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  • Commented on Excuses
    Happy birthday, Charlie. Hope you have a good one & many more to come. I just began a second read of The Delirium Brief, and I'm enjoying it as much this time as the first time through. There is indeed...
  • Commented on Excuses
    That was pretty funny, except for the bit at the end where the woman was found guilty regardless of evidence, and then hit upon, is still as true in the twenty-teens as it was in the 1980s. (Rowan Atkinson recycled...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Not quite, actually. Charlie mentioned that there was a novel-within-a-novel in The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. That novel's title? The Man in the High Castle. (Charlie, if I've misinterpreted that, then feel free to jump in!) Of course, even if they...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I was thinking earlier this week about how to distinguish when universes in the Empire Games series diverged. One method you implicitly touched upon was Philip K. Dick's novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy - not written in OTL, but present...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Of course, a lot of those events had antecedents: 1) SMS Goeben - if Churchill hadn't decided that the Sultan Osman I and Reshadieh - two modern dreadnoughts - would be better as part of the Royal Navy than being...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Lab assistants who habitually wore red shirts....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I ran into a cartoon recently suggesting what a US President might do for shits and giggles. The scary thing is that I'm not sure that this would be beyond DT....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    For anybody who is wanting to read more about LBJ, this site has been running through presidential biographies. The author started in 2013 with George Washington, and has finally made it to LBJ. Robert Caro's five-volume biography of LBJ (four...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I notice that Randall Munroe, of xkcd fame, is going to be in the UK (including Edinburgh) in early October. Are you going to be able to go? I have the feeling that there may be an overlap between readers...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I'd add: * What the Dark Triad is and how to deal with people (especially people in positions of authority) who have it * How to spot authoritarian personalities (authoritarian leaders and followers) * At least one unit on logical...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    OT, but on topic for The Delirium Brief: an SMBC comic about parasites!...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I read The General's President ages ago. I recall it being a power fantasy ("If only I could do exactly what I wanted, all of the country's problems would be solved in 6 months or less!") To the author's (faint)...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I recognize your love of precious metals, but as has been stated elsewhere, gold and silver are a fiat currency. People have used basically any commodity (not just gold and silver, but copper, salt, peppercorns, tobacco, cigarettes, etc) as money....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Kim Stanley Robinson had a story set in an alt-history future that started in 1980. The attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages succeeded, so Jimmy Carter won re-election in 1980. Carter went big on human rights in his second term...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    One minor nitpick: Trump has many (countless?) faults, but he is teetotal, so drunk tweets are out. ISTR that there were some drunks in his family and he didn't want to go down that road himself....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    It's probably covered in the recent book, but I can't remember what TPCF stands for, and Google isn't helpful (Tanzania Pastoralist Community Forum? Treponema Pallidum Complement Fixation?)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Sudanese Fourth? Luxury! Why, when I were a lad......
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    I just saw your twitter feed. I'm sorry for your loss....
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Jedi hugs if you want them....
  • Commented on Book day!
    +1 to all the best. Be strong....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Did you put a cameo of yourself in this book? I'm looking at the section that begins with: "Thank you." Mo glances at her companions. Tall, thin, academic-looking guy in a bow tie and tweed jacket rather than a dinner...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I saw this cartoon today and thought of Greg immediately....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The New Yorker has a bit about this recently. From Frederick Douglass's 1852 'The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro': What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    If you want to see some interesting technological development in the movies, you might try watching The Maltese Falcon. Not just the 1941 version with Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor - the ones made in 1931 and 1936 (yes, three...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    That's the GSV Our Kind Watched The Brilliant Nights and Sang Songs While the Whales Were Alive and Swum In the Seas When The Coral Lived And Have Dragonflies To Summon And Dragons In The Sky from Iain M. Banks's...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    For anyone who is interested, When Angels Wept is an excellent counterfactual of the Cuban Missile Crisis going hot. What makes it particularly notable is that the author is an academic who has studied the USSR, the USA, their weapon...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    This is coming right up for everybody.......
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There's a story that's been passed down the generations in my family. Some bits of it may have been improved or changed in the c.100 years since it happened, but this is the version I've been told. One of my...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Tsk, tsk, honey-bun; how innocent are you really? Bless your heart....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    This almost sounds like the series won't have a happy (for Homo sapiens values of happy) ending. This cannot be! Say it ain't so!...
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