JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Ted Chiang did something similar in The Life Cycle of Software Objects, in which they did get a form of artificial general intelligence, but like the Freyaverse, it took 20+ years to go from a "baby AI" to a mature...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Sorry to be That guy, but shouldn't where some people have an innate ability to hope between time lines. be hop? ~oOo~ I've got my order placed and am looking forward to reading it. Your series is a great corrective...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Raise your hand if you expect to still be around 30 years from now. If I live as long as my dad did, I'll make it to just past New Year's, 2049. So 27 years and change. I find the...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    does anyone still buy a reference book of log tables? Wasn't this a plot point in book 6 of the Merchant Princes? Nobody had published any such things in 20+ years (back in 2003), so getting their hands on some...
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    Omnilingual always pissed me off, because its premise was so stupid. It's been 35-40 years1 since I read "Omnilingual", but ISTR that the Martians' periodic table wasn't shaped like ours is, but was a simple 10x10 grid, with the last...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Somewhat OT, but OGH's next book Invisible Sun is entering the first phase of its countdown to publication. Charlie, do you get a discount if the scents are released on the same planes that leave chemtrails?...
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    I had a friend in college who was from Finland. "It was only in retrospect that I realized that she was Little My, grown up and passing for human."...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    You can physically force people to be on the farm, but you can't make them do anything useful unless you're willing to kill some of them. That was a takeaway I had from Chernow's recent-ish biography of Ulysses S. Grant....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    paws4thot @1143: Garage salesman "What did you do in India sir? According to IMDB, Michael Caine improvised those lines. The director liked it, and it stayed in the movie. paws4thot @1185: I'm fairly sure that snipers prefer head shots. I...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    They were dependent on other states & foreign countries for most manufactured goods. All too true. Here's what William Tecumseh Sherman had to say about the impending Civil War in December 1860: Besides, where are your men and appliances of...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    And one was clearly agitated that the Taliban were going to take ... Pakistan & spread their absolutism. Heh. That ship sailed long ago, I think....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Charlie @535: I'm going to be scarce around here until Tuesday 24th -- play nice! OH YEAH! PARTY TIME! Let's break out all of the strange attractors that Charlie doesn't like & TOTALLY GO WILD WITH THEM! WOOO! [JReynolds has...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    That's why I'd go for loony instead: if you've got a time gate, scoop up a million passenger pigeons and let them loose in the Upper Midwest. De-extinction, or releasing a literally huge crop pest in a starving world? The...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    the French retaliate with a devastating blow against the world's tea plantations… I remember that one too. It was anthologized in one of Jerry Pournelle's endless "There Will Be War" series....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Someone (at this blog, maybe) once likened COVID to Romero-style zombies: you can't bargain with them, they're only interested in infecting you. only tenuously endorses not standing under tall trees in a thunderstorm I think it was in one of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    For those looking for more webcomics to read, my suggestion is Camp Weedonwantcha. It's finished its run (creators have gone on to other things)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    In the Stratford production, the translation was "My panache!" {audience laughter} Props to you for being Cyrano. That guy is on stage for 99% of the play, seriously! btw, have you seen the movie "Cyrano, My Love"? (French title: Edmond)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The Stratford Festival in (oddly enough) Stratford, Ontario has done Cyrano de Bergerac several times, most recently in 1994 and 2009. The same actor (Colm Feore) played the lead both times. In 1994, the final line of the play (very...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Here's something that people might find interesting. This person on Youtube has put together what south-eastern accents in England sounded like, from the 14th to the 21st centuries. What the presenter does is start in 1346 and skip ahead 60...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    But for me, the real fun part is that the actual mastermind behind the plot (a chthonian?) was the white Persian cat. Surely this was a caththonian entity?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    "Cover Junior's face with honey so we can get a picture of the bear licking it off!"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I guess it will make the news big time if they are noticed using one of the pedestrian bridges that cross our 6 lane highways. Or when they dress up in trench coats and hats and pass themselves off as...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    - 1 - Charlie @132: I also have a bunch of beta readers. What about your research assistants? They never can never catch a break./s - II - Heteromeles @143: whose superpower is a lack of conscience, empathy, and compassion,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Wonder what Nixon would have anted for that Cold War game? A certain box sitting in government storage since 1936 springs to mind.......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    What specifically does Bob tell us that the actual text later shows to be wrong? (Paraphrasing from one of the novels): "Read my lips. Ol' Bat Wings {Cthulhu} does not exist." Technically true. Cthulhu doesn't have wings (but does exist)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    My dad was reading a book on the modern history of chess shortly before he died. He mentioned to me that there was a highly-ranked British player who invariably did well at the Hastings International Chess matches - well enough...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    you could pontificate I see what you did there. Greg Tingey = Pope Gregory XVII?!?...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I remember my dad saying that Robert Stanfield (the leader of the Official Opposition 1967-76) was 'the greatest Prime Minister that Canada never had'1. Stanfield was the last worthwhile federal Tory leader (IMO). He was a very effective premier of...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Charlie, I see by Feòrag's tweet that you retweeted that you two have been together 28 years now. Congratulations!...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    We could only hope he was done voiding. Narrator's voice: But were their hopes in vain? Tune in next week for the exiting adventures of... Rocketpjs!...
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