So it wasn't what you could really call a happy office.
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
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Romana I - Mary Tamm
K-9 (voice) - John Leeson
The invasion of Europe, seen entirely from the Soviet point of view.
Here's what I've read in May.
2013, dir. Francis Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson:
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.
Second of a six-book series. In the distant future, a long-frozen
space-navy captain tries to lead his fleet home.
After I'd written
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.
In case anyone is curious as to what's left once the barbecue is over.
At last we were back in the garden, after a nine month break over
winter for the meadow to grow. Images follow:
everything. (For North Americans: this is outdoor cooking on a grill,
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 was the Royal Australian Navy's last aircraft carrier
Second in Brookmyre's new literary direction, moving from the tartan
insanity of his earlier books to strictly conventional crime writing.
2014, dir. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth
Banks: IMDb /
In a world where… one man must… and it's all made of Lego.
Andrew Rilstone recounts his reactions to the 2005 revival of Doctor
Finally, a chance to play Firefly on a table that's big enough for
the game! (With images;
The USSR launches a limited nuclear strike against the USA. Things get
2013, dir. Dean Parisot, Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker:
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.
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.
The Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess was the largest all-metal flying-boat
ever built. Only three were made, and none was ever sold.
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.
Sometimes my interests intersect. I've been working on a way to plot
markers and objects onto real-world charts.
Guy Fawkes is often described as "the only man to enter Parliament
with honest intentions". But what did he really aspire to do?
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.
2011, dir. Steven Soderbergh, Gina Carano, Michael Angarano:
An agent betrayed and framed by her boss sets about taking him down.
Some time in the 1980s, the USSR invades Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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:
On Saturday I spent the day at UK Games Expo, still alas at the Hilton
Metropole near the NEC.
It seems that everyone who's worked in more than a few jobs has had
one like this. This one was mine.