Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The shooting down of Iran Air 655 was during the Wild West period of the Reagan presidency when all sorts of crazy shit went down. The Iranians believe to this day it was deliberate, after all the US Navy did...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    American Evangelicals...love to quote Isaiah, totally misreading it. As in "Isn't it miraculous how Jebus fulfilled all the prophecies of Isaiah! Riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, etc." To which the answer, of course, is NO, he read the book...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Also, nuclear submarines are complicated. It's not like you'll find the plans in a Welsh charity shop....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Yep, can confirm. Have toured more than one retired museum-sub and was impressed by the USN's commitment to ensuring that all crew members regularly get a tub of freshly-made ice cream while on patrol in the middle of the Pacific....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    You're literally that predictable. I'm reminded of the old Dilbert animated series, when Dilbert visits his mother and hears her from another room. After a short conversation he finally discovers...a tape recorder. "You taped your conversation with me? I'm not...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    A friend of both Charlie and I got to carry a Hugo rocket back from the States in his luggage a few days after 9/11 happened. You can imagine what that looked like on an X-ray machine. Anyone who knows...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I was never into the Ken Hite-style secret history stuff, but I know a lot of people like it. That's fine. Nothing is to everyone's taste. I happen to enjoy it in moderation myself, both because such games tend to...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    The US Army Improvised Warfare Manual contains a tediously large number of near-identical sets of instructions for minor variations on that theme, and since I managed to read it in the original "before the internet" I'd be amazed if there...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    SHE IS CLAIMING THAT I AM DEAD. No, no, that you were dead. You're here posting now, so obviously you were quickly restored from off-site backup. Let this be a lesson to all of us about the importance of archiving...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    It's also hard to find articles on Donald's grand-nephew with cerebral palsy because of another kid with cerebral palsy who was treated horribly more recently. (Link goes to NZ coverage for a non-US perspective.)...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    If this is the case, what should I blog about? How about various ideas about 'interesting' worlds that the Merchant Princes haven't found? This is a literally unlimited playing field and no doubt many of us have our favorite what-if...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Can you store rice in vacuum instead? A small vacuum pump will cost less than pressurised gases supplied in any kind of safe containment. I asked around; this may be less practical, even though a pump and electricity is cheaper...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I've long said that what I wanted was the Junior Woodchuck Manual. You may know it's a fictionalized stand-in for the Boy Scout Handbook, which is limited by reality. Having said that, many people have recommended a copy for anyone's...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    ...a device that can display a file now will likely be able to display that file in the future, assuming it still works. There's the thing, of course. It's technically possible to build a solid state device that's rugged, solar...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    So perhaps if one could find the right linguistic encoding — huge-dimensional semantic vector spaces maybe, but also extracting register and suprasegmental information such as prosody — similar techniques could be used for writing. Such a technological marvel would be...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    One of the nuances that impressed me about A Fire Upon The Deep (fun quotes) was that it was a given that there was a large stockpile of information about rapidly bootstrapping technological civilizations. So, yeah, quite agree. There's also...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    And speaking of different stories: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2017/01/21/trump-had-a-huge-luxurious-inauguration-cake-was-it-plagiarized/ Apparently his inauguration cake was designed to look exactly like Obama's. Let's repeat that: It was designed to look like Obama's cake on camera. Obama's cake was entirely made of cake, meaning there was...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Reality is what I say it is, and if you disagree you're lying. And I'm way more intelligent than you, so I'm right and you're wrong. Gonna be a long eight years. I've got no idea if the UK media...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    "...the only tools a dwarf needed were his axe and some means of making fire. That'd eventually get him a forge, and with that he could make simple tools, and with those he could make complex tools, and with complex...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Question - who else will jump on the bandwagon? According to this and this, among others, quite a lot of lawmakers have found reasons to be somewhere other than the inauguration ceremony. Mostly Democrats, unsurprisingly, but The Donald is no...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    I still keep the aluminium blob that used to be my cafetiere to remind me NOT TO LEAVE A HOT STOVE UNATTENDED. I have a wooden cutting block in my kitchen with a charred blob on it, an artifact of...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    But not "Jedi Taylor"?...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    To clarify (hopefully, rather than quibble), I meant the published version of The Mandate. Now that his power effect is known, no doubt someone will have to start data mining public records looking for other people suddenly appearing in influential...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    The Mandate is the political version of a nuclear weapon. Just imagine what he could do to convince voters, or get legislation through Parliament. Indeed; when I read that part I keep thinking the Laundry dodged a bullet on that...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Donald hasn't had a chance to really screw over the GOP base yet. Signs are he's working on it. Can he get anything done other than lining his own pockets? Darned if I know. There's plenty a president can do...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    ...Trump is strongly supported within the Republican party and therefore Republican Congressmembers... Among the many other problems in the pipeline, this is not the case. Donald ran through the election cycle like a drunken college kid running naked across a...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    But really, finding the uSD card hidden in someone's luggage is a significant hurdle... I have to agree; at today's storage densities trying to stop sneakernet at the borders is a lost cause. Doubly so when hiding hundreds of gigs...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Indeed. Trump would fancy himself a Ferengi...and then get taken to the cleaners. He'd boast about his "great business skill" as they laughed their way back to Ferenginar with the profits....
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I've been wondering if the site picks up some javascript as it travels across the ocean... just saying, maybe. As far as I can tell from the west coast of the US only antipope.org and zazzle.co.uk are trying to run...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Greg comments at London Reconnections too, which is the best London Transport Wonk site ever... Greg, has Charlie introduced you to Kevin? He's only rarely over on your side of the pond but he's a knowledgeable rail fan and I...
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