JReynolds

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  • Commented on On hold
    Reminds me of my favourite dish: Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and a fried egg on top and Spam. Then I go cosplay as a viking....
  • Commented on On hold
    I'm sure that those hackers are sensitive, touchy-fillet guys....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    today I had a 50kg chicken feed on my bike My god, what they say about wildlife downunder is true! A 50 kg chicken sounds close to a dinosaur! [Yes, I adjusted _Moz_'s quote a bit to increase its truthiness....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Trump may be impeached - if the Dems are able to take back the House in 2018. However, it would take a miracle for the D's to get 60+ seats in the Senate. So they can impeach if they like,...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm guessing that by the time of The Labyrinth Index most, if not all, countries in the world will have been taken over by Lovecraftian evils. I'm also guessing that Canada or Russia gets to have Ithaqua in charge....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The sequel to Inca is really going to be published? That sounds great - Inca was one of my favourite AH novels. When I heard that Ms. Blom had died, I thought that the sequel died with her....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Best wishes to you & his friends and family....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I was thinking that Col. Smith knew who Liz Hanover was. This was a plan to provoke a nuclear war between the French Empire and the NAC. This would solve the problem of a high-tech TL with nuclear weapons, without...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Not unrelated to breaking the future is breaking the present. It seems that two-thirds of an entire species of antelope [200,000 of them] dropped dead within a few days of each other. TL;DR reason: it got too hot and humid...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    I'm really looking forward to this book. Any chances of a trip to Canada?...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    René Lévesque, Québec's premier in the mid-70s to mid-80s, was quoted at least once as saying "All journalists are liars." Since he had been a journalist in WWII, he knew how many compromises had to be made to make the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    As is often the case, SMBC has an amusing take on Baumol's disease....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There is a site that shows which countries use less electricity than Bitcoin: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/bitcoin-consumes-more-energy-than-159-individual-countries Apparently the Bitcoin Singularity is approaching: The amount of electricity consumed by Bitcoin mining is already huge, but is still rising fast. In a 30-day period...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Well before 300, but I saw an article on Tor about the Culture novels of Iain M. Banks. It made me sad the number of people who value two-fisted libertarian utopias over the Culture. One commenter even noted that: See,...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Take care of yourself, Charlie - lots of bed rest until you see off this chest infection. I'm really looking forward to DS. I'm counting the days....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I know that whatever happens to the King in Exile will not involve his restoration. However, I do wonder how the King in Exile thinks his restoration will happen. He's seen that the NAC has greatly changed in the 17...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    they were faster than anyone except Great Britain in abolishing it. And they only required 600,000 deaths to abolish slavery! Unfortunately, when Reconstruction ended in 1877, slavery was back, albeit under a different name....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The problem with no strong central authority is that you get a situation like Somalia, known worldwide for its scientific and cultural progress. The wrong kind of strong central authority gets you places like Venezuela, where the government seems to...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I thought as I was reading -Empire Games- that it was a shame that Adam Burroughs didn't take a page from the George Washington - John Adams playbook and set up a peaceful transition of power while he's alive. I'd...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Five years old, but xkcd has an entertaining cartoon about difficulties of various games for computers. Tom Gauld also has something entertaining to say on the subject....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Now there's an example of the law of the jungle!...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Heh. I first read Christopher Columbus and the Plymouth Settlement as Christopher Columbus and the Innsmouth Settlement Clearly, I need to drink more coffee this morning....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    (Woodward and Bernstein, obviously. The one time when I don't preview....)...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Think what the history of the US could have been like if Nixon's crew had been able to silence Woodward Bernstein. Turn that up to 11, and you have -Empire Games-. (At least, that's my take on it)....
  • 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....
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