Gerald Fnord

Gerald Fnord

  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    0.) Some of the confusion over what was happening to Imp's mother vs what we think we know from books in the previous series may simply stem from Imp's father's being wrong about what was happening to her. It's not...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Thank-you, Mr Stross, for making the distinction. Bullshitters are more dangerous than liars. For one thing, they feel no need to keep track of facts and ever deal with them, even when it might be advantageous to them. This divorce...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Does the Bond, as a 'Twenty-First Century Bond', have 'a neatly-trimmed beard and moustache' as described when we first see him after R.M.B. calls for him on Skarro, or is he 'clean-shaven' as implied he is as an anonymous white...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    cat @{603}| sed \ -e 's/gapoy/happy/1' \ -e 's/mire/more/1' \ -e 's/ine/one/1' Srry. when I preview it logs me out,as oppised to when I submit, when it logs me out but at least publishes first, as Lobatchewskii advised. AND: That...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Aah…I get it: it was _actually_ Red Mercury poisoning....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    It doesn't bode well for Imp that he's Stage One of something that could grow into a competitor of The People's Mandate; even with no further training, as the background thaums (or a personal manna-source) increase they might get asymptotically...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Did I miss the point at which Imp or any of the Lost Boys says 'Wait a tick: "Wendy" is _not_ a common name, shitʼs getting _deep_ here.'. Oh,and thanks, O.G.H., for inducing in me a mind's-ear–worm of Robyn Hitchcock's...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    All this talk of [sub–]sea-floor mining that ignores the Benthic Treaty seems awfully unrealistic. The Deep Ones aren't going _anywhere_....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Likely this is covered in a sequel, but what happened to Rupert's guards? —and did Eve assume full power so rapidly that she was able to head-off the full search of Rupert's last known location? I mean sure, he's not...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Am I wrong to see the late William Hartnell as Professor Skullface?...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Hmmmm…'Marcus'?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    When I determined my full worth as a physicist, having been lucky enough to have known Dick Feynman and Kip Thorne (and being severely in debt) I did similarly....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Investments, whether in fiat money or any other, also get tricky: Selling-off any substantial amount of what you've got would likely cause a change in value of whatever you didn't sell. The coupling between the monetary value of investments and—I'll...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Can a human being possess that much wealth and be functionally rational and a reasonably accurate observer of both yourself and the world? ('…and the rabbi says "The difference between that window and this mirror is just a bit of...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Those of the U.S.'s Founders, and for that matter other Enlightenment figures, were self-admittedly Deists and not agnostics or atheists because they had no other way to get to a relatively orderly Universe obeying physical laws and containing the Earth...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Losing a parent for the first time was, for me, like emigrating to another country without moving. The second was easier to take, marginally, because their old age was more difficult for me and I'm selfish, but hard as well,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You beat me to it─nothing like a visceral hatred of anything Foreign to bring in the armed Ethiopes. Not wanting something and acting in a way to bring it about are far from mutually exclusive....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    But, if the government wanted law and order, they would have funded schools, libraries, social services, and those other institutions that give people skills and safety nets. They would have made proper preparation for an orderly "Brexit". Instead, my only...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > @ 362 -> 364, 366 -368 Are content free - or is there a tiny bit of signal in there? I fail to be impressed by someone who may very well be smarter than I or know more than...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Given that Charles isn't popular and probably can't be, a fantasy: Charles becomes King,. King Arthur says 'Stop this bullshit immediately, and take a time-out. Does something extra-constitutional to terminate the current exiting process. Abdicates. Starting-off unpopular and not having...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The description of "Whoops Apocalypse" makes me sorry that I haven't seen the series; I avoided the film when it arrived at a local video store because the title and box description made me believe that it was similar to...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm convinced that even people who know that impeachment alone keeps Trump in viscerally believe that it would be worth something. I think they fail to see how little it would mean to anyone who doesn't already dislike a Trump...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    (Apologies for double-replying.) If you've an heat source (or a good enough solar oven), and preferable some salt, you can bake ricotta into something that will last. Then, of course, if you do it right ricotta salata looks to be...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I've used lemon juice for mozzarella and ricotta, but citric acid would keep essentially forever. have you ever used it?...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Vegetables jugged with the inclusion of vinegar, e.g. giardiniera, should be safer longer....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Thank-you. …though I'm sure that particular zombie economic hypothesis will keep shambling on, it's just too pleasant a notion for those with the money to promote it. Meanwhile, perfectly, the current Administration have given the Medal of Freedom to Arthur...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    > Get as strict about hand washing as an > early 20th century nurse and it'll help. When I hear people start running too far with the Sanitation Hypothesis, I think 'These are people who don't understand just how clean...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I am a keen supporter of a tax cut in the U.S.─to wit, the 'Kennedy' Tax Cut of 1964 which brought the top marginal rate down (in the original case) to 70%...
  • Commented on Story time!
    If cranking-out standard smiles were a Joker origin, Japan would be overrun with them. Then again, Nanking…....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Here in the U.S. Trump's gang make a lot of their being 'American nationalists', not 'white nationalists', but the subtext to most of what they do consists in the narrowing of what an 'American' means*. Mostly 'American' can be taken...
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