Monthly Archives: November 2014

November Books

Non-fiction 1 (YTD 45) TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 5: Tom Baker and the Williams Years, by Philip Sandifer Fiction (non-sf) 4 (YTD 41) Home, by Marilynne Robinson Rules, by Cynthia Lord Beach Music, by Pat Conroy The Grass is Singing, by … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 30-11-2014

The menace of memes: how pictures can paint a thousand lies But it’s on the Internet! It must be true!(tags: ukpolitics internet ) Why David Cameron is wrong: the maths @duncan3ross crunches the numbers. (Hi, Duncan!)(tags: mathematics waronterror )

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Links I found interesting for 29-11-2014

LEGO’s letter to parents, and how not to tell a fake when you don’t see one (tags: sexandgenderandsexuality printing ) The last unmapped places on Earth There will always be some/(tags: maps ) Will posting a status update protect your … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 28-11-2014

“Immigration” is not “Immigrant” Andrew speaks.(tags: ukpolitics migration ) David Cameron to tell EU: cut all tax credits to migrants It will help the economy & enhance his credibility. (Not)(tags: eu ukpolitics migration ) Reports multiply of Kremlin links to … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 27-11-2014

Patrick Speaks A heartwarming story.(tags: disability ) Ferguson grand jury announcement: Prosecutor Robert McCulloch influenced the proceedings David comments.(tags: uspolitics race ) Before and after pictures show how Sarajevo has been rebuilt Brings me back…(tags: bosnia ) Uber’s Android app … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal The Grass is Singing, by Doris Lessing Last books finished Lungbarrow, by Marc Platt σ2 Beach Music, by Pat Conroy τ2 Time Zero, by Justin … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 26-11-2014

It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did Indictments in all but 11 of 162,000 cases.(tags: uspolitics race ) Black women and girls killed by law endorcement A long list, but certainly incomplete.(tags: uspolitics race … Continue reading

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Ireland in the 16th century

As previously mentioned, we went to the Mercator musem a few weeks ago; and I was very intrigues by this 16th century Italian map of Ireland, apparently by the Roman cartographer Lafreri (possibly a Frenchman whose name was Lafréry). I … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 24-11-2014

The Immovable Ladder A peculiar quirk of historical anti-ecumenism.(tags: religion ) The Problem With International Development—and a Plan to Fix It One of the best articles I have ever read on this subject.(tags: politics economics )

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Two museums: Mercator and Lascaux

We managed a couple of excursions last weekend and this, to a couple of new arrivals on the Belgian museum scene. Last weekend we went to the new Mercator museum at Sint-Niklaas near Antwerp, arriving on the day after it … Continue reading

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November Books 6) Lungbarrow, by Marc Platt

I first read this way way back in the month that David Tennant took over, December 2005; it was only the third original Who book I had read after New Who began, and the only the second of the Seventh … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 23-11-2014

Ilgar Mammadov Placed in Penitentiary Medical Unit My former colleague, now recognised by Amnesty as prisoner of conscience.(tags: azerbaijan ) Slut Shaming and Concern Trolling in Geek Culture Room for improvement.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) Spain files criminal charges over Catalonia independence … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 22-11-2014

Yarl’s Wood: Undercover tour of detention centre with dreadful reputation More news from Britain’s war on the vulnerable.(tags: ukpolitics ) Barbie computer engineer story withdrawn after sexism row Looking forward to the next edition?(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality books ) Facebook can tell … Continue reading

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November Books 5) Rules, by Cynthia Lord

A decent and humane American YA novel about a teenager whose younger brother is autistic; she develops friendships both with the boy in the wheelchair who is a fellow client of her brother’s therapist, and with the new neighbour’s daughter; … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 21-11-2014

District Thai: ‘Hunger Games’ Comes to Life in Defiant Salute to Coup Leader Trilogy inspires resistance!(tags: sf thailand ) Photographing Europe’s Abandoned Border Crossings The triumph of freedom of movement. (UK politicians take note.)(tags: eu migration ) No sign yet … Continue reading

