Spud recommends: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a graphic novel about growing up in Iran during the revolution and the Iran-Iraq war.


A question: What is the correct pluralisation of "Catch-22"?

  1. Catch-22s
  2. Catches-22
  3. Catch-44
Just about recovered from stag night. Finally.

Lots of silly fun was had, and everybody seemed to get on well despite the somewhat disparate groups of people involved. A success.



Am now collapsed at home. People are watching Legend around me. Not sure why. Thought at first I hadn't seen it, but on further viewing I think I'd just wiped it from my brain. Deary me.

On a vaguely related note, have suddenly recalled the works of Terry Jones (as an author), which I'd forgotten about. Anybody else remember Nicobobinus? Okay, how about The Saga of Erik the Viking? Great stuff. Must reacquire. For the benefit of hypothetical sproglets, of course...
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"It also claimed that two other Labour peers – Lord Moonie, a former defence minister, and Lord Snape, former MP for West Bromwich – were willing to use their influence"

The Grauniad, 27 Jan 2009

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( Oct. 21st, 2008 06:37 pm)

(Clicky for more)

Yup, pretty much!   8^)
Anybody got any suggestions for others?

Edit: Ooops! The site appears to have been Slashdotted.   8^S

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( May. 1st, 2008 07:20 pm)
"What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. Here's the twist: add (*) beside the ones you liked and would (or did) read again or recommend. Even if you read 'em for school in the first place."
listy )
Hmm... no actual underlines in my list. A lot of them I read while at school, but not for school. Yes, I was a nerd...
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( Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:04 pm)

Because I had so much fun with the last meme, I've decided to set another challenge. I've picked a bunch of books off my bookshelf, and chosen arbitrary passages from each of them. Can you figure what book each passage comes from? Some of them are obvious, some a little more tricky. Most of the books are reasonably well-known. Oh, and I've blanked out some giveaway names.

Edit: Answers now provided! In spoiler-o-vision after each paragraph, so that latecomers may still entertain themselves. Comments now unscreened.

Teh meme )
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( Mar. 27th, 2007 04:24 pm)

Not sure exactly what a fandom is, but here's a list of ten clues which each relate to a film, series, book, etc. which I like. What's what?

Edit: I shall now reveal the anwsers! Feel free to throw things at me.

  1. Its creator(s) derive much of [his/their] humour from forcing a handful of characters together who just can't stand each other. (Red Dwarf; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] deralte, random-bloke-in-pub and [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven)
  2. According to an old joke, the main character has three ears. (Star Trek; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  3. Apparent references to marijuana use and... erm... sexually ambiguous relationships are actually just the result of cultural shifts since this work was created. (The Lord of the Rings; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] brucec and [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven)
  4. The title character is actually a different person in each installment, but with the same name. (The Legend of Zelda games; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] oddity_uk)
  5. According to this work, it is universally possible to order a gin and tonic. (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of books; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] yodathedark, [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  6. Entities which are harmless, obedient, and self-preserving. In that order. (Isaac Asimov's Robot Novels; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  7. One's vocalisations of distress, emitted into a vacuum, will be impossible to detect. (Alien; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] oddity_uk, [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  8. Should one 100,000,000,000-km-tall being wish to wed another, the title object would probably make a good token of his intent.   8^)   (Ringworld; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] deralte, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)
  9. The main character is named after a Greek princess, but (partially) modelled on a Japanese one. (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; guessed by nobody [oops!])
  10. Origami causes angst! — but only in the Director's Cut. (Blade Runner; guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dsky, [livejournal.com profile] figg, [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, [livejournal.com profile] digitalraven and [livejournal.com profile] original_aj)

I like clue 8. Clue 8 is on crack.

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( Jan. 3rd, 2006 09:36 pm)

Finished The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks. It's set in a different universe to his Culture novels, and features (among others) the human race, two millenia into the future. It's not as exuberant as his Culture novels; it's more human, rougher, more tentative. He manages to evoke a grand sense of scale and foreignness; a feeling of being out of one's depth, like Niven at his best. Also, a rare instance of a sympathetically written female character. It's not his best, but it's a good read nonetheless.

Height in Books

The Algebraist, Iain M. Banks (part)

Height:

19mm

Running total:

19mm

Up to:

My second toe

Height left:

1851mm

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( Jul. 16th, 2005 06:24 pm)
Today's been annoying, with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 reading the new Harry Potter book all day. It wouldn't be so bad if her and [livejournal.com profile] gominokouhai didn't keep "subtly" discussing plot points while I'm in the room. I don't want to be spoilered1! Not even a little bit!

*Sticks fingers in ears*
Lalalalalaaaa I can't heeeeeeaaaar yoooooouuuu!

On a totally unrelated note, where can I get a rack of test tubes?

[1] I love that word. It's a verbed nouned verb.
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( Apr. 25th, 2005 08:10 pm)
In response to [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00's speculations about the sex of author Anne Rice:

Yes, Anne Rice was born "Howard Allen Frances O'Brien".
No, she is not, nor has she ever been, male.

The reasons for this, AFAICS, are that her parents were absolutely fùcking insane.

8^)
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( Apr. 7th, 2005 09:29 pm)
Egads! [livejournal.com profile] sigmonster has already read his height in books!

Today have been attempting to set up an Apple AirPort for wireless intarweb. It's crap. I think it's broken. I can't detect it no matter what I do. Plus, Apple have very thoughtfully created a nifty setup program that does everything for you, mentioned this fact multiple times in the instructions, and then not included it on the install CD! How imbecilic can you be?!

*Updates "products to avoid" list*
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( Mar. 3rd, 2005 02:57 pm)

In honour of World Book Day.

Spudtater's bookshelf )

Reply to this post saying which of these books that you've read, with optional comments on each. Then make your own list and post it to your journal so that I can do the same!

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( Feb. 28th, 2005 05:36 pm)

Urrgh. Head hurts. Body hurts. Psyche hurts. Short-tempered. Moods all over the place. I have decreed that today does not exist. I shall stay in and read 'Watchmen' instead of trying to get anything done. But I'm starting to take control of my life again, so I'm optimistic.

The Big Read meme )
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