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  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Scott Sanford wrote: It's hard to overstate the level of incompetence in Trump's circle of lackeys... 'First class leaders recruit first class people; second class leaders recruit third class people.'...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I can hear that in the voice of the narrator of a Peter Greenaway short film: "In the year 2018, there were 760.000 children born in the UK, none of which are named Nigel."...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    You are certainly more familiar than I am with the British political landscape, but I can't really imagine how something QE2 allegedly said 31 years ago as a friendly gesture towards the outgoing ambassador of an allied country could be...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "Willheim Von Schatcz-Alpsberg and Sam Bruce Davidson" are the sort of authors who give sorting algorithms hiccups... I would, obviously, file that under A for Alpsberg :) And you would, obviously, be wrong. Depending on Willheim's country of origin (and...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I've yet to see an outlet in a bathroom in a hotel in Europe. Hm. I don't know where in Europe you've been so far, but I've yet to see a bathroom in a hotel in Europe (or in fact...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    to Charlie: technical issue with the website Since the latest version of Safari puts an 'unsafe'-warning in the address line if on a non-https site I've noticed that internal links in the blog consistently lead to non-ssl versions of the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Hoping I don't have to buy new tires, given I haven't ridden in a couple of years or so - I have to buy something called "cross-train", is it? I ride on the *road*, and I want something that can...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I wonder why our Italian commenters haven't weighed in on this sub-thread yet. In Italy, when you're buying prosciutto, mortadella, or even olives, the normal thing is to order 'un etto' or 'due etti' (one or two hectograms)....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "The real problem for the United States was the documents exposing the names of Afghan & Iraqi informants who had cooperated with U.S. forces." I suspect it was a considerably bigger problem for the informants. Particularly as the United States...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Who was it who said "the purpose of a system is what it does"? Maybe you're all not cynical enough. I am beginning to think that the reason why nobody seems to be able to get out of the current...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I know it was already some days ago, but I have a question for the British denizens of the board: wasn't parliament supposed to not only vote on the four options on Monday (unsuccessfully as we know), but also debate...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    On the subject of Tolkien movies I could add this quip: I rather liked the LOTR-Movie. It's a shame they never made the second part....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Or maybe they'll write about it only as the last footnote of "The History of the Decline and Fall of the British Empire"....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Mods: drive-by spam at 1354 [[ thanks - removed - mod ]]...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Infant mortality pre-5 dropped precipitously throughout the 19th century, as did maternal death in childbirth: from about 50% (around 1800) to 20% (by 1900). Still terrible by modern standards, with social implications we can only grasp via abstract reasoning: death...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Facebook is the biggest fan of radical transparency right now, closely followed by Google, Apple et al. No, they're not. If they were, they'd publish their algorithms, their source codes, their shady tax-avoidance schemes, their lobby activities and all their...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    As this thread is now over 1000 comments long, nobody would terribly object to dropping anything in it. (Usually, above 300 comments it's no longer considered bad etiquette to veer off-topic; above 1000 it has already become a thread about...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    One comment on the thread about the various alt-hist scenarios of '(how) could the Germans have won WWII?': Speaking as a German, I am very glad that they didn't, and that's really all I have to say about that....
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    I can't work out page numbering in the ebook edition. When I read the book in Calibre I get totally different numbers from when I read the same book on my ebook reader (a PocketBook). So which one is correct?...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    It would be more interesting to watch you trying to make the Yousay adopt the Reinheitsgebot! :) I'm quite sure that in case of the US much hilarity would ensue. Just think about adopting the social security system and confiscating...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Thus, Lizzy could opt for "Queen of England, Scotland etc. pp." as her official surname On second thoughts, this would of course be "Königin von England, Schottland usw." and "Fürst von Wales" for her first-born. The other children, grandchildren and...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I have some bad news for all you people contemplating a merger between either the UK and Germany or the US and Germany: The constitutional mechanism that allowed other territories to join the Federal Republic of Germany (or, more precisely,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    That does make me wonder, what are the best scifi stories for exploring proper starfish aliens? Blindsight was horrifying. A lot of Stanislaw Lem's books deal with attempts to explore alien worlds that turn out to be inhabited by starfish...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My personal take on the Bible is that it's not like normal books, where you read the first page to find out what it's about, skip to the last chapter to read the summary, and assume you know most of...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    ONLY a Civil marriage is legal inside France - if you want a chuch / synagogue / mosque / whatever wedding, fine, get on with it, but the French state only reocgnises their own non-religious civil marriage for legal purposes....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    We should all stop now. "Stop" in the sense of "cease to exist" or—more to the point—"go to hell"? ;-) No, I don't think we should do that now. Thus I'm taking a step above and beyond an arbitrary number...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    re: "an armed society is a polite society" I think that's flat out wrong. An armed society is a society that is governed by fear. The timidity caused by fear may superficially look like (and therefore be mistaken for) politeness....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    re: https://www.politicalcompass.org Interesting test. Turns out that I find myself slightly to the right of Pjotr Kropotkin (-9.38 left, -8.46 "libertarian" (although that word feels wrong to me)). I'm 50, by the way, and don't think that I've become more...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    In the second case, we have the same control scenario, but with an outnumbered and outgunned force such as terrorists hiding among a civilian population and releasing these things against more numerous and better armed invaders of their turf. Consider...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Oh, and if you want to be clued in[1], Merkel just gutted her revolting right-wing. He resigned, she didn't. No, he didn't. Not yet. Yes, I know: thatsthejoke.døc, isn't it? And here's a link, just so....
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