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  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I think the problem with assuming that Marvel and DC affect, and particularly that they lead 'geek culture' is that the people who say 'this is how X culture is' are often crazily out of touch. The clearest example out...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Nicola Griffith
    First off, hi Nicola. Got to say Charlie, while a labrys seems appealing on some levels, and Marvel might do it, I've got problems with it. A labrys is an Eastern Mediterranean weapon - what we'd loosely call Greek. There's...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I need to reread The Fuller Memorandum - sorry I've silly things to do like sleep instead! My memory (which is certainly prone to being dodgy) is that he didn't programme them so much as issue them with orders that...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    This is me, in GM/Author/Goddess mode speculating where I have no right - it's Charlie's world, Charlie's place to be God. But I'd suggest no. Granted Bob is clearly shown to be an unreliable narrator but he's firmly of the...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I think the comment about vampires killing themselves within 96h and the SCRUM not is possibly a reflection on the fact that the SCRUM are nudged to perform complex magic without understanding. The implication is everyone else who performs the...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I searched for a UK based list of reloadable credit cards and came up with, almost inevitably, a comparison site, called what-prepaid-card.co.uk. There were a few cards on there that offered a new number per transaction I noticed, although if...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    My local (small) Sainsbury's sell Apple gift cards too, although I've not seen Kindle cards (not looked specifically mind) nor cash loadable debit cards although I do know my bank has offered me one and I did consider it. In...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Agreed, absolutely. But our narrators in the Laundry have never claimed Computational Demonology is the whole of magic in the world, just the safest way for the practitioner to practise. Although Bob's biased. And unreliable. Bob's favourite go-to, the HOG...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I basically agree that the sheer brainpower to drive a large mammalian body is pretty high - cows, horses and the like typically have brains of a fair old size (although about 30% of the size of a human brain...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I think the answer to your question is "it depends." As a confirmed bibliophile, at the last count I have well over 2,000 dead tree books lining the walls in almost all the rooms here (bathroom and to a lesser...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    There's at least one other solution that hadn't occurred to me - staged responses. Junior Auditor should be enough to handle it, so she goes first. She fails, so Angleton tackles it next because the Senior Auditor is more powerful...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    To answer your question - the short answer is we really don't know because it's the rules of magic and Charlie can more or less make them with suitable handwavium as he goes along. But, if it was my universe,...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Is that not possible? Or is it too sensible to be realistic? As others have commented, it's not possible in the sense that the publishing houses insist on rolling the eBook rights in with the dead tree book rights. But...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Probably not. Even if the 1 author was the size of JK Rowling she shifts a tiny fraction of 1% of the sales of Hachette. (Leaving aside the fact she's not actually one of their authors I think.) In her...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    On a more general note, I liked all of this. Even when I disagreed with Bob's decision not to tell Mo about Mhari, I understood it. I certainly understood Mo's reaction to finding Vampire Mhari in her house when she...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I don't know how the Big River copes, but I got my copy via the fruity people and iBooks pushes updates quite happily for all kinds of things. I get a few most months. It would be nice to have...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    It's not clear to me that an independent Scotland retaining the UKRĀ£ without direct control has any direct cost, and any indirect cost is likely to be marginal. There are a lot of small countries that peg themselves to other...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    IANAL please bear that in mind. But I'm pretty sure the answer to your question is that there's not an international law that bears on the issue. Essentially it's an internal matter. The UK is negotiating itself into being two...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    No, he's an idealist. Anything run by the government, centrally or locally is evil. Except (perhaps) the armed forces. Mercenaries are more evil than that. Many tory voters have quite like a lot of the big government services - the...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Final Report of the Discipline Committee of the outbreak on 19/6/14. Classified SYCO IDOL PHILLIP Officer Rupert Smythe was tasked with providing the entity type SYCO IDOL PHILLIP, with the sacrificial tribute that has been mandated from ministerial level. It...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Is it the civil service or the politicians? Politicians are, by their very nature, attracted to the appearance of power and telling people what they should do for the best. Even if you listen to the rhetoric of "We should...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Postponing the election would be really tricky. There's lots and lots of bits of laws around that prevent parliaments extending their term past 5 years. It is, in fact, one of the few veto powers that the House of Lords...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    There's the petition site, register there, tell people via this thread and every social media outlet you know... You'd get 10,000 votes rapidly I'm sure. You'd get ignored too....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    For her if she loses the Falklands? Badly. I guess it's a toss-up whether she's deposed from within before the next election or kicked by the electorate and then goes the way of losing leaders. I don't know enough about...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Not so. If Scotland leaves the union, so do the 59 (in this parliament) Scottish MPs. That's 39 Labour, 12 Lib Dems, 7 SNP and 1 Conservative. In 2015, the chances are those 12 Lib Dems get split between the...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Sorry if I've given you the impression I hate you. Others giving you the impression they hate you is up to them. You'd have to show a lot of evidence that turbines are a significant threat to flying birds and...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    IDS's reforms of the benefit system might, in 30 years, be seen as another similar 'evil' on a par with Maggie, although I suspect by more and his will be better recovered from because no one will benefit. I think...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Agreed. Dan just didn't seem able to comprehend why people might not like Maggie....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I think you should go and look at the news and commentary around the time of her death. Maggie was an incredibly divisive figure at the time and that has remained. I'm left-leaning and make no secret of the fact....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    It's incredibly rare I agree with you. But I think DevoMax for Scotland, Wales, various regional assemblies in the UK as well (I think along the lines of the RDAs would be sensible, that would give us 10) and then...
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