Weight and Stuff Report – 14 January 2010

No change today.

There was some more snow overnight, but just a little dusting this time. The little bits of ice are still slowly disappearing, and with the temperature expected to rise to a sweltering 6°C at the weekend, the rest of it should be gone by Monday. Which will probably be just in time for some more.

I mentioned at the start of the year that I’d be adding a little something extra to each day’s weight report to make them a wee bit less boring. Up to now, the little somethings have been pictures, but today’s is something different – it’s a link.

I’ve mentioned the Laundry books by Charles Stross before – first there was The Atrocity Archives, which introduced a very nice alternative world where certain kinds of advanced mathematics can lead to incursions of a Lovecraftian nature. Yes, do the right calculations and something Very Nasty might pop into our dimension and eat you. Or worse. That was followed by The Jennifer Morgue, which involved underwater horrors and some gratuitous James Bond gags. All quite wonderful and deliciously geeky. The good news is that a third book in the series is appearing in the not-too-distant future. The even better news is that there’s a short story available now that you can read on the Tor website:

Overtime – by Charles Stross

I read it this morning, and it’s much the same thing as before, with a Christmassy twist. Here’s a line that I particularly liked:

Like the famous mad philosopher said, when you stare into the void, the void stares also; but if you cast into the void, you get a type conversion error. (Which just goes to show Nietzsche wasn’t a C++ programmer.)

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