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  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Just as a general observation, but particularly regarding (2) and (5). I don't just read your stuff, or even "stuff like your stuff". I do in fact also read biography, history, paranormal romance, space opera (romance) (that's a sub-genre), crime...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Railroads used to get wooden model blocks of all the driving parts so when one broke they could forge new ones. I think you'll find that those were cast components. The approximate number of forgings you'll make from a wooden...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Using Win7 and Chrome, I swapped USA to Canada, and got 5639 miles instead of 7237! That just seems wrong between centrums. I also did UK to:- Japan 5723 South Korea 5510 New Zealand 11_446 which may not be right...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Actually, ignoring the actual numbers (and, at least for games, the question of "is $title for PC really a different release from the PSX version, the XBrickN version, the Ninty version, the Android version...?") the fact of large volumes of...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Quality is not a selection factor for the Hugos unlike a juried award or other method of selecting a winner. Well "sort of", at least for values of "quality" that tend towards "arty self-abuse" rather than ones that tend towards...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    This scenario only applies if "UK IND" means that the UK has the firing codes for the missiles and the arming codes for the warheads as well as the bills for maintaining them and their firing platforms....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    No; I was saying that the memories aren't what establishes gender, so having an AI's memories doesn't mean that you have its gender (if any). Of course, that was before I was aware of the quote in #195, in light...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Question about your classifications:- "Unsure" can apply to both author and protagonist. In this single case it is Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice. Why? Braq is clearly established as being physiologically female at a genetic rather than just a visual level....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    No no please, keep explaining. It's helping you get out. It's fun, isn't it? Have you ever waited until the hole "large", and then driven an excavator into it to see if the digger uses it to keep digging,...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I'd agree that I no longer source much from the specialists I used back in the 1980s. Having said that, with one exception, they've all retired, and were at least semi-retired by the time of the rise of "Big River"....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Absolutely true in respect of this data point. I have never voted for the Hugos (or Nebulas BTW), largely because I'll typically only have read/watched one of the short list in $category. My reading time is short and precious (to...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I'd agree with you about Diana Galbadon (based on having read some of her work myself)....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    So you're saying that it's "unfair to women" that I in my role as a reader treat them exactly the same way as I treat men?...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Ah, apparently someone else did read J Thomas' #103 the same way that I did! For the record, when I buy a book by $new_to_me_author I normally buy one new release or "friend's recommendation" (in this context consider this blog...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Wikipedia seems to suggest that only 4 people (as you name) have won 2 Nobels as individuals or members of a named team, and no-one has won 3 or more Nobels. I do note that there is very little discussion...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    My point is that sewing machinist is a dead-end job. It doesn't pay well and cannot pay well (with limited rare exceptions). Really? One of those jobs in, say, Senegal, pays well enough for the family to put 2 children...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Germans in their natural habitat or abroad? Both, with the note that I'll be respectful and polite to you unless you're disrespectful and rude to me, and that I do speak a little German, so will at least start conversations...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    It's Germans. Germans don't do respect. If you are lucky, they are polite I must be hugely lucky then, because pretty much every German (or even half-German) I know is at least 2 of polite, respectful and friendly towards me....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    I can have eggs with the end of that link? Then I'd have spam and eggs!...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Agreed with notes:- 1) I leave my car in gear because it has an over-run fuel cutoff so it does infinite mpg on a closed throttle and revs over 1_500. 2) Tell me about it; the other "offending group" for...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Equally, there are "good real ale pubs" which just plain don't do food, eg the 3 Judges at Partick Cross in Glasgow (normally 8 to 10 real ales and real ciders on tap; handy for all forms of public transport...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Would "The Good Beer Guide" qualify as a guide to amenities within 1 mile of M/way junctions? Sort of, but I'd expect it to be organised by towns rather than m/way junction numbers?...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    TBF it's not just bikers that Ovlov drivers seem to be "out to get"; it's pretty much everyone else....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    That's sort of my big issue with urban bicyclists; the fact that they seem to believe that the rules of the road apply to everyone else, but the only rule that they have to follow is "do not lose momentum"....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Comment on motorcyclists and blind spots. May need you to join Briskoda, but I'm prepared to guarantee that you won't get spammed to death as a result. http://www.briskoda.net/forums/topic/365147-smidsy/...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Can a nation...Rangers went bust again. {LIKE}...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    But dictatorial home owners associations imposing weird terms and conditions on what color you can paint your window frames? Nope, we don't have them: around here that's the Town Council planning department's job. Well, if you will live in a...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Meanwhile, I'm also surprised that another Strange Attractor hasn't popped up yet, namely a certain airplane part washing ashore. Well, since you mention it, all I've seen is one partial flap from a heavy, with some marine growth on it....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Personally, I expect links to be supporting references for the main text, rather than finding that what text the poster types seems to be connections from one link to the next....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I can haz been takenz fur a kitteh tho'!! ;-)...
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