Jan. 16th, 2017 12:19 pm
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The lovely [livejournal.com profile] emmabovary has filled out another meme, so I must follow suit!
(It's easier and less tedious than telling you all about what I have been working on; see http://brtrain.wordpress.com)

What was your first screen name?

citizenx (first mail art pseudonym and email address) or ltmurnau (first social media handle). Why these names at http://ltmurnau.livejournal.com/21097.html

What was your worst day ever?

Hard to pick an absolutely worst day, since many days are awful in different ways. One that still makes me cringe is the night Akito fell in a campfire we had going at a barbecue and burned his hands on the hot grill.

What is your favorite smell?

Roast chicken. Fresh coffee. New bread.

What cocktail are you most like and why?

Gin and tonic, I guess... transparent, bitter, going green at the top.

What were you doing at midnight last night?

Trying to get to sleep.

What did your last text message you received say?

some emojis of doughnuts and "when home?"

What is a word you say a lot?

"uhhhh..." Coherent word? "Yes" with lots of inflections.

Who was your first crush?

Some girl in my neighbourhood whose name I can't even remember now.

What was your worst injury ever?

Getting run over by a car. http://islandnet.com/~ltmurnau/text/news2002.htm

What was the last song you listened to?

"I Like" by Men Without Hats.
Video features synthesizer powered by a large bag of gas, operated by a pregnant woman in medieval dress. You can't say the 80s weren't fun, at least sometimes.

Dating Meme

Nov. 9th, 2016 09:10 pm
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- nicked from [livejournal.com profile] emmabovary who got it from.

Proof that I haven't dated much in my life.

Your favorite qualities in yourself: My sense of humour, and appreciation of the absurd.
Your favorite qualities in a woman: Sense of humour. Intelligence. Books. Interest in the outside world.
Deal-breaker in a woman: I don't know, they usually walked out on me first.
Your favorite date activity: Dinner or coffee, in a quiet place so we can talk. Not a movie because I concentrate on the film.
Your favorite date outfit: Adequate layers for the environment, with pockets.
Your favorite date food: I usually go with "safe" not-messy food.
Your favorite date experience: First night I met Lianne (13 years ago yesterday). We walked for miles during a lunar eclipse, talking and talking.
Your least favorite date experience: Getting stood up, of course. Or realizing our "coffee date" was just an excuse for me to review her resume and suggest formatting.
Your main relationship / dating fault: Being overly eager to please.
Your idea of relationship happiness: Be friends. Be good and do good for each other.
Your idea of relationship misery: Disdain, disinterest.
What natural talent you would like your partner to be gifted with? Languages.
What fault do you have most tolerance for? Not sure, there are some I don't tolerate.
What is your greatest relationship regret? Taking it personally. Sometimes it is them, not me.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? More insight into what other people are really saying or feeling.
What is your present state of mind? Tired. It's been a long and busy year and it's not over yet.
What is your favorite dating advice / motto? Be yourself; a mask will inevitably slip.
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Yanked from [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll who got it from.
No idea how these were chosen.

60 Essential Science Fiction & Fantasy Reads

Bold the ones that you have read.
I guess I'm pathetic.

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Tithe by Holly Black
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Synners by Pat Cadigan
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
King's Dragon by Kate Elliott
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The God Stalker Chronicles by P.C. Hodgell
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ash by Malinda Lo
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Legend by Marie Lu
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Thief's Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr. I haven't read this collection but have read some of the stories.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Me meme

Aug. 8th, 2016 10:48 am
ltmurnau: (CX)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby.
More memes means more posts.

1. Do you like blue cheese?

2. Have you ever smoked?
Yes, once in a while when I was in the Army. When you are tired, hungry, wet and cold and can't do anything about these things, a cigarette can make you feel better.

3. Do you own a gun?

4. What is your favorite flavor?

5. Do you get nervous before doctor visits?

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
Court of penultimate resort.

7. Favourite Christmas movie?
The Nightmare Before Christmas.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Coffee, and lots of it.

9. Do you do push-ups?
I can crack off 40 or 50, but I don't like it.

10. What’s your favourite piece of jewelry?
I guess a wristwatch counts. Otherwise I have never worn jewelery other than a wedding ring and dog tags.

