Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    female-gendered activities are all about the process, not the product Y'know… that's given me something new to ponder with work stuff. I spend a lot of my time getting UX-ish folk, developers and business folk to play nice together when...
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    Pain is an interesting one in that arena. Most folk — especially engineering-ish folk — think about pain as being a very hard wired thing (something pokes the ouchy sensor, wire sends ouchy-sensor signal to brain, brain goes "ow"), but...
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    Ah! That makes sense. I think we were having slightly different definitions of "learned" and "hard wired" — my bad. The classic/evil Hubel & Wiesel and Blakemore & Cooper experiments I referred to earlier show similar kinds of use-it-or-lose-it effects...
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    Ohh… interesting. Especially the 3D Movie one. I've had a couple of friends without stereo depth perception say that they've had experienced of stereo 3D when trying VR setups — but none of them have "stuck". 3D in cinema just...
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    Actually, sight is mostly 'hard wired', and can be learnt in adulthood even by people who have been functionally blind since birth - it's hearing that is learnt, even down to the basic sound level, and cannot be learnt in...
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    In my headcannon, the three or four missing Dominique O'Brien novels are all about how she got good at this stuff. I know OGH has cried off pastiches — but a Tom Clancy-esque novel (or novella?) of a Mo/Artists Rifles...
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    Now, we "know" from Bob's journals that nothing happened with either Ramona, Persephone or Mhari, provided he isn't straight-out lying I dunno… there's a lot of Clinton-esque wiggle room, if you'll pardon the expression, in the scene where Mhari jumps...
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    Didn't strike me as strange. One of the core parts of that scene for me is their realisation that Violin/Speaker is as big a part of their relationship as the personal Mo/Bob. "responsibilities larger than your own life" seems a...
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    My reading of the "responsibilities larger than his own life" refers to their otherworldly burdens (Eater of Souls / Violin) rather than their loyalty to a higher cause. The quote with a bit more context - my emphasis: "This is...
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    And of course, texts of ultimate indeterminacy are fine and lovely, too. Yet with the Laundry, indeterminacy is currently located mostly within the Bob-Mo relationship, and I don't think that's a good place for it; it doesn't add anything very...
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    I don't think that makes Bob more interesting; it just means his character is designed to appeal to our MacGyver fantasies. Also, how often is Bob in a MacGyver situation because he didn't plan, didn't think through worse-case-scenarios, trusted the...
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    Unless I'm misunderstanding, the Senior Auditors are management, albeit in a different way than Angleton and company. They're both in the same organisation, but have very different mission statements. Angleton, Bob et al are tasked with saving the world from...
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    Best to wipe 'em out before they reach critical mass... My reading is that best case we're the first line of defence, worst case we're chum/chaff for the Deep Ones and Chthonians. The stars are going to align whatever happens....
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    Also — the beautiful woman dumping dull husband for the urbane successful handsome professional is such a f**king cliché that if it was in anything OGH wrote I'd expect it to have a large subversive spike rammed up it's arse...
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    It doesn't mean Mo's right or Bob's wrong in their respective approaches to work, but it might very well point to a basic "clash of cultures" disagreement in their marriage that needs to be resolved, independent of the whole Eater...
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    "driven by what happened to her in TAC" < TAA, not TAC… damn TLAs ;-)...
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    She was already a PhD seeking a tenure-track post before the Laundry got her, and once recruited she swiftly became AGENT CANDID I read Mo and Bob's careers fairly differently from that. I saw her rapid progression from Laundry...
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    Isn't the oddity that someone who was trained in mathematics and philosophy suddenly (in TJM) turns out to be a concert-level violinist? Is she one though? According to Mo in TAS "I have been playing the violin since I was...
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    (Not that mum's are necessarily non-technical — but mine very definitely is ;-)...
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    And yet, here we have a musician/philosopher with no real technical background who sometimes talks just like a computer geek On the other hand: Rootkit is a word that's been used in headlines in non-technical British newspapers and online for...
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    I liked TAS but I also really like the Bob books, including the ones in which his old personality is only pasted on - I like those precisely *for* that fact, because you can see that it's pasted on and...
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    You seem to forget that no fanbase is homogenous. I liked TAS very much, just *because* it was not the same all over again. Changing points of view is interesting, and a change of pace in the series is good...
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    Mhari... now that's more complicated. She definitely seems to have gotten over the "psycho girlfriend from hell" phase that makes both Bob and Mo so predisposed against her Or rather she doesn't resemble the bunny-boiler story that Bob told...
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    So, what *was* Mhari doing in the living room, hours after she'd been told to leave? Will we ever find out? It had only been a two hours — which isn't that much time to find a new place. Especially...
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    Mo got justifiably angry and threw a tantrum, but it wasn't a breakdown. The tantrum wasn't the breakdown. Mo was in the middle of a nervous breakdown as the book started. That was my reading anyway....
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    You apparently have a milder understanding than I do of what constitutes a nervous breakdown. Well — it's one of those fuzzy definitions. You don't find it listed in ICD or DSM. Different folk define it different ways — or...
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    while they're fantastic at magic, they're just a bit rubbish at people You have basically described Bob ;-)...
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    One impression I keep getting as we get deeper into the Laundry series is that Mahogany Row's upper echelon seems to have a bad habit of pushing its agents to the breaking point, only to miscalculate and realize too late...
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    Mo kept finding excuses to not hand Lecter back to the Laundry, to retire him, destroy him or pass him on to someone else. She kept him close while pushing Bob away once it was clear Bob was now a...
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    Basically Mo has been in a hot and steamy affair with Lecter all the time she's been married to Bob. It's only when she realises at the end of Rhesus Chart that Eater-of-Souls Bob is now a levelled-up threat to...
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