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martin089

  • Commented on Metacommentary
    For some reason the first example that spring to my mind for the trope " is evil and must be stopped" are Banks' Idirans. Where the problem seems to be that they belive in manifest destiny among the stars, once...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Getting back to the guest posts and why the threads stay so much on topic ... I read most of Charlies posts as containing some question (like this one), while most guest posts I remember were pretty much closed essays....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    About the "urban" in UF - I think the most urban-feeling fantasy to me were the Hoduns in Count Zero. This fusing of street smarts with magical thinking impressed me deeply. Someone asked about the real world impact of Rand....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Is magic a form of technology? Let's see how magic works in different fictional settings: Homers ancient greeks - magic, yes, but mostly powerful individuals. The whole thing feels magical because the stories are grand. Grimms Fairytales - no consistency...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    Interstallar communication was a topic on this blog a while back: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2011/12/tanenbaums-law-v-the-fermi-par.html Short version: sending a chunk of storage media may be a higher bandwidth communication than a laser. So for a different Freyaverse (the Leyaverse?) we could have three...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    regarding the whole question of 'real' value etc - A few years back, I stumbled over the article "Once again, on fictios capital" by Loren Goldner (freely available) that went to great lengths to explain value that's seemingly disconnected from...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    First of all, when I saw 'crib sheet neptunes brood' in my feed reader I thought "Now'S the time to ask! Did you run into a deadline, or what was up with the ending?" Second, back when Neptunes Brood was...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    While the peelian prinicples seem sound, I think the most basic thing that makes a police a police is that it's (in theory) about crime and lawbreakers: Someone breaks a law, we find him and drag him to a court...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    I think the "commandment" not to harrass writers or others misses the point. It's not the issue if one asks politely or not. _The issue is that with many people asking, no matter how politely, the whole thing becomes a...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [Redacted]'s attempt to use a Hero trap based on Nablakovs Lolita to seduce underage women has, not surprisingly, led to [Redacted]'s arrest. All whom it may concern shall remember to never base geases on works featureing an unreliable narrator....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    The Laundry does not discriminate against employees pursuing a BDSM lifestyle or using practices from the same, on the contrary the Laundry welcome s all activities that help our most valuable assets to deal with stress. However, we wish to...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    First, I also strongly recommend the cracked piece. Here's why: I think superhero is far from classical greek and similiar mythology (superpowered beeings do amoral things) and closer to knights tales - stories spun to teach those knights how to...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Heteromeles, I'm interested in reading something like this and want to encourage you to finish this a little bit....
  • Commented on Why AIs Won't Ascend in the Blink of an Eye - Some Math
    I think the whole graph and the reasoning behind it is fundamentally flawed: On one axis, we have "time". But time itself says nothing, we should be looking at is beeing produced in this time, and suddenly we may be...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    What's the big thing now, or rather which things are big? I find it hard to extrapolate from my personal reading. I'd guess neuroscience (or rather neuro pop-science) is in, Zombies are on their way out or are allready yesteryears...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    Rereading my post, this so hopelessly 2011....
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    You used to say "Look at what Bruce Stirling is doing, he's usually a few years ahead of everyone else." I give it a shot (Without knowing or understanding everything Bruce is doing): Boris is trying to fashion 3D-printed lingery...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Is this so? Can someone do the math on wether power is the main cost in computing? Come to think of it: Let's say a Rasp Pie costs 20€, and a kWh 20 €ct, then the Rasp Pie would have...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    This. This is so true, sadly. Try to think about it another way: It takes more time to debunk myths than to create them, it takes more time to disprove slander than to spread it. And slander is, by definition,...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    yes, the first ones. the MG/Gegenstandpunkt don't have any strategy at all, and are not relevant to the discussion here....
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    I don't know you guys, but I know a branch of leftist nutjobs over here in germany. Part of the nutkobbery are two beleifs: 1) enlightment is great, capitalism is a logical conlcusion iof enlightment and any rest od pre-capitalist...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Stanislaw Lem. The Trurl and Klapauzius stories are set in a post-human universe, it's robotic inhabitants talk with dread about the softling that predated them, while they deal with problems of simulatin entire civilazations, create happyness (and hilarity) by thelepathy...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    Here we are, discussing the minutiae of varios bombs in a thread about spooks. Why not talk about a land war in asia? Because an air war is would have totally workes? Thing is, we have a huge industrial military...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    Frankly, if I wanted to know about someone I'd ask the supermarket chains - loyalty cards are a massive source of data, and yet we're not claiming that Sainsburys is a surveillance-state atrocity. Maybe we should. Private/commercial mass surveillance and...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    Since the 30 years war the trend in the west has been to minimize mass civilian casualtys The trend was rather to move the mass murder to the colonies....
  • Commented on Spook Century
    @TRX I don't know the first thing about guns, so maybe naivly I would think that the most crucial component is the barrel and hence the most crucial machine a lathe? Am I misguided here? Also, I think you are...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    I was surprised to find that only about half of the Strugatskies work (based on a sample of 6) had it's first german translation done by a GDR Publisher. And I can totally confirm that Lem is another big name...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    I'd say the Strugatskies did big idea SF, with the idea in question beeing always philosophical, not technical. I find it hard to comapre that with Le Guin, as the stories from the Hainish books that impressed me most were...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    I'm wondering what sort of effect surveillance of ordinary citizens will have on various "moral" laws or regulations that are commonly ignored because police can turn a blind eye to them. Often these are tied to class/wealth, where people in...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    Can't say wether the english gtranslations are any good. The german translaters did a good job. However it may be worthwhile to look for more recent translations - during the 90ties, the Strugatskies revised some of their works to tone...
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