Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb

  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    If Colleen McCullough is to be believed, Sulla was made Dictator after that nice Marius fellow occupied Rome, the city, and slaughtered a fair number of the population. Sulla was seen as the rational alternative, which tells you how off...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Yes, the checks you write in youth come back for payment and overdraft fees later on. My dad apparently had great good fun bouncing around Italy in a scout tank, save for the getting shot at part, but decades later,...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I might add that some states in the US now have slavery for pregnant women (including rape and incest victims). At least Missouri finally dropped the language in their most recent bill that prescribed 30 years in prison for women...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    There's an interesting article in The Atlantic about MBS--his attitude towards the West, summed VERY briefly, is 'it's either me or the clerics who will control all this oil'. MBS may be doing some hard thinking about the House Saud...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The problems that Russia's government has (where the kleptocrats are outdone by their beloved leader in theft from the rest of Russia) is even more true of Saudi Arabia. Monarchy, orthodoxy, and the country bleeding from subsidies to a large...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    I published two fantasy novels, one each for each series I'm running. IN THE SHADE for the continuing saga of Ravin Gambrell (with Bob Eggleton doing the cover because he likes seascapes). Falling in love with an older woman can...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    One notes that the worldbuilding background for Heinlein's FRIDAY seems to be coming true....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Yes, I'm in Klamath, anyway we can go to chat mode? But since you have family here, then you know about our Lost Summer last year--over two months of 24/7 forest fire smoke (not to mention a local hill that...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    As for California--let's talk north of Redding/would be State of Jefferson California--the wages are low in towns like Dorris and Tulelake (though they are considered satrapies of the Klamath Basin--in fact, some members of the Klamath County Library, in Oregon,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    There is a truck eating trestle in Albany, Oregon with lots of pictures on the interwebs about what has happened to previous trucks. The period between is usually about five years, possibly the turnover rate for local truckers......
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    About the reading of copyrighted work as filibuster--clearly, you forget Sen. Cruz's emotional rendition of GREEN EGGS AND HAM....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The US military is definitely into grid-free outposts, because the enemy has this distressing tendency to cut the power lines......
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Hello, it's Monday the 25th. They have till Friday to fix or delay things. I have my doubts it will happen....
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    One parenthetical note--the manuscript of DEATHLY HALLOWS (the final Harry Potter book) was really quickly scanned and distributed worldwide. The really sad part is that over half of the fandom who looked at it thought it was a bad fanfic...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Why do we have to stick to the 24 hour day? There are people whose normal 'day' is longer than 24 hours, as measured in studies without light cues and clocks (it's been proposed that potential colonists being sent to...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    My local university library doesn't even let you in without showing student/staff id. (Only place I've encountered this.) Annoying, but less so now that so much is online. --Our local university charges 10 dollars a year for a community borrowing...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Oregon still requires attendants for pumping gas, though in isolated communities there's a variant of self-serve being allowed, especially late at night when the next community is 150 miles away....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    In Albany, Oregon there is a truck-eating trestle (low bridge) which has won against every single truck that has gone up against it thus far, over at least fifty years to our personal knowledge (of the history of the bridge,...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Charging electric cars is not a problem if you have an outdoor outlet, the way we do. We also have very good relations with our neighbors, which means anyone who decides to mess with any car on the block will...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Toyota is projecting no more combustion only cars by 2025. Other large car industry players are likely going to follow. (Oh, and solar panels of some kind of electrical production are only $100 or so at Harbor Freight. People who...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I found it odd that giants, in the Martin universe, ate lots of vegetables. Where are they growing in the lands beyond the Wall? And how to giants survive the longer winters?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Ah, Roman tourism! Am I the only one here who thinks "Don't eat the stew!" (cf SEE DELPHI AND DIE, by Lindsay Davis)....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The way I understood 2312, is that the supplier of the surplus value for the solar system was the Terran peasant, and that KSR didn't want to go there. It was noted by me that any Terran peasant who made...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    This kind of thing could revolutionize physical therapy (aka State Sponsored Terrorism, to quote Calvin). My stepmother was fanatical enough about bowling to work with her regular ball the day after she came home from breast cancer surgery, and ended...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    In re possible West Coast storms--promises, promises. I live in an area where most of the smoke from various fires in Northern California, Southern Oregon, and parts of Central Oregon has decided to vacation. If the damn thing puts out...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    My favorite last gasp method for waking someone involves a cold drink with ice in it poured down the neck, while shouting fairly loudly. I have a clear, penetrating voice developed while I was a nurse's aide/USAF officer/mom. Plus, in...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I once sat behind a big, strong man seated near the emergency exits. He looked unhappy since he had been up a long time and was exhausted. I told him to go ahead and sleep, and if anything happened, I...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Apparently Donald Trump Jr. thought he was collaborating with Russians to whack Hillary Clinton in the election. And Trump giving classified information to Russian officials, and wanting to collaborate (dare I say collude) with Russia over cybersecurity is seen as...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    One last ship name: HMS BECAUSE WE CAN. (Unpacking: Jay Leno once made a joke about Al Qaeda fighters protesting against being bombed from 30,000 feet. Mr. Leno said, "Why do we do it? Because we can.")...
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