11. Favourite hobby?
Game designing.

12. Do you have A.D.D.?
No, just distractible.

13. What’s the one thing you hate about yourself?
Too hard on myself, too second-thoughty.

14. Middle name?

15. Name three thoughts right now?
My foot's going numb
I'm more tired now than I was when I left on Friday
the next three game-related blog posts I have to write.

16. Name 3 drinks you drink regularly.
Coffee, water, juice

17. Where's the question?
Got lost, I guess?

18. Current hate right now?
News clowns.

19. Favorite place to be?

20. How do you ring in the New Year?
Go to bed early.

21. Where would you like to go?

22. Name three people who will complete this?
No idea. [livejournal.com profile] emmabovary sometimes picks up on these things.

23. Do you own slippers?
Yes! They are destroyed but I wear them anyway.

24. What colour shirt are you wearing?

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Never have.

26. Can you whistle?
A little, just enough to be annoying.

27. Favourite colour?

28. Would you be a pirate?

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don't.

30. Favourite girls name?

31. Favourite boys name?
Don't have one.

32. What’s in your pocket right now?
Pen, knife, keys, bus pass, some coins.

33. Last person that made you laugh?

34. Best toy as a child?
Toy rifle that made a hell of a bang (was supposed to make a puff of oil smoke too, but never did). Got left outside for an Ontario winter and that was that.

35. Worst injury?
Having left lower leg crushed by a car.

36. Where would you love to live?
Money no object? London or Berlin.

37. How many TVs do you have in your house?

38. Who is your loudest friend?
They're all fairly quiet. Gray, I suppose.

39. How many dogs do you have?

40. Does someone trust you?

41. What's your favorite movie?
Repo Man!

42. What’s your favourite sweet?
Dark chocolate covered cherries.

43. What’s your favourite sports team?

44. What song do you want played at your funeral?
Oingo Boingo, "No One Lives Forever"

ltmurnau: (CX)
Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] emmabovary, who picks good memes.

Tell us about your SENIOR year of high school!
The year was: 1982

1. Did you know your spouse? no
2. Did you car pool to school? No, I took the school bus.
3. What kind of car did you have? none
4. What kind of car do you have now? none
5. It's Saturday night...where were you? either playing games with friends or watching a movie.
6. What kind of job did you have in high school? Militia (Army reserve).
7. What kind of job do you have now? Education Officer.
8. Were you a party animal? Mmm, no.
9. Were you a cheerleader? No!
10. Were you considered a jock? Ha. No.
11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? No.
12. Were you a nerd? I suppose.
13. Did you get suspended or expelled? No.
14. Can you sing the fight song? Canadian high school; we didn't have one.
15. Who was/were your favorite high school teacher? I liked Mr. Cross (English); we would talk about movies.
16. Where did you sit for lunch? In one of the chem labs, or the central amphitheatre.
17. What was your school's full name? Parkland.
18. What was your school mascot? A panther.
19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? God no, it was boring and futile. The only consistently valuable thing I learned in high school was touch typing.
20. Did you have fun at Prom? A bit; had to cut it short and go home and get some sleep, as I spent the rest of the weekend in the woods on a patrolling exercise.
21. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? No.
22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? No.
23. Are you still in contact with people from school? A couple, but we don't talk about school.
24. What are/were your school's colors? Damfino.

Book Meme

Nov. 29th, 2013 08:21 pm
ltmurnau: (CX)
I know I kind of slacked off with the 30 days of writing meme but eh, I got busy.
I'll get back to it.

Meanwhile, a reading meme nicked from the excellent [livejournal.com profile] emmabovary:

Which book has been on your shelf the longest? Coup d'etat: A Practical Handbook by Edward Luttwak. Had this around since my teens, nicked from my father's bookshelf (no idea why he had it).

What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
Current read: Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen (actually, it should be subtitled The Return of the Urban Guerrilla, and They Mean It This Time, but that's another story).
Last read: The Soldier: His Daily Life Through The Ages by Philip warner (little portraits of soldiers a few centuries apart, from Bronze Age to Ww II, all of them vaguely related to each other).
Next Read: Either Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Algeria by Alf Heggoy (a 1972 work I never heard of and found by chance) or The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters by Frances Saunders.

What book did everyone like and you hated? Catcher In the Rye. What the hell was that all about?

Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? I dunno - ever since I got a house to live in, the number of books I own but haven't read seems to be greater every year. I look at them when I go to fetch something else, and reflect there may be a few I will never ever get to.

Last page: read it first or wait till the end? Wait to the end, always..

Acknowledgements: Usually a waste of time.

Which book character would you switch places with? None; a book character has to live out the same plot over and over again, and I get to move on.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? Moby Dick reminds me of my time in Japan, when I actually had time to read the whole damn thing. Though my recall of it isn't great.

Which book has been with you to the most places? I've dragged a few books with me hither and yon. I have a copy of Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis I took to Japan and back.

Used or brand new? Either.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? Mmmm, no. Though the film of 1984 (the one with Richard Burton) was pretty much how I had pictured the book in my head.
ltmurnau: (CX)
Do people still do memes on LJ? Why yes!
<lj user="emmabovary"> did, and now I will too.
Been a while.

1. You can ONLY answer 'Yes' or 'No' (That's HARD!)

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks - and, believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems.

Kissed any one of your LiveJournal friends? YES
Been arrested? - No
Kissed someone you didn't like? NO
Slept in until 5 PM? - NO
Fallen asleep at work/school? YES
Held a snake? - YES
Ran a red light? NO
Been suspended from school? NO
Experienced love at first sight? NO
Totaled your car in an accident? NO
Been fired from a job? NO
Fired somebody? NO
Sung karaoke? YES
Pointed a gun at someone? YES
Did something you told yourself you wouldn't? YES
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your eyes? NO
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? YES
Kissed in the rain? YES
Had a close brush with death (your own)? YES
Saw someone die? NO
Played Spin-the-Bottle? NO
Smoked a cigar? YES
Sat on a rooftop? YES
Smuggled something into another country? YES
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? YES
Broken a bone? YES
Skipped school? YES
Eaten a bug? YES
Sleepwalked? YES
Walked on a moonlit beach? YES
Ridden a motorcycle? YES
Dumped someone? NO
Forgotten your anniversary? NO
Lied to avoid a ticket? NO
Ridden in a helicopter? YES
Shaved your head? NO
Blacked out from drinking? NO
Played a prank on someone? YES
Hit a home run? NO
Felt like killing someone? YES
Cross-dressed? NO
Been falling-down drunk? NO
Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? NO
Eaten snake? NO
Marched/Protested? YES
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? NO
Puked on an amusement ride? NO
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? YES
Been in a band? YES
Knitted? NO
Been on TV? YES
Shot a gun? YES
Skinny-dipped? YES
Given someone stitches? NO
Eaten a whole habanero pepper? NO
Ridden a surfboard? NO
Drunk straight from a liquor bottle? YES
Had surgery? YES
Streaked? YES
Been taken by ambulance to a hospital? YES
Tripped on mushrooms? NO
Passed out when NOT drinking? NO
Peed on a bush? YES
Donated Blood? YES
Grabbed electric fence? NO
Eaten alligator meat? NO
Eaten cheesecake? YES
Eaten your kids' Halloween candy? NO
Killed an animal when NOT hunting? YES
Peed your pants in public? NO
Snuck into a movie without paying? NO
Written graffiti? YES
Still love someone you shouldn't? YES
Think about the future? YES
Been in handcuffs? NO
Believe in love? YES
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? YES
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- from [livejournal.com profile] bruiseblue who got it from.

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of:

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers,sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, [miniature] salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I use my coffee grinder once a year, but to make tea fixin's.
I use my rice cooker at least twice a week.
I ought to use my slow cooker more, but usually only make comfort food in it and am trying to eat better.
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Know what I haven't done for a long while?
An interview meme!
This one's nicked from [livejournal.com profile] happiestsadist.

1. Name one song that reminds you of an ex?
Sade, "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got".

2. Where was your default pic taken?
Burning Man.

3. What's your middle name?
Richard, for my maternal grandfather.

4. Care about someone?

5. Honestly, does your crush like you back?
Oh yes.

6. What is your current mood?
Tired, rather annoyed, uncomfortable.

8. What makes you happy?
Recognition, finishing a job, praise, eating, attention.

10. If you could go back in time, and change something what would you change?
I'm not sure I would, since I would have no way of knowing what the effect of the change would be.

