Really Dorky Amazon Order 
2011.03.29 00:20 - Entertainment, Books, Meatspace Stupidity
Bought a hardcopy of The Laundry Files pen-and-paper RPG0 and a copy of Hacker's Delight, which will either be educational or mind-numbing, depending.

"I'll add a hardcopy [of Declare] to my next Amazon order[.]" Or at least I would do, except it seems to be out of print, and I don't feel like fooling with second hand books this evening. Still, good book. I recommend you check it out.

Also found some place selling Delta Green, which is supposed to be a modern military setting for the Call of Cthulhu game. So, I blew some money on that, too.0

Now, I'm going to try and behave myself until at least May.

Footnote:
0. I don't really have a good reason for why. I think it's unlikely I'll ever do more than read them.

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O fish, are you constant to the old covenant? 
2011.03.23 02:19 - Entertainment, Books, Microcode
I finished reading Declare, by Tim Powers, a little bit ago, which has been an interesting experience for multiple reasons.

For starters, I read nearly the whole thing on my phone, having purchased the Kindle version. I don't think I'll do that again, right away. Spending hours staring at the screen of my phone seems to be a sure-fire recipe for eyestrain, though it's otherwise an okay experience. I'm quite sure I still prefer paper, on the whole, but I suspect a Kindle device is in my future sometime in the next year or so.

Declare, itself, is an excellent novel and I recommend it. No guarantees you'll enjoy it, but I did. Especially if you've read Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archives, if only for the contrast between the two. I suspect I'll add a hardcopy of this book to my next Amazon order, in case I wish to lend it out.
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Not dead, just tired 
2010.11.30 20:24 - Entertainment, Books, Movies, Meatspace Stupidity, Whining, Work-related
Criminy, it's almost December.

I think I can sum up my life the last month as: work, TV zombies, work, TV spies, work, TV spaceship, work, work, cartoons, more cartoons, minecraft, work, TV zombies, work, etc.

I've read Monster Hunter Vendetta, am most of the way through Unseen Academicals, watched a movie or two, eaten some turkey, and have otherwise been a little too shelled from work to devote much time to life outside my head.

Two and a half more weeks to the end of the year, for me. I think I owe my employer two-hundred-odd unit tests and some additional code in the meantime, though.

Oh, and I've been listening to The Protomen. First album's okay, second's very good.
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Why My Investment In Fictional Universes Is Increasingly Limited 
2009.12.02 09:00 - Entertainment, Books, Movies, Television, Meatspace Stupidity, Whining
I have the RSS feed from theforce.net laying around in my Google Reader subscriptions. This morning, that feed included an announcement of the cancellation of an upcoming Star Wars novel by Karen Traviss.

I really don't follow this stuff very closely, and what's going on here is one reason why. Karen Traviss has been writing novels in the Star Wars universe centered around some characters that are clone soldiers and a handful of Mandalorians, either referencing or creating a lot of stuff concerning the previously established warrior culture of the Mandalorians. I've read a few of these, because they've crossed over nicely into the sub-genre of military sci-fi that I've recently found myself enjoying, and because I do still like the Star Wars universe, despite the fact that it is often so shoddily and inconsistently constructed. So, I've got two or three of the Republic Commando novels on my bookshelf, and I'll probably pick up the couple of novels following those characters at some point.

Traviss has decided not to write this last book because, among other reasons, the Mandalorians are being retconned into pacifists during the movie time period, which presents certain existential difficulties for many of her key characters.

Uff da.

[Addendum: I fired this off without putting a complete title on it, so I corrected the title.]
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Been reading novels lately 
2009.07.20 00:21 - Entertainment, Books
Old Man's War by John Scalzi, and Old Twentieth and The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Good books. The Forever War seems most important, with more to say, though I think Old Man's War was a more entertaining read.

I'm not really sure what all I think of The Forever War. It's essentially an allegory for the Vietnam War, but I get the feeling that it's as much a personal allegory as anything else. The social extrapolation doesn't really work for me, but that probably has as much to do with the timeframe involved as anything else.

I liked the ending, though. A happy one.
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