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  • 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....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Also, if we treat debating around here like a game, can we all admit it's calvinball?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    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...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    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...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    The "lessons" that stick with you are the ones told as stories; the more powerful ones can last decades. True. But a story is a process. An archetpye is a thing or person with (archetypical) attributes. A story is about...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    Since I read quite a few of Grimms fairytales, I understand the longing for fables far less. Let me give you an example, courtesy of brothers Grimm, ca. 1819: "There once was a child that would never listen to his...
  • Commented on Interlude: Swords! Or how I met Charlie, and became an author too
    I have a rock-paper-scissors question for those who want to think about the "best melee weapon evva!": Say you travel around the late medievial europe, and expect all kinds of trouble: brawls turning nasty,urban muggings, rural muggings, rural muggings where...
  • Commented on Interlude: Swords! Or how I met Charlie, and became an author too
    This post finally got me around to read the copy of George Dubys book on Guillaume le Marechal. Someone upthread wrote they'd like to have a beer with the guy. There's this episode where Guillaume meets a man travelling with...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    Would be fun to feature causality violation in a boardgame. To have fellows to play such games with!...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    I've had these discussions too, with fans of homeopathy and the like. usually very late, ver drunk and somehow it never occured to me to say "just because I can't disprove your stuff right now does not mean your right."...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Okay! Being an engineer, I often ask myself "what has worked the last time" and don't bother with first prinicples etc. My boss would not appreciate i I did. But coming from there, I found it easy to believe Echopraxias...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Peter Watts popped up a few timese upthread with his rifters and vampires, now we are talking predictive power of science and betting ... Funny that Peter wrote explicitly about the latter in Echopraxia. Or go find the Colonel on...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    HAvent read all teh comments yet, just a quick thought - Could it be that we don't have Psi anymore because finally, a reductionist view of brain etc has sank in with everyone who cares? This is not in the...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    A little series of possible urban legends re. Vampires: 1) there exists a heritable condition that affects blood forming and other things. Those suffering have often retreated gums (giving the appearance og longer teeth), don't like sun and can alleviate...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Hmm. There's apparantly loads of parasites that modify their hosts behavior so the parasite finds its next host (fish flashing their belly so they get eaten by birds the parasite likes, ants that hang around the edges of leaves)[citation needed,...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Still thinking about an asteroid civilization ... (And there's probably a more fitting comment to reply to). I see no economic point in going to the asteroids. So what could motivate anyone to settle space? With a large enough poulation...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I think Susan is on to something. Also, I seem to remeber something about the heavy element inventory (metalicity) of the milky way beeing relativly young. So it's not that unlikely that we are among the first generation. But his...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Won't work. The reason the right wing is always Hijacking center/left stuff is that the right wing tends to be very insular already. Where's the right wing capturing center/left stuff? One example that comes to mind is the 'social' paint...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    MAybe, just maybe, I'll revisit this thread in a while and see what I make of the surrealism then ... The funny thing is, what I make of the whole SP affair is the Hugos don't need new or different...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    For me, as a leftist of the anarcho-communist sort, what you described is not 'deniably leftist' but simply leftist. Why? Because the left (let's use the term for a moment) is both an intellectual tradition of understanding the world and...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I find it funny that the 'liberty' in libertarian means 'don't say stuff if it hurts you economically'...
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