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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    ...hang on, I thought the LOTR discussion was in the next thread......
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I was thinking of Billy the Bastard myself. I anticipated your translation with "?conqueror?" and when I got to the "accepted" translations it looked even better. Explorers and linguistic misunderstandings... (of course another possible interpretation is "people" as in "the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    A long time ago I saw some published argument that it was better to use disposable cups than pot ones. Turned out they were assuming that the methods of your female cetacean apex predator, with hot water, would be used...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "...as complex as spending a spare hour researching ways to reduce your food waste when you could be watching TV." That long? I reckon that's a really easy one....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    "onanism" This word irritates my sense of pedantry. The sin of Onan was to try and sneak out of his obligation to father children on behalf of his brother, who was having difficulty due to being dead. What he did...
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    Well, quite. Failure to register that kind of thing is just one of the erroneous paths....
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    "...editors who explained *at length* how everyone wanted "the next Lord of the Rings" in the 1970s but nobody could quite figure out how to deliver it." Oh, I'm sure they could. They just rejected solutions of the form "start...
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    The goblins in The Hobbit do get called orcs at one point. Can't remember the exact line, but it's talking about the different tribes of them and the way the word is used it's clear that goblins and orcs are...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    The thing is that even leaving the moral aspects to one side, the conventional narrative, which is based around the existence of some homogeneous, blameless, exploited group called "Africans", who were carted helplessly away in droves by the British, or...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    It's kind of hard to say anything useful with so little context, beyond the obvious point that a separate piece will require more detail than a subsection of a larger book, but at the same time is at considerably greater...
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    "One could, but it wouldn't really work. To much the same degree that it's a subsidy of China it's also a subsidy of anyone who buys Chinese products." True, but that's a more complicated bit of reasoning, so it depends...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    ...Oh, and similar things remain a hazard in modern times. Here we see someone exploring the disused copper mines at Coniston, oblivious to the small simian troll squatting on the flat bit watching the descent and the sabre-toothed gargoyle emerging...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Apropos of nothing at all I have just discovered evidence that one of the hazards faced by ancient miners was invasion of their mines by subterranean tentacled monsters. http://filehost.serveftp.net/pic/chthonic-squid.png...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Indeed, in Granny Weatherwax's first appearance she fights a magical duel with the Archchancellor, using wizard magic, and is just as good at it as he is. We know from the start that she has a far deeper understanding of...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "...just stop doing that one thing and the problem will be solved." Differentiating. (As in, the calculus operation.)...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    And they do get transported by birds. As reported in "Island Going", which I'm sure someone on here other than me has read....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "It also looks like some of my scanner software (Nikon & Epson) might not be Linux compatible" Oh bugger, I'd forgotten about those things. This is the site to check for compatibility of scanners and scanneroids: http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html Epson ones can...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    "A wing can be like a rigid plane wing, but it's also a propeller. Moving the wing moves air. This how helicopters take off." That propeller action depends on the wing having a suitable angle of attack. It's the same...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "informed me that nVidea would not provide Windoze10 drivers for the graphics processor." Yeah, you get this pain in the arse on Linux too. Fortunately, Linux being Linux, I've so far been able to keep everything going for years beyond...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Aargh! :) No, I haven't......
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Instead of whining that modern countries have noticed how backwards and incoherent your government is, how about you take a seat and join the 21st century instead." <snort> Observations about the validity of insults based on relative albedo among kitchen...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    "Albatrosses and other large birds have to build up horizontal ground speed... getting air moving under their wings to launch." So do pterosaurs. The article emphatically tells us this, hammering home the point that their relative lift capacity was pretty...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    "Why albatrosses are the upper limit to powered flight, and we should take our lessons from them. Short answer. They aren't." Neither Robert Prior nor I were arguing that. My point was that the pterosaur article seemed to be going...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Direct or inverse correlation?" The Murphy default, of course... "Here's where it's getting a little fuzzy. The virtual copy of Windows does not have a network adapter, but the actual machine that runs the virtual copy of Windows does?" The...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Thank you for those interesting links. I didn't know about those beasties. I'm not convinced that they were able to take off without a runup, but I'm not sure it matters too much. His dissatisfaction with the ignorant representations of...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Similar calculations show that there are five other common gases of low enough density to provide buoyancy. One of them is only marginally so, and goes bang; another of them also goes bang; one has a problem with hydrogen bonding,...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    "Yes, a lower gravity would allow the lifting of more mass" Are you sure? The more mass weighs less, but so does the displaced air (assuming magically equal density), and the two effects cancel out....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "I don't know enough about Linux to make the distinction about an emulator" That is not a required precondition for that purpose. It's more or less like this: Windows is Chinese. WINE tells your computer how to speak Chinese. An...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I wonder if there is also a subset of people who can taste it and consider it a requirement? It might explain why I like brassicas but reject pretty much every other vegetable (except spuds, but they don't really count)....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Presumably you can have the opposite effect by taking a Viz, especially one that has Johnny Fartpants in it....
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