Jay

Jay

  • Commented on Gods and genre
    humanities are funded in some large part by grant overheads from the biomedical and engineering schools Humanities classes are actually much cheaper than science or engineering classes, usually. It's just a teacher, some desks, and some books. There's no need...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    We're now at 122 of 168, so I think there must have been elements of multi-tasking in that. Throw in a church service every midday (a welcome rest) and some gardening and her time is pretty well accounted for. Seems...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I recall reading somewhere that a typical Celtic woman of antiquity spent about 40 hours a week on activities related to textiles. That's spinning yarn and thread, weaving, knitting, sewing, etc. just to keep her family clothed. That figure does...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Sorry about the Big South American River link ..thats in the interest of speed and, er - shuffels feet in an embarased sort of way = laziness. Which leads us to the real answer to the question in the title...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Traditional notions of divine right included a moral element. If God chose the king, he must be the best man (or at least the best man for the job)....
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    it's all about control. People hardly ever do anything that isn't, on some level, about control. Even saying "It's about control" usually means "Don't do or believe what that other group wants you to; instead do and believe what I...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    My understanding of premodern birth control methods was that they were pretty unreliable. Wikipedia agrees with me, for what that's worth. Infanticide is reliable enough, but tends to anger the mother rather severely. To my knowledge it was only widely...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I think you're forgetting that reliable birth control only became available in the 20th century. Before that, sex always had a substantial risk of pregnancy. A lustful couple could easily have 8 or 10 children, and unless they were extremely...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I also read some Earthsea, but you're about right. And all of it was 25 years ago, so I don't recall if I made it to chapter 7 or not. But if a book doesn't hook me and I put...
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    Honor is valued wherever the law is unwilling or too weak to defend people. At its heart, honor is about being a valuable ally and a fearsome enemy, so that you will always have more allies than enemies. It basically...
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    When you understand that John Wayne and Ronald Reagan spent WWII in Hollywood, but that Mel Brooks was an actual war hero, you understand something important about masculinity. As Texans say, the bigger the hat, the fewer the cattle....
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    I've read some LeGuin, but she didn't do much for me. I understand that the genderbending was supposed to blow my mind, but it didn't. There's nothing as boring as a sexual kink the reader isn't into....
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    You're kind of making my point. There are interesting things happening in comics (let's see: Mind Management, Sex Crimes, and Ten Grand for starters), but none of that is Marvel/Disney or DC/Time Warner. The media conglomerates are all about formula...
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    I think Marvel is, at least at times, ready to push on the borders of normality ... Thor is a megabucks tentpole movie franchise for Marvel/Disney. People who spend hundreds of millions on a movie do not push the borders...
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    The last time Thor was in drag, it didn't end well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9Erymskvi%C3%B0a...
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    Marvel Thor and Norse Thor just aren't the same thing. At best, Marvel Thor is a Kryptonian in Viking cosplay....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    The question isn't "Can it be moved?" but "Can it be moved relative to the sticker, which may now in a place we can't reach?"....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    George launched a surprise attack, so it's entirely possible that somebody was out to lunch, in the bathroom, or otherwise unavailable for the relevant few minutes....
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    Bob may not be the best at office politics. Even so, if he discovered that human souls were yummy and filling, I assume he'd be sensible enough to keep that to himself....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    After consultation with legal counsel, I can neither confirm nor deny that ORANGUTAN GANGRENE HEARTY is or is not a bitch, is or is not yours, and is or is not behind you right now with a large caliber handgun...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Agent SHARP CUDGEL is reprimanded for unauthorized opening of a gate to the plateau of Leng, further reprimanded for improper disposal of consumer electronics into said portal, and congratulated for keeping the Opener of the Ways harmlessly occupied playing Angry...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I saw HOWARD in caps at one point like a codename, but discounted it. Howard is a reasonably common name, and using it as a codename in a large organization would just cause confusion. There's a reason people don't use...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I got that much. From the way you talked about it a few posts ago, I wondered if Code Blue was some form of British war-on-terror gibberish....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I wasn't talking about fixing it, I was talking about binding it into compliance. Bob was able to do a minimal binding offhand at the end of the book, and there all sorts of precedents for the Laundry compelling hungry...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Is a Code Blue some British thing I should know about? It makes sense to have a code for an urgent situation, but it didn't seem much more than that to me. Also, walking into a vampire nest and surviving...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    First off: I read the book in a day, which pretty much proves that it hooked me. Like others, I liked the way the new vamps systematically investigated their condition; it seemed like exactly what a bunch of smart new...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    If Newton's math was enough to break spacetime, engineering departments would be home to a much more aggressive flavor of bizarre semihuman behavior. Even Einstein doesn't do the trick; it seems to involve attempts to visualize in at least 7...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    It was very clever to invent a compression algorithm that can reduce any file to 1/4 its size. It was very ambitious to attempt to demonstrate this algorithm by iteratively compressing the entire internet to a single bit (a zero,...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    We haven't seen any confirmed cases where supposedly-understood magic has effects beyond expected parameters, but it's due to start happening any day now. Given how much magic the Laundry uses, a whole book could work with no enemies at all....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    I can't help thinking of Blackadder Goes Forth, because it's hard to keep the gags running when the whole series is inevitably building up to the day when they all go down fighting....
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