Monthly Archives: August 2018

August Books

An amazing thing happened last Saturday: I was actually up to date with bookblogging for the first time in about two years. Of course, it couldn't last, and I am now behind again. But It was a nice feeling, for … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: We Don’t Get to Choose Our Traumas https://t.co/whYvwWG6mb @foxyfolklorist: “We can’t choose what traumatizes us, b… https://t.co/NMR3aLIpWA Thu, 14:15: I had missed that @EditionsDargaud have started publishing a new epic series by Leo, “Retour sur Aldébaran” – grabb… … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:56: Fantastic thread. https://t.co/C01tfqQvPP Wed, 16:05: The Story of Why I Left Riot Games https://t.co/ZFaeQkNmyS How tolerance of toxic sexism gets baked into workplace culture. Wed, 20:48: RT @SJAMcBride: For many people, Alasdair McDonnell is now seen solely through … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:56: An End to Australia’s Democratic Pantomime? by Gareth Evans https://t.co/SBDzd99gDJ My former boss (and former fore… https://t.co/OFsJqR926x Tue, 15:24: About to go live on @BBCRadioFoyle https://t.co/ADBn7VOejG Tue, 16:05: Jo Cox: Brussels square to be named in Labour MP’s … Continue reading

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The Deer Hunter, by Eric Corner

Second paragraph of third chapter: Thumping noises sounded from the bedroom above. They grew louder. There was a crash, then another, as furniture was hurled about. The a loud thud, follwoed by silence. I saw the Oscar-winning film when I … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:56: RT @MSmithsonPB: My Tweet on polling from September 6 2015. https://t.co/rzCu8F0iXz Mon, 13:59: 42 Lesser Known British Children’s TV Shows https://t.co/p1RzjnxrUw Wow. Mon, 15:02: When love flourished in M for medical textbooks https://t.co/BforX9p0qx Aww. Lovely story. (Hat-tip to … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson Huawei Stories: Explorers, ed. Tian Tao and Yin Zhifeng Last books finished The Deer Hunter, by Eric Corder Amoras deel 3: Krimson, by Marc Legendre and Charel Cambré Rare Unsigned Copy, by Simon Petrie … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:22: Any experts on Italian castles who can tell me where this is? Asking for a friend. Picture taken around 1961. https://t.co/4PaTOP2XGM Sun, 12:39: RT @PeterKGeoghegan: A few weeks ago Rees-Mogg visited Irish border for a TV piece and … Continue reading

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Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard

Third paragraph of first lecture, with illustration: What interests me is the relationship between this classic Homeric moment of silencing a woman and some of the ways in which women's voices are not publicly heard in our own contemporary culture, … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: How the Netherlands Feeds the World https://t.co/NInOdYzELy Amazing. Well worth a read. Sat, 14:45: RT @Scientists4EU: This is >£500m *per annum*, to be clear. If no-deal Brexit stops ERC, MSCA & SMEi grants from being signed from end … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is the Best Place on the Internet https://t.co/pgVvzvZOUS Yup. Fri, 16:05: The head of Banco Santander writes. https://t.co/92YE77wSUi Fri, 19:10: Once again at @delijn’s dangerous Perron 14, where there is nowhere to sit … Continue reading

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Missile Gap, by Charles Stross

Second paragraph of third chapter: The comrade colonel laughs uneasily. He’s forty-three and still slim and boyish-looking, but carries a quiet melancholy around with him like his own personal storm cloud. “I was very busy all the time,” he says … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: Tachtig procent maïs en witloof verloren door de hitte https://t.co/sqIfp1Vc7f The impact of the heatwave on our ow… https://t.co/Zt9SCjP6ep Thu, 14:02: RT @nkjemisin: A minor clarification for folks that need it: that was not anger you saw, when … Continue reading

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Anno Dracula – Dracula Cha Cha Cha, by Kim Newman

Second paragraph of third chapter of Dracula Cha Cha Cha: ‘You saw the assassin?’ Silvestri asked. ‘Il Boia Scarlatto?’ Second paragraph of third chapter of Aquarius: Before leaving, Timmy asked Kate something she’d heard before. I had not read any … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:46: RT @jonlis1: So gov will not, after all, deport 3 million people. Great. But there’s no moral superiority in declining to act like Idi Amin… Wed, 12:56: ‘Spectacular’ ancient public library discovered in Germany https://t.co/9M8p8fBqAX Wow – bang … Continue reading

