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alexhewat

  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    We have opposite opinions then. I would be concerned about any form of geo-engineering that was permanent, due to Murphy's Law. It is overwhelmingly likely that there is a large (possibly extremely large) lag in the response to AGW. Some...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The result (of AI-raising of children) will be an advanced society that's either fundamentally alien on some deep level Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore used a similar concept some 70 years ago, when they wrote "Mimsy were the Borogoves"....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    If we had neanderthals living among us today, would we deem them to be unworthy of any human rights? Yes. See 'one drop rule' for details....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Charlie Stross @ 850, I caught the symbolism of the doves immediately. As both you and Hadil Benu point out, it's not exactly subtle. What I didn't pick up was the possibility of the Replicants being humans deliberately genetically-engineered for...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    heteromeles @869, But you're right, Cruz is even nastier. Given that he's supposedly the son of a minister...wow. Cruz is the son of a dominionist minister. I find him genuinely frightening, because I think he actually means everything he says....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    @Hadil Benu, Points taken. I will need to reflect upon the implications. Regarding your scepticism about provenance, http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/02/from-the-party-of-lincoln-to-the-party-of-calhoun-to-the-party-of-don-rickles/comment-page-1#comment-1896182...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Hopefully this isn't too far down the thread. I just read the following comment on another blog. I thought the replicants were basically bioengineered human beings; putting in a genetic kill switch to emphasize their otherness and to control what...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    eg at the GOP debate on Thursday, Neil Cavuto blamed Obama for the financial crisis. And 1/3rd of Republicans blame Obama for the Katrina response We have always been at war with Eastasia....
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    a one-shot short novel written with no thought of sequels Eric Flint has made exactly the same point as OGH, in his case with respect to "1632". He stated that the demand for a sequel or 6 delayed his finishing...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    While the Scottish Certificate of Education "Ordinary Grade" exam was roughly equivalent, and taken at about 16 I did one year of High School in Scotland before my family emigrated to Australia. My understanding was that, if we had stayed,...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Our national housing stock is on average 75 years old. I remember how astonished I was when I returned to the UK for a holiday in 2001, having emigrated as a child in 1967. Not only were the two homes...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    People underestimate the impact that the spread of printing had on scientific progress. Not just scientific progress IMHO. I seem to recall printing was a key history differentiator in Sprague de Camp's Lest Darkness Fall....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Indeed, and as it happens my father was due to start his tour as a bomber navigator shortly after VE Day......
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Yes, valid point about generalship. I shouldn't have singled out the UK. Regarding casualty rates, the Western Front for almost the entirety of WW1 was dominated by defensive weaponry. Whichever side attacked suffered the higher casualties....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Further to my previous comment. I wasn't implying anything profound when I mentioned WW1. Just one of the countless coincidences which led to my being here. Both my grandfathers fought on the Western front in WW1 as it happens, one...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    My father's parents met when he was convalescing after being gassed in the trenches....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    That's very similar to the thought experiment I was referring to in my earlier comment #48. I had my idea back when the standard Flash Drive held 8 Meg, triggered by a memory of my very first PC back in...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Points taken, but I still think there's a continuum. Another interesting-but-horrifying speculation IMHO comes from the timing of the Kamikaze tactics in WW2. They were used as an absolute desperation measure, but would have actually been a lot more effective...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Well, there was an actual suicide bomber in one of the LOTR films, wasn't there? An Orc, IIRC, although I note the mechanism employed was decidedly non-magical. As you point out, the real monsters are the enablers, HOWEVER; Do we...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Read too many times, it gets moved Do you have an Order of Magnitude value for 'too many' here? I'm mildly curious, due to a never-to-be-implemented thought experiment from when I was still working, which would have used Flash for...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Interesting. It would appear I can submit comments successfully, but NOT preview. I wonder if this is a 'feature' of my security settings ......
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    gasdive @1208, I am reminded of the quote "Efficiency depends on what you're trying to effish". If the people you describe are treating rainfall as an annoyance, then water availability definitely isn't their limiting factor. That's not to say hydroponics...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Mr Lucidity #156, I'm fairly sure I've seen the basic plot of H.G Wells' "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid" reworked so the attraction is visual rather than olfactory....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Catina @237/239, One thing I don't often see stressed is how cut throat the Scottish system used to be, and how hard they "taught to the test" to use modern US parlance. I personally remember a WEEKLY test in my...
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