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Redigerat: apr 24, 2010, 2:15pm

I'm curious about how my DDC would match up to the LOC. So here we go.

Here's how I stack up:
61/222 = 27.5%

Redigerat: apr 23, 2010, 9:43pm

Class A: General Works

AE - Encyclopedias The know-it-all

Missing A's
AC - Collections. Series. Collected works
AG - Dictionaries and other general reference works
AI - Indexes
AM - Museums. Collectors and collecting
AN - Newspapers
AP - Periodicals
AS - Academies and learned societies
AY - Yearbooks. Almanacs. Directories
AZ - History of scholarship and learning. The humanities

Redigerat: mar 15, 2011, 4:27pm

Class B: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

BF Psychology How to win friends and influence people
BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism Mythology: timeless tales of gods and heroes
BM Judaism I asked for wonder: a spiritual anthology
BQ Buddhism Theravada Buddhism
BS The Bible Tanakh
BX Christian Denominations Under the banner of heaven

Missing B's
B - Philosophy (General)
BC - Logic
BD - Speculative philosophy
BH - Aesthetics
BJ - Ethics
BP - Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.
BR - Christianity
BT - Doctrinal Theology
BV - Practical Theology

Redigerat: okt 26, 2011, 11:31am

Class C: Auxiliary Sciences of History (General)

CB History of Civilization Post American World
CS Genealogy The complete book of hebrew baby names
CT Biography Heartbreaking work of staggering genius

Missing C's
CC - Archaeology
CD - Diplomatics. Archives. Seals
CE - Technical Chronology. Calendar
CJ - Numismatics
CN - Inscriptions. Epigraphy
CR - Heraldry

Redigerat: apr 24, 2010, 8:43am

Class D - World History (except American History)

D History (General) 1968: the year that rocked the world
DF Greece Justinian's Flea
DP Spain - Portugal Basque history of the world
DS Asia A peace to end all peace
DT Africa We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families

Missing D's
DA - Great Britain
DAW - Central Europe
DB - Austria - Liechtenstein - Hungary - Czechoslovakia
DC - France - Andorra - Monaco
DD - Germany
DE - Greco-Roman World
DG - Italy - Malta
DH - Low Countries - Benelux Countries
DJ - Netherlands (Holland)
DJK - Eastern Europe (General)
DK - Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics - Poland
DL - Northern Europe. Scandinavia
DQ - Switzerland
DR - Balkan Peninsula
DU - Oceania (South Seas)
DX - Gypsies

Redigerat: apr 24, 2010, 8:43am

Class E - History of America

E History of America 1491

Class F - Local History of the United States and British, Dutch, French, and Latin America

F Local History Undaunted Courage

Letter Completed

Redigerat: okt 26, 2011, 11:00am

Class G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

G Geography (General). Atlases. Maps 1421
GC Oceanography Blue Frontier: Saving America's Living Seas
GE Environmental Sciences Hot, Flat, and Crowded
GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography The world without us
GN Anthropology The third chimpanzee
GT Manners and customs (General) The Omnivore's Dilemma

Missing G's
GA - Mathematical geography. Cartography
GB - Physical geography
GR - Folklore
GV - Recreation. Leisure

Redigerat: okt 26, 2011, 10:59am

Class H - Social Sciences

HA Statistics How to lie with statistics
HB Economic theory. Demography Freakonomics
HC Economic history and conditions Turning the tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay
HD Industries. Land use. Labor Nickel and Dimed
HF Commerce Lexus and the Olive Tree
HM Sociology (General) Guns, Germs, and Steel
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform Collapse
HQ The family. Marriage. Women Creation of Patriarchy
HT Communities. Classes. Races Death and Life of Great American Cities
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology The Glass Castle

Missing H's
H - Social sciences (General)
HE - Transportation and communications
HG - Finance
HJ - Public finance
HS - Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HX - Socialism. Communism. Anarchism

Redigerat: okt 26, 2011, 10:59am

Class J - Political Science

JC Political theory The Prince
JK Political institutions and public administration (United States) At the center of the storm

