JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on Generation Z
    Happy belated birthday to your parent. I hope that they are in good health....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    No kidding! One of the (many) things I like about your work is that the characters seem to be real people, rather than the cardboard cutouts produced by at least some MilSF writers. The offerings of huge doses of gore,...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    "a Gothic architectural urban fantasy novel" Here's a free alternative idea for you (and worth every penny!) You mentioned in an earlier post that the Merchant Princes TNG will open with the forces of New Britain finishing up the war...
  • Commented on April Fools Day is Cancelled this Year.
    Heh. Reminds me of a promise of the Rhinoceros Party of Canada, a satirical party that ran candidates in Federal Elections between 1963-93: "Adopting the British system of driving on the left; this was to be gradually phased in over...
  • Commented on I'm back
    I've read the original six-book version, and I'm guessing that this is not part of the soundtrack. Good to have you back, and I'll be interested to hear the real suggested soundtrack....
  • Commented on Implications
    Many years ago, I did my Bachelor's Thesis on constructing a tree-ring chronology of the trees near Peyto Glacier in the Canadian Rockies. The trees growing in the valley of the glacier were often quite old. The oldest one I...
  • Commented on Implications
    And if it's not a believable, consistent world, that's as bad as a character whose motivations and personality are inconsistent. Strongly agree. An example: I read the first few books of the Temeraire series (Dragons! In the Napoleonic Wars!). The...
  • Commented on I get books
    Equoid was good. I read it on Tor's website. Good to see that it's going to be in a dead-tree edition as well as being in electronic form. One question: is your ARC signed by the author?...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    I saw an article about webcam face capture yesterday, but [irritated]I cannot find it today[/irritated]. The webcam in question was supposed to auto-track and auto-focus on people's faces. A video showed a (white) woman moving around in the webcam's field...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Paint a huge winged castle on the sides, and you'd have Castle Wulfenbach 1.0....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Heh. Does BLUE HADES do bureaucracy like us? I imagine that they have a very different mindset (and therefore social organization) than us chimps. Heaven knows what DEEP SEVEN thinks about the coming CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN....
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    The educational establishment usually has ethical guidelines that prevent staff having sexual relationships with any students, even those well over the age of 18. Some limit this to those they are teaching others just make it a blanket ban. When...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Sorry-- I didn't make myself clear. If your Marsbound spaceship with tinned monkeys (with adequate[1] supplies for 20+ years) has a good[2] chance of landing safely, then I agree-- it would be an excellent thing to do-- the science and...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    You'd think that common sense would tell *anybody* not to go to Mars if it was a suicide mission. Good to know that some clerics aren't completely out of touch with reality, I guess....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    One of the functions of the Laundry which will suffer is recruiting, which means that some people who are delving into the wrong aspects of math and philosophy will continue to do so. And Wolverhampton is destroyed this time. "Have...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Privatize and outsource the Laundry? I know that humanity can't win this war, but do they have to lose it that quickly?...
  • Commented on Beer, Boston, Tuesday
    OT but amusing: Those of us who have read Charlie's Missile Gap might find the second illustration on Whatever's recent post http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/02/18/join-the-insect-army/#comments to be amusing. I, for one, welcome our insect overlords!...
  • Commented on Brooklyn, Beer 2.0, this Thursday
    Boston is even farther, I'm afraid. Your eyes are getting heavier and heavier... think Toronto... yes... Toronto... your eyes are so heavy... you must visit Toronto soon.... yes.... [how's that for subliminal internet hypnosis, eh?]...
  • Commented on Brooklyn, Beer 2.0, this Thursday
    Nooooooooo! (Still eight hours drive away). Have a good time....
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    The first rule of a Lovecraftian Apocalypse: you do not survive a Lovecraftian Apocalypse. Kameron: I'm looking forward to giving your books a try....
  • Commented on Beer, Brooklyn NY, this Thursday
    A mere eight-hour drive away from where I am. Perhaps some other time!...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Please feel free to hit a hornet's nest when you have time. It's fun to read the OP & the agonized replies as to why you are so wrongy Wrong WRONG! Because! (insert circular reasoning and dodgy 'facts' as appropriate)...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    You could re-purpose the trilogy to being of the "Three Californias" (Kim Stanley Robinson) variety. It blew my mind when I read them years ago when I realized that this was a trilogy, but instead of sharing characters and plot,...
  • Commented on And in case you think that wasn't bad enough ...
    Good heavens! At first I thought that this had to be a November Fool's joke. Then I followed the link. There was a real website there. "Taken by T-Rex" wasn't even the most bizarre title. Clearly this was a more...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    Heck. I'm derailing the thread. Delete as necessary....
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    Would the Soviets have ever surrendered, knowing that they faced extermination? If the Germans had managed to take Moscow, could they have held it for long? The Siberian divisions that, IRL arrived in Moscow to assist with the defense wouldn't...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    I can't really see a German victory over the USSR in WWII happening. Even before the Lend Lease, the Germans weren't able to capture Moscow in 1941. By the end of 1942, they were massively overstretched. Now, if the USA...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Oldest building visited: Joseph Schneider Haus, in Kitchener, Ontario (completed 1816; currently in use as a museum). Oldest inhabited site visited: Southwold Earthworks, southwest of London, Ontario. Occupied c. 1450 - 1550 CE. According to Wikipedia, its estimated population was...
  • Commented on (Flash fiction) A message from the Laundry public relations office
    Happy Birthday, Charlie! (It's still October 18th where I am). Many happy returns....
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    I for one, welcome our Strossian overlords! The only blowback that comes to my mind regarding war crimes is Henry Kissenger having to leave Europe in a hurry in 2001. He was summoned by a French judge who wanted to...
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