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Obsession - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
I'm a collector. When I get interested in something, I have a tendency to collect stuff regarding that thing, usually to obsession. I got to thinking about it recently when I was talking in SMAS about my Sylvester McCoy photo collection. I was ruminating that I now had so many photos, it was hard to find one for sale that I didn't already own. I thought "I'll bet they'd be surprised to see the size of the binders I've got all my photos in." Then I decided I'd do a LJ post about it - and some of my other obsessions.

My photograph collection originated as a "scrapbook" collection (long before "scrapbooking" was a verb). And it's all Helen Hayes' fault. See, I was reading one of Grandma A's Reader's Digress when I saw some article (or maybe ad) with a lovely photo of Helen Hayes. I asked Grandma if I could cut out the photo and she said I could. I still have that picture from the mag - it's part of a collage I made several years ago (late 80s) that hangs in my den. Although some of my tastes have changed and are not reflected in this collage (which actually had a couple of different permutations until it settled on its current one), I like it just as much when I finished it. And there's enough stuff on it that I still like (like Helen Hayes).

Click the image for a larger version of the collage. How many people/shows/etc can you recognize?

Moving from scrapbooks to photos happened because of two important things: Jerry Ohlinger's Movie Memorabilia store and Whomobilia. Both were mail order companies (Whomobilia in the UK) that I'd receive catalogs from. Jerry was first - I bought several black & white and color 8x10s from him. Movie stars and TV stars and occasional movie posters. (My giant, and I MEAN giant, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory poster came from there. Three times the size of a standard marquis poster, IIRC.) I was actually a movie poster & photo collector then. (Mom & dad started the fire with movie posters with a Willy Wonka marquis as a Christmas present when I was young & impressionable.) In 1995, I went to my first Doctor Who convention (Visions '95) and managed to start properly on my Sylvester McCoy photo collection. And then came eBay. Gah, eBay, you are EVIL!

The Doctor Who binder is half photos and half scrapbook with magazine cut-outs. The two Sylv folders (Color and B&W) are just photos of varying size.

A binder next to a roll of duct tape, just to illustrate how thick it is.

I also have a binder of non-Sylvester McCoy photos which includes most of the Jerry Ohlinger photos as well as other convention guests from conventions.

So, now I have a substantial photo collection which rivals my earlier scrapbook collection of TV guide & other magazine cut-outs.

I used to have a substantial video tape collection, but I have upgraded to DVD. According to DVD Profiler, I have 434 DVD titles currently. The number of actual discs is considerably more. And I'm doing a good job at getting 'em all watched (and rewatched - which is why DVDs are brilliant). Just about any time DeepDiscount.com has one of their 20% off sales, I spent at least $100 on DVDs in my wishlist. I go to theatrical movies now with the mindset "should I buy this on DVD or not?" (My summer theatricals are all "yes." Now I just have to wait for the DVDs to come out.)

(For photos of the DVD, CD, book, and toy collections, check out the gallery I put up on my website.)

I used to be an album collector, but only of a few groups/musicians (Neil Innes-related things most likely). However, when CDs came around, I switched to 'em with little effort. I now have a goodly CD collection which I have converted (mostly) to MP3s. I have nearly 10,000 MP3s (over 40GB) in my collection, and only a few are download purchases (and I have no illegal MP3s in my collection - anymore.) CDs which I don't have MP3'd are Doctor Who audio adventures which don't include Sylvester McCoy (with a few non-Sylv ones I've ripped).

I don't remember if I posted photos of my finished library (if I did, I didn't tag it properly). But as you can guess from other posts about books, I'm obsessed with them too. (Current obsession, Lois McMaster Bujold books.) Back when the New Adventures of Doctor Who first came out, I was thrilled when 1-800-Trekker started their Pen of the Month Club. For a substantial fee, you'd get a 1-800-Trekker pen and 1 (and later 2) free books! I think the last of the 1-800-Trekker pens (which was living in the bathroom at mom & dad's cottage) dribbled out its last bit of ink and they are no more. However, I still have all of the New Adventures and Missing Adventures that I got from 'em! I made an important break-through in obsession control when I was collecting the BBC 8th Doctor Adventures. I found I wasn't enjoying them AT ALL. So I (and this is profound, folks) STOPPED BUYING THEM. Wow. That was an epiphany for me. There are still a few sitting there which I've not read, but I probably will someday. (I stopped right before Lawrence Miles' Interference two-parter. I'd hated everything else he'd written (yes, hated) and I refused to give him any more of my money, cheap bastard that I am.)

But it's not just Doctor Who books in my collection. I have thousands of books. Well, OK, only 1300+ books according to LibraryThing. (I do own more than that, but some of 'em don't auto-detect in LT or in Book Collector and I didn't want to bother adding them manually.) Thanks to the lovely shelves that dad & I put up, I have nice homes for my books. And a wonderful place to sit & read 'em.

Other obsessions of mine include toys and stuffed animals. I still buy toys and stuffed animals (though usually the animals are souvenirs to places, like zoos or similar). I love physics toys most of all and have quite a few of mine over at the school for use as demos in physics class (with duplicates here in case they get broken there). I'd've taken a photo of the animals sitting behind my sofa, but the kitties have messed 'em up and I didn't feel like putting 'em back yet.

In a previous post, I wrote about my webcomics obsession and showed photographic evidence of that. (Indeed, my collection of webcomics-related swag has increased since that post.)

