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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The Mountains of Mourning is available right now online. You can read it in an hour!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    IIRC it was something fans had been requesting for many years, and it's not remotely a bad book or even mediocre, it's just not LMB's best work. (If you want to read her best, find her short story The Mountains...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Arguable, perhaps, but I don't think I saw any examples of that in the text. (I'd be glad to see some examples, but to give fair warning, I'm not sure I'll have time to debate them after this morning -...
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    Paleontology, particularly carbon dating is the big stick "fundie hitting" stick in my book. I noticed that someone else said "Evolutionary Biology" and that's a good one too. The other approach I might take is to ask - and I've...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    What TNH said was "Plot is a literary convention. Story is a force of nature." Captain Vorpatril's Alliance was "funny romantic plot type 5B." It was A Civil Campaign but executed for Ivan. The book was executed brilliantly, and with...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The book is not my favorite because the plot relies too much on very poor communications between two otherwise intelligent people. I'd also note Teresa Neilsen Hadyn's discussion of plot vs. story. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance was plot; the better Vorkosigan...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think the two best of the series are Komarr and Memory, but A Civil Campaign is definitely the most fun....
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    Speak of SCO UNIX, now that I am no longer employed at Old_Job, I can discuss the ugliest piece of cruft I've ever seen. This was a major restaurant chain, one of the best-known restaurant chains in the US, and...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    This is just about perfect! I think you win the Internet today!...
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    The people who are out of work form the nucleus of the Climate Army....
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    Ask and it shall be granted. Or at least a viable subset thereof....
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    (And last mile fiber networks for the US, but that's a personal issue.) And none of that damn asynchronous crap! I want tops-speed both ways!...
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    I love this idea. Excellent! Solve Vime's Boots once and for all!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    No Russian involvement in Brexit? How about you pull the other one! Number 10 has apparently been suppressing a parliamentary report!...
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    I know I've posted similar before, but the first task of any billionaire is to destroy the Republican Party in the U.S., plus their supporters. They are the primary reason we're not addressing global warming....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Get to your ranch, then you've got a bigger airplane there at your own private airport; you are a billionaire, right?...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Maybe that's something else a Billionaire can do....
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    What I should say is that those changes are not something we can do alone....
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    I've got to agree with you. The capacity for my family to switch to all-electric, gardening/tree planting, etc., comes close to being non-existant. Between budget woes and the fact that we live in rental housing this is all terribly difficult....
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    In practice, in many cases you'll do better using shrubs with high water-use efficiency and non-woody vegetation such as grasslands. How do you keep shrubs and grasses from breaking down quickly and releasing their carbon? To me the advantage of...
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    I think most of us have very good ideas, particularly where control of the media and enacting political change is concerned. I'll note some additional which I think would also be useful: The first is a system of self-driving electric...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    One other thing I'll note is that the current Republican party abuses the whole "gentleman's agreement not to seek revenge after the incumbent surrenders and steps down" thing rather badly, and the unwillingness of the Democrats to persecute those crimes...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'll grant you "better than Stalin's terror" but that's not necessarily good. In fact, it's the lowest possible standard to set - I certainly wouldn't want to live in Putin's Russia (not that Trump's America is great either; 40 years...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I don't suppose anyone down San Diego way wants to buy a bookstore. Mysterious Galaxy is going out of business if someone doesn't buy it....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    And, believe me or not, this is counted as treachery and desertion during the time of war, is it not? You just subscribed under their death sentence - for wanting to overthrow central command and reinstall someone who is stuck...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yes and no on the "wunderkind" aspect of things. Miles makes plenty of mistakes. And Bujold's prose is awesome....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I thought "Hardwired" was a knockoff at the time. However, I have grown to value WJW. He's a very smart writer with ideas that reward rereading....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    If you don't have a billion dollars and would like a bunker of your own, there's always this fixer-upper....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I guess it depends on how many people you plan to bring to your new society and how much freight you plan to carry. Going cheap on your escape plane increases the chance that nothing else works, ever, at all....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "an Airbus 380." Need more coffee!...
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