Month: Jan 2017

  • Currently reading: Diaspora by Greg Egan

    Why hasn’t everybody been badgering me to read Greg Egan before? I’m only part way in and I’ve already been treated to a clever and humane description of a mind adapting itself to self-awareness and neat proof of why adding extra dimensions or topological transformations can’t make a sphere’s geometry be like Euclidean geometry. Charming […]

  • Yeah, but we aren’t Americans, what can we do?

    Back in December, then President-elect Donald Trump established a forum “composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders” https://www.blackstone.com/media/press-releases/article/president-elect-trump-establishes-the-president-s-strategic-and-policy-forum The members of the Forum include: Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone; [Gateway One Macquarie Place, Suite 3901 Sydney NSW 2000, Australia] Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global […]

  • Review: Divine Cities 1 & 2 (City of Stairs, City of Blades)

    I did some clambering up mount-to-be-read and read Robert Jackson Bennet’s City of Stairs and then City of Blades back to back. Neither book has the same depth as N.K.Jemisin’s Broken Earth books (Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate) but they share an interest in building a secondary world fantasy that is inhabited by people […]

  • More colouring-in

    To get you through the weekend.

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27

    There are many Holocaust remembrance days. Poland, for example, commemorates the anniversary of the   Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on April 19. Jewish communities and Isreal mark Yom HaShoah on the 27th of Nisan (which falls in April or May) as a day to remember both those who were murdered by the Nazis but also the […]

  • Meanwhile in Emails

    I was told by some conservatives who were at least somewhat unhappy with the idea of Trump, that Hillary’s unsecure email issue absolutely made her unfit for office. Oddly the email crowd seems to have gone rather quiet in the wake of revelations that senior Whitehouse staff are themselves using a private RNC server for […]

  • Unfeasible Tales of Social Justice Fantasy Science! – Donnie and the Aos Sí

    [I was going to write something about Australia Day but this came out of my head instead which has nothing to do with Australia (it’s on the same planet). It started silly then got weird and dark. The ending isn’t intended to be aspirational just where the story ended up. It goes on a bit […]

  • Is It OK to Thump a Wall?

    A simpler one: Yes, it is.

  • Should People Make Colouring-In Pictures of Nazis Getting Thumped?

    I have mixed feelings on this issue. For example what if I drew this: Would that be trivialising a serious issue or…oh darn too late I did drew it already! Look, the main thing is, if you think thumping a Nazi is a dangerous step down a slippery slope you can colour in the picture […]

  • Review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

    Becky Chambers has more than proven herself to be a writer to watch out for but I really only enjoyed 50% of this book. The story moves tangentially from the previous book, A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. Leaving the crew of the Wayfarer behind, the ship’s AI Lovey has illegally embodied herself […]

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