Summer break

Jul. 13th, 2011 06:38 pm
owl: river and trees (country)
I have a week off work, first since Christmas. I'm just lying about in the sun, trying to make a dent in the reading and watching piles. The first day or two I thought I should have some kind of project, but actually it's probably better for me if I don't.

I've joined Google+, but so far it's all the professional crowd. It's more of an overlap with Twitter than Facebook for me at the moment, but it's a bit disappointing overall. The Stream is a complete FB ripoff, I'm never going to use the video chat, Sparks is mildly interesting but I can do a better job at the moment with Google Reader + Twitter, and the much-vaunted Circles....I'm getting tired of all the tech blogs falling over themselves to say how wonderful they are when 1) they are pretty much Facebook lists (in fact, FB lists are better in several ways; you can set a default (a la LJ/DW) so you don't have to keep choosing one for every update, you can create a new setting on the fly—show Birthday Fun update to "Friends, except $BIRTHDAY_PERSON", and FB lists also apply to chat, so you can be offline to Work People and online to everyone else)
2) LiveJournal had the basic idea back in 2000 or so ([ profile] brad retweeted someone saying as much. It must be weird being a Web 1.0 social media dorm-room entrepreneur looking at the 2.0 lot, but on the bright side for Brad, it seems like he still gets to code, unlike the Zuck.)

I also got a bit freaked out, for the first time, about how much Google actually already knows about me. Yes, Facebook knows a lot too, but that's because I put it there. Google is more "Whoa. Where did you get that from?"

I'm re-reading Wyrd Sisters, thanks to this blog post about how Pratchett's writing of women developed. This is not helping reduce the to-read pile, which shamefully includes [ profile] rj_anderson's Arrow, which I've owned for months and months.

I could be doing with some ice cream or ice lollies, but there seems to be sad lack of same in the freezer. Oh well, this can be my healthy diet week.

Fic rec

Jul. 7th, 2008 10:19 pm
owl: Commander Vimes: Fabricati diem, punc (Vimes)
Docor Who/Pratchett crossover: Daleks invade the Discworld.

Go here, it's brilliant!


Mar. 22nd, 2008 06:03 pm
owl: We own all your generals, we own all your shoes. MOOORPORKIA! (pterry)
So, I had lost Going Postal. Well, [ profile] elerrina_amanya found it again. In the bookcase in my bedroom.


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Dec. 12th, 2007 07:11 pm
owl: We own all your generals, we own all your shoes. MOOORPORKIA! (pterry)

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Sep. 19th, 2007 08:24 pm
owl: Harry, Ron and hermion; OotP (trio2)
The filming for Half Blood Prince started this week. I'm quite looking forward to the film coming out—the films seem more important now there are no more books to come (woes).

I hope they got Daniel Radcliffe to grow his hair out a bit. Harry doesn't have tidy hair! Plus, DR has grown up looking like my cousin Connor, especially with short hair and without the Harry glasses. Just when he got to the age to be fanciable too :-P

Making Money is alleged to be out in the UK tomorrow, huzzah. I love Moist von Lipwig and I'm really looking forward to another book about him and friends.
I don't know if this was a joke on the part of the editors or not, but I was flipping through SFX magazine and I saw a little gossip bubble saying that Daniel Radcliffe was eager to play Ponder Stibbons in Hogfather. He would look good for it if he were a little chubbier (uses Ponder icon for comparison), but it's not a role to break out of being typecast as a bespectacled student wizard.
To all those who did the jobs they don't have to do.


Oct. 1st, 2005 09:04 pm
owl: Commander Vimes: Fabricati diem, punc (Vimes)
Another Pratchett-themed post. I only wish there were enough to do a book review every day.

SPOILERS for Thud! and minor ones for Going Postal and Monstrous Regiment )

Going Postal

Sep. 30th, 2005 10:05 pm
owl: Stylized barn owl (ponder)
It's always a good thing to remember when you've pre-ordered books from

Anyway, I now possess the paperback of Going Postal. Spoilers )
Recently there has been some kerfuffle of JKR's supposed slighting of the fantasy genre, and Terry Pratchett's comments. I saw both sides of the indignation, and tend to come down more on the Pterry side. Cut for length )
Spoilers for Monstrous Regiment )

Thud summary, if it counts as a spoiler )

*Apart from in the rooms of Leonard da Quirm, where it is probably forming part of an experimental toenail-clipping machine.
**According to the Theory of Special Relativity, Rincewind is stationary in Rincewind's frame of reference. Everything else tends to move backwards very rapidly, though.

Meme time!

Apr. 6th, 2005 07:53 pm
owl: Stylized barn owl (Default)
Gakked from [ profile] sarah531

a. Post a list of 15 fandoms. (tv shows, musicals, movies, books, etc.)
b. Have your friends list guess your favourite character/person from each one.
c. When guessed, bold the line, include the character/person name, and write a sentence about why you like that character/person.

I modified it to nine as I seem to have run out of fandoms.

Read more... )

From [ profile] hymnia:

Your results for Christian Traditions Selector

Find it here.

Rank Item Percent
1: Congregational/United Church of Christ (100%)
2: Presbyterian/Reformed (93%)
3: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic) (77%)
4: Church of Christ/Campbellite (54%)
5: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England (53%)
6: Eastern Orthodox (50%)
7: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist (49%)
8: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene (47%)
9: Lutheran (46%)
10: Seventh-Day Adventist (46%)
11: Roman Catholic (42%)
12: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.) (29%)
13: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God (19%)

I worked out that that reason it puts me as Congregational instead of Reformed is the one about losing salvation. 'No' gives you Congregational, 'Wrong question' gives you Presbyterian/Reformed. Hello, let me introduces the 5th point of Calvinism, the perseverance of the saints. I wanted an option that included 'You're asking the wrong question' and 'no'. Actually there were several questions where for the options given, none of them matched exactly what I believe.

Discworld quiz

Feb. 4th, 2004 03:27 pm
owl: Stylized barn owl (Ponder)
Gakked from [ profile] ladylisse

Sam Vimes )

I vaguely remember being Cheery Littlebottom at some earlier time. So I've gone from being a female alchemist dwarf with a ridiculous name to being an ex-drunkard Watch commander with a distaste for plumes and gilt. Heh. Shouldn't I be Ponder Stibbons, really?

When Pterry did it, he was Vimes too. This confirms my private theory that Vimes is an author avatar of a sort. :-D

Are you Addicted to the Internet?

41% (41% - 60%)
You seem to have a healthy balance in your life when it comes to the internet and life away from the computer. You know enough to do what you want online without looking like an idiot (most of the time). You even have your own Yahoo club or online journal! But you enjoy seeing your friends and going out to enjoy life away from your computer.

The Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz at Quiz Me!

Yeah, right.


owl: Stylized barn owl (Default)
only a sinner saved by grace

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