Susebron

Susebron

  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    >the US is currently in a nonviolent ferment How true really is this? see: Berkeley, etc. No significant insurrection, but there are certainly clashes....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Not really relevant to the content, but there's a typo in the link to the Saturn's Children Wikipedia page, resulting in a broken link and a hanging parenthesis....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Ah, but we cannot necessarily make conclusions about the laws of physics in the base-level universe from the laws of physics in the simulated universe that we live in. So if there is any probability of him living in a...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    There are no contemporary accounts of Hannibal. One, even if it is possibly compromised, is greater than zero. That was my point....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Pretty sure that punching the dude has an even lower expected value than giving him $5. Although I suppose you can't tell how things from outside reality will react to a given behavior unless they tell you....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Who are you to make demands of him? He doesn't need $5 in general, he wants you specifically to give him $5. Do you want to take the risk of condemning an unimaginably large number of people to unimaginable torment?...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    I prefer Pascal's Mugging: A man in the street walks up to you and declares that he is, in fact, a Matrix Lord, and everybody is living in a simulation. If you don't give him $5, he says, he will...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    If I recall correctly, we actually have more contemporary historical evidence of the existence of Jesus (as a person) than we do of Hannibal Barca. What's your opinion on the historicity of Hannibal? (In addition, I've never seen a strong...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Text taken mostly from Fallen London: GSV Ideal For Birthday Parties GOU One Of The Very Nicest Ways To Die LOU Peculiar And Sinister Privileges GCU A Sombre Aura Of Gravitas Like A Cloud Of Courteous But Severe Bats...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    For those still confused: PDP is PewDiePie, a YouTuber (if I recall correctly his channel has the most subscribers of any channel on YouTube, in fact) who got his start making videos of himself playing through videogames while overreacting to...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Tumblr's a bit weird in that it's somewhere between a [idk what the word for them is, relatively anonymous platforms centered around content] and a social network. Because it's based on blogs and following other blogs, you can essentially remove...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Norns are more the Fates than the Furies, as I understand it. You've got your tripartite female thing going on, there's certainly interesting parallels to draw, but I wasn't under the impression that the Norns did the whole thing with...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Ah, that clarifies things somewhat. I just recently read the play so it was fresh in my mind. Which text would you recommend for that version of Ariadne? @210: Well, as far as I know Kuk isn't particularly linked to...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Not the person you're talking about here, but I am responsible for 113 which you're replying to - I think you mistook our usernames. Anyway, I was referring to the Eumenides, the final part of Aeschylus' Oresteia. The general plot...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    And blow-back, we've heard, is a screaming tripartite Fury, or so the Greek tales tell. Really? Who's been killing their family this time? Is that a question I want to know the answer to? (or maybe it's someone who's been...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    The funny part about it is that (at least on release, maybe they've patched this since) you can get this even if you happened to start in the Sol System. This means that you can, as a human state originating...
  • Commented on Evolver
    There may already be birds who use fire, although not to cook prey but rather to drive it out of hiding. http://www.audubon.org/news/can-birds-actually-start-forest-fires The evidence is anecdotal at this point, but it's a fascinating prospect....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Not quite as absurd as some of the others, but the Public Universal Friend deserves a mention. Jemima Wilkinson was born in the 1770s to a Quaker family, but when she caught typhoid fever she (supposedly) died and her body...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    No real opinion on who would win; in the long run, Cthulhu is immortal so probably it, but in the short term it can be stopped by putting it under the ocean which means that it can be delayed almost...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Speaking of web serials: I've been reading Unsong lately. The basic plot is that one of the Apollo spacecraft crashed into the crystal sphere surrounding the earth, resulting in, well, a lot of consequences, but the most immediately relevant one...
  • Commented on Warlords and eunuchs and slaves, oh my! Picking the problematic for The Aldabreshin Compass
    Mohism is actually the coolest philosophy. It's especially interesting to me because it takes premises that I agree with (consequentialism, ideas should be judged by how well they can distinguish truth and falsehood) and premises I don't agree with (legends...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I'm several days and several hundred comments late, so apologies if this comes across poorly, but RTJ is a duo rather than a single rapper. It's the combination of Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper/producer El-P. They are absolutely...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    (Since I've already gotten you interested in it, I might as well go the whole hog.) Historical uncertainty is actually a major plot point in the Stormlight Archive. One of the major characters spends most of her time in the...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    The gender issues aren't a huge part of the series, just to let you know. They're definitely present, but they haven't had much of a major impact on the plot....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Link is broken....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Elizabeth Bear's Range of Ghosts series has magic that requires castration, although it doesn't otherwise fit what you describe. @274: The closest I've seen to that was in the Stormlight Archive series, where the three genders are male/female/priest. OTOH, it's...
  • Commented on Cover reveal! The Nightmare Stacks
    Resident of a large city here. Most of OGH's books only have one or two copies in the library system. One of the Merchant Princes books has 9 copies, and there are a couple of others with 6 or so...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Small Gods by Terry Pratchett also explores this thing in (IIRC) more detail than American Gods does. One of the major characters is the Great God Om, who is trapped in the body of a tortoise because too many people...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Well, to someone who thinks all of reality is propaganda, it might well be....
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker (from which my username is taken (a bit arrogant, I know, but I like the sound of it)) does this. The main magic system is too costly to use in direct combat, but it's possible to reanimate...
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