Keithmasterson

Keithmasterson

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    LAvery@358 requests prophecy on HK outcome; I'd forecast theS&P500 first if I could do that, but love to blue-sky speculate any old time on a range of topics (none dare call it bullshitting!), so here goes....Enjoy! I'd guess a...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    LAvery@300 asks "any ideas about the likely endgame of the events in Hong Kong?" Before I get too exercised over any supposed curtailment of democratic freedoms in HongKong, I'd really like to see an example of actual functioning democracy among...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Ada@255 said "The Stupidity Virus", where a very virulent disease killed off the dumbest 50% of humans. I would refine it in this case, I don't care about dumb as much as pig-headed. So I dump $95 billion into R&D...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Jar@234 said "After that you will end up with a couple of hundred children and a large tribe in the area previously known as middle Sweden. Of course you might lose all the fancy technology, but make that up by...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    The crucial link to establish is between the Romanian circus, which really wasn't just a drunken pretext, the Russian wildlife researchers, and the Odessa Mob (which explains the Giuliani connection, by way of Ukrainian blackmailers.) The Russians were actually...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Yeah, I read her 2017 "This Fight Is Our Fight" and thought it was way more impressive than some, like say Hillary's "oh no I lost" book for example, which was actually pretty decent. Unfortunately that one was more...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Choosy moms choose Marmot brand marmite, Mickey Marmot sez "Wooh Mommy, it's umami!" My vote for best toast spread ever, has to be a thin layer of cottage cheese (called clotted cream in the UK, I think) with light drizzling...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    @352 sez: "You don't see a lot of far right types saying Trumpkin should be booted because he's deluded, ADHD or sociopathic. Albeit the latter is almost a prerequisite for the job (maybe that's why Elizabeth Warren isn't qualified?)."...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    "technology enthusiastically endorsed by the collective commentariat of this blog will be unpopular with the general public, and vice versa" If true, then it's an asset you can monetize, a bassackwards focus group. "Let's give our product one more...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    In hindsight, by provoking the Taipings, Western imperialists might inadvertently have done a backhanded favor for China, since nothing else but a megadeath uprising could ever have broken the stranglehold of Chinese landed gentry on economics and politics. The rebellion...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    "But writing can also be therapeutic, and I hope to see you on the other side." This whole blogsite has a therapeutic effect. Maintaining it like you have these many years has provided unique entertainment, information and the influence...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    On this blog lately I've found recommendations for a couple of exceptional media products, "Stand on Zanzibar" and the Danish TV series "Borgen". Reciprocity is observed even in chimp interactions, so how can I, a garden variety human, not...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    "I saw Trumpolini's G7 news conference. How can anyone not realise that the man is delusional?" In the words of the immortal Joe Walsh: Tellin' us this and he's tellin' us that Changes it every day Says it doesn't matter...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    whitroth@257 said "my last regular full day at work is this coming Tuesday." Back when coworkers asked my plans for all the extra leisure time every day, I said 90 minutes more sleep, plus 90 additional minutes each for...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    @879 "What reaction is displayed by the other voices coming out of the speaker, when they hear something like this?" First you'd hear the gasping wheezes of prolonged, intense involuntary laughter, sounding like someone got the wind knocked out of...
  • Commented on Story time!
    ."insulated tumblers that were free handouts from my employer. They will keep a hot drink at least warm for several hours, and were cheap enough to be bought in quantities of several thousand" Those are great if you modify them...
  • Commented on Story time!
    " forums of EVIL! discussing whether the bikini babes got dental cover, mook pensions (or lack of them" The videogame No One Lives Forever had an absurdly humorous scene in which heroine Cate Archer hides in an office corridor, trying...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "where they had a character introduce himself as "Niggle" (spelled "Nigel")?" Tolkien had a short story "Leaf by Niggle" could have meant the same thing. Unless Nigel was the real name of one of his more disreputable grad students, a...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "And, also, you wouldn't believe some of the names that come and go in fashion over time." Sometimes it's funny how a name choice can indicate nationality. Used to be that Trevor, Colin, Clive, Nigel, Simon, Graham or Ian were...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I thought the advantage of candu reactors was being able to run on natural uranium, avoiding the huge energy expense of fuel enrichment. But never having seen any comparisons between the cost of the various enrichment methods like gas diffusion,...
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