October 31st, 2006

Tea-drinker par excellence

Charlie and his horse

Charlie Stross of Colder War (follow the link to read it online) fame has some interesting stuff on his blog at the moment, which is not to say that the rest of it is dull. First there's a piece on Amazon reviews of famous books. For example, about One Hundred Years of Solitude we have this gem:

At best, Marquez reveals an egalitarian attitude that seems to pervade the Americas south of the Rio Grande (no wonder those countries are in constant economic trouble). Marquez should study supply side economics as described by Milton Friedman, another Nobel Prize winner, in order to give his book better balance.

And there are many more.

The October 20th post is about the apparently parlous state of SF at the moment (6% of market share) and What Is To Be Done. It seems in many ways similar to the problems with roleplaying. Charlie has a plan. Read it. And read some of his fiction too. SF needs you!
Tea-drinker par excellence

Trick or Treaties

Two groups so far. The first was a couple of little goth girls who knocked and then shreiked when I answered in my mask (see icon). Their mum was at the end of the drive and she laughed. They were nice and hoped that I scared more kids.

The second group was about ten or so kids. Much rowdier, running up and down screaming. I peaked out behind the curtains in my mask and they noticed and got even more skittish. So I opened the door and gave them sweets. They were quite nice too, asked if I was very hot in my mask, but there were so many of them that our plants got a bit trampled. They had an older kid sort of in charge but not to any great effect. They have just come back too. I guess not many houses in our street have kids so there probably wasn't much on offer.

And whilst I was at home, Paula was at the Academy catching the fancy dress only Scissor Sisters show.