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  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Wait, what? You stayed at nj and Morrisa's place, Casa Iguana? OK, that's a connection I would never have expected. (And yes, I also knew Curtis back in those days and he seemed like a fun guy then - everybody...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    Quickie Japanese lesson: Ken is simply sword. Iai- refers specifically to sword drawing and cutting technique. (It's sometimes been glossed as "quick-draw" because many of the kata (forms) focus on drawing and cutting in a single motion while an attacker...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    Fascinating! I see move after move in that video that are virtually identical to specific Japanese iaido and kenjutsu forms I've seen demonstrated, allowing for the difference in blade shape. (Many that are different, too, of course.) Assuming the longsword...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    A key point I forgot to mention about the militarized "ground missile" trucks of my previous post: Notice something [not] there? No main battle tanks. No drones. No billion dollar fighter jets or bombers. No years of investment in training...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    ... wait until the day war is declared, and watch your expensive auto-Fiat or robo-BWM set off on its own for the front, conscripted to join the military as a weapon. Nah, you're thinking small here. Try a couple of...
  • Commented on A man walks into a bar
    ...married to the ex-girlfriend of one Mr Crowley I really wish this were true, but alas it appears to have been entirely made up by one of the authors of a spurious Necronomicon and perpetuated by another. It's a pity....
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Aaaaand now I have a vision of eldritch teddy-bears from beyond the stars burned into my brain. You're welcome. I aim to permanently scar^W^Wplease....
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    @heteromeles: I had been wondering myself about the missing bits of the unicorn life cycle, and in particular that hibernation or latent stage. What form do the motile sexually active or sexually latent unicorns take in between infections, and how...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    dr_demento @ 3: Yes, it's in front of Georgina, but Georgina has just been complaining to Bob and Greg all about equoids, and clearly knows a good deal more about their care and feeding (literally) than Bob does. She also...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Arrgh, that was supposed to say two definite non-typos, until I screwed it up. Muphry's law again....
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Two definite typos: mikecotton @ 35: "... this is Ruralshire, nor are we out of it." simply indicates that Bob remembers his Marlowe. Mephistopheles: "Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it." One of the finest lines in...
  • Commented on Parasites
    Further thoughts on unsuccessful parasites such as the rat lungworm: One standard scientific trope in SF (where it's not simply ignored) is to assume that genuinely alien bacteria, parasites, and similar life forms would not pose a threat to us;...
  • Commented on Parasites
    How about the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis? It's yet another parasitical nematode from the tropics, with a typical lifecycle veering between many varieties of snails and slugs (in its larval form) and rats, where it first takes up residence in...
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