Jonathan Hendry

Jonathan Hendry

  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I guess your take is somewhat optimistic. Watching the rise of fascistic movements, there were moments when, despite being an atheist, I started feeling like I was seeing the effect of some kind of active infernal influence. And I'd never...
  • Commented on Evolver
    "Giant, aggressive fast-swimming squid replacing schools of tuna?" So basically slightly larger Humboldt squid, who are already big, fast, and aggressive. "Humboldt squid are carnivorous marine invertebrates that move in shoals of up to 1,200 individuals. They swim at speeds...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    "False-flag operation? You dress your boys up as someone else." That gets tricky if you start killing your boys who are dressed up as someone else. Supposedly a Turkish F16 shot down a helicopter operated by coup participants....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    "Well, you see, Boris, it turns out that the Galli weren't just castrating themselves as an elaborate party trick..."...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Hm. I wonder what sort of conductive designs might have been sewn into the Bullingdon Club's fancy tuxedos....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Boris studied classics at Oxford, right? Perhaps there's some Roman stuff in the Laundry library that Bob could use to ease Boris into the situation....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    "Meanwhile, as a continuation of the 'memes' subtopic, the latest hotness appears to be "The Union of Craic": Eire, NI and Scotland." I was hoping for something along the lines of "The Up yours Kingdom", perhaps expressed in Gaelic....
  • Commented on It could be worse
    The car insurance dongle I had (from US company Progressive) worked a bit differently. They say it won't raise your rate; worst-case you get no discount. They say they measure rapid stops, speed, and time of trip. The dongle beeps...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I used to enjoy Sinfest, but at some point it became very one-note, preachy social justice/feminism. I don't mind feminism/social justice messages, and I agree with them, it's just that the comic became a bit monotonous and repetitive, and lost...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    "I know that guy claimed he could hack into the control systems via the "entertainment" and internet access systems available to passengers, and he got arrested. I'm not sure the arrest says anything about the plausibility of the claim. "This...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    The go-to source for information about unpleasant human vampires is probably "Vampires, Burial, and Death" by Paul Barber (Yale University Press) He talks about how traditional vampires were more like bloated corpses, and this was likely because people weren't...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    When I read Vox Day's monomaniacal ranting about Scalzi, I can't help but think of this guy: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2023/2163446175_55663e9858_o.jpg...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Something like Victoria's Secret might have worked as a replacement for Woolworth's. An Apple Store could be fun, but they tend to be multi-floor unless the store is in a mall....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    "Magic in Tolkien's works is big and vast and ancient. His characters relate to that magic with awe, with fear, and occasionally with love. No one tries to hack the One Ring. Certainly no one tries to build a new...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    "It's very problematic in Arab culture. Footwear is considered unclean in some circumstances." This is true, but I think it's over-sensitive to assume offense when discussing boots used *as they are normally used*. They are boots. They go on the...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    "But George is never described as removing his gloves, and it seems implied that he is almost always wearing them…" And the banker never removes his clothing. I think what's intended is simply physical contact, not necessarily flesh contact....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    "Seems to conflict with "...items subsequently found in Old George's possession, both on his person...". Since his body is unrecoverable at the time, how could anything have been found on his person?" I suppose some bits of clothing, pocket contents,...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    My mental image of Pete is something like Richard Coles, Anglican priest, former member of the 80s band The Communards, and host of Radio 4 show Saturday Live....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Two comments: One: I was surprised that Bob and Mo's agreement to adopt a cat (page 49 US kindle ed) never seemed to be mentioned again in the context of Spooky. Two: I was surprised at the lack of further...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    "Making Oscar female and Mhari bi, or making Basil or George female, etc." Or having not-Marianne take out Janice instead of Evan....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Regarding Mhairi's behavior at the end of the book: I suspect she may have been working for the Senior Auditor. SA was very interested in separating Bob and Mo in order to protect Mo's effectiveness. At the time SA ordered...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi, is a) female, b) Indian, c) named Indra....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    "Page 130 Mention is made of 'The two with bite marks' I may have missed something but I don't think there's mention of bite marks anywhere previously." It's mentioned much later that Dick was into using his teeth, until they...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    "Latest news: Reportedly, Malaysia Air sent realtime data on engine performsnce to Rolls-Royce for maintenance purposes. THAT feed reputedly ran for four more hours after the transponders poofded. With the engines running. RR refused to confirm details citing ongoing investigation....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    My pet, ridiculous theory suggests that in a a couple years there'll be a new Chinese factory producing knockoff 777s....
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    "Today, the biggest church within the Orthodox community—possibly the biggest church in the whole of UNIX—is Mac OS X" I believe iOS is actually the biggest church, although users don't have direct, unmediated access to the Host. I'm not sure...
  • Commented on Lovebible.pl
    "Why is everybody so fixated on Fraktur for "evil" texts?" Well, the whole Nazi thing might be part of it. Certainly didn't help....
  • Commented on Lovebible.pl
    Someone else may have suggested it, but if it's possible to do a three-way version, one with the KJV, Lovecraft, and SICP would produce results suitable to the Laundryverse....
  • Commented on On Syria
    george.herbert wrote: "I do WMD proliferation and technical stuff all the time; the norm against chemical weapons use having slipped is edging into a CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN scenario for WMD in the middle east. Seriously - this norm being replaced...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Fuller Memorandum
    "Finally: who's got the combination of background, interests, and humor?" For the Laundry books, perhaps Toren Atkinson from the band Darkest of the Hillside Thickets? He's certainly got the Mythos type stuff down. I don't know if he writes prose,...
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