Reading update 2014q2

I stopped kickboxing some time in February, and seem to have spent all of the extra time reading.

Here's the list; thoughts follow after.

Fiction

  • The Instrumentality of Mankind, Cordwainer Smith
  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks
  • The Hundred Days, Patrick O'Brian
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Reading update 2014q1

For this reading update, the only thing that really matters is I have finally read Paradise Lost. Everything else, no matter how pleasant, substantial, informative, or entertaining is mere vapour in comparison.

I've tried reading Paradise Lost a couple of times before now, and each time have got bogged ...

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A bumpy start to the year

At the very least, technologically speaking.

After a very pleasant holiday in Australia over Christmas, I had only a couple of weeks back in London before gallivanting across the Atlantic to pay calls on colleagues in our New York and Kirkland offices. The week and a half in the land ...

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Reading update 2013q4

I read an awful lot in the last three months of 2013, helped along by a long holiday in Australia punctuated with lots of flights. Here's a little bit about what I read.

A full list is at the bottom.

Reflections

In the world of fiction, I finally got ...

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Zenith

Look up. If you could see past the ceiling and the clouds, above the blue sky and the light pollution, beyond the orbit of the moon and into the highest heavens, you would see the zenith, the point of the celestial sphere directly above you.

Of course it doesn't ...

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Zombie

Bice and I have talked about this before. Neither of us have any affinity for the zombie aesthetic that seems to have infected all of pop culture over these last few years. So rather than rant about just how dull these monsters are, I want to talk about when I ...

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Yesterday

When I started writing this post, yesterday was the day when the post was due. By mutual agreement with Bice, we've postponed the due date to today, which on that day was yesterday's tomorrow.

On the actual day I was supposed to write the post, yesterday would have ...

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Yoga

I've gone to maybe three or four yoga classes in my life. When I went, I didn't really know what to expect, except that my kickboxing instructor said that it would probably help me keep an upright posture during some of our kicks (I have a bit of ...

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Waste

This week I've been asked to write about "waste". I'm a bit tempted to just repost Meditations on the Garbage Bin, which I wrote after smoking Susan Sontag's Notes on Camp, but I think writing something fresh jibes better with spirit of the endeavour that is the ...

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Winter

I'm writing this on a train that's gently rolling in toward London from the country-side. It's two-thirty and for a mercy it's a clear day. The green and orange and red leaves catch the syrupy golden autumn light of a bright but distant sun.

Days like ...

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Vehicle

As it happens, I went driving today.

I don't normally go driving, but we're having guests over for dinner tomorrow evening and so needed to do an unusually large grocery run to pick up milk and such things. Also, I had some awkwardly sized computer bits that I ...

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Ubiquitous

When I was at university, a lot of people were talking about something they called "ubiquitous computing". Computers would be everywhere, they said, and we must figure out what that means, they hastened to add.

For some reason, they seemed to fixate on fridges. Every fridge would have a computer ...

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Underrated

There are heaps of things I like that I don't feel get the recognition that they deserve: checklists, peanut butter & banana on toast and The Godfather: Part III all leap immediately to mind. I am aware that perhaps they aren't to everyone's taste, but would argue that ...

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Type

I like keyboards. I like them a lot. I've been using them day in and day out for over twenty years, both as the primary instrument with which I make things and also a significant part of how I interact with human beings. Over those decades, I have perhaps ...

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Reading 2013q3

Somewhat fewer books this quarter, mostly due to wading through Europe, a massive single-volume tome on Europe's history.

  • Stranger Things Happen, Kelly Link
  • True Grit, Charles Portis
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • The Tyrant's Law, Daniel Abraham
  • The King's Blood, Daniel Abraham
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Thumb

[Warning: contains fictional depictions of supernatural violence]

Another day, another deadline. You'd think that a world-spanning company would have figured out a way to its employees get out the door before midnight. As it is, I've barely made it for the last tube.

It's oddly quiet. Normally ...

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Shelter

We don't have to read A Canticle for Leibowitz for long before we get to the fallout shelter.


Warning: spoilers follow. A Canticle for Leibowitz is a great book, and it would be a great pity if you were to read this little essay without reading the book first ...

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Serve

I'm hijacking this week's carefully chosen word to talk about changes to the way I'm serving my blogs, but before I get there, have some random musings.

It's a funny old word, 'serve'. We use it to talk about another computer, a server, that does things ...

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