September 16th, 2008

Fishy Circumstances

Science Fiction and You

The BA History of Science outreach group this year sponsored an afternoon of talks and discussion called "Science Fiction and You", structured around science fiction's role in science communication. Massed into a modest lecture theatre with poor acoustics, the speakers gave generally engaging talks, although sometimes only if I listed very carefully. There was a microphone, but it was tricky to use.

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Vanitas desk

Cold

Some of the coldest moments of my life have been in England. In the places I grew up and in Canada, I expect it to be cold outside in the winter, and so I bundle up appropriately. Indoors tends to be well-heated, at least eventually. In England, underheated and underinsulated libraries, in winter, are icy cold. Not moving because reading, I'm far colder than when I'm moving.

Working in my office lately, with a sharp chill in the air outside, has been a lot like that. I'm wearing the fingerless gloves that saffronjan knit for me and huddling up with the warm computer. Fortunately, it should all start to improve tomorrow. I've picked out curtain fabric, a major prerequisite towards achiveing office curtains. And, best and most immediately of all, the electric heater should arrive in the morning.