12. Something you do when you're nervous?
Get irritable.

14. What's the name of the song stuck in your head right now?
"Powerhouse" by Raymond Scott (it's the "assembly line" music from Warner Bros. cartoons, I was kind of shout-singing it at people on the sidewalk this morning as Lianne gave me a lift to work).

15. Who did you copy and paste this from?

16. When was the last time you cried?
Long time ago.

18. Have you ever sung in front of a large audience?
No, not a large one.

19. If you could have one super power what would it be?
Eagle-eye vision.

20. First thing you notice about the opposite sex?

21. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
Don;t usually go. Plain coffee, if I end up at one.

22. Favorite colors?
black, green, grey-green.

24. When was the last time you lied?
About anything major? Long time ago.

25. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows?
Sure: Looney tunes, Pee Wee Herman, etc..

27. What are you eating or drinking at the moment?
Had a yogurt an hour ago.

28. Do you speak any other language?
French, German, Japanese, Spanish. None of them very well or extensively, not anymore.

29. What's your favorite smell?
Roast chicken.

30. If you could describe your life in one word what would it be?

31. When was the last time you gave/received a hug?
A few hours ago.

32. Have you ever been kissed in the rain?

33. What are you thinking about right now?
Pain in my back. Trip to Port Angeles tomorrow.

34. What should you be doing?
Getting ready for above trip.

35. What was the last thing that made you upset/angry?
Labour troubles, hereabouts.

37. Do you like working in the yard?
Not really, except for my vegetable garden.

38. If you could have any last name in the world, what would you want it to be?
Something more Googleable.

39. Do you act differently around a crush?
Crazy Clown Time!

40. What are you listening to right now?
Seelenkrank, "Black Goddess".
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Via [livejournal.com profile] jeffreyab.

Bold if you've read it, italicize ones you fully intend to read, underline if it's a series you've read part but not all of.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy , by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman Saw Movie
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
22. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
23. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
24. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
26. The Stand, by Stephen King
27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
28. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
29. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
31. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
32. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

42 of 100. But I don't read a lot of fantasy. Many of these books I read a long time ago, and have never returned to them.
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Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] jeffreyab who got it from.

Gollancz has listed its fifty best science fiction and fantasy novels, The rules are “bold if you’ve read it, italicise if you own it”:


A Case of Conscience by James Blish
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Brasyl by Ian McDonald
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fairyland by Paul McAuley
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Flood by Stephen Baxter
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
Pavane by Keith Roberts
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Separation by Christopher Priest
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts


Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
Book of the New Sun (Vol 1&2) (Vol 3&4) by Gene Wolfe
The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
Conan Volume One by Robert E. Howard
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Elric by Michael Moorcock
Eric by Terry Pratchett
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Little, Big by John Crowley
Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Runes of the Earth by Stephen Donaldson
Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
Viriconium by M. John Harrison
Wolfsangel by M. D. Lachlan

Gollanz are holding a poll in which the winners in each category get republished.
Link to vote: http://www.gollancz50.com/

Plainly, I have been derelict in my reading!
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Life Soundtrack Meme
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby who got it from.

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every "scene", type the song that's playing. Comment on its hermetic relationship to whatever the scene is.
5. When you go to a new scene, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

Opening Credits:
Devo, "Freedom of Choice"

Waking Up:
Skinny Puppy, "Glass Houses"

First Day At School:
Devo, "Mechanical Man"

Falling In Love:
Soundtrack to Godzilla, "Godzilla's Rampage"

Fight Song:
Man or Astro-Man, "U-Uranus"

Breaking Up:
Klaus Nomi, "Return"

Devo, "Mr. B's Ballroom"

Life is good:
Thomas Dolby, "Flying North"

Mental Breakdown:
Nina Hagen, "Russische Reggae"

Dead Kennedys, "Holiday in Cambodia"

Devo, "Whip It"

Getting Back Together:
Devo, "Please Baby Please"

SPK, "Romanz in Moll"

Final Battle:
Iggy Pop, "Funtime"

Death Scene:
Wire, "It's a Boy"

Funeral Song:
Pixies, "Monkey's Gone To Heaven"

End Credits:
Severed Heads, "Chasing Skirt"

Hm. Interesting, not least for the amount of Devo that shows up in this random selection - five out of 17, on an MP3 player with over 1,000 items on it. Is it possible for a "shuffle" to be broken, or am I just paying too much attention?


