M Helsdon

M Helsdon

  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    It is very telling that Star Trek's transporters originated not as 'technological devices' but as 'plot devices.' The show couldn't afford another means of landing people on planets (the shuttle craft were only built for later episodes, not by the...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "I think about Mars as a super high risk, super high reward. I'm not postulating it's smart or a good thing to do now, just pointing out the upside for the first few to make it work is insane." And...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "For one thing you actually get seriously away from earth. Which means no interference and insulation from a majority of planet busting events" And little chance of any help if things go wrong. At least on Earth, even in the...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "On the fall of British industry - part of the not managing bit was the lack of re-investment. Japan and Germany especially throughout the post-war period were investing say 3 or 4 % in industry, whereas the UK was doing...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "... Like Toyota. You know the Qashqai was designed as well as built in the UK? And IIRC is the best-selling crossover-class vehicle in Europe?" Yes - but almost all the old British brands are extinct. The survivors tend towards...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "...I do smile at the Jaguar adverts for the US where they riff on the "Brits as relentlessly classy and efficient villains" theme, relying on Mark Strong, Ben Kingsley, and Tom Hiddleston (but not Alan Rickman - presumably cancelling Christmas...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "This must mean the people boycotting Star Wars have found an unusually potent strata of bat shit in the caves of bewilderment..." Given that in the original the princess was played by a woman, and Darth Vader's voice was provided...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "Actually, that makes perfect sense. In the Star Wars universe, speaking UK English is a sign of working for the Empire. The new series is set post fall of Palpatine. With literally no idea what is going on, I'd expect...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Interesting thread - but... One thing the boycott threat for The Force Awakens seems to have missed is that not only are two of the new major characters female or black, but they are British, and shockingly, Londoners. At one...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    Frankly I'd rather live in this roleplaying game than some. Who remembers Twilight: 2000? Shudder....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Hmm, no one has mentioned the 'bearded dragon' statue at Carcosa... Of course *everyone* knows Cthulhu doesn't exist in the Laundryverse......
  • Commented on Reminders
    Probably a result of how books are published now... Multiple instances of American spelling in the Orbit edition: 'defense' being the primary culprit. Reading a US published book (started reading the Laundry saga in the Golden Gryphon Press editions) I...
  • Commented on Reminders
    Probably not a typo after all: The Annihilation Score: Page 283: 'lime flagstones'. Did notice something else but can't find it again. 8-( Before googling for the term just now hadn't encountered it before; 'The Annihilation Score' turns up on...
  • Commented on Reminders
    Just finished reading the book. Especially enjoyed [redacted] and the [redacted] at the end. However, believe I detected a typo or two - probably the very same everyone else will report. Is there a particular place to report these?...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    When does Spooky get her own book?...
  • Commented on Leading question
    The UK will have undergone a number of periods of mild economic and political turmoil, of varying extent, and in different directions, ultimately resulting in the rebranding of the former UK as the Federated Union of Corporations and Kingdoms. The...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Attempting to emulate a Hilbert R-tree D20 space-filling curve to summon entities described by the employee as the 'Githyanki' to overcome a 'Product Identity' geas enforced by a west coast subsidiary of the Black Chamber. This was attempted without due...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Submission of expenses claim spreadsheet with embedded Enochian geases to Accounts Department in direct contravention of Civil Service Management Code Section 8.7 Reimbursement and Compensation by Occult Means as issued under the authority of Part 1 of the Constitutional Reform...
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