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  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Likewise; in fact that's why I've not posted much here generally for the last few months....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Para 1 - You have a point, although Bond frequently moves across the World so fast that this could make him his own diversionary tactic! ;-) Para 2 - I originally mentioned "The Nailer" as a cite to the tone...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    True that. I was working from memory....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Read an original Peter O'Donnell MB story, say "Sabretooth" (cos it's the first I remembered after the original, and pay close attention to a move named "The Nailer"....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Big clue - codename BASHFUL INFERNO is not Mo....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I'm not certain around London either, but suspect that there are some lanes like that in the Orpington - Sevenoaks area (Where I once worked). I positively know that there are single track roads around there. I'll concede that "care...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    As to the other person who mentioned that crossing the border was just a switch flip, did anyone but me read about how Google expanding their test from Mountain View to Austin required a lot of new work to deal...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    The machine just needs to know that grass in the middle of the road is a bad sign. Which says more about you than about driving, or autonomous vehicles. Never mind here, well out in the countryside, I can find...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    #3) Yes. Good curries, can walk the streets at night (which is several steps up on Personchester where I didn't feel safe during business hours)... #4) True, I've been to London (and even to Sarf Larndarn ;-) ). The Manchester,...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    I'm just not going to Mankinicon, because it's in Personchester ;-) my least favourite city in the UK....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Nothing to do with the comment I'm replying to; I actually wanted to say thanks for all the entertainment you've given me by correcting other people's dodgy physics!...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Similar timeframe; some USian units in the "Vietnam War" actually did play music as they went into battle, like in the first scene of "Apocalypse Now"....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    You might know that, but not everyone does. Oh and I'm good about quotes (including other mistranslations) thanks....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    It's a mistranslation (arguably with a side order of misogyny) : The original was "You will not allow a poisoner to live"....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Captain Scarlet (and the Mysterons), Thunderbirds, can't think of anything that features Spitfire 1s (Airfix 1:24 scale kit) with the required frequency....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Um, was Stonehenge Celtic? I'm pretty sure it was put up long before the Roman's Celts started ruling Britain. You really might want to double check this, because even modern druids who worship at Stonehenge don't talk about druids building...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Not always; Try reading David Weber's Honorverse (Volume 1 "On Basilisk Station" is a free download from his publisher, Baen, and so probably is most of the series), and in fact most Space Opera that post-dates it....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Cheers; I wasn't actively aware (lack of knowledge on my part) but am honestly not surprised....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I'd agree this in the main, but suspect there may also be Indian (probably Hindi as well as English) (see also #625) and Portuguese (Because Brazil) markets....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    566#6 - now think of the modern Somali pirates, who've captures merchant vessels. (Will someone lease call the Valerian with his space axe? There's pirates in the hold....) You Tellurians don't even believe in your own Gods properly, not even...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I agree this in the main. Given that we're talking about "search radars" rather than beam trackers, I'd suggest that your Kalman filter algorithms are likely to do you as well, on the 3 from 4 scans to produce a...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    AI designs a 3D printer so that it can design a body for itself so as to better interact with mostly-bags-of-water. Reaction is very positive but side effects occur including of a very personal nature. Titles escape me, but the...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I'd suggest that Superheros (and villains) may be SF, depending on how they derive their powers:- 1) Tech heroes - obvious examples Batman, Iron Man. Never mind how many laws of Earth Prime physics they ignore or gloss over, they...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    The stuff I've been reading recently (post 2000 copyright dates) it's more typically "Ship jumps in and within minutes the crew know where all cosmic bodies and structures were some light hours ago" and several hours before their presence will...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    You might also want to read Elisabeth Moon's "Remnant Population" if this sort of thing interests you....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    {back at the original post} New category:- "No generalisation is true, not even this one" ;-) Seriously, everything in that post is true of some Space Operas, but I've read/seen plenty of stuff where at least some of those points...
  • Commented on Warlords and eunuchs and slaves, oh my! Picking the problematic for The Aldabreshin Compass
    Just wearing a traditional kilt, bareback in any environment, Philabeag or philamohr?...
  • Commented on Warlords and eunuchs and slaves, oh my! Picking the problematic for The Aldabreshin Compass
    I'd agree para 1, based on having an "upstairs maid" somewhere in my family's past....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    how long would it take to get Scotland's agricultural land quality up enough to grow more demanding things than sheep food? Could do it this growing season, as long as we only use arable or cattle farming country and rough...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Also Greg at #227 I see what you mean; I'm now going to cite http://progressivescottishmuslims.blogspot.co.uk/ as one of my sources. And try to withdraw gracefully, because I don't want to have a religious debate, particularly not about a religion that...
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