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23/5 Sheep

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 30, 2004

1.Go into your LJ’s archives.
2.Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3.Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4.Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions

“With a worse photo than the one I use for my LJ witterings…”

Not quite a GIP, I guess, and now I have a lot more images I can choose from…

Interestingly it’s dated the 23rd of April.


You’ve got to laugh at those wacky Google guys…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 30, 2004

as according to the BBC, they’re a bunch of natural mathematical jokers…

“The exact value of the planned share offering is US$2,718,281,828, which coincidentally also corresponds to the mathematical constant e.”

Log on!

More books, less time

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 30, 2004

Here’s just the rest of the list of the recent reads with a quick star rating instead of a full review. Hopefully normal reviewing service will be resumed shortly…

Devil’s Cub, Georgette Heyer ****
Dancing Barefoot, Wil Wheaton ****
Saucer Wisdom, Rudy Rucker ***
Finding Helen, Colin Greenland ****
Planetes 2, Makoto Yukimura ***
House of Reeds, Thomas Harlan *****
The Phoenix Exultant, John C. Wright ****
Phobos, Ty Drago **
Last Tango in Aberystwyth, Malcom Pryce ***
Alien Emergencies, James White ***
The Ocean of Years, Roger McBride Allen ***
A Place So Foreign and Eight More, Cory Doctorow ****
Star Dragon, Mike Brotherton **
Boiling A Frog, Christopher Brookmyre ****
Untied Kingdom, James Lovegrove ***
The Red Star, Arthur Byron Cover **
Coalescent, Stephen Baxter ****
The Golden Age, John C. Wright ****
The Sundering, Walter Jon Williams ****
Live Without A Net, ed. Lou Anders ***
1610: A Sundial In A Grave, Mary Gentle ****
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 20th Annual Collection, ed. Gardner Dozois *****

So that’s the hardcovers, the proofs and the trades….

Now back to the normal review cycle. Hopefully I won’t let it get so out of control again. And the book piles are a little more tidy now…

No snogging behind the bikesheds…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 30, 2004

it’s against the law.

WTF? It’s Blunkett again, isn’t it?

Teh cuteness redux

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 30, 2004

Vanimal Zoo’s rather delightful range of Hell Catz. Currently N.A.I and Angelly (who is an Angel Catz, and has a halo, and was ‘s kawaii birthday present) are living on our bookcases, along with their mousy partners…

Two things I wish I’d tried earlier…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 30, 2004

…than this week.

1) UniQlo. Dead cheap clothes including some lovely linen trousers, and a range of T-shirts with designs based on photographs from the Getty image library.

2) Georgette Heyer. Devil’s Cub was a wonderful romp. More, more. Reminiscent of Lois McMaster Bujold at her best…

Tell me your stories of worlds that never were…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 29, 2004

(From , and many others…)

What fictional memories do you have of me?

Invent a memory of me and post it in the comments. It can be anything you want, so long as it’s something that’s never happened. Then, of course, post this to your journal and see what people would like to remember of you, only the universe failed to cooperate in making it happen so they had to make it up instead.

Want to save or make money?

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 29, 2004

Why not take a look at where you can share all those shop-a-friend money-off offers with willing victims participants…

Maybe you can even finally get that £50 First Direct keep promising you…

Posy Simmonds on t’Interweb thingie…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 29, 2004

The nice people at the Guardian  have an online archive of the Posy Simmonds’ weekly Literary Life comics.


No apologies for introducing Posy as a time waster. She’s been one of my favourite cartoonists for years.


Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on April 28, 2004

So I did this meme that everyone seems to be doing…

Your Brain Usage Profile:
Auditory : 41%
Visual : 58%
Left : 52%
Right : 47%

Simon, you exhibit an even balance between left- and right- hemisphere dominance and a slight preference for visual over auditory processing. With a score this balanced, it is likely that you would have slightly different results each time you complete this self-assessment quiz.

You are a well-rounded person, distinctly individualistic and  artistic, an active and multidimensional learner. At the same time, you are logical and disciplined, can operate well within an organization, and are sensitive towards others without losing objectivity. You are organized and goal-directed. Although a “thinking” individual, you “take in” entire situations readily and can act on intuition.

You sometimes tend to vacillate in your learning styles. Learning might take you longer than someone of equal intellect, but you will tend to be more thorough and retain the material longer than those other individuals. You will alternate between logic and impulse. This vacillation will not normally be intentional or deliberate, so you may experience anxiety in situations where you are not certain which aspect of yourself will be called on.

With a slight preference for visual processing, you tend to be encompassing in your perceptions, process along multidimensional paths and be active in your attacking of situations or learning.

Overall, you should feel content with your life and yourself. You are, perhaps, a little too critical of yourself — and of others — while maintaining an “openness” which tempers that tendency. Indecisiveness is a problem and your creativity may not be in keeping with your potential. Being a pragmatist, you downplay this aspect of yourself and focus on the more immediate, obvious and the more functional

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