So, yeah, obsession. Got that. In spades. And hearts and diamonds and even clubs. (Oh, did I mention all of the packs of playing cards I've got? Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties now has Men in Kilts playing cards which I should get...)

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Current Music: Garbage / Hammering In My Head

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liannanshith From: liannanshith Date: September 14th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
i'm getting error 403 unauthorized when view the bigger piccies.

Still lovely tho'
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 14th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah - I wondered about that. Good to know my .htaccess is preventing bandwidth theft. I'll work around it. Thanks for the info!

ETA: OK, put a copy of it in my LJ gallery so it should work now. :-)

Edited at 2008-09-14 02:07 am (UTC)
drake57 From: drake57 Date: September 14th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Sylv,Doctor Who,MASH,Blake's 7,Eric Idle,Columbo,Pink Panther movies,Dick Tracy,Star Trek Next Generation,Stra Trek Deep Space Nine,Get Smart, Mark Strickson,Alice In Wonderland,Kermit,Sesame Street,Avengers,Tara King,Start The Revolution Without Me,Whoopi Goldberg,Wizard of Oz,Maynard G Krebs,Monty Python,Jeff Smith the Frugal Gourmet,Carol Burnett,Monkees,Danny Kaye,Big Bird,Remington Steel,Mary Poppins,Sword In The Stone,Angela Landsbury,Sidney Poitier,Star Wars,Jo Anne Worley,Peanuts,Bob Newhart,Bullwinkle,Coneheads,Father Dowling Mysteries,Beatles,Clue,Charles Addams,Oliver!,Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck,Are You Being Served?...whew
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 14th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, good, you didn't notice the live-action He-Man photo in there. Lordy, why did I ever add that? I only watched the movie for Frank Langella and he was playing Skeletor.
hergrace From: hergrace Date: September 14th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I think if I didn't have to share this house with three other people (who can also be a bit obsessive about things), I'd be nearly up with you on collections. Nearly.

Love that collage. Somewhere I made a couple with photos of children I babysat and friends of mine. Not sure where those are now.

I'm proud to say that, tho I'm still a bit of a completist, I am now more of a selective completist. If I get to watch a bit of something with one of my current crushes in it, and it does nothing for me, I don't buy that to keep in my collection.

As it is, I'd toss "Miranda" out in a NY second, if it didn't have that great scene featuring John Simm's tushy. ah well...
blinovitch From: blinovitch Date: September 14th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I made an important break-through in obsession control when I was collecting the BBC 8th Doctor Adventures. I found I wasn't enjoying them AT ALL. So I (and this is profound, folks) STOPPED BUYING THEM.

Same thing happened to me, only with Seeing I and Mission: Improbable. I ducked back in a little later in time for the introduction of Fitz and Interference, but the enthrallment was broken by then.
rembrandt13 From: rembrandt13 Date: September 14th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Except for the really small pictures, I think I recognized almost everything...you're so cool!!

Hopefully all the piccies in those binders have been scanned and are on your site, yes? Because it's not like you have any other obsessions or anything better to do with your time, or anything... ;)

I only have one Neil Innes item in my collection--The Rutles soundtrack, of course (though I do have it on both CD and vinyl--partial points there?). I think I used to have a cassette of Monty Python Sings but like most of my tapes, it's gone all 404 as well.

I've already been contemplating sitting through Miranda entirely for the sake of John Simm's tushie, btw. Cos then I can screencap the heck outta that! (Once again, metaphors--they're what's for dinner!) :D
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 14th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
you're so cool!

Heh - thanks! :-)

Hopefully all the piccies in those binders have been scanned and are on your site, yes?

Not all of them, no. But I hope to get more on when I get some time to goof off in such a productive manner. :-) Indeed, the photos there now need to be made bigger since monitor resolution has increased considerably since I first started scanning photos. (I have every photo scanned, I believe, and usually in very high resolution, but I've not been able to fix 'em all to actually look good since some of 'em were bad color or out of focus. All of 'em are stored in what I call a "raw" format on CDs. Usually 40MB a piece in size. Heh.)

Regarding the Rutles, I highly recommend their second album, Archeology.
spooforbrains From: spooforbrains Date: September 14th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Now I don't feel so bad about my random collections. The six ForceFX lightsabers springs to mind.

LibraryThing sounds like it might be really useful for me as a cataloging tool. I have a boxes and boxes full of my parents' books here that I'm doing nothing with. I just wonder how relevent it will be for British books.
spooforbrains From: spooforbrains Date: September 14th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
They spring.
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 14th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
LibraryThing works just as well for British books as US books. They use Amazon.whatever as one source for book lookup. (There are many others to choose from too.) They also advertise a very reasonably priced barcode reader (cheaper than BookCollector advertises theirs) to help you look up ISBNs.
phlegethon_vii From: phlegethon_vii Date: September 14th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
You realise now that you're gonna have to post all your Sylv piccies, right? :p

Where's the black'n'white binder cover piccie from?
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 14th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
From Noises Off.

And yeah, I intend to get a substantial number of photos posted. (Alas, some of the photos are crappy crappy and all the tweaking in the world doesn't make 'em look good. But usually if you size 'em small enough, they start to resemble an in-focus photo with normal-ish coloring. Heh.)
gordon_r_d From: gordon_r_d Date: September 14th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Collectormania may have started me on the photo thing myself, picked up around twenty photos (including some for friends) and have started a binder for them and autographs and stuff. :)
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 14th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do be careful - it can become a contagion! ;-)
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