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  • Commented on Evolver
    Well, we did ask the question how termites can ventilate a compost heap without boiling themselves. Not at all, but we have reserves applies ......
  • Commented on Evolver
    Can we have starfish terrans? Some ideas: Actual starfish: Some Starfish adapt to longer and longer periods out of the water and start tu hunt there, maybe raiding coastal birds nests or ambushing largert animals by lying in the sand....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Raccoons aren't social enough though perhaps they could evolve in that direction. Let me introduce to you the coati - basically a highly social 'coon without opposable thumbs (I think)....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Brainstorming other tool uses we might see by animals: Transport: For any forager, beeing able to transport more than a mouthful must be worth a lot. So basket weaving or birds nests that can be carried could come up here...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Thinking too much about evolutionary plausibility bogs me down, so i try without to find a species whose successor might make fire one day. We need breath control, fine motory skills, a heavy upper body and strong limbs, if we...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Relevant bit from Cixin Liu: In the century-long history of Chinese science fiction, apocalyptic themes were mostly absent. This was especially true in the period before the 1990s, when Chinese science fiction, isolated from the influence of the West, developed...
  • Commented on Evolver
    I find it hard to imagine any human artifact to play a big role for the coming evolution, should we be gone in a few months as per the OP. As others pointed out, on the timescales we are talking...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Since I have kids and read children books a lot I think mostly about fluffy animals. Badgers occasionally share dens with foxes (and if wikipedia is teo believed very occasionaly with rabbits!), from looking at documentaries a lot of encounters...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Since reading the (and (less so) others) authors blog and lots of TVTropes, I more often notice certain techniques, or at least think so. This let's me sometimes notice stuff I wouldnt otherwise. But studying would be something else (and...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Maybe the Ford Prefect sequence in So long, and thanks for all the fish somehow counts - we watch over his shoulder as he does weird things in weird places (on his journey back to earth) and learn only a...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    oops, forgot the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Traven Interestingly, teh english wikipedia is far less sure on B. Travens identity than the German one....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Found another good one, this time I can at elast sketch a fictional scenario (compatible with teh laundry verse): Otto Feige, born 1882 in now Poland, then Germany. Labourer. Afer the great arthquake hit San Francisco in 1906, he reinvented...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Yes, seems likely. If I had only captured the name of the guy, I'm sure one could find an interview or something....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Yes, but he joined the resistenza as a youth =(draft age, 18 or so). I like to imagine that when doing demolition, he learned to appreciate bridges which lead to him becoming a civil engineer....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Here he is: Antonius Raab (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonius_Raab). German pilot in WWI under Hermann Göring (and frineds with him). Worked as pilot, flight trainer, later started a company that built planes - together with a jewish pilot with whom he had worked...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I sadly forgot the name of the guy, I once heard this about an italian resistenza fighter: Ran into the mountains in Reggio Emilia to evoid beeing drafted into the fascist army (sometime '44) and joined the first partisan unit...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Mr Earbrass, congrats on a job finished, hope it led to pub time! All of those guessing about CT's vessel designation: Do not ... is as I understand it not the designation but the name. So for CT's designation, I...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Thinking about this from another angle ... I myself am an angineer and observe a lot of typical white-collar behavior within myself and my peers. One thing we don't do often is defend 'perks' (if you call atmosphere that allows...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    A thought on water cycles: Water flows downhill but look at the Nile and for how long it flows basically paralell to a large sea. Local topology matters very much. So it could be conceivable that water from the glaciers...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    First two papers on weather on tidally locked papers I found, not read yet: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1405.1025.pdf http://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/content/453/3/2412.full I really don't understand Hadley cells. I think the crucial question for us is why the subtropical high pressure belt is where it is,...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    For a brief while, I liked the Alcubierre idea. Since there is thisweird claim from the guy who once git some cash and lab spoace from NASA, I'm seriuosly unenthusiastic of one cropping up in fiction. Rather be honest about...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    The other version for starfleet is to have tons of differently specialized ships that band together depending on needs. All under different organizational umbrellas of course and no clear hierarchies. Argumetns wether this is functional or not are ongoing. Or...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Regarding the thread about explorer is space and models for same. how about this: Most interstellar travel is two-point, between systems that have set up the large lasers to accelerate and brake ships and and have all the compabilities hashed...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    We can actually think about meeting aliens without bothering with starships, as this is an LF thread. It would make sense for some groups on earth to start scouting the multiverse, o see if everything is shitty. The plan of...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    The other thing is, what would human empire and the culture make of each other if they ever encountered? (Maybe set the culture in Andromeda, at 100kc which I think the sleeper service did in excession that's just a few...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    ... soft skills and analysis / passage of information. Interesting. I frequently mull over ideas for game mechanics that deal with bandwidth/information passage. E.g. you play a leader of a small band and each turn you get one sentence statements...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    p.s.: Of course when I moan about the childishness of franchise loyalty, I'm talking about suppoed adults! Kids stil have to try out all the different ways of being childish....
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Martin (or others), out of curiosity, are there games that teach/require similar thinking to whatever military folks do when out militarying? The only wargame I've put some time in is Go. Regarding the actual topic, I'm kinda bothered by franchise...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    (also replying to other comments re. reading time/work/kids) Fun fact, at my previos job I worked longer hours and had a longer commute but made more time for reading: My commute was basically one long train ride. Now it's streetcar,...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    My summer was mostly graphic novels: Riad Sattouf - The Arab of the Future: A Graphic Memoir - Riad tells of the his childhood in Lybia and Syria. A very scathing look at the various arab nationalisms, but also at...
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