Monthly Archives: August 2017

August Books

Non-fiction: 5 (YTD 34) The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, by Erving Goffman QI: The Book of the Dead, by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson William Cecil, Ireland and the Tudor State, by Christopher Maginn You're Never Weird on … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:52: Most popular baby names in Belgium – well done Liam! https://t.co/8OisSYDv8e Wed, 19:27: UK plan to bypass Commission in Brexit talks doomed to fail https://t.co/Q2GODcOTXg Good to see this being shot down quickly. Wed, 20:48: Remembering Michael Jackson’s … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: RT @FrankMulqueen: Ah reality…… a cruel mistress #Brexit https://t.co/x1MTaz0n1V Tue, 16:05: RT @JenniferMerode: The foreign secretary is an international joke. Almost every line is devastating. https://t.co/KVJYbFarwl https://t.co… Tue, 19:11: RT @JenniferMerode: Whisper it, but we didn’t need to … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @JakubKrupa: Yeah, I’m not sure if the EU will ever be able to recover after this killer move by Davis. https://t.co/Ns9NK1mW7U Mon, 14:26: RT @MarieAnnUK: *Brexiteers trying to make Brexit work* https://t.co/wUpTn9ApBU Mon, 14:56: RT @JenniferMerode: Sources … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: The Eurozone economic recovery is humming along just fine https://t.co/9VCSUlS9Le Fascinating and clear. Sun, 16:05: Doctor Who, The Chase and the charts: why Bradley Walsh is everywhere https://t.co/PBsV4JRZ5L The new companion. Sun, 19:45: RT @ForeignPolicy: A lone GOP … Continue reading

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Sunday reading

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) Synners, by Pat Cadigan Last books finished A Life of Surprises, ed. Paul Cornell QI: The Book of the Dead, by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson William Cecil, … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @kevinhorourke: Davis et al may have thought that Border was the key to avoiding necessary choices, but they aren’t fooling anyone: http… Sat, 14:11: RT @aquilum: This is beyond shameful. #NotInMyName https://t.co/JPLJJkKApF Sat, 15:46: RT @douglax: Happy … Continue reading

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Fri, 13:09: RT @quarsan: He’s put ‘innovative jam’ on the agenda. https://t.co/R7OIk8fRxs Fri, 13:38: Kudos to Kathy! https://t.co/XDwMYodO8G Fri, 16:05: Britain must welcome international students https://t.co/3mIvsZ3HRs Osborne on form again. Fri, 16:25: RT @BCNI2018: Our secondary consultation begins on 5 … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @Beathhigh: Finally got a letter printed in The Times… https://t.co/0Bzi1X6B5d Fri, 10:45: Tove Jansson: Correspondence https://t.co/1ONNg6Aq57 A short story. Fri, 10:53: RT @JenniferMerode: Problem with this strategy is that EU27 drew up Barnier’s mandate. Attacking him and … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: John Kerr: Brexit is about foreign policy. Why is Britain being so silent? https://t.co/PSh8rvXbU0 Good question. Wed, 16:05: Brexit: a word of caution https://t.co/lxtVyh8eZ4 The Leave Alliance are (justifiably) worried. Wed, 16:18: RT @UK_LDC: Privatised Nationalised Nationalised Nationalised … Continue reading

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What I will tell my daughter about her name

Tony de Brum, former vice-president and foreign minister of the Marshall Islands, died yesterday. I was tremendously privileged to have helped him a bit with his campaign against climate change; he was a great man from a small country. Another … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: A high price looms as Brexit reality bites https://t.co/2OM7YdJCPT Interesting from George Osborne, no less. Tue, 13:10: Amen. https://t.co/6NUnmflijF Tue, 16:05: How did The Prisoner ever get made? https://t.co/iq2zizFMv2 Good question! Tue, 16:16: RT @President_Heine: Our nation lost … Continue reading

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A Mutual Friend, by Terrance Dicks

(From the 2002 anthology A Life of Surprises, ed. Paul Cornell) Bernice Summerfield, badly hung over and desperate for coffee, collected her mug of double espresso from the Starbucks counter and looked round for somewhere to sit before she fell … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: Worldcon 75 WSFS Division Post-Con Report https://t.co/pFVjBaVed7 My DH writes. Mon, 13:48: RT @MSmithsonPB: Chart of the Opinium did you believe the Leave “�350 m a week to the NHS” claim? Via @tomholder https://t.co/gdqehUJ6mR Mon, 14:49: RT @JolyonMaugham: … Continue reading

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Five sf novels that stay in my mind

There’s been a nice sequence of posts in the last few days (Victor Milán, Steve Wright, Kyra of File 770) listing five sf novels that they feel are neglected. I thought I should join in, and running through my LibraryThing … Continue reading

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Brian Aldiss, 1925-2017

It is with great sadness we announce the death of our beloved father & grandfather. Brian died peacefully at home on his 92nd birthday ^TA — Brian Aldiss (@brianaldiss) August 21, 2017 Damn.

