Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Apologies. Heh. Different in UK Kindle ebook. Who would have thunk....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    With respect to Greg, he seems to still be occupying the mindset that this result somehow gives us leverage with the EU. The disconnect seems to be a common one For example http://www.politico.eu/article/post-brexit-ukip-wants-tariff-free-access-to-eu-single-market/...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Also the line was "World’s best teddy bear". No "great" anywhere....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    "Today I have been told at least 3 UK startups lost deals from EU-based investors because funding was conditional on Remain to win." — https://twitter.com/mikebutcher/status/746347548978315265 … so I am not alone in the experience of seeing startups being f**ked by...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    BTW, she calls him her great big teddy bear, and it is stated that Mo is pretty tall. I always thought of Bob as a scrawny nerd, not a big bear. Continuity error, or just me? I thought of Bob...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Can we say, "objectification"? She goes back to the house and gets her bells well rung, there is a line in which she comes close to saying that sex is all he is good for. The other way round, he...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Unless the wealthy south-easterners have been incredibly fecund of late, I don't quite see how they could retire in sufficient numbers to affect local politics to this extent. Also — there are a lot of retirees down here. The SW...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    There must be an awful lot of local people there who genuinely feel that this is the best thing for them, and I just can't quite see why. As somebody living in the South West (Dorset) the fear-of-foreigners card has...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Sure, the German doctor or the French engineer will have to fill out some more forms and navigate some more bureaucracy, but as long as there are well-paying jobs, you will have foreigners willing to fill them. We aren't...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Me this morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvuM3DjvYf0&t=70...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I've only read the book once, so I may have missed something, but what got to me was that Mo despised Bob-- she just didn't see that he's actually competent at his job. As the book went on, she came...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Note that it doesn't end well for I-can't-believe-it's-not-David-Cameron. Well… at least there is something to look forward to!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Y'know. The replies here (and on the old thread when TAS first came out) really fascinate me. The fact that the same text can produce such radically different interpretations of character and plot. For example: I felt that TAS abandoned...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Astro City movie - I'm the guy standing right behind you in the queue, particularly if it concentrates on the lesser powers rather than the likes of Cleopatra, Winged Victory and Samaritan. A Steeljack Netflix TV series would be something...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    The problem is, despite the shift in viewpoint from improving-but-bumbling Bob to fearsomely-nonempathetic Mo, the plot relies on the same bumbling error that Bob's previous entries have always relied on - a noose gradually tightens and the principal character doesn't...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Did this lethal agent relieve the tension by going to a range and killing paper targets? No. Did she go to the gym and sweat it out?. No. Did this brilliant mathematician and musician lose herself in abstract multidimensional...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    He and his siblings and their descendants gave the UK doctors, business leaders, a cabinet minister, and more than one wartime serviceman, including an officer who died during the first world war. The "business leaders" thing reminded me of...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: CARD Decks (Civilian Attack: Recovery & Denial) Classification: CaaS/CCG: counter magic class Deployment: Triggered by the incident at the 1998 (and final) UK Comic Art Convention the 2001 International CaaS/CSG treaty forbids the use of Collectable Card Games (CCGs)...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    I'm another person who's interested in the inclusive design / accessibility issues for VR. As somebody without binocular 3D every VR box I've tried has just given me a headache. I'm going to be interested to see what the VoiceOver...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Maybe the media studies reference got seasick crossing the pond. In the UK it is the stereotypical worthless degree epitomising the dumbing-down of higher education, the archetypal degree created simply so that any muppet can get a degree and whose...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    There were people employed to teach who were not bringing in research grants, and to whom the administration denied facilities (office space, academic database access, lab access) that the grant-funded staff were allowed. Teaching was not, at least not always,...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Now that this thread has made me think about it — I've find that I've purchased surprisingly little new technology in the last year. Or, indeed, the last two years. I'm still using my 2013 MacBook Air — and not...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Microsoft ended long term support for XP in 2014. That senior banking folks think it's entirely realistic that banks will still be using it in-house in 2030 should tell you something about the banking industry. A few years back I...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Ahem: Bussard (sic) ramscoops do work (probably); but they're incredibly good brakes, rather than being good for acceleration. Indeed, they're so good at slow-down that they may have a role to play on interstellar missions for that very purpose; use...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Things that annoy me enough to stop reading on occasion: 1. New books that ignore old science/discoveries. e.g. We know that Buzzard Ram Jets don't work now. I prefer magic technology etc. to known inaccurate science. 2. Quantum Computers as...
  • Commented on A small research question
    This might be of interest. A bunch of mostly-fish parasites just got reclassified as Cnidaria — the same phylum as jellyfish & sea anemones. Partially because folk spotted structures very like the stinging structures in jellyfish. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/11/13/1511468112 Fun!...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "Maybe I'm not understanding something correctly? But Firefly doesn't strike me as "that USian"." As a UK viewer the whole freedom loving Browncoats vs single-governance Alliance civil war seemed a pretty blatant riff from the various media tropes around the...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "I'm guessing that if we look forward to 3015 from here, the cultural legacy of white male dominated 19th/20th century America will still be visible in the background -- something called "English" will still be widely spoken on a global...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    but it also turned out that the result of reading substantively all nominated works and then voting on perceived merit differed from doing so only in some details. This. Exactly this. I'm possibly a bit odd — but I can't...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Speaking personally I'm reading more new authors (although not more books) since I started reading ebooks more. Because things of things like: The nearest even vaguely good book store is an hours travel door-to-door, at a location I don't regularly...
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