Well yes, you do end up spending more than the price of the one Pi - in my case countless Pis, official PSU's, fast SD cards, various HAT's etc.
Only 2000 books? You don't read much, do you?
I suggest for that selection: A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Russell got the Nobel prize for it I believe.First published in 1946, History of Western Philosophy went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, Russell's History of Western Philosophy offered a cogent precis of its subject. Of course this cannot be the only reason it ended up the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. Russell's book was 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly scepticism', as the New York Times noted, and it is this, coupled with the sheer brilliance of its scholarship, that has made Russell's History of Western Philosophy one of the most important philosophical works of all time.
Very nearly the last Heinlein I'd pick. The Moon is a harsh Mistress is a lot better. Heck, Citizen of the Galaxy is better. Heinlein went way down hill when he got famous enough to excape having someone *edit* his books.
The Niven/Pournelle works are readable, and Ringworld is an interesting--if fatally flawed--concept...which he worked on fixing in Ringworld Engineers.Larry Niven - Ringworld
Are we talking about the same Agricola? I'm referring the Georgius Agricola, author of De Re Metallica. It's everything you ever wanted to know about mining and metallurgy is 16th century Germany, which makes it a good thing to have if civilization goes down the tube. After having the terms change so much that nobody could read it, it was translated in the early 20th century by a husband and wife team. He was a Mining Engineer and she was a Classical Scholar. He did go on the have an interesting political carreer, and eventually post-war reconstruction support in Europe (more successfully than his political position).
That would be nice to reread then all again, my collection is between 5000 and 10,000 probably more with all those magazinesSince having a small 'stroke' my memory is shot to pieces - which means I can pick any of them up and read it as if it's new to me.
Always look on the bright side of life. I'm sure someone famous said that, but I can't remember who.
It has been speculated that what started the agricultural revolution (the switch from hunter-gatherer tribes to farmers) was the "need" for a steady and reliable supply of grain for brewing.
Check up on various small works put out by members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Pretty much everything you mention is done by some members of the group.Animal husbandry and midwifery. Wheelwright for after the rubber tires fall apart.
Farmer's Almanac? Something for building shelter, barns, houses etc
There is a group in Oakland, CA--Kinetic Steam Works--that brings a steam driven letter press to the Maker Faire in San Mateo every year. The bigger issue (since How to Build a Press gets lots of attention) is how to make the *ink* you'll need.Bit of a worry when the screens die, so printing presses will be needed?
I loaned a 3B+ to the local public library's unofficial IT guy (the one who actually does all the desktop support in practice) and he ran it through its paces. I didn't get the details but apparently the limited demands put on the desktop machines (currently towers) by daily tasks there were accomplished quite well with just a RPi, which obviously takes a lot less electricity and space.