Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I am continually astounded at how Amazon, Google, etc, fail at helping me buy the next book in a series or the next movie in a series Bear in mind that very often the publisher/studio has no idea they're pumping...
  • Posted CMAP #16: Book Title Blues to Charlie's Diary
    So a couple of months ago I handed in a new novel (it won't be out until the second half of 2020--these things have a long lead time). And it occurs to me that it's probably worth discussing book titles...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Naah, solar brightening means the rate of loss of hydrogen ions into the solar wind is increasing over a period of MYa; which means we gradually lose the oceans, then the water locked up in minerals in the crust and...
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    No. Maybe after the euro-election results are in. (I ought to be blogging right now but am too burned out: I have a topic in mind but can't be arsed writing it up.)...
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    Greg, the Nazis didn't give a shit about cost—they pursued the extermination program to the end even though it was diverting vital logistic resources from defending against the advancing Soviet forces. They tried guns first, but the execution teams suffered...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Also: representatives represent. In a constituency-based system, this means they're probably going to have to attend a parliament/congress/assembly hundreds to thousands of kilometres from home. So it's logical to provide a subsistence/rent/mortgage allowance to parliamentarians, along with travel costs to/from...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The room full of nitrogen is also quick, easy, and completely non-traumatic for the slaughterhouse employees … right up until they have to haul out their buddy who forgot to check his oxygen tank and regulator before starting his shift....
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    Vegans just piss me the hell off. Then eat somewhere else. I've been married to/living with a vegan for over 25 years and frankly what you're complaining about happening to you just once is her default normal condition (i.e. venues...
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    One of the most miraculous (and toxic) feats of propaganda during the 20th century was to convince ordinary working stiffs that they were actually temporarily-embarrassed billionaires, and so should vote for a billionaire-friendly agenda. Cockoos in the nest, nourished freely...
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    Hey, *I* don't have a water meter! (It's Scotland. The water/sewage utility is still municipally owned, and this isn't exactly the driest country in the world: the costs are paid as a component of the Council Tax bill, and the...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    My next project is to dig up the pipe between the water meter and the house & replace it to make sure there's no leakage on my side of the meter. Suggestion? When you're checking for leaks by digging around...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    unless we come up with an alternative to antibiotics, humans will have become extinct by 2050. Naah, we'll just go back to pre-1910 levels of morbidity and mortality due to infections: i.e. about 30% of the human population dying...
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    It's not usually my thing to say "not ALL religions …" but in case you were wondering about the current US state-level insanity over abortion and contraception, Judaism—whether ultra-orthodox or liberal—isn't even on the same planet as the Christian anti-choicers...
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    A Thing that keeps coming up in internet discussions of Jewishness and Judaism is that Judaism may be a monotheistic Abrahamic religion, but it doesn't work anything like Christianity or Islam. Christianity is largely about belief: it's basically a bundle...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Messianic Jews aren't eligible for the Israeli 'right of return' available to all Jews because their version of Judaism is not the right sort, Speaking as somebody raised Jewish, that's because "Messianic Jews" are actually Christians (as in: they believe...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    You really, really, REALLY, need to watch "Galaxy Quest" (the movie). In particular, the out-takes—specifically the one in which the Spock-analog (I forget his name) is shown the bathroom facilities for his species aboard ship. Priceless....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    This occurred to me a while back (brainstorming a possible sequel for "Glasshouse" which isn't going to ever happen, for commercial reasons). Problem is, the associated biological failure modes are … drastic? As in, you can die of dehydration from...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    So trying to deal with my pee in a closed system would not be easy. And there are likely a few 1000 of such drugs. I think worries about pharmaceuticals in waste-water are mostly overstated. Firstly, most medicines are modified...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    How the hell does one, in an environmentally-friendly manner, dispose of old tyres, that are not off your car, for insatnce? Requires government regulations, I'm afraid. I'd favour a deposit scheme, like a bottle deposit: a chunk of the cost...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Also: water is hard to move over long distances without evaporation/leakage. So in some places—like here, in Scotland, especially on the west coast—there's little point installing water-saving devices. (If you ever visit Glasgow? Pack a waterproof coat. And waterproof boots....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The European standards for indoor flushing toilets were, IIRC, set in the early 19th century. Water pressure from water towers was gravity-fed, the towers themselves were filled by pumps from low-pressure beam engines: intermediate tankage is necessary unless your toilet...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    As someone who is in airports a LOT I more and more despise the people who walk the concourses with their head down oblivious to the foot traffic snarls they are causing. As someone who lives in a tourist trap,...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Be prepared to practice a bit—but once you've got the hang of one swiping keyboard, the others are all very similar (except in where they put the secondary characters: accents, ligatures, quote marks, and so on, which is a problem...
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    Android or iOS? Nuance (the folks behind Dragon Dictate) pushed the best swiping keyboard, Swype—but they cancelled further development about 3-6 months ago. It's still available for Android and iOS, but will succumb to bit rot over the coming years....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Say what you will, an old-school German toilet pan would have come in very useful to the guy who swallowed his airpod....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    We had a wildfire in Edinburgh a few months ago: Arthur's Seat caught fire. One person injured, fire extinguished within a couple of days. Thing is, roads and stone buildings with slate roofs make for excellent firebreaks, and urban firefighting...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    You don't have to be a smartphone zombie: those of us with some common sense figured out the appropriate etiquette some time ago. (Listening to headphones: go wireless, and pay more attention to your visual environment—you're functionally deaf so watch...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Yep, those are all fonts she either designed from scratch or re-implemented (she credits her sources, usually from out-of-print typography books)....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Well here in North America unless you live in Las Vegas much of us in the "burbs" live under a canopy of trees. What Americans call "suburbia" Brits call "open countryside". What Brits call "suburbia" Americans call "overcrowded cities"—it means...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Possibly assisted bicycles etc. are good for personal transport of up to about 10 miles A very large minority of the population can't ride bicycles at all, and that proportion is only increasing as the population ages. (Me, for instance:...
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