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How accounting rules distort real life

Accounting rules have perverse effects on real life. Here's an example dear to my heart.

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Tags: ranting, real life. 22nd November 2014

Third Harpoon PBEM AAR: The Russians Are Coming

This third game went a lot faster than the last, taking about twelve days of real time to run.

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2 comments. Tags: harpoon, wargaming. 21st November 2014

Meet the Tiger, Leslie Charteris

In a small village by the Devon coast, a very strange fellow has moved into the old pill-box on the cliff. Excitement ensues.

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Tags: reading, reviews, thriller. 20th November 2014

Theory and History of Multirotor Aircraft

I'm trying to learn more about practical multirotor design with a view to designing and building my own. A multirotor flies essentially by replacing mechanical complexity with software complexity, which is lighter. Here's a bit more detail.

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2 comments. Tags: aeronautics, drone. 19th November 2014

Bad Pharma, Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre explains at length how pretty much everything about drug research and selection is rotten.

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Tags: non-fiction, reading, reviews. 18th November 2014

Aldnoah.Zero

2014, 12 episodes: AniDB

Mecha series. The Martians are invading Earth, and their technology is overpowering. But some Earthlings are able to fight back.

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Tags: anime, anime 2014 summer, reviews. 17th November 2014

USS Seawolf, Patrick Robinson

In an attempt to get details of the latest Chinese missile submarine, an American attack boat is sent in to shadow her. Spoilers.

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2 comments. Tags: naval, reading, reviews, thriller, war. 16th November 2014

Automata

2014, dir. Gabe Ibañez, Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen: IMDb / allmovie

After the vast majority of humanity has been killed by solar storms, robots keep the remainder alive in a small numer of cities. But some robots seem to be breaking their rules.

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Tags: existential risk, film, reviews, science fiction. 15th November 2014

Fixing the Possibility Chalice

The Torg adventure The Possibility Chalice was published in the far-off days of 1990, when information about mysterious lands across the ocean was hard to come by, especially in a small town in Pennsylvania.

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8 comments. Tags: rpgs, torg. 14th November 2014

Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 19

As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details

The Doctor - Peter Davison
Adric - Matthew Waterhouse
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding This entry has been cut, click to read on.

6 comments. Tags: doctor who, reviews, television. 13th November 2014

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