Well, a pretty good long Easter weekend, even though it rained for two of the four days. I got some cheap fir 2x10s and gave them a double coating of linseed oil, to make 5x3 foot raised beds for my garden this year. If it hadn't rained on Monday I would have gotten it done. Anyway, it's not too late for next weekend. Going to plant spinach, snow peas, radishes, green onions, cucumbers and soybeans this year, among others.

Made some notes for my Cyprus project. Cooked and organized stuff. Did my and Lianne's taxes.
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From [livejournal.com profile] dfordoom.

Do you mostly cook proper meals or do you rely on convenience food, take-away and eating out?

If you do cook do you actually enjoy it or do you do it out of necessity?

How much time is too much time to spend on preparing a meal?

Do you think it’s worth bothering with cooking just for one person?

Is cooking something you’d like to be able to do more often but can’t because of time restraints or lack of energy/motivation?

Answer as many or as few questions as you wish.

My answers:

Do you mostly cook proper meals or do you rely on convenience food, take-away and eating out?
I mostly cook proper meals - I feel I can't trust Lianne and Aki to nourish themselves properly! Food is an afterthought for her and he'd gladly live on starch for the rest of his life, like a potato beetle. What I often do is make "batch food" on the weekend, like batches of spaghetti sauce or stew, freeze it and reheat it during the week after preparing noodles or rice to go under it. But once in a while, we will have pizza or I'll get a roast chicken or something from Safeway, if it's too late or I'm too tired or ill to cook.

If you do cook do you actually enjoy it or do you do it out of necessity?
I enjoy cooking, I really do. I do get stressed out at the end of preparing a meal, when everything has to be ready at the same time, and I hate having anyone in my "cookin' room" when I'm working there - it's very distracting.

How much time is too much time to spend on preparing a meal?
When I make "batch food", I start in the early afternoon and let it cook until the evening. Sometimes I make a roast or a ham. I wouldn't want to do that every day.

Do you think it’s worth bothering with cooking just for one person?
Sure it's worth cooking for one person, if that person is you and you care at all about what you eat. It's cheaper too.

Is cooking something you’d like to be able to do more often but can’t because of time restraints or lack of energy/motivation?
I don't get home until after 5:30 so don't have time to make an elaborate meal every night, but I do alternate the reheated stuff with quicker easier meals like taco salad, pork scallopini, or stir fries with bottled Asian or Indian sauces. The plan this year is to incorporate a lot more vegetables!
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... cause it's been going around....

1971: Living in the Ottawa Valley, in a town of 1,100 people. Our house was in the last row of houses: behind our back yard was miles of farmer's fields and light woods. There was an old gravel pit full of stagnant water, no more than a couple of feet deep, not far from our place - we would skate on its ice in winter and pole rafts around in summer. I dug holes in the backyard: first they were excavations for dinosaur bones, later they were trenches to fight from.

1981: In Grade 12, bored out of my head with school - there were so many other interesting things to do. I played war games and joined the Militia, which helped. Discovered alcohol and savings accounts; gave up overindulging in the former when my miserly tendencies took over.

1991: Army service and school behind me, now living in Japan, as a special guest of the Kudamatsu Municipal Board of Education. Met the woman who would be my wife. Starting to design games more than play them. Giving up mail art as my daily life in Japan begins increasingly to resemble my more bizarre collages, I substitute by writing long letters and Funny Stuff. Well, it's funny to me anyway.

2001: Living in my first house, bought in 1997. Near the end of the year I get one of these
to help with the ongoing problems in my leg, crushed three years before by a car. Getting kinda squirrelly. Akito is seven years old. Designed seventeen games and written over 115,000 words of magazine articles by now. Working at my present job.

2011: Divorced and happily reattached. Leg permanently warped but it reaches all the way to the ground. Living in a much bigger and nicer house. Akito is sixteen, living here and doing well. Getting middle-aged and fat. Up to thirty games and over 150,000 words (yes, a bit of a slowdown while my mind was, um, rather preoccupied) written for pay; Lord knows how many more words spilled into game rules, this blog, and who knows what else.

