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  • 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?...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Pigeon, The assumptions are highly effective hibernation and automation. As in you can sleep for a 100+ (and kilo years are possible IIRC) and wake up to find your robots have replicated across the surface of your dwarf planet in...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Lockstep is still on my to-read pile. (Karl apparently was unable to sell book 2.) Well, that's depressing. I thought it was one of the more noteworthy to the space opera headspace in years. What killed me was the number...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Question - does Karl Schroeder's Virga sequence count as a space opera? It has most of the tropes, and the action is largely confined to a planet sized volume. Another one of Schroeder's that comes to mind is Lockstep which...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Used to think that. I've got a pretty good memory, decent pattern skills and a lazy streak a mile wide. But at best I think differently than those around me, but I wouldn't say better....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Hey, I like that magic impacts how people live day to day, the government and other institutions. How one trick by an independent set up a glassworks in the creeks....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Oh yes, one more thing - thanks to Charlie for turning me on to Michael Scott Rohan. I'll have to check out his stuff. The Hammer and the Cross looks interesting....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Am I the only one that finds Graydon Saunders Commonweal books address a lot of these shibboleths about magic and it's impact on society and the world head on? And so far, Max Gladstone's series don't do a bad job...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Boring world building (aka, I've seen this all before). Magic that lifts from Jack Vance. And Tolkein. And their last RPG campaign. Spending too much time energy and effort on the world, but not the characters. All too often, the...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Haven't you heard of The Dust Bowl and the Okies? At that time California police departments ran anti-Okies checkpoints. If it gets as bad as some postulate, it will be national guard and barb wire....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Nah, I just think her laptop needs a breathalyzer key. That and a better work environment perhaps. BTW, for the curious, the Chrome Extension Blog Comment Killfile works beautifully here and has allowed me to hush CiaD unless I want...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Sigh. That pushed me over the edge on buying. As soon as I get a spare $20 I'll buy a copy. Still don't like the price point, but ... -- Otherwise a fascinating discussion....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Madeline Ashby
    Cool! I enjoyed vN and iD. I'm looking forward to reV. This will be very interesting....
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    I've dealt with the rpg end of it, but onebookshelf.com's drivethrufiction might. I've bought bits that were .pdf, .mobi and .epub all in the same download. Aside from watermarking, no DRM. Would that fit your requirements?...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Frank, I just cruised through the sample. And I have two observations. The first is you missed a possible market - table top game resource. Try marketing it as a systemless source book over at rpgnow.com or warehouse23.com The second...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    May I suggest Max Gladstone's Craft sequence? Ecology (in the form of water) plays an important role in Two Serpents rise, and in the text game Deathless: City's Thirst. I get the impression the background is a lot like Graydon's...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    How did you wind up at the $19 price point anyway? I'm curious, but I'll have to wait for reviews at this point....
  • Commented on A small research question
    I'll go get the popcorn and try not to hide behind the table as some of the nastier examples get trotted out. May I suggest sacculina? Charlie, if it was in the links and I missed it, I'm sorry. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sacculina&oldid=580448176...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    Trust me, getting a tool to hide a specific poster's comments makes life much more pleasant. For example, when a certain one seems to take over on volume of comments....
  • Commented on It could be worse
    Can we talk about gum-control then? ... I'll get my coat....
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    And what do you know? There is something that works with Chrome at least. Blog Comment Killfile https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/blog-comment-killfile/kpoilnkelonbaapoapibddjaojohnpjf...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    It's not that people don't get CD's jokes its that he or she calls everyone an idiot for not getting he or she's jokes I'm treating CD as some odd kind of troll at this point, and the first rule...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    That's OK. It's the prospect of still-volant parrots with clawed hands and sickle-claws and enough feathered tail to fall from heights like arrows that really disturbs. I like. Smart enough to be bloody dangerous. Another idea is someone who makes...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Charlie a talking cat wouldn't be a pet. A group of them would be a menace and a species would be credible threat to humanity. And I doubt talking, tool using dogs would be much better. Looks over at crotchety...
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