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  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I've just finished writing that part, another 2k or 2.5k words this evening. I decided to stick with some key interactions, with summaries or less of the rest of the hours of testimony. Please note, this is *not* a trial,...
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    On another note, crap. I had to just ask my lady if she wanted to visit her folks' grave Friday - Hugo-winning cartoonist Steve Stiles' funeral is Friday, and he's being buried in the same cemetery....
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    Ok, this novella I'm writing will be the *end* section of the book, all the information in the hearing was in the stories, earlier. But I like your idea of hitting just high points.......
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    I *loathe* HTML's default formatting. Let me try again _____ |.....|______ |........... | |..... ______| |____|...
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    That confuses me: how is one roof on a two-storey house less expensive than the two roofs on a split level? _____ | |______ | | | ______| |____|...
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    I bought The March North, and, taking a break from reading Part II of Tom Paine's Rights of Man, started reading. Story starts on page 6? I'm on page 12, and I keep going "huh?" I seem to be expected...
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    Once again, jumping back to genre and writing: I'm working on the final novella (this, and the other two, and the three shorts, and the unsalable short novelette will be a book), and I've got a problem, something I'm not...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Ok, I don't understand any of this. I fly maybe once or twice a year, mostly to cons. I'm trying to remember how many times in the last 10 years that I got on a plane and was *not* told...
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    I'd have been happier with a smaller lot... and a freakin' bigger house. This property "lists" at just under 1600sqft, which is smaller than any place I've ever owned (other than the immobile home my late wife and I had)....
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    I disagree. 1. Mid-fifties for cars? Sorry, it was well-known in the *80's* that Henry Ford (the original) sent men to junkyards in the mid-TWENTIES to find what parts had not worn out in junked cars, so he could make...
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    Well, in the US, the GOP represents billionaires, period. On the other side of the Pond, given that London was vehemently against Brexit, I'm not sure *who* the Tories represent, other than vulture capitalists....
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    Let me add this - there's a thread on a techie mailing list I'm on, and M$ products came up... and Office/Word. Someone commented there that LibreOffice is like Office 2007. My response: in 1995, PC Magazine had a review...
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    You wrote: IMHO, this is one of the great, crippling shortcomings of science fiction, that detail is only meant to be in service of the story. While I get that this is important from a storytelling perspective, and that the...
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    Going back to genre and writing.... I worked out on of the two major "human" societies in a novella I wrote (all of this stuff is waiting to see the intro novella), but now I'm spending a lot of time...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Scanners.... I haven't hooked mine up in a long time - it's an actual SCSI from '98, flatbed, color, but when I was using it, I had no trouble using SANE....
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    When vultures are telling you this, I'd say it's time to hang it up and leave.......
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    Speaking of Daleks, have you seen the t-shirt (I gave it to one of my daughters) with a picture of one, and a caption reading, "It's R2-D2! I loved him in Star Trek!"?...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Just to clarify about Linux UIs: remember Windows 3? (The first version that anyone actually used.) It ran on top of DOS. Windows crashed, oh, well, restart Windows, and all you've lost is anything running in foreground. Then M$ made...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Things changed. With the tech used now for data storage on h/d, seven passes makes is really and truly unreadable. In fact, since, oh, maybe '12 or '14, three passes will do. Seven is DoD 5022.2 (I think it was)...
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    Well, about NT... it had a problem with networking. Really. REALLY. Fall of '95, I was working for Ameritech, and among the mostly consultants, I was a) an employee, and b) the "senior technical analyst". One of the consultants came...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    What do you need to know about working in Linux? I don't remember if you have my real email, but you can go to my writer website ( mrw.5-cent.us ) and use the link to get me....
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    Then you have to contain the eigth ray. Way too difficult. I prefer intertron, and then I can also have flying belts, Wilma....
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    Sorry, but that's just bad writing - failure to think through the setting, and "let's just start with an oomph, never mind what it does to the consistency". In what I've been writing, one of the things I *always* do...
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    Yes, but they don't have the panache of the great Conestogas, sailing across the plains, not needing roads.... And they didn't talk about them around the campfires at night in the summer camp for kids....
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    Airships... sails, what does that remind me of... oh, right, Windwagon Smith (sails on Conestoga wagons, across the Great Plains.)....
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    Perhaps you meant "the latter's", rather than "the former"? On the other hand, way too much fantasy these days also deals with scale and violence.... In either case, I'm working on it, and I hope you'll like what I write....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Moz, re the boss who says "ignore me" - start looking for another job. The one professional job I ever had that I have never put on a resume - a scumbag who was VP of DP at a hospital...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    As I've been saying since my late teens, there is no such thing as "common sense", the only thing that's common is stupidity....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    For a very long time, I have appreciated the fact that there are no large flying livestock. Consider that you'd constantly have to watch the sky... and carry a steel umbrella (unless you expect them all to wear diapers)....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yes. There's this current fad of "let's cook everything less, because we think it will taste better/be cool, man". Chefs: go bugger yourselves, there is NO WAY I will *ever* cook pork products to under 178F. I will *hever* gook...
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