|I was super excited to get my hands on the latest John Scalzi book because I've really liked his previous stuff. Unfortunately while this book is fun I feel that the underlying concept is pretty weak... Its more of a toy boy than something which makes you think, which is a disappointment to me.
Don't get me wrong, the overall execution is good, but the book feels lazily plotted, much like a badly done Harry Harrison does. So, if that sort of thing annoys you, give this one a miss.
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I give you Fidel, the slightly questionable LCA2013 organizer
I love this outfit. He looks so disastrously dodgy. Luckily for me, Jeff did a great job of handling our accommodation requirements for the week of the conference.
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Pictures from Catie and Pete's engagement party
Yet more lca2013 setup
|This is the third book in the Marsbound series. The Others have just turned off all electronics on Earth, and now we need to survive. One problem with this book is that it jumps straight into the action -- I had to go back and re-read Marsbound and Starbound in order to understand what was happening in this book. That was ok because those two books are excellent, and I enjoyed re-reading them. In fact, those two are probably a little better than this one.
Overall Earthbound is pretty dark, and there isn't a lot of hope presented -- its just a series of scenes where the main characters attempt to deal with an all powerful adversary. Perhaps if the Others weren't so powerful this would be a better book, because you just know that everyone is doomed. I also respect authors who are willing to kill off lead characters, but that happens a lot in this book, which sort of bothered me. Perhaps that's what combat is really like though -- people you have an attachment to just stop being there. There's no warning or explanation.
The end of this book isn't very satisfying. There better be a sequel or I'm going to be annoyed.
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How will I identify an organizer at lca2013?
First day of setup for lca2013
Some of the linux.conf.au 2013 team took the chance to rock on over to ANU today and do some final AV testing. While I was there I took some pictures of the various theaters, as I figure it will help answer some of the questions our speakers have.
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Its either a third child, or Cat is pregnant with a unicorn
So... Catherine is 8 weeks pregnant. We had an ultrasound this morning, and everything seems to be going well. We wouldn't normally tell people this early (its traditional to wait until 12 weeks), but it turns out that we're terrible at keeping secrets. This child is code named "Ducky" until released to the public.
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