Monthly Archives: May 2013

Links I found interesting for 31-05-2013

Characters, Complicity and Caring: My Wiscon Speech Jo Walton on writing(tags: writing ) Tiny moon discovered around asteroid that’s due to fly by Earth tomorrow with radar animation.(tags: astronomy ) BBC News – Cracking down on dissent in Ilham Aliyev’s … Continue reading

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May Books 22) Aldébaran 4: La Groupe, by Leo

I do like this particular sequence; Li, who has been in a relationship with the rather younger Marc, calmly tells him that she always knew it was only a matter of time before he realised his true feelings for Kim; … Continue reading

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May Books 21) Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone

When the Hidden Schools threw Tara Abernathy out, she fell a thousand feet through wisps of cloud and woke to find herself alive, broken, and bleeding, beside the Crack in the World. One of the novels included in the Hugo … Continue reading

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May Books 20) Toward the End of Time, by John Updike

My body fluids are leaking out into the community. I'm trying to find comments made to my annual book polls here where kindly friends advised me to skip this depressing, miserable piece of whining, but apparently I imagined it. Author … Continue reading

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May Books 19) Miracles of Life, by J.G. Ballard

In reality there are two Cambridges, the faculties on the one hand – history, physics, archaeology and so on – where research, lectures and laboratory work take place, and the colleges, which are residential clubs that provide poor food, a … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 30-05-2013

Europe’s strategic cacophony "The crisis in Mali once again exposed the hollowness of European military pretensions and lack of common purpose."(tags: eu ) Geo-popularity of Given Names In the US: Sophia v Emma, Mason v Liam/William.(tags: maps usa ) Tilting … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current: Aldébaran, tome 4: Le Groupe, by Leo (half way through) Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone (almost finished) The Gondola Scam, by Jonathan Gash (half way through) Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (just started) Last books finished A History … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-05-2013

Government spends £37m fighting benefit cut appeals Might it not be cheaper just to give people the money?(tags: ukpolitics disability ) Humour – Richard Corbett MEP Some of these jokes are very venerable indeed – Roy Jenkins as King John … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-05-2013

Today we have shaming of prats A poetic take on Wikipedia. (tags: funny wikipedia ) Truth behind the death of suffragette Emily Davison is finally revealed Old footage, new analysis. (tags: history ) McAlpine v Bercow The Twitter defamation judgement. … Continue reading

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2013 Hugos: Best Novelette

Now that the Hugo Voter Pack is out, I’m working through the various folders and files; in response to one query, all the fiction (as far as I’ve checked) is available in .mobi and .epub formats as well as PDF. … Continue reading

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Ten years on: my Livejournal anniversary

pointed out to me the other day that 21 May was the tenth birthday of this Livejournal. Happy birthday to it! This was the first entry, in which I met both Neil Gaiman and the then prime minister of Serbia, … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 25-05-2013

The day that Hell was abolished …in English law anyway.(tags: religion ) If you can’t boost the economy, boost house prices Peter Birks on the proposed mortgage guarantee scheme.(tags: ukpolitics ) Why the world faces climate chaos The FT explains … Continue reading

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May Books 18) The Peoples of Middle-earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

Since the ceaseless 'making' of his world extended from my father's youth into his old age, The History of Middle-earth is in some sense also a record of his life, a form of biography, if of a very unusual kind. … Continue reading

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May Books 17) Tip of the Tongue, by Patrick Ness

“Honestly,” Nettie said, shaking her head again. “The lies people tell themselves and call it the truth.” These wee Puffin Doctor Who ebooks are having a good run right now. Here we have the celebrated Patrick Ness, delivering a very … Continue reading

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May Books 16) Grandville: Bête Noire, by Bryan Talbot

Short listed for this year’s Hugos, this is another in Talbot’s alternate history of Grandville, where most people are anthropomorphised animals and England is only now recovering from two hundred years of French rule after defeat at Waterloo. As well … Continue reading

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May Books 15) A History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil MacGregor

Telling history through things is what museums are for. This brilliant book accompanies the brilliant series of podcasts which I listened to a couple of years ago. It is the same hundred objects from the British museum’s collection, but this … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-05-2013

Dalek Found At Bottom Of British Pond, Probably Just Biding Its Time Be afraid. Be very afraid. (Thanks to .)(tags: doctorwho ) The exiled Charles II returns home accompanied by Samuel Pepys, who records all his stories.(tags: pepys )

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Links I found interesting for 23-05-2013

Two win sickness benefit test legal challenge "Work Capability Assessment puts people with mental illness, autism and learning difficulties at a substantial disadvantage." But the UK government defends its position in the war on the disabled.(tags: ukpolitics disability )

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Georgian restaurant in London

Having reached London too late to get to last night’s BSFA meeting, I persuaded – who I had not seen in over two decades – to try Georgian food. There are in fact several Georgian restaurants in London, but the … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current: The Peoples of Middle Earth, by J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien (two thirds through) A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor (nearly finished) The Gondola Scam, by Jonathan Gash (half way through) Grandville: Bête Noire, … Continue reading

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Two graphic novels about Vincent van Gogh

Not as the result of any particular forward planning, we got two newish graphic novels about Vincent van Gogh recently: Vincent van Gogh: De Worsteling van een Kunstenaar, by Marc Verhaegen and Jan Kragt (also available in English

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Unexpectedly in London tomorrow evening

Arriving Trafalgar Square-ish about 7.30 pm. Anyone want to meet up a bit later?

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May Books 12) “I have an Idea for a Book …”: The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg

The Hugo Voter Pack is out! So I have merrily downloaded all the nominees I hadn’t already read (and a few that I had), and started with this from the Best Related Work category. Unfortunately it’s not very interesting. Dr. … Continue reading

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May Books 11) The Crocodile by the Door, by Selina Guinness

I'm coming back to Tibradden, to live with Charles again. I've driven down from Belfast with boxes stacked on the back seat; Colin will follow with the rest of his belongings when his term has finished. Selina was one of … Continue reading

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May Books 10) Final Sacrifice, by Tony Lee and others.

Third (and last) in the series of IDW Tenth Doctor comic books that started with Fugitive and continued with Tesseract. Tony Lee’s narrative achieves a very happy union with Matthew Dow Smith’s art here, and the story arc arc is … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-05-2013

For those wondering where the clips came from David McIntee explains.(tags: doctorwho ) Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history African coins found in 1944!(tags: archaeology ) The benefit of European Union membership outweighs the cost British business leaders doing … Continue reading

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Nit-picking about the Celtic Otherworld of 1666

If you set a story in a Celtic Otherworld which is co-located with London, your otherworldly Celts are not all that likely to speak Irish; a lost eastern dialect of Welsh is more probable. If you set a story in … Continue reading

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A letter from George Bernard Shaw

Somewhere around 1994 I did some research for my PhD in the archives of the Plunkett Foundation near Oxford, as its founder – Sir Horace Plunkett – was quite important to my topic. In the end I found his own … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 19-05-2013

Dear Class of ’13: You’ve been scammed The appalling costs of college tuition.(tags: education ) What Is Going on With the Accents in Game of Thrones? Indeed.(tags: sf ) Matt Smith and David Tennant Behind the Scenes of the Doctor … Continue reading

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Riverdance, 1994

Remembering Eurovision, nineteen years ago: (Thanks to Adrian McMenamin for reminding me.)

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