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  • 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'...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I would not know how to have literature without politics. Ideology is how you think the world works and should work*, you can't tell stories without a specific version of how the world works embedded. The reader only notices when...
  • 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...
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