Some time in the future, two convicts working on the Moon discover
something strange: a flower, blooming on the surface. Then things get
2009: Okrent examines the history of invented languages, and in
particular the rare instances that weren't immediately forgotten.
It's often tempting, but usually an error, to allow control signals to
be sent by the same channel as the data. This is an example of why.
2014, 13 episodes:
AniDB, sequel to
High school sports club anime: the sport in this instance is swimming.
We got up to five with another newcomer, and mostly played
Sequel to Ancillary Justice. Breq, now a Fleet Captain, travels to a
backwater world to help assure its survival in the civil war.
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.
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.
Accounting rules have perverse effects on real life. Here's an example
dear to my heart.
This third game went a lot faster than the last, taking about twelve
days of real time to run.
In a small village by the Devon coast, a very strange fellow has moved
into the old pill-box on the cliff. Excitement ensues.
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.
Ben Goldacre explains at length how pretty much everything about drug
research and selection is rotten.
2014, 12 episodes:
Mecha series. The Martians are invading Earth, and their technology is
overpowering. But some Earthlings are able to fight back.
In an attempt to get details of the latest Chinese missile submarine,
an American attack boat is sent in to shadow her. Spoilers.
2014, dir. Gabe Ibañez, Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen:
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.
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.
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
The Doctor - Peter Davison
Adric - Matthew Waterhouse
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding
After the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the
Austro-Hungarian Empire goes to war. Josef Švejk, a dealer in stolen
dogs, does his best to get by.
current American television season
is in full swing, and while it's pretty lacklustre I've caught up with
some new series that looked interesting.
Sixth mystery starring Meg Lanslow, contemporary blacksmith. Meg and
her boyfriend have bought a huge old house very cheaply, on condition
that they clear out and sell the accumulated junk left by the previous
owner. But during the sale, a dubious dealer in antiquities turns up
I run a lot of role-playing games set in the real world. (As Ken Hite
points out, the background material is much richer and has had more
people working on it, even if it's sometimes less plausible.) One
surprisingly easy technique to add consistency and a sense of realism
is being able to say what the moon is doing.
Tenth in Barr's Anna Pigeon series, murder mysteries in US National
Parks. Back on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi, a body's been
found in an old plantation house, left in a manner suggestive of
2014, 12 episodes:
also known as Blue Spring Ride.
Contemporary school story adapted from shōjo manga. Futaba reinvents
herself as she enters high school, only to find that her middle-school
crush Kou has also reinvented himself.
Tove Jansson's second book about the Moomins. Original title
Back to the boardgame café. With
images; cc-by-sa on
is the new 5-6 player expansion to
The author of the webcomic xkcd works out
back-of-the-envelope answers to odd scientific questions.
For Halloween, or at least All Saints', a friend hosted a session of
Mansions of Madness,
a game I'd heard about but never played. All images are
When I'm driving, I may get caught in traffic or have to divert round
roadworks. If that happens, I don't want to pull in to call whoever's
at my destination; that'll just make me even later, and on the
motorway there aren't many opportunities to stop. But the machinery
that I'm already using to log my trips knows my position anyway…