Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on A plaintive request
    I like Dark Matter, too. It's not Great Science Fiction, but it's good fun storytelling with developing characters and a constant air of suspense and mystery. In addition after last year's awesome Jessica Jones and how that approached women's issues...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I again repeat the point about quality of picture. Corporations I worked at, would never accept teleconferencing meetings set in taverns using elf and orc avatars or their equivalent. (now, I know a couple of guys at London headquarters who...
  • Commented on Nightmare Stacks competition results ...
    LITTLE BLUE BASTARD is now part of my Laundryverse headcannon ;-)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Dear OGH / Moderators, Can we have a new fun post. Spoiler thread for The Annihilation Score, competition winners, incipient collapse of civilisation due to climate change, etc. ? Something to distract from the current sh*tstorm. Ta. Love, Adrian...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    More entertainment. LibDems have now stated that they'll "stand on a platform at next General Election to ensure UK is in #EU"! https://twitter.com/timfarron/status/746841297953169408...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Well, isn't that the point of the resignations? The motion of no confidence is enough to spark a leadership election; the mass resignation of the shadow cabinet is intended to show Corbyn and anyone who would vote for him that...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    To add to the fun we seem to be having a little bit of a Blairite coup attempt happening this morning http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36632956 Unless they can somehow persuade Corbyn to resign and not come back I can't see any possible way...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    An an aside — the way that the SNP has been exuding competence over this has been entertaining to watch. England: PM resigns, we'll fire Article 50… sometime, Boris running around looking confused making contradictory statements, George Osborne basically AWOL,...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    About the only things we can "manufacture" domestically that aren't reliant on imported material inputs are intangibles like software or financial products; goods which coincidentally do not produce mass employment Even intangible folk have problems. For example Amazon Web Services...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I wonder how the 'generational divide' is going to play out. Badly. Because if you look at the poll data it's as much – if not more — a class, location & education issue than an age one. The bar...
  • 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...
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