Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I think, within a rounding error, we can count the Egyptians as entirely African. Problem is, people in the 1920s--or now--don't really like that. That's one of the many, many problems with racism......
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I think the game Call of Cthulhi did a nice job: there were two spells for beings. There was summoning, and then there was binding. Of the two, bindings are probably more useful, but summonings are generally easier to find....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Never underestimate the power of a good cup of coffee. And don't eat anything that talks....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Yeah, we've gone here before: what's a soul in the laundryverse? Apparently they're Egg McGuffins, being edible to certain classes of entities. Beyond that, the veil has remained firmly in place, despite urgent wibbling, at least on my part....
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    Or possibly someplace that's within reach of the ocean but nobody cares about? In universe that's as plausible an explanation as any for Florida Man... So I guess we're saying that the explanation for UFOs is that they're fly-by-night Deep...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    It's an either/or: both sides see the others' turf as uninhabitable, so in theory it should be easy. In our world, it would be anything but easy. Our civilization globally has developed the extremely bad habit of doing out-of-sight, out-of-mind...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    For electrochemical reasons, there's a strong case that multicellular life depends on aerobic respiration. With climate change messing that up in the abyssal waters the Deep Ones prefer, I really do expect them to take strong exception to petroleum technology....
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    I will note that it's unreasonable to expect a more monolithic, regimented style of governance from the Deep Ones than we get from human governments -- especially as they occupy about 4x the territory of Earth's entire (non-submerged) surface area,...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    You assume that BLUE HADES has any real interest in the top thousand metres or so of biologically-active ocean waters and what the land-based vacuum-breathers deposit there. To them that's like us being fixated on the stratosphere and the effects...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    You know, if we really want to drive Charlie insane and slow down manuscript production, we can speculate on what happened to Angleton and how to bring him back. My personal favorite (already comprehensively debunked By God) is that the...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    You're probably right. Sort of. What you really want to do is turn everything that could be lethal while moving at 10 km/sec into plasma. If you do it wrong, the shower of debris from your "junk collecting" collision actually...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Actually, to do a somewhat deeper dive (thanks to JP Powell's Floating To Orbit)... Yes, there's a lot of dust in the atmosphere. Among other things, it's what helps nucleate raindrops and ice crystals. There's also quite a lot of...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    De nada. Since you've already committed to a post Laundry trilogy, I'd point out that the Chekhov's apocalypse pointed out in Jennifer Morgue--all those unstable seamount slopes around the world--should either be used or defused. While I agree that rapidly...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Oh, I get that. But once you cut global food shipments by a large majority, then the level of computation goes down substantially. As shipments from China are shut off, broken servers and computers don't get replaced. It's a, erm,...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    You're thinking too small. International shipping carries ~90% of world trade, and the cable links among continents carry a comparable portion of international net traffic, a trivial portion being this blog. Cut the cables and sink the ships, and global...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Good grief, they still teach marines how to fight with knives. The RPG problem is that a sufficiently superior foe can simply make the players disappear, and that would be no fun for game play. Now for the quibbling and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Most of the stuff up there, if de-orbited, is probably small enough to burn up on re-entry, so keeping it intact to the ground is a challenge. Strapping something onto a bit of debris means that you have to match...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Thanks for this! I see two happy-fun questions and a sad note about this case. The happy fun notes are Schneier's frequent comment that proprietary encryption does not necessarily mean the best, so it's an open question whether the government...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Start of the Kessler cascade tonight? Or hype? https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/satellites/a34383707/space-junk-collision-risks/...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Thanks! Incidentally, if you want to look really prescient, you may want to start asking around for near future stories of the internet falling apart and/or changing drastically due to climate change. This isn't silliness. This story (https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-planet-needs-a-new-internet-1837101745) talks about...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Oh, I appreciated the last opportunity you gave me, and I'm trying to return the favor by getting a conversation started here... Maybe when the current unpleasantness has subsided somehow (I don't mean somewhat) I'll be able to get back...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    I don't think there's a problem with putting up purchase links......
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Apropos of nothing: Nature today reported a finding of superconductivity a photochemically transformed carbonaceous sulfur hydride system at 15 deg C. Woo hoo! That's practically room temperature for Charlie! Well technically, that's 15 deg C under 267 gigpascals' pressure. But...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    To be fair to the Regeneron CEO, On October 11 he's quoted as saying "The president’s case is a case of one, and that’s what we call a case report. And it is evidence of what's happening, but it’s kind...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Re: the tax returns. As my late grandmother used to say, with a certain twinkle in her eye, "Really? Do tell." I'll also note that OGH is under British Libel law, not US law. So when talking about whether certain...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Well, I'm a naive innocent. A rube, as it were. And therefore I learned from the above article that, when someone has a business that hemorrhages money but which inexplicably stays open for years--a golf course, perhaps--that's the kind of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There are also precursors to this idea in Simak's Way station and in Pohl and Williamson's duology The Saga of Cuckoo I was goofing around last night, and I realized that even the crudest teleportation device: something that transmits at...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Problem is that a window with a good view is probably easier to do with VR than with teleporting to an actual room. I'll point out that, in general, the farcaster house is an example of conspicuous consumption, and that's...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Sadly paywalled, but worth reading if you can get to it: Do Trump’s Taxes Show He’s a Failure, a Cheat, or a Criminal?. The tl;dr is that all three are plausible, possibly in sequence. And the good news is that,...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    More fun to play with teleportation, but I should point out that forced labor in prison camps during a pandemic is basically setting the stage for a really bloody revolution if the system cracks even slightly. Note that I'm not...
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