Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Credit Unions have lower risk because they don't make business loans. A quibble: In the US credit unions do indeed make business loans. The businesses they loan to and the risk assessments they make may indeed be statistically different...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Would be good to know what the official and practical position is by these banks re: BitCoin... Interestingly, I've been seeing very energetic people who are utterly certain that big banks and Wall Street are very very interested in Bitcoin...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Btw, David L - are you the author of Arabella of Mars? Do you need to get in touch with that David? We don't hang out regularly or anything, but he and I have friends and acquaintances in common. (Granted...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    From the description, it's probably this: Undercover Detroit cops brawled during a sting gone wrong Thank you, well spotted! That's the mess I had in mind. The recursive entrapment fiasco seems at least somewhat forgivable, the ensuing brawl less so....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Wasn't there a case where the cartoon-joke actually happened & an "activist" group consisted entirely of guvmint plants, with no genuine members at all ( or maybe, just one) ? Probably. The case that came up recently, and I'm frustrated...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Not just China's Grand Canal but Egypt's Canal of the Pharaohs, built millennia before Suez. The advantages of moving ships from the Mediterranean and/or the Nile to the Red Sea have been obvious for literally thousands of years. And there's...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Interestingly, even as a right hander, I find the total lack of left handed SLRs completely baffling. ... Seems like a total no-brainer. You'd think. A few years back I was working for a well known multitool manufacturer. I got...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    But for cutting up small stuff I can see not having to deal with 2 cycle, oil, periodic cleaning, where to store it, etc... I concur; plenty of people live in suburbs or similar areas and only need a chainsaw...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    " Excuse Me Sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Saviour, Cthulhu? " Coincidentally, the Lovecraft Film Festival is just wrapping up. My workplace is barely a long tentacle from the theater and I've been...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    While there's a history of control from London and Paris in the mental image of their countries, it's much weaker in the US. "The mountains are high, and the emperor is far away."...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...many countries use their militaries as part of their police, especially larger ones like the USA and China... Just a quibble, but the US keeps the military firmly firewalled away from domestic police issues, and there aren't many exceptions. Widespread...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Off-topic Q for USAians here. Is Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Jaun, Perto Rico, eligible to stand as POTUS? So far as I can tell, yes. She is of age (born 1963), was born in the United States (in...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    That rocket was the Little Joe II. Bought the Estes kit version yesterday. Congratulations, I hope it flies better than the original! Thank you, and thanks to Elladan for the video. It's cool to see what I only vaguely remembered...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Soyuz cosmonauts have survived both an abort from the pad when the launch vehicle went boom, and an abort at hypersonic speed when staging failed. So we know that launch escape systems can work. As far as I recall the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...as ever, XKCD applies :) Indeed. I'm sure you've addressed this many (many, many...) times, but why is Unix system time not useful for this environment?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I have the feeling that there may be an overlap between readers of this blog and readers of xkcd. </understatement>...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    As a belated footnote, don't fret if it takes a while to regain your equilibrium. We never 'get over' these things...but we learn to live with them. This Saturday I visited my father's grave, the first opportunity I'd had to...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    OHG has managed to explore the "Person suddenly finds out that by looking hard at a strange object with an odd pattern they can wish themselves to alternate timeline, their relatives are not what they thought, they're not what they...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Some of us are very very good at time. Greg Egan, for example. He's just published an entire book in which people have twice as many times as usual. Pardon the post necromancy - we're zipping along very quickly -...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    ...words, per se, don't seem to mean much in the way of comfort. But the knowledge that someone cares enough to send me a few words of consolation? Priceless, and an enormous source of strength in difficult times. This. There's...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    How low is this going to sink, before wonderful Pres Pence is put in place? This is a really messy question for a number of reasons, many of them clustered around the fact that it's politically awkward for an elected...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    This grand strategic design is evident in virtually everything Trump has done at home and abroad. I think you're overestimating his cunning and strategic genius. Yes, a cat is really good at knocking things off of high places onto the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    In the U.S. credit unions can offer all of the services that a commercial bank can offer with the exception of business accounts. ... But you can still do your personal banking with a credit union if you're eligible to...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    Or to deal with something a little more recent, how about the style of news-gathering on Max Headroom, which is very possible right now. I'll take "live and direct" over "fair and balanced," thank you......
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Compare it to the episode from the TV series Miracles, 2003, The Friendly Skies: The plane disappeared for 64 seconds and people go ballistic. Miracles S 1 Ep 2 The Friendly Skies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lLRqdvuKBI Nifty! I've downloaded it for watching later....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    In the infinitude of possibilities, perhaps they did, If there are an infinite number of dimensions, the Afar could colonize a very large number of alternate earths without getting around to ours. Correct. This has already been addressed by SETI...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Warsaw Rising There is a city ... that stops, completly, for a minute every year. A friend of mine made a music video (Sabaton's Uprising, with Pumpkin Scissors video) which got him more reactions than he expected from eastern Europe....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Does the nasty Sheriff whatsisname in the deep SW count ( Arpaho? Arapho? - something like that ... ) You're thinking of Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Assuming you've heard he's nasty, racist, and untrustworthy...yeah, that's him....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Now there is a plot that would be resolved in about 30 seconds with modern CCTV coverage. "Oh look. All our suspects are having a sneaky meeting in the airport departure lounge. Again." *laughs* Good point. At least one dodge...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    You forget where and when we came from and what we fight against. Well, yes. You're coming from the pub, after a busy night, and you're fighting against whatever presents itself. That's okay; we can be friends even when you're...
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