2021: Rejuvenated by Science to the state of a nineteen-year-old Adonis, I take my food pill before strapping on my Lucite sandals and rocket belt to fly to my well-paid job writing about whatever my current obsessive interests are. The sun is shining. I play bass for the Batnix. Cats love me. Trees fear me. I grow vegetables by the force of my mind alone. I will live forever.
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Yoinked from a defunct Livejournaller...

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Yoinked from someone who ain't around right now...

Back in 1984, Anthony Burgess, a British novelist best remembered for writing A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, published a slim survey of novels published in or translated into English from 1939 to 1984. The "99 Novels List" in Burgess' personal opinion, was the "best in English since 1939". I liked the book and made a point to read a few of them. It's very different from the "BBC's 99 books" list moving around Facebook.

As memes go, this should not be too "novel" (pun intentional). Bold which ones have you actually read, pass it to your friends, or not.


Party Going, Henry Green
After Many a Summer, Aldous Huxley
Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O'Brien


The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
Strangers and Brothers (to 1970), C. P. Snow


The Aerodrome, Rex Warner [an odd and overlooked novel about the appeal of fascism, seek it out if you can]


The Horse's Mouth, Joyce Cary
The Razor's Edge, Somerset Maugham


Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh


Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake


The Victim, Saul Bellow
Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry


The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
Ape and Essence, Aldous Huxley
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
No Highway, Nevil Shute


The Heat of the Day, Elizabeth Bowen
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
The Body, William Sansom


Scenes from Provincial Life, William Cooper
The Disenchanted, Budd Schulberg


A Dance to the Music of Time (to 1975), Anthony Powell
The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger [I didn't see what all the fuss was about]
The Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight (to 1969), Henry Williamson
The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk


Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Groves of Academe, Mary McCarthy
Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor
Sword of Honour trilogy (to 1961), Evelyn Waugh [very, very funny, and then it's not so funny any more, even though it's the same thing]


The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler


Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis [one of my favourite books!]


Room at the Top, John Braine
The Alexandria Quartet (to 1960), Lawrence Durrell
The London Novels (to 1960), Colin MacInnes
The Assistant, Bernard Malamud


The Bell, Iris Murdoch
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe
The Once and Future King, T. H. White [read it when I was a kid]


The Mansion, William Faulkner
Goldfinger, Ian Fleming


Facial Justice, L. P. Hartley
The Balkans Trilogy (to 1965), Olivia Manning


The Mighty and Their Fall, Ivy Compton-Burnett
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
The Fox in the Attic, Richard Hughes
Riders in the Chariot, Patrick White
The Old Men at the Zoo, Angus Wilson


Another Country, James Baldwin
An Error of Judgment, Pamela Hansford Johnson
Island, Aldous Huxley
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov


The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark


The Spire, William Golding
Heartland, Wilson Harris
A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood
The Defence, Vladimir Nabokov
Late Call, Angus Wilson


The Lockwood Concern, John O'Hara
The Mandelbaum Gate, Muriel Spark


A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe
The Anti-Death League, Kingsley Amis
Giles Goat-Boy, John Barth
The Late Bourgeois World, Nadine Gordimer
The Last Gentleman, Walker Percy


The Vendor of Sweets, R. K. Narayan


The Image Men, J. B. Priestley
Cocksure, Mordecai Richler
Pavane, Keith Roberts [very good alternate history]


The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles
Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth [eh]


Bomber, Len Deighton


Sweet Dreams, Michael Frayn
Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon [I've read this three times, but not lately. Some of the vignettes (and Pynchon seems to be best at vignettes) stick with me still.]


Humboldt's Gift, Saul Bellow
The History Man, Malcolm Bradbury


The Doctor's Wife, Brian Moore
Falstaff, Robert Nye


How to Save Your Own Life, Erica Jong
Farewell Companions, James Plunkett
Staying On, Paul Scott


The Coup, John Updike


The Unlimited Dream Company, J. G. Ballard [not the Ballard I would pick but OK, it's not my list.]
Dubin's Lives, Bernard Malamud
A Bend in the River, V. S. Naipaul
Sophie's Choice, William Stryon


Life in the West, Brian Aldiss
Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban
How Far Can You Go?, David Lodge
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole [again, I didn't see what all the fuss was about.]


