links for 2007-01-31

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Sixty things you don’t need to know

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  • Twelve things journalists need to know to be good futurist reporters
  • Twelve things journalists need to remember to be good economic reporters
  • Twelve things economists need to remember to be helpful journalistic sources
  • Twelve things grandparents need to know about parental abduction
  • Twelve things you need to know about money – a biblical perspective

Also one thing you do need to know – someone came to my site by googling “pimp words that express love.” Hello you.

Books of 2007 – #7

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  • Recently finished: Judas Unchained – Peter F. Hamilton – Here’s the problem with 1000+ page genre epics – the culmination of the story can’t compete with the journey of reading. And having spent 2370 pages getting there, PFH conducts an intergalactic genocide in a couple of sentences. Ho-hum. Also, once you’re done reading, the plot holes start filling with the muddy waters of doubt, so it’s best just to move swiftly on to something completely different. And much, much shorter.
  • Just finished: Going Under – Kathe Koja – Well, this was shorter. 1100 pages shorter, in fact. With far, far less words on each page, and some slightly sinister design tweaking of the chapter numbers. The writing was lovely, although it’s left me feeling unsettled. Though that could also be down to the cheesey fish bake thing I had for dinner. Also, my Dad came home drunk tonight. Hurrah!
  • Currently reading: Permanence – Karl Schroeder
  • Next on the list: Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • Book of the year so far: Blindsight – Peter Watts

“Whenever I find my will to live becoming too strong, I read Peter Watts.” –

James Nicoll


Peter Watts interviews – 1, 2, 3PW’s website – And if anyone wants to buy me PW’s first novel, Starfish, that’d make me super happy. Or suicidal. One or t’other. Or possibly both. Buy it and we’ll find out…