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  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    #10 > As a question: Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, or something more exclusive? Personally, Talisker, Lagavulin or Laphroaig :-)...
  • Commented on Story time!
    #1113 > But thinking about it now, I watched when they were replacing the water & sewer lines and I don't remember them hooking the "transponder" up to any observable source of power. Now I wonder how it gets power?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    #989 Some of the stories I enjoy the most start in a way that seems familiar at first then later morph into something unexpected. Greg Bear's Eon being one of my favourites. OGH's Laundry series and to some extent the...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I remember that design. It was utterly shit for left-handers like myself (as were numerous other laptop designs: HP Omnibook 300, Toshiba Libretto range, and so on) that put mouse buttons on the rear-right of the screen or case and...
  • Commented on Story time!
    You see this a lot in SE Asia. Many apartments (especially the ones that you get automatically with any factory job, that are literally perched on top of the factory) are too small to have a usable kitchen (you...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    > Actually, Can we please agree the only movies based on Revelation worth watching are "Altered States" for the unintended humour and "Good Omens" when it's released? ;) Also "Dogma". Not seen "Altered States"....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Please post brief summaries of the interesting stories. The FT web site is paywalled. Thanks...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    From what I have seen of Greg's previous posts and sense of humour, I'd guess he's referring to one of these... http://car-from-uk.com/ebay/carphotos/full/ebay60944.jpg...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    This discussion has me thinking of getting out my power meter and seeing what my newer big stuff does when "off" vs on. I'm thinking TVs and such that don't really completely turn off. Most modern electronic equipment for...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I find it interesting that this varies considerably between different countries, even those with similar levels of, let's call it living standards. I remember some years ago (ok, many) talking with my then German language teacher at a previous job....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Excellent news about the Hugo nomination Mr. Stross :-)...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    My mistake... The Tolkien Edit is about 4.5 hours. There and Back Again is just over 3 hours....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Somewhere on line there is a fan-edited version of the hobbit films, sub-titled The Tolkien Edit. They removed everything from the three released films that was not in the original book, as far as possible, and it becomes a much...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    John Barnes' novels Directive 51 and Daybreak Zero include a presidential succession crisis amongst other things. Interesting but I found it too depressing to finish :-(...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    > 2b) We work on the principle that basically only two people (you n bill) actually read our stuff I read it but I feel in no way qualified to comment...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "Follow the money" Exactly. https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/jacob-rees-mogg-line-huge-personal-windfall-britain-exits-single-market/07/02/ https://tompride.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/tories-reveal-plans-to-sell-off-nhs-hospitals-to-us-firms-after-brexit/ I'm sure there are plenty more......
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    "lay it with the arrows pointing in a set direction" Yes I have seen digital audio and HDMI cables marketed as directional, with arrows to indicate the direction in which the signal is supposed to flow. Shame digital protocols normally...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    See also the electric monk from Douglas Adams' first Dirk Gently book....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I seem to remember a different short story relating to culture, incest and taboos. Oh yes, Theodore Sturgeon - "If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?"....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Four episodes of Leisure Suit Larry are available quite cheaply on Gog, sometimes even cheaper when they have a sale :-)...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Depends where you are in China. I have been living and working in South China, about an hour from Shenzhen, for the last five years. While I probably would not want to drink the tap water in any quantity, the...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    > First off: Welcome! Thank you :-) > Next: The plot description was interesting enough for me want to read/buy it except that the price on BigRiver (specifically its resale area) is way too high. Local libraries rarely keep paperbacks...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    > except make it fully recursively infectious Reminds me of a John Brunner story, "The Stone That Never Came Down". (Long time lurker, first time poster)...
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