Lanark, Alasdair Gray Darconville's Cat, Alexander Theroux
The Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux [read it a long time ago]
Creation, Gore Vidal


The Rebel Angels, Robertson Davies


Ancient Evenings, Norman Mailer

For more on 99 Novels, read Anthony Burgess' column from the NY Times:



My score: 26, heavily concentrated in the 1940s and 1950s. Hm!
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Got this from [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby.

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

She gave me "K", and I said;

1. "Kometenmelodie 2", Kraftwerk. I always think of this early pice by them as the intro to some kind of neat 1970s era technology goshwow show.

2. "Kerosene", Big Black. When I used to drive, I'd play this loud at night on the highway, coming back from work.

3. "Kick in the Eye", Bauhaus. Good bit from one of ymy favourite Bauhaus albums.

4. "Kadarchy (Shepherd)", Yat-Kha. A simple traditional Tuvan song about your pretty sheep and climbing hills sounds so ominous when these guys do it...

5. "Kollaps", Einsturzende Neubauten. Bis zum Kollaps nicht viel Zeit/ Wir sind die neuen Goldenen Horden/ Diesmal ohne Dschingis Khan ... (Not long now until collapse/ We are the nine Golden Hordes/ Only this time without Genghis Khan/ ...)

Now you!
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Haven't done one of these fora while; this one comes from the lovable and dynamic [livejournal.com profile] emmabovary.

1) How old are you?

2) What is your favorite color?
black or green.

3) What state do you live in?

4) If you had to choose between giving up your cell phone and giving up chocolate what would you choose to live without?
Don't have a cell phone. So that's easy.

5) Do you have a pet?
No. Except for unwanted yard critters like "Venison" the deer and "Hannibal" the local raccoon.

6) Paper or plastic?
I try to bring my "guilt bags" into the storne whenever I can, but sometimes I forget, and the usual option is plastic.

7) What is your favorite fruit/vegetable?
Fruit: cherries. Vegetable: potato.

8) What is your favorite characteristic in the opposite sex?
Intelligence, friendliness, sense of humour (in no particular order).

9) What is your favorite physical trait in the opposite sex?
They have to look happy.

10) List three of your best qualities.
I'm intelligent, loyal and work extremely hard when I'm moved to.

11) List three of your worst traits.
Very self-critical, low self-confidence makes me indecisive, invest far too much emotional capital in things I can't control.

12) What is your favorite TV show?
I usually watch movies. Not an anime fan but I did like the more popular animated series (Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill) but they're all in reruns now (even the new episodes seem like reruns).

13) If you were stranded on an island for a week what would you want to take with you?
Lots of water!

14) Do you have a favorite board game?
Hah! I have a collection of over 1,100 of them. If I had to pick one, I suppose it would be Go.

15) Do you smoke or drink?
Never smoked. Occasional beer, like once every two or three months if that.

16) What kind of perfume do you wear?
Whatever Unterarmstoff I happen to have going.

17) What is your favorite book?
Again, I have at least a thousand books. I suppose choosing a collection of short stories is cheating? Then perhaps Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, one of the funnier books I've read.

18) What are you most afraid of?
Losing my health or abilities due to an accident, something happening to Aki, oh lots of things...

19) What is your best physical feature?
I've been told I have nice eyes.

20) If you could go anywhere right now and stay for a month where would you go?
Not sure - it's just turning summer here so it's getting nice. But I think I'd like to see an English summer.

21) What are your hobbies?
Oh boy, too many - playing and designing board games, reading, metal casting, listening to music, printmaking. Not much time to indulge moast of these, though.

22) What accessories do you wear at all times?

23) Do you pronounce the 't' in often?
Usually not, I suppose - I've never stopped to listen.

24) What is the last song that played on your iPod/MP3 player?
Devo, "Baby Doll".

25) Share something that made you happy today.
Not happy (too early in the day for that), perhaps happy/amused - my desk phone rang twice and when I picked it up I heard this squoodgy-womble-woff-woff noise. I think it was Lianne's cell phone (she's in northern Ontario now), moving around in her purse and something triggered the speed dial. It made me happy to think I'm on her speed dial. On the other hand, she could have turned into a giant fungus like in Attack of the Mushroom People and was telling me to join the Great Mold Above....
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- well, one of them anyway. This is the one where you take the first line of the first post of each month of the year, so here we go.

