Finished The Family Trade by Charles Stross, first volume in an Amber-alike fantasy trilogy where an orphaned journalist finds out she belongs to a Family who can move between parallel universes. Weaknesses: very slow starting as the grindingly obvious discovery works itself out; and doesn't have much of an ending as it's chopped off ready for the next book.
Good points: reasonably fast-moving, and works out the details of the setup very thoroughly; with none of the usual "why don't they just..." feeling you can get from these things. I'll definitely look for the next volume.
Halfway through Civilization by Kenneth Clark, basically an adapted transcript of the legendary 1969 documentary series. "Civilisation" here means the arts of western civilization. Very good: tells a story of the evolution of the arts in a lucid, informative, entertaining way.
Wish it had some pictures though: I've been googling along with it but it's not quite the same. These days the book would be a giant glossy coffee-table slab with maybe a quarter of the words.
Work still busy, though not quite as bad as last week. Have partly recovered ODGF: started exercising again, and have cut down the extra caffeine and nicotine. Still drinking more than the limit, and eating slightly more than the limit.
Feeling pretty drained and apathetic.
Surprisingly got a biggish turnout considering the short notice: Breaker, Breaker's mate, motty, ambrosen, stark, Driusan, Phage, Herring. And me. Usual blathering.
Surprisingly, almost no hangover this morning, though I forgot to drink any water and had a fair amount of booze. I think maybe because I've been drinking more than usual lately my body's gotten used to it again. There's probably a lesson there somewhere.
Pointlessly greedy feature request of the day: blog view
So I've given my diary address to some real people now, and they have a lot of trouble with the intro/full copy distinction. Blogs don't do that, and it seems to scare and confuse them.
So, what would be nice is a "blog view" url of each diary, that would hold the intro and full copy in a single page.
Don't know if the server could handle that though.
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