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  • Commented on Excuses
    Apologies for replying to my own comment - "I am 59, which is somehow still 50 to me" - but not to the chap behind the counter in the swimming pool this morning, who tried to charge me £3.80 rather...
  • Commented on Excuses
    "Apparently, the UK police guideline is "10% plus 2mph"" I wasn't aggrieved I was done for 36 mph, but there was a chap on my subsequent Speed Awareness Workshop who had been done for doing 33mph somewhere, which seemed harsh....
  • Commented on Excuses
    I am 59, which is somehow still 50 to me in the same way that £5.95 is magically £5 rather than £6 in almost everybody's minds. However, it turns out that 36 mph, for instance, is not actually 30 mph...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    re: Kernighan & Ritchie - I used to work for Prentice Hall (the publishers of The C Programming Language) in the UK the 1980s and 90s and I am pretty sure (not that I saw the US stats) it had...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    I suppose the movie Memento was kicking off a new in media res scene every few minutes! Slowly, the audience got to piece together what was going on, even if the lead character couldn't....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Here's a couple of interesting lives that touch some key points of 20thC history, led by not-famous people but related to people I knew personally - Charles Sydney Gibbes, whose grandson (via adoption), also Charles, was my boss at a...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Cecil Lewis had an odd and varied life of almost 99 years, from 5 years before powered flight to 25 years after the last moon landing. A fighter pilot in WW1 (starting while still 17, winning the Military Cross over...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I used to work in an office in a non-creative role and got used to it and quite liked it, preferring it to working alone from home in many respects. Later, I did once do a film-writing job in the...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    And online (apparently legally) here: http://eidolon.net/?story=The%20Moral%20Virologist "Originally appeared in Pulphouse Issue 8. Reprinted pp. 7-17, Eidolon 11, January 1993. Copyright © 1992 Greg Egan. Reprinted with kind permission of the author."...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Funny if the "smart unionist PM" turns out to be Scottish-born Gove (or indeed Liam Fox)....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    May "utterly loathes being constrained by human rights" - but she did say this morning (not in the speech but in answer to a question) that coming out of the European Convention on Human Rights was not on the table....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Kelvin MacKenzie, editor of the Sun and a big anti-EU cheerleader has, rather astonishingly, come out with Bregret within just four days! Buyer's remorse, he called it, though as a commenter somewhere said, you can't have buyer's remorse when you're...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    If we're quoting lyrics (though this one is a different band playing different tunes), a couple of bits of King Crimson's "Epitaph" from 1969: The fate of all mankind I see Is in the hands of fools. [...] Confusion will...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    @ Vanzetti "Maybe we need a few permanent comment threads on the usual topics?" But will making permanent those "usual" topics, aka the standard off-topic strange attractors, create completely new attractors with completely new off-topic obsessions?...
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