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  • Commented on How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Focus Groups
    Thanks for your response! I know a friend who was quite indignant at the statistic that people only spend three seconds (or whatever it is) looking at a painting before moving on. I liked her so of course I told...
  • Commented on Minecraft, The Sims, And The Future Of Filmmaking
    There was a controversy a few years ago when the late, great Roger Ebert said that videogames could not be art. I'm wondering what your reaction to that comment, briefly stated, would be, Hugh. I think he was wrong just...
  • Commented on How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Focus Groups
    "Probably because they were dumber than you assumed." Why is that the only conclusion you would leap to?...
  • Commented on How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Focus Groups
    Hugh, did the "soulless data" make you think differently about how people experience media. That is, do you think there might be something misleading about people only looking at something on the web for thirty seconds?...
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    Mention that you don't like bacon and people will get pretty animated about it. They'll quiz you about it, or insist you actually do like it, or offer you new ways to cook it, or cook some in front of...
  • Commented on Speaking of book covers ...
    I like the American cover. It looks a little less serious than the British one, which is I think appropriate given this isn't Charlie's technothriller or hard sci-fi series. Has the feel of a Buffy comic to it, which is...
  • Commented on Rinse, Drain, Spin ... more Laundry!
    The artwork has me intrigued, not exactly what I think of when I picture the Laundryverse. If I'm gainfully employed by the time the hardcovers are released I'll be sorely tempted to purchase a copy....
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    The fact that you suspect, that women will dominate the future political landscape, isn't as apparent to me as it is to you. Regardless, I don't see the relevance? I was talking about a woman travelling backwards in time, and...
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    Charlie, I was wondering if you think a post-menopausal woman would be a good time traveller. Often, in patriarchal societies, widows are afforded some respect and independence as not obviously belonging to a father or a husband. By making her...
  • Commented on Cheap Reads!
    Got both the audiobooks through my Audible membership – loved TAA; loving TJM. Would spread around the word about this eBook opportunity, alas, it doesn't look like it's available in Australia. But I'll make sure to give the audiobooks positive...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    I think you're raging against strawpeople. No, there isn't a universal struggle against US/European Imperialism, but almost all current political struggles can be framed in reference to European Imperialism, Cold War politicking, US interventionalism, or some combination thereof. The US...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    Belated thanks to every one who answered my passport question. I know the answer might have seemed obviously Googloable but when someone makes mention of "complex constitutional reasons" I begin to suspect there's nuance that Yahoo! Answers won't be able...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    "When he ends up in that final occupation he won't even be eligible for a passport (for long and complex constitutional reasons)." Eternal gratitude, or at least an internet hug, for anyone who gives me a general summary of why...
  • Commented on Admin notice: server crash
    You start with Louie, season 2. You can start with season one, but he was doing an experiment with the series and it's after the first season that he finds his groove. Don't worry, the humour WILL translate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_%28TV_series%29 (Lucky...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Atrocity Archive(s)
    "1. Off-topic." Eep! Sorry....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Atrocity Archive(s)
    Looks like you've made about half a dozen contributions to Slashdot in the last four years. I'd be interested if you had any thoughts on Slashdot back in the day, whether its changed any, and if it helped you refine...
  • Commented on Books I've written
    As far as order? Make a list of novels, striking each off as you discuss it, choosing the order on the fly. The novel you most feel like discussing at this moment is the one I'd most enjoy hearing your...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    If a material world power such as the UK de-armed I think that would have a substantial knock-on effect towards world peace as significant as the establishment of the EU. This is a profound idea, Charlie....
  • Commented on Obituaries
    With respect to the penguins, and the humans who might otherwise put sheep there, it's not a mess of the scale of, say, that left behind after any other war that was conducted during the twentieth century ever....
  • Commented on Obituaries
    "It's probably dangerous to argue that the early downfall of the Argentine Junta after their loss of the Falklands war, meant that some Argentinians didn't "disappear" who might have." Is this in reference to me? I'm not sure what you're...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    That's not how the situation played out at the time. It was a revision of citizenship laws which created an ambiguity, a circumstance which defied the efforts of the foreign office, but at that time there wasn't much significance to...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    There was no such failure of imagination. Charlie brings up the offer to sell the Falklands to Argentina (and declines to mention that it was on a basis that they would be leased back to Britain). That was an imaginative...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    Looking for a war? The British government was well aware of Argentine frustrations, but it was as surprised by the invasion as the general public and certainly wasn't forming a conspiracy to encourage war. If they were, they probably wouldn't...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    All I can say is, "Sham WOW". http://youtu.be/QwRISkyV_B8 (But seriously they're still industrial powerhouses.)...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    The Falkland Islanders were had their citizenship effectively revoked (from memory, unless you were first or second generation British you were suddenly denied a British passport, with the obvious implication that Falkland Islanders were no longer welcome home). The selling...
  • Commented on A message from our UK sponsors
    I'm very excited to throw my money towards the Merchant Prince reprint - if it's anything like the Palimpsest short, Charlie, then I eagerly await your strongest fiction. Also interested in your opinion of the former PM. My knowledge of...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    Rock was the soundtrack to white people protests, sure. I don't think Martin Luther King was marching to the Kinks, though. Regardless, there's never going to be a moment where people go, "You know what? I don't want to start...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    They're more recent but they're not new genres in the same sense that hip hop was. "Rapping to the beat" was such a radical change to how music could be recorded, that even though it was derivative of R&B (as...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    Creative culture is ossifying? That's a heavy statement. There's hardly a dearth of content for our iPhones, and I'm bemused at why you would call the death of culture just because we don't currently have an emerging musical genre. Hip...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    I think it's misleading to think of Neanderthals as taking hundreds of thousands of years to change. They developed flint tools in short periods of time, and then largely remained at that tech level until their disappearance. It's nonsensical to...
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