Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    As a belated footnote, don't fret if it takes a while to regain your equilibrium. We never 'get over' these things...but we learn to live with them. This Saturday I visited my father's grave, the first opportunity I'd had to...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    OHG has managed to explore the "Person suddenly finds out that by looking hard at a strange object with an odd pattern they can wish themselves to alternate timeline, their relatives are not what they thought, they're not what they...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Some of us are very very good at time. Greg Egan, for example. He's just published an entire book in which people have twice as many times as usual. Pardon the post necromancy - we're zipping along very quickly -...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    ...words, per se, don't seem to mean much in the way of comfort. But the knowledge that someone cares enough to send me a few words of consolation? Priceless, and an enormous source of strength in difficult times. This. There's...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    How low is this going to sink, before wonderful Pres Pence is put in place? This is a really messy question for a number of reasons, many of them clustered around the fact that it's politically awkward for an elected...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    This grand strategic design is evident in virtually everything Trump has done at home and abroad. I think you're overestimating his cunning and strategic genius. Yes, a cat is really good at knocking things off of high places onto the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    In the U.S. credit unions can offer all of the services that a commercial bank can offer with the exception of business accounts. ... But you can still do your personal banking with a credit union if you're eligible to...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    Or to deal with something a little more recent, how about the style of news-gathering on Max Headroom, which is very possible right now. I'll take "live and direct" over "fair and balanced," thank you......
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Compare it to the episode from the TV series Miracles, 2003, The Friendly Skies: The plane disappeared for 64 seconds and people go ballistic. Miracles S 1 Ep 2 The Friendly Skies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lLRqdvuKBI Nifty! I've downloaded it for watching later....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    In the infinitude of possibilities, perhaps they did, If there are an infinite number of dimensions, the Afar could colonize a very large number of alternate earths without getting around to ours. Correct. This has already been addressed by SETI...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Warsaw Rising There is a city ... that stops, completly, for a minute every year. A friend of mine made a music video (Sabaton's Uprising, with Pumpkin Scissors video) which got him more reactions than he expected from eastern Europe....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Does the nasty Sheriff whatsisname in the deep SW count ( Arpaho? Arapho? - something like that ... ) You're thinking of Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Assuming you've heard he's nasty, racist, and untrustworthy...yeah, that's him....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Now there is a plot that would be resolved in about 30 seconds with modern CCTV coverage. "Oh look. All our suspects are having a sneaky meeting in the airport departure lounge. Again." *laughs* Good point. At least one dodge...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    You forget where and when we came from and what we fight against. Well, yes. You're coming from the pub, after a busy night, and you're fighting against whatever presents itself. That's okay; we can be friends even when you're...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Dang; during editing I hit Submit instead of Preview. That last link goes to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtSmMIiZ1pQ and the entire episode described above....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Then the fun starts with the terrifying interrogation of the passengers & crew, but in the course of this, it emerges that there's a giant corrupt scam in operation, which it's all-of-a-sudding too-late to cover up. I knew that sounded...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    A modern smartphone would make an amazing espionage tool in terms of 1950s cold war spy thrillers, even without network support. You're not just right, you're so right they made a movie and a TV series about it. At least...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Off topic, but I'm quiet this weekend because I've been at Gearcon, a steampunk convention which is vastly smaller than it was last year; it also has 100% fewer Laundry authors. No doubt when I have online time I'll hear...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I've got the figure of "15 miles" in my head as a "typical" range for naval gunnery, by way of a sort of aggregate memory from diverse accounts of naval battles, so it sounds right to me in a googly...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    But yeah, there is a problem with training: people mostly don't respond appropriately in an emergency (I sure didn't) unless they've been drilled, and there are environments (shopping malls, high rise hotels) where you have a high transient population and...
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    And now I'm really trying not to think about what sort of parasites he's infested with. Apparently something that gets uncomfortable and squirmy when exposed to 'teh wimminz.'...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    They're "uncivilized savages" the way the Japanese were uncivilized savages to the Russian Empire in 1905... Ah; I'd imagined them rather as the Ainu were to the Japanese: a peripheral population difficult to assimilate and not worth mobilizing the military...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    re. naming children so that their true names are magical booby traps (yes, I got the xkcd line...) is a stroke of genius :-) But what if everyone does it? I suspect that this is self-correcting for the Alfar. If...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I've re-read TNS and I've got two odd-feeling points. First the economics of the Alfar homeworld. Cassie/Agent First had to discover the meaning of money. So probably there was no market or other form of resource allocations, so what would...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Although, since curious RF engineers (and fanfic writers) want to know, I feel I should ask Charlie: what exactly are the requirements for the image that you feed into a basilisk gun? It's occurred to me that the effect appears...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Knowing a fact does NOT mean that you realise its consequences, or even that it is an important factor. Human cognition doesn't work that way. Right. Also remember that she was a theatre major. Cassie 1.0 must have learned lots...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I never cease to be amazed at the swivel eyed lunatics you let have guns in the US. It baffles us sometimes, too. Since guns are necessary tools in remote areas, the thinly spread populace around Malheur is very well...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    It's not wholly pointless to try to categorize some classes of interference. At one extreme our whole universe could be faked; in that scenario we'd have no idea about reality, down to the most obvious physics such as Newtonian motion,...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    In other words, it's only suspicious to those who insist that TWA800 was shot down, Apollo 11 was faked, and the WTC was rigged for demolition. You know, swivel-eyed loonies. Ahem, yes. I got a local-ish example last year, when...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Besides, if *you* were an INTELLIGENT alien, would *you* want to contact us? From the '90s TV show Daria: Jane - Let's say I'm an alien and you're you. Daria - Part of this better be hypothetical. Jane - Now,...
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