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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Charlie's decision was right, not to follow up on the story idea for Biggles with a sex change. It's been done to a fare-thee-well for lo this past quarter century, and her name is........Lara Croft. Biggles &Croft both traverse the...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Greg@768 asks "Book Review of "The Dawn of Everything" - any opinions on it's worth as serious reading? " If by serious you mean a tough slog, it's serious. Not boring or tedious, just a challenging read, I've had it...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    As Ommelette said, to beat or not to beat, that's why they think Bacon wrote those plays. Nice fiind on the Watts.pdf link, by the way....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Charlie @453 writes: (The precise shape of the belief systems in question is possibly less important than the whole "worship people who look like this, they are your gods" hackery.) Heteromeles @writes: It might not be cladogenesis, but instead schismogenesis:...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    H@1311 muses: "less interested in being remembered at all. There really is something to be said for letting one's physical remains get recycled, forbidding mention of one's name until grief and other haunting emotions have gone away, " As usual...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    @167 writes: "this just sounds like the government threatening to burn those businesses down to nothing, out of spite." Some of the ultrarich have been decent, exemplary human beings, the Kennedy clan and the Roosevelts come to mind. But their...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    John Oyler @ #42 writes: "Whether or not I agree with the wealth taxes discussed in this thread or not, I don't think there's a practical way to attempt them and that there hasn't been for a long while." Piketty...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Only happened to me twice, ten years ago, never since. It was actually the metal arm (crank I guess it's called) that the pedal connects to, for transmitting force to the big gear that the chain rolls on (sprocket?) Anyway...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    妈骂马吗 means "did Mother scold the horse?" with each of the four characters pronounced MA, but in different tones, level, falling, low and unaccented respectively. Each character also has the 'horse' radical included, first one combined with the 'woman' radical,...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Moz@68 writes: No-one has yet explained to me in a way that makes sense stuff like "a four hour meeting is better than a one hour meeting" or "an hour face to face is better than a 100 word email...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Greg@878 asks, Who will be first to stick their head above the parapet & say the unsayable-but-obvious? Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, so I guess that would be me: “Your mother was a hamster and your father...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Since they both involved improprieties with pork products, is it possible that Dave Cameron’s youthful indiscretions might have subconsciously inspired the backstory for Adrian Hewitt’s separation interview? Or maybe even deliberately....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Nor any need to speed headlong into the 20th century when the 19 th century explains it completely. Architect Jeff Baer did a series of Chicago travelogue videos for PBS to explore history of buildings and neighborhoods. Ethnic enclaves still...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    FDR’s New Dealers also borrowed heavily from Milwaukee economic programs that were tried, developed and successfully adapted from German practice to local conditions, so that proof of concept was already worked out and ready for nationwide rollout when th3 necessity...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    “My question: who would be the likely communist leaders in that revolution? I assume it would involve the SPD. Would Friedrich Ebert likely be the leader of it? Or someone else?” Wiki Karl Kautsky and Eduard Bernstein, prominent Marxist theoreticians...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Oh sure, there's real advantages to being a slow trend follower, by the time you discover a thing, it's far enough down in the product life cycle that it's either free or freely available. More for me! Which makes me...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Pilot moondog@202 recommends www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php What a great series! Regional library sharing website lists a dozen of these collections published by Tor. Kaja Foglio's scripts blend sword and sorcery, steampunk and alternate 19 th century Euro history to captivating effect, and...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    @985 writes: They're on both ends of the runway, and the Marines are okay with that, because, just as with the cemetery at the takeoff end, fewer people complain if a Marine plane crashes into endangered species (or gravestones) than...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Paul@808 asks "What if it turns out that some crucial components for some crucial subsystems can only be supplied by factories in the US which are unable to operate because they have no power? " Neal Stephenson's latest, "Termination Shock",...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Mr.Tim@446 asks: “Wild ass theory: what if dark matter is actually made from the souls of things that lived?” Combining particle physics with spiritualist woo sounds familiar, I think we’ve seen this movie before…. “Don’t let the energy streams cross!”...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    https://alsi.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/FondulacPLD/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1726653/$N?...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Could that mean the Ghost Particle really is a (gasp!) ghost particle........
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    For me that would be any dream upsetting enough to stop me falling back to sleep for ten minutes. Worst nightmare of my life happened when I got home from work tired and hungry, ate a take-out Whopper with cheese...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Rocketpjs@363writes, "organized religion is a scourge." Best explanation i've read yet for why telepathy, ghosts, astrology and consciousness after death or out of body aren't possible is Sean Carroll's "The Big Picture". He writes how it is that once the...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    “ So, you're talking about Kim Stanley Robinson's NYC 2140?” I should have guessed a target obvious as New York sea level rise would have already had someone do the heavy lifting as far as considering all the implications. Library...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    "taking over farmland for suburban sprawl" Good point. All the more incentive for me to ponder intermediate required transition steps enabling New Venice City to emerge from present day New York. Like infrastructure development. Must be a way to make...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    西京 H@72 writes: The "established explicitly as a capital" list may well include Constantinople and Alexandria. And Tenochtitlan, Cuzco, Angkor, probably a few others... They existed as settlements prior to their selection for political importance, but the name Beijing means...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I've gotten two thirds through and am flummoxed by the part where Rita jaunts to TL3 after the coup, trying to get at Miriam's office in the government center. Descriptions of the overturned file cabinets, barricaded desks and pictures hanging...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    DavidL@394 wrote "the special effects haven't aged well" Not everything Lynch filmed is coherent, but much of it's memorable, occasionally unforgettable. My mental highlights of the '80s Dune movie include the spice guild rep threatening the emperor with "do you...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Jbs@882 says, "I don't think anyone has come up with an efficient way of doing it yet." A quick shopping list, for kids with summer jobs at dairy farms to start experimenting: One box Hefty brand ten count trash bags,...
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