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Fair Trade, by Laura T. Reynolds, Douglas L. Murray and John Wilkinson

Second paragraph of third chapter: This chapter locates Fair Trade as a manifestation of, and response to, shifting international trade and North/South relations. Fair Trade certification emerged and expanded most rapidly within the coffee sector, a tropical export arena defined … Continue reading

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Tue, 12:01: RT @NaomiOhReally: Subtitled version and full clip available here via @kingkane https://t.co/lbHMrn5nlJ Tue, 12:32: Six month paid internship in our office – applications welcome. https://t.co/JbySzkPtoo Tue, 12:56: RT @TomJLines: @KeohaneDan What has been remarkable since the British referendum … Continue reading

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Wroxeter

AE Housman, A Shropshire Lad XXXI: On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble;       His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves; The gale, it plies the saplings double,       And thick on Severn snow the leaves. 'Twould blow like this through holt and … Continue reading

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Mon, 12:18: In answer to a question: in 46 years of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the only winner before… https://t.co/ugyJFEtlW5 Mon, 12:56: RT @jonlis1: Man walks into his favourite local, puts a gun to his … Continue reading

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Monday reading

Current Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor The Deer Hunter, by Eric Corner Last books finished Nobody’s Children, by Kate Orman, Jonathan Blum and Philip Purser-Hallard The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson Wroxeter Roman City, … Continue reading

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Sun, 12:56: China, Unsure of How to Handle Trump, Braces for ‘New Cold War’ – Bloomberg https://t.co/AANLTuW2lO Personally I th… https://t.co/SGUJGeBEn3 Sun, 13:02: RT @keiranpedley: THREAD: New poll from ⁦@DeltapollUK⁩ backs what I’ve been saying – idea that there’s been … Continue reading

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The 2018 Hugo Awards in detail

The results are here! The stats are here! Headlines: Closest result of the night was Best Editor Short Form – Lynne M. Thomas and Michael D. Thomas finished just 6 votes ahead of Sheila Williams. Most crushing victory was File … Continue reading

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The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

Second paragraph of third chapter: But expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack. Apart from the sampler submitted as part of this year’s Hugo packet, I think the only works … Continue reading

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Sat, 12:56: This is very entertaining, but I think it is too good to be true! https://t.co/V7WNcsr126 Sat, 16:05: RT @StuartHumphryes: Beautiful, evocative and moving: This is the earliest known original colour film of London, taken in 1924 – only … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Children, by Kate Orman, Jonathan Blum and Philip Purser-Hallard

Second paragraph of third section of “All Mimsy Were the Borogoves”, by Kate Orman: I pulled myself off her torso, which made her flinch, and took the form of a madder-lily once more – a harmless ornament on the phone … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: Read the replies. https://t.co/WKNSqZFIqv Fri, 13:30: RT @jonlis1: 1. No-deal would be our choice, not EU’s 2. If we fall out of international agreements (no-deal) EU can’t pretend we’re still… Fri, 13:30: RT @jonlis1: Brexiters always used to … Continue reading

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1943 Retro Hugos: the detail

The full results of the 1943 Retro Hugos have been released. As usual, below I am reporting the margin of victory for the winner, and the other placings, giving margins of victory where they were less than 20 votes. For … Continue reading

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Time Lord, by Ian Marsh and Peter Darville-Evans

Second paragraph of Part Three: Players and the referee should read this chapter carefully, or have it explained to them by someone who knows the rules. Rules in subsequent chapters can be skimmed by players to glean some knowledge of … Continue reading

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Thu, 19:33: Huwawei Stories: Pioneers, ed. Tian Tao and Yin Zhifeng https://t.co/KQYTwgEhcQ Thu, 20:48: Swings and Roundabouts https://t.co/AIiaIJKFjZ @belledejour_uk on her friend Laura Lee and the demands of truth. Thu, 22:17: RT @will_i_am_s_: Ok timeline, who wants to hear my … Continue reading

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Huawei Stories: Pioneers, ed. Tian Tao and Yin Zhifeng

Second paragraph of third chapter (“A London Courtship”, by Victor Zhang): This ‘London courtship’ helped us to get our foot in the door of the European sector, and was a milestone in Huawei’s progress into the global markets. I attended … Continue reading

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