Monthly Archives: May 2018

May Books

Non-fiction: 8 (YTD 25) Luminescent Threads, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal The Road to Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoe … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: RT @qmulbioethics: Carrying books to impress girls is a whole chapter in my forthcoming misery memoir: Nietzsche, Spots and Me. Wed, 13:38: RT @Dublin2019: Eligible voters for the 2018 Hugo Awards, i.e., members of @worldcon2018, take note! The … Continue reading

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No Time to Spare, by Ursula Le Guin; and Sleeping with Monsters, by Liz Bourke (2018 Hugo finalists)

Two more Hugo finalists for Best Related Work – both of them books of essays and blog posts, originally published online. No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin Second paragraph of third chapter: One … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: This is a really lovely story. https://t.co/tcO5hab5ji Tue, 14:48: UK Brexit proposals nominated for Hugo Award in Fantasy category https://t.co/upyvivGG1I via @newsthump Tue, 16:05: So You Think You Have Troubles? Northern Ireland and Brexit https://t.co/RKJsZ6lJQ8 Lecture by @GerryLynch … Continue reading

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Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith

Second paragraph of third chapter: The wind had died to a whisper and the night was quiet and inky soft. Dry ting grass scratched against the spun fibers of Marghe’s nightbag as she wriggled onto her back. The cloud cover … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @nosemonkey: Bloody hell there’s a lot of idiotic commentary trying to compare the Irish abortion referendum and the Brexit one this mor… Mon, 13:09: RT @EuroCelt: After the euphoria of #repealedthe8th its back to the biggest diplomatic … Continue reading

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Tweets from yesterday’s event

After the euphoria of #repealedthe8th its back to the biggest diplomatic challenge ever faced by the Irish State, according to @DecKelleher @apcoworldwide event on Northern Ireland after Brexit pic.twitter.com/jTZ5E8XbAd — David Garrahy (@EuroCelt) May 28, 2018 Full house @apcoworldwide in … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Gemini, by Dorothy Dunnett The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee Last books finished Beyond This Horizon, by Robert A. Heinlein Collected Works, ed. Nick Wallace Mind Over Ship, by David Marusek In Other … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: Giant canyons discovered in Antarctica https://t.co/b2eT83sGE5 Tekeli-li! Sun, 16:15: The Repeal of the Eighth https://t.co/eDnFIyV42j Sun, 16:15: @aaocarroll https://t.co/OLVlCAQBWP Sun, 17:59: RT @hayward_katy: Public opinion on abortion in Northern Ireland via @ARK_info: 63% agree it’s a woman’s right … Continue reading

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The Repeal of the Eighth

Well done, everyone. Here is the map with the final official results. (This map and the map below are from Jason Kelleher at Irish Political Maps, on Twitter as @IrishPolMaps.) Although there was a narrow majority against the repeal of … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: RT @AdamBienkov: Prometheus was chained alone on a rock for eternity so an eagle could repeatedly peck out his liver. https://t.co/Y1EwUfqP… Sat, 13:49: RT @KeithMillsD7: Two tallies are complete Dublin Central (76%) and Galway East (61%). Working my … Continue reading

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The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

It's going to be quite a lot of Hugo posts in the next few days as I clear my backlog of books read but yet unblogged. I must say that this has brought home to me how much the system … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s https://t.co/tdInlAIKyP @chbid Christopher H Bidmead explains the link b… https://t.co/XFGyqFX3Gw Fri, 16:48: RT @Sadhbhlikedive: Saw this in the Abroad for Yes Facebook group and started crying again. The force of … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time, by Paul Cornell

Second paragraph of third chapter: It was a decision that meant that he no longer had to bear the burden of hope. So, we come to the latest novelisation of the latest Doctor Who episode. (For the record, the shortest … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:25: RT @JunckerEU: When #Bulgaria took its rightful place in our Union, the #Cyrillic alphabet also took its rightful place at the heart of Eur… Thu, 12:56: Blog: Sir Ivan Rogers’ speech text in full https://t.co/u2V66Nl6EU Brilliant stuff. Thu, … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, by Steven Moffat

