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  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Er, did we read the same series? Smith's "Civilisation" strikes me as being a working libertarian culture (sample quote - "If this war hadn't broken out, we would have had to cut the tax rate again due to too much...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Well, first-off, if you read my other comments on the subject, and some of Nicola's, I think you'll find that you were sort of re-running an existing argument. OK? I'm not that into comic book characters, so the only one...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Sort of, at least for values of "missed" that appear identical to "forgot about"....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Absolutely - In fact that's why I bought a copy....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I can't think of any human-power aircraft that's made it more than about 50 feet up or covered more than 4 or 5km. Based on checking the Kramer prizes....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    "But in real life John Waynes tend to either get their asses badly kicked <cough> Audie Murphie....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Para 1 - For me the biggest issue now with recommending Fables to anyone is that the main sequence is at least at volume 20, plus at least 2 Cinderella missons and 3 Fairest off-shoot stories....
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    Para 1 - Ok, with the note that Triplanetary actually contains some of Smith's most accurate writing, notably the WW2 chapter, where the explosives line is recognisable to anyone (such as Greg and myself) who ever had a relative in...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    The "big lesson" I got from that was that they'd got Christianity all over my Norse paganism!...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Also ref #38 (well this message +4 anyway). Triplanetary, and hence First Lensman must have been too, were originally written pre-WW2, and heavily revised post. I can't check publication histories because my Mother has binned my entire set....
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    I expect the industry will try to apply the concept to everything they can, though. We'll probably see The Hardy Boys redone as the Hardy Girls Arguably that's already been done; Look for/at the "Nancy Drew mysteries"....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I agree wholeheartedly (introductory note since we don't know each other, I'm male, straight, and about the same age as you)....
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    Definitely British, and I'd agree with the note that "hard vs soft science" is a very specific reference. I've occasionally heard "hard vs soft fiction" used to refer to technology/action led as against character led stories....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    The Defence would like to submit into evidence Clarissa MacDougal (later Kinnison) who was every bit as hard and dangerous as her husband, and the 3 non-Tellurian Second Stage lensmen, all 3 of who's sex and sexuality are ambiguous (Ok,...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Nicola Griffith
    Hi again. After a quick piece of cyber-stalking, ;-) (joke, I looked up Wikipedia for a bibliography, honest), do you remember which Scottish power station you visited to be impressed by its water recycling system? I can think of 4...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Nicola Griffith
    Hi Nicola, looking forward to it, and to playing "hunt the book" when I've got more time than I did today (3 separate crises, one panic,...)...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Well, I wouldn't give a U18 a credit card that I was guarantor or billee on, but I'd have no similar reservations about them having a pure debit card atached to an account of their own....
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Indeed, this argument is supported by the oft-quoted (even if inaccurate) statistic that the average houshold only owns 6 books. (I live on an estate of ~200 houses, and if that statistic was accurate, would own somewhere between half and...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Well, I, for one, am distinctly pleased by your decision. There are several people in this World who can write Iron Man, but only one who can write Charles Stross novels....
  • Commented on Special offer: Neptune's Brood (UK only)
    Ref "Note", the same can be applied to "region encoding" on DVD players. It took me about 7 minutes to hack mine, including 3 minutes to find the handbook so I could get the exact model number. My sole reason...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    As for the "left-wing" trope, the standard reply is: "Oh & E Germany was democratic, because it said so in the name" & other variations on the "No true Scotsman" non-argument, of course Usually from a USian, who also says...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    It's one of the very few real improvements (as distinct from plays with the user interface) in Excel 2010 over 2003....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    I'm not disputing your account, but I was always told that "baht aht" translated as "without a hat (on)". On the rambler, exactly what makes public nekkidness such a serious offense as to justify the use of several hours helicopter...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    They were doing "well", up until they mentioned "morale". I think, even without recourse to our various dictionaries, that we'd all agree that "moral" and "morale" are entirely different concepts....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Collins says that the acute is wrong, but that the "e" is pronounced, not entirely unsurprisingly since the root is actually Latin rather than French....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Ok, this isn't my field, but is there scope for cost/MB efficiencies in SRAM?...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I think you're analysing the situation differently to the insewerer. I'm using data for my car for rate of loss of speed on a closed throttle. The insewerer will see closing the throttle 200 yards out and coasting down on...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    {hand-written note} In this context, note that it is permitted to delete pre-supplied "autocorrect" entries, but not to create new ones, A....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Actually, use of a "Not Poodle" in this manner probably constitutes breaches of various UN and Geneva conventions, and international laws, forbidding the use of biological or chemical weapons. ;-)...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    It gets worse; a secondary spike resulted in Sri Lanka winning the Test Match, with the second-last ball of the game....
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