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Perl Weekly Challenge 123: Ugly Square 28 July 2021 - 2 comments

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved regular numbers and geometrical squareness testing. (Note that this is open until 1 August 2021.)

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Boardgames in Isolation: July (part 1) 27 July 2021

More boardgames played from home.

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The Big Sleep 26 July 2021

1946 noir, dir. Howard Hawks, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall: IMDb / allmovie. The general hires the private eye to deal with his daughter's blackmailer…

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The Ivanhoe Gambit, Simon Hawke 25 July 2021 - 3 comments

1984 SF, first of a series. In the 27th century, the economic benefits of war are realised without danger to the warring countries themselves, by sending soldiers into the past to join in historical conflicts: referees count the killed and wounded. But time travel is never simple…

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The Maltese Falcon 24 July 2021 - 3 comments

1941 noir, dir. John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor: IMDb / allmovie. So for a third time the dame hires the private eye to find her sister, who ran off with a man…

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The Mystery of the Blue Train 23 July 2021

1985 adaptation of Christie's 1928 mystery, in six half-hour episodes. The heiress was murdered on the train on which her estranged husband was also travelling; of course her jewels were missing, and everyone suspects her parasite of a lover. Poirot, equally of course, is not so sure.

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Perl Weekly Challenge 122: Basketball Stream 22 July 2021 - 1 comment

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved a progressive average and additive compositions. (Note that this is open until 25 July 2021.)

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Games Weekend at Home 21 July 2021 - 5 comments

On what turned out to be the hottest weekend of the year so far, several friends came over for games.

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Satan Met a Lady 20 July 2021

1936 noir comedy, dir. William Dieterle, Warren William, Bette Davis: IMDb / allmovie. So once more the dame hires the private eye to find her sister, who ran off with a man… Vtt Men On Her Mind, The Man in the Black Hat, Hard Luck Dame.

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Latchkey, Nicole Kornher-Stace 19 July 2021

2018 fantasy/SF, sequel to Archivist Wasp. The Catchkeep-priest has been overthrown, and the former acolytes and Archivist are an uneasy part of the post-apocalyptic community of Sweetwater. But bad things are coming…

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