Friday, August 25

Books

Plans For The Weekend

One of the reasons I like books is that, while they may be a huge pain (literally) when it comes time to move house, as I did twice last year, they rarely crash.

I have Dzur by Steven Brust and Three Days to Never by Tim Powers, two writers I greatly enjoy, and The Family Trade and The Hidden Family by Charlie Stross, who I usually like (though I found Accelerando unreadable).

I also have a cold.

I'm probably going to take tomorrow off. I'll email in sick, and spend the day curled up in bed with my books and my notebook and a bowl of peanuts. I have some reviews I want to write, so maybe if the pills kick in and the fog lifts a bit I'll do that too.

By the way, I've plugged in the Minx search thingy. It needs some work, because it doesn't quite interact with the templating system properly; in particular, the pager widget doesn't work. I really need to add some search results tags and generalise the form handling routines a bit more. I had planned to do all this last month, but, well, that didn't happen.

But the search function itself is working, so feel free to pound on it.

Also by the way, I turn thirty* next month. For my birthday I would like a large hammer with which to threaten my remaining appliances.

* Not actually thirty.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 07:51 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 "One of the reasons I like books is that, while they may be a huge pain (literally) when it comes time to move house, as I did twice last year, they rarely crash."

Ok, so I've been lurking for some time... I read that first paragraph as one of the reasons you like boobs. No doubt stemming from a conversation about them with my wife in IMs on another window... Anyway, that little misread just brightened my day tenfold, so just wanted to say thanks. :) hahahah

Oh, and sorry about the cold, and the turning thirty*... It really is the best year isn't it... :( BLARF.

Posted by: Slack at Friday, August 25 2006 10:48 AM (KqRcD)

2 Thirty years .... which planet's years?


Posted by: Kristopher at Friday, August 25 2006 05:00 PM (O5Ju8)

3 "Charlie Stross, who I usually like (though I found Accelerando unreadable)." Great, and I just picked up Accelerando to read during my vacation. I guess I better bring a few backups... Anyway, hope you feel better and I hope you get your birthday wish (seems like a reasonable request:P)

Posted by: Mark at Friday, August 25 2006 05:30 PM (aUPJJ)

4 Thirty years .... which planet's years?

Geographos.

Approximately. ;)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 25 2006 06:21 PM (9OTrh)

5 Feel better!!!  Colds suck.  :(

Posted by: pam at Saturday, August 26 2006 07:46 PM (l6NIn)

6

Really? I thought Accelerando was great.

I had an amusingly disillusioning argument with Stross over Iraq in a forum on the subject on his site.  He found my politely but firmly stated point of view (freedom and democracy are worth fighting for) so upsetting he eventually shut down the forum.  Still, a great fantasist and sci-fi thinker, probably the best alive at the moment (though Barnes and Scalzi are also very good).

A hammer isn't bad, but for some appliances a crowbar or stripped electical cord (plugged in) are more menacing.

Posted by: TallDave at Tuesday, August 29 2006 04:43 PM (oyQH2)

7 Oh, Glasshouse by Stross (just out recently) is also quite good.  Interesting take on future memetic war.

Posted by: TallDave at Tuesday, August 29 2006 04:44 PM (oyQH2)

8 Yeah, politically Stross is, well, wrong, but a nice guy and a very good writer nonetheless.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 29 2006 07:45 PM (9OTrh)

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