Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    I've always considered buying a burner phone questionable. For one, they'll ask you for ID when you buy it. Is this the way of things in the UK? In the US it's possible to go into a supermarket, get a...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    On a different matter, I assume that you have read The Last Wendy by Marie Brennan? For anyone who missed the story earlier, the author put it out on the net here....
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Would it be appropriate to mention people may also order it from Powell's? Which has it on this page right here for your convenience. Obviously this source is most suited to people in North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    It gets into this whole awkward notion that the Ancient Egyptians couldn't be very African ... In reality some ancient Egyptians were very African indeed. That's one of those historical facts which can be inconvenient for racist propaganda....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    ... hadn't Schiller more or less bypassed the zombie fence by opening his portals at the top of the pyramid? So he did. The zombie fence wasn't to keep people out - although it would certainly make me want to...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I didn't mean to be rude, it's just that we find a lot of old gods underground. They're kind of a nuisance....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I've always had a sneaking suspicion that the *real* reason Eiffel failed to win mindshare was that it didn't have curly brackets. Did you ever see MPI? It's a macro language used on MUCKs where every function is delimited by...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    ... we have been told for several books that summoning the Black Pharaoh is quite difficult ... We have also been told that correctly disassembling the zombie-onna-stick fence around the Sleeper's pyramid is difficult, but not what would happen if...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There was a short story using that same invisibility of stereotyped actions gag: a chap who on wet days would spin some punter a sob story and persuade them to buy his brolly. He would then pop into the nearest...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    And given that reality, there's no particular reason for the Deep Ones to forego dumping their necromantic hazardous waste in deserts or other places where it won't readily drain back into the ocean. Or possibly someplace that's within reach of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Too many Elmore Leonard novels featured dead drop locations gone amusingly wrong... One that sticks in my memory but for which Google will not present the original case was a hat. Back in the day a Western gentleman was suspected...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    There's the problem of The Benthic Treaty, which cedes parts of the ocean floor to the Deep Ones in perpetuity. I think that's backwards. The Benthic Treaty means the monkeys have agreed to stay on the reservation and the authorities...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    In other words, there is no such thing as English, American or otherwise. It's a polyglot language that rarely meets an idiom it doesn't want to steal. Readers of James Nicoll have heard that: We don't just borrow words; on...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Noting Ursula Vernon's recent problems with a copy-editor who apparently used Grammarly and didn't use common sense. I missed this, but as a person who's read Digger and been annoyed far too much with Grammarly ads on Youtube I'm already...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Oh, and by "words" in this context, I mean stem words, not declensions, conjugations and derivative meanings and usages. That's pretty much the plan that Randall Munroe used for Thing Explainer and it's entertaining fun to see the change when...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Speaking of offense: plastics in the oceans? Why do Blue Hades tolerate things like the garbage patch and the growing shit rain of plastic nurdles? Inquiring minds want to know. Good question. For all we know the Deep Ones out...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    With a few name changes, continuity would be restored. But the intern's initials must remain PFY. This is even noted on the Wiki page....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Flying cars are one such imbecility - yes, they are feasible in Wyoming, Siberia or the Australian outback, but there is just no way they make sense in most of Europe or near the urban areas of the USA. Not...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    A question: if you're replying to something I posted, why do you just post, and put a post number, rather than hit "reply" on my post? As Moz pointed out, a post number is not always useful. The included quotes...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    The wordless workshop (thanks to Roy Doty 1922-2015) promoted american ingenuity with wood, in Popular Science. I don't know if awareness of Wordless Workshop got out beyond North America but it was reliably a fun page giving readers a monthly...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I have about 46,500 twitter followers at present (doubtless about 90% of them bots, but I can hope). No doubt obvious answer is obvious once it's known, but... why? Some twits want large numbers of followers for the ego boost...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    None of which is as creepy as the one I read years ago from another author where they scan you like a Star Trek teleport but you don't disappear from the sending station. Instead when the receiver reports that you...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There's also the question of where the other end is. Specifically, it may start experiencing atmospheric drag as well as the rocket effect, so it's likely to move or at least try to. This occurred to me as the rational...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    If you have a hole into the vacuum of intersteller space the size of a standard door, how long would it take for earth's atmosphere to exhaust through the opening? Quite a while! This being a scientific question that's both...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Larry Niven had a little essay on teleportation ... Yes; unlike the companion piece on time travel the teleportation essay doesn't seem to be up on the net with the original's cute illustrations, which are as good a reason as...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Lest anyone (who doesn't work in publishing) thinks Sheila ought to read the entire slushpile ... It's old news to you and everyone else in publishing, but others may be amused to read TNH's Slushkiller, particularly her 13 reasons to...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Apparently Trump just took a joyride. ... drove around the fucking block... I had to look and yes, he did that. The CDC says don't do that when you're sick, but you could have guessed what smart doctors would say...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Is Asimov's still sending out deliberately insulting random rejection letters? I hope only to people who submit manuscripts. I've never sent them anything and they haven't sent me an insulting letter yet....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Among the many catastrophes we can lay at Donald Trump’s feet, his long-shot presidency has plunged the nation into a narrative crisis. And a narrative would have someone is tracking continuity. If a supporting character gets caught blowing off Christmas...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    And indeed I misspoke: I was thinking of combining the Elder Gods with Greg's other passion: locomotives. Oh, good; I was wondering what trails had to do with this. Trains, not trails, check. I'm not sure about Morris Dancers, but...
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