April 14th, 2005

vote cthulhu!

Compendium on Voting

Firstly, ever been interested in how votes for Popes work? Schneier was.

Secondly, I've become increasingly confused during this election run up by the fact that people seem to have an axiom that I should be voting to best improve my own interests. Surely I should be voting to best improve rightness?

Thirdly, thinking about </a></b></a>atreic's carrots and sticks, how about issuing each voter with a lottery ticket when they vote? (As opposed to compulsory voting).

The works of Roberta

I'm being totally inept with this, but in an attempt to catch up…

8. Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers
9. Heinlein, Robert A. Farmer in the Sky
10. Heinlein, Robert A. Space Cadet
11. Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
12. Heinlein, Robert A. The Past Through Tomorrow (vol 1)
13. Heinlein, Robert A. The Past Through Tomorrow (vol 2)
14. Heinlein, Robert A. I Will Fear No Evil
15. Heinlein, Robert A. Time Enough For Love
16. Heinlein, Robert A. The Number of the Beast

Whoo, I've read a lot of Heinlein recently. Comfort reading in a sense, I cut my SF teeth on some of these books. Farmer in the Sky I haven't read before (picked this copy up at Picocon 22). It's got a lot of the standard Heinlein "determination despite all unreasonable circumstance", but otherwise it's quite fun.

The two short-story collections have my favourite Heinlein works – Requiem (one of the few pieces of fiction to reliably bring a tear to my eye), The Green Hills of Earth, The Menace from Earth and Misfit.

The latter two books are definitely of "reduced quality", although both are enjoyable.