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  • 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...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    The problem with applying copyright law in this situation is that it assumes a batch of things that aren't necessarily true: things about the value of the work, particularly that the person infringing copyright is making money from their action;...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    I disagree that the motivation for the privacy breach is money. It's about power and abuse. Actors, particularly female actors but male actors too, are under a lot of conflicting pressures about how much of their body they show off....
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    Gah, iPad typing in bed. Laurie, and sorry....
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    Oh yes, Mr. Grant, not Mr. Lauriie, sooty....
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    As aneomouse points out there's issues, certainly with the technological implementation of solutions such as you're suggesting. I think we need to work at a cultural change on a variety of levels. One is the shaming of women by releasing...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    You'll have to move to European country and submit to our superior justice system first....
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    According to the list of exemptions to the right of freedom of speech, the right of freedom of speech does not include the right "to cause severe emotional distress" so while you may think the USian way is better than...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    I should have said I find the German approach a little odd but in no way objectionable. It's odd to me simply because it's rather clear and novel but new - I'm not culturally used to it but it's not...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    The trouble with that particular example is "when someone invades someone else's privacy and then cites freedom of speech as a defence." If they've genuinely invaded their privacy that sounds to me like there's a criminal act. Certainly in the...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    You'll have to ask an American, there are plenty of them. They're the ones that get hung up on a partial reading of their first amendment. In this particular English and Welsh corner of Anglo-Saxon common law we don't and...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    I understand Cameron's attempts at undermining the ECHR and Human Rights standards in the UK as a nod to that US tendency, and a way to reassert the British attachment to the US before all. Interesting, I hadn't thought of...
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