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Uchronic movies

  Watching the grand North by Northwest a few months back, I couldn’t help feeling that the lead actor was George Clooney, or at least his father. The same looks, charisma and type of roles — decades apart, Cary Grant and him seem to fit exactly the same “niche” (or should we…

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Midnight in Paris

Saw Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011) last week. Nice, funny movie, although possibly a tad too long toward the end. One scene that struck me during the movie: Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. Gil: You haven’t…

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Happy 2012!

Happy new year to all of you, may it bring you happiness and inspiration! Once again, I wish you something good, something funny and something beautiful this year! As for me, I think I had all three last year: The good, in finally deciding to move to Hong Kong; The funny,…

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From Egypt to North Korea

Transition is ongoing in North Korea, following the death of Kim Jong-Il two weeks ago. It is rather fascinating to watch official ceremonies unfurl, as this is one of the few times when a Stalinist country goes into full display mode. For comparison, footage from Stalin’s funeral (1953), first raw,…

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The People Below

Finally done with version 3.0 of “The People Below”, a steampunk novella. Now on to the next (and hopefully final) phase — pestering people to find a few readers, and then pestering them to get comments and suggestions back. Let’s spread the love… 😉 Happy holidays to all!

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Mathematics and Politics

Amusing view from Plato on how to train politicians: We must endeavour to persuade those who are prescribed to be the principal men of our State to go and learn arithmetic, not as amateurs, but they must carry on the study until they see the nature of numbers with the…



Haven’t posted here in a long time — I must confess it’s been a very agitated two or three months. I now find myself with a number of opportunities, including: a) taking some time off to write a novel (or three), and b) changing the scenery… drastically. I’ll be spending…

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Back to England

Back from holidays. Didn’t do much, except progress further in Pynchon’s Against the Day. Certainly one of his most difficult books — yet still as puzzling as V. or The Crying of Lot 49. I can’t say for sure as I am only half-way through, but there is certainly something…

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We Have Band

Encore noyé sous le boulot, et probablement pour tout le week-end, mais au moins je suis en bonne compagnie: avec le premier CD de We Have Band, qui m’a absolument soufflé lorsque je l’ai découvert hier. Deux extraits: Chaleureusement recommandé.

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