Bill Blondeau

Bill Blondeau

  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "How did you go bankrupt?" Bill asked. "Two ways," Mike said. "Gradually and then suddenly."       --Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There are lots of questions like this on Quora. Usually posted by anonymous trolls or obviously fake IDs. Yep. I'm not really sure what Quora is supposed to be, but after clicking on a couple of Google hits for Quora...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    All right, let's see how well this works. SFnal premise. There is an observer-mediated FTL drive, based on a blockchain algorithm that can conduct verified observations of an extremely unlikely remote entanglement, resulting in instantaneous translation to a spacetime location...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    But wait, there's more. Two more things. One is that the culture of the memory palaces started to break down in Renaissance Europe as the printing press took over. It was no longer necessary to memorize books. This reminds me...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Charlie, would it make sense for the Commonwealth's computer scientists to have read, and profited decisively from, John Backus's lecture "Can Programming be Liberated from the von Neumann Style?"? (Best link I could find was this PDF, sorry: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~crary/819-f09/Backus78.pdf.) The...
  • Commented on Excuses
    My oldest horse is related to Secretariat (he was, in human terms, her great-uncle) and she got some of the good genes. If you were riding her and she got the notion that she was being permitted to go really...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Charlie, Many Happy Returns. And thanks for more sustained creative invention and intellectual ferocity, so far, than most of us have managed or ever will. I won't issue spoilers, but, from the advanced estate of 62 years & change, I...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    And how much work would it take to rewrite, and comprehensively test, the tight, fault-tolerant onboard flight software that Margaret Hamilton wrote for Apollo?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Seems to me that this pin-dancing-debate-that-won't-die about the merits of the F-35 is missing the point. The F-35 has already accomplished its primary mission: enriching defense contractors at the public expense. That's a done deal; the aircraft was unusually successful...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    My rather melancholy sense here is that suspicion #2 is the most stoutly real. Pathos, syntax, and vivacity all confounded in a palpitating mix of lustre and hue. A signature of sorts; a brief betrayal, a sincerity that makes mock...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    just unlocked achievement: Gothic Anarchist Feminist Women Morris Dancers! Sounds like big fun but... FFS don't tell my wife, she's got a lot on her plate at the moment....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    Dreadnought is a damned good read, sharply inventive, thoughtfully written, with head-over-heels pacing and humane characters. Also, it's pretty refreshing to read an intelligent treatment of a transgendered protagonist. Well done, April_D....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    For a long time now I've felt that the relationship between spirituality and religion pretty closely parallels that between sex and marriage. In each case, the former is a widespread human experience, much alike across a wide range of cultures...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Searching the comments, these are words and phrases that, as I type this, do not show up: Complexity Emergent Systems Theory Complex Systems Feedback Loop I modestly submit that this is an omission. Emergent behavior is a thing. In other...
  • Commented on The Day After
    On the off chance you haven't seen this tweet: BRITAIN: Brexit is the stupidest, most self-destructive act a country could undertake.USA: Hold my beer.— Brian Pedaci (@bpedaci) November 9, 2016...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Dammit. I've got work to do, but someone on the internet is wrong. Briefly, most of the comments so far (with @RDSouth as an excellent exception, with an honorable mention to @Hisham), while informed and thoughtful, neglect the systems aspect...
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    Thanks, Aliette. (I'm really looking forward to reading The House of Shattered Wings, btw.) This is a serious subject, and one on which I think I part company with most of the good folks here. I think Clarke's Third Law...
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