Category Archives: Trivia

Cordwainer Smith


Just looking back at Cordwainer Smith’s Instrumentality

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Have Spreadsheet, Will Dabble


It was Robert Heinlein

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Xeno-Archaeology


Xeno-archaeology: the study of strange ancients.
Explanation: a future science that deals with the past.  Continue reading

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Under Winter’s Bough


Winter’s Holme went very well – I stuck to the descriptions of winter and festivities around it. Few picked up on the scandalous sub-text. This calls to mind a line in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, always winter but never Christmas. … Continue reading

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The Glass Fly


Took Irwell Writers session today and read from Kalila and Dimna — Selected Fables of Bidpai, as retold by Ramsay Wood*. Went on to an exercise in retelling fables, folk tales, sayings – let’s pretend we’re Walt Disney. My offering … Continue reading

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The Whitaker


Over the past few days I’ve been toying with writing up my notes on Energy Risk – outside the crazy world of books is an even crazier world of finance, and risk modelling. In a former life, I did risk … Continue reading

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ScribbleCon – Todmorden, Yorkshire


I’m almost ready for ScribbleCon which is being held at The Golden Lion, Todmorden on 28/05/2016. There will be comic book stalls and magazine stalls plus talks including: 10am – 11am: Rachael Elwell (Lines Form Spaces) Linocut Print taster workshop … Continue reading

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Getting to Light Speed


From a discussion elsewhere, I picked up on the question: Getting to light speed – how long? Assume constant acceleration of 1g where g = 9.8m/s² Using the standard formula v = u + at We want ‘t’ From the … Continue reading

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Creative Writers and the new Daily Telegraph


It’s time for a bit of reflection. When I first joined My Telegraph – the blogging platform of The Daily Telegraph (DT) – back in 2008, it was with a view to planning ahead for the impending decline of MySpace. … Continue reading

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EU Security (or David Petraeus knows best)


The relentless machine of rent-a-quote trundles on and, in the light of the Brussels atrocity, the debate on Brexit has now been drawn to one of security. A former head of the US intelligence services and highly respected, former member … Continue reading

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