Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You are certainly correct that The Left could use a new set of tactics and strategies. However, individual efforts do make a difference, as do small efforts: If you move enough grains of sand, you end up with a very...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Grunts is a wonderful book. One of my favorites!...
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    My point is that fresh water is fast becoming an issue. You can dither for years about building foundations and such. People need water every day. Agreed completely. But other factors are involved as well. Unfortunately, the necessity to bring...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I'm curious as to what the Tallahassee folks will do when it moves from a hassle to Miami is dying of thirst. Keep in mind that the crisis may well be a matter of business too. It's very possible that,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I know the future isn't a binary. (I'm fifty-plus despite the boyish enthusiasm.) But I've also frequently posted here that I don't think we'll do much about climate change until we've lost Florida, which is very much the same as...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I think you're mostly right. But what we do now to set things up; the scientific advancements we make and/or don't make, the infrastructure which is/isn't available, the general knowledge of what a sane future looks like... all these things...
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    Your water use is really impressive (my comment wasn't aimed at you - I already know that you're ahead of me on this stuff!)...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Whenever you'd like someone to look at your manuscript would be fine. Just send along whatever you'd currently like some comments about, and let me know what stage the current manuscript is on so I can aim my comments appropriately....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The short, simple answer to that is to install a showerhead with a built-in valve. When you're fully wet down you turn off the water-flow at the showhead, soap yourself up, then turn it back on when you need water...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So the question is: for those who want to mitigate the problem, what can we do? I was thinking about setting up a website something like Orion's Arm, but the future history/stories that would be written there would have to...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Tolkien is the "trope codifer" for High Fantasy. There were certainly fantasy books/stories before Tolkien, but he defined the genre. To quote the TVTropes website: "You have before you three series. The first, Series A, was the first known use...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I'll take a look at if when you're done if you'd like. I'm currently three-hundred pages into my new effort, and I've spent the last two weeks addressing issue with backstory, so I have considerable sympathy for your current problem....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I think you should sum up the already offered evidence and go straight to the arguments about why X is bad (or not bad,) because the drama isn't in the evidence. The drama is in the arguments over the evidence;...
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    It sound like floating is only useful when there's no way to hitch a ride. Like if you're say... terraforming, it might be very useful to have a plant or animal which does that....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    there is a close relative of bamboo that is really light and doesn't absorb moisture when properly cured, an engineer who thinks like Buckminster Fuller (think tensegrity structure, rather than Zeppelin's heavy triangle-mesh aluminium frames or even S-L's better geodesic...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    ...research labs filled with exactly the sort of people that would decide to write their own window manager ‘for efficiency ‘ etc, I can speak from experience that you rapidly run out of swear words and have to start learning...
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    Damn! I hate it when I blow the punchline!...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Sorry. "Don't eclecticute yourself."...
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    As I used to tell people in a very different context, "Don't electicute yourself." To unpack that, you're completely correct, and everyone should have a "digital will" and be sure that someone younger than you knows what they're doing with...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I am totally aware of this, but for the individual user, configurability is very useful. A programmer's workflow is very different than an editor's workflow, which is very different from an accountant's workflow... also, I find that the sheer ugliness...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    And I should mention much, much more secure, at least from the casual hacker. (I'm sure for a TLA abusing my Linux machine is as easy a abusing a Mac or Windows box.)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The necessary productivity tools aren't there... Exactly. The software ecology just doesn't exist, except perhaps for server applications accessible via a browser. These tend to be a mixed bag, and may add to the complexity for a corporate IT dept....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If you are looking for a Windows-like experience, I'd suggest using the Graphical User Interface called XFCE, which is near-infinitely configurable, and making the taskbar large-enough to fill the bottom of your screen. Once you've done that there are very...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It's not as though there's a rich job market for former right wing hacks who've decided that the climate catastrophe needs a sensible response (etc). Maybe there should be. As much as I'd like to see these people burn, a...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greta Thunberg is right: to avoid it, we need to all be mobilizing to save our lives. I am one-hundred percent with you. We are contemplating major life-style changes in our house. Unfortunately, it's a rental, so we can't solarize...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You should mention it by name: Buckaroo Banzai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=345uegSj-zQ And a similar quote from the same movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8w16SCFBo4...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You'd have to find a way to burst an oxygen tank right next to the vehicle you needed to take down without using fire, possibly getting the windage right if your container wasn't big enough/didn't burst with enough force. I'm...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If I wanted to kill an engine I'd give it way too much oxygen for 5-10 seconds, thus increasing the power of the combustion, but I'm not sure how to properly deliver the oxygen under battlefield conditions....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Fuck it. They knew better. (Damn, are all the comments pissy today, or is it me?)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Whatever dude....
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