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Reading Boardgames Social 25 November 2014

We got up to five with another newcomer, and mostly played Avalon.

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Tags: boardgaming. 26th November 2014

Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie

Sequel to Ancillary Justice. Breq, now a Fleet Captain, travels to a backwater world to help assure its survival in the civil war.

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Tags: reading, reviews, science fiction. 25th November 2014

Boardgames in the Brewery 23 November 2014

Daryl of the Reading Boardgames Social organised a day of boardgaming at the Siren Craft Brewery, on an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere south of Reading.

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Tags: beer, boardgaming, firefly. 24th November 2014

Bedlam, Christopher Brookmyre

Ross Baker is having a bad day. He'd just lain down for an experimental brain scan, and now he seems to be a cyborg soldier in an endless war. And it's going to get a lot stranger than that. If you plan to read this book, know that I thought it fairly good (I'd rate it with Pandæmonium as minor but worth reading, much better than When the Devil Drives) and stop reading now to avoid the spoilers.

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Tags: reading, reviews, science fiction. 23rd November 2014

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

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