JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: EARWORM Classification: Trans-dimensional Parasite Deployment: From all outward appearances EARWORM is in fact a worm which inhabits the ear of its victims. EARWORM is accidentally summoned by the constant listening to insipid pop-tunes by certain individuals with a predisposition...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Okay, I think WOOLY KAFKA is my favorite so far....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Realized this morning that perhaps this should be ALEPH ONE. The interwebs might not be quite infinite, but there is always something new. But I like the sound of aleph null better, and IANAMathematician...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Also add that Charlie has mentioned the Kettenkrad several times, and it's on the cover of the US edition....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Edited to include: After disastrous beta-deployment, CLICKBAIT ALEPH NULL link was modified to include detection and removal of spambots on target computers....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: CLICKBAIT ALEPH NULL Classification: Recursive Distraction Engine coupled with a Class 4 Glamour. Deployment: Appears to be an innocent web-link emailed to target subject under observation. When subject must be detained for extraction, but may attempt escape, send email...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Now I'm wondering if they've done anything to Pete's Vespa?...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Hopefully zombie revenant cats are doing a good job and munching on the mice before they get into anything. Time for a sing-along of "There was an old revenant woman who swallowed a cow"?...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Not an actual entry - T&Cs say 'mericans need not apply. Fooey. But need to get this out of my head now. Code: MAGICAT Official Designation: Residual Feline Resource Description: Self fueling pest control. To be deployed in the sub-basement...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Just saw this video: Hyper-Reality via William Gibson on twitter. The supermarket of the future, with Augmented Reality. Kinda depressing....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    The US Army has been using VR as part of PTSD therapy for several years. One method is to recreate a traumatic incident, with the soldier running through the scenario while talking it out with a therapist....
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Blackmail works either way?...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Or say FTL travel = FTL communication. So, Aliens send the message; "We've caused your nearest neighboring star to go nova, you have 4 years. We'll be back in 3 for your answer.", along with a video (or their equivalent)...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    What type of group mind? If it is the type of group mind that would "allow for the continuation, perhaps in a modified form, of our current identities" and for temporary sub-groups within the group mind (like teams) that are...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Are you sure you're not me? In a group mind the answer would be "Of course we are." Or something like that....
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    You kinda beat me to it; I was thinking of making a comment on Drumpf and his followers as an example of a less than sane (to be charitable) collective mind, in large part mediated by social media--just look at...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    But my shtick revolves around the shock of the new, and you can't get the shock of the new by recycling the same-old. This and the writing is why I read you....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Just saw Charlie's Tweet about the list. I hesitated mentioning it last night, sorry I was the one to do it. So, let's not continue about it....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Yup, that's the one, and their founder too. The Novel category looks clear of them....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Should've added: Of course, I should keep track of them while writing....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Had to ask. If I binge reread the series I might be able to keep them all straight. While proofing my last novel shaped attempt I decided I had to make note of any named character and what they did...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    This is good and lots to look forward to, but by any chance do you have a list of named characters with what stories they appear in? That is something I could use to keep them straight and be sure...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    There's some interesting bigoted rhetoric from Boris Johnson further down the piece. Something about a “half-Kenyan” president... Tempted to say something about BoJo looking half-Orangutan, but that's an insult to the apes....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    While I'm at it, here's a music video made from some of that "documentary" footage....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Late with this, but with all the talk of "The War of the Worlds" I'm surprised no one has linked to The Great Martian War before now. I really ought to actually read that book one of these days....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Oh dear. Just saw a news report: Trump's ancestral homeland bewildered by his presidential campaign Mostly old news, but hadn't realized he's MacLeod of Lewis on his mother's side. Hope he's not related to Ken (at least not closer than...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    As far as I know* Quantum Teleportation has nothing to do with actually moving an object, but copying a particle's quantum states, like spin and charge, (hope that's right) onto another particle. I don't think that would include momentum of...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Or Faye Valentine in "Cowboy Bebop"? Awakened with no memory of her past and massive debt....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Sign a DNR - Do Not Resurrect?...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    religious fanatics who want to resurrect everyone -- even the unwilling -- to live in an artificial afterlife run under Federovite rules, Sounds like it might go along with the unstated bit of my earlier christian-zionist comment; "We looove you...
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