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More Job From Hell 30 June 2014 - 2 comments

So it wasn't what you could really call a happy office.

Blood Lure, Nevada Barr 29 June 2014

Ninth in Barr's Anna Pigeon series. In Glacier National Park, a trip to move sampling traps for bear DNA is disrupted by an odd bear attack, and the next morning a woman is found dead and mutilated… by human tools.

Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 16 28 June 2014 - 2 comments

As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details

Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Romana I - Mary Tamm
K-9 (voice) - John Leeson

Red Army, Ralph Peters 27 June 2014 - 1 comment

The invasion of Europe, seen entirely from the Soviet point of view.

Bookmonth, May 2014 27 June 2014

Here's what I've read in May.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 26 June 2014 - 2 comments

2013, dir. Francis Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson: IMDb / allmovie

After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen is a post-traumatic wreck. The perfect time to send her on a publicity tour! Spoilers for book and film will follow.

The Lost Fleet: Fearless, Jack Campbell 25 June 2014

Second of a six-book series. In the distant future, a long-frozen space-navy captain tries to lead his fleet home.

First Harpoon PBEM AAR: Gulf Escort Deja Vu 24 June 2014

After I'd written the software, I had to try it out; I had one experienced player and one newcomer to Harpoon (though he knows the real-world technologies and tactics), and we played by email over about a week. Here's the after-action report.

Summer Barbecue 2014 Aftermath 23 June 2014

In case anyone is curious as to what's left once the barbecue is over. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

Summer Barbecue 2014 22 June 2014 - 3 comments

At last we were back in the garden, after a nine month break over winter for the meadow to grow. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything. (For North Americans: this is outdoor cooking on a grill, not smoking/curing.)

I Was A Stranger, John Hackett 21 June 2014 - 2 comments

In September 1944, then-Brigadier John Hackett commanded the 4th Parachute Brigade during Operation Market Garden. He was wounded at Arnhem and captured, and spent several months hiding with members of the Dutch underground.

HMAS Melbourne 20 June 2014 - 3 comments

HMAS Melbourne was the Royal Australian Navy's last aircraft carrier (to date).

When the Devil Drives, Chris Brookmyre 19 June 2014

Second in Brookmyre's new literary direction, moving from the tartan insanity of his earlier books to strictly conventional crime writing.

The Lego Movie 18 June 2014 - 1 comment

2014, dir. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks: IMDb / allmovie

In a world where… one man must… and it's all made of Lego.

The Viewer's Complete Tale, Andrew Rilstone 17 June 2014 - 1 comment

Andrew Rilstone recounts his reactions to the 2005 revival of Doctor Who.

Boardgaming at home, June 2014 16 June 2014

Finally, a chance to play Firefly on a table that's big enough for the game! (With images; cc-by-sa on everything.)

Trinity's Child, William Prochnau 15 June 2014 - 2 comments

The USSR launches a limited nuclear strike against the USA. Things get worse.

RED 2 14 June 2014 - 2 comments

2013, dir. Dean Parisot, Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker: IMDb / allmovie

Frank Moses, former CIA special operator, is still retired, and trying to be domestic; but once again the past just won't leave him alone.

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless, Jack Campbell 13 June 2014

First of a six-book series. In the distant future, a long-frozen space-navy captain may tip the balance in a century-long war.

Saunders-Roe Princess 12 June 2014 - 4 comments

The Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess was the largest all-metal flying-boat ever built. Only three were made, and none was ever sold.

Private Angelo, Eric Linklater 11 June 2014

In a tale that begins with the Italian armistice of 1943, the reluctant soldier Angelo bounces around war-torn Italy, serially drafted into one army after another. He is a very poor soldier. If only he had the dono di coraggio.

Plotting onto Tactical Pilotage Charts 10 June 2014

Sometimes my interests intersect. I've been working on a way to plot markers and objects onto real-world charts.

The Gunpowder Plot 09 June 2014 - 2 comments

Guy Fawkes is often described as "the only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions". But what did he really aspire to do?

The Hostile Shore, Douglas Reeman 08 June 2014

Twenty years after the Second World War, a crippled veteran travels to the Pacific to try to find out what happened to his family during the evacuation of Singapore.

Haywire 07 June 2014

2011, dir. Steven Soderbergh, Gina Carano, Michael Angarano: IMDb / allmovie

An agent betrayed and framed by her boss sets about taking him down.

The Third World War: The Untold Story, General Sir John Hackett 06 June 2014 - 5 comments

Some time in the 1980s, the USSR invades Europe.

Bookmonth, April 2014 06 June 2014

Here's what I've read in April. Hmm. I really ought to post the book reviews a bit faster so that I don't get so far behind.

Setting up a headless Raspberry Pi under Linux 05 June 2014 - 2 comments

I have a checklist for setting up a Raspberry Pi, which I run through before I do any task-specific customisation. It occurred to me that people might find this useful.

Thirsty Meeples June 2014 04 June 2014

This time we tried a variety of shortish two-player games at this boardgame café, playing each of them twice just to get the hang of the basics.

HMS Bulwark 03 June 2014 - 4 comments

The amphibious warfare ship HMS Bulwark is the current flagship of the Royal Navy. Last Sunday I had the chance to go aboard her at Greenwich, since she was open to the public as a PR exercise; tickets vanished quite fast. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

UK Games Expo 2014 02 June 2014 - 3 comments

On Saturday I spent the day at UK Games Expo, still alas at the Hilton Metropole near the NEC.

The Job From Hell 01 June 2014 - 4 comments

It seems that everyone who's worked in more than a few jobs has had one like this. This one was mine.

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