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  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    There's a comment, I think from a Hopi, that people make songs about the things that are limited or lacking in their lives. The Hopi songs are about water, and this Hopi was amused that Anglo songs are all about...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Piling on the homosexuality thing, I'd point out that Bruce Bagemihl does a pretty decent job of documenting the range of "alternative sexual behavior" among both animals and different groups of people. "Alternative" includes everything from using tools as masturbatory...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Interesting that Hild, like say, oh, Clan of the Cave Bear, isn't regarded as hard science fiction. After all, if you spend the effort to get the science right in the setting, why does it matter that it doesn't contain...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    To me, human history is about 80,000 years long (that's very approximately the time modern Homo sapiens sapiens). During most of that time, climate was unstable, and you can see a simple illustration of that in this graph from Wikipedia...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I've got to point out that, by historical standards (read the last 80,000 years of modern human history), we're pretty WEIRD (both the word and the acronym). We live(d) in a time that was fairly climatically stable, but socially and...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    So hard SF includes Terry Pratchett (Discworld has lots of the consequences of sex, but relatively little bumping and grinding), but not Peter Watts (who talks a lot about how personal issues and biology intersect). Yeah. Right. Let's turn this...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Interesting juxtaposition between the comics code, Jon Stewart, and the interview he did with Hillary Clinton on Monday. What's interesting is that Sec. Clinton wanted America to do a better job at communicating all the good things it was doing...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I'd also point out that biomass is problematic for a couple of reasons. It's about the math. We're currently blowing something like 8.5 gigatonnes of carbon (GtC) per year into the air from fossil fuels, and blowing another 2 GtC...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Ah yes, the giggle factor. Because I read an article on metals recycling right before I read this, I have a different take on it. Here's the problem: a lot of rare earths are recycled at <1%. Indium is the...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Oops. Let's see if this works: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dying_vets_fuck_you_letter_to_george_bush_dick_cheney_needs_to_be_read...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Having tea with Cthulhu is not a reimbursable expense, especially under the rubric of recruiting new vendors. Claim denied....
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Personally, I don't think it's worth medicalizing Dubya's mental condition. Here's another take on it, with a side commentary on Cheney to boot....
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    It's worth remembering that those close to Bush II at the time didn't remember a massive personality change after the event. While I'm not saying it didn't happen, I will say that biographies *normally* change quite substantially when a person...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Ah yes, how climate change will end history in Scotland. It will be a sad, sad story, what with heat wave after heat wave rendering the thick-walled old buildings increasingly uninhabitable. There will be a huge boom in new, cooler...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    To go for the troll bait. 1. I think Scotland has a bigger chunk of the North Sea than does England, and that's where the biggest reserves of carbon are. AFAIK, they were laid down during the late Mesozoic and...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Well, let's see how England responds to being massively multicultural over the next few decades, shall we? Speaking as a Yank from one of the more recently settled provinces (California), I rather like the fact that I don't have to...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Thanks Stephen, that clarifies things....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Perhaps the Scots need the North Sea Tunnel between Aberdeen and somewhere in Denmark? It'd be 100 miles shorter to tunnel to Norway, but they don't seem to want to join the EU for some reason....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I'm scratching my head about the economic part of this: it looks like Scotland is primarily about manufacturing, with a large but declining oil industry, while England is primarily a service economy, with all the inherent wealth divide that represents....
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    There's still a bottleneck getting the DNA out of the cells and amplified to find the markers. There's obviously an easier way to do it, since bloodhounds can distinguish between identical twins without using genome analysis. Anyway, there's also an...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    This seems like another massive effort to prove that black swans (aka lone wolf terrorists) are predictable. I guess that means that the NSA's favorite excuse for its behavior is wearing a bit thin, and they want new cover? I,...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Another vote for Kennedy space center. The rockets are awesome. I hiked around some outdoor swamp-forest trails near there which were fun, not that I suspect you're into that kind of thing. Given sea level rise, I'd suggest seeing south...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    The good news is if you're a Peak Oil Pessimist (I'm borderline), the global enterprise of publishing can be downscaled quite radically, so long as there's paper available. Unfortunately, it doesn't upscale like video games quite so readily. Makes me...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    That's an interesting point: literature. The first myths many groups tend to develop (and this is based on what I've read of Australian and Native American myths) often seem bizarre, because they're effectively memory palaces. The story of a god...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Yup, but that would be a multinational effort now, wouldn't it? Besides, the French do a pretty good job of fighter development, and I don't think they're flying out of Tahiti......
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    I'd say there are three reasons for US military "supremacy" in tech. 1. Lots of money and a single budget, as noted above. The US National Guard (state-based) isn't known for its technical innovation, even though some parts of the...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    On another, but equally important, note, the reported "open secret in Washington" is that the NSA's primary job is economic espionage, and that the war on terror is simply a cover for that. In other words, we're supposedly simply doing...
  • Commented on Lighting up again
    Now, is it an attack novel, or is it your muse hitting you with a "work-to-rule" strike? You know, if the rules are, "I'll pound out X,000 words per day muse, you provide the inspiration," and the muse is saying:...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Thanks David....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    That's really kind of the point. Major rivers are major, and the mouth often isn't a good place for ships to stop. For example, the mouth of the Columbia isn't a port either (those would include Portland, which is upriver)....
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