• Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    While Heinlein probably was living in California when he wrote Farnham's Freehold, he wasn't a native there, and I doubt he'd been there for long enough for that to have become his default identity....
  • Commented on Fang Fuckers: some reflections (in a mirror)
    These highly annoying tiny blood-suckers do rather point up the tendency mentioned by others of their being MUCH smaller than their prey. But yeah, my first response to "we don't see a lot" was startlement. I spend considerable effort avoiding...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Wait, gun deaths in the US tracking gun ownership? Nonsense! Ownership has been climbing consistently, and deaths dropping consistently, for decades. Myself, I had hoped to claim the coveted "pro-death" political label (pro-abortion, pro-gun, pro death penalty), but I find...
  • Commented on Big Guns[1]
    I have in fact jumped right to the economic basis, and some others, in many comments. But I'm not a big-name columnist that anyone will notice. Pushing to the wall by social expectations of conformity, roll fulfillment, and competition; culture...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    We have an accidental solution. There are four of us living here, several with moderate to severe hermitish tendencies. When we set up the phones, the two incoming lines go to a mini-PBX with an auto-attendant where you enter the...
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    I'd definitely take it; in fact I'm sure it would be socially unacceptable not to. Friends would drift away from the rare strangely aging people. There would be huge social disruptions. You say to ignore that question for now, and...
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    I think that politics by assassination is so terribly destructive to any tolerable political regime that I would NOT use my "get out of jail dead" card for that. Tempting as it has been, occasionally. (Nobody else so far seems...
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