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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Apr 23, 2018 at 04:47:31 PM EST) Reading, Theatre, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "False Lights". Theatre: "Macbeth". Me. Links.

What I'm Reading
False Lights by K. J. Whittaker Curious novel crossing genre boundaries, structured like a Regency Romance but set in an alternate history where Napoleon conquered Britain but a desperate resistance struggles against the invaders.

I would have liked to have liked it more but I found the combination of elements a bit jarring. It lacks some history-nerd detail you might find in SF I was baffled as to why Napoleon is blockading Britain after conquering it and the horrors-of-war stuff undermined it as a light romance.

Overall though it's briskly paced and well thought out.

Managed to pull a muscle or something in my thigh which makes it hard to run. I can do a slow jog without much difficulty, but after trying to speed up even a bit I managed to make to worse. So I've been doing a bit of swimming to try and keep my fitness up, just a short swim at lunchtime: I'm lucky to have a public pool close to work. Feels good but with the limited time and my lack of swimming ability I don't think it's as effective as the running. I often go years without swimming at all, and I only ever learned a basic breaststroke and backstroke. It is nice though, especially since there's an outdoor pool.

Kid got into his first choice of school, which is a relief. He's been a bit needy lately and seems to demand more attention: at the playground he's always going "look at me, Daddy" instead of just obliviously doing his own thing.

Got to see Macbeth at the National Theatre. First grown-up play I've seen since the kid was born. I liked it. Solid performance from Rory Kinnear. I liked the post-apocalyptic vibe, which made it seem more plausible to have all the thanes who are leaders but also do hand-to-hand combat. Another funky set with a huge ramp swinging from side to side and various rotating buildings. I think it did pretty well at getting luridly gothic without quite going over the top into silliness.

However, looking it up afterwards it seems to have got pretty terrible reviews.

Review of "The Tyranny of Metrics". Review of "The Bitcoin Standard". Arithmetic for Austrians: "Exuberant coin creation is made possible by a wholly irrational belief that there will be enough US dollars to enable everyone who has bought into this hyperinflationary ecosystem to cash out at its vastly inflated prices."

Random. Portable girdle books. Pulp magazine archive. Medieval weapons quiz. The Ripon hornblower. Looping animations.

Articles. The anger of the white male lie. The 2018 Boston Marathon Was Perfect Chaos. 10 reasons Yuki Kawauchi, Boston marathon winner, should be your favourite runner.

Sci/Tech. The eponymous laws of tech. Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux. What happened to the $100 laptop. When machine learning algorithms surprise us. Lilium: an electric VTOL light aircraft.

Video. 1911 - A Trip Through New York City.

Politics. Coding and Coercion: Lanetex software engineers attempt to unionize. The “fake news” hysteria is unleashing a wave of free-speech crackdowns worldwide. New centrist party:

There is no supply-side issue for a liberal, anti-Brexit party: influential men are practically falling over themselves to donate one. The problem is demand. Conversely, there is a space in British politics for an authoritarian party with left-wing economic instincts. "That’s the place where Ukip voters were," says Paula Surridge, a lecturer in politics at Bristol University. "In 2015, Ukip and Labour voters were in the same place on the (economic) left-right scale. They were just as in favour of nationalisation, for example."
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WIPO by hulver (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Apr 24, 2018 at 05:31:22 AM EST
I highly doubt it will ever work, but looks interesting.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock
Safety by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Apr 24, 2018 at 01:11:43 PM EST
I'm wondering whether it could glide down with those stubby wings if the power fails. If not it might be more dangerous than a helicopter which can autorotate down. It's a bit worrying that under "safety" they just go on about how everything's so isolated & redundant that it can't fail, rather than explaining what happens if it does fail.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Yeah, that was my thought. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Apr 24, 2018 at 02:35:23 PM EST
The only thing they mentioned in safety that I hadn't taken as read the minute I saw the picture was the parachute. They do work, it seems.

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The Shuttle used to be able to glide in by Herring (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Apr 25, 2018 at 01:52:49 PM EST
Granted, there were a limited list of runways it could put down on (including one near where Dad lives).

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Another funky set by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Apr 26, 2018 at 07:45:19 AM EST
I remember when the Utah Shakespearean Festival did Taming of the Shrew with a funky set. Known ever after as the birdhouse set, because the town was represented by model houses on poles, it had a lot of problems caused by an Austrian (or maybe German) director getting overly creative.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

The Olivier theatre at the National by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Apr 26, 2018 at 02:32:30 PM EST
Has loads of built in stuff including a huge rotating, lifting cylinder called the Drum Revolve. So they can get away with a lot of fancy effects that most places can't.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Swimming by lm (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Apr 26, 2018 at 07:32:58 PM EST
I find that swimming is much harder cardiowise than running. It's hard to sprint with a breast stroke. But with a backstroke (or front crawl/freestyle) do sprints with a recovery period after each length, e.g. 25m on the 50 seconds. Sprint down the lane as fast as you can. Rest at the wall until you hit 50 seconds, then sprint back. Rest until a second 50 seconds is complete. Repeat. Tinker with the timing so that you're resting and swimming for roughly equal amounts of time.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Microsoft and Linux by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Sun Apr 29, 2018 at 09:33:25 AM EST
The most intriguing part of that article is the "new type of processor" that MS looks like it will be marketing with the (presumably subscription) cloud based security patching mechanism.

As for Linux, Windows has supported Linux userland in Windows 10 for a couple of years now and SQL Server is now available on Linux. They've dropped the hate some time ago.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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