Has anybody managed to do the pre-order thing for their up-coming album? Pre-sales were supposed to start yesterday, but when I tried it just now, I got a notice saying that the album was out of stock, and therefore my cart was empty. Well, of course it’s out of stock – it’s a pre-order, after all. But I’ve had other problems using non-IE browsers on their site before. If you’ve managed to pre-order using Firefox or Safari on Mac, please let me know.
I’m reading the latest Analog (or at least the one on top of my to-be-read pile, which grows faster than I can read it down, but which usually acts as a stack rather than a queue), and came across a story “Sand and Iron” by Michael Flynn. I noticed the name “Slugger O’Toole”, and immediately started thinking of the song “The Irish Rover”. And as I read further, I realized that all of the names in the story seemed to correspond to names in the song. Here is the mapping, in roughly the order they appear in the story:
|Nagaraj Hogan||Hogan, from Country Tyrone|
|Captain Amos January||???|
|Micmac Anne||Mick McCann from the Banks of the Bann|
|Slugger O’Toole||Slugger O’Toole, who was drunk as a rule|
|Maggie Barns (aka Maggie B)||Barnie McGee from the banks of the Lee|
|Fighting Bill Tirasi||Fighting Bill Tracy, from Dover|
|Johnny Mgurk||Johnny McGurk, who was scared stiff of work|
As you can see, I can’t figure out “Amos January”, and the only unused name in the song is “Malone”. And the Maggie B to Barnie McGee mapping isn’t exactly a slam dunk either. But everything else works so well, to the point where Mgurk hides from work as well.