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  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I was idly musing about this earlier. Their so-called economic plan doesn't make much sense. The austerity plan is based on an economic model that's plain wrong. (The data that underpinned it was shown to be wrong and when corrected,...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Ah, Rev. Shouty. For him the mute button was invented. Freedom of speech allowed him to have his say. Nothing required me to listen to him shouting. Although I understand he mellowed remarkably in his older years....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I would agree about Tarzan's brain and his principles. They don't completely align with mine, no surprises there - he's a Tory and former defence minister - but I feel he's a fundamentally decent, smart human being with bad politics....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Oddly his voice doesn't set off my vomit reflex, although two of the other three you've mentioned do. Kudos to Meryl Streep and her voice coach, the trailer for The Iron Lady also did the same. For me, Nigel's voice...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    They are. Nigel droned on about it today on his radio programme, it was on the 10 o'clock news on Radio 4....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I remember Neil Gaiman commenting somewhere about people pointing about a typo in the phrase "being given loose rein" on similar grounds. But then there's this to give us hope....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    This paragraph happened to lurk on the top of my browser window: So don't worry about it Charlie - think like JJ Abrams - take your best, and put into your own private Universe, and I promise you, we will...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I assume you mean other spacecraft go whoosh-vroom in a vacuum. There's no reason your drive couldn't make those noises. (And, on a similarly pedantic note, there is an e metaphor. I assume you mean your fingers want to put...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I've long been of the opinion that economics is no better than witchcraft, certainly not anywhere near the science that some claim it to be. (It happens to have a few rules of thumb that are reproducible but that doesn't...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    There's a bit of evidence if you listen to vox pops. Generally older voters who say they have voted Labour all their life are saying they're going to switch to UKIP. There's little to no evidence in terms of votes...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Put a disclaimer in the front: The author refuses to accept responsibility for the reader's inability to distinguish between this work of fiction and their inner reality. If they suffer cognitive dissonance because ACPO no longer exists in the real...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    In fairness to Newton there's no particular reason he should consider such things. There was no experimental evidence available to him to suggest travelling really fast or being super-massive or super-light (like electron light) might do weird things. Yes, today,...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    I'd kind of forgotten the apologise one, it's been part of my life for a long, long time, but it certainly wasn't there at 17. Owning up and apologising sincerely is definitely a life lesson we can all do with...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Your explanation of Rule 13 suggests you're in the "much dumber than you could possibly expect" group I'm afraid. A simple examination of a normal distribution curve will show you that the mode will be clustered around the mean. In...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Happy birthday. I think my most important life lesson is screw what everyone else things of you. Some bloke called Bill something summed it up more nicely as "To thine own self be true." I think, for me at least,...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Nah. It's only 3 or 4 comments, it's not truly derailed the thread yet. Although given it's going to be in one of Charlie's new books there's a genuine risk of it....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    In fairness to OGH, although Tolkein elves are (mostly) good, there's plenty of examples of evil elves out there. Shakespeare's Puck isn't exactly a good guy for one. Even before Peter Jackson's reimagination of them, the woodland elves in The...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Maybe I've become culturalised to the blog but although it still happens a bit I think that's become less somewhat less common. Perhaps it's not a genuine strange attractor but a tangential one to the original posts topics. If they've...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Skepticism about politics and politicians in general rather than just libertinism and US-ian politics. That's not always a strange attractor, there have been a number of posts that start from that. But it's a strange attractor too. Actually you could...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    If global warming really melts the permafrost, it's going to be really wet for while, for sure. But how long until those warmer temperatures dry out the swamps? Not completely, but to the point you can usefully get semi-heavy machinery...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    That's certainly a "magic sword" in one sense, agreed. But it's not quite the same as taking your sword into the chapel and praying over it all night, or binding a relic into the hilt for extra blessings. it would...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Never worn a poncho but it strikes me as similar enough, so yes, I'll stretch the point....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    It's worth pointing out that although Diane Wynn Jones' Tough Guide to Fantasy Land is an excellent read, there's plenty of historical cultures where large sections of the community wore cloaks and capes. If you can make them vaguely weather-proof,...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I wonder just how many of the "we could reverse engineer this X years ago threads" are actually true. There's the old adage that knowing something is possible makes it easier to achieve, but if you take your smartphone back,...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    No, they got hit with a few wars, the decline of the race and being forced to abandon their homelands and move to a new continent instead. You could, for once, argue that lawyers are kinder....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Um, sorry, surely that's saying we can still make magic swords - however rarely we do? There are still, as in Kill Bill, master swordsmiths making high quality "magic" swords with better qualities than the mass produced modern ones. But,...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Except there's recent evidence of apes mimicking behaviour. One ape swapped a leaf in a leaf pad for collecting water for moss, got more water, and animal behaviourists were able to watch the new behaviour spread through the troop....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Lots of people, at a time when swords were common, tried to make magic swords. They went to church and held all night vigils so that god, or in their paradigm God, would bless them. They bought relics and put...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    It's arguable how "crazy UF" Justina Robson went with the elves and stuff though. She essentially went into a multiverse theory with divergent evolution. The elves were a multiverse parallel Earth with a different "technology" to ours. Yes, it reads...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    I thought they weren't published on a pay site but I didn't go to check and have no intention of doing so. I'm not generally in favour of new legislation just for the hell of it but I think there's...
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