Jay

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  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    You realize those "flowers" are babies, right? What you're describing is less "philosophical debate in the Athenian agora" and more "Battle Royale High School"....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I know. I was just trying to play along with her whole "what if Max Headroom read way too much Chomsky" conceit....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    No surprise. You don't bring Carly on board if you're not planning layoffs....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Yeah. What Pigeon said....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    The "worst case" scenario is that the CCCP just go ahead and start mass-editing / uplift. A billion people (now ultra-loyal since their government actually did something for them positive[3]) who are edited. They don't even have to be "super",...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I expect that racism and patriarchy would vanish pretty quickly, if only for the reason that anti-left-handed bias was not a major feature of plantation agriculture. Everything would hinge on whether your parents had been able to afford the full...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Colder War was great, and the one about red mercury was also a classic. When Charlie does his research and thinks things through, he can write things that nobody else even tries to....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Well, yeah. The first bit of Accelerando seemed so 1990s that it might as well have put on flannel and hung out in Starbucks listening to Alanis Morissette on CD....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Almost everybody is the hero of their own internal narrative True, but their internal narratives are different from the narrative of the story. If I get 20 pages in to a book and there's neither a character that I want...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    All it means is that if you want the audience to relate to a character, that character shouldn't do things that the audience can't imagine themselves doing (or wanting to do). Imagine if, thirty pages into a novel, the audience...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    It was more the way the protagonist/story mistook the legal exercise of patenting for the actual work of invention that annoyed me. I'm glad you liked it, but I'm fairly sure I wouldn't (didn't). No accounting for taste....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I haven't read Rule 34, but I only got about 20 pages into Accelerando. Using a patent troll for the protagonist just didn't work for me. Same reason....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    I can't help thinking that you just didn't get the joke....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    John Dies at the End by Wong, Practical Demonkeeping and The Stupidest Angel by Moore, and Gil's All Fright Diner by Martinez. For Nye, I was thinking of things like Myth-Quoted, a broad satire of the American political process. Having...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Couldn't think of any US SF/F satire equivalent authors Christopher Moore. Jody Lynn Nye. A. Lee Martinez. David Wong. We get by....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I've always wondered: where did the extra concrete cow come from? At one point in the story, it looked like it had been made by a Scorpion Stare, but later it's revealed that those make chemically unstable 1% silicon (or...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Politics is definitely a skill. Unfortunately, management is a different skill, and one that few politicians possess....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Not really. There are finance jobs that have to be done face-to-face in the City, and there are finance jobs that can be done much more cheaply by telecommuters in Mumbai or Manilla. There are few finance jobs that can...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    My basic problem, and this applies to every democracy, is that over time the tail starts wagging the dog. Rather than elections being a method for choosing a government, "government" becomes a method for campaigning. The amount of effort spent...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I see your point, but leftish types are also usually more interested in getting the job and keeping the job than in doing the job. Hillary, I'm looking at you. Democracy has the same basic failure mode as capitalism and...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    You've pretty well described the operations of the entire American criminal justice system (which, let us remember, incarcerates roughly five Edinburghs worth of people at any time). Only a few percent of the accused go to trial, and they usually...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    In theory, we have elected officials whose job is to control our government and make it act on policies instead of just habits. As far as I can tell, nobody in Washington even remembers that doing so is supposed to...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    That's the European perspective, and not an unreasonable one. The typical tinpot dictator's perspective is more like "my internal issues/massacres are none of your business", and China agrees. Also, America is not so much hypocritical as incoherent. The American government...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    All true, but China: - is a participant in lots of longstanding political feuds: Taiwan, the Korean peninsula, and a serious grudge with Japan. - kicked the US up and down the Korean peninsula back in the 50s, and the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Given that BRExit might lead to the collapse of the EU ... it might matter just a little bit. That's a bit worrying, but it's not "Donald Trump with thousands of nukes" worrying or "I turned on my air conditioner...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    For total collapses, I think more along the lines of post-Soviet Russia or post-Saddam Iraq. The immediate reaction is cooperation, but defectors are successful enough to attract imitators. In a year or so, society is pretty far gone. In the...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    You have considerably more faith in the fundamental sanity of humanity than I do. Living in Florida has had that effect on me....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Does Scotland have much in the way of energy-intensive industry (steel mills, aluminum, silicon wafers, etc)? The answer to that question makes a big difference in how impressed I am with Scottish achievements in sustainability; the more you're importing the...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Fair enough, but Scotland has a slightly smaller population than the greater Miami area. If we're trying to extrapolate the fate of the industrialized world from a single data point, the U.S. is probably much more representative....
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Who doesn't learn about sex the regret-based way?...
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