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I have made a to-do list and am attempting to structure my life now there is no more school to do it for me.

Last weekend, Tim and I went to Hay-on-Wye to celebrate handing in my dissertation. It's a tiny village in a lovely countryside, and filled to the brim with bookstores. So basically heaven on Earth. I'd love to come back for a week sometime and mix the browsing with some hiking around the Welsh countryside, but for now I had an amazing time wandering from store to store.





I thought I was being relatively sensible with my book-buying, until it came to packing up everything for the bus and train ride home. Here's my pile of loot:



Including some that sounded cool, some I'd heard of and been meaning to buy, some which had pretty covers or interesting titles, and a few that sounded too hilarious to pass up. Like Less than Human by Charles Platt, featuring a cover illustration of a floating, glowing man in an Elvis-esque outfit, and the following blurb (in part):
HE WAS MANKIND'S LAST CHANCE. AND THEY WERE GOING TO KILL HIM FOR IT. Burt is a trillion dollars worth of robot — with a ten-minute gap in his programming that renders him virtually useless to his creators. Still, since coming to Earth, he was managed to find a snappy new set of clothes, a cure for cancer, and a sixteen-year-old girlfriend.
How could I not give that book a loving new home.

I also picked up a few pick-your-own-adventure books, what appears to be a prehistoric fiction novel that isn't the Earth's Children series (always on the lookout for more of those), and a very intreseting-looking volume of literary theory/criticism called Strategies of Fantasy. I didn't intentionally stick only to SFF — I was looking for more non-fiction of various kinds, too — but somehow it worked out that way.

Well, I've been procrastinating on writing a cover-letter for an application to an archaeology fieldwork job... so I'll probably go do something else from my to do list.
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Tim got me a little whiteboard and it calms my troubled mind.

I decided the other day that when I've handed in my dissertation, we're going to Hay-on-Wye for a weekend in celebration. Yeah, this place. It's going to be amazing.

I also finally saved up enough to buy my own 3DS, and this awesome decal so we can distinguish between the two that exist in this flat:


(I had this gif here, but looking at it makes my head hurt.)


Just one bossfight away from beating Ocarina of Time! And then I'm going to get A Link To The Past Link's Awakening (EDIT: I can't be expected to remember names at 1am after a day of dissertationing) from the download store, and I won't stop until I have all the Zeldas.
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Didn't do hourly comics today. I was too busy reading about Bronze Age trade, something I could probably do all day long. ♥ Oh yeah, too cool for school.

I made a LibraryThing accont last month to keep track of the (pitifully small number of) books I read this year. Are any of you guys on there? We should be friends!

At the moment I'm reading The Knife of Never Letting Go which is incredibly addictive, holy shit. I had to leave it at home today because yesterday I took it with me to read on the tube and got absolutely no work done all day.

I have a 9am lecture tomorrow, so it's probably about time I went to bed. I still have a bunch of draft posts I haven't finished (I predict my thoughts on Tron: Legacy will be posted around the time it comes out on DVD.) but this will have to do for now. Slightly more alive on the Twitter, as usual. See you guys later.
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The internet at the flat has been fixed, and I've got a small backlog of entries to post.

First of all: on Wednesday, I went to the midnight launch of Terry Pratchett's new book, I Shall Wear Midnight, at the Waterstone's in Piccadilly Circus.



The queue in front of the store was longer than I expected. Oh hey, I guess Terry Pratchett is pretty popular. ¬______¬




The bag the book came in. I see what they did there.




There was a Q&A/"In Conversation" bit with Tony Robinson, and then we all lined up to get our books signed. You can see a bit of the person dressed up in a witch's outfit! I tried to get a better picture of her, but the queue was too quick for me and swallowed her up.




I didn't manage to get a proper picture of Terry Pratchett himself, but here's one from his Facebook page:



I would've liked to shake his hand or at least thank him for signing my book, but it was all kind of quick and assembly-line-ish. Well, there were a lot of people there, so it's understandable.




The book~




Officially signed with an official signature.




And there's a print of the cover art inside. :3



I got the book around 11pm Wednesday night, and I finished it last night at 2am. I didn't mean to stay up that long, but it's hard going to sleep when you're near the end of a good book. And this book was really good; I wasn't that impressed by Unseen Academicals, but I Shall Wear Midnight defiitely made up for that one's deficits.

I always forget how much I love witches books until I read one; they invariably have great characters and a wonderful atmosphere. I've also missed out on some of the Tiffany Aching novels... I guess I dismissed them because they were meant to be for kids. So that's an oversight I'm going to have to go remedy as soon as possible, because she is a total badass.

Also without spoiling anything, a Discworld character I adored when I was younger and had given up any hope of ever seeing again is in this book, and it makes me really happy. :D


That's it for tonight, tomorrow I'll get on with finally posting my Austria pictures.
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I finished rereading Cloud Atlas today, and it's proved itself to be as good as I remember. Always slightly risky to read books you really loved as a teenager. I don't think I was as aware of the depth and the overarching themes of the various section the first time around, but the things I did remember — the way it moves through different times and styles and how the language changes to fit each story — are still just as great. When do you get two different flavours of speculative futuristic sci-fi, historical fiction from different periods, and contemporary stories (one of them a detective story/thriller) in the same novel? It's almost everything I love in one delicious bundle.

I'd also forgotten most of the stories' endings, which was nice. (Oh man, the end of the Orison of Sonmi. ;_; I don't even know why that surprised me, it was pretty obvious.)

I really need to read more of David Mtchell's work.

Next I'm reading Geschichte einer Liebe, a non-fiction book about the love affair between Adele Schopenhauer (who was the sister of an apparently famous philosopher who I have never heard of, because I am poorly read XD) and Sibylle Mertens (who according to wiki was an archaeologist! Awesome.) And neither of them have English wiki pages; sorry guys.

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On Sunday my dad and I went to see The Surreal House at the Barbican. I recommend it! I didn't necessarily like or relate to all the pieces, but it was interesting and thought-provoking and taught me a bit about the surrealist movement. My favourite was a piano suspended from the ceiling. I don't really want to describe it further because that would probably be spoilers in case anyone who reads this does go see the exhibition.

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We made an offer for Flat 2 from my last entry, by the way! Maybe possibly hopefully finally a place to live!

Train to Paris tomorrow evening. Shall I pack now or tomorrow? Maybe I'll just make a pile of clothes now.


PS: Just some links to myself so I remember to have a look at them later/when I get back from Paris
http://singularityhub.com/2010/06/19/robotics-industries-association-were-creating-jobs-helping-the-economy/
http://www.youtube.com/abbrobotics
http://www.societyofrobots.com/robot_arm_tutorial.shtml

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