Missing J's
J - General legislative and executive papers
JA - Political science (General)
JF - Political institutions and public administration
JJ - Political institutions and public administration (North America)
JL - Political institutions and public administration (Canada, Latin America, etc.)
JN - Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
JQ - Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
JS - Local government. Municipal government
JV - Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
JX - International law, see JZ and KZ (obsolete)
JZ - International relations

apr 24, 2010, 10:38am

Class K - Law

KF United States The Supreme Court: the personalities and rivalries that defined America

Missing K's
K - Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence
KB - Religious law in general. Comparative religious law. Jurisprudence
KBM - Jewish law
KBP - Islamic law
KBR - History of canon law
KBU - Law of the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy See
KD-KDK United Kingdom and Ireland
KDZ - America. North America
KE - Canada
KG - Latin America - Mexico and Central America - West Indies. Caribbean area
KH - South America
KJ-KKZ - Europe
KL-KWX - Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
KZ - Law of nations

Redigerat: dec 18, 2011, 10:01pm

Class L - Education

LC Special aspects of education Shame of the Nation

Missing L's
L - Education (General)
LA - History of education
LB - Theory and practice of education
LD - Individual institutions - United States
LE - Individual institutions - America (except United States)
LF - Individual institutions - Europe
LG - Individual institutions - Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific islands
LH - College and school magazines and papers
LJ - Student fraternities and societies, United States
LT - Textbooks

apr 24, 2010, 10:45am

Class M - Music

Missing M's Ack! Another I'm missing all of!
M - Music
ML - Literature on music
MT - Instruction and study

apr 24, 2010, 10:48am

Class N - Fine arts

NA Architecture Design of Cities

Missing N's
N - Visual arts
NB - Sculpture
NC - Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND - Painting
NE - Print media
NK - Decorative arts
NX - Arts in general

Redigerat: jun 14, 2012, 2:04pm

Class P - Language and Literature

PA Greek language and literature. Latin language and literature The Iliad
PE English language Eats, Shoots, and Leaves
PG Slavic languages and literatures. Baltic languages. Albanian language Master and Margarita
PJ Oriental languages and literatures Born to Kvetch
PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania Kafka on the Shore
PN Literature (General) I am America (And So Can You!)
PQ French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature Count of Monte Cristo
PR English literature War of the Worlds
PS American literature Stranger in a Strange Land
PT German literature - Dutch literature - Flemish literature since 1830 -Afrikaans literature - Scandinavian literature - Old Norse literature: Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian - Modern Icelandic literature - Faroese literature - Danish literature - Norwegian literature - Swedish literature Siddhartha
PZ Fiction and juvenile belles letters Farenheit 451

Missing P's
P - Philology. Linguistics
PB - Modern languages. Celtic languages
PC - Romanic languages
PD - Germanic languages. Scandinavian languages
PF - West Germanic languages
PH - Uralic languages. Basque language
PK - Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
PM - Hyperborean, Indian, and artificial languages

**I used the classification based on LT, but it looks to me like Born to Kvetch should really be under PF - West Germanic languages, and Kafka on the Shore should really be under PJ Oriental languages and literature.

apr 24, 2010, 12:12pm

Class Q - Science
Q Science (General) Short history of nearly everything
QA Mathematics A tour of the calculus
QB Astronomy Brief history of time
QC Physics Einstein: his life and universe
QD Chemistry Organic Chemistry
QE Geology The map that changed the world
QH Natural history - Biology Rewilding the world
QL Zoology Beak of the finch

Missing Q's
QK - Botany
QM - Human anatomy
QP - Physiology
QR - Microbiology

Redigerat: apr 24, 2010, 1:46pm

Class R - Medicine
R Medicine (General) Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers
RA Public aspects of medicine Healing of America
RJ Pediatrics Dibs in search of self
RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology Weight Watchers: simply the best

Missing R's
RB - Pathology
RC - Internal medicine
RD - Surgery
RE - Ophthalmology
RF - Otorhinolaryngology
RG - Gynecology and obstetrics
RK - Dentistry
RL - Dermatology
RS - Pharmacy and materia medica
RT - Nursing
RV - Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
RX - Homeopathy
RZ - Other systems of medicine

