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."
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.
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