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Today's links: from nwhyte, a PhD survey on blogging and privacy. It doesn't take long, and it looks like the thesis will be interesting. There's also a completed thesis on blogging here that I'm currently downloading.

According to a new chart thingy from VH1, the top-selling album of all time is Queen's Greatest Hits. Yay! Odd that Greatest Hits II is only at number six, though - for some reason I think of it as more popular. Probably because I had it before I had GH1.

Channel 4 is offering 99p downloads of much of its programming for 30 days after it's broadcast. The ep will disappear from your computer 48 hours after you start to watch it, but I've been thinking broadcasters would have to do something like this soon. (Can't tell from that story whether it's only available in the UK or not - I know that's the BBC's major problem with providing too much content; only licence fee payers should be able to see BBC stuff.)

Al-Jazeera's English language station has been launched. Yay for being able to see different sides of events. Their website is here.

Ooooh! QI Series 1 is out on DVD! This is of the good. *starts Christmas wishlist*

Random community & RSS pimpage: torch_wood is busy, witty, intelligent, but will treat everything as a spoiler until the DVDs have been out in America for two years, as far as I can tell. tw_declassified is new and still quiet, but you can discuss broadcast episodes openly there. And the TW Bingo is funny. behind_thesofa is a Who/ Torchwood reviews site. xkcd_rssis the funniest (and geekiest) web comic I've seen. qi_quote - random facts! Of the Quite Interesting variety! And if you're not already reading officialgaiman and wilwheaton, why not? Anyone got any community/ RSS recs?

theladiesloos has a book out for much cheapness on amazon.co.uk. It's practical advice for women, basically, but because it's all quotes from an LJ community (who weren't doing it with a book in mind) it's more fun than usual... It's advice about pretty much everything - sex and relationships and make up, yeah, but also law and house buying and jobs and pretty much anything else. I think I'm quoted in it. Heh. Oh, it's for charity, too, and I assume the fact it's less than half price on amazon won't take money away from the charities.


From ffutures:
This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, underline the ones you own but haven't read, and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.
1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
(I've read all seven, and oddly, I just brought a bunch of them up from my parents' today to reread. Have got distracted by Robots of Dawn first, though.)
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson

7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke (I really wnt to read this after hearing people talk about it on The Martians And Us the other day)
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov*
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett (Many Pratchetts would get a *, but not this one...)
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey*
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card*

23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*

28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson*

44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein (I've got this on loan from either mind_expander or laerad, but haven't got round to it yet)
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Huh. That's a bit pathetic. Might have to search out some more of these.

From roobarb and redatt, a vocabulary meme:

Your Vocabulary Score: A+

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.

Yay me, etc.

Veronica Mars still not downloaded. I'm so making sure my next flat has high-speed broadband.

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momentsmusicaux
Nov. 16th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
How can love one you own but haven't read?

Torchwood bingo does sound fun, but I can't help thinking that it's really just a drinking game... BUT WITHOUT THE DRINK!
pickwick
Nov. 16th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
Um, because I hit underline instead of bold, it seems.

Yes, but you could add drink fairly easily :)
momentsmusicaux
Nov. 16th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Internet-based drinking games would lack a certain something, I think.
fortuneandglory
Nov. 16th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
Will you vouch for me on theladiesloos? I'm trying to join.
pickwick
Nov. 16th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
Of course - would have done it already but am behind on my communities, haven't seen the vouch post yet!
pickwick
Nov. 16th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't think this week's vouch post is out yet. But I'll keep an eye out.
fortuneandglory
Nov. 16th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
I was just about to say, I've only just added myself, so it might take a while, but thank you!
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