Jim

Jim

  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    ...just imagining those trains getting to Cape Town with no incident! ...and as regards the pro-rail post above (@84), I google mapped Manchuria, where's that then? (hehe)...
  • Commented on Checking in
    Congrats on it all - I will get around to reading from the pile "over there" at some point (Neptune's etc), but for so much reading going on at the moment - ferry disasters, the politics of the Straits...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The Great Leap Forward failed because they forgot about eating... (massive over-simplification of course!) ~ but if we consider the last character from 大躍進, as in 進, which can easily be one with the compound 進化, when something animate...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    @181, this is by no means my specialist area, but I recall researching an essay a long time ago on flanimal rights etc, and one thing that struck me from my readings (probably Peter Singer), was just how much...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Hmm, speaking of nation states; why not we get rid of all these restrictions on humans and their movements too? These poxy passports and the right to be somewhere are just annoying actually. I would expect utter chaos as...
  • Commented on April Fools Day is Cancelled this Year.
    This wasn't too bad...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Stil cannot listen to Thompson Twins Into The Gap without thinking to one of the Ludlum books from way back then... ...anyhoo, Nouvelle Vague; will try some more; had never heard of them (but then there is so much...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    The guvmint has spent so much on this anti-refugee tech here in Lostralia, I doubt even a dinghy would get near nowadays... As was detailed in the JORN responses above - but it is hard for people to see...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    Seems a bit odd to be over Perak, non? I lived in Penang for a while (25 yrs back now, eek!), so/even though I had to look up that island, but directionally-speaking it is seemingly heading off toward Medan......
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    Sprouts, Brussels, should be sweet surely - isn't the slightly bitter pungent quality a sign it is past it? (see below = irony?) I think on the subject of subjective tastes, it's not always so much a matter of...
  • Commented on Embracing Bugpunk: A Little Science, a Lot of Magic; Stir Until Frothy
    Does knowing they like to enter via the waste vents and crawl through the, ah, interesting sludge to get into the house change your option on that? In decades past a lot more so; but ultimately there is not a...
  • Commented on Embracing Bugpunk: A Little Science, a Lot of Magic; Stir Until Frothy
    You can see "tented houses" if you stick on Breaking Bad... except they were doing otherwise inside those dwellings... As to cockroaches - weirdly enough I do not care too much what Kenny and Kerry do in our house,...
  • Commented on Embracing Bugpunk: A Little Science, a Lot of Magic; Stir Until Frothy
    I wonder what inspired Piers Anthony's "Of Man & Manta" based on funghi world? lol As to midi-chlorians; hmm, agreed, sounds daft in this CSI World we now have, without masses of further exposition, which would never hold up...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    @123: Agreed, manual is often under-rated. And any design which a) requires learning and b) has capacity to be implemented ambiguously, or incorrectly, or in and of itself may behave arbitrarily, is just plain bad design. Or at least design...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    This is madness! What did we do at 6? Or at 13/14-ish, this essentially is attempting to criminalise our nature, our development phases and orders etc. Whilst we may be astoundingly neotenous as a species, I do doubt it...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Unless you are left in a tank... In any case, thinking of that book, led me to consider the Inhibitors/Wolves from the Revelation Space Universe - and later Greenfly even maybe?...
  • Commented on And in case you think that wasn't bad enough ...
    And has more trees......
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    “Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.” ― D.H. Lawrence (My apologies if nobody likes him in this...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    @267 http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jun/21/how-texas-inflicts-bad-textbooks-on-us/ This seems to describe what I heard on a WPR podcast last year......
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    @100: Did you ever read Richard Bach's Illusions? ...as a twist on Descartre's cogito, sort of....
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    Funnily enough I was asking the better half about Xena the other day; best I could glean was she was fair minded and ate with her friends, or shared her food or saink... I was never given any role...
  • Commented on Parasites
    Can we have Tok'ra? (Stargate) Symbiotic, heals most things, makes us live longer and lends access to more knowledge - also gives you a strange voice... The downside is a time-share on your body....
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    I started off reading SLH's words (I also noticed no ref. to a gender defining pronoun, which is in itself respectable: so SLH it is!) thinking, "hmm, not sure about this"; but by the end I would say I...
  • Commented on The Northern Wild: How to Save New York?
    ...and wasn't it once called New Amsterdam; sounds like it needs more dykes then! (and then one can drive a Chevy there... :p {chevy/levee} )...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Merchant Princes
    The funny thing is, that I buy on "just liking the writing style"; so I will read one, probably due to the author being a contemporary of another author I have read already. In your case Ken Macleod, and...
  • Commented on Forthcoming UK Audio Books
    Indeed, ballet to your books, as good as they are, just wouldn't work so well as some ABGT! ...should have gotten it all washed there in Malaysia!...
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