Prof.Pedant

Prof.Pedant

  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    "Where supply difficulties mean that one has, by contrast, expensive access to small quantities of potent weed, it's not practical to smoke unmixed weed." That is what a pipe, or preferably a bong, is for. You can smoke as small...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    My apologies, gargling with salt water had been mentioned so I mistakenly assumed it would be alright to make an additional suggestion. Again, my apologies, no disrespect was intended....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    The hydrogen peroxide that you get in the grocery store or drug store is useful for sore throats. Gargle with it, being careful to not swallow, and then rinse your mouth out with water. I have not had a sore...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    "The guy is in effect telling you no more than that if you don't do X he will torture any old random person whose experiences - as is the case with any other person - you do not share in,...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    "Primaries are in January (or February?)" The primaries for most, if not all, Congressional races (Senate and House) are in the late spring or summer. Usually April through August, depending on which state you are in. These days primary races...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Thank you for the new novel, I greatly enjoyed it. With the next in the series due a year from now and then a year after that, it is very nice to have something to look forward to. Questions/Comments: It...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    "They are past the first hundred explored time lines, and counting when they run into [SPOILER]" I hope we will get some nice large infodumps about those hundred or so worlds....
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Thank you for bringing the longer excerpt to our attention! And thank you to Charlie for writing and publishing this - it is good to have something to look forward to in January. Tesla cars - some things are high-probability...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Thank you....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    LibreOffice. I downloaded and am trying out LibreOffice because of the recommendations here. The first frustration I found is that I have not been able to figure out how to remove tables from a document. In Word I can copy...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I was thinking more of something that one could use to automatically back up a Facebook page, your personal files, your email account, and so on, into a 'guaranteed to still be readable next century' format. But those libraries are...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Your description of the problem of preserving our digital lives suggests a need for software and/or businesses devoted to ensuring the continued existence of those things that you want to be preserved. My guess is that we will start to...
  • Commented on Parasites
    Mistletoe. And I know of an opportunistic maple tree that is growing out of a crack in the bark of an Ash tree....
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    The protagonist of Phyllis Eisenstein's 1979 novel "Shadow of Earth" is a woman who is kidnapped by her 'boyfriend' and taken to a parallel history in which North America ended up sort of like feudal Europe after being conquered by...
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