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  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    One writer I know of has a frankly terrifying schedule mainly to cope with that problem. (Search the page for the word "punishing.")...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Even without that, work-from-homers' empty desks inspire Bad Thoughts in management: everything from "we have free space in this room to put [X] team in" (say goodbye to your desk) to *shudder* hotdesking (woe betide the day more than half...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Citation....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    I refer the honourable commenter to OGH's link to David Langford's comp.basilisk FAQ, which is a worked example of the reaction to binary weapons escaping containment (though Langford's basilisks are images rather than guns - which of course only makes...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Can there be a very, VERY special office that is stuck in an odd corner of the Army Corps of Engineers. They do enjoy disaster planning & response so much. Just give them a primer on geomancy and they'll be...
  • Commented on Mendel Acquisition Squares : A Game of Futures
    Penguin/Random House is a tour-de-force in merger naming, in the same way that someone who guesses wrong every time is a useful indicator. Every other combination of the words 'random,' 'penguin,' and 'house' is better than "Penguin Random House."...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game all about communicating the right information under pressure, if you're looking for one....
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    The whole of the continental USA is south of Cornwall; three cheers for the Gulf Stream!...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Cynicism dictates student questions are mentioned in the teacher handbook as "a wonderful opportunity for peer learning."...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Yes, but if we could eliminate the fucking stupid transfers and limit invasive species to the accidental we'd be a bit better off. Starlings only are present in North America - no joke - because Shakespeare mentions them in Henry...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    There is a definite anti-French bias here. Apologies. The ability of French artillery at the turn of the 18th Century definitely points to mathematical education being very good; it might be that the run-up to the Revolution being relatively widely...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    There's also the point that while France, Germany and Italy had the size, they were patchwork bureaucracies with no unified legal code; different laws and taxes applied depending on who and where you were. France at least also had a...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    As RDSouth pointed out, shouldn't no transistors gets you dieselpunk at least?...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Fair criticism, but there is the occasional counterpoint. (Though Talleyrand's lessons are most likely "be the adviser, not the hero; alienate no-one; and keep an eye on your exit.")...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    One newsletter subscription later... :-) Thanks! I'd lost track of him, somehow....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I have no idea how I missed the Situated Technologies pamphlets, but they're so precisely up the alley of a preoccupation of mine it's not even funny. Thanks a million. Sidenote: have you heard any noises about the supposed follow-ups...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Christ. Good luck to your dad - and you....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I'm planning on reading Normal once it's published as a single volume later this summer. But then I read most of what Warren Ellis publishes. I'm currently reading The Wicked and the Divine as the comics are published; a meditation...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Thanks!...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    CRIS? (My Google abilities fail me.)...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Which international institution do you anticipate everyone with satellite-killer munitions allowing to control the powersats, and why would they compromise their neutrality - and trigger the shooting down of the satellites - by supplying power to remote US bases? Powersat...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    1) American cultural hegemony broadcasts the specifics of the latter's beliefs a lot further. 2) WBC are part of WEIRD culture, as are we (mostly). We're being good Christians*: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    A headline today says that the Turkish military "knew hours before it started" about it. If that isn't a clear indication that Erdogan orchestrated it, I don't know what is. I'd want the details behind that headline before interpreting it...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    The most visible symptom is, birth rates are collapsing all over the Islamic world (France has a higher birth rate than Iran, just to mention one example) Iran's low birth rate is a bit special; they put astonishing effort into...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    About replacing diesel-powered earth moving equipment with electric-powered equivalents. Currently I've been thinking about electric bulldozers. Already on the market, if you'll accept "electricity provided to the drivetrain via a tank of diesel and a generator." Diesel-electric isn't ideal, but...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Don't recall whether human-Blue Hades sex is terminal to either or both partners. If yes, then Bob should mention this ... casually. Could be interesting. IIRC there are no effects beyond the usual; Ramona was a special case via a...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Milk float innovation mostly happened in the 1930s. Their use case was (is) a sweet spot for battery vehicles: dense housing leading to lots of deliveries close together; milk is pretty heavy so load capacity needed to be high; deliveries...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    I've seen battery powered delivery trucks, just the thing for in metro delivery untainted by Diesel exhaust. I know they've died off a bit since their heyday, but haven't most people - in the British Isles at least?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Except there was no low youth turnout....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Nuclear power, city densification, rewilding... You are Stewart Brand and I claim my five pounds. (Stewart Brand is not necessarily wrong, but it's useful to remember he's immersed in the Californian Ideology in the same way fish are in water.)...
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