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Here is a list of the books read (49), live performances seen (41 and 29 at Edinburgh) and films watched at a cinema (22) this year

Books read )

Live Performances not in Edinburgh )

Shows at Edinburgh )

Films watched at the Cinema )
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So I read 74 novels and several short stories in 2014. The full list is below the cut. My favourites of the year include

Anything by Seanan Macguire, Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch and Cibola Burns by

Books read in 2014 )
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So I managed 75 books in 2013

My favourites probably are

Ocean at the End of the lane, Neil Gaiman
The Crane Wife, Patrick Ness
Discount Armageddon, Seanan Mcguire
Rose under Fire, Elizabeth Wein

Read more... )
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A while ago Randal Monroe drew/wrote an excellent comic about the Saturn V only using the 1000 most common words in the english language, it is titled Up Goer 5

http://xkcd.com/1133/

Someone else who I don't know the name of has created a text editor which tells you if you using a word which isn't part of that 1000 so we can all try and explain something

http://splasho.com/upgoer5

I first saw the explaintation of Saturn which is amazing

http://io9.com/5977086/this-upgoerfive-about-saturn-and-its-moons-is-a-truly-beautiful-thing

Ben Goldacre's explanation of RCTs is also good

http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/randomised-trials-blinding-systematic-reviews

I had a go at genomics, I didn't get very far
All cells in your body have a long line of letters inside them. These letters show the cell what work needs to be done to grow. We study these lines of letters to understand life

It is quite difficult
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Books read in 2012 )

So 71 books read in 2012, I think the most notable were The first two books in the Expanse series by James S A Corey (Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War) and these are a fantastic start to a Space Opera series and the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch which is an urban fantasy series following PC Peter Grant as he discovers the existence of magic and the supernatural and becomes apprentice to Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in Britain
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It has reached the time of year again when our cineworld passes roll over so here is a list of what we managed to see last year

Films seen in 2011/12 )

There were 42 films in all, based on the 39 we saw in Cineworld cinemas it worked out at about £4.20 a film which isn't bad

The stand out films were probably, Super8, Tinker Taylor Solider Spy, My Week with Marylin, Headhunters and The Avengers

Other films that I am glad I saw and probably wouldn't of at full price, Fright Night, Chronicle and Friends with Benefits
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So I managed to read 52 books this year, a little down on the last couple but not to bad

Books read in 2011 )

Particularly good books were a trilogy by Jo Walton, Fathing, Ha'penny and Half a Crown which was a well written post WWII alt history crime thriller, Mira Grant's Deadline which was a fantastic follow up to Feed a post zombie apocalypse thriller and Zoo City by Lauren Beukes a very evocative noir style PI novel set in a weird Jo'burg where people who have committed a crime are animaled gain a companion animal, Zinzi is a finder with a Sloth who is asked to find the brother from a brother and sister pop duo in order to find the money to pay her dealer
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Anyone know a good Dim Sum restaurant in central London.

I have been reading reviews but every place seems to have as many bad as good so not sure where to try.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.


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So our yearly subscription to Cineworld unlimited switches over again so this is a list of what we saw at the cinema in the last year

Films seen in 2010-2011 )

We didn't do to badly, with 40 films seen it comes out at £4.12 a film before you add the £1.50 3D supplement, even with that we don't hit the current film ticket price of £8.30 a go

Particularly good films this year include

Inception
Social Network
True Grit
Rango
Limitless
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I suspect that there are other shows you could do this for but still clever!

Books

Dec. 28th, 2010 10:28 pm
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So I managed to read 68 books this year, the full list is under the cut

Books read in 2010 )

The stand out titles included the final in the Chaos Walking trilogy, of Monsters and Men a fantastic but depressing end to a great series, The entire Hunger Games Trilogy was great and Chris Wooding was a great discovery with Retribution Falls and The Black Lung Captain following a crew of of Airship Pirates, the dynamic has a very firefly feel to it and they are enjoyable stories. Finally I started yet another gripping series with a novel called Feed by Mira Grant, this is set some time after a Zombie Apocalypse following a brother and sister pair of bloggers following the presidential campaign, I read the book as it was part of a book club challenge expecting another run of the mill zombie story but it was very compelling, one of the first books in a while that I would choose to read rather than doing anything else.

I also point people at [livejournal.com profile] calico_reaction who is a great blogger who reviews mainly genre (fantasy/sci-fi for the most part) fiction and has pointed me in the direction of several interesting authors and courtesy of a competition she ran I won a book which was even better
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As my boss has broken his arm I am now going to the BGI in Shenzen on Tuesday.

I have to give a short talk and possible chair a session.

I also have to get a visa when in Hong Kong so the first night I get to spend on my own in Hong Kong

hopefully this will be lots of fun, its also a more than a little scary

Movies

Jul. 1st, 2010 01:38 pm
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A year ago last weekend myself and [livejournal.com profile] rms finally bite the bullet and got cineworld unlimited cards which give you unlimited access to normal movies at any non London cineworld and very small premium to pay for 3D films

This has led to a great year of film viewing

Films we saw in 2009/2010 )

In doing so we average about £4.5 a cinema ticket which is considerably less than the standard price especially as it recently went up to £8 an adult ticket.

Its meant we have seen some great films which we probably wouldn't of seen otherwise probably the best film in that list is Moon which we had to see at the Picturehouse and pay full price for but as it was such a good film I don't regret it. The best film we saw at the discounted rate is probably UP which is such a gorgeous romantic story which made me sob buckets behind the 3d specs.

We also saw some films which were good but I probably wouldn't of seen if not for the pass like 500 Days of Summer or 4,3,2,1

I definitely recommend the pass for anyone who lives near a cineworld
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Myself and friends from work are running the in Race for life again this year

Any Sponsorship would be gratefully received

True Blood

Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:57 pm
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Here is a trailer for the next season of true blood which starts in the states in a couple of weeks

It looks just as terrible and entertaining as the last one

Extended True Blood Trailer

Home

Apr. 23rd, 2010 10:13 am
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I made it home yesterday, In work today unfortunately

hope everyone else is well

Madrid

Apr. 19th, 2010 10:15 pm
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Well I made it to Madrid, just need to wait and see what the next step is, currently looking like a very long train journey to Brussels and then hopefully the eurostar
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