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posted by [personal profile] davidcook at 03:44pm on 05/01/2016
... wait, it's 2016 now ? How did that happen ?!

Anyway, apparently I managed to read a few books in 2015, despite our little arrival :

Ink-Black Magic, by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
The Lives of Tao, by Wesley Chu.
Spheres of Influence, by Ryk E Spoor.
The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
Flex, by Ferrett Steinmetz
Hammered, by Kevin Hearne
The Future Falls, by Tanya Huff
Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow
The Witches of Echo Park, by Amber Benson
Thief's Magic, by Trudi Canavan
My Real Children, by Jo Walton.
The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin.
Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor
Guardians of Paradise, by Jaine Fenn
Smoke and Mirrors, by Neil Gaiman
God's Demon, by Wayne Barlowe
A Red-Rose Chain, by Seanan McGuire
Blood of Tyrants, by Naomi Novik
The Book of Phoenix, by Nnedi Okorafor
Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie
The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende.
Mad Skills, by Walter Greatshell
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman.
Mood:: 'dazed' dazed
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posted by [personal profile] davidcook at 04:03pm on 05/01/2016
So I managed to do a bit of cycling in 2015, but see if you can spot a number in the list below which stands out in some way from the others :

6279
6522
5002
6246
5029
3159

... yup, the last figure is the km cycled in 2015, way down from the previous five years. This was partly due to the baby arriving, but mostly due to having some kind of cold, cough, sniffle, or combination, for 11 weeks of the year (including the one that helpfully went around the whole family just before Christmas). The first of those left me coughing persistently for 5 weeks, and apparently that set the tone for the year.
Mood:: 'dazed' dazed
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posted by [personal profile] davidcook at 04:13pm on 05/01/2016
Fencing results from 2015 - no competitions outside Melbourne last year, for obvious reasons :)

State Open Epee 1: Quarter-finals (7th)
State Open Epee 2: Quarter-finals (8th)
State Open Epee 3: Quarter-finals (7th)
State Open Epee 4/Championships: Quarter-finals (8th)
State Veteran Epee 4/Championships: 2nd

National Open Epee #3: 33rd
National Veteran Epee #3: 1st

Consistent, I guess, but I was hoping to reach the medal zone in at least one of the Open comps (like the previous two years). On the other hand, I had been making it along to State Squad roughly once a month (with Mr3 in tow) in the past couple of years, and didn't manage that last year. Once Ms0 is old enough, I'll try to get back into the routine ...
Mood:: 'dazed' dazed
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posted by [personal profile] davidcook at 10:22pm on 05/01/2016
Well, I'm cheating a bit, because I only saw one at the cinema, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but I want to note down a few thoughts I had on it ...

First, the nitpicks (and these are pretty small things):
1. At some point I started noticing the sounds of peoples' footsteps, and they were just slightly jarring - first because they sounded just like some of the footstep sounds used in some Star Wars games (thinking of Jedi Knight mainly), and second because right at the end, when someone is climbing stone steps, the footstep sound used is far too loud for the situation (I could go up similar stone steps in my stompy boots almost silently, and the character involved wasn't wearing stompy boots ... ).[1]

Ok, this might be mildly spoilery ...  )

Now for other thoughts:
As many people better with words than me have noted, this film had lots of different audiences to attempt to satisfy, and lots of functions to fulfill. Yes, it played safe and had many similarities to SW IV, but it provides a good launching point for the next film. (Of course, if the next one(s) repeat plots from V & VI too closely, then I'll be somewhat disappointed).

For me, the film achieved something else - it made me want to read, play or watch something Star Wars-related afterwards, which is not something I've felt great drive to do in recent years.
I'm also considering seeing it again, which (with two small children in the house) is definitely saying something good about it.

Anyway, overall opinion is "thumbs up", definitely worth watching.


[1] There might be a bit of circularity happening here, as I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Jedi Knight games had some work done by ILM (and/or people who'd worked on the original trilogy), so maybe the games got the footsteps sounds from the movies in the first place, and VII is just re-using the same "soundscape".
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