Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • 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....
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    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...
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    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...
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    ...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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I know used car prices have soared, but last time I looked a shitwagon could be had at auction for £50. A guy I knew in college did that, quite literally. He needed to get from Olympia WA to Tacoma...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Certainly not relevant to any author we know </sarcasm> but today's Bizarro cartoon shows an editor telling an author, "I know you wrote this as a bleak vision of a dystopian future, but today we can sell it as a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    On U.S. Interstate highways we have the rest areas that combine a place to stop & rest with restrooms & picnic areas. I expect we'll see the addition of charging stations real soon now if they haven't showed up already....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Here's red AND green, from a program I'm sure you will remember... If you're going to roam the wild, wild west you should travel in style!...
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    Something I discovered when researching colour schemes for painting Space: 1889 miniatures. If you go with actual colours most people think you've got it wrong. :-/ Anyone can paint a locomotive black or grey. If you paint your locomotive green...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    The second loved the aesthetic because it looked cool. There was a running gag in those days that "Steampunk is what happens when Goths discover brown." :D Yep. They're modeling their look off of old sepia tone images. You're probably...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    It's less obvious why the US might do this unless you put on your cynic's cap and view Israel as a barely-leashed attack dog that the US can rely on to intimidate the OPEC oil exporters. This, plus the fact...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Clean water shenanigans, on the other hand... Providing contaminated drinking water, to an entire city, for years can cost less money than safe water, and money driven systems have trouble resisting doing things that give short-term profits even when they...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I agree with Heteromeles that we need a memory palace taken over by the needs of the ants. It's been kicking around in my head for a while that something like that is plausible, though as far as we know...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    If you ever feel like it, here's a question for your brother: in '17 and '18, with the GOP in full control... why is it that they never arrested, charged, and took to court Hillary? Her defenses are much too...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I'd very much like to see a coherent alternative to capitalism. There was a time (roughly from 1900 to 1970) when Socialism Classic looked like it might be one. Of course we now know that doesn't work. I hope you...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Old, old SCA story. Guy was mostly asleep, wearing nothing but socks (he got cold feet), and hears noise downstairs. He looks, and there's two guys inside the screen door, piling stuff by the door. He grabs his steel broadsword,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I find it interesting that the death toll from deer is an order of magnitude higher than other animals that people are more scared of. People may shout "Lion!" or "Shark!" but the most common warning is "Duck!"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Actually, a big-enough handgun can stop a bear. In Grizzly/Polar Bear country, big enough means .357 or larger. Indeed. My uncle was in the US Army with a guy from Kodiak Island in Alaska, and if you were to guess...
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