Rommel? Gunner Who? A Confrontation in the Desert. Second volume of Spike Milligan's war autobiography. Pretty readable, has a steady stream of gags, and a good account of of what it's like to be a very ordinary soldier. It's interspersed with a few fragments of more serious stuff: accounts of his horrific nightmares and a one musing on how the past remains fresh in his memory.
I get the feeling that for him humour was an escape from the war, but he couldn't really integrate it as black humour as in MASH or Catch 22. The jokes are kept firmly separate from the horror.
Overall, a decent read.
What I'm Reading 2
Racing Through the Dark by David Millar. Autobiography of a racing cyclist who initially resisted doping, gave in to temptation, was busted and temporarily banned, then restarted his career and evangelised for clean sport.
Quite interesting for its account of life as a pro cyclist, I knew very little about the sport and found the details fascinating.
What I'm Reading 3
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill. Science fiction novel set in a post-human post-apocalyptic future where a robot uprising wiped out humankind, but the surviving robots found themselves in conflict with AIs wanting to assimilate them.
Very good book: the is also a screenwriter and provides plenty of action and a taut plot.
So I'm back as Scrum Master at work: more work and more admin, but looks better on a CV. They've finally given up on their insane plan for a microservices front-end and a monolithic back-end, but after wasting so many months building virtually nothing it now looks like they're going to outsource a big chunk of the work. That means I won't get the exposure to new front-end technologies I was hoping for. At least I don't have to listen to any more smug condescending lectures where I'm basically accused of being a quaint reactionary luddite for thinking it's a bad idea to do the equivalent of building a new vehicle by welding the front half of a Tesla to the back half of a diesel tractor.
Been running quite a bit but I seem to have hit a plateau with my attempts to get back to pre-injury fitness. My long runs are getting slower each week though I haven't been pushing. I have been pushing the short runs but don't seem to be getting faster, just more tired. Wish I had the chance for some recovery time afterwards but it's almost always straight back into work/childcare/chores.
Video. Laurel and Hardy pie fight. Young guy responds to first listen of "Bohemian Rhapsody", more. Use of colour in movies. Cassetteboy vs Strictly Come Dancing. Banksy: Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director's Cut.
Sci/Tech. Predatory publisher vanishes but takes some legitimate papers with it. Designer complains about Google+ project. Index typewriters Can I Have My Amygdala Removed? Jocelyn Bell to use prize money to help minorities in science. Consistent Hashing: Algorithmic Tradeoffs.
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