George V. Reilly

Review: Thrones, Dominations

Title: Thrones, Dom­i­na­tions
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Copyright: 1998
Pages: 322
Keywords: mystery
Reading period: 4–7 February, 2016

Recently married, Lord Peter Wimsey and the former Harriet Vane take up residence at their townhouse. When the beautiful wife of an ac­quain­tance is murdered, Peter becomes involved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Meanwhile, Harriet is coming to terms with having "married up", after fending off Peter's wooing for several years. Should she continue her career as a mystery novelist, now that she no longer needs the income, or do what is expected by some: have babies and give up writing. All of this is against the continue.

MythBusters: Lead Balloon

I don't watch much television. One of the few shows that I do watch is Myth­Busters, sadly now in its last season. I watched three old shows tonight, including one of my all-time favorites, making a lead balloon.

Taking on the adage "to go down like a lead balloon", Jamie and Adam set out to prove that it is possible to make a lead balloon fly. But it's not easy.

After pro­to­typ­ing a couple of designs with aluminum foil, they move on to lead foil. Lead foil is very hard to obtain and it's much weaker than aluminum foil. Jamie likens it to working with wet toilet paper, as it's so easy to continue.


I half-watched team sports twice today. We got up early to go to an Irish friend's house, to eat a full Irish breakfast and watch rugby. I no longer detest rugby with the virulence that I had growing up, when I attended a rugby-playing school in Dublin from ages 7 to 18, but I'm still not interested in the game.

This afternoon, I went to a Chinese New Year's party, which doubled as a Superbowl party. I trans­ferred my feelings about rugby to American football when I moved here. I have many problems with football culture: the worship of jocks, rape culture, homophobia, concussion. Even if all of those could be continue.

Story Sticks

I assembled a couple of adjustable shelving units today. Trying to count the same number of in­den­ta­tions on all four legs for each level quickly grew tedious, and I realized that I needed to make a story stick. I cut a "stick" to the right length and then I was able to place the stick along the leg and instantly read where the next pair of snap rings should be placed. I mentioned this to Emma and she had never heard of story sticks.

Wood­work­ers have used story sticks for a long time to build furniture and to get re­pro­ducible results. Instead of writing down a mea­sure­ment on a continue.

Car2go: Out of Home Area

I've driven Car2go a couple of times this week. On both occasions, while driving through downtown Seattle, the car announced that I was outside its home area. Presumably it tem­porar­i­ly lost a signal and thereby assumed that it was no longer in the home area. Given the car knew my position and direction just moments before, and that I was well inside the home area, any half-way decent algorithm would have concluded that it was physically impossible for me to be now outside the home area, and kept its mouth shut.

Review: She Returns From War

Title: She Returns From War
Author: Lee Collins
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Angry Robot
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 368
Keywords: Dark Fantasy
Reading period: 2–4 February, 2016

In this sequel to The Dead of Winter, a young lady called Victoria Dawes travels from England to Al­bu­querque to seek the aid of Cora Oglesby, the now-retired monster hunter. The women draw the attention of a Navajo skinwalker and a vampire, and they spend the book dueling each other. Under Cora's sarcastic tough love tutelage, Miss Dawes grows from a sheltered Victorian lady into a semi-capable fighter.

The in­ter­ac­tion of the two main characters was fairly en­ter­tain­ing, not wholly pre­pos­ter­ous, and certainly passed the Bechdel test.

Review: A Presumption of Death

Title: A Pre­sump­tion of Death
Author: Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 384
Keywords: mystery
Reading period: January 30–Feb­ru­ary 1 2016

England, Spring 1940. The Phoney War is ending, millions have been evacuated from the cities to the coun­try­side, military bases have sprung up everywhere, and everything is topsy turvy. Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter are abroad somewhere on a secret mission, while Lady Peter—the former Harriet Vane—minds a brood of children at their country house in Hert­ford­shire. A Land Girl is murdered in the village of Paggleham, and the local police su­per­in­ten­dent enlists Harriet's aid in solving the murder.

A Pre­sump­tion of continue.

Review: The Dead of Winter

Title: The Dead of Winter
Author: Lee Collins
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Angry Robot
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 377
Keywords: Dark Fantasy
Reading period: 28–30 January, 2016

Cora Oglesby and her husband Ben have been slaying monsters and slinging guns all over the Old West for years, ever since the Civil War ended. In a bitterly cold winter, on the outskirts of a silver-mining town in Colorado, they take down a wendigo and then a nest of vampires.

Cora is tough and hardened and takes no crap from anyone, man or monster. But she's damaged too, more than we realize at first. I thought the first-time author did a decent job of writing a paranormal Western: the continue.

Toastmasters Contest Chair

I've played many roles at Freely Speaking Toast­mas­ters over the last twelve years, but I've never before chaired a contest.

Every spring, Toast­mas­ters runs the In­ter­na­tion­al Speech and Evaluation Contests. In the autumn, the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests are held. The contests are held in most clubs; each club's winners advance to the area contests; thence to the division contest; and finally to the district contest.

I've par­tic­i­pat­ed in each of the contests in the past, making it to the area contests and oc­ca­sion­al­ly the division. I'm not competing this spring, so I'm going to run our club's contest instead.

I sent this email to the members tonight:

I am the continue.

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