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  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    re Angleton erotica ... "Boy," he said conversationally, "this is going to be messy. Please verify that all the human staff are off the premises, then fetch the night watch." "Fetch the—what, all of them?" "Yes, Bob. We're going to...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I take it back then there was no SCADA? Hmm. I know at least one major builder of biogas plants who built plants and used MS Team Viewer for remote control and service! Apparantly it happened that the remote service...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Never heard that DHKP-C was linked to Ergenekon, I had figured them to be mostly nationalist Stalin fans....
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    ... let's all misremeber this thread as the one Charlie promised one or two novellas each year ......
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    ... but A Colder War would be a great seting for an anthology (maybe by multiple authors?): As no life is lost in the eater of souls (or whatever that line was), let's have many stories exploring the many ways...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Again, I don't know the UK situation. But from over here (Germany) I know of more cases where the spies (police/domestic secret service, not snitches from within the movement) spent a long time - years - spying. Does not fit...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    I don't know the UK situation, but I think one has to understand tha most police, most of the time, are at least a bit right of the center (politically speaking), and harbor more than average suspicion to everything left...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    You could use cardboard for the bulk of the drawer separation, and print connectors, hinges and specially shaped cradles....
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    I was thinking of an internal conduit you fill with a conducting fluid. Salt water, or blood,...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    A recurring theme is connectors (lego - whatever, glasses - microskope, camera - tripod, telescope - phone). Genuinly useful but needed in so small a quantitiy that they will seldom be sold at a reasonable price. I'm thinking hard about...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Actually not mine: http://fffff.at/free-universal-construction-kit/ But they don't do playmobil (not that there's much to connect) which is a pity because my kids realy like their playmobil. On direction worth thinking into (even outside toys) is this - what can I...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Small, ball like Thingies with lots of notches and a rough surface so you can easily use the thingies + a rubber band to attach twigs and sticks in any angle to each other, as a sort of construction toy...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Another one! 4) Sometimes around Rule 34, you said something to the effect that you don't believe in free will. Can you elaborate which concept(s) of free will you don't believe make sense, and which ones might? And what does...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Several questions! 1) Of the diverse utopian societies depicted in SF, is there one where'd you think "a society like this just might work (without magical tech)" and "I wanna live there?" 2) My feeling is that you write fantasy...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Skipped the last 70ish comments, skimmes quite a few beforeso sorry if I'm redundant here. Three thoughts. To write about a different society you need to observe and think about society. I think an author who transplants, say 60ties suburbia...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    My guess why quite a few authors don't really bother to extrapolate social change: 1) You need to think a lot about society, and not everybody does that - sadly. 2) You will not only make assumptions that will be...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    (((Extensivly refering to Jared Diamond is another strange attractor round here. We should get him to take his knowledge of birds and islands and derive some bold, counterintuitive statements about the singularity. Nerdsplosion ensues))...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Refugees is who lifeboats are for. I think you are talking about castles for practically feudal elite. Cosy catastrophy much? I think KSR got the whole 'lifeboat' argument right in the latter parts of the mars trilogy: There's so, so...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Hmm. I wonder if the aspects that would make a space station a likely candidate for a police state would also apply in Siberia, or Greenland or Antarctica (just a few orders of magnitude les so, but still more than...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Funny. Today, on my way back from work I was thinking about how crime might look like in panopticon space station. I arrived at a guy who breaks into a liquor store and drinks all he can before the police...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I'm thinking close to the wording of the original question: Where does the power come from? At first glance, I found scenarios depicted above like soviet Russia with extensive social networks enabling the subsistance of the people plausible. But Russia...
  • 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...
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