October 5th, 2006

Tea-drinker par excellence

Sex in Victorian England

Last night we went to Treadwells to see Peter Freeman's talk, "Sex in Victorian England – Up Close and Personal. A Talk with Props."

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You may have heard of Peter as the man who did all the flavour text for The Dying Earth roleplaying game, or you may know of him through his pseudonyms Aishling Moran and Penny Birch under which he writes erotic fiction. His latest is "The Old Perversity Shop", a pastiche of Dickens.

It was an entertaining evening, well attended by the roleplaying crowd. Peter took us through the many changes in Victorian attitudes as dictated by class and underwear. He also had one of the crowd model some period underwear for us, or perhaps for him. A well-recommended talk by an entertaining speaker, it may be repeated in the spring.

I think treadwells is soon going to need a bigger room if the talks are all so succesful.
Tea-drinker par excellence

Beam me up, splatty

Reuters reports that Danish scientists have the first time to teleport a macroscopic atomic object containing thousands of billions of atoms. They also teleported the information a distance of half a meter but believe it can be extended further.

Wow!

Mind you, I'm not sure exactly what they mean by "the information" or whether what they teleported arrived in a similar state to when it left. It sounds like rather than teleporting something interesting like, say, a croissant ("Zap-U-Croi, pastries to your desk!"), they took the structure of one mass of atoms and imposed it on an entangled mass of the same kind of atoms some distance away. So if you had a croissant on your desk, they might be able to change it into a cinammon whirl, but not move it into your mouth.