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26th August 2012

1:32pm: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations and Influencer by Kerry Patterson et al
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein - really, really amazing book. Elegant and textured and full of delight. Thanks for the suggestion, thebluerose!
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
Firebirds and Firebirds Rising edited by Sharyn November - including my favourite Delia Sherman story "Cotillion"

19th July 2012

8:44am: Book log

Newsflash trilogy (Feed, Deadline and Blackout) by Mira Grant
Fifty Shades of Grey by wossname
Freedom: the sequel to Slave by Mende Nazer
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

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14th July 2012

9:57pm: FEED by Mira Grant - Rating: AWESOME
TLDR: This book is an AWESOME zombie apocalypse novel about a team of bloggers following the US presidential campaign in 2039. (The zombies rose in 2014.) It's the first of three novels in the Newsflash trilogy: FEED, DEADLINE, BLACKOUT.

Long version:

So... I didn't actually want to read this book. My friend left it in a bag on my doorstep with a note a few weeks ago. And I've been busy, so it's been all lonely and sad in my to-read pile since then. (Well, not lonely. It had LOTS of company.) But we're going to the said friend's place for lunch tomorrow and I thought I should at least try the book and flick it back with polite excuses if necessary.

So what's it about? Georgia and Shaun Mason are the lead bloggers of the blog After the End Times. After the Rising in 2014, people have generally withdrawn into secure communities against the ever-present zombie threat. Bloggers, who have become firmly established as part of the official media following their central role during the Rising, are amongst the few intrepid journalists willing to venture outside in search of the news. The story begins when Georgia and Shaun (and their team) are invited to cover the presidential campaign of Senator Peter Ryman. It's a pretty standard campaign, notwithstanding the adaptions required for a world where every human contact must be preceded by blood tests for zombie infection. At least until an unimaginable tragedy hits the Senator's family and the bloggers make the mistake of digging a little deeper. Too deep to get out.

The pacing is superb, tension building to a nail-biting and resonant conclusion. The families portrayed are complex and imperfect. The relationships between the characters ring true. The science is exceptionally well thought out. Social media is king. And there are pop culture references galore - Steve Irwin, Buffy, Shaun of the Dead, Apple - I've probably missed half of them!

I couldn't put it down.

PS. Also, dearest seanan_mcguire, I love the dual-sided title.

20th May 2012

10:25am: Book log
The Undivided and Dark Divide by Jennifer Fallon

Both of these were kinda meh, although there were some elements of her skill with political fantasy. Too many characters and I didn't really care about any of them.

26th April 2012

8:50am: Book log
The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn
Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn
The Many Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
Rogue by Michael Z Williamson
Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones

First half (through Baen Ebooks):
- War Maid's Choice by David Weber

16th April 2012

10:36pm: Book log
Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
Magic Flutes, A Song for Summer and Madensky Square by Eva Ibbotson
Home Improvement: Undead Edition (collection, Patricia Briggs story re: vampire)
Down These Strange Streets (collection, Patricia Briggs story re: Warren)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

8th April 2012

10:00pm: Book log

1st April 2012

10:34pm: Book log
The Magic of Thinking Big by Davdid J Schwartz
Synopsis: Think progressively towards work, family, yourself and the community
Verdict: Okay, I guess. Standard self-help in the line of "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

Incubus (aka The Demon Lover) by Carol Goodman
Synopsis: YA urban fantasy novel set in a small college town in the mountains. Vampires, incubi, witches, fey. First of a series, the Fairwick Chronicles, doesn't end on a nasty cliffhanger, well written.

Halfway through Superfreakonomics.

27th March 2012

8:00pm: Book log
Magebane by Lee Arthur Chane (ARC)
The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney
The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

21st March 2012

9:58pm: Book log
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
Nights of the Round Table and Other Stories of Heroic Fantasy by Tanya Huff
February Thaw by Tanya Huff
Bolg, PI: The Vampire Bride by Dave Freer
Choke by Sian Beilock

Two chapters of Principles of Microeconomics

Well, that does explain why my week seemed like a blur.

14th March 2012

7:13am: The shaming room
Originally posted by kikibug13 at The shaming room
Originally posted by bajoransmurf at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Originally posted by denorios at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

The shaming room awaits.

