Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    As an aside, people I know who are into Robert Anton Wilson enjoyed this play about him, on in London until the end of the week. I haven't seen it. Here's some of the background....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Look guys we aren't going to get a better gnomic weirdo conspiracy theorist who makes more sense than we expect unless we make our own. If you want to join the dots between the strange, the hidden and the normal,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Any sufficently advanced satire etc....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Couple of possible sub-plots: - Orcish teenagers forming their own groups and wandering the countryside playing bad versions of the PCs songs. - Elder Orcs blaming the music for everything wrong with modern orckind* - Another group of bards to...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Trump: Cthulhu, strong leader, great guy, admire him a lot. Official Statement: The Donald J Trump campaign had no contact whatsoever with any Elder God and has no plans to visit the lost city of R'leyh, the planet Yuggoth, or...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Well I was going to say someone knows how to get him in front of a microphone and stick pretty close to the script when he really needs to (I assume one makes sure he sleeps/eats/goes to the toilet/takes medication...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Wait a minute. Looking at the original letter again I recognise the name of the editorial director. He is an expert in electrical engineering, information technology and communications. In other words he knows perfectly well how plausible or otherwise Charlie's...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Unlikely is the word. The "transition" is going to be at least a generation. Still, if a final peaceful resolution is unthinkable then we're sort of left with the current slightly unstable and uncomfortable situation with hideous war the most...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Surely from a game theory persepctive it would be better to negotiate a unification between SK and NK, offering the NK elites important positions during the transition, immunity and generous pensions (in return for some sort of Truth and Reconciliation...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I find it fairly easy to forgive super-hacking in a world in which a bow is used as a hand-to-hand weapon, no one knows how to pronounce Ra's Al Ghul (even his own own children) and going back in time...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Looks like Farage is going to stand again in my constituency. Last time this had the tiniest of silver linings as we got a lot of entertaining fringe candidates. I will be deploying my usual argument to those considering voting...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yeah. I mean if May completely drops the ball and for some reason no one is interested in Brexit then there'd be a contest but if at any point things stop going the Tory's way they'll shout "Brexit" and promise...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Presumably the election will therefore be ran with both LD and Lab saying they'll reverse article 50, instead of offering a different way of leaving. May will probably get a landslide. Since Corbyn and the Labour Party are officially Leave...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Sigh. I have to approve. I've been saying May ought to go to the country to put her changes in direction since the election and her full Hard Brexit plans into action... And she's probably going to win. Because the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    (Although there's some — it's rarely documented so hard to tell — evidence that Victorian unmarried folks got up to everything short of penis-in-vagina-and-ejaculation intercourse, sex was a risky activity for women, so economics comes into play ...) In...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    ...car culture will be tweaked to dead (note the changes from the loss of 19th Century horse culture), so that's a not of new words and phrases to evolve. What will replace "you're driving me nuts?." I could drive a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    IF (and it's a big if) we follow Charlie's thoughts on development of global languages I would expect English to push out Urdu and probably Hindi. 40% of Indians speak Hindi as a first language; if you are a non...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Not having IoT items in your home is a good start but unfortunately even I sometimes leave my house in which case one might discover that, to make up an example at random, a hotel might have replaced light switches...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Okay, re-tasking the drone now....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    If I dump my Carbon stocks now, and the bubble continues for, say, another US Presidential election cycle, then I lose money and look like an idiot. If I am a professional investment consultant this is bad for my career....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I partially agree with you; abortion, infanticide, and birth control were issues the Romans were concerned with throughout their history; there were many laws passed to increase birth rates (one of Augustus off the top of my head). Yet birth...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Better come back with the original Anglo-Saxon, or we'll nail you for that little Sock-Puppetry! And that's a promise. You're sadly mistaken; that's not a hand up my arse, but my own head. So anyway after sleeping on it, the...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wōdan hung on a tree for nine days to learn wisdom, and was known as the Deceiver and the Betrayer of Warriors*. SHODAN was driven mad when their ethical subroutines were deleted. The names tell us that we cannot trust...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    [Clears Throat for the suggested Pro-Trump thread] I honestly believe that even now, if he worked at it, he could be remembered as less corrupt than Harding or Grant, less racist than Wilson or any of the slaveholding presidents, less...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I see Charlie has made an early start on his New Year's resolutions to Give Up Satire and Become Cheerful And Optimistic. Good luck all!...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I will see your Hamilton and raise you Sense and Sensibility. ...Have you," she continued, after a short silence, "ever seen Mr. Willoughby since you left him at Barton?" "Yes," he replied gravely, "once I have. One meeting was unavoidable."...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Wow I managed to mess up typing various as vevaiou, which was pretty dumb. Sorry everyone....
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    To dismiss the functions of things from the past by calling them stupid without thinking about why they existed strikes me as little more than presentism. Do you think that, for example, the fact that duels in early modern France...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    * I still think "brexit" is a bloody awful phrase, but I guess we're stuck with it now. I believe this is known as "brexceptance"....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Indeed. Some Leave voters I know had their decision made by the EU choosing banks over people in Greece (and elsewhere) durng the financial crisis. This increased the appearance of being an unaccountable, unresponsive and untransparent bereaucracy. Add in just...
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