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  • Commented on Evolver
    Evolution is basically about spaces in the biome, and normally longer food chains and more complexity are regarded as good for that. Humans are regarded as bad for evolution of big animals, certainly since the rise of mechanisation but even...
  • Commented on Evolver
    In the 50MYa timescale? Evolution of a new class seems like a serious possibility. Perhaps a facultative homeotherm, that switches to poiklithermy when the environment is warm enough for obvious metabolic energy savings. Something totally radically and out of left...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    I think both of the original statements can be true (and sorry Charlie, you kind of bought the film and TV shows lists on yourself by talking about Hitchcock). IMR stories can work if they're well written and novel. TV...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    On a smaller scale perhaps, but in a time when women doing science was pretty shocking, she was the first person to win two Nobel prizes was Marie Curie. First woman to win a Nobel, first person to win two...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Although he doesn't have quite the range of activities one Ernesto Guerva who was a wealthy medical student, went on a motorbike ride across South America to basically drink and screw his way around during his summer vacation with his...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    If the deadline is not over, it is a horribly gameable system. email everyone you know, tell them the system, encourage them to respond and pass it on... Get close to 100% returns and watch it all fall apart....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I suspect it's possible to teach yourself a lot of these skills. Although I think it's at least one, probably more, steps down in order of magnitude of complexity I'm old enough to remember learning to proofread on the screen...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    In years gone by I used to work two jobs, one as a coder, one as a support teacher. I like both headspaces but they're pretty much mutually exclusive. I still do that to a lesser extent and it mostly...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    It's not a hairpiece, silly, the reason it looks so fake is it's because it's the tentacles....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    I'm not arguing that the USA is an aggressive nation. That doesn't preclude Russia from being an aggressive nation too. They may see themselves as more reactive, in the same way as the US sees itself as "intervening against terrorists"...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    If you read the text she wore trousers under her skirt which she tucked up to work and it was still considered shocking and it was exceptional. Also really not comfortable or particularly practical I'd imagine. The fact she had...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Ah, after the 30's I'd agree with you. WWII made a big difference. But if your mother's step mother is still alive, ask her. Seems unlikely. But women wore dresses or skirts for farm chores throughout the middle ages and...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    I'd be really surprised if dresses were that restricted in the US in the 1930's. Female emancipation in terms of employment on both sides of the Atlantic retreated a lot between the wars and typically the women stopped the heavy...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    The situation for women's clothing REALLY depends on who you look at. For one thing, if you add a bra, make your boxers out of different material, and make the wearer about 30 years younger than you, you could find...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Not that I'm doubting the source at all, it just seems really weird to read that the US Army was unwilling to part-fill a container to stick within the weight limits from today's perspective when we have containers that carry,...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    I'm not defending Many Worlds, I have a somewhat tenuous grasp of the maths behind it all and the need for it and the alternatives. I definitely don't have the background to detect BS from well grounded theoretical physics in...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I'm inclined to agree. While I agree with Pigeon's comment that the physics and chemistry should work if you're in a basically Earth-like environment I think there's a fair degree of chance with when we find the semi-conductor and we...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I don't have kids, but my boss does. He doesn't read as much as I do but still reads a lot. His travel time to and from work is about five minutes because he cycles from one end of his...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I'd certainly buy book one of the series, assuming there's a series. Subsequent books depend on me like book one but I think I've got everything you've published so it's a pretty safe bet....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I'm pretty sure it's not age-related, I'm reading a bit less fiction these days but that's because I just have less time with other commitments. It's not being made up with reading non-fiction for pleasure. I am reading some more...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I'd love to know your take on season 3 of Orphan Black when you're done. Watching it week to week I was underwhelmed. But I binge watched the whole 3 seasons in preparation for season 4 and whether it was...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Now I've seen it's out, Paul Cornell's new book. I enjoyed the first two so I'll add this one to the list. While we're on the topic, I wish Ben Aaronovitch would publish a new traditional form novel too. For...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    While it's true Gove cleared up a lot of Grayling's mess, it wasn't hard. "So loyal civil servants, what did my predecessor do?' "That much? Ok, rank them in order of the worst fuck up to the least bad." "Right,...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Yes, I've just seen that. Damn. His kicking out was pinged as a headline, the correction required going to the news website. Disappointed (but not surprised) Grayling is in. He's the one a High Court basically called fucking incompetent. That's...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I think we merely disagree in how she's playing for time. I think she's using the "give them enough rope" technique. And if he does produce something workable, well she'll go with it. In the meantime, Mr. Cunt, former Hulture...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    He's a good choice politically. "Brexiteer" and "good grasp of reality" don't regularly go together in the same sentence though. You can argue "Politician" and "good grasp of reality" don't too. Life long pro-Brexit Tory MP... him and reality are...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Actually the role of "Minister for Brexit" might well supercede BoJo on that. Mind you he was in China for the hand over of the Olympics and told them that their claim to have invented table-tennis was rubbish, it was...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'm not swayed by claims that people were cheated because they weren't registered but the electoral commission has been warning for several years that the change in the rules for voter registration (introduced by the coalition government) has resulted in...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'd have thought he was too liberal for them?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Definitely true that Michael Foot looks like a madman, yes. I'd forgotten just how much so until I googled him. And yes, the Tories could have been up shit creek without the Falklands but the lesson Labour learnt was don't...
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