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  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Happy Birthday! At 71, what I'd like to tell my 15-year-old self: "You don't have ADD; the ADDish symptoms are from depression, and in some cases maybe from cerebral palsy."...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    In this context: Exploiting other intelligent beings, hurting living creatures for the fun of it, killing intelligent beings for the fun of it, or because they're mildly annoying....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    My agnostic opinion: The only way to be certain there is no god is to receive a divine revelation....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Will you ever use the "Humans are the most dangerous evil in the universe/multiverse" trope?...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Problem I see with writing today's world as sf in 1950's is improbabilities: The USSR fell apart with relatively little violence. The more conservative US states called "The Red States." Magazines for teen girls taking it for granted that many...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Seems to me that politics and religion shade into magic. For politics, consider "Pass this law, and the problem will be solved forever."...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    William H. Stoddard, the "student loans are for life" law has inspired one of two newish crimes I've learned of recently: reporting your death, to get out from under student loan debt. The other: using computers to cheat in chess...
  • Commented on Apology
    Perhaps crosstime travel attracts time travelers -- including, for example, ones whose favorite sport is aborting intelligent species. Or ones whose intent is to help intelligent species advance much faster. Unfortunately, for some reason giving Homo habilis atomic tech (not...
  • Commented on Apology
    So Merchant Princes: Left Behind wouldn't work either?...
  • Commented on So ...
    Congratulations!!...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    A list of those I consider to be pure "hard sf" writers: Hal Clement....
  • Commented on Interstitial note
    Surely it's obvious that our universe is merely the debris from the destruction of a larger and more complex universe....
  • Commented on April Fools Day is Cancelled this Year.
    Other holidays, dates of observance not easily findable: National Gorilla Suit Day (Mad Magazine) National Nude Day (www.literotica.com)...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Pyrkon 2014, Poznan
    Possibly useful website: jewishgen.org....
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    Suggested content for a near future novel which won't become outdated: Flying cars completely replace ground-only cars. A simple, easily understandable US Federal tax code. One political ideology is implemented with absolutely no problems, and brings about utopia....
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    Jack Chalker had Nathan Brazil push the universe's reset button....
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    At least you're doing better than the writers whose "USSR invades US" novels came out right after the Soviet Union dissolved....
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    My problem with outlining: Much of my thinking is in tactile/kinesthetic/visual diagrams; sometimes in four dimensions, rarely in five dimensions. This is a bit difficult to get down on paper....
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    See Kornbluth's novel The Syndic. It's an ambiguous utopia, set mostly in New York City. Unfortunately, organized crime is degenerating into government....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Oldest slept in: House owned by paternal grandparents and then by parents. Dated back to at least 1849 or so; the records were lost when the courthouse burned down. Visited: Probably something in Dubrovnik. The Medieval town was built within...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    On immortality and youthfulness: What would you actually do with that? soc.history.what-if had a post on "What if Alexander didn't die?" I took that literally, and ran with it. My take: He wouldn't still be in power. Linguistic change, social...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    I usually WRITE in a text editor -- preferably one not designed by someone who thinks only programmers use text editors. Currently, Gedit -- Ubuntu's text editor. If necessary, I then transform the frog with a kiss from LibreOffice....
  • Commented on A man walks into a bar
    The title of The Anarchist Cookbook does not say which end of the cooking process the anarchist will be on....
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    Not mentioned so far: 1) In Fritz Leiber's The Big Time, two competing time-travel groups have changed history so much so often that it's not certain there ever was an original timeline. 2) The idea that tachyons travel backwards in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    "Matheson went to the trouble of having vampirism caused by a bacteria so that his protagonist could look down a microscope at it." Thanks for the correction!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    New vampire idea: There are stories in which vampirism is caused by a virus (I think Richard Matheson's I Am Legend was the first.) What if it was the other way around? Once, all humans were vampires. Then came a...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    " judging by the previous iteration a British Republic in form as well as practicality [ We live in a republic with an hereditary head-of-state, like the Netherlands, Sweden & Norway – see also e; @ 31] it will be...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    Looking ahead of present technology: Suppose brain-reading technology were to become practical. For a while, I might have more privacy than many people -- much of my thinking isn't in words....
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    "I cannot decide whether it's because of the slow part of the year (as they call it here, the season of pickles)...." In the US, newspeople used to call it "The silly season."...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    In the US, "There's a new pet in the White House" is always front page news....
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