William Livesley

William Livesley

  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Perfidious Albion Pretty much SOP then! Interesting to hear your views. My own are based on, among other things, conversations which are now long out of date in that the participants no longer live on Gibraltar together with various articles...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Cui Bono Good advice for any information source. I believe that the BBC has had it's day and no good can come from a 5 billion turnover managed by government appointed cronies and funded by levying a regressive tax. At...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    No problem - happy to be called stupid, means I have something to learn, and loved the phrasing. Whether Adams is any of the things you mentioned is to me largely irrelevant, he argues which is more interesting. I may...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    has a great series concerning cognitive dissonance Sorry - to qualify further has a great series of posts concerning cognitive dissonance, why people believe what they believe and how to affect that belief....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It doesn't surprise me that asylum seekers were equated with E.U. workers. Scott Adams (Dilbert) http://blog.dilbert.com/ has a great series concerning cognitive dissonance. Well worth reading even if it does raise the blood pressure on occasions....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    My first comment on hearing the result of the EU vote was - "well there goes Scotland, Northern Ireland and possibly Wales". I should write novels! Scotland leaving was always a possibility (particularly given Flounder's love of self promotion) but...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Apologies - Ann (not Anne) Swinfen...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Worth reading the Christoval Alvarez books by Anne Swinfen (http://annswinfen.com/) the eponymous character of which is a physician in late Elizabethan England. The books provide some history about the various hospitals in London, the state of healthcare at the time...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Think "big thoughts" then hand them off to a group of people to develop as they see fit imposing no boundaries or structure. If challenged explain that anarchism maximises creativity....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Number 9 is a must. Nothing I like better than scheduled meetings. Whoever thought up daily stand-ups (and you know how you are) deserves a kicking....
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    Remember it well. I believe our mouse acquisition metrics were around 5 per person-day, including one mouse which committed suicide by jumping into a trap with a few seconds of it being set. Good curries though, and very economical. I...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Oops - Hard to be a God not How to be a God....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Haven't read the next post - will do now - a cold intervened - but perhaps I should refer to myself as Confused of Oakland in the future :-) Glad to hear about new translations of Lem. I have enjoyed...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Be interesting to see a list of who you think does this well. Somewhat like programming, it's easier to learn from examples. I found the authors quoted with reference to the Laundry files to be interesting to read, some I...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    In my case, the smell. I live in an apartment building where is is sometimes a challenge to go get my post without inhaling vast amounts of the stuff. It smells like gas passed by a goat after having eaten...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Loved the book. it was a refreshing change to the, umm, more libertarian politics in most Science Fiction....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Worth reading this http://www.bbc.com/news/29915542 In my view government during much of the 20th century was largely an abnormality in that for at least a generation or two the political class was in flux, with a completely different class of people...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Happy Birthday. 52 in December in my case. I understand the comment on low-level pain, it is amazing how debilitating it can be. I notice things repeating themselves and I have a good laugh when I see the panic/excitement/noise being...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Despite my previous comments, I was sort of hoping the Scots would vote yes - if only to see the panic in the UK and European governments. Sadly, without an explicit yes vote I doubt much will change. I am...
  • Commented on Drink Me: The Horror Hotel Story, and Where Ideas Come From
    Reminds me of my recent travels. In one hotel I was shown to my room without having completed check-in as the computer was apparently down. I was asked to complete registration later. On returning to reception they denied all knowledge...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Interesting, I particularly like the mobile-phone correlation - hadn't thought of that. Aberdeen has long had a mobile population as a result of the oil industry. As a matter of interest, how has this affected the nature of the city?...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Also have lived in Oakland for a decade. Lake Merritt is particularly pretty today. Whilst the response to OO was over the top, I am more concerned about the 130 people murdered each year including 62 year old grandmothers and...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Admittedly I am out of touch and the following is anecdotal. I recently visited London and the South East and was struck by the much greater diversity than my last visit in 2009. My primary experience of Scotland was Edinburgh,...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I agree - arguing demographics is almost as bad as arguing future economics. Malthus has clearly yet to be proved....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    You are right in that the financial focus is limited. In many ways my comments reflect the nature of the wider debate thus far (i.e. the debate outside of this blog). In the short term, and particularly in the light...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Not interested in heading down this path since this is not the subject of the discussion and I don't wish to bore my host. I would say that I am not clear that I can define the relative value of...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    And you concluded that how exactly? I merely suggested that there is little proof that smaller countries work better than larger ones. Following your logic, I would assume that Zimbabwe is an excellent place to live. After all it is...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    This strikes me as a statement of belief (i.e. that smaller states are better than larger ones). I see no particular proof of that and, as a conservative (small c) I would counter with "if it ain't broke why fix...
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