Jan Gutter

Jan Gutter

  • Commented on Excuses
    I'm aware that no pithy magic sentence will change stuff: none the less, I've immensely enjoyed your sharing and fiction and wish you all the best. There is a price to pay for being an emotional computational device, but I'm...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    My pet theory is that democracy can't threaten the interests of the global financial sector in the first place. It's getting increasingly more difficult to make the argument that an informed public in a free voting system would correlate with...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Wow: before I went to sleep, it looked like Con/Lab were neatly tied at 35% based on a BBC forecast I saw. With the US elections being forecast in scary accuracy these days, how was this drastic swing not predicted?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Since I'm a lonely South African, speaking out of idiocy, I have to ask: In the case of some form of cooperative/coalition agreement, would the SNP be taken out as methodically as the Lib Dems? Coalition really did not do...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    As a reader, I've never particularly had issue with fiction and reality being in or out of tune. I can understand the frustration of trying like heck to keep an entire world, plot and characters consistent, but I don't particularly...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee broke the official departmental forums by announcing a flash fiction write-in contest. No action recommended as employee is now insane after reading all the entries....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee is presenting an inappropriate number of eyes....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee left an unguarded, unlabeled container of STYX LIMBO BLUE in the break room, resulting in a spectacularly failed attempt to implement ISO 3103. The fact that four members of staff now have limited precognition should in no way mitigate...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee was found making factual corrections to obscure Wikipedia entries and citing appropriate sources. At least thirty individuals had to be forcibly inducted and Facebook had to be shut down for half an hour while posts were scrubbed from their...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee is directly responsible for the suicide of at least four secretaries by keeping "harmless tentacle porn" [sic] in an unsecured desk....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Sorry for going off-topic and talking about fiction for a bit: I actually quite enjoy near-future stories set in a collapsed quantum state that has zero probability... As a matter of fact, I have no issue with fiction diverging severely...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Keep in mind that the universe is still expanding! Barely a decade ago, any statistical inferences on extrasolar planets were based on pure speculation: this was a big unknown in the Drake Equation. Turns out that planets are more the...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Oh yeah, I completely forgot. Douglas Adams knew about this ALL ALONG: http://wso.williams.edu/~rcarson/lizards.html "Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?" All presidents eventually tend to be Zaphod Beeblebrox....
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Two interesting observations here: If you want to see if this failure mode is self-sustaining, you should be able to observe it much quicker in South Africa. We seem to have transitioned into it immediately. It's amazing how *quick* the...
  • Commented on 2512
    > Possibly South Africa (or some political grouping in > that part of the continent) will be the dominant > superpower. As a South African resident of an age too young to have been able to vote in the first...
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