Monthly Archives: November 2016

November Books

Massive fail here. I think that the election and various other distractions have really hit my usual rota of book reading, both last month and this. My pathetic total is, er, 3. Fiction (non-sf): 1 (YTD 28) Kramer’s War, by … Continue reading

Comments Off on November Books

Interesting Links for 30-11-2016

New Montenegrin government Delighted to see Srdjan Darmanović foreign minister, AA Pejović EU minister!(tags: montenegro ) Juncker’s time is running out Glorious from @Stollmeyer_EU(tags: eu ) Kitchen gadgets review: Food Sniffer – ‘It smells fishy to me’ More tech madness … Continue reading

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 30-11-2016

Prime Minister Corbyn and other things that never happened, eds Duncan Brack & Iain Dale

Second paragraph of third chapter ("What if Lyndon Johnson had been shot down in 1942", by Robet Waller): The B-26 Marauder bomber in which he was flying, named the Heckling Hare, was attacked on the outward journey by Japanese Zero … Continue reading

Comments Off on Prime Minister Corbyn and other things that never happened, eds Duncan Brack & Iain Dale

Interesting Links for 29-11-2016

This $1,500 Toaster Oven Is Everything That’s Wrong With Silicon Valley Design “Instead of teaching ourselves to cook, we’re teaching a machine to cook. And while that might make a product more valuable in the long term for a greater … Continue reading

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 29-11-2016

Antarès, Épisode 1, by Leo

This is the eleventh in the series of Les Mondes d'Aldébaran, the lush sf graphic novels by Brazilian-French writer/artist Leo (Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira), and the start of Antarès, the third of the four sequences within the cycle. Good news, … Continue reading

Comments Off on Antarès, Épisode 1, by Leo

Interesting Links for 28-11-2016

NASA Didn’t Find Life on Mars—But It Did Find Something Very Cool West Wing not prophetic yet in this case.(tags: mars astronomy )

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 28-11-2016

Presidential terms, in graphs

Here's a nice graph. "Yes, Nicholas, but what does it mean?" Let me tell you what it means. Along the bottom you will see the names, in order, of the US Presidents to date. Immediately above them is a blue … Continue reading

Comments Off on Presidential terms, in graphs

Interesting Links for 27-11-2016

Trump Grasped What Others Missed Short but clear.(tags: uspolitics )

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 27-11-2016

Saturday reading

Alas, our valiant household computer is dying, and much of the day was spent tactfully lining up a replacement. Current Kings of the North, by Cecelia Holland AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers, ed. Nnedi Okorafor Tolstoy, by Henri Troyat … Continue reading

Comments Off on Saturday reading

Interesting Links for 26-11-2016

The Shape Of Emily’s Coffin Trying to grasp a ghost.(tags: Death literature bronte )

1 Comment

Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

Second paragraph of third chapter: No one had been more surprised than Neely. One critic had actually called her the freshest new talent to come along in many a season. This accolade, coupled with the new apartment, made her almost … Continue reading

1 Comment

Interesting Links for 25-11-2016

We Need To Talk About Alek Brilliant on Vučić by @DejanAnastasije.(tags: serbia ) Demographics, Not Hacking, Explain The Election Results @NateSilver538 pours cold water.(tags: Uspolitics ) Probability of descending from Edward III If you are of British or Irish descent, … Continue reading

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 25-11-2016

SPQR, by Mary Beard

Second paragraph of third chapter (on the earliest remaining scrap of written Latin): The text is in many respects extremely frustrating. It is incomplete, the top third of the pillar not surviving. It is close to incomprehensible. The Latin is … Continue reading

Comments Off on SPQR, by Mary Beard

Interesting Links for 24-11-2016

Why every office should scrap its clean desk policy Excellent.(tags: work psychology ) The truth about trade agreements – and why we need them A useful corrective.(tags: economics uspolitics ) Watch out for Hammond, the potential PM no one saw … Continue reading

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 24-11-2016

Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in honour of Jack Vance, eds. George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

