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  • Commented on April Fools Day is Cancelled this Year.
    Most April Fool gags I don't notice (well, most I never see), as there is plenty of bizarre stuff reported all the other days. Even the report about some German being well placed to assume the throne of Scotland didn't...
  • Commented on I'm back
    @Lior.K: "music for readers to listen to" Very occasionally a book and some music gets irrevocably linked in my mind, the main example for me being The Lord of the Rings and The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed, an...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Stross @ 25: "music for writing to needs to be non-intrusive" Philip Pullman was quoted in the Times today about this sort of thing: '“I can put up with any other noise — traffic, pneumatic drills, as many as you...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Andreas Vox @ 201 "if the pilot tried (and succeeded?) to match the course of another civil flight" Here's a worked out example (with maps and photos) by someone called Keith Ledgerwood of how that might have worked, with a...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    This (I assume) was the New Statesman article you mentioned: "Jonathan Ross and the Hugo awards: why was he forced out by science fiction's self-appointed gatekeepers?" by Hayley Campbell....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Christopher Priest reports on a previous run-in with Ross at the end of a publisher's* book tour nearly 20 years ago....
  • Commented on Baboon Fart Odyssey
    I think you meant to say: Aaa bb dd eeeee h iii j lll n o rr ss t v ww z -()....
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    @Dave Lester: "there is also a male/female imbalance for the 20-40 somethings" My grandfather survived WW1 (apart from anything else, he was a Quaker and a conscientious objector and spent some time in Wormwood Scrubs); he would have been 31...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    @ Greg Tingey - "Well the BBC got it wrong. The Thankful Villages numbered 41." You're at cross purposes with strummist and the BBC; you're talking about the exclusively WWI Thankfuls, they're talking about the Doubly-Thankfuls who lost no-one in...
  • Commented on Book Launch: Neptune's Brood, Edinburgh, Thursday
    Sorry if this is old news, but linguistic blog Language Log has been talking about a bit of Neptune's Brood: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=5154 "From Charles Stross, Neptune's Brood. It's 7000 AD, and Krina Alizond-114 has this to say about a not-very-helpful piece...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Halting State
    OGH - "It's easy enough to come adrift by a year digit or two." I find it is possible to come adrift by a decade - every now and then I assume 1988 is 15 years ago until I think...
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Singularity Sky
    OP: "Spectrum SF (which you haven't heard of)" I've heard of it! And I still have some issues sitting around somewhere, too. Alastair Reynolds' "The Great Wall of Mars" was in one issue, for instance....
  • Commented on No. Words.
    @ Bellingham - not only the BBC, he's also main picture on most of the broadsheet front pages today. http://www.frontpagestoday.co.uk/2013/04/04/archive.cfm I first read Iain Banks not long after The Wasp Factory came out. Oddly, as I mentioned elsewhere, I felt...
  • Commented on 2512
    My Manchester location was Moss Side, btw... kind of a byword for drug gang violence, but also only about ten minutes' walk from Manchester University's main buildings....
  • Commented on 2512
    Charlie: "in general the good dwellings are repaired and last a long time; the slums are bulldozed and few people shed tears for them." This was brought home to me when I passed through York and Manchester in 2004, revisiting...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    "Horse Race Model [...] The question is whether we can do anything about it, aside from listening to nothing but the BBC every other year." There was a columnist in The Times today complaining that she found herself uninterested in...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    Charlie - "I should finish it within the next couple of weeks. However, you'll have to wait another 18 months to read it! " I used to work in college publishing (in sales and marketing rather than editorial) and I...
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    Just checking...
  • Commented on New server teething issues
    Testing with a LiveJournal icon...
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