JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Heh. Starting in 1999, I was taught COBOL, CICS & JCL so that I could help with the great Y2K problem. Of course, the joke was on my employer-- by the time I got up to speed, things had already...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Another diesel-electric sub on display is the HMCS Ojibwa, currently on display in the metropolis of Port Burwell, Ontario. It saw service from 1968-1998....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Including this in a separate post in case mods choose to nuke it, some verbatim WS quotes. I'm sure we can all feel the love. ================== 50: Sigh. I'll go slow for you. Trust me, you don't win a reality-fight...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    And not 30 minutes after the suspension ends, it starts up again. No kidding! As soon as the ban came off, BAM! Eleven out of 16 posts (736-39; 740-43; 745-48). In aggregate, 107 posts of (so far) 751. It made...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    +1 to what Greg said. Some Canadian citizens are getting stopped at the US border and turned back, for the crimes of (1) being brown and (2) being Muslim. This despite the rescinded travel ban. Fascists gonna fascist, I guess....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Re: THESUN etc: I think that WS was referring to Haydn's String Quartets Op. 20, also known as the Sun Quartets. In her first comment on it (88), WS said THESUNTHESUNTHESUN - obviously referring to the first three quartets. In...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    JFK springs to mind. From the article: ...newly disclosed medical files covering the last eight years of Kennedy's life, including X-rays and prescription records, show that he took painkillers, antianxiety agents, stimulants and sleeping pills, as well as hormones to...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Another thing: I just watched the 1969 Italian Job. "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" is a pretty funny scene....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    There's always the dumber than a bag of hammers used in O Brother Where Art Thou? (clip is 7 seconds long, contains just what it says on the tin)....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    This reminds me of a speech made by Tommy Douglas, one of the better Prime Ministers Canada never had. In it, he described the history of Mouseland, a country where mice voted for one of two parties: the Black Cat...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    If you're looking for fiction with that kind of setting, The Last Policeman has a good take on the world waiting for a big asteroid (6.5 km in diameter) to hit. It's a good mystery as well as an excellent...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I didn't know that there was more than one 6.30 in a day!...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    One Laundryverse thing I've wondered about is other countries. We've seen the Iranians call in Mo's support. We know that other countries in the EU have their Laundry-equivalents, plus the Black Chamber in the USA. What if the next major...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I've read the bigger, juicier extract now. I'm shocked, shocked that the DHS is doing something underhanded!...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Also looking forward to this. I recall that the New Britain timeline started when Bonnie Prince Charlie decided to stay in Scotland rather than invade England. Background question: were there a bunch of smaller events that happened first that convinced...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Rev. Raymond Schiller Man! I thought he was Killed Off for Real - breakfast for his boss. Oh well - friends come and go, but enemies accumulate....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Greg, she isn't going to go away. She isn't going to stop. OGH is the only one who can make that call, and he hasn't. My opinion of CD is similar to yours, I think. I can't be arsed to...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Dealing with a loved one who has dementia is very hard. You have my deepest sympathies - I've been there and know what it's like....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Comments still LT 300, but: It seems that Brexit must be voted on by Parliament - the referendum wasn't sufficient in and of itself. Can PM May get around this? Aside from successfully appealing the ruling, of course....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    von Hichtofen: I'm sorry for your loss....
  • Commented on State of the Charlie
    This seems to be a semi-open thread, so I'll bring up that if you want more Charlie, he appears (tuckerized) in the two recent books Arabella of Mars and A Gathering of Shadows. A few years ago, he was in...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    I'm looking forward to Bob's TV interview in The Delirium Brief. Will the interviewer ask him: "Were you born Bob Howard, or is that just an alias?"...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I think that Dr. G. Larsen documented something like this in one of his publications....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Way to go, Mister Earbrass! I'm looking forward to reading it already....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I just read an all-too-apt SMBC cartoon on that very theme....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Yes, you can find a clip by googling "expedition to Lake Pahoe". I got the 'transcript' from Monty Python's Just the Words website....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Re: Cannibalism. ISTR seeing a news item on TV years ago about how cannibalism had persisted in the British Navy. I was fortunately able to find a transcript, which follows. "Well first of all I'd like to apologize for the...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    John Varley has announced it as being done at his website (varley.net). I checked Amazon, but no sign of it there yet....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    FWIW, John Varley has finished Irontown Blues, so it should be seeing publication eventually....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    A serious +1 to The Steel Bonnets - it is truly excellent. I'm sad that Fraser's last novel (The Reivers, set in the same time period) left me so cold....
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