(I was moving)

"On the weekend, I realized a long-standing ambition of mine - to have a cup of coffee I made all by myself!"
(foto feature followed)

"In preparation for the Connections conference next week (yikes! that kind of crept up on me), I spent the weekend tussling with some software called VASSAL, a "game engine" that allows people to create online versions of board and card games and play them over the Internet in real time."
(The conference was interesting, and I might go next year, but I still haven't finished this project.)

"Certainly it is now common knowledge that Glenn Beck Is Losing It Big-Time, but I missed this segment of his show that aired in February 09 where they more or less fantasize about insurrection against their own duly elected government."
(I hope I don't have to post much more of this guff, but it seems to be getting worse rather than better.)

"OK, I'll bet that didn't mean anything to most of you."
(referring to my new game Summer Lightning going up for P-250 - still a long way away from publication, seven months later.)

"Oh, this one's rich... emphasis added par moi:"
(about a word-tussle over armed Canadian border guards on post at a Mohawk reserve straddling the border - I never did look to see how this was resolved)

"Interesting, but as noted in the body of the article, the Americans got there first. Though I am no longer in the Army, I have noted since the 90s a definite trend away from what British influence there was in our doctrine, equipment and tactics towards American domination of same."
(on a news article about the Canadian Army adopting versions of Facebook and Twitter for its members to share ideas and experiences.)

"I won't weigh in on this concerted insanity going on to the south of me about health care reform, except to say that the furore over it reminds me of nothing so much as what I've read about the furore over fluoridating the water supply."
(funny old cartoon and obligatory General Ripper reference followed)

"An interesting post from the Canadian Internet company Tucows, which has provided me in the past with many interesting things, on copyright and creativity:"
(I have to admit I've lost the thread of this copyright business - the more you read, the more confused you are, unless you make it a full-time occupation.)

"A couple of weeks ago issue #8 of World at War magazine, featuring a leading article and full-size wargame on the subject [Spanish Civil War] by Yours Truly, hit the stands. Yes, you probably missed it because the mag has a circulation of only about 7,000, but it was nice to see some of my game work hit the relative big time."
(Not long after my game and article on the Sino-Japanese War came out in a different magazine - this was a good year for publishing.)

"I took a couple of days off to go to Seattle and see DEVO. "
(Best concert of the year! Well, about the only one too, but I had been waiting 30 years for my chance to see these guys.)

"This is interesting, in a silly way:"
(On a news article about a statistics man who had claimed to have derived a formula for parents to use in selecting toys for their children.)

This year has gone by so fast, and a lot happened in it. Next year will certainly be different, but I hope not in any way that makes it measurably worse than this one (that's not to say this year has been a bad one, 'cause it hasn't).

Happymerry Jollyberry everyone!
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Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] presterjohn who got it from.

I don't know if I can list 15, but here goes, in no particular order:

Rules: List 15 TV series you've seen all/most of the episodes of that will always stick with you. Series you have bought/would buy on DVD if money was no object. Don't take too long to think about it. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

1. Pee-Wee's Playhouse (own it)
2. The Prisoner (not the terrible 2009 remake, of course) (own it, been watching it the last two weeks)
3. Kids In the Hall (have some)
4. SCTV (have most of what's available on DVD)
5. Rocket Robin Hood (which I see has just come out on DVD, don't think I will get it though)
6. Batman (why Why WHY haven't they released the campy old Batman on DVD? It's not even on TV any more. I'd get this one like a shot.)
7. Original Star Trek (wouldn't bother to get this)
8. Twin Peaks (own it)
9. The Munsters (own it)
10. The Addams Family (own it)
11. Combat! (better than Rat Patrol) (own some, did you know Robert Altman directed many of these?)
12. Blackadder (own it)
13. The Young Ones (own it)
14. Monty Python's Flying Circus (wouldn't bother to get it; unlike many of my nerdy kin, I do know much of the dialogue but never repeat it in public)
15. Fawlty Towers (see above)

There, I did it.

Now from [livejournal.com profile] jeffreyab:

"List the towns or cities where you spent at least one night away from home during 2009. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive."

1. Orlando, FL (conference)
2. Osoyoos, BC (vacation)
3. Mt. Vernon, WA (well, a tent outside the town - Burning Man regional event)

Never been to any of these places before in my life.


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