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Hi. I'm new to this instance. My former account was @SlowRain.

I'm a Canadian expat teaching ESL in . My interests are:

(I also roast coffee at home)

I think I need to start drinking Australian wine.

Finished reading The Road to Crécy by Marilyn Livingstone & Morgen Witzel

4/5 stars

tl;dr - excellent, highly readable account of the Crécy campaign during the Hundred Years' War

Oh, yay. More consolidation in the book-publishing world. This line is interesting:

"The merging of publishers over the last decade has lead to bestseller lists increasingly dominated by a handful of blockbusters from imprints that are part of the same umbrella publisher."


PRH owner Bertelsmann to buy Simon & Schuster in $2bn deal

I just drove past a new business which had "Since 2020" on their sign, in English. Me thinks they don't know how the word "since" gets used on signage.

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Yep, #Singapore and #Finland for me, one at the Equator and one straddling the Arctic circle. I used to find 20°C cold and now that's almost too hot. It's all relative.

#itchyfeet comic via:

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A month ago the weather cooled down, & I was sure autumn had arrived--for about a week. It's Nov 22, & it will probably hit 30°C today. We've had to sleep with the a/c on the last 2 nights. Unreal.

[at 9:58]

ME: Don't you have to sign into Zoom at 10:00?

MY WIFE: [buck naked] Oh, no! I haven't put on makeup.


I'm coming up on a bit of a milestone. As of right now, I have only one student who was born before I arrived in Taiwan. He's in grade 12 now & will leave the class either this semester or next. That means, starting next year sometime, I will have been in Taiwan longer than all of my students.

I was absolutely flabbergasted today when I found out that one of my smart, well-behaved 1st-graders is the younger brother of one of the slowest, laziest, most inattentive 3rd-graders at that school.


Reading this whole issue regarding Alan Dean Foster, I was surprised to learn he did the novelization of the first Star Wars movie. I read that book a VERY long time ago, but thought George Lucas had written it. Turns out it was ghostwritten. However, he has written other Star Wars novels under his own name as well.

Here's Disney acting like a classless corporate giant:

I guess I'm not used to this kind of language in what is otherwise a serious & scholarly book. 🤣

The Road to Crecy by Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel

I'd choose Noodler's Heart of Darkness in my Faber-Castell Essentio on Midori MD cream-colored paper.

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Only one pen, one ink, & one kind of paper for the rest of your life. What would you choose from your lineup?

(But you get an infinite supply of ink & paper.)

Interestingly, one of Lucas's restrictions when Timothy Zahn was writing his sequels was that he couldn't bring any character back who had already died. Both Lucas himself & Jar Jar Abrams did just that with their ill-conceived sequel ideas.

The prequels may have been poorly written, but they can't touch the sequels for sheer stupidity.

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Actually, they're both bad ideas. The only definitive sequel to Return of the Jedi is Timothy Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command).

Zahn's Thrawn trilogy > Lucas's idea > what Jar Jar Abrams gave us


Would George Lucas's Star Wars sequels have been better than Disney's?

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Tooters, I need help.
I need a good Sci Fi book that is recent (for a gift). My target has read a lot of classic and modern sci Fi but I feel confident he wouldn't have read something that was published in the last year or so.

This is why I won't start a Fantasy series anymore until the last book has a fixed publication date. Authors can take all the time they want writing it on their schedule but, as a reader, I'll read it on my own schedule, too, & not on the author's whim.

(However, it's interesting that 2 of Fantasy's biggest authors are doing this.)


First George RR Martin, now Patrick Rothfuss: the curse of sequel-hungry fans

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