Category Archives: words

Inherent Vice

[video:youtube:RjWKPdDk0_U] PEnguin have produced a trailer for Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel. The voice-over is provided by the man himself. [via Cosmic Variance]

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Kings II K-edgeree

http://blog.newhumanist.o…whats-your.html My old mates at the New Humanist tried and largely failed to interview Genesis P-Orridge for their last issue but it’s not all bad news because it has spawned a new game and competition: combine your favourite book of … Continue reading

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20 Wodehouse insults

frightful young excrescence piefaced litte excrescence slab of gorgonzola pig in human shape sheepfaced, shambling refugee from hell gastly sheepfaced fugitive from hell fatheaded ass popeyed bleater dithering idiot a dumb brick of the first water halfwitted gargoyle halfwitted Gadarene … Continue reading

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Evil Robot Monkey

http://www.maryrobinettek…l-robot-monkey/ This Hugo nominated short story is so short that you can read the whole thing in 4 minutes flat. And I encourage you to do so Evil Robot Monkey by Mary Robinette Kowal Sliding his hands over the clay, … Continue reading

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Profit without Honour

There an excellent review by Adam Mars-Jones of the latest pile of Paulo Coelho in an old Observer. There aren’t many authors more despicable than Jeffery Archer, who has at least written two half-decent books and is not fooling anyone. … Continue reading

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The genesis of ‘gene’

Chance in the house of fate (A natural history of heredity) by Jennifer G. Ackerman (Bloomsbury, 2001) is a slightly frustrating popular science book. As you might infer from the title, the author is rather prone to purple prose. She … Continue reading

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The Puppy

In our back yard a boy keeps his little dog Sharik chained up, a ball of fluff shackled since he was a puppy. One day I took him some chicken bones that were still warm and smelled delicious. The boy … Continue reading

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Cyrano – Outshining his own legend.

My sister’s first book was published a few weeks ago but I only got hold of it last monday when Amazon finally sent me the copies I’d ordered. (Hopefully this means they are selling it so fast they didn’t have … Continue reading

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Starting at midnight, thousands of people all around the world are racing to write a 50,000 word novel from beginning to end in the 30 days that November hath. Yes, it’s (Inter)NAtional … Continue reading

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Cookies.. in your bed

I am sure that i am a million internet years behind the pace here, but i have only just noticed that almost any fortune cookie saying can be massively improved by adding the phrase “.. in your bed.” to the … Continue reading

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Dirty Harry

The story is about a boy who lives in a cupboard (i.e. “in the closet”). His Aunt and Uncle are ashamed of him because his parents were quite eccentric (i.e. “flaming”) and they are deeply concerned and afraid that he … Continue reading

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The wings are not on fire

The wings are not on fire (How to turn contraposition upside down) A Captain and the First Officer are whistling idly in an aeroplane cockpit. They are obviously very bored. C: You know what… FO: What? (The Captain picks up … Continue reading

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money spiders

i’ve been wondering about money spiders. I saw a money spider wandering around on our new lab picnic table in our new lab garden. It was wee. no more than 2mm across. It got me wondering. I’ve been wondering why … Continue reading

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Law of Obligations and Tomfoolery

Earlier today I was invigilating LLB Tort exam, this was question two. Ed, a thirteen year old, is playing by the main road outside the playground with his friends, Sam aged eleven and Albert aged fourteen. Sam suggests that they … Continue reading

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Hello Babies

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, … Continue reading

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