(sticker from Diesel Sweeties)
Archive for October, 2011
Tags: All Hallows' Eve, Hallowe'en, MusicMonday
All Hallow’s Eve. Monday 31 October 2011
The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.
And now for some music …
Continue reading ‘Music Monday #079 – All Hallows’ Eve 2011′
APPLE-SA-2011-10-26-1 QuickTime 7.7.1
For: Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later
Released: 26 Oct 2011
This patch addresses critical several issues affecting Quicktime running on Windows. Impacts include application termination or arbitrary code execution.
 About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.1 HT5016 (2011-Oct-26) [Apple]
Tags: audiobooks, iPad, iPod, you're doing it wrong
If you use your iDevice to listen mainly to audiobooks rather than music, you might want to hold off on that update to iOS5. Why? With iOS 5, the iPad’s Music app has been completely overhauled no longer “iPod” it is now “Music”. The whole handling of audiobooks has been damaged; to the point where a track will sit and repeat rather than moving to the next track – and last position sync is gone entirely. In short:the iOS5 Music app is utter rubbish for playing audiobooks. What massive step backwards!
Many of these problems are solved by migrating to the Audible for iPhone & iPod Touch App. For non-audible audiobooks – Select ‘My Library’, and then choose the ‘iPod Library’ category.
You can download the Audible app from the App Store.
Tags: AllHallowsRead, Hallowe'en, Horror, Neil Gaiman
All Hallow’s Read is a (new) Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book. This can be traced back to Neil Gaiman’s modest proposal ;
I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.
I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands — new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe’en. Make their flesh creep…
Give a scary book.
If you don’t know what kinds of books there are, or what would be appropriate for the person you’re giving a book to, talk to a bookseller. They love to help, most of them. (The ones that don’t tend not to be booksellers for long.) Talk to librarians. (Do not plan to give away their books though, unless they are having a library sale.)
That’s it. That’s my idea.
Scary book. Hallowe’en.
Who’s with me?
… and spread the joy, well the terror.
 A Modest Proposal (that doesn’t actually involve eating anyone) (2010-Oct-23) [Neil Gaiman's Journal]
 All Hallows Read News, and stuff (2011-Oct-21) [Neil Gaiman's Journal]
 All Hallow’s Read [All Hallow’s Read]
 Book Drop Sticker [All Hallow’s Read]
 All Hallow’s Read Tor.com Staff Picks (2011-Oct-19) [Tor]
Tags: 2011, Goodreads, Sword and Laser
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. — About S&L [www.swordandlaser.com]
The following is the list of books read by The Sword and Laser book club during 2011. This page is designed as is a quick reference page so that I can quickly jump between the forum pages and good read listings.
This past weekend saw the hosting of the Melbourne round of Armageddon Expo.
Armageddon Expo has to be seen to be believed, and is a must for anyone interested in imagination just beyond our reach. Gaming, comics, wrestling, TV and movie stars, anime and sci-fi lovers and celebrities alike converge on the one venue to celebrate all that is freakishly fabulous about the cult of weird and wonderful entertainment.
This weeks Music Monday theme is of course “Armageddon It”. And now for some music …
Continue reading ‘Music Monday #078 – Armageddon It’
*Thundery clouds strike lightening into the ground making the world shake to its very core* BOOOO! Did I scare you? Oh, I’m sorry (not), tonight we dine on human blood…oops…I mean HORROR!
Are you sick of your ‘normal’, humdrum routine, same day in, day out? Would you like some HORROR to spice up your life? Well, November is the month to make it all happen!