JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Don't some twins and others create their own languages? We don't necessarily need to talk to them if they talk to each other. They don't do it in a vacuum, they've already learned how to speak from their parents....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The classic solution is to put as much mass as you can get right in front of you. A few gigatonnes of ice might be a decent shield, and I'm sure you could think of other uses for it. This...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Crap, forgot to add: Waking Uranus, I'm totally cool with this. I believe you misread that. Sounds potentially very painful, if you happen to have hirsute nether regions....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Didn't Asimov, in the later Foundation/Robot novels, have probes sent out to wipe out life on other worlds to make room for humans as an explanation for the lack of aliens? Or was that in the "Killer Bs" prequels?...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Just looked up the rules, so if anyone else is interested: WSFS Constitution...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I don't know enough (or anything, really) about the current rules to have much to say. But it seems to me that they shouldn't make any major changes that would be difficult to undo or lead to other problems. Perhaps...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    A light-hearted suggestion: If one of the puppies should actually win an award they could be presented with a special rocket resembling this (needs fins), or this one. I know it would cost too much to make them for "just...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Yeah, "dominated' was probably an overstatement. I should add that what I mentioned was at least 15 years ago, so I can imagine things may have changed since then. Now there's online homeschooling through local school districts, and there's a...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Also note they have a US homeschooling curriculum series. That is very much a US centric business. It's also one dominated by fundamentalist christian groups, who don't want their kiddies being exposed to Evil Evolution among other things. On the...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Christian Dominionist... ...They are a minority whose whole ideology is to fuck with my life as a godless heathen till I learn to be silent - or to be dead. Think that's bad? In my case (and Charlie [never mind...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Respect: "due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others." Yes. That is further down in the ipad definition. I think you can give due regard by being neutral and then making up your mind once you've met or...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    This seems to be a very USian thing, although I may be wrong. Respect should always be given freely as the default position. Or is your default position one of disrespect towards the 99.99999% of people you have never met?...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Kinda have to laugh at VD calling themselves "Rabid Puppies", I've seen Old Yeller and know how it ended....
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    Awesome! I think I need to run my first novel through it. One of my beta-readers commented that there wasn't enough cussin' in it. I think I've rectified that in the current one, it's damn near fucking Scottish. Oh, and...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Cue the B-52s...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I've yet to see anyone assure me that, "No, really c*nt isn't a gendered sexist term over here," who wasn't a dude. Well, I was once told by FeĆ²rag (Charlie's spouse, if you don't know) that he and she fairly...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    drinking the blood of a freshly killed gladiator Not sure it did the gladiator much good. Meanwhile story idea to file away: "Flavius Josephus - Vampire Venator: Lev.17:10-11"...
  • 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....
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