Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on Gods and genre
    American Libertarianism seems freaky as it now exists. What sticks in my mind from Galactic Patrol is the imagery of the opening. If that wasn't influenced by Triumph of the Will I will eat my deLameter. I'd agree with the...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I can imagine a scenario in which, if the new-Thor gets an OK reaction, the character turns out to be really Somebody Else, with a connection to Thor. There are Plot Devices possible. But they can go back to the...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I write a lot of amateur fiction, most of it using the Spontoon Islands setting. Many of the characters, from all the authors, are women, doing stuff that, in a more conventional setting, would be the exclusive preserve of the...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Elf Sternberg has been recently suggesting that men don't really like sex. Not all men, surely, but I have an inkling of why he thinks that....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Galactic Patrol was the first and Second Stage Lensman the third, in 1941. It's a fairly narrow window with the USA still not quite at war even as military production was increased. There are some obvious problems, right from the...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Nicola Griffith
    Having seen how comics depict the heroic women, perhaps you should try not to scare the boys in the industry. We know they have certain fixations. "I am mighty Thor! It's this steel breastplate they expect me to wear..."...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    You need to specify your country, or Google floods you with links to the USA. From the UK, I noticed a comparison site which gave an interesting list, including one which was very obviously from a Payday Loan company known...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I have bought Google Play gift cards in my local Tesco, and they have many more types. Here's the on-line Tesco gift-card page. They don't seem to stock Amazon. In the "Branded" section they have pre-paid Visa cards, but they...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Something I saw today, and there are various reasons why I am dubious about one young author's view on the publishing business, but a few hours later I had something of an Aha! moment. One reason I was doubtful about...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I have a possibly wrong feeling about self-publishing. Assuming that the total sales are similar, which needs some unspecified magic around publicity, the cash flow is going to be very different. Lets say our Author sells a book idea to...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    I think the Umberto Eco article could be used as the basis for a Bingo card, but the twist is that some political parties behave as though they're trying to win that game by adding elements. If politics is a...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    I'm not sure that British PMCs have ever been as extreme as the US equivalents, at least in the early stages. The early British examples I know about seem more like the people who would be on the External Assets...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Well, just look at Bob Howard and Angleton. Does anyone, in any faction, use their real name in this business? Incidentally, it's possible that the Laundry's Angleton used a different name while the CIA's was active. But would Bob ever...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    I doubt we'll ever know for sure....
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    One of the things that experienced Police Officers are wary of is the set of witnesses that agree too much....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    I'm not from Yorkshire, but close, and the accents blend and vary. East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire accents blend, partly because the Humber was the major communications route. "owt" is Northern English for "anything", and usually claimed to be an...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    All real people are unreliable narrators. Differently unreliable, and freguently demonstrated, but there is still a magical belief in the eyewitness. Anything else is the Big Lie of fiction. And as soon as a fictional detective starts the "Down these...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    That feels like a very geeky suggestion. I think they changed the jargon, but it also looks like the sort of coping strategy that fits with Autism Spectrum. None of that makes it an automatic bad idea, for Bob. But...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Want to be a "Laird"? It looks the usual very dodgy deal, buy a tiny plot of land can call yourself a Laird (or Lady), but there might be something of value in it: it's a fundraiser for a nature...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    This is all starting to get interesting, but I have a headache now....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Where I am, they take garden waste but not food waste. They say there are special problems....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Corn stalks, whether maize, wheat, or barley, remove nutrients from the soil. Ploughing these residues into the soil minimises that effect. You can recycle sewage to recover phosphates, but when that was being pushed in the Nineties the supermarkets just...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Liquid fuel from biomass has a lot less impact on CO2 levels than the same fuel from an oil well. And there's been some research on using solar energy on the processing. We might find ways of bypassing chlorophyll. Also,...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    "Optimising compiler" is the concept you have missed. That has something which has been happening for a long time. Back in the days of interpreted BASIC the human could do a lot, and comments were a liability. People would use...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    A Network of Things, depending on photo-voltaic power. Winter, Edinburgh, 2034, the early hours: the Snoopernet goes down as the on-chip power storage in the paving stones drains. It's not an existential threat, but it happens every night in winter....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Greg, I am not sure that I would entirely trust a story in the Daily Telegraph on that subject, they may be written from an office in Upminster, but the facts are likely sustainable. There's certainly a lot of evidence...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    All staff are reminded that all foodstuffs brought onto the premises for normal consumption should be kept in their original, branded and labeled, packaging. THAT WAS NOT TAPIOCA!...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    While on detached duty with Historic Scotland, carried out an unauthorised summoning at Ninestane Ring which returned William de Soulis to Hermitage Castle. You will not believe the paperwork involved in providing a vat of molten lead in the 21st...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Ah, yes, bring back the borders. I think my family name is just a coincidence March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale, All the Blue Bonnets are bound for the Border....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Greg, while there's something still amusing in the style of the lyrics, I find there are too many Flanders and Swann songs which have become horribly offensive. For example, the basic idea of that song might be to mock those...
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