Monthly Archives: March 2006

More time-wasting

Have signed up to AIM as nhw1967.

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TrustFlow results for

I tried out TrustFlow II for LiveJournal. The following people not on the friends list for are close by: , (400 – 450) , , , (600 – 650) , , , , , , (650 – 700) , , … Continue reading

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Dinner

I was here at half past eight. The main course is only now being served…

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Yahoo IM

I have been trying Yahoo Messenger (thanks, , for relieving me of that particular virginity) and I know I haven’t managed to add everyone I wanted to as it took me a while to work out the system. I am … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s eclipse

As seen from Tbilisi.

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You’ve all seen this but…

Science-Fiction Novel Posits Future Where Characters Are Hastily Sketched March 29, 2006 OREGON CITY, OR—Science-fiction author Morgan Richards announced Monday completion of his long-awaited novel, Zeppelins Of Phobos. The swashbuckling tale of the battle for control of the solar system … Continue reading

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Advice needed

A friend of mine who runs a very small organisation based in New York and London is eager to develop “relations with experienced IT professionals or companies who can help us develop our IT infrastructure, including secure file on-line file … Continue reading

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Eclipsed

Well, doesn’t look like the partial eclipse is going to appear from behind the clouds any time soon; and it’s more than halfway over by now. Oh well, there’s always a next time.

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Irregularly acquired vehicles

OK, I’ll put you out of your misery. When I took on my current job in 2002, we had an office in Sarajevo which had been opened in 1996 by Sir X Y, a former British diplomat with an enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Older astronauts

The two astronauts currently on the International Space Station are aged 54 and 53. The astronauts going to join them on Friday are 52, 48, 47 and 43. When and why did the average age of astronauts increase? In the … Continue reading

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Getting your priorities right

I was supposed to have lunch with a Swedish MEP today, but she’s just emailed to say that her little twins have a tummy bug so she is staying in Stockholm. Quite right too. And it gives me a better … Continue reading

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Internship appointment

Well, I’ve just appointed my next intern, I hope – my current assistant works with me until the end of June, and normally I leave it until six to eight weeks before, but the right candidate popped up – someone … Continue reading

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Weather

Wow, thunder and lightning, very impressive. And it was such a nice day earlier.

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Thanks to

Doctor Who/A-Team.

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At the Atomium

Long queues, but moving quickly.

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Thunderbirds are go!

We (ie F and I) watched episodes 17-20 of the Thunderbirds DVD collection. I see one on-line source that claims these are actually episodes 20, 21, 22 and 9, but there you go… The Man from MI5 – ought really … Continue reading

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Hugo reactions

Official shortlist. I know I am several days behind the curve here. Anyway, congratulations to , , , Ken, Paul and Cheryl all of whom I think do read me here from time to time (and apologies as well as … Continue reading

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Highlights of the week

…a conference in a beautiful château near Maastricht from Monday night to Wednesday morning …discovering that a Cyprus newspaper had accused me of having the “insolence of a thousand monkeys” (αναίδεια χίλιων πιθήκων) …going to a videoconference about energy in … Continue reading

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Second Friday Quiz

As spotted, the answer to the quiz is Bulgaria. The countries are listed in order of their international dialling codes: +30 Greece +31 Netherlands +32 Belgium +33 France +34 Spain +351  Portugal +352  Luxembourg +353  Ireland +354  Iceland +355  Albania … Continue reading

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Friday quiz

The following European countries are listed in a particular order. Which country is next after Finland? Greece Netherlands Belgium France Spain      Portugal      Luxembourg      Ireland      Iceland      Albania      Malta      Cyprus      Finland Edited to add Yep, got it right!

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Ghosts of Albion

My review of the Amber Benson/Christopher Golden novel is now up at Strange Horizons. and , I would be particularly interested in your reactions…

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Slowly surfacing

Still trawling through unread emails… Happy birthday, , and good luck with the by-election!

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Cold turkey

I haven’t looked at the internet since Monday afternoon…

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Today

Lunch with and – GOOD!Away from home for two more nights – LESS GOOD!

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March Books 11) Swords in the Mist

11) Swords in the Mist, by Fritz Leiber The third of the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser novels, or the first half of the second of the more recent reprints, but basically a fix-up of short stories first published in 1963, … Continue reading

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Irish Representative Peers

Briefest tenure: John Prendergast Vereker, 3rd Viscount Gort, from 13 June to 20 October 1865 (born 1790, inherited title in 1842, died 1865). Longest tenure: Stephen Moore, 4th Earl Mount Cashell, from 1 July 1826 to 10 October 1883 (born … Continue reading

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How to make the Solar System in your back yard

Here. With many thanks to the Oxford First Book of Space, a great present for the young astronomer in your life. (Could some kind person help me rotate the fourth picture to make it horizontal?) – Edited to add: Thanks, … Continue reading

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Writing historical fiction

Hat-tip to and : Sally Zigmond’s collection of rules for writing historical fiction, a genre I occasionally enjoy: 1) The Top Ten Rules for Writing Prehistoric Fiction The males will be given easily pronounceable one-syllable names because, as we all … Continue reading

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Noted in passing

Slate on ancestry. I agree. (Though it’s a bit sad to print a serious article like this purely in the slipstream of the ludicrous Da Vinci Code court case.)

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March Books 10) Easter 1916

10) Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion, by Charles Townshend Saw this reviewed in the Guardian last year, and then saw it excoriated on a couple of Republican websites, and thought it would probably be an interesting read. And it is. … Continue reading

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