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  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Jokes... you're wrong. That's bs. In fact, I tend to dislike "jokes" like that. I have a good number of jokes that involve zero fear. Short, sweet counterexample proving you *wrong*: The famous philosopher Descartes is in a restaurant. He...
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    You missed one: my son and I, almost 20 years ago, came up with the correct answer: you have a rocket launcher in the front of the car, under the hood. It has a vertically-wedge-shaped charge. See, a normal rocket...
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    John Carter's radium bullets... I'd forgotten them. Of course, I read "radium", and I immediately think of the A-10 close-support plane firing depleted uranium rounds.... And nuking DC, to allow the Rethuglicans to dismember it all, shit. Yes....
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    Hi, again, She of the Many Names. So, now your washing your laundry for us.... Sitting here in the DC 'burbs, I have horrible fears that you're the Real Thing. They haven't yet voted - the neofacists arestill fueding with...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Fonts.... I heard from my old friend Bill Higgins that in the late eighties, our friend Neil Rest bragged he had something like 700 fonts, and when he heard that, Bill responded that Neil needed another 300, so he could...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    *sigh* Are you writing SF/F? If so, you *have* been to cons, right? I ask, because I had a coworker, back in the early nineties, who told me his wife was working on an SF novel, but hadn't been to...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    And subject matter experts frequently think they're subject matter experts in everything (including programming). My classic story is 25 years ago, when a chemist came into the office I shared with my manager-of-the-moment, and asked her if she could...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Agent Orange... he's not a Bond villain. I keep telling you, he thinks he's Lex Luthor.. and he is. Unfortunately, the Lex Luthor of the first Superman movie.......
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    I came up with my answer, years ago, to What, don't you want to get a fortune, and leave it to your kids? So, they could have who, Paris Hilton as a role model? Sorry, I'm proud of my kids,...
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    1. In 1927, the Lindbergh run of a Pennsy passenger train, pulled by an E-6 Atlantic steam engine, was clocked at one point doing 115 mph. Let that sink in. The reason trains in the US are so slow, as...
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    I agree with a lot of what you said in 54. One thing - most folks don't know what karma actually means.... But you're right, I hadn't realized the resemblance of the Bond Villains in charge to the classic movie...
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    Yes, but so did Mentor of Arisia, and I'm having trouble... unless, I dunno, Bernie? (I'd be glad to play the part, but I have *no* "traction", I mean, who's going to listen to me and go out and Save...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    ROTFLMAO!!!!! I need to pass that cover on....
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    Don't know what cover you're referring to. Here in the US, I googled NS, and get web page. And scrolled to the bottom. "Was Billy Budd Black"? NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Melville wouldn't do black. Besides, Budd was too fucking stoooopid, and Melville...
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    First, I agree with Eric Flint: strongly opposed to the Great Man theory of history. We both think it's much more a steam engine time that produces the "Great Man" desired...well, for some values of "Great Man". Any individual will...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Since this is a thread on writing.... I've currently got three short stories I'm bouncing (*sigh*). One, I'm trying to figure out a good place to submit. It's an android story, it's also a love story... but there are some...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    I dunno - it's not extra credit, it's competence, a desire to do it *right*. If you've ever seen Seven Samurai (long version, subtitled, only, please), think of the one who's the Perfect Samurai. He goes out in the rain,...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Lovely week. On the other side of the world, Jordin Kare died yesterday. He'd had a bypass, I think, surgery that went pear-shaped last week. I still object to a universe where people who cause grief stay on, and people...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    I'm sorry, Charlie. I more than know how it feels, having lost far too many people I cared about in my life. If they are capable of communicating, please take the chance to ask them what you always meant to...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I swear, some of you folks simply skim, and don't read what I write. I said that the DSA seemed to be the exception to the rule. I said that it was this other organization - the PSL, I think...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    False. Counterevidence: the US and Canada. (We *used* to be proud of the longest undefended border in the world...till the bloody War on (Some) Drugs. And trust me, *NO* one considers us one country....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    No. What my meaning was, that you're responding to, is that the EU and NATO should never have offered more than support and treaties, *not* membership. *That* was part of their economic and other warfare against Russia....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Re socialist anarchism: speaking from the point of view that, a couple times in my life, in my twenties and thirties, I have been a dues-paying member of the IWW - yes, the Wobblies - and gone back to the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Here's a silly thought: an eastern European alliance? With maybe the kind of connection to the EU that - is it Norway? has?...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Twisted? Certainly. Unfortunately, in the US, I see capitalism, and its stooges, the Libertarians, as "I've got mine, screw you", and they're attempting to do so, right now. (As an example, look at what the GOP is trying to do...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    "Hobbesian realism"? Sorry, I don't agree with that... and I don't want to live in that. Many, many years ago, before I started working professionally, I had a temp job, and wound up talking to this woman temp. A conversation,...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    One thing I remembered that I wanted to add: here's the way a well-known American socialist of the last century, Scott Nearing, put it: there's a steep mountain road, with a sharp curve, and cars frequently go over the edge....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Capitalism isn't so "seductive" to at least 60% or more of the population. Consider the UK in the 1800's, or the US in the last half of the 1800's. It wasn't until socialism and unions became a force in society...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    PLEASE: Soviet/Chinese Communism is not the definition of socialism; rather, it's underneath that rubric. Please consider the French socialist parties, and the British Labour Party, and the German socialist parties. Understand that most of the rest aren't into forced collectivization...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Geez, do you really misunderstand me that badly? Why on *earth* would *I* want a funnymentalist takeover of the US? As wikipedia notes, it's about Heinlein's concern for funnymentalist evangelicals taking over the US... like they're trying to do right...
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