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  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Dammit sorta beaten to it! The solution to the Irish border problem is blindly obvious, we re-impose English control across the entire island of Ireland, under enlightened English landlords and their NornIron cousins, uniting the British Isles once again. We...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Ref point 4. The speculation on the blog and I think semi-comfirmed by Charlie is that the Mandate was still levelling up/ manifesting over the events in the Apocalypse Score and the Delirium Brief. I also rather suspect the SA's...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I think you are missing something with the SA - he maybe a lot worse than a qusiling, from the last 2 books there is reasonable circumstantial evidence that he engineered the whole New Management take over from years back...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Dear god NO! One of Charlie’s peers did this fairly recently with a big name of the genre popping into the series for no apparent reason, playing a big part of a plot point before disappearing again. It was totally...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    There was a bit in TDB about the gears I didn't get, from memory it was implied that the geas had transferred (by the SA) to the Mandate before he actually became prime minister. But it was also implied that...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    One point I dont believe anyone has raised yet is the purpose/function of Continuity Ops. (Am I the only one who mentally substitutes IRA for Ops?) On the one hand it looks like a desperation play on the part of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I think there are are 3 options here: 1. Charlie lost track of a good million words and accidentally did a retcon. 2. Bob is an unreliable narrator and he wanted us to think Narky, BP and the Sleeper are...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The most recent occurrence of dismantling an organisation without engaging brains on its replacement is the Invasion of Iraq. Admittedly it was a time of "war" but similar principles apply....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    AFAIK there is no mention of any treaties between humans and the cythonians. Only Blue hades with both other parties, and the arrangement with the Deep Sevens is characterised as a truce or a standoff....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    More interesting imo - where are the description of ordinary life where there is a reasonable chance of grandad/ma living to 500? Normally the scenarios are Noir or Dystopia driven where the Meths are a dominant class, but if you...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I'll bite :) AFAIK what Graydon is proposing fits with blockchain-as-a-subclass-of-distributed database (its just a database innit!) model, not batshit-libertarian-cryptocurrency-pyramid-scheme and there is no particular lower bound on the efficiency of the signing processes for such a database. *Disclaimer I...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I'm not convinced, nearly all of the inactions in the article can also be put down to simple paralysis, and I don't believie Corbyn is capable of the amount of comprise needed to truly appeal to the Kippers....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I mostly agree with you but with the one caveat it's perfectly ok and human to look back on things you did a few years or more ago and regret them without actually admitting that regret publically. He certainly wouldn't...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    My suspicion is that many of these -ism's reside on planes that are orthogonal to the Left-Right plane political parties are on - effectively meaning that the number of anti-semites in each partly merely reflects the distribution of anti-semites across...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Not come across 27" myself Sheldon appears to indicate its an old British size. Most 28's equate to 700c. The TL;DR measured in inches = Batshit insane. Measured in mm = some hope of sanity. Example my german folding bicycle...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Its not quite as simple as Greg suggests either. There a multiple factors at work here. Labour has been skewed by the influx of Momentum members as noted. So you now have a more traditionally left leaning skew at the...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    What bit is wrong? The Nokia bit or something else? The Nokia bit is well described here, I can point you to a forum where some of the original players describe it too. http://mombatbicycles.com/MOMBAT/BikeHistoryPages/29er.html If anyone has time to spare...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Its still pretty simple - using ETRTO/ISO number pretty much solves most of the problems. But by volume it comes down to traditional mountain bike tires 26" and traditional road bike tyres 700c. 29er MTB's which now seem to be...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Its not an official service but most UK airports have both a Stationery store (usually WH Smiths or an indepen and a post box tucked away where you can achieve the same thing. Heathrow apparently even has a post office...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I think the ability to maintain the readers interest whilst resetting or otherwise de-escalating within a series is one of the abilities that separates a master writer from the journeymen - especially in SF/F where apocalypses of one sort or...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Aside from those comparing directly to the source there is a school of thought that considers the film a minor classic, an explicitly over the top silly satire. https://www.empireonline.com/movies/starship-troopers/review/ It's also worth noting it received Oscar and Hugo noms and...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Also bear in mind that Political Compass is UK in origin which might tend to an older, wider and possibly less unpleasant definition of Libertarian than observation of the current state of the US might suggest....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Obligatory website I like to visit every so often when spectrum conversations come up. https://www.politicalcompass.org In other news now off to re-read my favourite RAH - Glory Road with some trepidation!...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    It's also just partly different biomes. Mild digestive discomfort is to be expected any time there is a minor change in the flora inhabiting our water supplies. It's probably the only thing we regularly ingest in anything like an untreated...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    What tickles me is that a quick Google on the LCACs led me to the entry on its Mothership the LPH'S like the USS Wasp. Which for the uninitiated is the "helicopter carrier" the USN operates for the USMC. Which...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Holding them outside of the UK sounds like a bit of a cast of the dice. Yes you avoid the impact of a UK based Stock Broking company going down the pan and potentially (illegally) taking its assets with it...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Given today's sad news here are some freebies from Harlan Ellison RIP. https://www.freesfonline.de/authors/Harlan_Ellison.html...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Probably not in your day to day (unless you work for a Canuck data processor who handles EU citizens data) but by default if you have say any UK/EU pensions or investments then some of your data will be given...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Thanks to this comment I now have the theme tune from the 1980's UK series Robin of Sherwood giving me a thorough earworming. And from there it's a just short step to Enya....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Even better - Good Omens with David Tennant and Michael Sheen, v exciting!...
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