Monthly Archives: December 2003

Return of the King

Fantastic. Especially the beacons.

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Dead Trees

It’s rare that one can actually track down a meme. This one I’ve picked up from who in turn got it from – see his original post yesterday. Since then I see it has been picked up by (in chronological … Continue reading

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Hugo and Nebula shortlists

Just posted this to usenet: Maybe this is an old point of discussion, but I thought I’d toss it out anyway. After some time off, I’m trying to catch up on more recent science fiction, and have listed several year’s … Continue reading

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American Gods

Whew! Just finished posting my review of American Gods. A bit of a monster. I went to bed at 1 am and had to get up again at five when Bridget woke me. It’s nearly eight now so I think … Continue reading

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December Books 9-11) Sandman VIII-X

9, 10 and 11) World’s End, The Kindly Ones and The Wake by Neil Gaiman (Sandman vols 8-10). Excellent stuff. I still think Brief Lives is the best of them, but this is all very effective writing. Now to go … Continue reading

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December books 6) Sandman VI 7) The Music of the Primes 8) Sandman VII

6) Fables & Reflections by Neil Gaiman (Sandman vol 6) – thought-provoking as always, but a bit episodic. 7) The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics, by Marcus du Sautoy – interesting story of … Continue reading

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Vote for Froglet!

The last episode of the Clangers ever made. Fantastic!

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Posted using sms_to_lj

In the office for a last half hour, opening Christmas cards. So, why not test the SMS to lj interface?

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My year

1. What did you do in 2003 that you’d never done before? Started a livejournal! (Twice, actually. I tried blogging in February and lost interest; this lj has now been running since May.) 2. Did you keep your new years’ … Continue reading

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Saakashvili, Саакашвили and სააკაშვილი

Back to the Russian translation of the Georgia report. Now, we had decided that მიხეილ სააკაშვილი, the likely next president of Georgia, should be written Mikheil Saakashvili in English. But in Russian, should it be Михеил Саакашвили, which would be … Continue reading

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December Books 5) Carolan’s Concerto

5) Carolan’s Concerto by Caiseal Mór. At first I wondered where the fantasy element was, but after a while it became clear, and I don’t mean the Fairies…

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December Books 4) After London

4) After London by Richard Jeffries I've been racing through this on my Palm (whole text is also online) leaving behind several other books I had previously started. This is often described as the first ever post-apocalyptic book, published in … Continue reading

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Spam wars latest

The State of New York, in league with Micro$oft, is suing three notorious spammers. Excellent.

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Job hunting

I’ve started doing something about my next career move. I’ve been working here since May last year; I’ve been in the NGO/thinktank sector working on the Balkans since January 1997. Before that I had six and a half years of … Continue reading

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IMDB meme

IMDB meme 1. Godfather, The (1972). 2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) 3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974) 4. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) 5. Schindler’s List (1993) 6. Citizen Kane (1941) 7. Casablanca (1942) … Continue reading

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Christmas 2003

Season’s Greetings from Belgium! First things first: Ursula Mary Whyte arrived a few days late but safely on 22nd December last year. Now coming up to her first birthday, she lights up the room with her beaming smiles, and shows … Continue reading

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Something about me meme

I’ve picked this up from both and , which is appropriate because they both fall very much into the category of people I hardly know at all: I added because I had quoted one of her reviews, and because she … Continue reading

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December Books 3) Paladin of Souls

3) Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold I had a slow start this morning, thanks to the Brussels branch of the Liberal Democrats’ Christmas party last night, and aided the waking process by finishing off Bujold’s latest. This is her … Continue reading

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December books 1) Sandman V 2) The Myth of Greater Albania

1) A Game Of You, by Neil Gaiman (Sandman Vol 5) – excellent. I am beginning to wonder, though, whether I should go back and read it all again from the beginning now, or wait until I have bought one … Continue reading

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First Christmas card

I just got a Christmas card from the Adult Education Centre at University College Dublin, sent to my work address. Very nice of them, but I don’t think I’ve ever had dealings with any of the ten staff let alone … Continue reading

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Ooooogh

Well, B woke us up at 4.30 last night. Not a particularly unusual event, we expect it to happen several times a month, and usually it's containable. However U had a stomach upset as well, and alternated between gurgling with … Continue reading

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One load off my mind

We finally published the Georgia report a few minutes ago. One of the last minutes hiccups was how to spell the first name of Saakashvili, the leader of the revolution. I managed to transliterate his name to სააკაშვილი, did a … Continue reading

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