Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    So he did and got credit for four years in the Army even though he was only in for three. Did he get a windowless hole in the ground?...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The Differential Theory of US Armed Forces (Snake Model) > Intelligence officer: Spends entire deployment in air-conditioned, windowless, staff office in large, meaningless FOB. Hell, that was my uncle in Vietnam! Communications grunt, stationed in a basement in Saigon. Considering...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Judaism has a few annual fasts, too... There is an opt-out for the young, the elderly, and the infirm or ill... I have not quizzed an imam on this matter but I'm pretty certain the same is true of Islam...
  • Commented on Omicron
    ...a flu-like pandemic leads to a long-term post-viral syndrome typified by Cotard's Delusion... No thank you; the excerpt was fun to read but I don't want to live in that story either. * tired sigh * Is anyone doing really...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Opportunity knocks: I get to test the new markup system and also share a cartoon about plague idiots. It works in preview....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I'm sure other readers have already noticed this Girl Genius comic, but for anyone who hasn't: There is an appearance today of a British fellow named Lieutenant Stross; no word on whether he writes scientific romances in his off hours....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    The idea of "Penis Envy" is bogus. Girls may be jealous that boys appear to get more attention in our society, but I just don't think they give a shit about the physical attribute. Naturally someone has addressed this in...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Which meant that their right move before that was to give Wilhelm II a personality transplant so he wasn't an incompetent boob who would cause 1 and 2. You may have already seen the essay What Happens When a Bad-Tempered...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    While it's obvious that closing down a city is effectively impossible, particularly if it's to stay down for more than a few hours, merely inconveniencing people is rather easy and does not take high intelligence. Existence proof: Florida Man Sought...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Oh, and also, if you have a gun and pull it in response to an armed shooter? Then when the police turn up, they'll evaluate the situation as two armed shooters, not a Good Guy and a Bad Guy. Did...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Many US cities are islands of Blue in a sea of Red. And it occurs to the Red team commanders that the most effective way of shutting down the traitorous Blues in the city and forcing them to surrender is...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    What happens if the White Wing simply .... put roadblocks up around the main arteries in/out & stop food getting in? Or would that be too simple & organised for them to handle? Looking at a map of Philly (including...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    This is why I use a printer cable. Even though it's two Hacked Pewler devices allegedly talking to each other via Wifi, the "printer" (which allegedly but not actually does other things, and often doesn't print), resets its wifi so...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Because Putin's money is probably behind both movements... not entirely joking here, of course, but the U.S. is in the situation we're in because a bunch of rich assholes have financed and encouraged the facists, and it's starting to look...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Friend of mine who has a magnificent (albeit somewhat unkempt) garden had been steadily photographing insects in her garden. She's identified over 300 species... I think you're right about her biodiversity, but watch out for sampling bias. Years ago I...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    Off topic again, way too early, the Laundry Files just got recommended and Big River linked in the commentary for today's Grrl Power web comic. I can only see it as a real compliment when another author writes, "This series...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    Speaking of author related events, I hear that Winchell Chung of Atomic Rockets is currently in the hospital, lucid but not feeling well. Best wishes, etc....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Apropos of nothing, what do all y'all think of the prototype US Space Force Dress Blacks? Since the question has come up on a science fiction writer's page, I want to share this Terminal Lance strip. Remember, you don't fight...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    [Space Force] should, at least, give the Marines a run for their sartorial money, seeing as how they're new and hip and all. Not yet, they're not. Check out this link and scroll down to the quartet of Marines illustrated....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    ...they really aren't doing anything to prepare themselves for a day where oil is no longer boom/bust but simply bust. Well, that was the purpose of the Heritage Fund*. Of course, within a decade it was just a slush fund...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    In Economics this is known as The Market for Lemons (lemon in the automotive sense)... It's not wrong either. I remember my father advising me that it was better to buy a used car from an individual than a used...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    ...think abacus, slide rule, telescope, microscope, cotton gin, or even maps of what the earth currently looks like... It hasn't come up on this thread, but an abacus will be much easier to assemble from random parts than a slide...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Elon Musk, everybody's least favourite eccentric billionaire asshole... IQ.45 doesn't qualify as eccentric, right? Otherwise... He may also be dismissed as not being a billionaire. Anyone who wishes to claim that title is welcome to present tax returns as evidence...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I guess my real issue is that in my experience, which includes occasionally buying "scrap," people just don't give a crap about what's in a bit of metal, and will toss it into a larger load of whatever they think...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    A long time ago, I thought of a language that did not use any form of noun or verb, where the constructs were 'attributes' and 'relations', but rapidly realised that I was neither smart enough nor determined enough to design...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Given the rapidity over the course of the pandemic with which various populations of crystal nutters and whole food hippies have radicalised into crunchy-granola equivalents of neonazis... Or did you just type 'equivalents of' where you meant 'punchers of?' Because...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The West tends to build exquisite gear, designed for a long peacetime service life and a possible war; the Soviets built rugged equipment, designed for a short wartime existence, and replaced it more often during peacetime. A long peacetime service...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Gavin Newsom won election in 2018 with 61.9% of the vote. But in California 12% of the voters can override the will of the majority of voters and force a recall election. There have been seven recall petitions circulated since...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I think that American Jews who support current Republican Party are just as deluded as these Asians and Latinos. They think they are part of the "civilized tribe". They are wrong. That tribe is no friend of Jews I'm reminded...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    ...recently the local newspaper published photographs taken from outside, showing a fox sunning itself in a window. Inside the building, that is. Coincidentally, there's also news about virtual foxes. Apparently in the Skyrim game there's long been a rumor that...
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