Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    The use or otherwise of thousands separators is likely generational and possibly regional... To make things even more difficult, it can be conditional. I still try to follow the guideline (from some forgotten style manual) that separators become useful at...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    A "fin" round (UK nickname, it's fin stabilised, US tankers will typically say "sabot") is a long, thin chunk of heavy metal, arriving with several megajoules of energy, able to punch through a couple of feet of armour. Coincidentally it...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Recent In the Pipeline coverage of graphene includes: Darn Near Flatland, 11 October, 2017 https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2017/10/11/darn-near-flatland Graphene Continues to Surprise 19 March, 2018 https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2018/03/19/graphene-continues-to-surprise Graphene: You Don’t Get What You Pay For By Derek Lowe 11 October, 2018 https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2018/10/11/graphene-you-dont-get-what-you-pay-for As Greg...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The call-sign doesn't start with a K because I didn't want to risk annoying someone humourless in Legal at a real radio station... That can happen. Years ago, as a college student, I was reading a novel and encountered a...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    ...you mean like the huge block of titanium that my late ex told me the Soviets cast, just to prove it could be done? Okay, I'll be the one to ask the obvious question. What did they do with it...
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    When we start talking about even thousands of tonnes of liquid mercury in the middle of a major city I think we're out of the realm of acceptable risks. Not to mention acceptable budget. Where do you get thousands of...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    ... people care a lot more about what you buy online then what you say or do ... That means ebay has me on the list of 'people who have bought more than zero slide rules.' That's a pretty short...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    There are places my imagination won't go, e.g. duck genitals[0] and lack of consent in general... Yes, I expect we are all familiar with the hilarious but NSFW True Facts About the Duck. ("Oh, my...") Nature is a strange and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I am unfamiliar with this person, either because he's obscure in the US or I've just not happened to read of him before. Wikipedia makes him sound bland, if stiff. Is he actively counterproductive or just hopelessly super-conservative?...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Out of order? You mean, like broken into tiny bits, with the 0.1% scrambling to see who can grab most of the loose change? It's easier to digest something when it's been ground up into tiny pieces and marinated in...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    A billion human sacrifices sounds like... ...an unacceptable project name. Please choose a less accurate one....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The first time this really struck me was with the War of the Worlds TV series in the 80's... Now I'm imagining protagonists who can't get useful support from anti-Martian politicians because the fear of Martians is a great way...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Dronezzzz would make cononating Wassname in Colorado Springs a piece of piss, assuming you can get one with sufficient load capacity. My father and some college buddies worked out the logistics, but not the funding, for using a weather balloon...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    If anyone is in Brooklyn and has a chance to decorate one of the Trump dog urinals, get a picture for the amusement of others....
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Like nachos? https://xkcd.com/654/ A friend of mine once did that in analog. Her neighbor was turning up his stereo much too loudly. She realized she had the gear to transmit on a quarter the frequency of the radio station he...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    So is a secret werewolf in the dog house? *grin*...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Those who've done jury service can attest: most crimes are just damn stupid. Tragically stupid. Really, really tragic: really really stupid. I remember doing jury duty for a fellow who was up on a list of fairly impressive sounding charges...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Except in my metaphor I use bees, not ants. Because the Mandate likes his honey ... Making the Mandate - Mahogany Row desperately hopes - a beekeeper who knows how to use modern hives. To unpack the second metaphor, just...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I find it *really* hard to believe that there are no groups calling up *good* deities... ... Hell, Ganesha! (I'd *really* like to sic Ganesha on the Malignant Carcinoma...) Power fantasies are tempting but some days your budget only...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The hippy era was a re-run of the inter-war years with added reliable contraception. Author: Fifty years from now, in the far-flung future year of 1969, young people will be using technically illegal but easily obtainable recreational drugs... Normal person:...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I'm too young to have lived through the late 70s, but didn't a lot of institutions go through a mess before the neoliberal revolution? I'm too young to remember much about global politics of that era firsthand, but I'd say...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I hope whoever is behind it has a really, really good plan, because people and institutions do recover from attacks. ...and afterwards? They're really fucking pissed. That's a good point - and one that does not make me feel hopeful....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    My mother’s late partner was always extremely vague about his military service during and following WW2... Now you've got me thinking of my late grandfather, who did something or other during the war. Around the time I was born my...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    If anything is killing dreams, it's the political mess since 2016. No kidding. *tired sigh* I suspect there's something we are not yet tuning in clearly and probably won't be able to fully articulate until the mess is behind us....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Move to Denver? ... Yes, I *am* a Philadelphia ex-pat, why do you ask? Denver as capital after the Big Oops was very much a thing for a while. I conjecture that someone thought that the military installations there would...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Read all of Digger Friday night and yesterday morning, but at least I knew that was finite. I also binged through Digger in the last few days. It was completely worth my time, for the story, the characters, and the...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I’d vote for you, but I’d expect my free trout. If you were a Russian oligarch or a Saudi prince you could vote thousands of times....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Maybe I should run as the Libertarian candidate for President. I could promise "Free Trout for a Free People." I'd expect rants about the creeping fin of Aqua-Socialism... ...but few of these folks have the self awareness to see the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Imagine a world where such bootstrap routines sometimes end up with something other than an Elder Horror-Deity. Perhaps even something "good". Perhaps even something benevolent. I don't have to imagine; I've already read Friendship is Optimal. What could be wrong...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There are two kinds of Libertarians; those who don't know that Rand was writing fiction, and those who don't know that Heinlein was writing fiction... Someone covering the Libertarian's political convention for 2016 snarked that there were two kinds of...
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