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  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    It probably hinges on your definition of radical. To me it implies anticapitalism and intersectionalism. Not things you get elected for. This is also a discussion where I've seen real development in the last ten years. But decriminlazation as apragmatic...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    In strict accordance with horseshoe theory (okay, okay, it's more like "heuristic" than "theory", but it's unpleasantly accurate one) a lot of modern left (especially on the "harder" left end of the spectrum) are embracing sex-negative, SWERF-ish, downright neopuritan attitudes....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Re safe spaces ... It's weird when I run across the concept as something institutionalized in academia. I'm not convinced the problem is as big as a host of pundits make it to be. It's even weirder to hear the...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    When I read Hughs post, my first reaction was: These 'bot attacks' only work on people with a distinct social media usage (not me!), but I could not put my finger on it. Thanks to a few comments in a...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Scary application: The Coachbro. Coachbro is an app that reads your chat and tries to build a mental model of the person you're chatting with. Coachbro will suggest things to say, and it will warn you if what you're about...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Umm, the hacked cars where in Halting State, not Rule 34. I don't know what you people will do with this information. And how the Jesuits fit in....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Forgive me for not having read the last 400 comments, but I found something I thought a few of the regulars here will enjoy, or maybe 'enjoy'. The real reason for Syrian civil war: For those who don't read german,...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I just came across this: The monomyth: so incorrect it's dangerous Charlie and others mentiones a few problems with the mononmyth upthread (gender politics, how universal is it actually), the article linked goes into bit more dtail. Especially interesting for...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The woman or man who risks their life to save others is courageous, the one who runs from the emergency, leaving the others to possibly suffer & die when they could be saved? Burning buildings, sinking ships, etc .... All...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    One of the regulars remarked a while back on ISIS that 'finally someone weaponized the hero's journey.' I think it was never non-weaponized. It's a journey about (mostly) a man who gets convinced to seek adventure, danger and treasure in...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    In the last thread I mentioned an itch that SO as a genre scratches - escapism. I think this is where the huge scale and the sense of wonder and the action filled plots com in. It has to feel...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Not SF but cool: Metro - Kairo Underground by Magdy El Shafee, cool graphic novel with a touch of cyberpunk. Might also touch notes re. start ups. Published 2008. Lots of arab spring anticipated but no muslim brotherhood. Hmm....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    (Don't find the right comment to answer to ...) Re. muslim SF, here's a linkdump from another forum for those who want to investigate. Stuff I meant to get around to read but didn't ... also all of it pretty...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Body Bits Software Hardware Soul Dualism ... I think software - hardware is a flawed analogy for any other type of information processing, of which there are many. Our computers are (correct me if I'm wrong) the most general information...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    To add to the last paragraph: IIRC, about half of the authors in the my Apex book of world SF wrote their own english. There's a few stores by chinese authors in the "Upgraded" Anthology, all of them trasnlated by...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    We've talked about what makes SO SO. So, for me one thing is scale - if the world feels large. Interestignly, this is something no film that comes to mind does well. While most of Banks stories especially, but also...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Natural history by Justina Robson? Features "Forged", cybernetically and genetically changed posthumans in the oddest shapes. Quite a few nifty ideas, Everyone feels more like a fragile person than a hard cyborg. Blew me away the first time I reread...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Here's my list (sorry if repeating anything, making this up before diving into comments): Old earth is technologically backward re. the spacers, because the productivity boost of beeing 9 billion people and have less worry about life support than on...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Another take: The US is equipped to fight, what ws it, one and a half major land wars? I suspect they can carpet bomb some hellhole and have other parts of their military doing disaster relief at the same time....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    lineseed oil, also rich in omega-3 tastes fishy to me but not to my SO. hmm....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Yes, but you need the equipment you want to resonate! I don't think this is an easy stunt, the engineers who desiged the plant know about resonance and operational frequency and resonace will be more than 2 Hz apart. I...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    I think wiht classical cyberpunk the whole 80ties vibe even helps. Every futurism is retrofuturism and somehow the 80ties asthetics make it more honest or self aware about this. At least to me. I think the Lem stories that age...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Re. Infrastructure attacks: From where I sit, Siemens S7 PLC seem to be the norm for everything except minor niches. Maybe the SCADA level is more diversified? Not that I'm not a software or control person. I sometimes wonder what...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Wait. The text of yours you linked earlier was, IIRC like this: I want to be awed, I want to be curious, I want to always want to ask the next question." Did I misread you? Now this less like...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    ... you like to think you're predators To think of oneself as a predator may not be smart. Watched a wilderness documentary* this noon, one seen with to leopards trying to catch an impala. The impala went down three times,...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    mandatory Sputniko link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdU1F54FEOU crowbot Jenny...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    fiction that assumes the reader can identify with straight white males from North America and Europe is a 5% solution at best. True, but a character that's relatable to a transexual Xhosa reader probably won't be relatable to a Melanesian...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    How much have you edited your desires so far to enjoy doing whatever it is you are doing?...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Returning to the upthread topic of editing desires ... I think this what the things Focault called "technology of the self" ar about - confession, therapy and nowadays the individual action plan where you sit down with your boss and...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    sorry for the double post! As for me, I devoured Asimov and Lem and a bit Strugatzky in my youth (among others). But many of the oldies are unreadable (as in don't enjoy) to me now - Asimov, Heinlein, ......
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