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April 07, 2003

Welcome to the Kittywompus Guest House

First, a couple of updates. Damien wrote to say that Jeff Vogel (who wrote Geneforge) is also the author of the terribly funny Story About the Baby, which is quite unusual in the ranks of New Parent diaries, because it actually does tell it like it is. A little secret about parenthood is that most of us lie about the worst bits. Not Jeff. Such genius.

And my search for more MPs' blogs may be in vain; according to the Guardian, Tom Watson is the first MP with a proper blog. It also makes clear that he's younger than I am. This ought not to be allowed; something is clearly wrong with the order of the universe. (And yes, policemen started looking younger a long, long time ago.) He has now e-mailed me to confirm that his is the only one at the moment, but believes he's just talked another one into it.

We finished Issue 29 of Plokta this weekend, thanks in no small part to Hydra, a collaborative text editor for Mac OS X. It's really creepy having Dr Plokta correcting your typoes from his PowerBook while you're writing. More detail in my comments on the Slashdot thread about Hydra. Yes, you'll probably get your copy at Eastercon, Minicon or Corflu.

And TAFF delegate Randy Byers is now staying with us, easing gently into his trip. He's touristing in London today and tomorrow, before heading off to Bristol tomorrow afternoon (but will be back in the smoke for the weekend). I eventually had to write down a guest list for the next few days, just to make sure we weren't going to run out of beds, bedding or towels (we're not, but it's a close thing). Turns out we probably have nine different guests staying at various times over the next seven days. So blogging may be reduced; on the other hand, I'll have lots of things to write about.

Posted by Alison at April 7, 2003 04:38 PM


MPs being younger than me, I can deal with. When the leader of the British Conservative Party was younger than me, I suffered a blow from which I have yet to recover.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden at April 11, 2003 04:45 AM

When Clinton and Gore were first elected I was astonished to discover Clinton was only 6 and Gore only for years older than I. My boss at the time said, "I bet you always thought the country was run by grownups." Which did, in fact, nicely sum up how I felt.


Posted by: Mary Kay at April 13, 2003 02:42 AM

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