William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on A reminder
    "bottom fifth" = in the judgement of the women. This is one of the great strengths of patriarchal forms of social organization; they create the conditions of its perpetuation. Isn't polygamy the patriarchal form of marriage? If this 'bottom fifth'...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I believe the MBCS used to be much stricter - there was a requirement for professional development and mentoring for some years to progress from Associate to Member to Fellow. This failed due to the chicken and egg situation that...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Software is pretty much caveat emptor. The argument is that this is OK because it makes innovation cheap and the odd crashing smart TV and such is a price worth paying. Certainly if software developers faced the real prospect of...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Accountants, engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc., have codes of conduct, programmers should too. This industry/discipline has been around long enough that it should take up grown-up responsibility. Those are all accredited professions with associations from which it is possible to be...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Apparently many people now get their news via Facebook(!?!) which is plagued by politically motivated fake news sites....
  • Commented on The Day After
    There are many second, third, nth generation atheists who haven't left any belief....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Aging/declining health is a boiling frog situation....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Schoolchildren. We just need to repeal the child labour laws....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I only wear a watch when I go to the cinema, otherwise I check the time on my phone when I'm out....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I occasionally get gout attacks and am prescribed NSAIDS like Naproxen. That's when I notice all the other pains that go away......
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I haven't ironed this millennium. I don't even own a suit, a tie, a shirt with a collar or dress shoes. I have a dozen or so identical black t-shirts, four pairs of grey jeans and wear off-brand safety boots...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    There is a clear cultural divide over the signifier status of home ownership. According to Wikipedia home ownership rates range from 96.4% in Romania down to 44.5% in Switzerland. Are less than half of Swiss adults? In Italy it must...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    From the discussion so far there seem to be two different basic vewpoints: adulthood is a form of attained personal growth one recognises in oneself or it is an imposed social construct mostly congruous with being an employed householder. For...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    There are people who are indisputably adult who are in prison, destitute and disgraced. There are people who enjoy parties and toys who are very rich with yachts and jets. In previous generations the roles and stages in life were...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    In the public discourse about Scottish politics the overwhelming majority of racism that I've seen in e.g. the letters section of papers such as the Guardian is directed at the SNP and Scots with frequent use of the J word,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The indications are that there will be very few labour councillors left to cry "SNP bad!" after the 2017 elections....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Or there are these 120W 12000 lumen beasts for those who have large rooms....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I have Philips Luster LED in bedside touch dimmer lamps and they work great. I used to buy off-brand LED bulbs since branded ones like Philips cost three or four times as much, but nearly all the cheap LED bulbs...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Contrary to game-theoretical expectations it seems most people don't behave as rational actors protecting their own interests but rather in allegiance to perceived tribalisms. This is why political speech is obfuscatory and full of dog whistles to indicate which tribe...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I think bedsit translates approximateley as rooming house....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Apparently I am still the only person on Librarything to own a copy of Dozois 33rd annual Best SF whereas The Nightmare Stacks is owned by 98 others....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    People who believe that "X" is a prerequisite for morality are quite likely to exhibit a moral wobble if given evidence that "X" doesn't exist. This doesn't show that "X" is a prerequisite for morality, just that some people believe...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Aberdeen, like the rest of Scotland, voted remain despite having the highest non-UK born population share (16%) in Scotland and many residents whose pay or pension is paid in US $ who benefit from a falling pound. I myself earn...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Off-brand 50" full HD TVs are < £300 nowadays. And there is easy credit everywhere....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    The pro-Brexit working class (minimum-wage zero-hour) people I know are voting exit either because they are convinced (rightly or wrongly) that immigrants are depressing their wages and job opportunities or from outright hate-the-political-class nihilism. I have no doubt there are...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    My sister in law's parked car was written off in the supermarket car park last week by someone reversing broadside into it. Nothing else around. That's something a self-driving car wouldn't do. SD cars might not be able to cope...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    For categorising existing works the terms 'Space Opera' and 'New Space Opera' are different. More of the former has probably been written but more of the latter is probably currently in print. In the context of current publishing conversations 'Space...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Yes, the etymology of the term 'Space Opera' is via horse opera and soap opera. The type of story was originally cliched melodramatic and cliff-hangerish. The stories are only superficially science-fictional since the sf elements are decorative, unexplained, and possibly...
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    The rules needn't be exactly worked out or consistent as long as the writer avoids deus ex machina. The important thing is to give the impression that it all works. If the reader starts nitpicking inconsistencies in the background it...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: V.E. Schwab
    I thought I recognised your name and on checking my Kindle app I have indeed read A Darker Shade of Magic which was good....
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