Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Anyone know whether corvids eat other dead non-corvid birds? I know that corvids eat road kill and with the current avian flu blazing across NA and in the UK resulting in thousands of birds of different species dying, I wonder...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    All this talk about Red Dwarf worlds makes me think that perhaps it's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere... (Though for some people there might be kippers to smoke for breakfast.)...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Anecdotally, I eat a vegetarian-leaning diet, occasionally going full vegan for a while, but sometimes eating meat. Usually I do some variation of lacto-pesco-ovo-diet, though. What I've noticed is that I very easily need the B12 supplements, but iron hasn't...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    And yeah, distance from the centre with flattened poles makes for an easy way to get airbourne, albeit only temporarily unless you're suitably equipped. But appearing 10km under the surface of the Pacific wouldn't be much fun. The temporary nature...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Given the somewhat damp nature of our planet I'm sometimes surprised when random arrival points so often turn out to be not just on dry land, but on temperature lowland parts of it. Just because you'd probably live longer on...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Edmonton was the worst for me. Less than eight hours of daylight in the depths of winter, so easy to miss entirely. Noticeably worse than Saskatoon*. Again, I have to say that Saskatchewan's Northern border is about as North as...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Since we're over three-hundred, I'm looking for stories - I don't care where they come from - in which the protagonist fools the antagonist via careful wording, something like, "If you defeat me, I swear by Cthulhu I will marry...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I kind of think there have been stories about accidental AIs which either don't care about humans or are actively malicious. Sadly I can't name any, but it feels like a regularly used trope. For the scifi tabletop roleplaying side,...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    (Re: Traveller) Anyway, fun game, played for decades, no urge to play again. Probably should get rid of my complete collection. I agree, though I haven't played it that much - mostly read, built stuff and hung around on TML....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    There are gods, they thought humans made great pets, so they took us everywhere with them because we were so good at believing in them and reifying them in this universe. Maybe they're still around, too. (oops, plot of Stargate....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    This only really works if there's a raised kerb between the bike lane and the car parking lane. Otherwise you get jerks parking in the cycle lane. Not just delivery drivers: actual random commuters, shoppers, and the like. Yeah, this...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I just hope there will be less war and genocide. Maybe you just get United Kingdomed. Or Great Britained....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Normally you have to really be an idiot to provoke an elk in the nordic countries: They are shy and very good at not being noticed in the first place. Many years ago I worked in a place in the...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I still contend the best defense against "home invasion" is a large noisy dog. Far less likely to mistakenly attack your kids when they try to sneak in after curfew. Well, I feel like the best defense against "home invasion"...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    But the real jaw-dropper is the realization that in 2022, 40 years later, Russia can't even manage to support an expeditionary force 80 nautical miles from its border, never mind 8000. And it's all about logistics. I think this is...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Well, I don't really care about top or bottom posting as long as comments 9, 10 and 11 are sequential with each other. Because in this order it's hard to understand what was asked. Why is top posting annoying? Though...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    There was a report about five years ago of Russians buying up Finnish land on/near the border. Was that just Western panic reporting or was there real substance to it? And has anything changed (if it was approximately true)? I...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I think there's a difference between defending your country or attacking an another one, and this applies also to preparation. If you attack, I think it's prudent you prepare for your plan and as much as you can for when...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Astoundingly, Sweden(!) and Finland apply for NATO membership. Well, I'm not that astounded, though this is acknowledges the real state of affairs much more than has been usual. Sweden, although neutral on paper, has been cooperating with the US for...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I think the solution to the 'taxes not included in the advertised price' would just be to make it mandatory to do it that way, that is, change the law. Here we have also rules for comparable prices, for example...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Yes, this is a flaming pain in the lower anatomy. Pretty much everyone wants stores to mark prices in what customers actually pay, yet this does not happen. It seems to me that even if stores would like to do...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Wrong. A company's first purpose is to survive. Making a net profit is simply one of the means it uses to survive. Well, that depends. In Finland, there's a law for joint-stock companies. This law states explicitly that the purpose...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Costa Rica, the latest data I can find is that they spend 1 billion USD on Fossil Fuel subsides each year, 2.2% of GDP. Which is technically "shitloads". Enough to build a giant battery factory, and a giant electric car...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    I wonder how many of these crusaders*would hold to their views if they (or a close female relative) got raped and impregnated by someone black/hispanic (given typical GOP racism). I'm certain they would hold to their public rhetoric, but would...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    (For others a pole, rod, or perch is an Anglo-Saxon measurement of 16.5 feet, and most ancient streets are laid out on that grid. My house (built 1882) has a frontage of -- yes, you guessed -- one rod.) This...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Disclaimer: I'm not an expert in this, so mostly guessing. Question: We know that cruise missiles can be brought down, before they reach their targets. Why/how is this not happening in Ukraine? Is it simply that they do not (yet)...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    About the need for AC in Europe: at least in my experience it would help us, but the apartment is old enough that figuring out where to install it would be a pain. This far we've managed without one, but...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    [B]ut the Germans aren't talking about building an extra ten thousand wind turbines over the next six months or adding a few square kilometres of PV panels by autumn, instead they're suggesting they can build fossil fuel importation facilities in...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    They are, obviously enough, fans of legalisation and regulation because it's hard to do an honest days work for an honest days pay if you can't do that lawfully. Even legalisation doesn't necessarily help by itself. Sex work as such...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I think one of the problems with dealing with homelessness is to give the people involved attributes about it. I mean, talking about 'the homeless' instead of 'people without a home', if you can see the distinction. I'm bad at...
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