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  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Link or it didn't happen....
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    There's lots of phosphorus in the world, but we're not recycling it, and indeed, we have laws against recycling it and good reasons for those laws. So we face a looming phosphorus shortage, because the only thing we know is...
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    Something completely different. there's actually a model to ease trade without middlemen. It's the standards developed for tenders, mostly for construction projects. I as customer write a tender in accord with the local relvant laws and publish bid document. Potential...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Let's start by trying to nail down what makes capitalism capitalism: Exchange of equivalents (same market value) + Separation of producer and means of production. The rest, the profiteering etc., snowballs from there if the conditions are right. I don't...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    I'd be wary to what I apply "cui bono". Certainly adequate when looking at editorials etc (as per Cahrlies coment), but you have lots of conspiracy nuts who use 'cui bono' to handwave the absurdest theories (and, surprisingly often, decide...
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    One of the points I wanted to make with my question....
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    Sounds like one of the basic axiom to nihilism and existentialism....
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    Yes I was thinking about how to separate trauma and DBMTR. I would argue that trauma is about lived experience - disconnect, lack of agency and so on. Let's loot at DMBTR: The most merciful thing in the world, I...
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    I liked the IEE piece. Seems honest, in a way. But: All of us will die. Obsesing about workarounds and sky fairies and fridges and whatnot seems pointless and stupid to me. Not that I have an answer beyond let's...
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    Yeah, I think this is what I meant with expextations matter. Driven Mad By The Revelation (DMBTR) is not so much a question of the revelation, but of the mind doing the revealing. To save DMBTR, Dirk brought god back...
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    Given that the whole religos thing is basically madness with a dash of pascals wager, we practically agree. Stranger things have happened....
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    How would I know? Seriously, if the world continues to behave as it has so far I have a) no reason to believe in the simulation and b) no reason to believe that anything fundamentally meaner than life as we...
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    Here I go, write about why mad from the revelation is a christian Schtick and you come along and provide a well reasoned otehr way of thinking about it. Gotta chew on this, but I think there's more to beeing...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Here's a few issues I see with the cosmic horror story, that make it slightly amazing that geeks like this trope so much. The thing is, we are talking about the Cthuulhu mythos. Not the Space is vast an uncaring...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    TAS got me to download The King in Yellow, and I'm seriously underwhelmed. I'm in the middle of the 4th story now (the one with the painter and the model, seems to be the painter from story 2 and the...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Unsorted thoughts ... While reading, I was waiting for the Jim==Lecter reveal, or something to that effect. The whole big, beatiful stranger thing seemd raher similiar between the dreams and the envounter with Jim. Also, in my reading, this was...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Off topic but what the hell ... There's an idea for which the laundryverse is a great playground (or site for destructive testing): The whole thing that authorianism is basically an adaptive traint for scarcity or the zombie-apocalypse, while the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    I read a year or so ago that the whole phytoremediation thing (concentrating heavy metals in plant, harvest sap or plant, use ash as ore) was slumbering for 20 years because someone sat on the patents and did nothing. Now...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Soilponics - I mean, trating ground as an inert carrying media, like rockwool or styrofoam....
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    Also, if we treat debating around here like a game, can we all admit it's calvinball?...
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    Last time I rea agricultural trade press, keeping a carbon balance was a big issue in crop rotation. Cowerkers of mine who also farm professionally also talked about this as an important thing. Does big Ag elsewhere really practice 'soilponics'?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    I was warned about metawarnings. I ran away....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    The idea I failed to get across was this: It's really hard to do a closed bottle garde, becaue, aus Heteromeles has since pointed out, you have lots of biosphere and little nutriens, and little sinks for nutrients. But what...
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    Dear H.! Remember the large bottle garden you gave me a few years back? It's actually still thriving, something I wanted to tell you all the time. You did a great job there! A few weeks back, I found these...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    ((No connection to the book launch, but did you Charlie ever come across Umberto Ecos "The Book of legendary lands"? Could be a good inpsiration for some laundry stories. Collects all kinds of texts on Atlantis, Ultima Thule, Hyperborea and...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I really, really must urge everyone to read smbc. I'm always tempted to compare it (favorably) with xkcd, but that would be ... inaccurate? Smbc is just very, very smart and funny. Also, I find it hard to get into...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Re Ukraine - on one hand, a closer connection to the West (EU, NATO) gets a decent chance for the well educated ones to improve their conditions, makes part of the oligarchy richer and means mass unemployment for the industrial...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    ... including most Germans. Also, there's still streets named after von Trotha (who was one of the commanders of the Herero massacre) in some cities....
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    War ficttion as well as propaganda likes to construct situations where there's only one viable choice and that's to shape up and act like a real man/officer/soldier and fulfill ones role and see how inevitable that all is. In fiction,...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Hey Heteromeles, one of your posts here pointed me towarsd James C scott - thanks for that, so far I only read Two chhers for anarchy but that was quite good. Anyway, do you have any in-depth examination of the...
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