Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb

  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    "don't be surprised if, to a human onlooker, their behaviour suddenly flips from friendly, helpful, and empathic to slippery and Machiavellian at best and incomprehensible or psychopathic at worst. Because they're not human, really: they wear a smiling, three-dimensional human...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I would like to add here that the 'mommy wars' (poor women should work at crap jobs, but middle class and up women should stay home and not compete for the *good* jobs) are awfully silent these days. And no,...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Non-recommended method to disposing of radon detector/Other Dodgy Stuff: entomb in concrete in an old paint can. Dispose with other mixed pickup load of stuff at landfill. Not that we ever did that with that Very Interesting Can in the...
  • Commented on Today is officially cancelled
    I did not know Mr. Hartwell; hearing so much about him makes me wish I had. To quote T'Pau: "I grieve with thee."...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    30 million would be only 10% of the population in the US...no, I think it's a smidge higher than that (ok, I'm judging by the worst-spelled comments on articles on MSN, and the ALL CAPS people, mind you)....
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Of course, fighting for women's and girls' rights for five or six years isn't important either. And she brought in a lot of economic development for poverty-stricken areas in upstate New York as a senator. Plus she put together a...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Since this is about women, it's not important--but it's pretty clear that a not-insane man is obviously more important and more likely to be elected than a highly qualified women. Sadly, a large portion of Boomer women most likely to...
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    Note: even if you do plan everything out in huge detail for a whole series, it's otters all the way down once you actually start writing it. I was just doing the typing revision of a perfectly reasonable older draft...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    As has been said, hijab and wimple are pretty equivalent (and infinity scarves are often twisted into equivalents themselves when the wind is really cold). Note: I live at 4200 feet, and tropical diseases tend to die here (or why...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I read one SF novel which was otherwise quite well written where alcohol was strongly restricted by the ruling powers Because Reasons, and there was never a hint that people were making their own. Prisoners on death row make their...
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Seven steps to Kevin Bacon Moment--one of my husband's fellow teachers has a father in Wyoming who is both wealthy and...really, really right wing, even for Wyoming. This teacher has had Thanksgiving dinner with Mr. Cheney as a guest (she...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Slowing the maturity rate in cats so they stay Cute Kittens longer was the basis for "Puff" (and one sequel story) by Jeffrey Kooistra (think I spelled that right)--apparently it made one cat smart enough to stake out a three...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Some women writers are waaay off the radar; I am self-pub due to Various Circumstances, and I figured, better Big River than nobody (and was pleasantly surprised by sales last year, about the amount of a newbie advance in print)....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I'd like to mention that Susan R. Matthews is still publishing Jurisdiction work, and that she will be at Sasquan. Baen has decided to take on the new one, last I heard. (for me it's a guilty pleasure, but I...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    And then there's Desert Peach, and I am surely spending some time in the Hot Place for laughing at some of the Nazi jokes Ms. Barr left in German (apparently even the Nazis had fun with the slogan 'Strength Through...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    If someone wants a *different* look at Orcs (and halflings and whatnot), I strongly recommend Mary Gentle's GRUNTS. A rabid subversion of tropes with lots of explosions--what's not to like?...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    Other occupations for vampires-- Laundress for a community of women, most of whom are child-bearing age. Midwife (in a team with a human, because babies show up any old time). Theodoric of York, Medieval Dentist! (or assistant to same, who...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Speaking of religion, I am a Christian and agree that I certainly do not know the mind of God, or indeed, the mind of an awful lot of other people. It pleases me to be that way, and it's difficult...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I expect the banking industry will be talking to Mr. Cameron soonest and explain to him why this is a Very Bad Idea. Old pickle jars and mattresses may well come back in vogue among customers who are discovering that...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Shoes that FIT. (I have what is technically known as Funny Feet, and no access or enough money for custom work.)...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Ramblin' Rod! I saw him once in the Rose Parade when I was a kid (The Dalles is basically the furthest east suburb of Portland, culturally speaking)....
  • Commented on Down tools
    Er, I meant soak everything IN a huge tub of hot water. Time to go home now!...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I once wrote a fanfic of 800k, but that was in two years, so I expect that should be prorated. Still, I did have a day job at the time... But I need to go find a copy of Cold...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Cross-universe travel to compete in a game show is hereby prohibited. Cross-universe travel to acquire new pets is also prohibited (even if dodos are delicious and the commissary find them easy to prepare). Our counterparts in Jurisfiction were *not* amused,...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employees may no longer conduct any operations offshore during "Talk Like a Pirate Day". The term 'skeleton crew' is not to be used literally....
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Just a quick note--Mobipocket Creator converts .pdf to .prc (readable on Kindle and my Palm Pilot) quite handily. Calibre also does file conversion pretty nicely, too. Free download on both of them....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    And if you want even more excitement and scandal, one notes that Mr. Todd Palin is an extremely good shot and somewhat involved in the Independent Alaska movement, which would receive even more impetus from such a personal loss. This...
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    Drink lots of water. If one is slightly elderly and overwhelmingly female, you *will* get up from the keyboard at periodic intervals. Well, it works for me......
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "I'm so sorry, Ron," Hermione said. "I guess Crookshanks ate Scabbers after all."...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    I only got Office 2010 because it was cheap for teachers, and we could put it on three computers for a relatively low price. But I still like Office 97, which has a really short license number and will install...
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