JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    That's the GSV Our Kind Watched The Brilliant Nights and Sang Songs While the Whales Were Alive and Swum In the Seas When The Coral Lived And Have Dragonflies To Summon And Dragons In The Sky from Iain M. Banks's...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    For anyone who is interested, When Angels Wept is an excellent counterfactual of the Cuban Missile Crisis going hot. What makes it particularly notable is that the author is an academic who has studied the USSR, the USA, their weapon...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    This is coming right up for everybody.......
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There's a story that's been passed down the generations in my family. Some bits of it may have been improved or changed in the c.100 years since it happened, but this is the version I've been told. One of my...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Tsk, tsk, honey-bun; how innocent are you really? Bless your heart....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    This almost sounds like the series won't have a happy (for Homo sapiens values of happy) ending. This cannot be! Say it ain't so!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    On my most recent reread of TNS, I thought that the UK government is going to have trouble feeding the Alfar Magi. "You mean they need actual blood - from people, mind you, or they die? And, if provided, the...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Alie Brosch has a good take on the pain scale over at Hyperbole and a Half. For a sample: #10: "I am actively being mauled by a bear"...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    I've read Dreadnought and it was excellent. Looking forward to both Sovereign and her guest post(s)....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Hurray! The Atrocity Archives is on sale in Canada now! It's CDN$1.89....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I oversimplified when I talked about the US only declaring war five times. The US declared war in five separate wars (as listed above). However, in WWI the US declared war upon Germany and Austria-Hungary, but not Bulgaria (although Bulgaria...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    FWIW, the US has only declared war five times in its entire history: (1) War of 1812; (2) Mexican-American War; (3) Spanish-American War; (4) WWI; (5) WWII. So every other time they have used their military to bang Johnny Foreigner's[1]...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I'm logged in on Amazon.ca, with a Canadian address. The Kindle edition is listed as $8.99....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    H'mm. I'm in Canada, and the ebook is showing as full price ($8.99) at Amazon.ca....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    For an entertaining work-through of the possible effects of a small object going at 0.9c in the Earth's atmosphere, you could do worse than looking at Randall Munroe's relatavistic baseball, his first XKCD What If. Lots of destruction caused by...
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: Empire Games
    Minor vexillogical question re: the flag of the New American Commonwealth. At Kindle location 5263: There were flags, flags everywhere: an unfamiliar field of gold stars superimposed on a white circle on a red background. This sounds like a reversed...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Alas, that link is broken.......
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    But 100 lb per day would be ludicrous, yes. Either than, or a truly terrifying horse That's the reason that Operation Sealion couldn't work - the Wehrmacht didn't have a certain animal at its disposal: Desirable characteristics: Mounts should exhibit...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Thanks for pointing out that link. I knew that Sealion was absurd, but it's nice to see the plan laid out in all its folly. C. S. Forester wrote a counterfactual similar to the wargames carried out by Sandhurst as...
  • 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...
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