Nick

Nick

  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    I found turning 50 a lot less traumatic than 30. By now I'm reasonably happy with who I am and with what I will or won't achieve in life. You should be too. On the trite slogans, mine are: Decide...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    A perfect opportunity this, as I've just read Neptune's Brood while on holiday and I loved it - preferring it to Saturn's Children (which was fine). One query here - should I take the names of Gould and Dennet as...
  • Commented on Down tools
    That was to my mind one of the most astonishingly "good" parts of the whole story. Everybody: the Clan, the Clan conservatives, the US Government was doing "the Right Thing" for their people. And millions died. History is like that...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I disagree with the idea that reading is going out of fashion. When I was in my early teens I read an essay by - I think - Asimov pointing out that reading for pleasure has always been a minority...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Probably (with one of two exceptions) one of the most civilised debates I've seen on this contentious issue. I'm troubled by the idea of Scottish Independence. I think of myself fundamentally as British and so, even if only sentimentally, would...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    It strikes me that one of the few sensible uses of DRM could be to produce an equivalent of the signed book. The author adds a witty inscription to the front of the file and it's then locked. Of course...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    possibly the most important election campaign I've lived through and We still have a dismaying tendency to think it's all about us, for any value of "it" you care to choose. Does the first refer to the Ukrainian situation, or...
  • Commented on Lighting up again
    I've just read the revised MP end-to-end and have some significant thoughts about the genetics. I'm not sure if I've spotted a major plot twist or have a major misunderstanding (as you know, 20+ years ago I was actually a...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    While this is a very entertaining spin on the story, either some of your legal deductions aren't quite right, or this isn't possible: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/27/gchq_role_watkins_child_abuse_case/...
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    I agree that theatre might well show a way to go. One of the most effective dramatic presentations of any sort I've ever seen was a "promenade" performance of Julius Caesar by the RSC. Although less realistic than good special...
  • Commented on Rinse, Drain, Spin ... more Laundry!
    A new laundry story. On my 50th birthday. Now that is timing....
  • Commented on Books I've written
    I find a lot of Jeff Noon too weird to be enjoyable reading for me. But his collection of short-short stories "Pixel Juice" is well worth getting hold of. They're - as such things always are - a mixed bag,...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    The fact that we apparently can not only make cars, but also steel, when the companies are owned by the Japanese and the Indians, makes me think increasingly that the idea that our problems in the 70s were due to...
  • Commented on Why I don't self-publish
    I don't think it's quite as dramatic as that. Most people simply underestimate how difficult "management" is. There's a popular UK TV programme called "Grand Designs" about people building, or converting to domestic use, unusual properties. Trying to keep the...
  • Commented on Why I don't self-publish
    I've a sneaking suspicion that doing it all yourself would reduce your productivity even more than these calculations suggest. Because I'll bet that lots of those things the publishers do need sudden and instant total attention that would wrench you...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    As someone who runs a (popular in it's field, but it's a small field) free to users, but supported by adverts I'm a bit unsure from the comments here how I'm meant to be behaving. Should I: 1) As well...
  • Commented on Press release
    Speaking as a "salaried middle-class-professional" I'd add that unlike Charlie we tend to get things like a reasonable pension, pay if we are unable to work for a while through sickness etc. These are things that cost rather a lot...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    > I believe H.L. Mencken said something along the lines > of "Christianity was not tried and found wanting. It > was found hard and not tried." Chesterton. It was ruddy GK Chesterton. There are interesting parallels between them, but...
  • Commented on Understanding Reader Reviews
    I used to give talks on training courses at work. There was a feedback system where the course attendees rated each speaker 1-5 for content and ditto for presentation, and added a few words of comment if they wanted to....
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