Monthly Archives: October 2014

October Books 9) Edward Gibbon and Empire, eds. Rosamond McKitterick & Roland Quinault

As you know, Bob, I spent a lot of time reading The Decline and Fall of he Roman Empire a few years back, and it certainly made me a Gibbon fan. This is a collection of essays from a conference … Continue reading

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October Books

Non-fiction 4 (YTD 44) The Strangest Man, by Graham Farmelo Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, by Jillian Lauren Edward Gibbon and Empire,eds. Rosamond McKitterick and Roland Quinault Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt     Fiction (non-sf) 1 (YTD 37) … Continue reading

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October Books 8) Camera Obscura, by Lloyd Rose

The Eighth Doctor Adventures were getting pretty self-referential by this stage, but this is a good case study – Rose brings the Doctor, Fitz and Anji to a very well realised Victorian Engliand, where they find a rogue time machine … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 31-10-2014

The Existential Crisis of Public Life Online After Gamergate.(tags: internet ) New Scotland poll changes face of next year’s election SNP as kingmakers?(tags: ukpolitics scotland ) 21 Jokes Three logicians walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “Do all of … Continue reading

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October Books 7) Up the Walls of the World, by James Tiptree

This is pretty good – a book with three plot lines, human researchers in a secret lab and two different alien viewpoints, of which the most memorable is the race of telepathic flying creatures inhabiting the upper reaches of a … Continue reading

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October Books 6) The Room with No Doors, by Kate Orman

The New Adventures coming to an end – only two more to go, only one of those with the Seventh Doctor – and here we have lots of closure for the Doctor and particularly for poor Chris, suffering guilt over … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 30-10-2014

The Civics of Alfred Brumwell Thomas An alternate history of Belfast architecture.(tags: northernireland architecture ) A New Ambition for Europe: A Memo to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Carnegie recommendations.(tags: eu ) Fawlty Towers and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy ℵ1 Beach Music, by Pat Conroy θ2 Last books finished Camera Obscura, by Lloyd Rose ζ2 Edward Gibbon and Empire, ed. Rosamond McKitterick Silhouette, by Justin Richards η2 Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt Lights … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 29-10-2014

When you turn toward your MEP to discover that… …he/she is not anymore where he/she was 10 seconds ago.(tags: doctorwho eu ) BBC News – Who are the 100 Women 2014? Hooray for Jocelyn Bell Burnell and @arzugeybulla !(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality … Continue reading

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October Books 5) Wool, by Hugh Howey

This book was recommended to me by a former professional ice-hockey player called Elvis. A good call – it's set in a future where what's left of humanity is trapped in cramped underground silos, protected from the poisoned and corrosive … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-10-2014

Amnesty on human rights in Ferguson, MO Not a pretty picture. (NB libertarians strangely silent.(tags: uspolitics humanrights ) 72 Hours of #Gamergate Looking at the numbers.(tags: internet games ) Love and Liberty: Richard and I Are Married! Maius Intra Qua … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-10-2014

Russia issues ultimatum to Abkhazia A recalcitrant puppet.(tags: russia georgia ) This Post Is about Ethics in Journalism A sane analysis.(tags: internet games ) This crude assault on Europe strikes at the very heart of Enlightenment values Hear hear.(tags: eu … Continue reading

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October Books 4) Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, by Jillian Lauren

I took a week off earlier this month, and decided to read something a bit different if I read anything at all. I ended up with this account of a teenager who graduated from New York escorting to joining the … Continue reading

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October Books 3) The Professor, by Charlotte Brontë

Belgium! name unromantic and unpoetic, yet name that whenever uttered has in my ear a sound, in my heart an echo, such as no other assemblage of syllables, however sweet or classic, can produce. Belgium! I repeat the word, now … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-10-2014

how do people get new ideas? Newly published 1959 Asimov essay.(tags: sf writing ) Lib Dem supporters have the most adventurous sex lives UKIP followers dullest in bed.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ukpolitics ) Des O’Malley: ‘I didn’t have a thick enough skin’ … Continue reading

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October Books 2) The Strangest Man, by Graham Farmelo

Kindly bought for me by my in-laws as a Christmas present a few years back, this is a biography of the physicist Paul Dirac, and how he navigated the difficulty of being the smartest person in the room in almost … Continue reading

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October Books 1) Divided Loyalties, by Gary Russell

Dear lord, it’s 25 October and I have not blogged a single book so far this month – and I have finished 11 so far, though four of those are Clarke submissions which won’t be recorded here except by Greek … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 25-10-2014

Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report 2014 Belgium has a) most equal wealth distribution, b) 2nd highest median wealth per adult.(tags: economics belgium ) Ken Whitaker played key role in guarding stability of State when Northern crisis arose in 1969 An … Continue reading

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Aaargh

Deadline for 2013 tax return is next Monday. Old, formerly reliable accounting firm recently taken over by “the fifth largest accountancy network in the world”, emailed earlier this week to ask for various documents which had in fact been sent … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-10-2014

Felicia Day’s details put online after she described Gamergate fears This gets crazier and crazier, worse and worse.(tags: internet games ) Ukip does deal with far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save EU funding Charming!(tags: ukpolitics eu ) Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-10-2014

Wake Up, Europe by George Soros The threat from the east.(tags: eu russia ukraine ) Canada’s Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame Like much else.(tags: canada usa ) That Nigel Farage punk picture Too good … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy ℵ1 [Doctor Who] Camera Obscura, by Lloyd Rose Edward Gibbon and Empire, ed. Rosamond McKitterick Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt Last books finished δ2 Wool, by Hugh Howey [Doctor Who] The Room with No … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-10-2014

apologies and finality Benjanun Sriduangkaew apologises.(tags: internet sf ) The things that we do: on mistakes, on apologies A further apology from Benjanun Sriduangkaew.(tags: internet sf ) Fine. FINE. Thoughts on the Requires Only That You Hate drama A reaction.(tags: … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-10-2014

Tell voters the full story about migration and keep hysteria out of the debate A Tory MEP writes.(tags: eu ukpolitics migration ) Immigration: Could we – should we – stop migrants coming to Britain? Short answer: No. (Observer.)(tags: eu ukpolitics … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 19-10-2014

Cambridge Sights Ah, nostalgia!(tags: cambridge ) Gamergate Is Running Out of Heroes …and much else.(tags: internet ) Basic Northern Ireland vocabulary …more nostalgia!(tags: northernireland ) Our Lives are Hell What’s wrong with the U.S. congress – according to its own … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 18-10-2014

The Liberal Democrat approach to campaigning: a history Article endorsed by Chris Rennard!(tags: libdems ukpolitics )

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Links I found interesting for 17-10-2014

Ukip to lose funding worth £1m as Farage’s European group collapses ohdearwhatapitynevermind.(tags: eu ) How to mark the 20th anniversary of the Netscape Navigator? When did you last hear static? Does 7-year-old know what it means?(tags: technology )

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Links I found interesting for 16-10-2014

Survival! Belated Valedictory Musings Conrad on Perivale and 1989.(tags: doctorwho )

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Wednesday reading

I have taken a bit of a reading holiday over the last week – I went to Budapest on Thursday, came back Friday, was rather unwell on Saturday (a lingering minor but irritating infection which is only now starting to … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 15-10-2014

Dublin historic Maps Glorious.(tags: ireland maps ) Hiroshima At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6th, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the … Continue reading

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