Mike

Mike

  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Back to the original topic for a moment, I don't think it will happen. Too much risk of having to make the Apollo 11 speech that didn't have to be made in return for reminding everyone that it was another...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I think the odds are at least as good that the Russians will stop taking US astronauts to ISS, just to rub it into Trump's schnozz who's really in charge. By Apollo 11s anniversary it might be that the US...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Speaking of SF author Jerry Pournell, he died on Friday. I didn't often agree with his political views but his stories were entertaining and interesting. I'm going to miss him....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    CBS News reports on the shortage of construction labor in Texas. It says that before Harvey, shortages added a month and a half to the construction time of a home. Also shortages of skilled labor in commercial construction -- the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Vanity Fair reports that pre-Harvey the GOP was considering taking $1B for Two-Scoop's border wall from FEMA's budget. Probably dead now but it is depressing to see Congress exhibiting the same morals as drunken freshmen on a scavenger hunt....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Also to consider is a nationwide shortage of construction workers. Between a booming economy luring them into other industries and a concerted effort to persuade foreign nationals to leave, things may take longer and cost more to replace than people...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Given how the revolution in communications was sparked by the explosive public adoption of the internet and in turn enabled fringes of all sorts to build audiences, I wonder what the world would be like had it stayed a semi-private...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Well, crap. Aldiss was one of the good ones. Take care of yourself, will you, Charlie?...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Any chance of seeong elves and/or dragons in this next one? Rather fond of the idea of integrating them into combined arms teams but not if they're just going to be exterminated. They're entertaining......
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Don't be so sure that the levers of power are indiscriminately connected to anything, Greg. We have a reputation for happily disrespecting the rules and rulers. Civil War is a possibility but I think it would be short and sharp...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Condolences on your loss, Charlie. Congrats on pleasing your Laundry fans so thoroughly (I'm looking forward to the space opera myself!) Given the fate of the last fascist dictator who believed that the United States was only good for manufacturing...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    I suspect that Western society's overwhelming competitiveness has a lot to do with it. We're all encouraged to "give 110%" in everything from sports to business to... homework. In many I think it's a subconscious refrain they can't not hear....
  • Commented on Book day!
    I haven't read the new one yet but I've been re-reading some older work and Charlie, you're the most entertaining scary writer I've ever read. Looking forward to whatever you choose to write, whenever you choose to write it....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    How about the long-standing practice by the US government of fomenting conflict for the benefit and enormous profit of the military-industrial complex? It is my considered opinion formed by a lifetime of in-place observation that the creation and encouraging of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Didn't know whether you folks have seen this yet on your side of the pond; it's + 5 hours over there, I know: Comrade May to create her own internet controlled by the better sort of people. I suppose that...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Today's Bagehot in the Economist is, from this fair remove, interesting: Economist...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Really curious about scenarios or civil disorder / rebellion among Scots and N. Irish. Here in US I don't think much of angry people calling for succession or revolt and USian noisys seem much louder on average than UK dissidents...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If even meaningless jobs disappear as they seem to be doing then perhaps the global population will have crashed by then, maybe not with a roar but with a whimper. Boredom is a powerful force and if Those In Charge...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I wore a full beard for a number of years (5 < n < 20-ish; sorry, age-related cognitive decline, maybe,) and one afternoon I decideded I was over it, went into the bathroom and shaved it off. Opened the door...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    After reading your workload I'm unaccountably tired. 20 years ago I'd have laughed in derision; now I think I'd like a nap. Good advice, though, except that I'm at an age where I fear that the inertia of a body...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Do you folks not have scooters? Over on this side of the pond they're quite popular. Think of them as vastly upgraded Vespas. Inexpensive to buy, economical to run and very popular with those who have no driving license as...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    This. Although for every COBOL program storing dates as two digits there were at least two dozen RPG/RPG II/RPG III applications on (usually) IBM minis doing the same thing. Disk space was expensive; I vividly recall the day the IBM...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I've spent the previous eight years (Obama's term as President) listening with increasing amazement to a litenany of off-the-wall conservative (USian) conspiracy theories including how he was a sekret Muslim, how Christians were all going to be rounded up intp...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I half-suspect that once AT50 is triggered, a hard Brexit will be forced on the UK by the EU, pour encourager les autres (i.e. "stab us in the back and we will disembowel you slowly, to watch you squirm, as...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I have to hope that not all UK manufacturing goes the way of the Dodo in coming years -- for purely selfish reasons, admittedly. Ilford (now Harmon Technology Ltd.) makes nice photographic film and now that Kodak has priced themselves...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    It seems as though the Laundry has a need for their own counselor, someone with the highest security clearances. Be funnier than hell if they thought the whole staff were seriously delusional and didn't take a word anyone said seriously....
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I'm grateful to see that you're doing your part to make this miserable year a little more bearable. Thanks! Mike...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Hoosier here (resident of the state of Indiana, of which Pence is currently Governor.) You are right to fear Pence. He's been a corporate lap dog as Governor of Indiana and there's no reason to think that his new post...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I think that adulthood begins when you take responsibility for the welfare of someone other than yourself. Kind of an old fashioned, I know, but there it is. Marriage can qualify, as can having children or care of parents or...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Given that we almost never figure out how what something like this is good for until we build it and use it for a while (and until the pioneers who built it go bust,) I have to be just a...
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