2014-2015; the Library is where all the magical artefacts in the world
are stored to keep them (and the world) safe. After three TV movies,
the story has been resurrected as a weekly series.
1993; fifth in the Carrier series. "Tombstone" Magruder, CAG aboard
USS Thomas Jefferson, continues to fight against the Russian
invasion of Norway in 1993+4.
A typical mallard drake has a yellow bill and white or grey flanks. Not
so on the Loudwater.
Nine players this time, though a couple had to leave early.
2009 historical mystery. In Boston in 1773, Abigail Adams (wife of
lawyer and future president John Quincy Adams) tries to solve the
murder of one woman and the disappearance of another.
Pirates and Bounty Hunters
expansion to the Firefly board game brought in two
new ships, which are quite different from the standard Firefly. How
should they be played?
1868 mystery; often considered the first detective novel in English.
The huge diamond, looted from India, goes missing after a birthday
party. Who took it? And how was the trick managed?
2014, 11 episodes:
The perfect society of 2012-2013's
encounters a new threat.
Yesterday I played some more X-Wing at
For the last few years I've been making predictions of the Academy
Award winners. Last year I called ten winners out of twenty
predictions. I've updated this post with the actual winners now that
the results are out.
I have a number of bank accounts with cards that need PINs to use, but
I use them very rarely. I think I've come up with a way of marking
them on the cards with some degree of security. Does this make sense
to other people?
1855 novel, first of Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire. The warden
of Hiram's Hospital, an almshouse supported by a charitable bequest,
comes under attack for keeping too much of the now-substantial income
In most Simutrans data files, a station tile has a 5×5 square
catchment area. In pak128.Britain, it's 9×9. From such small
differences one can generate a truly efficient passenger transport
This blog remains spam-free, mostly because I see all comments before
they go up.
1956; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. In 1953, the fashion
model Gianetta Drury has over-worked herself, and leaves London just
before the Coronation to spend some time in a remote hotel on Skye.
But it's not the peaceful retreat she'd hoped for.
I haven't had time to go along to
Wycombe Warband since last month, but I
was there last night playing
A small change to our numbering system would make daily use of numbers
2008 SF/romance, second in the Grimspace series. In the previous book,
Sirantha Jax was instrumental in bringing down the evil corporation
that ran everything. But nature abhors a power vacuum.
2014, 13 episodes:
High school boy is asked to be the acting manager of a failing
amusement park populated by fantastic creatures.
2011; twelfth in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series (amateur
sleuthing). Carole Seddon takes over the rental of a beach hut along
the shore from Fethering, only for human remains to turn up underneath
Several modern European navies have fielded Amphibious Transport
Docks, ships designed to transport amphibious forces into harm's way
while not themselves being major combatants.
2012, dir. David Gelb, Jiro Yoshino:
Ono Jiro is the oldest chef ever to get a third Michelin star; his
restaurant in Ginza only seats twelve people.
2014; a collection of Ben Goldacre's short writing, mostly for the
2014 SF mini-series. In the 1950s, a project was begun to build an
interstellar generation spacecraft as a lifeboat for humanity should
the Cold War turn hot. Now they're half-way through the mission and
they've just had their first murder. Meanwhile, on Earth, someone's
looking into long-buried secrets. Possible spoilers ahead.
Back to the boardgame café for two
new games and one old one. With images;
1949 mystery. Simon Ashby is about to come of age and inherit the
family estate Latchetts (sadly fallen, but still worth a bit). Eight
years ago, after the sudden death of their parents, his older twin
Patrick committed suicide, or so everyone thought; but now someone
claiming to be Patrick has turned up to take over again.
Today I go back to work for the first time this year.
On a chilly January day, nine of us ended up boardgaming at my place.