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Red Deathy

  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Similar is Vladimir Propp whose work 'The Morphology of the Russian Folk Tale' pre-dates Campbell, I believe. he has many more narrative transformations (ISTR they were called) and almsot sub-routine like functions (If a certain section is included, it must...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Over that time frame, lets be wishful, the beginning and end of commodity society......
  • Commented on Leading question
    1) the Monarchy will remain, with a Good to Fair chance that Elizabeth remains on the throne (Her Mother made 102, what chance of her making 108?). 2) the House of Lords will be gone, and with it the Tories...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    Mildly tangental, but there is a real prospect that the bairn may never be monarch (or it is unlikely to be this century). It's not beyond the realms of probability that Liz II could clock up 110 or thereabouts. So...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    BTW, just to make a pitch for a form of democracy between representative and direct: if the Old Chartist demand (and the Pennsylvania 1776 constitutional practice) of Annual parliaments applied, things could be different, since you could throw the scoundrels...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Two points: 1) Hotelling applies, and in a stable polity both parties will try to be identical (within the ambit of their base coalition). 2) Democracy is conservative: how often do you change your mind? Most people will stay with...
  • Commented on Fang Fuckers: some reflections (in a mirror)
    Interestingly, Dracula himself is about a fear of consumption/consumerism. In the novel, Dracula never actually is caught consuming himself (the only time he is actually caught in flagrante, he is feeding Lucy (from his breast); whenever he is struck he...
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    Boxers do not age out so much as they accumulate damage. Partly, but it's also that healing slows down, and speed and power and reactions go as well. It's the same sort of reason, for example, that Snooker players start...
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    1)I'd assume the money I'm spending on treatment will come out of the money I'm currently having to save for old age/retirement anyway. 2) I'd assume I'll never retire, so I'd want to alter my work/life balance and go to...
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