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Yay: I have (finally) caught up on my friends list. Well, the people bit. Skip -940, anyone?

Boo: I have had time to do this because I have an Evil Cold and am therefore sitting around feeling sorry for myself. I can't quite figure out whether it's a normal cold and I'm just being crap and ManFluey about it, or if it is actually Evil. *sniffs* *coughs* *looks vaguely pathetic*

Links I've picked up (hat-tip to you if you linked to any of these, I really can't remember. The cold is eating my brane.):

  • Neal Stephenson talks about FSF readers.

    People who do read science fiction and fantasy have developed a skill set that other people don't necessarily have. They can pick up a book and begin reading it, and it will have all of these words that they have not seen before and names that they are not familiar with, and it's set in a world whose geography they don't know and whose customs they don't know--and it can be a bit hard to follow at first, but those kinds of people know that if they just keep reading and are patient, over time all of that will be explained, and they will be able to piece it together in their heads. And doing that is actually part of the pleasure of reading such a book for a fantasy or science fiction fan.

    People who don't habitually read fantasy and science fiction, I think when they encounter a book that's got all these unfamiliar elements, they find it a bit off-putting. I noticed very early when people were reading early drafts of this book that the ones who were habitual science fiction and fantasy readers blew through it with no trouble, and the ones who weren't frequently said, "I would like a glossary. I'd [like] a timeline. I'd like a map. I'd like more explanation of the background of this world."

  • Stephen Fry on the Wii, from his Dork Talk column
  • This Feminism 101 blog looks interesting
  • Fabulous Doctor Who cosplay at Dragon*con
  • Article about the Large Hadron Collider, where Dr Brian Cox says "Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a twat." Hee.
  • Some utterly gorgeous pictures of London from above. I want prints. Mostly of the financial district ones, oddly.

Also, yay for a female winner of Big Brother. Only the second or third in nine years, depending on whether you count Nadia. And I realised due to a timely text from a friend who's watching Heroes S2 that Kensei might be the reason I vaguely fancied Rex. Thank God there's a reason. Heh. Since I was working Friday night, I also discovered there's a hidden core of Big Brother fans at my work. Hee.

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dave_t_lurker
Sep. 7th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
I have an Evil Cold and am therefore sitting around feeling sorry for myself. I can't quite figure out whether it's a normal cold and I'm just being crap and ManFluey about it, or if it is actually Evil. *sniffs* *coughs* *looks vaguely pathetic*

*hugs* and *Tea*

I pointed my sister at those photos, she asked why I can't take anything like that. Perhaps because I lack a helicopter?
glamhag
Sep. 7th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
"Depending on whether you count Nadia"?
>:-(
pickwick
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
*flails* bugger, I knew I should have explained that! I meant if you count her in the very specific area of looking sociologically at women winning BB, because I suspect there was different reasoning/ feeling going on with the public when she won.
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