Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb

  • 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...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    There will be people who resist changing over to driverless cars. Some people are hideously carsick unless they are driving (and thus can anticipate every change). I am married to one of them. We cope with my driving by him...
  • Commented on The latest news
    MAD Magazine once published a version of that speech, which I once delivered with great verve to my speech class in high school--the rolling sneer on *matriculated*! was, I think, one of my better efforts. I have no idea how...
  • Commented on The latest news
    After reading many of these comments, I am thinking of the dreary life of the agent who has to read all of the Twihard section of fanfiction.net looking for ciphers in the stories and the reviews......
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    My company is currently making the transition from life time employees to interchangeable cogs (point roughly starting from when the original Big Boss passed on). It is not fun. But I have another point; so far these leakers aren't attacking...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    Heinlein took a look at such a society (though he threw in legal duelling and genetics and the like) in BEYOND THIS HORIZON (and in his first, not published till just a few years back novel, whose name escapes me...
  • Commented on Books I've written
    I wish I could track my little idiot like that--she has an ID chip, should she be picked up any authorized party and turned over to the pound (from whence she came), but I'd love to be able to turn...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    "The Afflicted" by Matthew Johnson, the July/Aug 2012 issue of F&SF (fortunately I still had it in my desk drawer at work). And thanks for the good wishes--they are appreciated....
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    Well, today my husband is going to have poison fed into his veins for about six hours...(his first round of chemo). The continued plot line for that one nearly writes itself. What would happen, for instance, if everyone who had...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    I read on my smartphone (an HTC) all the time, though I prefer my elderly Palm Pilot or Kindle. But I know people for whom their smartphone is their only computer, and use it for almost all their reading (most...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    Speaking as someone with an ebook on Amazon and B&N (Dead Man's Hand,a longish fantasy), the costs are not zero even at my level of the food chain. I paid an artist to do the cover, and think it was...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    A quick note, however--there are examples where people have decided to take risks when they are older when retirement kicks in, and there is either enough income, or the retiree finally has the time after escaping from the day job...
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Ian Tregillis
    I am going to have to find these books and read them! Including Ms. Tiger's. The subject intriques, and I very much liked Brad Lineaweaver's MOON OF ICE (but then, it was interesting to see Wotan's Mickey Mouse as the...
  • Commented on This explains everything
    There is a program out there that purports to write sports stories with almost no input, save the scores, who made them, and when they occurred. Of course, most of the time such dry statistics fail to represent what happened...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    Individually the birds aren't intelligent by human standards. Collectively, the multispecies flocks are as intelligent as humans. I was going to call it the polyculture, and it was inspired by a rather quirky book on Zen Buddhism titled Untrain your...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    I haven't waded through all the comments yet, and I probably should have, but Poul Andersen had a similar hypothesis in _Brain Wave_, that intelligence evolved to where it could dominate the environment and then pretty much stopped (though for...
  • Commented on It's a Wonderful Life
    Tablets of various genera are proliferating in medical settings to the extent that uniform coat makers are providing a pocket sized to them in new uniform coats. This saves a *lot* of time and trouble, since for younger doctors, anyway,...
  • Commented on Fang Fuckers: some reflections (in a mirror)
    Two a year? Work at a major metropolitan hospital, grab life-essence/soul from someone headed that way anyway, or from the crock in room 334 who has been flatlined for a couple of months but the family won't turn the machines...
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    I would take it, definitely. I would be happy to know that I'll have time to write the 40 books I have planned. I would likely be able to abandon the day job long before them, somebody's going to buy...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Good idea about putting mammoths to work; I hadn't thought of that. Elephants are very useful in warm climates, and I'm sure there are poor people in colder regions who could use a gigantic and powerful animal. Particularly a smart...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Hmmm, I'd rather this was a "Dodo S Project" then. And yes I would be planning to call mine "Thursday". --And if it was housebroken, you could call its litterbox "The Pickwick Papers". Plock!...
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    First, I would congratulate myself for signing up for long term disability at work. Then, depending on the condition, investigate the medical marijuana option in my state. I would write and post "Widow's Walk", a very long-promised work to fanfiction.net....
  • Commented on 2512
    I also think that just as rabbis are likely evaluating genetically modified food for kosher-ness, that they will have opinions on genetically-modified people (and there are likely to be four opinions for every three rabbis). The Jewish body of opinion...
  • Commented on 2512
    Then again, I live at 4200 feet, and we rather like the small taste of warming we've had so far. All right, we still get the occasional snowstorm in May, but it melts lots faster than it used to (not...
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