JReynolds

JReynolds

  • 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....
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    You're right! And Iqaluit's weather is so much more moderate this time of year than it will be in Florida (today's high: 3°C, with rain). Thursday it's supposed to get up to 11°C! What's not to like?...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Interesting. I've heard that a majority of Americans want a European-style health care system-- a health care system that they are highly unlikely to get with the plutocratic / oligarchic nature of the current US governing structure. Should the EU...
  • Commented on Interstitial note
    Hey, wow! Charlie's Merchant Princes vol.6 is listed as an example in No Kill Like Overkill! I should have known.......
  • Commented on Interstitial note
    There is no kill like overkill!...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Very true!...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    I just looked up Capital in the 21st Century on Amazon.com. As of right now, 326 reviews, as follows: 5-star: 171 4-star: 19 3-star: 17 2-star: 17 1-star: 102 I checked the reviews of the 1-star brigade. It seems like...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Happy belated birthday to your parent. I hope that they are in good health....
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