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3rd March 2012

5:42pm: Baking!
Thank you so much to 17catherines and reynardo for the gorgeous baking trays!

Clearly, there is baking to be done! :)

18th September 2011

5:27pm: This weekend
This weekend, I have:

(a) planted my new blueberry and French tarragon plants into pots
(b) repotted the native ferns and grasses into larger pots
(c) done laundry
(d) worked on my project management diploma assignment
(e) gone to an amazing new Graeme Murphy ballet
(f) acquired a shiny new computer mouse
(g) repaired two laundry racks
(h) meditated
(i) written to friends and family
(j) renewed my subscription for next year's ballet

29th May 2011

8:24am: Job hunting

Almost have a new job. Very very close...

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19th May 2011

9:25pm: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

So good that it was unbelievable

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10th November 2010

12:43pm: New book from Robin McKinley - PEGASUS!
Robin McKinley has been one of my absolute favourite authors for twenty years now. To celebrate the launch of her new book, PEGASUS, there are Pegasus Release Celebrations (PRCs) being scheduled around the world, for fans to squee about the book (and random other things) over yummy cake and biscuits and scrumptious afternoon teas. And there's one scheduled in Melbourne! (Attendees go into a draw to win a signed copy of PEGASUS as well as other goodies!)

So come along! And check out Robin's blog and forums for other locations.

Saturday 11 December, 3 pm
Kamesburgh Gardens
Bring cake! Bring your favourite SUNSHINE recipes! And your shiny new copies of PEGASUS!

19th October 2010

7:46am: Damn the state government
You think that we won't notice 25% price rises on water? And electricity? And gas? To pay for the cost blowouts on every infrastructure project that you can name? I don't think so. Even a crazy real estate salesperson might be better than this.

25th August 2010

3:29pm: Grrr...
Who was the idiot who designed the battery compartment on the Microsoft wireless mouse 2000? The one where you can't get the damned batteries out?

23rd August 2010

11:04am: Baen rocks! Instructions for Worldcon
... can be found here:
1:27am: Aussiecon IV
So... um... is anyone else going?

(Also, can someone explain the deal with Masquerade? Is a costume competition or a ball or just a random thing to go and watch? Argh... how do you sign up for kaffeeklatsch things? Who's going to be there besides Borders staff? Why did I sign up for this?)

9th July 2010

1:21am: WoW Real ID privacy issues
If you play World of Warcraft, check out the Real ID coverage and make sure that you're not publishing your real name inadvertently. There are reports of add-ons revealing your real name to anyone using the same add-on, as well as the obvious issues with public "Friends of Friends" lists and selling your WoW data to Facebook. As was the case with Google Buzz, Real ID is turned on by default. You can only turn it off by turning on Parental Controls. (You don't need to turn on any other controls, just turn on Parental Controls and make sure that Real ID is disabled.)

Basically, Blizzard/Activision and Facebook have done a deal to integrate social networking into the game - the privacy policy that you signed up for explicitly says that they can sell your info to other people if they give you an opportunity to opt out. And you read the latest version of the EULA from top to bottom, didn't you? After all, you can't click "Accept" until you scroll down...

16th May 2010

9:36pm: Looking for clothes info
There was a thread about where to look for clothes in Melbourne (if you're a girl with curves) on my friends list a while back. I've been searching and searching and can't find it. Anyone remember the one I mean?

15th February 2010

5:07pm: Abusive ex-husband given information by Google Buzz, journalist sources revealed, pseudonyms wiped out.


It looks like the Google Buzz privacy issues weren't just theoretical after all. I'm a lucky girl - I blocked my abuser's emails from Gmail a long time ago. The only email access that she has is through a different account that I use for untrusted communications. But imagine if I hadn't. She uses Gmail too.

On the plus side, the firestorm has forced Google to make changes to Buzz. They've kindly changed the "auto-follow" feature this to "auto-suggest". And disconnected the automatic links to things that you were reading on Google Reader and sharing with your friends on Picasa. And they claim that anyone who hasn't ever created a profile with Google hasn't shared any information. So far, I think I'm probably in the clear.

I'm still a little angry with Google, but mostly I'm kinda sad. You're meant to be smart people in there. Did you not pay any attention to the Facebook privacy sagas?
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