Second paragraph of third story ("The Copsy Door", by Terry Dowling): Not for the first time that morning, Amberlin wondered if the strange lanky creature had found a new way to slip his holding spell. This is a collection of … Continue reading

Comments Off on Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in honour of Jack Vance, eds. George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

Interesting Links for 23-11-2016

How Your Brain Decides Without You Duck? Or rabbit?(tags: psychology ) Pat McCrory is trying to steal the North Carolina governorship. Nothing like democracy, eh?(tags: uspolitics )

1 Comment

The Joy Device, by Justin Richards

Second paragraph of third chapter: Not that in the event this mattered. The incoming ship he was meeting was itself three hours late. And that was on top of the four hours late he already knew about from the spaceport … Continue reading

Comments Off on The Joy Device, by Justin Richards

Interesting Links for 22-11-2016

A tale of two countries: Brexit and the ‘left behind’ thesis Crunching the numbers.(tags: brexit ukpolitics ) Donald Trump voters and Twitter: 10,000 Twitter words according to their similarity with Trump support Hee!(tags: Uspolitics english Twitter ) US banks lay … Continue reading

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 22-11-2016

Companion Piece, by Robert Perry and Mike Tucker

I am way way behind on book-blogging, but one has to re-start somewhere. Second paragraph of third chapter: The clink of armour rang out through the crisp, sharp air as a squad of guards, splendid and sinister in coal-black breastplates … Continue reading

Comments Off on Companion Piece, by Robert Perry and Mike Tucker

Interesting Links for 21-11-2016

How Fake News Goes Viral Sad!(tags: facebook twitter uspolitics internet ) Carrie Fisher on Harrison Ford: ‘I love him. I’ll always feel something for him’ Wow.(tags: sf )

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 21-11-2016

Numbers with nothing in the middle

There is an infinite set of numbers with nothing in the middle. By that I mean a positive whole number whose first digit and last digit are not zero, but any and all digits in between are zero. The 81 … Continue reading

Comments Off on Numbers with nothing in the middle

Saturday reading (a day late)

I’ve really slacked off in my reading in the last couple of weeks – lots of travel, and also reaction to the US election and other intense things going on behind the scenes. Next couple of weeks seem likly to … Continue reading

Comments Off on Saturday reading (a day late)

Interesting Links for 20-11-2016

Why Europe will drive a hard Brexit Home truths.(tags: brexit ukpolitics eu )

1 Comment

Interesting Links for 19-11-2016

Oettigate: Juncker’s depressing spectacle Searing stuff from @TimKingBru.(tags: eu )

1 Comment

Interesting Links for 18-11-2016

Obama Reckons With a Trump Presidency Another brilliant David Remnick piece.(tags: uspolitics ) How the British press lost Merkel in translation on Brexit Too kind about deliberate misinterpretation.(tags: germany ukpolitics brexit eu )

1 Comment

Interesting Links for 17-11-2016

I told conservatives to work for Trump. One talk with his team changed my mind. Wow.(tags: uspolitics )

1 Comment

Interesting Links for 16-11-2016

‘There is no plan’ for Brexit, leaked memo says What a surprise.(tags: brexit ukpolitics eu ) The Myths Democrats Swallowed That Cost Them the Presidential Election Aimed at Sanders supporters. Strong.(tags: uspolitics )

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 16-11-2016

Interesting Links for 15-11-2016

Surveillance Self-Defense Against the Trump Administration Protect yourself.(tags: internet uspolitics )

Comments Off on Interesting Links for 15-11-2016

Interesting Links for 14-11-2016

you can’t be held hostage to a bad employee Words of wisdom.(tags: work ) Making Light: What now? Many good links.(tags: uspolitics )

1 Comment

Interesting Links for 13-11-2016

Clinton’s Popular-Vote Lead Will Grow, and Grow, and Grow But the result will be the same.(tags: uspolitics ) ‘I feel truly ashamed.’ Sheffield VC on Theresa May’s trade mission to India Ow.(tags: india ukpolitics migration )

1 Comment