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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I must thank the Memory Palace thread contributors. It’s inspired me to have another go at Serpents Reach by Cherryh. It’s the only one of hers I’ve bounced off hard multiple times....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    “ I am leery of assumption that "ceasing to be human" is automatically a bad thing.” Probably not, but I’m betting there is lots of authorly fun to be had telling tales about things that still think they are human,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    For the triple word score. Am I right in thinking that in the Hotline Scene with the Nazgul it’s the first time it’s been explicitly suggested that the Senior Auditor isn’t entirely human as he sweats blood? Or do we...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Re the Stasis Sphere it’s been a whilst since I read the Rhesus Chart but I recall it was strongly implied that Basil defrosted his meals before chowing down on them....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Presumably actively trying to get someone to disbelieve in a god is analogous to asking someone not to think about purple elephants?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Thanks Charlie. Another one - the Opa have their own flavour of vampires, presumably obtained once the events of the Rhesus Chart got disseminated. Presumably due to them having at least a couple of low level resources in the Laundry?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Halfway through re-reading it now. One thing that puzzled me first time round and continues to do so is why the OPA are choosing to take such a long term route to bootstrapping a God as the Matroskia brain plan,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Spoilsport ;) Next you’ll be telling us that Kangaroo’s can’t use SAMS. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/shoot-me-kangaroo-down-sport/...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Nope I was talking about the Tor-US only,Escape from Puroland....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Something interesting - if you click on the google play store link on the tor pre-order page it takes you to to a page on the UK Play store which appears to allow pre-orders. No guarantees it won’t get corrected...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    You are forgetting they are not properties - they are merely financial instruments in an investment portfolio. It’s the functional equivalent of forgetting one of your many bank accounts or that semi famous self portrait of the minor 17th century...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Assuming for a second it was put to sleep by something/someone rather than fell asleep as lack of mana (oxygen) made it sleepy, then I assume it will be coming back pissed off and angry. It seems to me that...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Just downloaded my copy now. Can I just say that the opening line is one of Charlie’s best!...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I think EC hit the nail on the head. Nearly everything we know about Blue Hades is based on Ramona - who is explicitly described as a hybrid, possibly gestating/pupating towards full Blue Hades-hood or could equally be just a...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    You’ve not read Peace Talks yet then?...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    It’s implied but worth noting that many of Charlie’s caveats only apply if you are a fairly aware and socially engaged left of center tending author. I can’t see the [i]average[/i] Baen*author** being particularly concerned by many of them for...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    At the risk of getting a ban. Psionics :p...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    ME/US/CHARLIE:Could this timemine get any weirder? REALITY: Hold my pint....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I have the original 10.5” IPad Pro so I’m waiting for the cheaper - but hopefully just as functional Logitech version of the keyboard, which is available for a wider range of IPad SKU’s. https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/combo-touch.html...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I doubt Induction hobs are a significant contributor to the size of the copper market - they are pretty much a small fraction of the overall hob market in the Western world....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Complete change of subject, has anyone tested the mouse and keyboard functionality in iPadOS 13.4 yet - looking at Charlie? Typing this on my Magic Keyboard 2 and with my Logitech MX 2 mouse. Works reasonably well apart from the...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Not gonna happen. As soon as we establish a reasonable fatality rate ie something within an order of magnitude to flu it becomes the new normal. We might take staying at home when we get the sniffles a bit more...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    I take your Bezos and Zuck and raise you a Martin. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52018360 All that was missing was a bwahahaha. Total shitbaggery....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Could some of those older novels be serials? Looks at my Dumas omnibus :)...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Your statements are not aligned with current UK medical thinking - disclaimer sample size of one - eldest daughter has a set of ASD characteristics that align with old school Aspergers according to her doctor. She has an ASD diagnosis...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Lasting power of attorney may be a workaround for that - especially if the proposed inheritance is simple. I'm about to bring the subject up with my Dad whose pushing 80...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The cynic in me wonders how much that doctor gained when the stock went meteoric....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Boris has just requested all non essential travel is stopped. Work from home you filthy germ bags....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Bear in mind those travel call centers are busy with mostly non revenue generating work like cancellations and repatriation flights. They will be getting quieter and quieter. Also bear in mind that even for call centers working from home is...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I wonder if they have got the approach wrong. Surely a quicker route to higher production albeit with less peak potential is to supply BAE staff or similar to existing manufacturers of ventilators - assuming we have one or two....
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