Archive for French Alps

a storm is brewing [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2020 by xi'an

Alpine butterflies

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , on September 2, 2020 by xi'an

sixteen ways to defend a walled city [book review]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2020 by xi'an

The title of this book, sixteen ways to defend a walled city,  enticed me to order it and after a slow beginning I became hooked to the story. I had forgotten I had read and enjoyed a book by K.J. Parker before, namely Devices and Desires, which was quite pleasant as far as I remember! (Not to be confused with another book under the same title by P.D. James.) The concept is somewhat similar, with the same universe if eons laters: boosted medieval warfare seen from an engineer’s perspective. (Devices and Desires started the Engineer Trilogy to make it clear to everyone!) Which makes for a pleasant change as devious ingenuity usually trumps frontal strength and there is at last attention paid to good, I mean in the sense of good delivery, resources, shortage, &tc.! The style is light and funny, the characters are somewhat too nice overall (until they die), but this makes for a tolerable kind of pastiche, most enjoyable to stand a heatwave! A second book just came out and I may be tempted to buy it, heatwave or not. Although the first one concluded in a rather definitive way, making a sequel unlikely… I may also complete the Engineer Trilogy.

spot the stoat! [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2020 by xi'an

Pays des Écrins [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2020 by xi'an