Redigerat: apr 24, 2010, 2:23pm

Class S - Agriculture

S Agriculture (General) Animal, vegetable, miracle
SB Plant culture Unbowed
SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling Leviathan: the history of whaling in America

Missing S's
SD - Forestry
SF - Animal culture
SK - Hunting sports

Redigerat: okt 26, 2011, 10:56am

Class T - Technology

T Technology (General) Cheaper by the dozen
TF Railroad engineering and operation Nothing like it in the world
TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery The boy who harnessed the wind
TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics West with the night
TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy Salt
TP Chemical technology Still life with bottle
TR Photography Earth from above
TX Home economics The big oyster

Missing T's
TA - Engineering (General). Civil engineering
TC - Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
TD - Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
TE - Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
TG - Bridge engineering
TH - Building construction
TK - Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
TS - Manufactures
TT - Handicrafts. Arts and crafts

apr 24, 2010, 1:15pm

Class U - Military Science

U Military science (General) The art of war

Missing U's
UA - Armies: Organization, distribution, military situation
UB - Military administration
UC - Maintenance and transportation
UD - Infantry
UE - Cavalry. Armor
UF - Artillery
UG - Military engineering. Air forces
UH - Other services

apr 24, 2010, 1:38pm

Class V - Naval Science

Missing V's Another missing Class
V - Naval science (General)
VA - Navies: Organization, distribution, naval situation
VB - Naval administration
VC - Naval maintenance
VD - Naval seamen
VE - Marines
VF - Naval ordnance
VG - Minor services of navies
VK - Navigation. Merchant marine
VM - Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering

apr 24, 2010, 1:44pm

Class Z - Bibliography, Library Science

Missing Z's
Z - Books (General). Writing. Paleography. Book industries and trade. Libraries. Bibliography
ZA - Information resources (General)

apr 24, 2010, 1:59pm

Welcome! I love your images for each category. (I'm surprised by the placement of Born to Kvetch, too, but that's what's in the front of my copy (I just checked); it may be that "West Germanic" is defined so as to exclude Yiddish.)

What did you think of Justinian's Flea? I've been eyeing that for a DF.

apr 24, 2010, 2:37pm

Thanks Lorax! Much appreciated.

Perhaps since Yiddish also has roots in Hebrew, which could arguably be said to have been formed in Asia, someone figured that it would fit into 'Oriental'. But maybe that's an imaginative stretch. Taking a second look, Japanese could be correctly classified as 'East Asia' rather than 'Oriental', though perhaps someone could enlighten me about the distinction.

Personally, I was actually disappointed with Justinian's Flea. The best part of it was the introduction or the first chapter or whatever. But it quickly got bogged down into Byzantium emperor successions with little to do about epidemics, diseases, rats, and fleas. The connections were fairly straightforward: Fleas and rats were abundant and epidemics were common and in some cases affected even emperors and therefore the course of events. I just felt it oversold the connection a bit and wound up going on a lot about several of the emperors that are generally skimmed over in common surveys of the time, leaving me on very unfamiliar and confusing ground. I found it difficult to keep a lot of the main figures straight in my head; many had very similar or the same names.

apr 24, 2010, 4:24pm

Hey bfertig! I like you images too, though the one for 800--I mean P kinda creeps me out.

apr 24, 2010, 10:06pm

Aw, I picked that one because I was looking for something that would get at both the language and the literature ideas. I was looking for something that had a bunch of text or fonts, and something that expressed a theme of literature - in this case romance or whatever. Actually, the text at the bottom just says something ot the effect of 'write a letter to reach out and touch someone' which I thought was a nice sentiment

apr 28, 2010, 9:08pm

Going through Kaeli's list, I saw that Cheaper by the Dozen was listed as a T. I had read that years ago as a kid, but had forgotten about it and hadn't ever added it to my library. I've fixed that and updated my list to include it.

