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  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    As is often the case, SMBC has an amusing take on Baumol's disease....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There is a site that shows which countries use less electricity than Bitcoin: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/bitcoin-consumes-more-energy-than-159-individual-countries Apparently the Bitcoin Singularity is approaching: The amount of electricity consumed by Bitcoin mining is already huge, but is still rising fast. In a 30-day period...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Well before 300, but I saw an article on Tor about the Culture novels of Iain M. Banks. It made me sad the number of people who value two-fisted libertarian utopias over the Culture. One commenter even noted that: See,...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Take care of yourself, Charlie - lots of bed rest until you see off this chest infection. I'm really looking forward to DS. I'm counting the days....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I know that whatever happens to the King in Exile will not involve his restoration. However, I do wonder how the King in Exile thinks his restoration will happen. He's seen that the NAC has greatly changed in the 17...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    they were faster than anyone except Great Britain in abolishing it. And they only required 600,000 deaths to abolish slavery! Unfortunately, when Reconstruction ended in 1877, slavery was back, albeit under a different name....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The problem with no strong central authority is that you get a situation like Somalia, known worldwide for its scientific and cultural progress. The wrong kind of strong central authority gets you places like Venezuela, where the government seems to...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I thought as I was reading -Empire Games- that it was a shame that Adam Burroughs didn't take a page from the George Washington - John Adams playbook and set up a peaceful transition of power while he's alive. I'd...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Five years old, but xkcd has an entertaining cartoon about difficulties of various games for computers. Tom Gauld also has something entertaining to say on the subject....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Now there's an example of the law of the jungle!...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Heh. I first read Christopher Columbus and the Plymouth Settlement as Christopher Columbus and the Innsmouth Settlement Clearly, I need to drink more coffee this morning....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    (Woodward and Bernstein, obviously. The one time when I don't preview....)...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Think what the history of the US could have been like if Nixon's crew had been able to silence Woodward Bernstein. Turn that up to 11, and you have -Empire Games-. (At least, that's my take on it)....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Happy birthday, Charlie. Hope you have a good one & many more to come. I just began a second read of The Delirium Brief, and I'm enjoying it as much this time as the first time through. There is indeed...
  • Commented on Excuses
    That was pretty funny, except for the bit at the end where the woman was found guilty regardless of evidence, and then hit upon, is still as true in the twenty-teens as it was in the 1980s. (Rowan Atkinson recycled...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Not quite, actually. Charlie mentioned that there was a novel-within-a-novel in The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. That novel's title? The Man in the High Castle. (Charlie, if I've misinterpreted that, then feel free to jump in!) Of course, even if they...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I was thinking earlier this week about how to distinguish when universes in the Empire Games series diverged. One method you implicitly touched upon was Philip K. Dick's novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy - not written in OTL, but present...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Of course, a lot of those events had antecedents: 1) SMS Goeben - if Churchill hadn't decided that the Sultan Osman I and Reshadieh - two modern dreadnoughts - would be better as part of the Royal Navy than being...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Lab assistants who habitually wore red shirts....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I ran into a cartoon recently suggesting what a US President might do for shits and giggles. The scary thing is that I'm not sure that this would be beyond DT....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    For anybody who is wanting to read more about LBJ, this site has been running through presidential biographies. The author started in 2013 with George Washington, and has finally made it to LBJ. Robert Caro's five-volume biography of LBJ (four...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I notice that Randall Munroe, of xkcd fame, is going to be in the UK (including Edinburgh) in early October. Are you going to be able to go? I have the feeling that there may be an overlap between readers...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I'd add: * What the Dark Triad is and how to deal with people (especially people in positions of authority) who have it * How to spot authoritarian personalities (authoritarian leaders and followers) * At least one unit on logical...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    OT, but on topic for The Delirium Brief: an SMBC comic about parasites!...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I read The General's President ages ago. I recall it being a power fantasy ("If only I could do exactly what I wanted, all of the country's problems would be solved in 6 months or less!") To the author's (faint)...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I recognize your love of precious metals, but as has been stated elsewhere, gold and silver are a fiat currency. People have used basically any commodity (not just gold and silver, but copper, salt, peppercorns, tobacco, cigarettes, etc) as money....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Kim Stanley Robinson had a story set in an alt-history future that started in 1980. The attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages succeeded, so Jimmy Carter won re-election in 1980. Carter went big on human rights in his second term...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    One minor nitpick: Trump has many (countless?) faults, but he is teetotal, so drunk tweets are out. ISTR that there were some drunks in his family and he didn't want to go down that road himself....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    It's probably covered in the recent book, but I can't remember what TPCF stands for, and Google isn't helpful (Tanzania Pastoralist Community Forum? Treponema Pallidum Complement Fixation?)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Sudanese Fourth? Luxury! Why, when I were a lad......
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