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  • Commented on Evolver
    Be careful with bad-mouthing Squirrels here....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Thanks for that. My excuse is that I'm a 'merican "Gen Xer" and weren't taught that pesky International stuff. Not entirely true, and I meant to look it up myself but forgot....
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    Doesn't "MYa" stand for "Million years ago?" That's what I was thinking. Anyhow I don't have much to add. I think horses will do okay on their own, at least they did in the American West. Raccoons already have thumb...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Yes, I assume so. FWIW, this is an "Army Hotel" mainly for GIs, their families, and Vets to stay in. They're former barracks, probably from the 70s-early 80s, and not terribly modern--all the cables for TV etc. run up the...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Yes! I was trying to link to him last night, asking if he was too obvious to mention, but dodgy hotel wifi seems to be worse at night....
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    D'oh! I seem to have doubled the address in my link @128. Can the Mods please fix? Much appreciated. [[ done - mod ]] I tried posting this last night, but I've been having trouble signing in & commenting, probably...
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    Read a review of an interesting sounding biography of this one, then forgot about him till now: Samuel Steward: (July 23, 1909 – December 31, 1993), also known as Phil Andros, Phil Sparrow, and many other pseudonyms, was a poet,...
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    Mention of Frida reminds me I thought of bringing up Bernard Wolfe, author of "Limbo", and one time bodyguard/aide of Trotsky while in Mexico. Wonder if he and Kahlo met? And Diego too....
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    Yeah, and maybe to make up for the damage done?...
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    The twist: After the the war, he became a civil engineer and joined a contruction coop that mostly built bridges in Reggio Emilia. Makes sense to me, to properly blow up a bridge it helps to know how they're built....
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    Another favorite: Noor Inayat Khan was an Allied Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent during the Second World War who was posthumously awarded the George Cross, the highest civilian decoration in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations. Also known as...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Okay, how about Marcel Marceau? Jewish French resistance fighter, and Master of Tactical Mime. After all, everyone loves mimes, right? Marcel and his younger brother, Alain, adopted the last name "Marceau" during the German occupation of France; the name was...
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    I really gotta read my copy of "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean"--which should be unpacked with the rest of my books in a week....
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    Now imagining a story set in 1930s China, where a lot of these figures come together....
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    And then there's Morris Abraham "Two-Gun" Cohen (1887–1970) was a British and Canadian adventurer of Jewish origin who became aide-de-camp to Sun Yat-sen and a major-general in the Chinese National Revolutionary Army.......
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    Another woman of interest: Émilie du Châtelet "...was a French mathematician, physicist, and author during the Age of Enlightenment. Her most celebrated achievement is considered to be her translation of and commentary on Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica. The translation,...
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    I've always wanted to know more about Kawashima Yoshiko, a Chinese princess, raised in Japan, cross-dressing a spy for Japan in China. Could fit in with a story about Trebitsch-Lincoln. A while back I had the idea of writing a...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Welp, so much for that. Not exactly a surprise. 'Alien' Signal Source Reportedly Located (It Wasn't The Vulcans)...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    So long as it's not someone making microwave popcorn...again. Updated: 'Leaked' space signal report has SETI groups scrambling...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Forget Proxima Centauri: An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Again off-topic. Was just catching up on the Scrivener for iPad blog and came across this: Author Charlie Stross On Scrivener – And How The iOS Version Fits In. I'm still figuring it out--been busy with other things to give...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Yeah, just thought I'd ask. Saw that Tor.com disabled comments for their post on them....
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    Off-topic question: Can we expect blog post on last nights awards? I had forgotten all about them, so didn't watch. Sounds like Gaiman's and Cadigan's speeches were particularly worth seeing. Also agreeing with your tweets on the subject....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    These stories was the first installment of the RPG "Forgotten Futures" by Marcus Rowland. And who occasionally comments here. I discovered Forgotten Futures by accident years ago, when googling George Griffith. Found a neat and useful site, shame I'm not...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    I've been trying to think of what to call the mix of "Halting State" moments with "The Peripheral" we seem to be stuck in. I don't think we can expect help from another Stub....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    ...or maybe CASE NIGHTMARE BLACK & WHITE & READ ALL OVER?...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    Looking back at the comments in that io9 link, the idea has occurred a couple times, at least. May have to start a collection, to go with my collection of golem stories....
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    For those who haven't seen yet, a Lovecraft ABC book for the kiddies, free to download. Meanwhile, when exactly did Baen go all mil-SFF, with blah cover art? I have a few of their books from the 80s, Aldiss' "Hothouse"...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    That's pretty much what I figured. The incompatability problem is why I was thinking non-canonical, leaves it open for fudging, maybe go more for humor. And maybe you needed more beer? I really need to get around to reading Aaronovitch,...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    I saw the twitter exchange and knew it wasn't too serious, but it made me wonder about the possibility of co-written, non-canonical crossover short stories, rather than novels. Don't know if that would be any easier to manage. I suppose...
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