9 Nov 2000 rachel   » (Master)

Andrew - I'm glad you're enjoying Sydney. If you get a chance, will you go and have a bowl of cafe au lait at Petit Creme on Darlinghurst Road for me? Weekday mornings are best; it's packed to the rafters on weekends.

Incidentally, in Australia, we have preferential voting. That means you can protest-vote for a third party, then when they are eliminated, your preferences still get counted for the major party of your choice. It's a very democratic system, and it works beautifully.

I'm just sayin'.

Otherwise, more of the same. Brian Behlendorf is the celebrity guest on Burning Issues next week. Which inspires me to song!

What would Brian Behlendorf do
if he were on my show?
He'd raise his voice in praise of GNU!
That's what Brian Behlendorf'd do!

November is turning into the international month of the Scottish socialist science fiction author. I absolutely loved Iain Banks' The Bridge (although what is it with this community-living-on-a-bridge meme, huh? Turned up in William Gibson's All Tomorrow's Parties, too) and right now I'm devouring everything of Grant Morrison's I can lay my hands on. Then today, news comes to me of Ken MacLeod, who sounds like the perfect antidote for those Please-please-Vernor-Vinge-finish-your-new-novel blues. And did I mention Alasdair Gray?

Comic books are educational. I was walking over to Al's Comics at 17th and Guerrero the other day when I found a signpost marking the shore of the vanished Lake of the Sorrows.

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