Keithmasterson

Keithmasterson

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "Reports of flocks covering the sky for days sounds unnatural, like a Biblical plague of pigeons." I dunno, sounds bloody great to me. Indirectly it was sort of like each Native American killed by smallpox turned into ten thousand pigeons...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    So.....Thunder the Wondercar?...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    If slice-'o-life depictions of Asian farmers entertains you, don't overlook Nobel literature prizewinner Mo Yan's "Life and Death are Wearing Me Out", a farcical fable of a 1950s era Chinese landlord who is multiply reincarnated as various farm animals. I...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    H @ 867 writes: "That's what disappeared in the 16th Century, and researchers will continue to argue about it until the research money runs out." I think I read that estimated carbon fixation from the disappearance of regular burning, due...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Moz@682 wrote"These days the options for "light, but not too much" are so varied that it's easy to get overloaded. But also means my preference and your preference might not overlap at all, and someone else can sit there wondering...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I was so convinced that was a real 80s movie I checked Cronenberg's filmography wiki, and got nothing. So I googled the title and learned it's all just a leisure time internet amusement posted by Keith Schofield, an L.A. director...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Pratchett's "Witches Abroad" had a fairly hilarious take on an anthropomorphized tomcat, Greebo, a dim bulb reprobate who drove women crazy, in the right way. His thumbs worked okay, but a door handle was too much fuss and bother for...
  • Commented on WTF
    Now you point it out, that does sound kind of 'ends justifies the means.' I was thinkng more along the lines of world empire itself bringing along its own horrible bag of tricks before the benefits kicked in. I blame...
  • Commented on WTF
    Best info to flush through the Wayback Machine would be a map of the world showing coastlines, rivers and deserts, along with strategic passages to get through mountains, and sea lanes to traverse oceans. Knowledge of all the continents and...
  • Commented on WTF
    (What's your most shocking find on the internet? No limits!) Ten months old, but still qualifies from my somewhat retro viewpoint, a collection of apparently living, breathing portraits generated by a.i. to show historical figures in modern attire, based on...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    If giving away free vodka was really an effective way to influence Russians, then a tiny fraction of their natural gas resources could be cheaply converted to megatons of ethanol methanol mix over nickel oxide catalyst at 150 degrees, and...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    @1130 speculates "stupidly named vehicle if there ever was such a thing." Chevy Nova led GM marketers to enquire why the product wouldn't sell to Latinos, till they realized it means Won't Go in Spanish. "Hey senor, my chevy no...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "I can't believe I didn't see the locomotive" How many times did the gorilla cross the court… :-) Like in Pratchett's "Mort", where Death takes a night off and lets his apprentice make the rounds, then an assassin is accidentally...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    If all Musk wants to do is shut Twitter down and reboot the whole company top to bottom front to back and side to side from a cd-rom, then fire everybody and run it off a skeleton crew of cheap...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Good point, gunning down a camp full of armed cultists wasn’t probable, even though he had combat experience and they didn’t. Plot devices did occasionally push the envelope of credibility, but the dialogues and his extended internal monologues never seemed...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Paws a 563 writes: Seconded; in fact I'd suggest Richard Condon books to fill in some of the gaps between yours. ("gaps" based on how most people read faster than most authors write) The motion carries. His "Whisper of the...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Too bad there’s copyright blockage on Benny Hill’s performance of that number, odd since YouTube has most of his other stuff. Powers that be must think it’s too subversive, but then being offended at sheer buffoonery, a politician would have...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Timely, timeless advice from a departed sage: Musixmatchhttps://www.musixmatch.com › lyricsBenny Hill - Ting-A-Ling-A-Loo Lyrics...
  • Commented on I can't even
    “what happens when Lovecraftian horror meets Regency romance.” 2009’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies proved the undead mashup concept works as a pedagogical device to make even Americans voluntarily read Jane Austen, since the comic was largely a straightforward graphic...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    EC@173 wrote: “I agree that, if it had meant no industrial revolution, that would have been significant. But I think that it would have occurred eventually, because so many of the prerequisites also happened elsewhere in Europe.” Eventually may have...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Retiring@88 writes "I'm still wondering how tea parlors displaced the coffee shops of Samuel Johnson's time?" Another wiki article, Tea in the United Kingdom, says the 1720 ban on cheap cotton textile imports from India, passed by Parliament to protect...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Hippotolemy@693writes: "This is where I highly, highly recommend the ecological argument laid out by Robert Marks." Per earlier recommendation on this blog I got his "Origins of the Modern World" and just today found a paragraph I think makes an...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    H @ 621 writes: "This is why I'm bothered by why China didn't industrialize first. I suspect it was happenstance. " Chinese technological progress was deliberately stifled by their religion, to an extent never reached by Western religions. For all...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Pigeon@316 wrote: "Except this time the people who get to miss out are not those who don't do well at school, but those whose parents don't have a lot of money. It would achieve the same result more simply to...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    JBS@830 suggests: "Maybe what's wanted is "super soldiers" who have a genetic predisposition towards unit cohesion - a pack animal gene - and the ability to overcome their fear?" One of Richard Morgan's stories about Takeshi Kovacs had that as...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Gasdive@1615 writes, "HH was set in the period 1943-1945 (episodes bounced around in that period a bit randomly) it was released in 1965. That's 20 years. So that's as far back as 2002 is now" Mass media is all about...
  • 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:...
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