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  1. Now there's a co-incidence - I downloaded the Kindle version of Stories of Your Life and Others only yesterday.  I haven't started it yet though, I'm just finishing Against a Dark Background - an Iain M Banks novel I suddenly realised I hadn't read.


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  2. I've been reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.



    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes.

    Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul.


    It's quite impressive, and definitely a good read.

  3. I like the new decor. :)


    Our #1 son has just spent two weeks in Vietnam, and is in Cambodia until next weekend.  We've taken the opportunity to paint his bedroom and two others, which sounds straightforward but has involved an archeological dig in his room to get it to the stage where we can clean and prep it.  


    Two more rooms to go, a sitting area and a bathroom.


    I hate painting...


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  4. Fellow INTPs present!


    I think online forums make it easier for introverts to interact with others on their own terms, without being overwhelmed.  And of course one's online persona is always wittier, taller and better-looking than the meatspace "you".



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  5. On ‎15‎/‎01‎/‎2016 at 1:50 AM, Chris H said:

    And then there's more on that weird star, KIC 8462852.  The "it's comets" theory has been shredded after a study of historical data found that the star has been undergoing what's described as a secular (i.e. non-periodic) decline in brightness since at least 1890.  Basically, something around the star is blocking its light in "unprecedented" fashion. Whatever it is, it can block more than 20% of the star's light.


    Just curious - why is the best explanation for the dimming that something is blocking the star's light?  Couldn't the reduction in brightness be the result of the star emitting less light (for reasons yet unknown)?

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