Greg. Tingey

Greg. Tingey

  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    See you at Porcupine & thereafter, as time goes by .... ( I've known Brian & Caroline for a very long time ... ) Vampires What's the take on "Fevre Dream" ( One of the best vamp-novels ever, IMHO )...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    No Wa are not pattern-creating animals. We are pattern-recognising animals - as a subset of what pTerry, to the point, as always called us: Pan narrans The story-telling ape. And the Big Bronze Age book of Goatherders' myths ("the bible")...
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    Doesn't work. I know the bible quite well, being an escaped christian, & I'v waded through "the recital" too (euw). I STILL get told to study scripure & theology by these fuckwits. And/or get the "no true scotsman" argument -...
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    Oh dear, you shouldn't have reminded me. Formation Goat Nadgering yes, well, um .... And Rambling Syd Rumpole ( IIRC NOT "Rumpo" as in the Wiki article. ) I see no mention ( He may have been in "Beyond our...
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    FINALLY - someone mentioned 1984. Which is what this is all about, isn't it?...
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    Charlie, if you managed to brutally punish a censor in court via some cunning linguistics, I would be very pleased. Oh dear ... Don't you mean: "Cunning Stunts"?...
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    Missed the point by a Cuntry Mile ( there may be a mis-spelling in there, oops) What bothers a lot of us is the use of this (or similar) to PRE-CENSOR works before others read them. It's re-writing the "Times"...
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    Actually, they were not thinking AT ALL. US christians from Idaho, remember?...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    That isn't new either, more's the pity. There was an alphabet-list generated some years back, guaranteed to trigger the spook's "security" alarms, by having 26 sequential "suspicious " words, so as to deiberately overload their filters - & this was...
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    There used to be a direct train service between Penistone & Scunthorpe - did you know that? ( These days you have to change @ Doncaster. ) Oh the irony!...
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    Commenting before reading all the preceding comments (which may be a mistake) I note: The app is the brainchild of a mother and father from Idaho, Jared and Kirsten Maughan, SIGH US puritan christains, oh dear. Welcome to Mr Bowlder...
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    And on another totally off-topic subject: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/steve-wozniak-future-ai-scary-154700881.html It's "Accelerando" territory again, maybe? What are people's thoughts on this one? If Wozniack, Musk, Hawking, Gates are all bothered by this, are they correct?...
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    Along with horrible, primitive, barbaric methods of murdering people with the approval of the state, as well. Euw....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    # 884 & 885 Both correct. I also do fairly educated Mancunian & (only sometimes) a fair imitation of "Morningside". Except - my NORMAL pronounciation is RP - & always was - but I remember the "nat've" speech so well,...
  • Commented on Update
    Buy you a drink for the lurgi @ Dysprosium?...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    # 877 I'm tending to type in a hurry & even though I almost always use "preview" there is the autoproofread problem .... # 879 My home postcode is E17 ... Spelt: "Walthamstow" Pronounced, c.1955: "W'allf'mstoaw"...
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    Oh for an edit button, even with "preview"!...
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    No. I've seen/heard video of myself "in action" so to speak, hence my remark in the first place. WHen I foirst did some teching, some of the chuildren thought my "posh" accent funny - until I dropped into the debased...
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    J T @ 867 & Heteromeles @ 868: Have you come across Nature's Calendar ?? Some fairly serious long-term observational studies, with the data coming in from thousands of volunteers across the UK. Because of the large number of recorders,...
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    As in "The Commensals of Orgoreyn" - where, in fact they were a fully parasitic "organism" ...... Symbiosis/parasitism for humans & their commensals - what about CATS? If this house did not have a resident feline, I'd be surrounded by...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    It would seem that the Web has "gone postal" in tribute to Pterry .... HERE HERE And HERE too...
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    I'll be talking to some Woodlands Trust/Nature's Calendar people next month (on another subject) so I'll try to remember to ask them. My Collins guide suggest approx 1000 species including introductions, some of which won't spread naturally, of course. Given...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    The really totally original bit of TCOM was the McGuffin/plot-device of dropping a grockle/emmett into a "standard" heroic-fantasy-world & standing back to watch the results - followed through in TLF. Brilliant!...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    A greatly under-estimated early PTerry .... The Dark Side of the Sun...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    300 or so in Britain That few? Really? Does that just mean "native" species [ whatever THAT really means ] or does it not include introductions which have been found to "Like it here". Does it include trees like Gingko...
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    H, I think you've misread what I was trying to say ... I was under the impression that Lichens were a commensal relationship, not a parasitic one, actually. I was quite aware that there was not a 1:1 relationship, as...
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    Sometimes species coadapt pretty tightly, so they can hardly survive without each other. These are often called... LICHENS. Apart, that is, from the fungi that you only find in association with specific trees ( & usually on the right soil-type...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Like Queen Ynci the short-tempered, "Nanny" Ogg was a real ( as in "Tuckerised") person. Real name Gytha North, tall, chain-smoked, almost always wore RED ... Unfortunately, the smoking got to her & she died some years ago....
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Quote from Rhianna P: "It was like having a full-sized Hobbit for a father "...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Bugger - bad typo (which actually matters) in my # 827 M sempervirens Oops. H @ 828 Well, Epping Forest is most definitely "old growth" ... Note I did say it was a managed system - certainly since late-Saxon times...
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