Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Story time!
    Yep. I didn't realize it until some visits over the last decades. OR and WA are mostly desert. OR more so I think than WA. As I described it to visitors during Sasquan, the Worldcon in Spokane: The lush forests...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    With Trump & co it's always bigotry all the time. Just turn Occam's razor on its head and "never attribute to incompetence that which is adequately explained by malice." Fair enough. But I bet if you spent two years repeating...
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    It's hard to overstate the level of incompetence in Trump's circle of lackeys... but bigotry is well represented too. I don't have enough information to guess. It might also have been preemptive cautionary bigotry, done in hopes of avoiding an...
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    The year before I went, a hurricane came through, and there was rain: think "a tractor mired up to its axles in mud". It was at that one Pennsic that I heard of the new fighting styles they'd invented: 1....
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    I was thinking more along the lines of "Tomorrow, when the war began"... I can see a sufficiently motivated major military being able to seize most important parts of Australia. Simply getting there is a nontrivial logistical challenge, much less...
  • Commented on Story time!
    There was an SMBC comic (which I can't locate) about a monster that could regenerate its limbs — so the villagers locked it in a steel box with armholes and had an endless supply of free meat… It was also...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I note with interest that today Trump phoned Boris and they chatted for 20 minutes, but BoJo declined an invitation to meet in person, citing an overriding priority—meeting with Tory party members who'd be voting for the new party leader....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    The Prince was satire. Mach was a staunch Republican and not pro-Monarchy / Authority. His work was changed from satire into "this is how brilliant minds think" for a thousand years. Scaling error: The Prince was first read privately around...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Ok, so May is gone (almost), whose turn in the barrel next? A humor site pretends Larry, the Downing Street cat, announced "Don't worry, Britain. I'm in charge now." While unlikely, Larry is less objectionable than BoJo or whatever that...
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    I read a lot more new books from non-traditionally published people people where links from their websites actually work than from people like Stross or Scalzi. Although typing "Stross" or "Scalzi" into the big river's search engine should get me...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    From what I have seen of Greg's previous posts... I'm sure Greg would enjoy spotting a TR3A again, although his chances of seeing one airborne seem slim. Most operators would be more careful than that, I'd hope!...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    ...drive an M-1 tank down a Detroit freeway, and it will break a track on a pothole[1] in minutes, and then be stripped for parts. Not to mention that an M-1 can take mere cannon shells, but not a car...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The flip side of this is that it's probably easier to contain a single pig than it is to keep all of 200 pounds of crickets caged, and things like crickets can be pests if too many get loose. I...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    it's not the altitude it's the steepness - as many people with larger cars have found out when failing to drive over, say Hard Knott Pass ..... First hairpin going up from W to E And ... even more fun...
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    I'll admit to not liking javascript. If I could selectively block javascript from http sources (chrome/firefox), would be happier. What you're describing is NoScript, which blocks javascript from sites that aren't whitelisted. It comes with suggestions, like allowing youtube, and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    If you wanted to work on an old British vehicle then A/F tools could be found to fit the bolt heads without specifically needing to hunt down Whitworth spanners. Sockets for ratchet spanners could be a bit trickier to source...
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    Trump won't listen. He thinks he can appeal impeachment to the Supreme court and that they'll overturn it for him. Yes, I saw that tweet too. Nobody seems willing to guess whether he really doesn't understand the American government or...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    ...measurements will always be given in the least useful form. Seen recently: Q: How tall is Mila Kunis? A: 1.723 × 10^-16 light years I did the math; it checks out....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    For that matter, the Finance, or is it Oversight Committee chair, having issued a subpoena for the Shitgibbon's tax returns, could, if they think of it, order the Sergeant at Arms of the House to arrest Mnuchin and the head...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    As I remember, the loudest opposition to "Metrification" was from the construction industry, who AFAIK didn't want to buy new tape measures. Big deal. Is this a hassle to anyone doing construction or just DIY home repair in Britain? I'm...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I'm slightly disappointed they didn't choose the competing definition for the meter as 'the length of a pendulum with a period of two seconds,' which would have been easy to measure to reasonable accuracy even by 18th century hobbyists. It...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    And as I pointed out, the primary person I'm trying to avoid confusing is ME. Okay, that's a reasonable stance. I've been doing something similar myself lately for commenting on fiction. The TV show Sabrina (fluff but a decent time...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So, since the delay, i’ve seen little discussion either here or in the news about what happens next. So does that mean Parliament is going to do bugger-all for the next five months, then panic again halfway through October? Previous...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    The idea that there's a natural world separate from the divine world seriously only exploded in the 19th Century (especially after 1860 and the publication of Darwin's Origin), and before that, I don't think a chemist or alchemist could disentangle...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Someone made up a lovely protest sign giving as good a plan as anyone else has presented. Let's be jolly British about this: * Revoke Article 50 * Apologise profusely * Offer tea * NEVER speak of this again...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Granted that Trump has a long history of pretty much everything he's accused of now, but knowing that a guy is a career con artist is one thing. Some specific prosecutor being able to prove in court that he did...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    the most likely version of the report that clears Trump et al of wilful wrongdoing would be the one that makes his team look like a bunch of idiots out of their depth It's hard to imagine any independent investigation...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    My understanding is that science and magic were not distinguished. The actions of the tinker, sailor, smith, alchemist or brewer are what matter, not their state of mind. I was going to address Hereromeles's oversimplification myself but I like your...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Nigel Farage has launched a 'Brexit Party' but failed to register thebrexitparty.com and the name has been poached by his opponents. I'd say this is typical of Brexit competence but honestly the whole Brexit movement seems even less organized and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Clearly WikiLeaks never watched Yes Minister and missed that, ‘you never believe a rumour until it’s been officially denied’. Yes Minister has become a utopian fantasy of well functioning British government....
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