Monthly Archives: February 2007

Nebula nominees

As seen in SF Signal: Novels: The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner is owned by more LibraryThing users than any two other nominees combined. Novellas: only four??? One of those by Michael Burstein??? And the panel couldn’t bring … Continue reading

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One funny, one serious

Thanks to and , How to Choose a Wife, a Redemptorist pamphlet from the 1960s. Thanks to , the latest from Al Gore.

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February Books 24) Catalyst

24) Catalyst, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman Read for review elsewhere, while awake in the middle if the night due to jetlag. “This book failed to cure my jetlag” – admittedly not a rousing recommendation!

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Hah!

My culinary influence spreads.

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Small world

My new intern started today. She spotted my Valentine’s day present, and informed me that her brother was a friend of Terry Nation’s son, and she had spent many happy childhood hours trundling along inside the original daleks. If she’d … Continue reading

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Happy independence day…

…to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. May they enjoy it some day soon.

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Got a few hundred thousand quid? Want an airline?

The Hungarian state airline MALEV has just been sold to the Russians for 200 million forint. At today’s exchange rates, that is £530,000, $1.05 million (US), or just under €800,000. Compare with the value of your house, and ask yourself … Continue reading

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Numbers answer

A few days ago I asked what the next pair of numbers in this series is: 49, 1 50, 10 53½, 21½ 55, 25 60½, 35½ 62, 38 has posted the correct answer: 70,50 The diference between the squares of … Continue reading

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La Marche des Empereurs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ_mlwnAmr0 I especially love the use of Beethoven’s 7th.

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February Books 22) William Howard Taft & 23) 1912

22) William Howard Taft: A Conservative’s Conception of the Presidency, by Donald F. Anderson (.co.uk, .com)23) 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs – the Election That Changed the Country, by James Chace (.co.uk, .com) The last president whose biography I … Continue reading

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February Books 21) Recursion

21) Recursion, by Tony Ballantyne (.co.uk, .com) Read for review elsewhere. The review will not be ecstatic.

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February Books 20) Spin State

20) Spin State, by Chris Moriarty (.co.uk, .com) This had been on my shelf for a couple of years, and I finally picked it up because the sequel is on my current reading list. I wish I’d got to it … Continue reading

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Hmmmm

This plane was supposed to have taken off 45 minutes ago, but the snow is now drifting down heavily over New York and the captain has just told us it may be another hour and a half at least before … Continue reading

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Report from Maine

I haven’t had Internet access since Friday morning, my longest period of being “unwired” for years (am posting this from my Blackberry, so not even sure if I will be properly online before I get home on Monday morning). Anyway, … Continue reading

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Numbers Quiz

What pair of numbers is next in this list? 49, 1 50, 10 53½, 21½ 55, 25 60½, 35½ 62, 38 ——————

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February Books 19) The Iraq Study Group Report

19) The Iraq Study Group Report (.co.uk, .com) When I dropped in on my old friend Dan Serwer in his office at USIP the other day, he proudly thrust the famous Baker/Hamilton report at me, gloating that over 2 million … Continue reading

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February books 18) Carnival

18) Carnival, by Elizabeth Bear (.co.uk, .com) Read for review elsewhere. Made an interesting paired reading with the Tiptree biography.

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February Books 17) James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

17) James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips (.co.uk, .com) This is surely a model of how to write a biography. Although her subject died in 1987, Julie Phillips has been through all her … Continue reading

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In DC

(This is essentially a test to see if I can post using my Blackberry) In the middle of reading the Julie Phillips biography of Tiptree/Sheldon, so it seemed strangely appropriate to land at Washington National (“Ronald Reagan”) airport this morning, … Continue reading

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Hi there

Nice to meet up with various local bloggers last night – thanks to for facilitating. Now I need to add , and to my feeds…

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February Books 16) 100%

16) 100%, by Paul Pope (.co.uk, .com) Again, a fruit of this discussion from last week, and the only one I spotted in Forbidden Planet in New York. was impressed by this, and so am I. It’s a very well … Continue reading

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The new user interface

Hat tip to John Scalzi. Of course, it’s historically inaccurate – the shift from scroll to codex was a few centuries earlier and a couple of thousand km southeast of this little scene. But it’s funny, so who cares.

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For the record

Review of three books, as submitted to a semi-academic journal at the weekend. The Three Yugoslavias: State-Building and Legitimation, 1918-2005, by Sabrina P. Ramet Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style, by Elizabeth Pond Peace at Any Price: How … Continue reading

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February Books 15) The Invisibles [#1]: Say You want A Revolution

15) The Invisibles [#1]: Say You want A Revolution, by Grant Morrison (.co.uk, .com) After this discussion I tried my local comic shop in Leuven and found very few of the titles recommended there. I did remember discussion of The … Continue reading

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February Books 14) Preacher [#4] Ancient History

14) Preacher [#4]: Ancient History, by Garth Ennis (.co.uk, .com) The second half of Volume 3 in this series was devoted to the reminiscences of one of the main characters; Volume Four gives us three backstories about some of the … Continue reading

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February Books 13) Murder at the Worldcon

13) Murder at the Worldcon, by J.D. Crayne (FictionWise) This is basically a country-house murder mystery except that the setting is not a country house but a mid-1960s WorldCon. To be honest the identity of the murderer is fairly obvious … Continue reading

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February Books 11 and 12) Idolon and Mindscape

11) Idolon, by Mark Budz12) Mindscape, by Andrea Hairston Both read  for review elsewhere.

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On the East Coast

I am in the US next week finishing up here, but landing tomorrow afternoon, with a whole day to kill in New York on Monday (it’s a federal holiday). Given that almost everyone I know is out of town or … Continue reading

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Social networking

For some bizarre reason I have decided to join facebook. Feel free to add me, if you haven’t already.

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February Books 10) Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?

10) Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? And 114 Other Questions, edited by Mick O’Hare The sequel to Does Anything Eat Wasps?, with again loads of scientific trivia. Though I’m not completely sure I believe what it says about snot.

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