Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    the hacking of teleoperated cranes (and other equipment) is simply cyberpunk/hollywood/tech-bro mashup for the current decade It is a thing now that large modern ports are not the docks inhabited by rough burly men that one sees in mid-20th century...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    ...If you’re sufficiently cool you can do miraculous things, so one of your character stats is your cool score. What’s cool for the character differs by who and what the character is, so a rabbi, a Jain monk, and a...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    ...and I forgot my point. Voting by people not at the meeting was brought up then (see video Friday 4a) and it wasn't easy to pull off then. I'm sure Kevin could lay out the current state of proposals to...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    ... I was at Spokane in 2015. It was not thinly attended. Indeed it wasn't! You wouldn't remember me, but you saw me at the time if you ever looked behind you; I was in the back, up on the...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    ...he might convince the GOP to endanger its tax-exempt status by bailing him out. Did you hear that the previous Republican National Committee leader is out and the party is now being run by Trump's daughter in law? (Apparently they...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Before the Chengdu fiasco, I would have thought Ben Yalow too smart and/or honest to get involved in something like this. But then, I've been relying on his rep in fandom rather than personal knowledge. I'm not close with Ben...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Those Otter boxes apparently have a permanent, lifetime guarantee. As far as I know I am unique within my social circle - I've actually had to make a warranty claim on a Pelican case. (It slipped off a chair and...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    FYI, I currently have a latest model top-of-the-range iPhone... Not all new iPhones are there as status symbols. I'm reminded of the time I noticed that several people I knew had very large vehicles - and this is in the...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Then it turned out he'd taken the same attitude to the rules of structural engineering. The extension fell down. A month or two later, half the rest of the house fell down too. I am reminded of the Hanoi Train...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    ...well-off middle-class types, as a catch-all dismissal of poor people complaining about running out of money, in the smug and infuriating manner to be expected of someone who never has run out of money, let alone been hungry; they not...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    And now we have news of a 2027 bid for another worldcon in Montreal. Run by an experienced team. One may also read the same news on the Worldcon site. It's been asked repeatedly so I'll pass along that yes,...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Next year's worldcon (2025) will be held in Seattle. The only bid still standing for 2026 is for Los Angeles. I'll be in Seattle next year; I've already got my membership. Not for LA yet, but that Worldcon is close...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    ...someone is now accusing Kevin Standlee of acting as a "spokesperson" for WSFS... He must be Duke of the World Science Fiction Society even when he's not wearing the ermine cape, right? Or is it a tribble fur cape?...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Relevant to this topic, Kevin Standlee recently posted an essay titled "WSFS Misconceptions (Possibly #1 in a Series)" which begins: [This is not an official statement from the World Science Fiction Society. I am not President of WSFS, Inc. This...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    SMOFs want to, dare I say it, Rule The World, and they're using fandom as their power base to work from. Oh, indeed - and nobody wants to compare a Worldcon budget and attendance with, for example, those of a...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I might have done something naughty and created an account for Dilbert Stark, Apartheid Space Entrepreneur Extraordinary... I admire your restraint in not calling him Dilbert Stark, Apartheid Racist Space Entrepreneur. :-)...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    I don't get it. The Mark Protection Committee (the "Marks"?) has buggerall to do with bidding for, winning and/or running a Worldcon. Do real people really believe that the MPC has any actual power or control over Worldcons? Yes. And...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Kate was your lady? My deepest condolences. My k8's been gone... over 25 years. Kate Yule was David Levine's lady. I knew her from local conventions, mostly, though I has at the funeral services. Nice woman. Fandom has plenty of...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Those people scare me, because the nansecond everything is open, with no secrets ... then .. "All your money belong us ... goodbye!" And, no matter how many times you tell these idiots that, they still refuse to believe it....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    ... here's my next Netflix pitch: "Mars Simulator" mockup of colony placed some place hostile to human life... Utah. No, really. If you ever get the chance, chat up David Levine about his trip to "Mars" back in 2010; I...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    To USA-ians ... if you have not come across "The Shipping forecast" it is at the same time, a very concise technical document, broadcast for all shipping anywhere near Our Islands ... but also an almost-sublime piece of poetry, as...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    It's bad enough in Edinburgh and pretty hellish on the coast. Yikes. Here in Portland Oregon (46 degrees north and a hundred kilometers from the ocean) we're just coming out of a rather nasty few days of snow, freezing rain,...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Outright toad-scandal-denialism isn't the way it works in the UK; what we tend to get instead is a massive dose of whatabout-ism. Oh, yes, Americans get whatabouters on our social media too. It sounds as if British trolls aren't quite...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    ...a new scandal for the Tories will break every week in the run-up to the next general election (in roughly 2027-29). It's low-hanging fruit that'll keep the right wing press distracted. I'm going to skip over the assumption that there...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    ...or the fact that with my cane they would likely suffer more damage running into me than when I wasn't carrying one. I rather suspect the latter, possibly coloured by my observations of how drivers often become more aggressive/bullying when...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    I think the Republican thinking in this scenario is "We will give Trump presidential immunity then in a couple years he will destroy our enemies." The idea that Biden might exploit such a ruling too isn't something anyone is currently...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    The Boeing 737-MAX story got much worse yesterday: an Alaska Airlines had an emergency exit blowout at altitude -- described by the BBC as a window, but it's actually a hull section that is often configured as an emergency overwing...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    A bit late to the party but I would like to point out that, fortunately, crocodiles can't climb trees... There's an old joke in North America about how to tell the difference between a brown bear and a grizzly, if...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    As for organization, ask how a Rainbow Family Gathering gets organized by anarchists. Or a WorldCon gets organized by science fiction fans, many of whom are like anarchists but less prone to working in a group or taking directions. (I...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    Since DT probably won't opt out of running for the GOP nomination and might even win the nomination, I was curious as to whether he'd be legally allowed to vote. Whether a felon can vote in Florida is a very...
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