Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Book of Job

One of my reading challenges at present is to get through the entire Bible in a year. (This is not actually all that tough as an assignment – yer average Bible has around 1400 pages, so we're talking 4 pages … Continue reading

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May Books

Non-fiction 6 (YTD 22)The Word in the Desert, by Douglas Burton-ChristieThe Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, by Thich Nhat HanhHow to Sharpen Pencils, by David ReesThe Great O'Neill, by Sean O'FaolainTickling the English, by Dara O'BriainUnpublished manuscript Fiction (non-sf) 0 … Continue reading

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Those Russian Eurovision lyrics then

Ӝӧккышет тазьы вӧлдӥсько, пиосме возьмасько Котэм нянь буй-буй будэ, сюлэмы керектэ Party for everybody! Dance! Come on and dance! Come on and dance! Come on and… Boom! Boom! Корка тыр ик нылпиосы, бертӥзы, мусоосы Корка тыр ик нылпиосы, бертӥзы, мусоосы … Continue reading

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April Books 9) The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I remember starting this book when I was a sixth-former, the memorable opening chapter introducing us to the fragile Prince Myshkin (the ‘idiot’ of the title) returning to St Petersburg by train after long years of ill health abroad. He … Continue reading

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2012 Hugos: Best Novella

My reading of this year's nominated fiction for the Hugos did not end particularly well. Although I very much liked my favourite in this category, I was disappointed by the other five and indeed found three of them rather poor. … Continue reading

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May Books 11) St Anthony’s Fire, by Mark Gatiss

An enjoyable book in the New Adventures series, with the Doctor and Bernice Summerfield getting involved in an ancient dispute between two groups of lizard-men and Ace embroiled in the external force which may destroy their planet. Benny gets some … Continue reading

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“The Man Who Ended History” by Ken Liu

I have nearly finished my reading of the Hugo nominees in the fiction categories, and reached Ken Liu's fascinating story, "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary" (available here in PDF). It is a sparsely told but emotionally wrenching tale … Continue reading

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2012 Hugos: Best Professional Artist

This is another category that I don't think I have ever voted in before, but the Hugo Voters Package has enabled me to educate myself. I found this very difficult to choose; while I didn't much care for any of … Continue reading

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May Books 10) The Great O’Neill, by Sean O’Faolain

Like most kids growing up in Catholic Ireland, I “did” some of O’Faolain’s short stories at school. I guess I hadn’t appreciated how big a figure he was in the (admittedly small) world of the arts in mid-century Ireland, constructing … Continue reading

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May Books 9) Invasion of the Cat-People, by Gary Russell

Russell is generally one of the better writers of Who spinoff fiction (the novelisation of the TV movie, the Torchwood novel The Twilight Streets, the Tenth Doctor / Wilf novel Beautiful Chaos) but this early Missing Adventure is not a … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 25-05-2012

Why are pound and ounce abbreviated “lb.” and “oz.”? A straight answer to a straight question.(tags: ) The Wheel of Ice, new Doctor Who book by Stephen Baxter. Coming in August.(tags: ) Gorgeous Georgian: Now we can enjoy the cuisine … Continue reading

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New Doctor Who episode

Only two minutes, but great fun: And it looks like Rebecca, Emily and Libby join this list.

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2012 Hugos: Best Novelette

Once again, thanks to the Hugo Voters Packet, I have been able to read the five nominees in the Best Novelette category and decide how to rank them. 6) “Ray of Light”, by Brad Torgersen. This actually has a better … Continue reading

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Simpsons / Game of Thrones mashup

Générique Simpsons : parodie de Game of Thrones Hilarious!

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“Ray of Light”, by Brad Torgersen

A couple of extracts from this Hugo-nominated novelette for your enjoyment. At one point our narrator writes of: …risking my life and the old sub to chase a wild hair through the vast, dark ocean. This would be a jarring … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-05-2012

Caviar Diplomacy: How Azerbaijan silenced the Council of Europe 29 pages, PDF, excellent report.(tags: azerbaijan )

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Worrying statistic: hare vc hair

I am alarmed to discover that Google has 51 hits for the phrase "chase a wild hair [sic]" but only 39 for "chase a wild hare", which, it should go without saying, is very obviously the correct spelling. Life is … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-05-2012

The Deadly Assassin Andrew Hickey gives his views.(tags: doctorwho ) Angela’s Choice. “Support for European unity runs far deeper in the political structures of most continental countries than we grasp. British eurosceptics constantly remark that the euro was a political … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-05-2012

Hayek and the Welfare State, Yet Again Do get any acquaintances who take Hayek seriously to read this.(tags: economics ) Eurovision 2012- what you see and don’t see (VIDEO) @arzugeybulla ‘s Storify summary.(tags: eurovision azerbaijan ) #Azerbaijan: Turning Over a … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-05-2012

I give up Jon Worth decides that he cannot bear the prospect of running for the European Parliament as a Labour candidate in the UK.(tags: ukpolitics eu ) Blue Peter is Who I Am The difference one TV programme can … Continue reading

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2012 Hugos: Best Fan Artist

I don't think I have ever voted in this category before, but after last year's debacle when I failed to vote for Randall Munroe of xkcd, and he missed winning the award by a single vote, I have decided to … Continue reading

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Nebula Awards

Best Novel: Among Others, by Jo Walton – HOORAY!!!! Best Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson Best Novelette: “What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman Best Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu Ray Bradbury Award … Continue reading

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Supercalorific banana chocolate cake

Banana-chocolate chip cake 100g butter 200g sugar 2 to 3 medium size ripe bananas, pureed 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 250g flour 1 tsp baking soda 125 ml natural unsweetened yogurt ½ tsp salt 100g chocolate chips Grease a … Continue reading

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My reading speed

928 wpm according to this test.

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Links I found interesting for 19-05-2012

$300 Worth of Books for Only $50: The 2012 Hugo Voter Packet Has Been Released #fb Hooray!(tags: sf )

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Links I found interesting for 18-05-2012

When publishing goes wrong…Starring Undead Press Nightmare experience for writer’s first publication.(tags: writing ) Two dangerous myths about a ‘Grexit’ Myth 1) Greece faces disaster; Myth 2) the remaining Eu doesn’t.(tags: euro eu ) Brussels Express A documentary about bike … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 16-05-2012

To the woman who accosted me on my way to the para transit van tonight. « Ballastexistenz What it feels like if you treat someone like a child just because they cannot talk.(tags: disability ) When your child is not … Continue reading

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On this day in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007

A couple of people have been looking back at their blog posts on this day over the last five years, so I thought, why not? 15 May 2011: I commemorated the death of Peter Grimwade (among other Whoniversaries), wrote up … Continue reading

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JKR v GRRM

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Links I found interesting for 15-05-2012

The problem with nerd politics Cory Doctorow on interfacing with the real world.(tags: politics internet ) Dell response regarding insensitive comments from Mads Christensen @Dell apologises (on Google Plus so nobody will see it).(tags: ) What a performance The ten … Continue reading

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