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  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    @265says: "not sure, Satan's fork whether it's linked to Poseidon's fishing spear." It's conjecture of the handwavium variety, but does seem like something the early church was good at. Tasked with converting pagans, they'd co-opt the existing mythology and revise...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    H@202says: "The nice thing about Hinduism is that if you're designing magic and/or spiritual or religious systems from basic principles for a story, there's likely to be an analog in Hinduism already, with a well worked-out philosophy that you...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    @1026: "A hamburger stand run by the undead; Wight Castle." I had lunch there once, never again. Nothing fresh, everything just had kind of a dead taste to it. Of course the franchise outlet in Barrow Alaska is known...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    @949 said: "don't have another relative close enough I feel like visiting. I no longer have anywhere to take the backup disks." Maybe a bank safety deposit box is large enough to contain your essential backups. Don't know if...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    @824 says:"The document does say about the bad stuff encryption facilitates, "This includes responding to the most serious illegal content and activity on its platform, including child sexual exploitation and abuse, violent crime, terrorist propaganda and attack planning; and safeguarding...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    O.G.H.@724says: "point-to-point over any reasonable distance at such low cost that we can use them instead of doorways within our own homes" "Portal" won video-game of the year a while back exploring a related topic. It involved a gun shaped...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "1141: Yes, but it's a pot you need to trap a shoggoth in. If you try and trap it in a sink it'll just extrude itself out again through the plughole." A mother was washing her shoggoth one night The...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    @1048 says : "People are stupid, generally, whatever the gender." Agree, and I include myself in this fair and genuinely objective assessment, because human brains didn't evolve to handle civilized life. Daniel Kahneman won a Nobel in 2002 for showing...
  • Commented on Dead plots
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  • Commented on Dead plots
    JBS@513 asks "What if there was a Big Red Button that would remove the human race. No pain, no fuss, they'd just be gone. Would you push it?" A movie I just yesterday returned to dvd.com made me wonder...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "Protagonist aged under 70 who doesn't have a mobile phone" Charlie- I think the character you're casting about searching for, a mobile phone recluse, could be the so called Well-Adapted Misanthrope. As a plausible fictional backstory for this character,...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    forget Wagner, stick with Verdi for all your opera needs. If you haven't listened to Aida lately, prepare to be reduced to speechless whimpering when the womens' chorus and brass section conquer the mens' chorus....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    S&P stock index reaching new highs despite economic weakness is no surprise. Assume for sake of argument what I suspect to be true, that several times the worth of US annual product in dollars to be covertly sloshing around...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    @213 asks "Speaking of psychopathy ... if experts can no longer tell whether someone is experiencing reality or a delusion, what happens to societal norms?" There' d be a range of outcomes based on how closely the delusional state under...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    As the stars come right for world-wide magical havoc, possession by disembodied entities would be trivially common and a known occupational hazard for certain professions. Performing arts like theatrical drama being particularly susceptible, anyone trying to act the part of...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    @574 writes:“the basic problem with the offshore financial industry is that it handles around $20 trillion or more, economicaly it’s the size of the US" And quite possibly several times larger, Piketty and Zucman's work suggests the accumulated wealth of...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    @1388 writes: "The problem is that I start eating the loaf (tearing chunks off and plastering them with butter) as soon as it comes out of the machine, while it's still hot, until I'm full; the next day I...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    @1097said "On the other hand, our species survived with band-level social structures for 300,000-odd years. If you're in a really bad mood, you may think that this, with a few million humans as a global population, would have been...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Re: jbs sinus migraines. Try prolonged intensive gargling with Listerine or it's generic equivalents, I hit it morning noon and night to lose semiweekly throat soreness which I fear may be onset of the dreaded covid. As a side effect...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/is-viral-load-key-to-understanding-coronaviruss-severity.html "Studies showing that viral load correlates with severity of disease make sense in terms of what we know about other viruses. My laboratory studies respiratory viruses and it makes me think that a lot of the rules about...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Charles H @569 wrote "I ran across an article about deactivating coronaviruses in blood by heating it up to 60C for an hour." that's got to be wrong, 60 C is 140F, an hour of that's enough to poach...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Senate minority leader Ev Dirksen was known for his rumpled appearance and disheveled hair, as well as for cooperating with LBJ on getting the Great Society programs herded through Congress. Johnny Carson once joked "in the senate today they...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Scott Sanford@480 writes "We are still poking fun at a coworker who tested something electronic by putting it on his tongue. When I was a kid that was how we checked to see if batteries still had charge in them....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Mulling over unholyguy's stark skepticism on the value of individual or even national efforts to restrain fossil fuel usage, since nothing short of global coercion will be effective now that the deadline for fixing the problem is already way past....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Could be interesting with regard to endless home computer problems, to find out how much is just marketing strategies like planned obsolescence, which have been around in the car biz since the 1950s, and how much is relatively new based...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    @36 writes Barrie describes children as "gay and innocent and heartless". Getting that right (or trying to) is what makes the book as dark as it is "Accelerando" featured an unforgettable scene towards the end, of children tormenting a playmate...
  • 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...
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