Monthly Archives: April 2007

More DW audios: The Maltese Penguin, The Holy Terror, Last of the Titans, Storm Warning

More Doctor Who audios – I know I said I was taking a break, but had problems finding and then ripping the CDs I actually wanted to listen to, so they will have to be later in the week. Two … Continue reading

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April Books 21) Alias vol 2: Come Home

21) Alias vol 2: Come Home, by Brian Michael Bendis I reported previously that I enjoyed the first in this series about a disaffected private eye with super powers, and I enjoyed this one as well; the main story is … Continue reading

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Planet of the Daleks; and the women of the Thals

Back in 1973, Dalek stories were real Dalek stories. Here we have the megalomaniac pepperpots preparing an army to take over the universe, and the Doctor encounters the Thals for the first time since way back when, giving us one … Continue reading

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Barbed compliment

“Her virtues were too numerous to describe, and not sufficiently interesting to deserve description.”

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Interests and icons meme, again

This turns out to be quite onerous! One person’s questions were not specially icon or interest related, and will have to wait. Interests ajara (asked by  and ): This region (known as აჭარა in the local language) is part of … Continue reading

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Evolution of the Daleks instant reaction

I think the idea of the hybrid Dalek is crazy but the execution is good. The rather nice moment of Sec picking up the radio. The doubting Daleks. Dalek attack on the camp is a bit half-hearted… Solomon tries to … Continue reading

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A couple more Doctor Who links

Sarah Jane/Rose fanvid, by . Lovely. has been listening to The Space Pirates, and likes it more than I did.

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April Books 20) Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters

20) Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters, by Terrance Dicks A good Robert Holmes script, turned into an average Terrance Dicks novel. I remember seeing this one in 1981 during the “Five Faces of Doctor Who” repeat season; wonder … Continue reading

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Big Finish: The Apocalypse Element, The Fires of Vulcan, The Shadow of the Scourge, The Mutant Phase

(Apologies if this appears twice; problems posting) There’s nothing like watching or listening to a good Dalek story to make you realise how bad a bad Dalek story can be. But more of that after this evening’s episode has been … Continue reading

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My birthday present to me: longer life

As has been mentioned around the place, I just turned 40. The time has come to start trying to keep fit. So I have joined a gym club in the European quarter, in an effort to do some systematic exercise. … Continue reading

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April Books 19) The Way to Babylon

19) The Way to Babylon, by Paul Kearney I think I picked this up as part of my Worldcon haul in 2005. A rather lyrically done tale of a fantasy novelist who is recovering from an accident in which his … Continue reading

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40, 30, 20, 10

My tenth birthday was on a Tuesday. I don’t remember a lot about it. I was living here, in the house my parents had moved to a couple of months before I was born. I was in my second last … Continue reading

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April Books 18) Blindness

18) Blindness, by José Saramago Back to Nobel prize winners rather than sf for a change. Blindness is the story of a city where everyone starts going blind. But it is very different from Day of the Triffids

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There will be a special prize…

…for the first person to report a spam email purporting to come from the relatives of the late Boris Yeltsin and soliciting the recipient’s assistance in disposing of a large sum of money, in return for full details of, and … Continue reading

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Interests and icons meme

If you want me to ask you about your interests and icons, comment here and I will. Also, feel free to ask me about any of mine. asks about: Interests Molvanîa is a fictional eastern European country introduced to me … Continue reading

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The task ahead

OK, I’ve just finished reading this year’s Hugo nominees in the fiction categories, earlier in the year than I can remember managing it before, even though this was one year when I had read precisely none of the nominees before … Continue reading

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In honour of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day…

…I bring you my entire PhD thesis. (2 MB, M$ Word version.) An only slightly edited version is available for money in dead tree format here. (Explanation: has proclaimed today to be International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, when anyone who feels … Continue reading

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AKICILJ: camera batteries

The ol’ digital camera is giving me grief. Specifically, I am getting the “low battery warning” and consequent shut down as soon as I put new batteries into it. It wasn’t such a battery hog when I first bought it … Continue reading

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Next in a long-stalled series of articles

The Book of Daniel.

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April Books 17) The Children of Húrin

17) Narn I Chîn Húrin: the Tale of the Children of Húrin, by J.R.R. Tolkien It is clear to most readers of The Silmarillion (and those who then go on to The Book of Unfinished Tales) that the strongest part … Continue reading

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The Three Yugoslavias, Endgame in the Balkans, Peace at Any Price

Reviewed for Internationale Politik here.

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April Books 16) 800 Years of Women’s Letters

16) 800 Years of Women’s Letters, edited by Olga Kenyon Bounced right off this, I’m afraid.

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Daleks in Manhattan

I liked the human interactions, and the strenuous efforts to show New York realistically as it would have been in the 1930s, though not sure that the Empire State Building is visible at that angle from the Statue of Liberty … Continue reading

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Buffy, Season 8 (episodes 1 and 2)

This is the official Season 8 of Buffy, as officially sanctioned – indeed, written – by Joss Whedon, and published in comic form. Two of a projected twenty “episodes” have been published so far; I went and got them from … Continue reading

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April Books 15) A Short History of Nearly Everything

15) A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson As a lapsed scientist myself, not a huge amount of this book was new to me, but I can see why it is popular with people who have never had … Continue reading

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Red Dawn, The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, Winter for the Adept

Three more Doctor Who audios from Big Finish. Red Dawn: The Fifth Doctor and Peri (unusual choice – obviously only one gap in the established narrative where this can take place) land in what turns out to be an Ice … Continue reading

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Jobs in my line of work

While none of you (as far as I know) has actually applied for the internship in my office, a number of you expressed interest in this general line of work. You might like to know that there is a site … Continue reading

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April Books 14) [Doctor Who:] Made of Steel

14) [Doctor Who:] Made of Steel, by Terrance Dicks Yes, Terrance Dicks is still out there, still writing Doctor Who novels; this is in the BBC’s £1.99 “quick reads” series, picked up in Forbidden Planet last week. The Doctor and … Continue reading

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April Books 13) Eifelheim

13) Eifelheim, by Michael Flynn Flynn’s The Wreck of the River of Stars was one of the best sf books I read last year, and I had high expectations of this Hugo nominee: a story of aliens landing in 14th … Continue reading

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Wanna work for me?

Job advert.

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