How It Works: The Computer

Hi-jacked wholesale from BoingBoing.net, here’s a little something for Christmas morning – a look at a late Seventies Ladybird book all about the wonderful world of Computers. Heavily reminscent of the wonderful Look Around You (at least, before the flabby and unfunny Tomorrow’s World-based second season), it’s the kind of careful, well-constructed bit of spoofery where you initially have to look very closely to tell the difference, after which your main comment will be a surprised and vaguely horrified “Kittens?!?” Enjoy, and Merry Christmas one and all…

Public Service Announcement

Just to let you know – on Facebook, I’ve linked up with the ‘NetworkedBlogs’ application, which syndicates this blog onto the news feeds there – or, at least, it would if could get over 15 readers (I’m currently at 13). So, if you’re on Facebook, do please go to http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/blog/crawling_from_the_wreckage/ and click on the very welcoming ‘Join this network’ button – you’ll be doing me a favour, and get to access my oddball burblings from an all new location…

T-Minus 6 Days

An epic trip to London yesterday to flog the remainder of the books, which saw me carrying a rucksack, a luggage trolley and another bag all the way across the Underground, and also saw me experiencing an unexpected nosebleed at Notting Hill Gate. Nevertheless, it all went well, I was able to meet up with my friend Claire, and a good day was had. Now, I’ve only got the Gollancz party on Thursday between myself and D-day, which means it’s time to start packing, sorting and organising like there’s no tomorrow. It’s going to feel a little insurmountable for a while, plus I’m determined to try and get most of it done by Friday, because I do not want my usual experience of leaving things to the last minute and sprinting around like a headless chicken. I do, however, know that I’m doing the right thing, and I think I’ve got to the point where I’m looking forward to this chunk of the process being over. At the least, thanks to my exchange-voucher related shennanigans yesterday, I’m not exactly going to be short of things to watch, having obtained a massive selection of DVDs that I’ve been quite keen to obtain for a while.

Lots to do. And not quite enough time to do it all in…