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Sun, 12:56: Starting Star Wars: How George Lucas came to create a galaxy https://t.co/hJrt1F1gUN Fascinating. Sun, 16:05: Some More Words about the 2017 Hugo Awards https://t.co/CYp40jUZT6 A really good roundup. Sun, 17:34: If anyone is interested, I am nwhyte#8379 on … Continue reading

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Sunday reading (two weeks)

Current Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month) QI: The Book of the Dead, by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson A Life of Surprises, ed. Paul Cornell William Cecil, Ireland and the Tudor State, by Christopher … Continue reading

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Sat, 14:52: RT @GeorgeTakei: Who knew that “infrastructure week” meant going completely off the rails, paving the roads to hell, and burning all your b… Sat, 19:03: RT @ce_murphy: I’ve gotten caught in the rain again! My story is that … Continue reading

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2017 Hugo Voter’s Packet Debrief

(Note by Nicholas Whyte: In the log of Hugo Administrator decisions published a week ago, we referred to the debriefing document compiled by this year’s Hugo packet coordinator, Jo Van Ekeren. I’m publishing the summary here at her request. The … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @UkNatArchives: A map of @TowerOfLondon from 1597. #16thcentury #earlymodern https://t.co/REuCagYgEE https://t.co/UfyzsnGZ8u Fri, 14:22: @marjoriemliu You have mail re Hugo. Fri, 15:30: The Adminstrator’s Worldcon – part 2 of my 2017 Hugo memories https://t.co/DPYCXHHzw2 Fri, 16:05: Tolkien in … Continue reading

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The Adminstrator’s Worldcon – part 2 of my 2017 Hugo memories

(Part 2 of 2) (The Messukeskus, by Ian Moore) I almost didn’t make it to Worldcon 75. My taxi was 15 minutes late picking me up from home, and then encountered serious traffic en route to Zaventem airport. I was … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:04: I’m at Coolnacran Rath in Loughbrickland https://t.co/Rwfca4f0z0 https://t.co/noiSpuhIsQ Thu, 12:56: The origin of complex life on Earth just got a little less mysterious https://t.co/t2JpGDJWSR Wow. Thu, 18:34: The Administrator’s Tale – part 1 of my 2017 Hugo memories … Continue reading

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The Administrator’s Tale – part 1 of my 2017 Hugo memories

(Part 1 of 2) (The 2017 Hugo Award) In 2014 I was the division head for Promotions for Loncon 3, which turned out to be the second biggest Worldcon ever. It was immensely hard work, but also immensely rewarding. I … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you. https://t.co/6erwPawk4l Excellent. Wed, 16:43: Great analysis thread. “The Brexit leprechaun is strong in this one.” https://t.co/AeLWUrVfde Thu, 09:09: RT @301N: Or: Britain is begging … Continue reading

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Tue, 14:41: RT @Queen_Europe: Wait, the British think they can organise the whole of Brexit in 18 months when it takes them 4 years just to fix a clock… Tue, 14:47: Important thread on latest UK proposal. https://t.co/50p95KT88q Tue, 19:36: … Continue reading

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Mon, 13:26: RT @sfmnemonic: By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I’m with you. Mon, 15:07: RT @DickLiberty1: #OnThisDay 1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens in London. Mon, 15:17: … Continue reading

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Sun, 16:33: RT @worldcon75: We are the second biggest Worldcon ever. 10516 Members and Day Passes 7119 Warm Bodies on Site. #Worldcon75 Sun, 20:09: RT @worldcon75: @audiojeremy @howardtayler @crashwong Apologies for this pretty terrible mistake. Artists (who we greatly admire) … Continue reading

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Sat, 14:08: Hugo Administrator’s Reports 2017 – All the information you want. Probably more than you want. #TheHugoAwards https://t.co/eqWii0oas0 Sat, 18:29: RT @bbcdoctorwho: Ron Grainer, the composer of the #DoctorWho theme, was born 95 years ago today! Why not do … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:01: RT @worldcon75: Don’t miss The Hugo Awards Ceremony tonight! Hall 1 opens at 19.00, Ceremony begins 19.30! #TheHugoAwards! #Worldcon75 h… Fri, 15:10: RT @TaruPeltola: Time for war on science #worldcon75 Fri, 15:12: RT @Ny__Tid: “The War on Science” … Continue reading

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