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  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Interesting. Thanks. Though, the one (so far) novel, no, I intend that to be Big 5 (still looking for an agent). The follow-on, which is elsewhere in the universe, with another cast of characters, is going to need, I dunno,...
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    Hey, Charlie and any other writers: I just read something yesterday that the CEO of Hatchett thinks ebooks are no big thing, and that they've already peaked, and so is not expecting much growth........
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    "Farms that routinely deploy", and farmers would rather use less.... I don't know the situation in the UK, but in the US, all but a tiny portion of the farming is done by agribusiness, and it's some MBA in upper...
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    Which leads to several questions. First, why is it not possible that during either Inflation, nor the early expansion, that smaller masses, or perhaps extremely large masses, created in the Bang and following, have become huge black holes, and hoovered...
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    No, no, they deal with gravity. Actually, I have a larger theory, an actual Theory of Everything, related to this. You see, what gave me the clue is that cats, even ones who've never eaten wet foods, or heard one...
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    Damn, that should have been, Be kind to your friends in the swamp, Where the weather, it is very damp....
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    Oh, there are protest songs being written. But the FM band, which in the sixties and into the seventies was a lot freer, is now fully owned by corporate interests and advertising, and programming is done by MBAs, not DJs...
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    And this has *never* happened before.... Ignoring, say, the Cold War, Silent Spring, Dr. Strangelove, the Cuban Missile Crisis, nope, there wasn't anything like this before... can't imagine why it's happening (again, FINALLY). Why, yes, I was in my late...
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    sthith... so, they're using fifth order forces to shape a complete stasis in the ether? (asks the would-be Dick Seaton)...
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    Psi. Please ignore the tendrils in my hair, I'm a fan.... Of course, if you want a realistic explanation, I recommend Real Magic, Isaac Bonewitz (an enlarged version of his baccalaureate thesis in Thaumeturgy, UC Berkeley, late sixties, with 20...
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    "Growing Earth theory"? That's ridiculous. Robin Wood explained all that with her book, the Theory of Cat Gravity. Short form: cats lie in the sunlight, fur converts sunlight to gravity, when they're full, they come lie on you, and the...
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    Datapoint: just got my minivan battery replaced a year or two ago, five yr guarantee, sealed lead-acid, about $132. Not *that* much cheaper....
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    Well, not quite. It's a bit more complicated than that, I'm afraid. The biggest issues, as I see it, are this: there's a *lot* of folks who would like to live on a farm, or, rather, as they imagine it...
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    And I should have apologized in my first reply for my response. If we're ever at the same con, I'll buy you a round....
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    If that was going to happen, it would have, already. A few years ago, I was googling burlesque, and found a video from, I think, the fifties, French tv... and a musical number with, I kid you not, 52 accordions....
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    Old joke: someone gets to Heaven, and is being shown around. St. Pete, or whoever is giving the tour, tells them to be quiet as they pass a grove with a high wall, telling him that's where the Baptists are,...
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    Um, from what you write, you make it sound as though "dark matter" isn't really, it's just seriously depressed areas of space. Literally. I mean, is there any description of them as made of some not-so-quarks?...
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    Oh, *wonnnnderful. So, he's on a real head trip......
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    I have a slightly different take on it all. First, let me mention I see a *lot* of Prius, Leaf, et al in Chicago, and around DC. On the other hand...just thinking about what I've just skimmed here, and realized...
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    Ok, not a problem, then. And SpaceX, esp. the launch the other week, and when the US finally does Return to Flight, kids will start being inspired again. There are still a lot of kids who want to be an...
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    Well, I do know where to start. This reminds me of an argument I had with a friend's now-ex-wife, about 10 or so years ago. She taught HR, and I was complaining about HR. I gave examples, and she said,...
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    Hey, Charlie, back to the Laundry universe: I didn't see any mention of what's his superpower, the persuader? Isn't he now PM? Could he have persuaded the Svartelf King to surrender? And do his powers extend to non-humans?...
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    Um, nope. The "app" is short for "application", or maybe "small application". Are you arguing there haven't been apps for decades? What would you consider, say, the early PC/DOS apps for playing Star Trek, complete with a "boss" key? And...
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    *sigh* The Earth and the Moon revolve around each other. It just so happens, due to the relative mass, that the center of gravity, IIRC, is about 1,000mi below the surface of the Earth....
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    You're being utterly silly. We're talking about something that could be a half-klick long, mostly just spars with attachment platforms. And who's going to spring the *big* bucks for more than three? Each one would be immensely expensive. After they're...
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    My next problem with all of that is that if dark matter does not react at all with photons, neither absorb or emit... it should leave a shadow. Yes? And I'm still at a loss to see how it works....
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    If we assume dark matter, my reaction is this: must it be concentrated, or spread out. My thinking is that if it's concentrated, then is is slowing stellar motion close to galactic center, or is it required to be spread...
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    Just to give the counter-example, I've asked, and had both Indians and Chinese tell me how hard English is to learn.... My long version: English is the result of Roman legionaries making dates with British barmaids, then Saxons making dates...
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    Why we need some *really* serious space stations, three of them, in geosync, and then you just fasten them onto the large grid....
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    I think y'all are missing the point. I would assume getting up to significant percentages of c would take time, and a *lot* of energy... and that they don't change course that fast. Meanwhile, your missiles are being launched ->with...
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