Second paragraph of third chapter (numbered Chapter 1): ‘He’s here,’ I said, keeping tight rein on the panic levels in my voice. ‘I can hear him, moving about. He’s in Time Vault Zero. The Doctor is in Time Vault Zero.’ … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Former Ipswich mayor Inga Lockington loses citizenship bid https://t.co/0xNg9QYLXM But reassuring EU citizens has b… https://t.co/VDn54U7ktC Wed, 16:05: John Crace on his heroin addiction https://t.co/xeHq4y5Boz Powerful. Wed, 18:47: Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion, by Jenny T. Colgan https://t.co/wct0WsUEnB … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion, by Jenny T. Colgan

Second paragraph of third chapter: She [Jackie Tyler] told herself that a lot, these days. This is the second of the four recently published Doctor Who novelisations, reviving the Target series; by the great chick-lit writer Jenny Colgan, it puts … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: How the Nixon pardon tore the Ford administration apart https://t.co/oc91svTxTn It was the right thing to do. It ki… https://t.co/2NKR6V0uYP Tue, 16:05: RT @Rob0Sullivan: Yeah, in Ireland we don’t have school shootings because we make it real hard … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: Rose, by Russell T. Davis

Second paragraph of third chapter: A hug, of course, whoomph! Her mum grabbed hold of her and squeezed her tight. Jackie Tyler, five foot nothing, age not relevant, karaoke champion of the Spinning Wheel, life and soul of the party … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: This is simply not happening in any other country. But it became clear after Sandy Hook that school shootings are a… https://t.co/wiUvqziGQK Mon, 15:50: Monday reading https://t.co/6dpx0stUra Mon, 16:05: RT @dabeard: Stunning: More American kids have been killed … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Collected Works, ed. Nick Wallace Mind Over Ship, by David Marusek Beyond This Horizon, by Robert A. Heinlein In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan Last books finished Summer in Orcus, by T. Kingfisher A Skinful of Shadows, by … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: RT @darachos: If you’re a bloke who’s on the fence about next Friday’s vote and are reluctant to say so publicly on Twitter, please DM me.… Sun, 15:48: The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Novella https://t.co/xf8TdVhkcG Sun, 16:05: … Continue reading

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The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Novella

I found it pretty easy to rank these this year, though I am also very well aware that my tastes are very different from those of voters (and indeed nominators). One point before I start: it's of course very gratifying … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:39: RT @DavidLammy: Your officials asked to come to my constituency surgery. Your officials asked for my advice on an outreach strategy because… Sat, 12:47: In case you were wondering: the definitive list of Doctor Who weddings. https://t.co/0X2yx0Q7xy Sat, … Continue reading

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The God Instinct, by Jesse Bering

Third paragraph of fourth chapter: Of course, Nagin was only reinventing the well-treaded fire-and-brimstone wheel in suggesting that our God is a testy and vengeful one. Just a year before he made his political gaffe, other reflective people from all … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @guyverhofstadt: This illustrates why the Slovak police investigation into the death of Jan Kuciak enjoys so little trust & why a direct… Fri, 14:56: RT @LMMyles: Sad to hear the news of Graham Strong’s death. The best … Continue reading

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The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin

Second paragraph of third chapter: Tonkee and Hoa lag behind with you. It’s almost like the old days, except that now Hoa appears as you walk, gets left behind as you keep walking, then appears again somewhere ahead of you. … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:08: RT @MouvEuropeen_Fr: Alors que s’ouvre le sommet UE – Balkans en Bulgarie, notre Président @ybertoncini analyse ce test géopolitique dans @… Thu, 12:56: Brexit: What Theresa May’s White Paper must do https://t.co/I3tNqP71CE More common sense from @AndrewDuffEU. Thu, … Continue reading

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Genius Loci, by Ben Aaronovitch

Second paragraph of third chapter: The Professor’s database had a lot of material from the twentieth century. She called it the last Romantic age when the Earth was still diverse and exciting. She said it was a simpler age when … Continue reading

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