Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Nice, and thanks! I like infodumps for scifi books, but I understand why they're not that common. Especially if there are plans to continue in that universe, infodumps might make it harder to change things which were not in main...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    If it's an empty timeline adjacent to 3 instead, that cuts down on the number of transitions needed as well as being safer. Yesterday, after reading "Dark State", I again started thinking about timelines and how I'd very much like...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    US and EU customers I'm not at all knowledgeable about the book production pipelines, but I'd assume the big publishing houses are big enough that they'll make sure the pre-ordered books get printed. As one datapoint as an EU buyer...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I wish I knew another language well enough to think in it so I don't have to translate it into English, think what I'm going to say and translate that back into that other language. You can do this if...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The reason that the British Armed Forces have repeatedly opposed any "Politicians' Really Good Ideas" about National Service is that it just wouldn't work. It works where society supports it; see Israel, or Switzerland; arguably in the USSR (although Dedovshchina...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Yeah. I'm now working in a quite good position as a software engineer, where we can mostly decide the things and flows we do by ourselves, and even then it's still not easy. Of course there are external requirements, but...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    It's TV Tropes lingo for a plan that relies on other people doing exactly what you expect they would do. (TV Tropes is a web site collecting a lot of media tropes, and has its own terminology which seems to...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    On meat: I think we (globally) really need to start eating less meat. As I understand it, animals used to be much more valuable in other respects (for example beasts of burden) than just meat to eat. After all, it's...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yeah, I don't really care either way. I'm really fine even with making food on a regular stove. ;) I think our oven has a barbecue setting, too, but that's going to be a bit different, I think. I think...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Gas barbecues are illegal to use on balconies here. They're not strictly forbidden here, and even the housing association rules nowadays mostly recommend not using them instead of forbidding them outright. Making an open fire is a no-no, so portable...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    On cooking, here in Finland a gas stove is a rarity in urban areas. I think you can still get gas in the Helsinki area (not even as sure about other cities), but there are not that many places where...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I don't own a car, so I'm kind of out of date with my knowledge, but here in Finland there's no trigger lock on petrol or diesel pumps, at least not for small cars. I seem to remember there used...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    For the major highways in south-eastern Australia, that is really the coastal strip anticlockwise from Adelaide to Cairns and 300-ish km inland, there's a town big enough for a petrol station at least every 100km or so. So if Tesla's...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    No, JUST moving to all-electric vehicles is NOT a solution, especially for places like the UK. Yeah, I'm also in despair here because much of both the public discussion and my circles discussion is how and when to get an...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    It's not quite the same as "rebelling apparently without a cause", it's more a statement that "I don't know what the ideal society is, but this one here with these specific stakeholders and decision makers that is doing these specific...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Yeah, even here they wouldn't be strictly necessary during the winter any more, at least not every winter. (Southern Finland, that is, on the coast.) Most snow is either cleaned from the roads or melts fast enough that it'd probably...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Finland, or anywhere with a continental interior climate basically, warrants winter tyres for sure. We-ell, Finland is a large country. In the Southern part, where I live, nowadays some winters have only a few days when the temperature is below...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Read up on nonviolent actions and get into politics, at this point. Seems like good advice, and kind of what I've been doing - I got one book, perhaps recommended here, about non-violence, been reading it. Also getting into local...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Well, the Extinction Rebellion is not very strict on what they do. I haven't been in any way connected to them, but at least here the last week's protest was trying to get the government to make really any real...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Spoiler: I don't think we can come back from the climate crisis, so we're not just facing less or no growth, we're facing a decimation of human potential, maybe in our own lifetimes. So what is the appropriate response to...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Re: D&D, Colonialism Do you have a link? I would be curious to read it. Well, I've been mostly idly browsing Twitter for this, and I'm not very good in saving links there, but a couple of links about this...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Let's face it, humanity in general is not likely to accept the kind of reduction in standard of living that saving the planet ecosystem would require, not without a *lot* of people dying before, and this does not seems to...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    (Dungeons & Dragons) Don't forget the antisemitism. Well, no, but the issues of D&D are numerous, and in the 'Traveller' context I was more interested in the colonialism. Discussing all the other problems in D&D is probably not for this...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The drive to interplanetary colonization is expansionist, and as such, it's imperialist. There's been recently talk on the internets about the colonialism and imperialism in 'Dungeons & Dragons'. When the main idea of the game is to go about, kill...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    #556: The gravitational field strength of a sphere of mass - whether it's solid or a hollow shell - is greatest at the surface. Inside the shell it falls off until it gets to zero at the centre. With the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    So yeah, decent enough films if you can ignore the really screwed up combat scenes, but still disappointing. I watched the first two, but in the second one the story went so far away from the book that I didn't...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I have NEVER seen a vehicle licensed to drive on public roads in the US without mirrors allowing the driver to see rearward on both sides of a vehicle. And this is on large older trucks (20+ years) I drove...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That would require more than one per segment with semitrailer size trucks. Well, yes. The accidents recently here have been only lorries, I think, so no trailers. Bigger ones are a problem, too. But every truck driver will tell you...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I should have remembered reversing cameras: yeah, those should be (are?) mandatory on all new vehicles. No more backing up over stuff you don't want to squish, or ramming the kerb. No more squinting at a mirror showing a view...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    The Difficulty is what stops competing versions of the ledger; if Alice wants to repudiate her payment to Bob she needs to come up with a list of blocks which doesn't include her payment. To do that she needs to...
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