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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 03:49pm on 26/04/2017
I've been chewing through quite a lot of Robin Hobb lately, and have come to the Farseer trilogy, which was her first. I was pretty amused when I read this:

"A very faint scent of her clung to my shirt from her brief embrace, and I agonised over whether to wear the shirt that day, to carry the scent with me, or to set it aside in my clothing chest, to preserve it."

I laughed because in the last chapter a weasel vomited on his shirt. (This is a bit unfair - on careful review, he does spend a sentence changing clothes "hastily", but wouldn't he still be a bit weasel-vomity?)

More seriously, it's not as good as her other stuff. The youngest prince forms a murderous plot, they thwart it, inexplicably they decide he's learned his lesson, rinse and repeat. The protagonist has trained as an assassin, so after a few rounds of this, really, you had one job, Mr Protag. Kindly stab him up so we can get on with the zombies^W Forged ones.

I have not agreed to the new Livejournal TOS (they do it with javascript) but I suspect this is my last crosspost.
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 05:02pm on 15/03/2017
Dear Lazyweb, if you live in Cambridge and go to an optician, who is it and are they annoying? Thanks.
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 08:09pm on 24/11/2016
It's my birthday on Sunday and I'll be in London. I'm going to see _Pretentious Moi?_ [1] at Nambucca in London on Saturday and in the Pembury Tavern in Hackney from about 3pm on Sunday.

[1] Some of their stuff is on Youtube, Soundclod, etc. They're "modern trad", if one can use such an expression.
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 02:28pm on 22/11/2016
I realise about three of you care about Crawl victory posts, so I'm going to set up a custom fiends group to filter these. Let me know if you'd like to be on it.

Demigod fighter )
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 08:45pm on 30/09/2016
Hooray, won again! 2 from 39 games. Whoops, knew I'd forgotten something )
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 04:52pm on 27/08/2016
I've been playing Crawl recently, which is a roguelike - like NetHack but worse.
And I won... )
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 04:21pm on 03/12/2015
I thought I'd found a bug in The Martian but [personal profile] davidgillon pointed out I hadn't. This is preserved for curiosity's sake.

Spoilers for the book, and probably for the movie )
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 05:36pm on 12/11/2015
I will be 0x28 years old on the 27th November. Queen Edith (Cambridge pub) from about 19:30, anyone? Be there or be elsewhere.
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posted by [personal profile] damerell at 06:42pm on 28/09/2015
We have a coffee machine at work which produces cheap and nasty coffee, which at least isn't expensive and nasty, but compares badly with the cafe which does cheap and nice coffee but closes at 4 pm.

The machine has a light sensor to see if you've put a mug in it, but I can't actually put my mug in in a position that trips the sensor. There's an obvious failure mode in that I forget to put my hand over the sensor and a paper cup drops down.

A less obvious mode is that I put my hand over the sensor but don't put my mug in. :-(

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