May 1st, 2005


Stuff and other stuff.

Hmm, my week ahead is already looking rather horribly busy, so in an attempt to get it straight in my mind at least….

Probably punting with </a></b></a>claroscuro and Mark-WINOLJ, Tom-WINOLJ and probably other people who my half-awake brain can't localise right at the moment. Then pizza.
Boring day at work. Probably fighting a laptop for some of it. No current evening plans
Work trip down to Leatherhead (boo to the early-morning-game!). Probably meeting Mikie-WINOLJ at The Oakdale Arms in the evening.
Day off. Tube Challenge scouting and dry-run. Evening plans not finalised yet, may involve the Castle if I can get back to Cambridge in time.
Back at work. Seeing </a></b></a>angoel in the evening for </a></b></a>angoel-games.
sleepy rin

Leonardo and other ventures into alternative reality

17. Brown, Dan The da Vinci Code

They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch; well I guess there's no such thing as a free book either. On the other hand the bookclub I'm a member of would have liked me to think that this was one such, having been sent me out of the blue without any intervention on my behalf. I suspect they just had a massive overstock.

Onto the book itself, where unfortunately I have to say, and I hope this isn't itself a spoiler, that I don't think there's anything I can say that isn't a spoiler. Hmm, and they haven't even written any spoilers on the back. Anyway, as it happens it ties in nicely with one of my less-often exercised interests, and it's really quite nicely written such that you don't know what's going on. Not quite doubleplusgood, but….

18. Vinge, Vernor The Witling

Another one I picked up at at Picocon, this time in my general attempt to own everything Vinge wrote. This one's quite fun, but I hesitate to find any literary merit in it. It has a good take on esper powers though.

19. Stewart, Ian Math Hysteria

Aficionados will recognise this as the latest in Ian Stewart's series of books republishing articles from Scientific American. They tend to be quite fun and have interesting things in them (even if I've seen some of the Maths before).

This one looks at Monopoly and the Dots-and-Boxes game and Dissection puzzles and other funky Stuff. I don't think Stewart is quite another Gardner, but he does write good stuff.