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BBC Radio have done an adaptation of five of Isaac Asimov's robot short stories. Listen to them on iPlayer.

Only listened to the first one, "Robbie", so far. I'm not sure it was a wise marketing decision to model Robbie's voice on that of GlaDos....
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Social ethnographers are now beginning to study the super-rich with the same alacrity that they study the dregs of society. Listen to BBC Radio's Thinking Aloud (stream and podcast) as the super rich and their effects on society — society that they try to avoid as much as possible — are discussed.

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Three ideas for the thread, Reasons why aliens avoid earth in a contemporary setting:

Look, it's not about you, Humanity. It's those dolphins. They're just... barbarians. So crude and vulgar, you can't invite them anywhere. It's just better for the galaxy if they're shunned.

Well, they've already got Elvis and Bowie, so why come back?

This area of the Western Spiral Arm was supposed to have been cleared for redevelopment several deka-millennia ago. Somehow, Earth and its inhabitants were missed. Dreadful [procreative organ]-up, somebody's [sensory and cephalic cluster] will roll for it, I'm sure. That is, if anyone finds out about it. If there were an accident, say, and a gamma-ray clearance burster was set off without anyone making a final safety check, nobody would have to pay for evacuating the system. Just saying.
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Snatches of overheard dialogue for the thread, [101] Guard banter topics:

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A few ideas for the thread 101 Crazy Things You'd See In Gonzo Vietnam:

A lost patrol. A squad that has gotten separated from its upper echelons during what should have been a routine sweep. They have the wrong map for this province, which is probably why they are lost. Give them directions and they'll be on their way.

A Viet Cong field hospital. In a swamp:

A young fighter from the Danh Son Huol Cambodian ethnic group was taken to a field hospital in the forest of U Minh after being wounded in a United States air raid. The hospital stood hidden in a swamp on the Viet Cong-controlled peninsula of Ca Mau. Sept. 15, 1970.

An ACOUSID electronic acoustic and seismic sensor, half buried in the earth. If the party walks past it without speaking, then they may be targeted by artillery or air-strikes. If they speak Vietnamese, they definitely will. If they speak American, then they're (probably) safe.
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My contributions to the thread [101] things found in a vial of liquid:

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Suggestions for the thread I need names. Good names. For spaceships.

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Which this year falls on December 16th – 26th. So prepare your gingerbread Mothras and nuclear eggnog, and join together in song around the Godzilla tree:

O come, all ye Kaaiii-ju,
Wrathful and gigantic!
O come, ye, o co-me ye to To-o-kyo!
Run and behold them!
Wreck that train with giant tails
O no there goes Tokyo
O no there goes Tokyo
O no there goes Tokyo
Saint Godzilla!

Scream, population,
Sing in fear and terror
Scream, all ye citizens
of To-o-kyo!

Go go Godzilla!
He is just the biggest!
O no there goes Tokyo
O no there goes Tokyo
O no there goes Tokyo
Saint Godzilla!

Godzilla we greet thee,
Coming from the harbor
Jesus, you really really
wrecked all our stuff!
Dad of baby Godzilla,
and those raptors from the crap US mo-o-vie,
O no there goes Tokyo
O no there goes Tokyo
O no there goes Tokyo
Saint Godzilla!

Also on the calendar during this period are Gamerakkah, Ultranalia, and Rodanfast.

Context, such as it is.
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Edit: Sing along!

Window Seat

Dec. 8th, 2016 12:13 am
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A simple pic, after a Robert McGinnis illo, that was waiting for me to finish it. So now I have.

Model is Victoria 4; I made the set (what there is of it) and some of the textures; and I don't recall where the base clothes are from. (The dress in the original McGinnis pic was too complicated for me to model, so I went for simple pants and bandeau.) Poser 2014 and Photoshop CS5.
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Mum's obituary in the local paper.

A few things I didn't know about, such as Mum's political work (I always thought that the invitation to the Queen's Garden Party was the result of my dad's work). And especially the news that Dad had (possibly) another child in Tahiti. That makes five half-siblings. That I know about.

Insert profound thought about the world you think you know here.
nelc: Bob Howard from the cover of The Fuller Momorandum (Fuller)
You had one job!

Tooth News

Nov. 1st, 2016 02:02 pm
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Apparently my broken tooth is recoverable. The dentist has put a temporary filling in, in preparation for a crown in a couple of weeks.

The only worry is paying for it; I haven't any paperwork for claiming free treatment, so I will have to re-register with the living hell that is the Job Centre Plus. I haven't got any energy for it today. Maybe tomorrow.
nelc: "If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to" (50)
Bohemian Rhapsody, translated by Google.

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My contributions to the thread 101 Things to be Found in the Refrigerator (someone thought of "Girlfriend" really early):

Mild gruesomeness warning )
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I have written some words! And put them together in a unique arrangement! And some of them make sense!

I wrote some of this a while ago, then ran out of steam. I was looking at it this morning and decided to add some more, and after a few hours was done.

The story isn't finished yet; I've still got to write a bridging scene between the previous part and this part, the ending. We'll see how many more months it takes me to write that.

Previous part of the story is here; first part of the story is here.

2797 words )
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Samuel R Delany's The Star Pit, a radio adaptation from 1967.
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Grave Worms, a short story by Molly Tanzer.


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