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  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Enjoyed your comments about biological filters... If you haven't read Stephen Baxter's The Time Ships suggest you give it a go. I'm less than half-way through it myself, and wish I had bought/read it when it first came out. Covers...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Interesting tidbit from the expert astronomer side ... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150414101000.htm Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies Date: April 14, 2015 Source: Penn State Summary: After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced life, a...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Are you a Michio Kaku fan?...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I think it was shortly after that topic that OGH said this was a fractal problem ... tending towards infinity....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Suppose you let the SPs win ... just present them with an appropriately designed Hugo award* (I'm assuming this year's trophy hasn't been designed yet) in the mop closet. The SP want an audience, don't give them one. * Thinking...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Re: 191 Bellingham Thanks for your reply! A question: Is there direction in space comparable to direction on the seas - as in sailing into vs. against the wind? If there is a direction, then some directions would be easier/faster...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Re: "Once you get above 1% of c you can approximate a stationary helium atom in the interstellar medium to an alpha particle, and each square metre of frontal area of your starship is getting hit by on the order...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Re: 177 Mayhem "A virgin planet with a new colony? Growth rates would substantially exceed ours, and that is with standard biological reproduction. Given the reproductive engineering required for us to send viable colonies across interstellar distances, and you could...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Although humans are bags of mostly water, we need our bones to house the production facility for much of our immune and nutrient delivery/waste-disposal system (blood), etc. However, our bones need gravity - astronauts have shown us this. So, if...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    A bunch of comments ... Seed planet with detectors that monitor specific signals (radiation, chemistry, mechanical). Once a threshold is reached, these either send a signal or just do a gigantic ‘reset’ on the whole planet. Comets could be seeded...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    My suggestions were based on making this as affordable (inexpensive) as possible because the org is a not-for-profit and wouldn't have any budget for this anyways. Online voting - I was thinking of re-purposing the already available online survey instruments....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Actually, I've worked on something similar to this before ... I'd be game to try....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    TL;DNR ... How about doing a parallel online vote for the Hugos for members-at-large, then see how it compares to the outcome among worldcon attendees? If you also get some demographic data, you'd be able to see which subgroups are...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    A thought about why the sudden increase in venom and must-do-by-such-and-such-a-date (next year's Hugo's): Is papa's health going down, and is junior fearful he'll be disinherited if he doesn't prove himself to papa soon enough? From their Wikipedia entries/bios, both...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Did a quick read of the article and feel it missed a key point: the expectation that you will have a ton of data left over that does not fit your model. This occurs with super simple buy X vs....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Why not simply tell this Finland-based publisher: Oops, you've made a wrong turn, what you want is called the Prometheus Awards. (Also explains why the 'slate' ... SOP for this award.) Wikipedia url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_Award...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Hmmm ... having some editing issues ... let's try again. At present, there are some jurisdictions that do not take into legal account a person's mental/behavioral state apart from some very basic cognitive and sensory functions. (Example: Generally, anyone below...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Sealioning ... this blog is a great resource for expanding one's online vocabulary. Thanks! J Thomas - suggest you read up on NPD. (See def below.) "Narcissistic personality disorder, also known as NPD, is a personality disorder in which the...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Re: 317: "... And, coming to the quality of opinions, and keeping open minds, if a man is judged to be a source of good advice on matters of national destiny, as strategic writers tend to be, this seems to...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    My default start point is neutral: I give people the opportunity to earn my respect/disrespect. (Your comment about respect is comparable to what I sometimes hear when I say that I'm an atheist: "You do not believe in god/God, therefore...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    So the Beale family is trying to do to the SF market what the Hunt brothers failed to do with the silver market? Man, oh man --- anything to get a monopoly! Re: Respect I'm on the side of respect...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    "LRonCupboard" - seriously? So basically the same marketing/sales tactics that made and have kept Dianetics (the book) a top-100 book seller for the past 20+ years? The scam (I've been told) works as follows: Ship to bookstore after paying...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Per Campbell's Wikipedia entry: seriously into Dianetics and thought Hubbard should win the Nobel Peace Prize. (NEXT! Man, oh man but the SF community does attract its share of nut jobs.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_W._Campbell Re: Hannu Rajaniemi Will have to order The...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Okay - thanks for the heads up ... . I'd have guessed from your post and a quick read of their nominated titles, that their editorial stance would in fact be contrary to what the named golden age of SF/Fantasy...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    Greeks and Romans fed their armies a lot of garlic to supposedly strengthen their soldiers' stamina and resolve. Gladiators ate a lot of garlic for the same reason. So you have blood sports on one hand and vampire repellent on...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    The only Worldcon I ever attended included Q&A with similar questions from the floor to the panel... would like to know whether sparkly wins over omnipresent....
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    AI vs. Vampire ... Scenario: Vampire (and computer geek) has gained access to the local blood bank/hospital data to better plan and source his heme fix when an AI shows up, notices this activity and traces it back to the...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Recommend putting the bible through this app ... sex, violence, slavery/genocide, etc. Might improve it. As it is, it's quite difficult to read the bible because of its many internal inconsistencies, starting with the creation myths. (The Nicene council should...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Similar to attaching a fig leaf onto Michelangelo's David. I'm guessing that from an author's perspective, the key questions (apart from getting paid) are: 1) Who are you writing for? New readers (never heard of read you before) vs. fans...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    (When I am Planetary Overlord, I will criminalize most business-to-consumer advertising, because of the pernicious effect it has on our cognitive model of interpersonal relations. But that's a topic for another discussion.) Oh crap - there goes my day-job! (Please...
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