One think i still need to figure out though is where to list movies i want to get. Listing them on the same spreadsheet will make it easier to move them to the main list once i buy them, but it will make it slightly more difficult to sort the list and total up number of disks and such. Making it a seperate doc would make it easier to print a list of what i wanted to get before going to the store. However if i only print up the one part, if i go to the store and see a DVD i want that isn't on the "get it" list, i won't know for sure if i already have it or not.

Despite having spent quite a lot of time today making the list, that was probably the easiest one. I also want to catalog all my books, music, and video games. The music and video games aren't as well organized as the DVDs are, and the books aren't as well organized and there are a hell of a lot more of them.
Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: Rush in Rio
Usquebausqueba on January 18th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
There were a few other DVDs i was thinking of getting, but i couldn't remember if i had them already or not, and i'd forgotten to check my shelves before i left home.

I hate when I do that. When I think of it, I write things like that in my Palm, but I'm not always prepared.
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 18th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
*blinks* good thing someone else commented on this entry, cause i never got the notification about your comment. Presumably it got lost when my cluster was going down all the time yesterday =P

I'm usually worse about that with books than with DVDs, since DVDs cost so much more i try to pay a bit more attention. According to my list duplicates have happened once accidently, once because of a christmas present mishap, and three times because of deciding to get a boxed set after already having bought one of the DVDs seperately.

Of course my main method of preventing mishaps was to not buy something the first time i saw it unless i was absolutley sure i didn't have it. Theroetically i'd go home and check, but sometimes i'd see the title and want to get it on several different occasions before i remembered to check, so the end result of this may be me buying more DVDs since i'll be more sure i'm not reapeating.

Of course the real trick is printing out a copy of the list when i'm done and remembering to keep it in my car, cause unlike your palm, it won't do me much good sitting at home on the computer :)
Silverhawksilverhawk on January 18th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
One think i still need to figure out though is where to list movies i want to get.

Ignoring typos, I have a suggestion. Most spreadsheet programs, OpenOffice included, have the ability to have multiple sheets in a single spreadsheet. Open up your DVD collection, look at the bottom of the screen, and there should be these little tabs that say "sheet 1", "sheet 2", etc. Put the stuff you want on sheet 2. You can even rename the sheets, if you wish. (/me opens up OpenOffice to make sure she gives correct information) Right clicking on the tab that says "sheet 1" will bring up a little menu with a "rename sheet" option.

So, is that helpful?
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 18th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
ooohhh! that's a great idea! thank you! I hadn't noticed the sheet tabs down there :)