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  • Commented on Hiatus
    http://www.mariannerichmond.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/HoorayforYou.jpg...
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    Righto. For whatever reason, I'm Lord Protector of aliens/time travellers/world walkers/$OriginStory, and I wish to establish a foothold on Earth. (rolls up sleeves). We have biotechnology at least as advanced as 2014 state of the art - if alien, we're...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I suppose there's no way you could have known, but John Peel (Perfumed Garden, Kat's Karavan, Top Gear etc) was pretty much an "anti-DJ": softly spoken, and with a self-defined mission to play what other DJs wouldn't. Lots of sessions...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Any Brit over a certain age who didn't listen to the John Peel show probably worked in an all-night garage (with talk radio on).....
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    Congrats to everyone, had a great time reading all the entries. I'd just finished a re-read of *Angelmaker*, so rk.radiohill's entry really cracked me up. Hats off to all involved, and the best beings won....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Operatives should not fall asleep while operating the THEOREM MACHINE (indeed the chemical inputs alone should make sleep impossible). If an operative does fall asleep, and subsequently cowrites a paper with THEOREM MACHINE while sleeping, they are not entitled to...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    There is a related (and definitely real) story about cancer clusters around nuclear power plants - that were planned, but not built. That story is more about stats and clustering rather than a reverse placebo effect. Unless there's some "leakage"...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    "France had it worse - in WW1 it was literally decimated." Sorry, I meant the male population was decimated, which is quite a different figure. Sloppiness rather than sexism. My apologies....
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    I was referring to the "doubly thankful" - those that had no casualties in either wars. There is a relevant wikipedia page, although the page claims 13 were doubly thankful - while using the same BBC article I linked to...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    Only 14 villages in the UK had no casualties from both World Wars. Including the appropriately named village of Upper Slaughter. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15671943...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    I've visited and slept in Wayland's Smithy, there was something there circa 3700 BC, but the bit I slept in was constructed around 3400 BC. Oldest building actually intended for sleeping in and still recognisable as a building, I really...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    heh. In my line of work, I'm never more than a couple of feet away from a Telecaster. For the unfamiliar, that's over eight pounds of hard wood and metal. It'd probably even stay in tune....
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    I have been assured by a former chair of DSAC that the chickens were real....
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Yep. And although the scientitians are the most notable group there, East Grinstead has more than it's fair share of religious groups - Opus Dei have a conference centre, there is a group claiming to be the Rosicrucians based there,...
  • Commented on The latest news
    Many members and ex-members of the armed services - especially Americans - already carry unusual coins - "challenge coins". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin...
  • Commented on The latest news
    "I'd believe that they had a working quantum computer" I can both confirm and deny that....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    "His stuff always works" - looks like fusion, but actually uses fission, for example? 'Short Granite', 'Orange Herald', and 'Purple Granite'.. And he's so useful they've also overlooked that he doesn't seem to have aged much since 1957....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    "I sometimes have to wear a noose around my neck" Don't you wear a device to prevent your throat being cut, in the style of a Croatian (cravat) mercenary? @Charlie - the Lake District "Camp X-Ray" might not be entirely...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    Back when anyone with a few mates and a longhouse could call themselves a king, none of them had any privacy at all. This was of course mediated by extreme penalties for gossip. I'm disappointed by their choice of name...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    The band in the TV comedy 'Peep Show' was originally called 'Various Artists' to mess with people with ipods - until it was changed to 'Danny Dyer's Chocolate Hermunculus'....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    There do seem to be many indications that the pyramids (or at least some of them) were built by paid workers who had a reasonable social status - some workers had tombs close to the king, seem to have been...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Jennifer Morgue
    Minor quibble: Glomar Explorer, not Glomar Challenger....
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Singularity Sky
    Quite a few "super Toucans" in service, but not much panic in military circles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Tucano...
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Singularity Sky
    Not just a fetish but a financial motive may have been involved - kill the crew and you've got yourself a prize ship. Sink the ship and you've got nothing....
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    What impresses me about Thompson and his crew as well as their obvious decency and heroism is the far wider issue that he and his crew were part of a large group of people with a great deal in common...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    There's a UK entertainer called Derren Brown, who is extremely good at covertly manipulating people. Now I know it's a TV act and there are limits to this, in principle it's extremely difficult but not impossible to manipulate hostile groups...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    It might appear to an alien observer, that in the 20th century there was a nuclear war between surface dwellers and nameless horrors under the Pacific and Novaya Zemyla....
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    There's the problem that the sort of enemies you'd want to use nuclear weapons on are likely to be conscripts, not volunteers(or any sort of weapons - I felt a lot of sympathy for the "enemy" in the Falklands conflict)....
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    Farm Hall. They were astounded by the news of Hiroshima. Also, iirc there is a place on the transcripts where they doubt the British had the technical capability to record their conversations....
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    I have been told by someone who would know (but who wouldn't thank me for naming them) that the British Tridents can be launched without US approval. This doesn't weaken Charlie's argument, which I find convincing. I vaguely remember a...
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