Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    My sympathies as well. May their passing be gentle....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    The "Steve Canyon" comic strip ran just such a storyline in the mid-sixties, with a 707 concealing a first generation Chinese H-Bomb....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    The story seems altogether too likely. Does the presence of F-15Es say something about the F-35? Though it is possible ANG F-15s could be around for a long time, but they might be forbidden to go to max airspeed,...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Any chance your "conservative" party will change their name? So many of them make manifestly unwise decisions....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Conservatives playing up the shortcomings of single-payer healthcare in order to make way for more profitable insurance schemes would seem to fit here....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    No I hadn't, thanks, that's funny. I'm imagining a fanfic Heinlein multiverse novel where every world is based on unfortunate fanfic......
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I am reminded of an illustration in the old National Lampoon titled "The J.R.R. Tolkien Fan Club Called To The Last Need of Middle Earth". I'll visit Middle Earth by reading....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Who knew orcs become sexually aroused by high amplitude bass? The band arises, eventually, and searches for what's left of their clothing....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Some of the more committed materialist derive a lot of self-validation from the contrast between them and the "Have-nots", if the world becomes a cess pit, yet leaves them on a hill out of the reek, it's a plus....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The discussions of "Instant sunlight" bring to mind two fictitious weapons, Arlo Guthrie's "Unneutron Bomb", that destroys material things and leaves living things unharmed, if naked. And Clarke & Pohl's "Silent Thunder" EMP weapon from "The Last Theorem". Not...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The Kzinti is about the worst example that comes to my mind, the Puppeteers had very little dimorphism, but used a related species as a host as in Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild". Disturbing in a whole different way. Must say...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The Flint water issues worry me because monitoring ph levels and adding modifiers to maintain them are part of the job, if they'll neglect their responsibilities to POC, it's not even half a step more to do likewise to...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Just don't get the idea that the potential "Gigacide" is part of a plan, if we get it, it'll be part of an immense Charlie Foxtrot born of untempered Mammon worship and class warfare....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Might I suggest cleaning up our act be less from avoiding climate catastrophe and more for something prosaic, like the way one is (Hopefully) disinclined to commit flatulence in an enclosed space. The reason being, lest some large entity...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    What might prove difficult about personality uploads is how we present different aspects of ourselves depending on relationships and circumstance, all variations on a theme, but each one a problem to solve. Early adopters are liable to be boring....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    At least for energy, there are arguments besides "It's good for the planet", like a potentially healthier domestic economy and independence from the restraints of petroleum based energy. A good thing to, because if a sensible energy policy is...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    One of my believer friends is working on an essay on the non-existence of Hell and believes in universal reconciliation. Leads me to think, yes, I could see that, while I'd differ on what happens with any so far...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    That brings to my mind one of the nastiest things about contemporary conservatism, intolerance. Intolerance in the presence of many fundamentalist sects promises no shortage of dark entertainment in the future....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I usually don't have trouble seeing two wheeled vehicles from a car, I think because I've put miles on them myself. The "I didn't see it" may stem more from a deficiency of empathy than anything else....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The spam is suggestive, perhaps rUK could forge a deal with India, might have to accept being a junior partner, given the recent silliness......
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    There were a few 260STs built before Atari decided they were too limited, still, more than the STbook (With a trackpad-like object, first, I think.). In many ways, the Atari ST was like an ultimate Commodore 64, the Amiga...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Missesota? There are B-2s based west of Sedalia, Missouri....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Don't know specific details, but I'd guess "broken" implies accelerated wear on wheel bearings, suspension, tires and clutch plates from the weight of the gear, not actually breaking in two, as has happened to the occasional unibody vehicle exposed...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Synthopiates might also feature in a de-regulated "Grim Meathook future", as an essential part of "The taste you can't forget" (Swiped from a vague recollection of an early 80s thriller.)....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Brings up an angle I think the "Petro forever!" types are using, households on a paycheck to paycheck economy are not going to be in a position to invest much in infrastructure, if one wishes to delay a technological...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Consider adding James Kwak's "Economism, bad economics and the rise of inequality" to that list, I consider it relevant because it describes the beginnings of the fork of economics that reactionaries use as a blunt instrument on anything that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Agreed, I can sometimes find something worthwhile and when it's too cryptic, I can scroll past, which I'd suggest to those suffering an allergic reaction to the entity....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Revolution when decent folk with constructive ideas are available is one thing, when dead-eyed sociopaths are waiting to rebuild,,, you shouldn't wish for it....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Just saw that a copy is waiting for me at the local library*, looking forwards to it, as soon as I finish James Kwak's "Economism". *I know it's not as good for you as it would be if I...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    On that Schwinn 26" wheel, the original "Balloon tire" was their innovation and they patented it, their competitors made a slightly smaller 26" wheel to evade the patent. A Schwinn tire would be labeled "26X2 1/8", while the now...
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