now, the BPL (Boston Public Library) is pretty damn impressive from what I remember. granted, it’s been over a decade since I visited, but it’s a massive building and I remember an awesome antiquities collection.
the LAPL (LA Public Library) tho…omg…it’s like seven stories of nerd heaven. yes, seven stories. it not only goes up three, but digs down four levels. and what levels they are! not just that, but there’s signs on the actual stacks that only 50% of the collection is on the shelves so if you can’t find a book, ask a librarian. dood. it’s frickin awesome and insane!
I usually go there to get some writing done as it’s hard to do so in my table-less apartment. (sigh) but tonight I had a goal. it started a couple nights ago, actually, when I had the idea for a facebook game which I thought was pretty cool. so I thought to myself, "self, you’re pretty clever, why don’t you just do it yourself? can’t be that hard."
heh. got to the library and checked out "building facebook apps for dummies" thinking that would be a good start. went and sat down, pulled out my laptop, and got some editing done. then I read the first few pages of the book and discovered, "oh btw, you’re gonna need to know php for this to make sense at least a little."