The RAA catalogue on their Anish Kapoor show makes a link between the uncanny and Edmund Burke, seeing the uncanny as the dark side of the sublime (linked to terror), but as far as I can tell Burke doesn't use the term "uncanny". Thus far google mainly finds the truism that Burke is uncanny about the French Revolution and Royle doesn't have Burke in his index. Ring any bells with anyone?
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( Dec. 15th, 2010 05:13 pm)
My mother currently has a secondhand desktop PC and uses dial-up to access her Yahoo mail. She basically word processes, with occasional use of Excel to do the Christmas card and holiday postcard address labels. My dad still does the odd bit of accounting, but would run a mile from spreadsheets. We're basically talking letters of complaint to M&S about their £10 deal and maybe booking a theatre ticket or so. Virus software is slow to update at the 56 kbs rate.

I suspect they would be better off with a laptop at the £350 mark, maybe some kind of Acer, but a full size keyboard is likely needed.

I can't see them streaming video, so some bottom of the range Broadband would do - they are paying a couple of pence a minute for the 0845 number, and are rarely only at the moment, but clearly as billing is increasingly electronic, a move to something more may be sensible.

How widely available is something like BTOpenzone? Can you use it to piggy back off a neighbour's BT Broadband? Or is this only cafes etc? They are with BT for their landline. They are in NE25 if that makes a difference.

What would you recommend for a silver surfer who is terrified of these things - hardware and Broadband?
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( Jul. 3rd, 2010 11:47 pm)
Can anyone confirm that New Fresh Wharf is/was on the north bank of the Thames, east of London Bridge, near Old Billingsgate Market/Thames Street?

Also, were there plans for London Bridge as-is to lift a la Tower Bridge, in its design stages in the late 1960s/early 1970s?
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( Feb. 2nd, 2010 12:52 pm)
I'm trying to put together a list of sf writers active before 1950 - although I may push that back to 1945 or 1940 - and publishing sf in the 1970s. I've got:


  1. Isaac Asimov
  2. Alfred Bester
  3. Leigh Brackett
  4. Ray Bradbury
  5. Arthur C. Clarke
  6. Robert A. Heinlein
  7. Andre Norton
  8. Theodore Sturgeon
  9. A.E. van Vogt
  10. Jack Williamson


Naomi Mitchinson is a separate issue - she's not exactly first/agenda sf.

There's one Edmond Hamilton story, which I think I can skip over, Hubbard is busy, ah, I probably need to think about Jack Vance. I just wonder if I've missed the bleeding obvious.
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( Nov. 29th, 2009 01:51 pm)
I'm doing lectures tomorrow and next Monday on avoidable errors in essays and dissertations - formatting of titles, bibliographies, use of apostrophes and, above all, misused words.

You'll know the kind of thing - famous/infamous/notorious

"Robert de Niro famously played Travis Bickle."
"Robert de Niro infamously played Travis Bickle."
"Robert de Niro notoriously played Travis Bickle."

Defiantly for definitely:

"Robert de Niro is defiantly a good actor."

Bare/bear:

"The Americans have the right to bare arms."

"Paddington is bearly an illegal immigrant."

They're/their/there:

"Its' there birthday so their over they're"


If you have any gems and bugbears (bugbares?) to share I'd be grateful.
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