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November Books 4) Home, by Marilynne Robinson

Seven years ago, I read and enjoyed the first book in the series, of which fortuitously the third has just been published. Home tells the same events, but this time from the point of view of the two adult children … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 20-11-2014

Labour will curb tax credits for EU migrants Continuing the race to the bottom.(tags: ukpolitics migration ) Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy Saladin Ahmed subverts the Faerie Queene.(tags: sf ) Ali v Bashir & Another [2013] Britain’s broken electoral … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

This post comes to you from Waterstone’s Piccadilly, where I am being massively entertained by Claire North, Marcus Sedgwick, Adam Roberts and Leila Abu El Hawa. Current Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy Beach Music, by Pat Conroy Lungbarrow, by Marc … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 19-11-2014

Casual sexism: When a shirt is more than a shirt. Yet another good piece about the #shirtstorm, by @BadAstronomer(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality astronomy ) Take me to your MEP Rosetta, Britain and Europe.(tags: eu space ) Documenting the Human Cost of U.S. … Continue reading

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The agony of choice

Tomorrow evening I happen to be in London, and I face a difficult choice: Will I attend Parliament 2115: re-imagining a democracy of the future at Portcullis House, Westminster, featuring Chris Tyler, Mike Carey, Joseph D’Lacey and Mike Fell, or … Continue reading

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November Books 3) Empire of Death, by David Bishop

Set in the gap between Time Flight and Arc of Infinity, like a half-dozen Big Finish audios with the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa; it’s a bit uneven, with the afterlife / alien invasion theme uneasily echoing with what I was … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 18-11-2014

The world’s biggest chocolate-maker says we’re running out of chocolate Seriously.(tags: chocolate ) Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists Killing your own reputation.(tags: media ) Vote for ME! (Subject to Terms and Conditions) | conradbrunstrom Conrad’s campaign.(tags: elections … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 17-11-2014

Inside the Facebook News Feed: A List of Algorithm Factors How to game the system.(tags: socialmedia facebook ) A tale of two conventions Alternate fandoms.(tags: sf )

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November Books 2) Sugar Skull, by Charles Burns

The last of the trilogy of weird graphic story books by Charles Burns which began with X’ed Out and continued with The Hive. I felt it a very satisfactory resolution to the story: I see I hoped after reading the … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 16-11-2014

Azerbaijan: Rights Activists on the Brink Time running out?(tags: azerbaijan ) A pornographer explains why the science guy’s shirt crash-landed In case you needed it explained.(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) The Spy Who Liked Me John Le Carré and Richard Burton.(tags: films … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 15-11-2014

Rejected For a Job at The Container Store The American dream in reality.(tags: uspolitics ) Israel’s One-State Reality Fascinating profile of the new president.(tags: middleeast ) Time to sort NI’s road numbers? Admittedly nerdy.(tags: northernireland )

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Links I found interesting for 14-11-2014

Europe’s Elaborate Tax Dance Change must come.(tags: eu ) Jerks will be jerks Maria deals with a pickup artist!(tags: sexandgenderandsexuality ) Doctor Who and Glasgow University statement.(tags: doctorwho scotland ) Huge rise in sanctions for people with disabilities British govt’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday reading

Current Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy Beach Music, by Pat Conroy ξ2 Lungbarrow, by Marc Platt Last books finished Sugar Skull, by Charles Burns μ2 Empire of Death, by David Bishop Home, by Marilynne Robinson ν2 Next books Rules, by … Continue reading

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Links I found interesting for 12-11-2014

Former RTÉ broadcaster Brian Farrell dies Sad news.(tags: ireland deaths ) Underground London: adventures in the secret city beneath our feet Not easy to explore, alas!(tags: london ) Victory in Europe How Britain got its money back. (Or not.)(tags: ukpolitics … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland local government elections 2014 – first half

I have finished the first round of updates for the Antrim & Newtownabbey, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Causeway Coast & Glens, Derry & Strabane, Fermanagh & Omagh, and Lisburn & Castlereagh council elections in May. Five more to go…

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