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  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    I'm in the US. I've never tried buying a burner - thought you had to buy them in places like Best Buy. Can't ever remember seeing one in a stupormarket....
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    I've always considered buying a burner phone questionable. For one, they'll ask you for ID when you buy it. Then, if the cops find a call that they trace, they can find who bought it....
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    Oh, and there may be all those schools, but they fall into one of two major theme: Theraveda and Mahayana. And yeah, the Way of the Diamond beloved of the Beats. And back in my late teens, I read English...
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    "Thin gruel"? That book? Bullshit....
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    For taking crob notes, you can read the 1968 Hugo-winner Lord of Light by Zelazny....
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    Hey, Greg, us of the curmugeonry need to stick together....
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    If you mean the US' late scum Joe McCarthy, I do not believe Greg's anything like that....
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    I'll see if I can make one. That is, now that I spent the weekend before last at the Virtual ROFCON, and last weekend at the Virtual Capclave, and my next con will be the Virtual Philcon in Nov, I...
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    Y'know, I have heard it said that if someone flashes a laser pointer across someone's face, the recipient won't be able to aim a rifle....
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    Always looked to me like an updated version of CM, with mathematical and programmed logic in place of the formal rituals. Yes, I do know something of them. Lovely handwavium, Charlie, but *shrug* it all just seemed to be std....
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    Yeah, but who do we have to play Turnip Harald? (No, Yngvi is *not* a louse!)...
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    That's preta bad....
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    Oh, and while we're at it... *all* of this seems to be Western/JCI "soul". I learned that the Buddha (directly) said, "If you light a candle, and then light a second candle from the flame of the first, and light...
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    (Oh, Ghu, he's going to get serious. What does he think this is, usenet?) Let us postulate a "conscious I", which is an emergent property of a brain of x neurons, shared on a netork with y coprocessing connectors. Let...
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    The Elder Gods have souls? Nahhhh, to paraphrase my late mom, they're all heels....
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    Define "soul", as separate from "mind", or "conscious-who-am-I". The nearest I can do is some mystical thing, separate and apart from "I", and I have problems, if I'm using this word correctly, with teleology....
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    Not exactly what I was thinking of. Rather, let's discuss the body form of the deity. I mean, if the Eater of Souls eats souls, how does the soul get turned into magical energy for the Eater? Consider K-syndrome, which...
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    Y'know, that leads to an interesting thought... what happens to Deities if they get a supernatural infection...?...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    I like your suggestion re "truck nutz". And for the last few years, I've gone to referring to it as "American football". UAV? In their teens, my twins reffered to them as Stupid Useless Vehicles. One of them now has...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Reggae? (moi? deliberately being difficult?)...
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    A number of authors have managed not to be man-in-a-rubber-suit. Caroline Cherryh walked the line a number of times, between making the aliens comprehensible to a human reader, and making them *alien*, and incomprehensible. Both the novels my late wife...
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    Yeah, well, the Greek rulers that ran for what, 300 years or so, till Cleopatra.......
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Let's see, no, the trunk, it's this locked compartment in the back of the vehicle (unless you've got an engine in the rear. Ute - that's a tribe of native Americans, that Utah is named after. Those things are SUVs,...
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    Or, as we say in the US, Scotch tape (yeah, I know, 3M, (tm)), which has become like "kleenex" for tissues.......
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    When I worked at the Scummy Mortgage Co, for a week I sat next to a guy who told me his name was Kin. I *finally* worked out that he meant "Ken"....
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    "Beach music"? That's, like, the Beach Boys, and Jan and Dean, and....?...
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    I have a longer version: it's the results of Roman Legionnaires making dates with British barmaids, Anglo-Saxon men-at-arms making dates with Romano-British barmaids, Norman men-at-arms making dates with Anglo-Saxon/Romano-British barmaids, and *then* grabbing words from any other language as convenient...
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    A classical hero does die in the end, doing their heroic deed....
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    Actually, here's a deeply scary thought: who said the Deep Ones actually care much about the Elder Gods... or that *they* don't have supernatural deities of their own...?...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    No, the point I was making is that Case Nightmare Green will proceed with no interruption, that there's enough computation going on without cross-ocean cables....
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