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  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    And the carbon budget? As compared to the current system, damaging as it is?...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Honestly? Probably not. Partly because he is doing his damnedest to ensure it is impossible....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I've not read it. Thanks for brining it to my attention. The Feersum Endjinn discussion starts here: https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2021/09/fossil-fuels-are-dead.html#comment-2128749...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Makes sense to me. Though the four Brunner near-future dystopians are less cheerful than KSR, generally (and The Sheep Look Up is definitely in Watts territory)....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    KSR must be a contender....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Um, M1 Garand is not bolt-action. It's self-loading....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Thanks; lots to investigate. The question was also prompted partly by your mentioning Talking Heads' 'Life During Wartime' a little while back; TH underpin my musical life in so many ways, it's not even funny....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Hi Charlie Since you mentioned it, I'm curious to know what music is on your phone. I don't remember it being talked about here....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Re the Black Pharaoh, it's possible that this name is analogous to "black hole". In other words, it's an ice giant. Somebody probably said that already....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I do hope the subterranean-living people have remembered that climate change produces sea level rise....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Attempted extortion by biological agent (1979), might be interesting to the readership: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/extortionists-used-personal-ads-in-5m-ransom-demand-over-foot-and-mouth-disease-1.4584576...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Warm beer? Because I want to taste it....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Okay, but who cares if the city grows at a steady rate? Why is that desirable? Or have I misunderstood?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Of course, I could add the link to the article. D'oh... https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933271-000-kate-crawford-interview-how-ai-is-exploiting-people-and-the-planet/...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    If anyone has access (either to the online article or via hardcopy), there is a relevant interview with Kate Crawford in this week's New Scientist magazine. She is generally in agreement with OGH, I think. IIRC, Crawford is a player...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    More like Azathoth, I'd guess. IIRC a "congeries of iridescent bubbles" is a phrase HPL uses. That sounds as if it might be describing "sub-haloes"....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Or perhaps Lt. Gorman was considered the most expendable of the available lieutenants by at least those of TPTB who clearly understood the potential lethality of the threat....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Um. I take the point, but that seems unwise, for reasons of justice; because you're making the lawyer's career progression depend on *losing* a case....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I have that corpuscles-in-retina effect as well, often as a result of coughing. I think it tends to correlate with dehydration, for me....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Not wanting to make light of this, but that sounds like a good fit for "being haunted", or perhaps "cursed"....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Rewiring: Whem my sister went off to college in Portsmouth, in the early 80s (1981, I think), she moved into a student hall of residence. There were 12 rooms to a floor. She was the only one of the twelve...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Parakeets: In this county (Dorset) there is a small resident population (maybe3 15 birds, with no evidence of breeding in 2019) around the village of Studland, and occasional wandering birds. That's it. The residents have been there for many years...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    So far as I can se the proposed tunnel from Stranraer to Larne is a political sop to those Tory backbenchers who are still interested in the Union and to the DUP. The price and timescale make that quite clear....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Per Dale Allen at 692 above (to whom I wish good luck), I hope Texans and their neighbours have remembered that melting snow can produce floods....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Agree. Racial slurs are generally short and punchy. This is very specific and not a term which trips off the tongue....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Good to see you :)...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    :lightbulb: I think I may have missed the single greatest selling-point of the proposed currency. Let me summarise: The Musk-coin will be used to trade in Martian real-estate. This real-estate does not exist before Musk-coins are a thing, for...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    That's Mr Musk's problem, and the basic assumption of the whole thread....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    That's a useful explanation for me, thanks....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    How much hemp can a hempbuck buck?...
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