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Lockheed D-21

The D-21 was a supersonic reconnaissance drone used briefly in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Tags: 1960s, 1970s, aeronautics, cold war, history. 22nd October 2014

Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch

Contemporary fantasy. Peter Grant, Metropolitan Police constable and magician, investigates the sudden deaths of jazz musicians.

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Tags: fantasy, mystery, reading, reviews. 21st October 2014

Mushi-Shi The Next Chapter, first half

2014, 12 episodes plus a special: AniDB; sequel to Mushishi (2005-2006).

Mushi are supernatural creatures which are invisible to most people, but which have an effect in the mundane world. Ginko, a mushi-shi, is someone who can see them, and who solves problems for people who are affected by them.

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Tags: anime, anime 2014 spring, anime 2014 summer, reviews. 20th October 2014

Pirate King, Laurie R. King

Eleventh in King's series about Mary Russell, who… well, this is basically Sherlock Holmes fanfiction, but against all the odds it manages to work. Strange things have been happening around a film crew; Russell joins it to work out what's going on.

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Tags: mystery, reading, reviews. 19th October 2014

Fun with Couriers

Every so often a server for which I'm responsible fails, and I get it shipped to me for fixing. Usually this works reasonably well.

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1 comment. Tags: computing. 18th October 2014

The Cheshire Cat's Eye, Marcia Muller

Third in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private investigator in San Francisco. McCone investigates the murder of a painter and decorator in a rough area that's being gentrified.

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Tags: mystery, reading, reviews. 17th October 2014

Con Crud, Air Conditioning, and Legionnaire's Disease

Why does every large convention now seem to have an associated disease, the "con crud", generally a respiratory tract infection?

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5 comments. Tags: ranting, real life. 16th October 2014

Third Strike, Zoe Sharp

Seventh thriller in the series about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox, former soldier and current private bodyguard. Charlie's estranged father turns up unexpectedly in the USA, and seems to be bent on professional self-destruction under the eyes of the media. Why?

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Tags: reading, reviews, thriller. 15th October 2014

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

2012, dir. Lorene Scafaria, Steve Carell, Keira Knightley: IMDb / allmovie

The world will be hit by an asteroid in three weeks, and there's nothing more that can be done about it. Dodge and his neighbour Penny set out to get him to his high school sweetheart, and her to her family in England.

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Tags: comedy, drama, film, reviews, romance. 14th October 2014

Flame-Out, Keith Douglass

Fourth in the Carrier series. "Tombstone" Magruder is now deputy CAG aboard a Nimitz-class carrier, and Russia is invading Norway.

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Tags: naval, reading, reviews, war. 13th October 2014

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