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  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    I apologise, I did preview the post, looked fine. Won't happen again....
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    This is true, Pratchett does have an underlying core of realism running through. The man invented knurd, after all. [[ url fixed - you forgot to quote it. again. mod ]]...
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    Interesting post. Neil Gaiman made a related point in his blog recently observing how comedians tend to be grim people in daily life, while horror writers are by contrast cheerful and upbeat, as if they got it all out of...
  • Commented on A Virtual Filmmaking Primer
    You can render realtime with blender too, been toying with it myself, because as you say rendertimes are a big bottleneck. There's also other renderers that can be used, and commercial renderfarms that can be hired, just typing out loud...
  • Commented on A Virtual Filmmaking Primer
    Yes, well, I didn't want to presume. Also the urge to self-flagellate is strong. Catholic upbringing, you know. Thanks....
  • Commented on Embracing Bugpunk: A Little Science, a Lot of Magic; Stir Until Frothy
    Nanotech might as well stand in for "magic" the way it's used in fiction nowadays. Clarke's law and all that...
  • Commented on A Virtual Filmmaking Primer
    argh, preview, always preview. [[ if you'd held on a moment I'd have fixed your URLs anyway - mod ]]...
  • Commented on A Virtual Filmmaking Primer
    I find the lack of mentions of blender, the main open source 3d package, puzzling. It's an amazingly powerful suite, with full modelling, sculpting, rigging, rendering and animating capabilities and including some impressive features such as camera matching, a game...
  • Commented on Introducing ... Death Knight Love Story, evolution of Machinima
    I'd be curious to know about the business side of things, where does the funding for such a project come from, how it will be monetized (Ugly term, I know). A lot of indie animators are making money off their...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    there are people out there with actual paper money in their actual wallets who never and will never ever have access to a cellphone much less a computer, Africans in places where there is little infrastructure have been using cell...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    The problem being that in order to convince the people holding the large lumps of money to do something with it you have to promise them a return on investment. But we've already invented a way around that: Crowdfunding. Sure,...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Interesting reddit post speculating that bitcoin might be a NSA project from the start http://reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1u89qv/why_the_nsa_revelations_make_me_worried_about_the/...
  • Commented on Commercial announcement
    Mispgl> Spoilers come with the territory when reading a blurb about a sequel... might wanna skip this comment too. .... Uh oh I just read the blurb (I have a tendency to click on the comments out of habit and...
  • Commented on Commercial announcement
    >That question is answered in "Dark State". Non-spoilery answer: something even more terrifying, by implication, than the dome itself ... The obvious answer is that it's a door to a parallel earth where the planet is missing entirely. Pratchett and...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Interesting, it seems that my idea of tagging bitcoins used unethically is feasible and has already been proposed http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-tracking-proposal-divides-bitcoin-community/...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I apologise if that sounded more accusatory than intended, I was on my mobile and didn't feel like scrolling for 5 minutes to get to the bottom of the page, so I used your name as an anchor. The point...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Seriously? I did a word search to find your post after I logged in and you've posted in this discussion over 100 times and you don't even know bitcoin can be split into (a billion) pieces? As for dispute resolution:...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I just think it's interesting how bitcoins solve the problem of micropayments in one swoop. Remember micropayments? People were kinda interested in those once upon a time. If you're the kind of person who cannot abide advertising and ad-supported models...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    It appears Charlie is big on original sin in relation to organization, just like bitcoin's libertarian ideology poisons the well for him, education's industrial revolution roots have some unavoidable cruft that cannot be easily removed. Sure teachers NOW don't identify...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Personally speaking, it would'be been nice to have got into this bubble when it started. Bubbles aren't bad (For you) if you get in on the upswing. I keep missing all the bubbles. And as for value, it's not like...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    I'm not so sure about that. Remember Ted Haggard? Similar scandals seem to be pretty frequent. One thing is that human psychology can be counterintuitive about these kinds of things. Witness Rob Ford's ongoing scandals, sometimes people just don't care....
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Bring it on. a) After it happens a few times, people will recognize the pattern and become extremely jaded unless they're a lot subtler than the demonization bomb you've described. "Did you know Bob was a pedophile?" "I heard he...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Why are these people never concerned that whoever does the surveillance might not be honest? I'm starting to suspect that Christians in the USA actually worship Satan. I file it under the same "MWha?" header I keep the fact that...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    One thing that I've always thought obvious but I never see discussed online is the fact that "You have nothing to hide if you're innocent" isn't just a naive statement, but an actual tenet of the morality of various protestant...
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    My guy was a friend of a friend whose car I got into one night with a group to be ferried from a to b, only to find myself whizzing down streets at an uncomfortably fast pace, culminating with him...
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    I was in a car with a great driver once. Never again. He definitely had skills but leaving yourself with no margin for error is a recipe for eventual disaster....
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    There was that German town that removed all traffic lights and signs, and everything worked out fine. Or so the story goes......
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    I would've thought the theme of the merchant princes was lack of control (Men plan, god laughs style). As literally no one (Not even the author!) was in control of events....
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-fireplace-delusion Sam Harris says wood burning is awful (Mainly as a way to illustrate how unwelcome truths are hard to take, but the fact remains)...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    http://exiledonline.com/wn-day-25-monty-python-burning-kikuyu-skit/ If the history of the last century proves one thing pretty damn clearly, it’s that pure combat power isn’t as important as control of information. And the world champions in that are the British. They have an oath of...
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