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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Sure. And the main way you have to find out which parts are necessary is to do your analysis without them and see how well it works. If it isn't adequate then you left something out. You missed the meaning...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    There's a name for that! Colonialism. The local residents tend to take poorly to it....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    However, with microbiology and (even more) sociology, even such models are too unrealistic - you need ones where even the rules are mutable. And it is HARD to produce a model that is mutable enough to be realistic and constrained...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    On the one side we have scientists/engineer. They have been trained to say things as simply as possible, cut through the crap and extract the essence and value of what is being said, in order to build on it and...
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    Also, you keep saying "I" will regulate this or that. Again: you don't get to do that for a colony, after the first 20-80 years. Because then you're dead and it's another generation's job to run the show. A shout...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    A parsing of "Lots of it is available for free" that interpreted "lots" to mean "not all" - I thought you may have read it back when it was paywalled. Sorry for the misunderstanding....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    And the whole thing's free here! The day I found out Digger had moved off GraphicSmash was a very, very happy one....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I wouldn't call it a gag comic so much as I'd call it a fnording, or a detournment. I pretty strongly associate it with the situationist detournment of newspaper comics in the 60s. THANK you. I knew there were apt...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I have yet to see another creative product lay out its stall as clearly and quickly as Something Positive; you know whether or not this comic's for you from the first page....
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    Oh! Also seconding the A Girl And Her Fed recommendation; it's a universe full of very intelligent characters, but - almost uniquely - never has to tell you this fact; it's got all sorts of baroque-sounding stuff (mutant koala! ghost...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    The recently ended A Softer World, which is "gag"-a-day text over photos and regularly the most affecting thing you'd read that day. Fifth-or-higher-ing recommendations for all of John Allison's work (Jeph Jacques has acknowledged the huge debt Questionable Content owes...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Scoti was the Latin name for the Irish raiders that attacked Roman Britain and did things like carry off a young man named Patricius to slavery; it's a job description. Calling the Gaelic culture of the time 'Scots' is like...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    You keep saying Scots; if you're relying on the mythology you should be saying Galicians....
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    There are other reasons wheat wasn't a huge crop in Ireland for a while: want to guess why? (TL;DR: tendency of colonial masters to ban or tax exports if they competed with English goods.)...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    The big downside to potatoes (apart from that blight) is that they're tricky to store compared to grain - one bad potato and you lose the entire package. Which leads to wheat being the cash crop. Potato storage is actually...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    J Thomas also manages to recapitulate the myth of the claiming of Ireland from the Tuatha Dé Danann in a later comment (the Dé Danann were over time played down into the fairies of Irish folklore - they likely started...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    But potato consumption in Irish society had a big class dimension: it was peasant food, a crop that could feed the base of society almost on its own. (Seriously, the normal diet for an Irish farm labourer pre-Famine is documented....
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Narcissism is at a record high Millenials know they're being surveilled from all sides. Is it narcissism to pay attention to what the watchers will see?...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
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  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Maybe not. *points at Gibson's "Fragments Of A Hologram Rose," where he has someone use the recorded experience of a yogi waking up at the beach at dawn and beginning their practice as an alarm clock*...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Cracked's personal stories stuff is fantastic, and they absolutely mean them as journalism - the house style is to make you laugh so you don't notice the knife slipping between your ribs. And anyone who doesn't take Buzzfeed seriously should...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    The reason this seems to be going so well is that when Disney took over Marvel, they basically gave them a bunch of money and a long leash and let them at it (and put out some buckets to collect...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Welcome To Night Vale is a podcast 'radio drama' that's turned into a beast - a New York podcast doing their second UK/Ireland live tour in September. 11 dates, ~1,000 capacity venues, can confidently expect most if not all to...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Apologies, it's a film short released on the Spotlight Stories VR film app (apparently mostly stocked with Pixar whimsy rather than live-action monster movies)....
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Have a look at "Help" for an example of a film made to be viewed in VR; they escape the low distribution of headsets by releasing it as an app for Android and having the device work as a "window"...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    And then there's Bitstrips, which were a fad, then a cliche, then a reason for yelling "get this shit out of my feed." The tools have to be easy to use and good - and also not drown in banality...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    The career of K. Brooke Spangler is interesting, here - created a webcomic (about a cyborg federal agent, a girl that sees ghosts, the ghost of Ben Franklin and an Uplifted koala - much, much more considered [and better] than...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    There's at least one class of bottleneck passersby will certainly have their wallets/purses with them and will *expect* to see aerials; shop doorways. "Augment" Harrods' EAS system with RFID readers, skim cards, profit....
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Oh, yeah, completely: my point was that relying on transmission range for security tends to be defeated by the 'bad guys' not being restricted to the aerial or power specifications of the commercial readers....
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    A London "Oyster" card can only be read accurately at less than 2 cm distance. A Wave-&-Pay card similarly. By the standard readers, which are designed to only read the card being presented to them. Use one of these however,...
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