Redigerat: nov 3, 2011, 10:49pm

Fundevogel's post reminded me about this list. I haven't updated it since April of 2010! Yeesh.

So here's the reading list from 2010 and 2011. A * indicates that this is a new category for me. Tally is at the end.

Gentlemen of the Road - PS
1968 - D
Zorro - PQ
Middle Ground - E
Short History of nearly everything - Q
Healing of America - RA
Alexander Hamilton - E
Rewilding of the world - QH
AquaShock - HD
Prodigal Summer - PS
Watchmen - PN
*Nothing like it in the world - TF
Unnatural history of the sea - CB
25 Questions for a Jewish mother - not set
One day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch - PG
Pearl Buck in China - not set
Midnight's Children - PR
Diaper Diaries The real poop on parenting - HQ
Zenzele - PR
Zami - PS
The Founding fish - QL
Amazing adventures of the Jewish people - DS
Don't be such a scientist - Q
Simon Weisenthal - not set
Unscientific America - Q
Worthing Saga - PS
*The boy who harnessed the wind - TJ
The blind assassin - PR
Am I making myself clear? - Q
The origin of the species - QH
Days of obligation - F
How to write a lot - PE
The new kid on the block - PS
The year of the flood - PR
Oryx and crake - PR
Cro-Magnon - not set
The enchantress of florence - PR
*West with the Night - TL
The big year - QL
Unfamiliar fishes - not set
Bossypants - not set
Arresting god in Kathmandu - PR
What hath god wrought - E
Go the F to sleep - not set
*How to lie with statistics - HA
*At the center of the storm - JK
Breakthrough race and politics in the age of obama - E
*The third chimpanzee - GN
Years best science fiction #14 - PS

Current Tally
A 1/10
B 6/15
C 3/9
D 5/21
E 1/1
F 1/1
G 6/10
H 10/16
J 2/13
K 1/15
L 0/11
M 0/3
N 1/8
P 10/19
Q 8/12
R 4/17
S 3/6
T 8/17
U 1/9
V 0/10
Z 0/2

TOTAL: 71/225 = 31.55%

okt 27, 2011, 1:19am

Thanks for the heads up. I checked my list against the wiki page and there were three deviations including the one you found. My count is 225 total now. Which is still different than your tally. It looks like you've added a phantom category to C, and forgot to count one in K & N.

Lordy, these lettered categories are so much harder to keep straight than a decimal system is.

nov 3, 2011, 10:50pm

Good catch, thanks fundevogel! I think I was counting rather hastily, but that is still embarrassing arithmetic. I've corrected this now.

nov 17, 2011, 10:23pm

thanks for catching mine ;)

Redigerat: dec 18, 2011, 10:08pm

A Mercy - PS
Misquoting Jesus - BS
Gifts - PZ
The shame of the nation - LC*
The impact of science on society - Q

*Shame of the nation puts me on the board with the Ls.

L: 1/11
TOTAL: 72/225 = 32%

jun 14, 2012, 2:07pm

?? The Great Typo Hunt
?? Shucked: Life on a New England oyster farm

PA - The Iliad *new on the board
PT - To Siberia
PZ - Powers
PZ - Voices
QB - Longitude
SB - The brother gardeners: botany, empire and the birth of an obsession
TX - Sex, Death, and Oysters

P: 11/19
TOTAL: 73/225 = 32.4%

jun 14, 2012, 2:24pm


The LOC says Shucked is SH (which makes sense, if it's focusing more on oysters as aquaculture and the other one in TX on oysters as food) and the Great Typo Hunt is in E.

Redigerat: jun 18, 2012, 10:51am

Yes, Shucked was about a food journalist's year+ working on an oyster aquaculture farm in Duxbury, MA, whereas Sex, Dex, and Oysters was a food journalist's tour of eating a bunch of oysters in restaurants around the country and select places in Europe. thanks lorax!

guess neither of those are really 'new' classifications for me though.

jun 18, 2012, 12:07pm

Sounds tasty!

jun 19, 2012, 10:04am

Shucked was really well written... Sex,Deth,Oysters a little less so and was more than a bit self indulgent