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Okay, it's, at first glance, obviously a Peter V. Brett book, but when you stick it next to the other three, it seriously jumps out in a bad way.

I haven't read the books (tried the sample of the first one, didn't like it) so I have no idea if there's a reason for the difference: if the first three completed an arc and The Skull Throne were starting a second series in the same world, I could see changing the design up a bit to make it look thematically similar while keeping the new series distinct, but I gather from reading the Tor post on the new cover that it's all part of the same series.

(The question is: will reprints of books 1-3 be redesigned versions that match book ?)

edit Looking at Amazon US, the Kindle covers appear to have the original cover designs--for books 1 and 2, it's the same art, but with the title much bigger and Brett's name much smaller. I expect the covers above are redesigns put out after it became a bestselling series and they wanted to capitalize on Brett's name.

Books 3 and 4 are showing as different than the above, but different in design from the original and the above designs of books 1 and 2.

Looking at Amazon UK, it appears that the above covers are actually the UK versions, and they have been redesigned with the new font (which makes it harder to read his name in the thumbnail!), although they can't quite seem to settle on a positioning and size for the book's title. Book 4 will still stick out, if it remains the same as above, as they've moved the novel's tag line down and moved the figure's head up.

In conclusion: guys, pick a design and stick with it!
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Hey guys--can you take this survey for me about icon choices on our website? (Note: this isn't the official survey I sent out to the library staff and which will probably go out later in the year to the university's community and whose answers will take priority over anything I learn here; I just got curious as to whether the results would be different for a different population, so made a duplicate of the survey to see.)

The only things you'll need to know if you're not familiar with our library are (1) "FrogScholar" is basically a search engine that searches a group of the library databases, plus the catalog, plus a few other things. (2) "Database" is a broad term for libraries that basically means "online reference works": they could contain journal articles, abstracts, company information, encyclopedias, directories, ebooks, chemical information, and all sorts of other stuff. And, yes, data sets. smile emoticon*

* I copied this text from my Facebook post and the smiley transferred as that. I found it amusing.
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Zuri the giraffe calf would like to cordially invite you to be judged.
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Leo the giraffe calf isn't as disdainful as some other calves are, but he's still kinda judgey about you.
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Photos from yesterday and today.
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Enough snow that when I started out for work at 8:45 or so this morning, the accumulation started playing havoc with my brakes, and was causing me to swerve on the road and, more importantly, was causing other people to swerve on the road, so I said the hell with it, turned around, and slowly drove home. Almost didn't make it up the driveway--we have the steepest drive on the block. I emailed work and said I was working from home, as that drive was Just Not Happening.

An hour later, I got a phone call from the alert line, and they're closing campus at 11. Yay. Near 11, I got another--they're closing down tomorrow as well, until 5PM or so.

So now I'm just hanging on electronically, waiting to shut down until I hear back from the administration as to what we're going to do with the library tomorrow, as we normally close at 8PM--are we going to be open for 3 hours or not?--because I need to update the website.

(the time I spend sitting here is so going on the timesheet.)

I also have to decide how I'm going to mock Toby, who telecommutes to his job in Houston, and who, therefore, never gets a snow day because Houston just about never shuts down (except for the very occasional flood or ice storm).
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Headache mostly gone. Work tomorrow might actually happen. Current goal: stay awake until 10 PM so as to try to get back on a regular sleep schedule.

We may have 1-2" of snow tomorrow. If that happens it will, of course, paralyze the community. (I lay awake through most of last night, and due to the icy streets it was just about the quietest it has ever been around here--our house backs up onto a reasonably busy street, but nobody drove down it for hours.)

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Feb. 24th, 2015 09:46 am
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it's now a barfy migraine. bleh

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Feb. 23rd, 2015 02:29 pm
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I have a day off work due to an ice storm and I can't even enjoy it because I have a migraine. (I assume due to the change in air pressure overnight.)

On the bright side, my meds have kicked the pain down to mere pressure, instead of pain, so I can at least look at a computer monitor without causing intense pain, on the other hand I am now stoned* and about to fall asleep again.

My current goal in life is to stay upright and dick around on the intartubes until I can't keep my eyes open any longer, then go sleep. I believe this is an achievable goal.

* My current cocktail is a mix of half a promethazine, and hydrocodone. Doesn't always work, especially if I wait too long to take it, but for now it is.

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