Inverted Umbrella Walkway Covers

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:52 pm
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My pal Randomdreams told me about the concrete thin-shell inverted umbrella walkway covers at Regis University. In each case the walkway is physically separate from the building, though very close to it.

DeSmet Hall has a walkway cover with nine connected inverted umbrella forms.









The student center has two walkway covers, with three connected inverted umbrellas each.









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Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:42 am
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Hugo shortlist: Novels

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:50 pm
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I didn't really have enough time to get through the Hugo reading this year, but I did manage to read enough of the shortlisted novels that I voted for them. I voted thus:

  1. A Closed and Common Orbit; I read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet shortly before the shortlist was announced (and really enjoyed it), which perhaps biased me in favour of this one. That did mean that I knew how one of the story arcs was going to finish, but it was still an engaging read, and I thought the way the author approached neurodiversity was gently but well done
  2. Ninefox Gambit; I would not normally go for military SF, and it did take me a while to get into this, but the author has created a fascinating world, and I really want to find out how the series progresses. Despite being the first in a series, this had a decent narrative arc of its own
  3. All the Birds in the Sky; I wanted to like this, but didn't in the end. The chapters were a bit abrupt, it sometimes felt like it was just being clever, and the magic felt a bit deus ex machina in places. I also found the (inevitable?) romance plot pretty weak. Also, the ending was a bit disappointing.
  4. Too Like the Lightning; I didn't like this at all. The narrator was infuriating, the style affected, the continued harping on about gender irksome, and it didn't even try to come to a natural close, it just stopped. I know there's a sequel, but really.


I didn't read Death's End, because I hated 3-Body Problem; I didn't read The Obelisk Gate because I didn't manage to get hold of a copy (the kindle voter packet only had an excerpt).

Googie in Denver

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:04 am
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My pal Pink_Halen told me about this charming little place, now home to a Snarf's restaurant. These images were taken just after sunrise on a cloudy morning. We plan to get back there for lunch, one of these days.









We know of two other buildings that are very similar in design. This is by far the more photogenic of the bunch, but I'll get to the others eventually.

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Fans of the coffee stall on the Cambridge market (link to my previous post on opening hours) may be interested to know that he doesn't seem to be open on Thursdays any more - AFAICT he's now Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat.

Not entirely co-incidentally, my coffee supplies are now rather low :(

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Jul. 17th, 2017 03:00 pm
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Jul. 16th, 2017 11:22 am
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Jul. 15th, 2017 01:14 pm
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Crow and the Birds
 
When the eagle soared clear through a dawn distilling of emerald
When the curlew trawled in seadusk through a chime of wineglasses
When the swallow swooped through a woman's song in a cavern
And the swift flicked through the breath of a violet
 
When the owl sailed clear of tomorrow's conscience
And the sparrow preened himself of yesterday's promise
And the heron laboured clear of the Bessemer upglare
And the bluetit zipped clear of lace panties
And the woodpecker drummed clear of the rotovator and the rose-farm
And the peewit tumbled clear of the laundromat
 
While the bullfinch plumped in the apple bud
And the goldfinch bulbed in the sun
And the wryneck crooked in the moon
And the dipper peered from the dewball
 
Crow spraddled head-down in the beach-garbage, guzzling a dropped ice-cream.
 
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