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Banquet Feb. 1st, 2012 @ 07:41 pm
sparkymark
Douglas the once-or-future president told me he would like to see some of us fœtid types at the OUSFG banquet this year.

It is Sat of 7th week (3/3/12) at Al-Shami in Jericho starting at 7pm.

Contact me for more information if you don't have the relevant wherewithal.
He says "please sign up before the end of the week if you intend to come."

I'm assuming any of your actual undergraduates are on nuMedia hyperconstructs like Bebotube or Penguin Cafe Orchestra

May. 7th, 2009 @ 02:58 am
e_pepys
Hi,

Well our Tentacular Vikings evening had Vikings, but so far no tentacles. It did have a time-travelling dragon born from its grave in the Pitt Rivers, which I hope you will agree is a whole different sort of cool.

Conrad made a brief plot outline, which I've put under a cut below. I doubt that will mean much to those where weren't there, but I hope this will be a spur to anyone who was and wants to have a go at some writing - either a more detailed plot outline, or some actual story. Feel free to post here.

Tim.

Sketch of story idea from OUSFG Discussion Meeting of 6th May 2009Collapse )

OUSFG Award 2008/9 Shortlist - Erratum Mar. 9th, 2009 @ 10:31 am
oxfordhacker
coalescent has pointed out that one of the books on this year's shortlist is not eligible! I have updated the list to reflect this...
Current Location: Work (tsk)
Current Mood: Correctional
Current Music: 'Road Rage' - Catatonia

The Actual OUSFG Award 2008/9 Short List Mar. 8th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm
oxfordhacker
As I mentioned earlier, the shortlist for this year's OUSFG Award has been decided:

The shortlist
(Determined by discussion, followed by GOOD/BAD voting, with a second round of discussion to resolve ties)



Your duty to the group is to try to formulate some sort of informed opinion on each of these by the end of next term; then turn up to the award meeting, share said opinions and cast your vote.

* ETA: coalescent points out that the Tim Powers site doesn't think that there's a UK edition of 'Declare', so it looks as if this is an error by Amazon. We'll look into it further, but for the moment it looks like it's not eligible, and the shortlist's down to five. You should read it anyway, though, because it's really good.

A brief digression about books which *weren't* nominatedCollapse )

Current Location: Downstairs on the sofa
Current Mood: Bookish
Current Music: 'This Sceptered Isle'

The OUSFG Award 2008/9 - Virtual Shortlist Mar. 2nd, 2009 @ 10:42 pm
oxfordhacker
The OUSFG Award Short List! Have your worthless say!Collapse )
Current Location: Downstairs on the sofa
Current Mood: Judgemental
Current Music: 'Mercedes Beck' - Lenlow
Other entries
» Geek socs quiz
Last night our team won! Yay!
For anyone interested, below is my round (the first letter of each word is given, and each is space-themed. For those who went to the quiz, #8 has been replaced as previously it was the first half of # 16.) I haven't LJ-cut this post intentionally; so that people may have a go and then leave answers in comments without spoilering others.

i.e. L-S_ _ _ _ = L-Space

1. S_ _ _ _ E_ _ _ _ _ _ _
2. S_ _ _ _ O_ _ _ _ _ _
3. S_ _ _ _; T_ _ F_ _ _ _ F_ _ _ _ _ _ _
4. S_ _ _ _ T_ _ _ _ _ _ _
5. G_ _ _ _ _ Q_ _ _ _
6. S_ _ _ _ O_ _ _ _
7. I_ A G_ _ _ _ _ F_ _, F_ _ A_ _ _
8. S_ _ _ _ I_ _ _ _ _ _ _
9. S_ _ _ _ S_ _ _
10. M_ _ _ _ _ _ F_ _ _ S_ _ _ _
11. S_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
12. S_ _ _ _ S_ _ _ _ _ _
13. S_ _ _ _-T_ _ _ C_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
14. S_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
15. H_ _ _ _ _ S_ _ _ _ T_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
16. H_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ B_ _ _ _ _
17. L_ _ _ I_ S_ _ _ _
18. S_ _ _ _ A_ _ _ _
19. D_ _ _ S_ _ _ _ N_ _ _
20. K_ _ _ _ _ _ S_ _ _ _ C_ _ _ _ _
» Longlist for the OUSFG award 2009
Enclosed is the current longlist for the OUSFG award 2009.Collapse )
» Charlie Stross Discussion This Evening
This evening, Charlie Stross will be talking with us as of 8pm in St Hilda's College - Vernon Harcourt Room. He is an awesome author - not to be missed! http://users.ox.ac.uk/~ousfg/misc/termcard-08mt1.html
» Catalogue
After an evening of data entry, part of the OUSFG library (about 1/3 of the open shelves) is now detailed online at http://www.gurulib.com/ousfglib.

Hopefully over the next few weeks the rest should go up as well.
» OUSFG Award Results
As nobody had posted this, for those who weren't there:

1. The Lies of Locke Lamora
2. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
3. The Fourth Bear
4. The Atrocity Archives
5. Scar Night


By which we conclude that OUSFG prefers books with 'The' in the title.
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