JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on Briefly
    Knowing what I knew from reading the six books of MP1.0, on this reread I was able to say: 'ooh, Miriam got this wrong,' or 'Colonel Smith was wrong when he thought this' and once 'Dr. James was wrong when...
  • Commented on Briefly
    Good luck, Charlie! I just finished the three-volume Merchant Princes. I'm looking forward to DS....
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Your mention of Beria reminded me: Stalin once misplaced his reading glasses, and told Beria. A few days later, Stalin mentioned that he'd found the glasses behind the sofa. "That's impossible!" exclaimed Beria. "We've already had six people confess to...
  • Commented on On the road again!
    Yay! Harry Connolly is back! His new series is almost at the top of my 'to be read' pile. James...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Ah yes, freedom: Freedom means you're free to do Just whatever pleases you. If of course, that is to say What you will is what you may. - Now that we're wandering a bit OT, does anybody have any thoughts...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Another reminder for me that Canadian politicians haven't cornered the market in stupidity....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    One of my problems with thrillers (and some SF) is the inclusion of Gigantic Global Conspiracies as necessary plot points. As one example, Zven Tenag'f Arjfsrrq gevybtl required a huge conspiracy to keep pumping out the new nastiness every few...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    In your Merchant Princes series, you had two (three if you count the Dead Paris Hilton line) alternate histories. Both the Gruinmarket and New Britain were less advanced technologically than OTL. Can you think offhand of any events in the...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Randall Munroe's Black Hat guy would disagree with you. And we all know what happens to people Black Hat guy doesn't like. . . ....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    According to Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian, Mount Rushmore was IRL a sacred place for the Lakota Sioux. They're still p*ssed off about the graffiti that those white guys carved on it....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Re: Greenland. The wonderful Historical Atlas of Canada notes that 1/3 of all property in the East Greenland settlement was owned by the Church. That's (IMO) an appallingly high figure. According to Jared Diamond, the church made it a priority...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    I don't think that Cameron and his ilk believe they are being malicious. They are simply serving their constituency, and believe that by doing this they are serving their country. People have an incredible capacity for self-deception. Reuben Bolling's most...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    You could try going to Berlin, Ontario. Except they changed its name in 1916 to Kitchener. I'm intrigued by the Berlin (Germany) setting. Will there be any more tips of the hat to Len Deighton? (I'm thinking of his Game,...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Happy Birthday, Charlie! There's a poem by Ogden Nash specifically for thirty-year olds, but I find it's just as good for other birthdays. Lines To Be Scribbled On Somebody Else's Thirtieth Milestone Thirty today? Cheer up, my lad! The good...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Of course! How silly of me. Wait... isn't there breathable atmosphere in Saudi Arabia? I'm pretty sure there is in Phoenix as well. (eergh... Someone Is Wrong on the Internet!)...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Here's an entertaining note from the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) regarding Mars One. In essence, the person who did the study estimated that under the current plans, it would only take 61 days for the first human to die just...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    We are seeing another strange attractor just now: OGH's (1) Current work in progress, and (2) Future books in the pipeline....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I just thought of another one: Lord of the Rings, as exemplified by the Palantir vs Smartphone debate of the earlier thread. OK, everybody: imagine a Smartphone made by Feanor.......
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    WWII is always a popular topic. The relative merits of different generals (usually British) also pops up from time to time (Montgomery = not very good; Slim = highly under appreciated. [Greg Tingey, I'm looking at you! {fwiw, I agree...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Off topic? This thread has become too silly....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Now that you mention it, I think that Saruman was working around the edges of a One Ring program. In Fellowship, he boasted to a captive Gandalf that he was "Saruman, Ring-Maker" or words to that effect. He just didn't...
  • Commented on Touching base
    Congratulations to your parents on their 60th. Did they get a postcard from the Queen? Do you have any thoughts about our relentless march to war in Iraq - Syria vs ISIS? My thoughts (for what little they're worth): It...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Also OT: what did you think of the Scottish Independence debate last night? It was a brief squib in the news here (Ontario, Canada), but it is no doubt a big deal there....
  • Commented on Down tools
    Reminds me of the sequence in the Dr. Strangelove movie: General "Buck" Turgidson: Mr. President, we are rapidly approaching a moment of truth both for ourselves as human beings and for the life of our nation. Now, truth is not...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I'm guessing he did-- Charlie referenced "The Nine Billion Names of God" (a story about the end of the world) just before the nuclear attack began. So yes, total and utter destruction - of a whole world, 99.99% of whom...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    Here's an idea for a story to give them: "Get lost!" Cut and paste as necessary to get to the 140 words. (I can see this appearing in future Stross anthologies....)...
  • Commented on Holding pattern
    @4: That song was politically incorrect even back in 1958! Which is really saying something. Funny, though. I liked OGH's appearance in a recent TOR article about Harry Potter memes: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/07/best-harry-potter-memes-gifs-videos-july-31 Charlie appears in comment 5....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Ah, blast! My HTML-fu was not up to the task! Only the book title was supposed to be italicized. [[ now fixed - mod ]]...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Heh. Reminds me of a section from Kim Stanley Robinson's Escape from Katmandu where (as a background event) ex-president Jimmy Carter goes hiking in Nepal and walks his Secret Service bodyguards right into the ground. This would have been on...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Around Y2K I saw two entertaining plates. One read COBOL; the other XCTL. Never saw a CICS plate, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of them was out there....
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