Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb

  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Why do we have to stick to the 24 hour day? There are people whose normal 'day' is longer than 24 hours, as measured in studies without light cues and clocks (it's been proposed that potential colonists being sent to...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    My local university library doesn't even let you in without showing student/staff id. (Only place I've encountered this.) Annoying, but less so now that so much is online. --Our local university charges 10 dollars a year for a community borrowing...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Oregon still requires attendants for pumping gas, though in isolated communities there's a variant of self-serve being allowed, especially late at night when the next community is 150 miles away....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    In Albany, Oregon there is a truck-eating trestle (low bridge) which has won against every single truck that has gone up against it thus far, over at least fifty years to our personal knowledge (of the history of the bridge,...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Charging electric cars is not a problem if you have an outdoor outlet, the way we do. We also have very good relations with our neighbors, which means anyone who decides to mess with any car on the block will...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Toyota is projecting no more combustion only cars by 2025. Other large car industry players are likely going to follow. (Oh, and solar panels of some kind of electrical production are only $100 or so at Harbor Freight. People who...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I found it odd that giants, in the Martin universe, ate lots of vegetables. Where are they growing in the lands beyond the Wall? And how to giants survive the longer winters?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Ah, Roman tourism! Am I the only one here who thinks "Don't eat the stew!" (cf SEE DELPHI AND DIE, by Lindsay Davis)....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The way I understood 2312, is that the supplier of the surplus value for the solar system was the Terran peasant, and that KSR didn't want to go there. It was noted by me that any Terran peasant who made...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    This kind of thing could revolutionize physical therapy (aka State Sponsored Terrorism, to quote Calvin). My stepmother was fanatical enough about bowling to work with her regular ball the day after she came home from breast cancer surgery, and ended...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    In re possible West Coast storms--promises, promises. I live in an area where most of the smoke from various fires in Northern California, Southern Oregon, and parts of Central Oregon has decided to vacation. If the damn thing puts out...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    My favorite last gasp method for waking someone involves a cold drink with ice in it poured down the neck, while shouting fairly loudly. I have a clear, penetrating voice developed while I was a nurse's aide/USAF officer/mom. Plus, in...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I once sat behind a big, strong man seated near the emergency exits. He looked unhappy since he had been up a long time and was exhausted. I told him to go ahead and sleep, and if anything happened, I...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Apparently Donald Trump Jr. thought he was collaborating with Russians to whack Hillary Clinton in the election. And Trump giving classified information to Russian officials, and wanting to collaborate (dare I say collude) with Russia over cybersecurity is seen as...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    One last ship name: HMS BECAUSE WE CAN. (Unpacking: Jay Leno once made a joke about Al Qaeda fighters protesting against being bombed from 30,000 feet. Mr. Leno said, "Why do we do it? Because we can.")...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "Every time a house goes off the grid, an oil rig dies." ROTFLMAO!!! I trust that no kittens were harmed in the creation of that post? mark --No, though the cat sleeping on my lap as I type this still...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    As for the Old West, cowboys were often required to leave their guns with the local sheriff while they were in town, because of the shooting things up problem. In Hayes, Kansas during the late 1800's, children were told to...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    If you're looking for the maximum evil version, the Trumpsters just exempt churches but nobody else from the politics ban. --The entry cost for establishing a church in the US is really, really low. One Pastafarian ran for the local...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Resilience.org has some lovely essays about peak demand in regards to oil and other carbon products. And as long as the price is over $40, the US oil rig count is up, which (along with a truly stupendous glut in...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm Facebook, so if you leave me a message there I should get it. I would be delighted to meet another fan, gafiated or not. Thank you!...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    You honestly think the Trump administration is capable of behaving that rationally? I'm glad I won't be at the Super Bowl myself, not even if the ticket prices have dropped dramatically. Hmm, using Paranoid Thought, perhaps there's a reason for...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    If you ever find yourself in Klamath Falls, you're certainly welcome at our house (separate guest room, cat, 10,000 books). It is nearly a certainly that out of all the people at our local airport, at least one of them...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    There are already some similar road race movies--the CANNONBALL movies for instance. Though my favorite in the genre is called RAT RACE. Just be careful when you go into the Barbie museum...and oh wait...YOU SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A SQUIRREL. (there...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Of course, the same programs that limit health care to 'urban' populations will also end up limiting health care to the rural ones, too. Oops....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    You assume that people who currently get ACA subsidies and people on Medicare and the VA will be held harmless. Look up the voucher system proposed by Paul Ryan--do you really think that Republicans won't take advantage of this opportunity...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    And yet even in the scenario where the insurance company can pass off responsibility, it's quite likely that some enraged person with a death sentence out of all of those being told 'sucks to be you' may well decide to...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    "I understand the sentiment (you have a lot of company BTW), but it is likely that if the Republicans make a move on Medicare (unlikely IMO) it will leave benefits for current beneficiaries untouched, so the pool of severely affected...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Although when the Nazi rabid raccoons and the corvids try to take over New York City, they'll have to deal with Pizza Rat and his minions. I call this CASE CANDY CRUSH......
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    The attempt to set up a Muslim registry in the US may be resisted by more people than some think--I have talked with my local pastor about setting a 'King of Denmark Society' whereby church members line up to register...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Sadly, Paul Ryan is not as rational a Randite as people seem to think. Despite Ayn Rand's rather specific pronouncements on the subject, Ryan is against contraception and abortion. He combines the worst of both worlds--total lack of charity towards...
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