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  • Commented on On hold
    Nah. It needs tattoos on the face or a brand on the forehead. Something that everyone can see and can't be easily removed....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Chrome on Windows 7. The regular website (http://) comes through in the usual style. Going to the https:// makes it look exactly like your old version. Hope this helps....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Whitroth, Vibes. Been there and know the feeling. In my case it's been electricity, dumptrucks, trains, ladders and heavy objects. Fortunately not all at once, but I joke my guardian angel started looking for a cushy billet in my 20's....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Old joke from Mississippi - A libertarian is a racist with a college degree. I think there's a lot of truth in that. And that it's coming out in the open at least....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I never read Ken Macleod. Can you recommend any particular books? Warning - I may go a little too enthusiastic here, so please bear with me. Short answer: All of his stuff. Longer answer: The Fall Revolution is an interestingly...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I bounced on Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. Maybe I should try again....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Got it from the library this week. My younger version would have hated it. The current one is enjoying it....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Ioan and Ilya187 that killed the near-future space exploration stories in the 2000s (most authors couldn't pivot to an all-robotic solar system exploration reality) Only most? Did ANY author manage to do that? I can think of at least one...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Interesting. So amateurs talk tactics, pros talk logistics. And the second order (and beyond) effect of those logistics....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Didn't a lot of that also come from Role Playing Games where they roll various dice to determine how effective an attack/defense is? The spread sheets helped keep track of the results from rolling for multiple variables. Dunno, but I've...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Greg, Dead link. I did find Townsend's books. And another trip to the library will be in order. You know, it's because of this site, File770 and James Davis Nicoll that I'm becoming the Houston ILL department's most regular customer....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Robert Prior and Guthrie, It is the Ritti book - The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Ropes_to_Skip_and_the_Ropes_to_Know.html?id=RtchtJWOAjIC...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Whitroth So, what was your undergrad degree? I esp. do not believe in MBAs with a business degree having brains. Chemistry. Minor in bio. No, I didn't want to be a doctor - I wanted out with a degree after...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    MBAs with brains THESE EXIST? Hey! I resemble one of those! I'm also realize I was given a toolset by that program, not a way of life or philosophy. I also grew up twisting a wrench, threading pipe and toting...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    What do you -- everyone here, not just allynh, -- think about Alastair Reynolds' worldbuilding? Particularly his "Inhibitors" series? I liked Revelation Space, Chasm City, The Prefect and the short fiction set in that universe. Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Thanks Robert! And with that I'm off to the library website to place a hold. I read the summary now and it sounds interesting. I also know though I read the backmatter in my teens/early 20's and was totally unimpressed....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    “taking a prevalent trope and then either turning it on it's head, or having it run straight into the band saw.” Didn’t someone do that with “Orphan girl discovers she’s a princess?” Touché! That reminds me, I've got a book...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The industry today is held hostage by shrill Fandom and clueless Space Cadets. Authors are writing based on the blog postings of those Space Cadets knowing that it will sell. All feeding back in a toxic feedback loop -- bad...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Heh. I'd love to see more like this - taking a prevalent trope and then either turning it on it's head, or having it run straight into the band saw....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Charlie, I agree with you. There's a lot of books out there that I ought to like according to Amazon's algorithms, but find I don't because, well, they're boring. Stack that with the eight deadly words, and it's not worth...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Charlie, Jeez, I'm sorry. My sympathies to you and all of Hugh's friends. I know I'll miss him and I always enjoyed when he posted here....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Speak to me of Elite Panic. I saw it after Katrina, and it happened after other major disasters. So, how have our elites been panicking after Harvey?...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Well, I'm back. Mainly due to the topic. Please don't be too hard on me. I'm a Houston resident and currently displaced from Houston proper, to a southern suburb named Missouri City. We basically moved from fire to frying pan....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    And not 30 minutes after the suspension ends, it starts up again. Charlie, I'll continue to monitor the crit filter, but I think I'll give antipope.org a pass because even with a filter, it just isn't fun anymore. Ah well....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Texas? I wouldn't try to argue with you on personal safety concerns, but which convention in Texas? If you decide to go, I'll do my best to meet you at that con. You see, I had to move to a...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    This is a running battle with my wife. She wants the time doled out in 30 minute blocks. I argue for 22 and 45 minute blocks - about the length of time for one episode of kid video and grown...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    On my post about Nathan Bedford Forrest - not my hero. And I'd use him as the template for a villain in a historical piece, or completely out of his depth in a SF piece. And I still don't know...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I've got one from the Americas Nathan Bedford Forrest. I consider him an all around rat bastard - planter, slave owner, Confederate officer, duelist, businessman, cavalryman and early Klansman. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Bedford_Forrest He and Otto are probably giving the devil fits in...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    This. It was bad enough having to do electronic medical record build in an open plan office, holding specialty requirements in your head and trying implement them. All the while people around me are talking and some of it has...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Dread Empire's Fall is a favorite of mine. BTW, is it just me or did WJW play with the more operatic side of the toolkit? And did he flip the gender roles of the teri characters?...
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