Jan 2018

  • 2017: Year in Review

    This is the fifth in a series of yearly summaries (along with my reading list, almost the only thing that makes it to this blog these days). Previous installments: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013. This year I used a quantified-self tool to get a stochastic picture of my daily activities, but as an exercise in humility I’m going to write this entry without looking at its data, then write a follow-up after I’ve had a look at what I was really busy with this year. So in terms of unreliable, sucked-from-the-thumb impressions… [1980 words]

Dec 2017

  • 2017 reading record

    This is the third year running I’ve kept track of my reading. Earlier editions: 2016, 2015. Like last year, I used a little custom-built iOS app which is very low-friction, so I probably caught just about everything. If you can think of anything to do with this data, it’s on github. This year the data is less rich than last year, though, because LibraryThing’s REST API no longer returns responses when queried by title. That’s also why the entries below are not linked: I don’t have any automated way to get those URLs any more, and I’m far too lazy to do them all by hand. I added little manicles to any I think deserve special attention. [2001 words]

Oct 2017

  • Winter Tide (subverting a Mythos)

    Ruthanna Emrys’s novel Winter Tide builds on and challenges Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos” in ways I find very exciting. This is not a review of Winter Tide (I’m not sure if I liked it as a novel, and I doubt my opinion should be relevant to anyone else), but I want to write about what it does with its Mythos source material and why I’m excited by it. In doing so I’ll describe some details of the plot and absolutely all of the setting: if you care about spoilers you may want to stop reading at this point. [1047 words]

Jan 2017

  • 2016: Year in Review

    This is the fourth in a series of yearly summaries (along with my reading list, almost the only thing that makes it to this blog these days). Previous installments: 2015, 2014, 2013. [1811 words]

  • 2016 reading record

    Just like for 2015, in 2016 I kept a record of the books I read. (At least, most of them: I started the list in late March. It’s pretty comprehensive from then on, though, because I threw together an iOS app which let me enter the details on my phone: this is frictionless enough that I think I missed very few.) The raw data is on github, in the unlikely event anyone else can think of anything to do with it. The list, with notes, is in roughly chronological order but with occasional reshuffling for thematic consistency. I’ve marked with a ☛ any that I think are particularly worth checking out (if you happen to share my taste and interests, anyway). [2818 words]

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