JReynolds

JReynolds

  • 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....
  • 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...
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