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  • Commented on On hold
    Or from an observer's hindsight view, fictional people are as real as the nonfiction ones, since all that either kind leave behind themselves in the realm of consciousness, aside from physical artifacts, is a quantity of information. Such info-dumps would...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Yup, heartland of the prairie. Discounters here used to stack skids of canning jars in their patio sections through the garden season, and always featured little displays of pickling salt nearby. At long last I understand why they bothered with...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Surprising to see how many in the above thread report using Chrome with win7, here I thought I was being a stingy, foot-dragging curmudgeon about sticking with my 2008 model. Possibly ten years ago was when everything people could imagine...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    "We do minimize our resource demands, sort of. Look, for instance, at how much you can store on a small block of dirty silicon, rather than a shelf of cellulose fibers. " Pinker's latest, "Enlightenment Now" makes a related point,...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I got a laugh out of the European response, it was like, oh you want to do something like that, here's how you do it oh unworthy adversary- they threatened added tariffs on bourbon exports (Mitch McConnel's state of Kentucky),...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    "You're saying Musk==Satoshi?" Now that I'm fortified with an evening's perusal of the David Deutsch opus 'Fabric of Reality', I can state with confidence that yes, he is. Fortunately his only interaction with our part of the multiverse would be...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Before Elon Musk turned over a Tesla roadster for launch into solar orbit, he got in on the passenger side and fiddled with a dashboard USB port to the sound system, inserting a thumb drive that looked like it might...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    "What are the odds that the off-shoring/money laundering is a key driver of neo-nationalism" If a day arrives that big cuts in Medicare and Social Security are required to lighten the federal debt burden, that's when voters command the sovereign...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    You can still find a few dozen legitimate ideograms in modern Chinese, written forms carried down from the ancient oracle bone designs that resemble their meaning like a line drawing or stick figure cartoon. Examples are usually simple nouns from...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    " puzzled by your apparent recommendation to only learn one instrument if you want to be good. " My intended meaning was to compare the importance of content versus form. Probably could have expressed it better if I said it's...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "somewhat constrained by my incompetence in other languages than English" Tunes matter more than the instrument they're played on. Mo never would have gotten proficient on violin if she wasted time learning trumpet, flute and clarinet. The fact that people...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Good reliable stress relief. Maybe some day they'll hook a real adept up to an fmri scanner to see which mantra has most therapeutic effect.Or figure a way to tailor custom mantras for each individual. Could be a franchising opportunity,...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "IIRC there was also something concerning an internal or background observer or recorder in PIHKAL or TIHKAL, but it's been some time since I read them. Err, still no direct experience concerning psychedelics, before anybody asks..." Romilar brand codeine cough...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    "an American TV show that was never broadcast in the UK?" The Beatles are the first I remember to have explained how the Atlantic serves as a cultural filter. I forget which one said it, but the point was that...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/health/cdc-trump-banned-words.html Guess I misconstrued certain details, looks like it was more along the lines of best practice guidelines about how to get your funding okayed when you have to submit your budget requests to a panel of medieval peasants for...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    " Surveillance State is mostly run by well-intentioned clever people" Just enjoyed watching action techno-thriller "Locked" in which Noomi Rapace brings down evil intelligence officer Michael Douglas for trying to introduce a deadly microbe into the U.S. via sports fans...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I'm guessing there's a couple of reasons why tiny specks of radioactive material aren't built in to computers and mobile devices as a source of unpredictability for cryptographic purposes, either the cost, or maybe the intgerference it would cause on...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "still waiting for my pay-out" That shows admirable restraint and judgement, if you didn't exploit the opportunity for a snappy comeback, such as to mimic a Bronx accent, strike a dramatic pose and reply "Hey, ya lookin' at it."...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Dietary change to prolong viability of food supply would be one of the last options considered, but under extreme duress it could happen more readily than some imagine. Eating maize and soy directly instead of feeding it to livestock would...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Two things Eat dark choclate! Drink Vino! " I'll drink to that. add in some lo-dose aspirin, fish oil caps and as much oat as you can tolerate comfortably, and you'll attain cardiac immortality. Start seeing any dark spots on...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Past 300, so... BOOK COLLECTORS' OPPORTUNITY ALERT If your trading area features any Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Big Lots, or their equivalent U.K. shops, walk the aisles until you find a book section, usually 5 or 10 feet...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    can't remember the name of the creep who is trying to do just that that would be the party's security director, "Keith" something if I remember right....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Funny the term indentured servants happened to come up in this thread, on the same day I learned its origin reading Graeber's "Debt: the first 5000 years". He discussed Chinese tally sticks broken in two as a form of contract...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Johnson shook down powerful companies to advertise on the station. Local businesses that wanted Army camps to remain located in Austin knew one way to secure Lyndon's help was to advertise on KTBC. Caro writes: … Mrs. Johnson's ability...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    In spite of my vicarious enjoyment at seeing posters display hard-won tech expertise as they vie and contend over fighter jet details, it may be time to put this thread to sleep. So in the interest of encouraging O.G.H. to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Let never a man a-wooding wend Without thinges three A store of gold, an open heart, And full of charity." Never heard that one, so I looked up the lyrics. (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/steeleye+span/king+henry_20229015.html) The story it told reminds me of Beowulf meets...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    For a critter that might have inspired Hans Giger/Ridley Scott's original Alien, it was somewhat creepy to learn that: "1135 – King Henry I (1068-1135) of England was known for his lust of eating the lamprey and is reported to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "recommend me a new author to read?" Try 'The death and life of the Great Lakes' by Dan Egan. He's a Milwaukee journalist who spent years writing about Great Lakes ecology. This book summarizes and ties together several different stories...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "doesn't fit the spread models (i.e. 55 years even assuming immediate contact from the Americas" Immediate contact doesn't seem like a stretch considering the conventional sailor's lifestyle. 55 years seems slow when you consider how quick epidemics can move,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Question for historically minded bloggers-- why were the Reformation and Europeans' discovery of the Americas nearly simultaneous, just sheer happenstance or more than a coincidence? The reason I started wondering is because my wife was watching the Six Wives series...
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