Greg. Tingey

Greg. Tingey

  • Commented on Gods and genre
    At this point, I think I'm happy to acknowledge that I've never read E E Smith. I'd heard descriptions & it always struck me as another dose of "Yet again the blasters spat ravening fire" school of entertainment/bad writing .....[...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Free apps that turn out to contain advertising that you can't get rid of, whilst trying to use the app. The real pain of trying to get hold of a download of any app that then actually works & downloads...
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    Very slight correction. As you say, the Marriage Bar was formally, permanently dropped on civil servants in Britain in 1945, but there was, IIRC a "for the duration" dropping of said bar sometime 1939-41, as they REALLY NEEDED morried women...
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    SoV if your son is bullied by a bigger boy at school, well, you can hardly fight his battles for him when he grows up, can you? It follows that 'interfering' now comes at the expense of making him a...
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    OTOH David Niven? Dirk Bogarde? Alec Guiness? James Doohan? ( "Scotty" ) Played screen heroes & officers & gentlemen - and they already know the script, having been there & seen horrible things....
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    That's because Glide Path isn't a novel. It's a very-thinly veiled autobiographical description of the development of GCA & working behind he scenes in WWII...
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    SoV I recently saw a (newspaper?) piece on J Wayne. The man admitted that his cinema persona was a construct, whom he knew well, & on whom he depended for an income. Apparently he was an enthusiastic chess-player, read quite...
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    Well, Nicola ... that says an awful lot about the braindeads handing out the labelling of said extremely talented (Genius in the case of UKleG) writers ... doesn't it? She still has a way with words, I'm glad to see:...
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    What's happened to the commentariat in this thread? Have you all sent your brains out to lunch? No mention of U K le Guin, who deals with sex, inside hard SF a lot, nor Joanna Russ (Who doesn't seem to...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    A T T "Travellers Cheques" (Or checks in the USA - why you would want to write money on your shirt leads to very involved puns...) Now there's another dying remnant - in the process of being wiped out by...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    A working prole is almost anyone with an income of under a quarter of a million, Sterling, per year. I know that sounds insane, but it's true. Remember, we are talking about the 0.1%, or maybe an even smaller volume...
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    You should have tried the late-1960's! The price of even a secondhand Leica here was ridiculous - before VAT, we had: "Purchase Tax". And cameras were a "luxury" - like refrigerators, for Gnu's sake ..... One reason why UK domestic...
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    Immigration, racism & labour exploitation. There's the other side of it, of course. Exploitation of those immigrants. Some guvmints & $Big_Business_Employers LURVE lots of immigration. It keeps labour cheap, disrupts employee-strength & they don't have to pay for education. That...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Did corporatism really die with fascism? I'm not so sure, especially when you see the size of the corrupt deals being done for $_Big_Business in Washington & Brussels ( & other places) Carefully NOT looking at U Eco ... Fascism...
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    trottelreiner Been there, done all of that, got the T-shirt, seen the movie. Once upon a day I worked in a research lab, where at least two people had interesting small wrist-tattoes. And quite a few esapees, also one of...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Thanks SNIFF - can't bring it along to Loncon_3 .... P.S. The Beer arrangements & putative pub-crawls for said event are getting interesting. Suffice to say, something will be organised (!)...
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    Sorry - repeat question ... When is the super-duper luxury "Equoid" coming out? [ Yes, I have got a copy on order ]...
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    Please don't! This is one of my nightmares in this world ... My parent's generation spent a huge amount of blood & all of their treasure to defeat an evil. That evil has suffered a defeat & a respite, taken...
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    Oh dear. Now ( I was going to get a copy this week, anyway) I'm going to have to read it very carefully. There is a definitive biography of Geo Stephenson, by the late Tom Rolt, published 1960, which also...
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    I forgot - but was reminded, going throough my "files" ... When do the copies of the VERY NICE edition of "Equoid" come out? I have deliberately not read an on-line version, as I prefer dead tree, if I can...
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    Will get my copy next week, then. See you @ Loncon3 - hopefully the organisers will have rsponded to proddings from various people (including me) & the beer-suppy will actually materialise. (!) I sent them a complete list of all...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    @ 34 Actually, the gibbering madness IS Arsebook ..... Err.. Charlie @ 36 But Ursula K Le Guin's "The Dispossessed" was written in exatly that interleaved fashion - & I don't think it is a crime novel....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Aaron8 If you want someone to work hard on a task, assert that it's impossible Actually, that can also be used as a very effective wind-up, & to get loonies off your back. When confronted by god-botherers, of any sort...
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    @ # 5 Thank you - I thought that was probably the case, but, was entirely not sure (at the same time). Right - returning you to your normal programme .... Vampires I wonder - the only ones that seemed...
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    Let's get this straight, because I'm confused. Have we gone back in time, so to speak? Or forward from the last novel? The bit about being promted to "management" & then either demoted again or side-tracked sounds odd. OR: After...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I'm very surprised that the general level of comprehension is so low, or is that because of the techie types I always seem to mix with, I wonder? Code using pointers came in very late in my personal experience ......
  • Commented on One week to go to THE RHESUS CHART
    Like I said ... trundle down to Forbidden (planet) for a copy ... [ Get it signed @ Loncon3? ]...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    LIKE THIS do you mean? [ Implant(s) allowing a partially paralysed man to move extremities by "thought control" .... ]...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    ATT Which is why, over most of the UK, now ... Local councils (or groups of them) collect biodgreadable waste ("Brown bins" usually - "green bins" are for recycling) which is then "Composted" in purpose-built bunkers at up to approx...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    That is almost what the previously mentioned Fuel Air people are doing, Charlie! See also Dave P @ # 29 AND ... DD @ 33 I really hope you (& the experimenters) are correct. If so, that solves several problems...
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