JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Apologies! First, blame faulty memory for saying RAF, second searching the wrong word (uniform) in the wikipedia entry. Honestly, the only British uniforms I have any familiarity with are 18th century infantry uniforms, only because my father was an American...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Should have gone over my link better. It was a Navy uniform, but it's alt history, so that's okay....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Funny, I had a similar response to that comment: the real Bond writing about the adventures of rogue ornithologist Ian Fleming. Though, if the fiction Bond were to write, it might be about Agent Fleming and a plan to dress...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    I'll just note that conscript stormtroopers and various lightweapons are from the SW Expanded Universe, which Disney has apparently declared to be non-canon. But that's all going off-topic....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    In the past you've spilt the beans on books you've had ideas for but will never write. Any chance you're willing to do so in this case too? I'd be interested in hearing about an alt history idea he's mentioned...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Charlie has said that he hates Star Wars&Trek, so hopefully he won't mind me taking this one. First off, I think it's safe to assume that the first person shown isn't a Stormtrooper, but a Rebel agent, as in "Aren't...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    I read it as Angleton being pulled into and stuck another dimension (or whatever), with the possibility that The Eater of Souls could be brought back and bound into another body. Hopefully not Bob's....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Frankly the only thing I can think of is: Any advice for writing query letters to agents? But I'm not sure that's appropriate--worth a shot though (have read other advice online, but often seems dated). Most of my questions here...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Thoroughly off-topic, so apologies. In my head Dick Cheney aways sounds like Edward G. Robinson, with maybe a hint of Burgess Meredith's Penguin....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I haven't met any Amish, but have dealt with Mennonites. When I worked at a fabric store for a little while 20 years ago, there were groups of Mennonite women who came in occasionally; all dressed in long, plain calico...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Perhaps OGH's conscientious efforts towards truly strange environments will be wasted on readers like me whose perspectives reflect present day concerns. I suspect that any truly strange environments would be fairly unreadable, or at least difficult, and that most publishers...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Decided to see what the real-life experience of an exceptionally long life and corresponding (e.g., eidetic) memory might be. I'd note that Eidetic Memory is different from Superior Autobiographical Memory, where you supposedly remember everything about your own life. Which...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    I suspect that all these glass panels will be found in small shrines known as Closets, or in the subterranean bunkers called Basements. Now that there seems to be paper thin light sources with LEDs the size of red blood...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    I think that comment may be to the troll that has been deleted. When that happens the "replied to" disappears from replies. At least that's my guess....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Hard to tell, but it looks like you could drop Spa Resorts Hawaiians in Japan inside that hangar. That's the only similar thing I can think to compare it to....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Meanwhile, elsewhere in Germany... German Town Pulls One Over on Neo-Nazis Here's the video in English....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Why do so many assume the worst after reading the end of "The Rhesus Chart"? Married couples can live apart. Certainly not too unusual among military couples--with one or both in service. It can work for some. As for Mo...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    After this post went up, I tried looking for a half-remembered story on NPR last week. I thought they had something about older East Germans pining for the Good Ol' Days but didn't find that. I did come across this...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Okay, I gotta ask. Just what is that on top of Quarry House? Is it simply a sculptural lightning rod, or does it serve some other nefarious purpose--at least in the Laundryverse? Looks like something out of classic Dr.Who....
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    FWIW, I wasn't suggesting that BS's fiction was collaborative, but RH and the various pseudos. What I have trouble with is that the targets were her peers, according to her description of herself. It reminds me of the cliché of...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    Your first link needs fixng. I only brought it up because of your retweets this morning and previous ones. I agree that questionable people can make good art, I'm more along with SFreader's point: Do I want to spend money...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    First apologies. I really hesitate to bring this up. Obviously, feel free to delete if you feel this isn't the time or place. Or if you intend to do a post on it, though I certainly wouldn't blame you for...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I don't know about you, but I really wish that the BBC* would bring back that old programme "Comrade Academician Who". I loved that show! *British Broadcasting Collective [Sorry, I got nothing else, also late to this for reasons]...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Thoroughly off the original topic, and no where near the current one (which I know nothing about). Why? It was hinted (never stated but well it was the 1960s) that he had had an affair with Emma Peel, and he...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    ...why clever Bob did not have a simple vampire tester ie a small but high power UV LED attached to his lapel with which he could inconspicuously zap everyone he met. Basil would not have lasted even half the book....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    ...it only worked face to face. TV was no good. And it only had a short-term effect. So he gets to be head of a small party, but he doesn't get big TV coverage. He does a lot of work...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    That reminds me of this: Dogged By Controversy, A Jewish Sect Is On The Move Again. A Hassidic sect from Canada leaving for Guatemala in part to get away from child abuse accusations. South & Central America has my...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    That's funny. I used the same site before commenting, except that I looked up Arsenal which did not list Library in the thesaurus for it....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I had seen the Hamish MacBeth TV series and was thinking of reading the books, but learned that his dog in them is a German Shepherd instead of a Westie, and changed my mind. Not much of a reason, but...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Oops, should have followed the link first. But don't/won't read them either....
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