Event: Scout Adventure Racing – Westerfolds
Date: Tuesday the 9th January
Location: Westerfolds Park
Organised by: Scout Adventure Racing
Scout Adventure Racing is based on the popular sport of orienteering and provides walking, running and navigational training to Scouts, their parents and any other members of the public that want to come along and join in. Events are held in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne – on Tuesday evenings – during the daylight savings period (October to March).
According to LSpace’s Discworld reading order guide (v2.21), Wyrd Sisters is the second book in the Witches Novels thread of Discworld books.
Terry Pratchett – Wyrd Sisters (1989)
( Witches, #02; Discworld, #06 ) 🎧
Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don’t have leaders. Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders they didn’t have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe…
In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear. Terry Pratchett’s vividly imaginative story takes you on a journey with hunchbacked monarchs, lost crowns, disguised heirs, refueling broomsticks, and frightening thunderstorms, as the three sisters battle the odds to restore the rightful king to the throne. This is the sixth book in the Discworld series.
Note 1: 🎧 The audiobook for Wyrd Sisters is narrated by Celia Imrie, who approaches things very differently to Nigel Planer. The original recording was for books on tape and the recording and mastering style feels quite dated.
Note 2: 🎙 The BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Wyrd Sisters (1995) is 4 x 30min episodes (Jungle Vibe)
Macbeth: Act 1, Scene 1? Not quite;
❝As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: ‘When shall we three meet again?’ There was a pause. Finally another voice said, in far more ordinary tones: ‘Well, I can do next Tuesday.’❞
Dare we say it, Prachett’s witches have far more depth and character than Shakespeare’s, although there is possibly less hurlyburly.
Posted in 2018, books
❝Ever wondered how high you climb in a year of walking/running?
Make 2017 the year you find out.❞
Whenever you walk or run in the hills you clock up metres of ascent – the vertical distance you cover during your journey on foot. This year Trail and top gear brand Marmot are challenging you to see if you can accumulate an ascent that matches the height of Everest 8,848m.
I’m measuring my elevation using Strava (Profile > Activity graph : Elevation : Monthly) which shows me at an accumulative total for 2017 of 27,414m. To hit the 41,333m within a year, it looks like I need to have more months with 3,500m to 4,000+m and less of the 800m months.
For 2017 the total of 41,333m is c.3.1 x Everest, let’s see if I can get the full 41,333m for 2018!
* To the stars and beyond – reasons to look up in 2018 (2018-Jan-05)[Australia’s Science Channel]
Missions to Mars and Mercury, visits to not one but two asteroids and getting up close and personal with objects in the Kuiper Belt, Astronomer Alan Duffy tells us what is worth looking up to the skies for in the coming year.
* Make 2018 The Year Of Maximum Enthusiasm (2017-Dec-28) [Semi-Rad]
❝ In 2018, I urge you to notice when something is awesome, as it often is, and exclaim or murmur or just make a mental note of it. Isn’t it just goddamn fantastic that you have your health, for example? Or running water, or electricity? Or that you have enough money to actually pay someone else to make you a cup of coffee? Or if you want ice cream, you are at any time in America probably only 5 or 10 minutes away from a place that sells some form of it? (Trust me on that one)
Your life, even the bad parts, is fucking amazing. And most of the small things that make up your life are amazing, too — mountain bike rides, rock climbs, ski runs, sunsets, stars, friends, people, girlfriends and boyfriends, dogs, songs, movies, jokes, smiles … hell, even that burrito you ate for lunch today was pretty phenomenal, wasn’t it?
What was your enthusiasm for these things last year? I recommend you step it up in 2018. ❞
* ‘All happening very quickly’: Tesla battery sends a jolt through energy markets (2018-Jan-06) [SMH]
* Is it Thursday yet?
( 7:00 pm Thursday, in Pacific Time is
2:00 pm Friday, in Melbourne )
The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the January challenge 2018 Something New!;
It’s 12 months since my last challenge attempt, and 2017 didn’t turn out to be a big year in books for me at all.
Let's start the new year by reading some new books and new authors. See if you can do these five tasks.
1. Choose one of your favourite books that you read in 2017 and read another book by the same author.
2. Now take the author of this book and go to http://www.literature-map.com/
Choose another author whose name is close to your chosen author and read a book by that author.
3. Choose a book to read from our lists of top 5 -10 Aussie or International books
4. Read a book by an author you have never read before.
5. Read any book of your choice.
Make sure at least two of your books are by Aussie authors!!!
* No boundaries: Exfiltration of personal data by session-replay scripts (2017-Nov-15) [Freedom to Tinker]
You may know that most websites have third-party analytics scripts that record which pages you visit and the searches you make. But lately, more and more sites use “session replay” scripts. These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send them to third-party servers. Unlike typical analytics services that provide aggregate statistics, these scripts are intended for the recording and playback of individual browsing sessions, as if someone is looking over your shoulder.
* Oberon Loop LSR
🗺️ Relive: https://www.relive.cc/view/1333983751
* Trail Running: How Much Water Should You Carry? (2017-Jan-03) [Bogong Blog]
* BBC Radio 4 – Anansi Boys, 1/6