Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    ... NEVER EVER seem to acknowledge is that slavery & the slave trade would not have been possible at all without the enthusiastic co-operation of the local (corrupt & cruel) rulers. That reminds me of an unproductive exchange with a...
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    They actually represent conservatives, which, as rich people tend to be, rich people are over-represented. The GOP seems willing to dump conservatives too if that keeps them popular with authoritarians....
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    For a variety of reasons they are way above average in terms of earning power compared to many of their age group. That should be sufficient clue that the average and median income is significantly less than among the observed...
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    Arguably Gil the ARM had already done his leveling up before the first story. He didn't need to go anywhere for interesting things to happen. (Yes, it said "SF" on the book covers. How much more fantasy do you want...
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    No, fellow old farts, the upcoming generations don't really want to live in single family housing on 1/4 acre lots spread out from horizon to horizon. So let us build up, even outside of the city center 20 blocks. Also,...
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    Any group larger than 250 people is too large to operate as a DIRECT democracy. A rule of thumb formula I've seen for fan groups is 5^[layers of organization] ~= [total population] For example, if a small group of people...
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    ...90% of the users use 10% of the features, and of the 10% of the users that use the rest, they use them 10% of the time. And, famously, they don't use the same features. I don't need auto-renumbered nesting...
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    Are you suggesting that rabbits grow from pips? ;-) I understand that the Australian experience is of rabbits spontaneously congealing out of the ether, attracted by the psychic emanations of other rabbits. As soon as one rabbit appears one is...
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    Footnote to the footnote: It wasn't the price of tea in the shops so much as the tax evasion by the British East India Company. Inflated prices from a monopolistic supplier were expected too, of course....
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    What the monarch basically is is a PR tool in the form of a non-political head of state. They're cheaper to run than a president and they have the great advantage that at least those they're PRing to understand that...
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    It's also worth seriously considering that a large number of marine species (likely a large majority) use tiny propagules (larvae, spores, swimming zoospores, and the like) to spread, even though they're in an environment where making floating propagules would actually...
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    Once can easily see a water plant/animal evolving to create small floating balloons to carry its seeds long distances, with an advantage to increased lightness, and it goes on from there. I've thought of that myself and am mildly surprised...
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    ... years ago, I described a city built of mycoconcrete that had an airspace full of wind turbines tethered to lifting bodies high up in the winds, sort of like an enormous aerial kelp forest. How close did Big Hero...
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    Bulkheaded vacuum and Fleury's Ray, that's the (Aerial Board of Control-issued) ticket! I'm partial to eighth ray tanks, but it's hard to get them filled on Jasoom....
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    I did say internal consistency mattered. Anyways, I'm curious: which book is it that you think went off the rails by chapter 2? Embarrassingly, I cannot bring the title to mind now. I'm away from home and can't go looking...
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    I really don't care/mind whether the world-building premise is fantasy or science as long as it's internally consistent. I am biting my tongue to avoid a practiced rant about a certain fantasy book whose plot went off the rails in...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Osama Bin Ladin didn’t exactly fall down the stairs. That's not a very good example. He was never a part of any government. He wound up very dead and by action of the American government, but it's closer to excessively...
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    Icestorm update: Turned out to be not so bad after all, though 32K people south and east of Montréal are without power for a day or so. That's a relief. I'm low enough to miss the snow and ice in...
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    Stay off the beach. Ideally, don't go near the beach. Update on that: we've already lost someone. :-( For those willing to endure a Facepalm link, this is coastal weather video from a street in Depoe Bay. Up in the...
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    Today's updated forecast calls for up to 50 mm of ice and snow with winds up to 70 km/h but more often 30 to 40 km/h. Not good, but not quite so regionally disastrous as the radio folk were suggesting...
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    To ascend to that higher plane just say the incantation... In that case I'd view it not as a magical incantation but a verbal trigger for complicated machinery. I possess a mysterious ebon slab, created in distant lands and by...
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    You think “we just became a war zone your big flying aluminum tubes full of jet fuel and people should avoid this place for a few days” is gonna produce howls of outrage cause grandpas vacation got rerouted ? Yes....
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    As for psi, I and a lot of people I've talked with have had weird stuff happen to them at some point. Making it repeatable and tractable has generally proved impossible. Yes to both of those. When I went off...
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    I choose to imagine that now that the comic has been drawn someone's going to try it. After all, without the batter, how could you fry it? *grin*...
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    Chlorine trifluoride is the solution! And also the answer to all your problems! "I'm telling you, Molotov cocktails work. Anytime I had a problem and I threw a Molotov cocktail, boom! Right away, I had a different problem." - Jason...
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    Don't know what franken-genre that falls under, but space ships and magic spells don't belong in the same book. How do you view Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott?...
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    Meant to add: Britain has run a really good navy for hundreds of years now. Any suggestions for the rest of us?...
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    Above a certain relatively low level, the USA lacks an institutional civil service: agencies are led by political appointees. You're not wrong. This is most obvious among the diplomats, where ambassadors to popular or sexy countries are millionaires and cronies...
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    I prefer the "Hunt For Red October" line... Ah, yes, from back when Tom Clancy wrote gripping thrillers. It wouldn't be the worst thing to point invasion advocates at Red Storm Rising for what to expect: everyone shooting at everyone,...
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    The other thing to consider is the US has also had the same amount of time to figure out creative ways to “hard counter” Iran with a lot more reason to expect success. Technically, yes, we've had that time. We...
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