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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Enjoyed The Rhesus Chart thoroughly and thought it was a very smooth read (no mental hiccups), page-turner, and very easy to pick up the story the next day. Also quite liked the nods to real-life modern day technology/knowledge, work and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    "...how many people do we need? Plus a margin of safety how many people to survive the hazards previously mentioned?" Interesting question and similar to Charlie's (how many ITs would be needed for a ... space colony) scenario from a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    There's some research on personality type/characteristics and how tenaciously individuals will hold onto a belief. Also, some of the research suggests that how the clarifying or contradictory evidence is presented can make a difference. Mostly, to change people's minds, you...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Read a bit more about termites ... Simple creatures, yes, but because they're real living things, the story soon starts getting complicated. Anyways, the first thing I learned is that termites are very sensitive to salt. And, since a lot...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Surprised that this hasn't been done/tried in the U.S. yet. Could also be useful in parts of Australia, using local termites only. BTW, when Googling 'termites in Australia', the first thing that popped up was termite extermination. So re-branding these...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Unable to locate the video from the show - I can't even remember which show/series this was. Found this (below) instead. According to the show but not reported below, one of the key benefits is that termite tunnels help hold/retain...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Is there any experimentation re: using termites to help jump start reforestration going on in the U.S.? (Vaguely recall a PBS/BBC show about this being done in Africa.) I'm of the impression that reforestration can also help rebuild (top)soil levels....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Ever play bullshit bingo? Typically works better for the head-office road-show presentation/meetings than for client meetings/briefings. Says something ......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Two cents' time .... Biology is icky to discuss and research because almost all of the right answers have the phrase 'it depends on ...' buried somewhere in there. This phrasing is often interpreted (by non-biologists) to mean that biology...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Re: " Please note you originally wondered about the people younger than 10, where I explained given human reporductive biology, there is little reason to wonder." No, I was wondering about the 25-54 year age group. ("That's nothing compared to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    So basically, outsiders outnumber Qatari nationals 5 to 1? The 65+ year group doesn't make sense; that's a lot of seniors being hired. Although I suppose that British nationals upon retirement might opt to take advantage of the double tax...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Geopolitics doesn't always need lots of mass (population). In the equation of geopolitics the seriousness of the atrocity - wholesale butchery of a sex, race, culture) counterbalances the 'size'. Review/just think of all of the petty and small central/south American...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    At first I thought maybe this gender skew was because of imported workers ... but you do not import workers who are under 10 or over 65 ... so something else is going on. Plus -- the migration rate is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    That's nothing compared to Qatar below. Look at the 25-54 age group .... males outnumber females almost 5-to-1. This ain't natural ... what the hell did they do to all the females?! https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/qa.html Age structure: 0-14 years: 12.5% (male 134,477/female...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    They're not closed... wind, traffic of various types. Even the ISS is not a completely closed ecology....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Not a scientist, but from reading the headlines, it seems that some core issues are being ignored in this discussion. The point of having an ecology is that each organism within an ecology contributes specific chemical reactions to the whole,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Interesting discussion ... my two cents' ... The build-an-ecosystem-from-scratch-in-space scenario would first require that we had a census of life on and in our planet, including information as to which bits go with which bits. (Sorta like a 4-D jigsaw...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Interesting idea that the 'magic' dimension or realm should be as complex an ecosystem as our 'real world'. Looking forward to learning how magic evolution works, who's at the top of that particular pyramid, and who's the magic equivalent of...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    How about a Slime of Equoids?...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    There's also the Lüscher color test where colors are (supposedly) indicative of subconscious personality characteristics. (A 1984 test/article showed little agreement with the MMPI.) IMO, Lüscher's is on the money for explaining the violet/black color preferences of some teenagers....
  • Commented on Book Launch
    Comes down to a choice between: 'Case Nightmare Paisley' ... the universe is fractal, but so what, your life is mind-numbingly boring in every universe. And 'Case Nightmare White' where everything hits the fan all at once, and we find...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    And the iron? (Unlike bears, vampires supposedly didn't sh*t in the woods.)...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    In terms of extended co-existence with humanity, vampires more than elves or werewolves defy any rational explanation. Mind you, I'd enjoy a good origin story for any. Vampires feed on blood, so where does the mass go? Never hear of...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Would think that they could easily market-test using ebooks ... and then rollout likeliest sellers into hardcopy. Or, is there some fear that like movies, e-books would be pirated? Ooow Laundryversified elf-lore! Sounds intriguing....
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Never read that one, will look it up - thanks! Silly notion - origins and mundane facts concerning elves and vampires: Elves are usually described as vegans - don't recall ever reading about elves sitting around a campfire waiting for...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    "That's the problem with trendspotting. There are other studies that seem to show (or actually show, I haven't seen the math) that there's a huge amount of randomness in the movie business and probably in the fiction publishing business too....
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Glad you raised this point ... the dark side of the parental generation's ideals/wishes for its progeny. Consider that the boomers were promised a war-free future, and a 20-hour work week. I only thought about the insane cost of tertiary...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    The robot/nanomedicine real world trend suggests revisiting Frankenstein may be in order, but this time as a self-made monster. (Jekyll & Hyde optional.) This would also fit the narcissism/loner mentality of the younger cohort. Of the old world monsters, I...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Narcissism is at a record high ... which helps explain the popularity of sparkly vampires. So yes, Echoes would pull the trigger on Mom & Dad. (Unfortunately, I can't find what the current batch of high-schoolers are thinking ... that's...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Who's reading what ... IPSOS did a report on newspaper readership which basically found that you are what you read. Should be possible to reframe this for fiction. So just based on demographics ... a) Which demos/segments are increasing? b)...
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