A Feast For Crows!

SFSignal: A Feast For Crows is Done! Really this Time!
From SFSignal, we find that the long delayed Feast For Crows has finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel.
It emerges that the manuscript for it got so long, that Martin rearranged and cut and changed things so that FFC focuses on one part of Westeros, while his next book will focus on the next. That next book, natch, is already partially written. Of course, this means there will likely be at least seven, rather than six books.
Unless, of course, the next volume gets too long as well.

Thieves World RPG

Thieves’ World Player’s Manual :: Green Ronin Product Catalog
Checking out the Green Ronin site for Blue Rose stuff, I’ve discovered that the good people at GR are working on something else to whet my appetite: A Thieves World RPG.
Having used ideas from TW in my games, and having owned the old TW RPG box set once upon a time, this definitely peaks my interest. I think they did a good job on the Black Company RPG, and if they keep up that level of detail and care, the Thieves World RPG book should be well worth picking up.

IRE #21: Exposition

After an unexpected and unanticipated hiatus, IRE returns this week!
Trying to avoid the pitfalls of too many things political, this time we are going to take a look at something a little different:
E3, the Electronics Exposition is currently the hot thing in the West. I’d think that we could extend this idea to things like fairs, world fairs and expositions and the like, if you didn’t want to stay in the technological milieu.

Continue reading IRE #21: Exposition

Current Reading List 5/21/05

What I’ve read so far this year.
Highly recommended reads are bolded.
1. Pyramids, Terry Pratchett
2. Witches of Karres, James Schmitz
3. The Heretic Kings, by Paul Kearney
4. The Wild Machines, The Book of Ash Part 3, by Mary Gentle
5. The Burning City, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
6. To Sail Beyond the Sunset, by Robert Heinlein
7. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, by Robert Feynman
8. Tinker, by Wen Spencer
9. Sourcery, Terry Pratchett
10. Hammered, Elizabeth “Sarah” Bear
11.Family Trade, Charles Stross
12.Burndive, Karin Lowachee
13. Only Begotten Daughter, James Morrow
14. Marvel 1602, by Neil Gaiman
15. Galileo’s Daughter, by Dava Sobel
16. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
17. Roma Eterna, by Robert Silverberg
18. The Anvil of the World, by Kage Baker
19. Retief, by Keith Laumer
20. The Gilded Chain, a Tale of the King’s Blades
21. A World Full of Gods: The Strange Triumph of Christianity, by Keith Hopkins
22. Pandora’s Star, by Peter F Hamilton
23. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
Currently reading: Nightmare, by Steven Harper.

Oh, how my hometown has fallen

The News Blog
Steve Gilliard’s article on the wrangling over the West Side Stadium on the one hand, and Ground Zero on the other, makes me sad for the City of New York.
To think I voted for Bloomberg in the last election (the last election I voted in, in New York). The West Side Stadium is a White Elephant, and indeed the money quote from Steve:
“Which is amazing. Bloomberg has spent so much energy on a pointless stadium, a football stadium for a team with sold out tickets for the next decade, that he has forgotten that he works near an open pit.”
Indeed. At least he took away the fences from around City Hall that Guiliani put up that led me to keep dubbing it “Festung Guiliani”