JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    After reading that article I almost feel sorry for the parents who made the app. But not quite. They just want to raise their kid as they see fit, which is fine, but then they went and proselytized....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I think another problem with that might be the creation of false memories. If someone sees 'themselves' doing something enough times they may come to believe they realy did it. Kind of like well-meaning (and some not so much?) therapists...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    If Harry sells software that makes it easier for people to modify their own personal copies of things, so what? That could make for some interesting book groups. Imagine the fights over who read the 'real' book, or what it...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    So it it will soon be possible for Minitrue to automate the cleansing of history. How long before Winston Smith is out of a job?...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Of course the question was how far you can take it. Well, you could always write something that the app will make resemble a redacted CIA document--or Swiss cheese. But what would the actual point of that be? And now...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    The app is fucking childish. (As is that comment.) I assume it's aimed at fundy-christian readers, and reminds me of a video rental shop several years ago that made headlines when it was renting videos edited for language and sex....
  • Commented on Update
    Well, I'd note that the US bombs aren't officially for anti-personnel use, but for clearing vegetation and psychological effect....
  • Commented on Update
    Of course, the UK and US have steered clear of those nasty, cruel, fuel-air and thermobaric weapons. Not entirely true: see Daisy Cutters and MOABs....
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    That must have been a slow waitress. In my limited experience Scottish restaurant bathrooms tend to be down a flight or two of stairs and down a hall into the next building. Unfortunately I came to Pratchett late, and have...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    I thought that it might have been taken from a plot point in the novel. Also spotted the name Elohim a couple times in the lettering, so if someone of an orthodox bent were to read it and for some...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    The first thing I noticed were the f-holes, and then the Hebrew and Magen Davids around the shoulders of the fiddle. Are kabbalistic inscriptions involved in the making of bone violins? And that's a very different, new direction for the...
  • Commented on Briefly
    Not sure that night-vision goggles help much when the drugs begin to take hold. Might make things worse....
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Yes, there is a Culinary Mystery subgenre, usually with crime-solving chefs/caterers, and often including recipes in the books....
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    That article makes me think of an Islamist version of Focus on the Family, their founder wrote similar things about women and their roles in christian households. It's not just young Muslim women, but some would-be converts. There was a...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    I don't think I have a particular accent Umm, other than an American one, that is. I guess....
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Apologies if I triggered any bad memories. I could say there was one advantage of growing up partly on a military post is that we were all from someplace else, and later I went to a school outside DC which...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    That reminds me of when I first heard Charlie speak. I knew he's not Scottish, and I don't know how they sound in Leeds, but to my American ears he sounds fairly "Proper British". The effect of it being educated...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    But I was thinking of "Tango 'Til They're Sore." I had to look that one up on youtube, very nice. I don't have nearly enough of Waits' music, but there's plenty to choose from, "Piano" is just the first thing...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Just listened to Our Guest Host interviewed on Rocket Talk--the rest of you should go listen, if you haven't already. "Karen Memory" has been on my "want to read when I find a copy and the time" list since I...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Then again was Richard III really a villain, or even hunchbacked? Don't know about the first part, but the skeleton that was proven to be his had severe scoliosis. A few months ago I saw the show Resurrecting Richard III,...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    or scattering the ground with bricks that are really painful to step on. You call that Humane? Ouch, ouch, ouch....
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    WRT arrow mounted cameras, the main problem with that is that the fletching gives your arrow spin to stabilize it (they shouldn't wobble too much, I think that depends on the shaft material). Maybe you could do something with high-speed...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    It's not exactly encouraging to non-DWAM authors. Nope. I read Jemisin's blog post about that, and some of the responses (yeesh, some people...) Another suggestion, The Sheherazade? Not an actual person, but certainly not a DWAM. And make the award...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Shelley also wrote some fantasy, not sure where you'd class "The Last Man" though, other than as a long slog to get through. I think someone (Gaiman?) suggested naming it after Hope Mirlees when talk of changing it started a...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I'd say this is off-topic, but since there really isn't much of one, and I'm not on twitter, I'll add my unasked for 2ยข here wrt replacing Lovecraft as the fantasy award. They should definitely replace him, for lots of...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Well, there seem to be some conservatives who think it's a bad idea: Andrew Bower: The encryption ban makes us look like the Thick Party via @amendlocke...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Admittedly my knowledge of crypto doesn't go much past getting to play with an Enigma machine* last Sunday, but even I can see how idiotic this idea is. For one thing, just how is it supposed to apply outside of...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Saw this earlier: Voxel8, 3D printer that also prints circuitry....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Thinking about it slightly more. It's like people on the interwebs are saying; "OMG! Someone bombed the NAACP, it's just like Paris!" based on headlines, not actually reading about it*. One is tragic, fortunately the other is not. *What! That...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    This is a thoroughly off-topic comment on a re-tweet that Charlie, and others, have put up. Delete if inappropriate. I live literally 2.5 blocks from the NAACP bombing--go one block west, turn left, go one block south and you're there....
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