Graham

Graham

  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    That's a more interesting case. A ship's legal jurisdiction is based on which country it's registered as being owned. Those were legal because they were Columbian boats, and the Columbian government had OK'd it. If they hadn't, then yes, it...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    One thing regarding the link the spambot posted, earlier down the line. The cruise ship may well have run into the Venezuelan patrol boat, but if the patrol boat's captain put himself there then the fault rests entirely with him....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I'm not sure cons are going to be any different to any other leisure activity. Every international sporting event is cancelled, and so are most domestic ones, right down to playing in the park. World wars closed the Olympics, but...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    We're due to be going to France at Easter on the Shuttle, camping just outside Paris, and going home via Parc Asterix. At this rate though I think my son may be getting a week of dog-walking round the local...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    There's the anti-Churchill view though: "Inherited power is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried". Democracy is a fine principle, and I do strongly believe in it. But I'm also well aware...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    My current plan is to drive around the US pretending (only slightly) it's a Max Max-like wasteland. Go for Station 11 instead. I'm a bit of a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, and that is by far the best I've ever...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm not sure the Cowell franchises qualify as "learning". The participants don't get better, they just get more time put into the stage production. It's certainly true for the British Masterchef versions though, as well as GBBO and a lot...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    If we're doing tolerances, I'm afraid I've pretty much got that beaten, since I'm currently the software engineer on Queensgate nanopositioning systems. Machining tolerances need wire erosion. *Positioning* tolerances, though... The company had been selling kit to Seagate for testing...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Re "unsexy", how old are Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Stallone, Arnie, etc.? We're in a society where rich and powerful can buy older guys a lot of sexy, especially if you're in shape (required for flight), talented and...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Re "Rip off the fur", this already exists. Apparently there are tabloid papers questioning "who is Hedgehog?" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50841954...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It wouldn't matter to him, of course. But his supporters have managed to write off the "grab'em by the pussy" tape as banter, and his use of prostitutes as unproven since the only evidence is the women's testimony. With more...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Passing that info to the Democrats would not be a winning move, because a large portion of the US would instinctively call a Democrat a liar even if they said the sky was blue and the sun rose in the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I was thinking George Clooney myself. As for targets, they could easily keep it strictly business. According to Google the US Army has 231 generals, and the majority will be on home soil. I don't doubt the Russians have a...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Oh, and BTW on "militarism SF", there still don't seem to be many authors taking the negative aspects of that as seriously as the original Warhammer 40,000 authors did, back in the mid-80s. Or 2000AD comics, for that matter....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Children as gay, innocent and heartless" has always been true, and pretty much will continue to be. Children tick every box on the "sociopath" checklist, because they literally cannot conceive of other people being actual people like themselves. Partly this...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    this is the same guy who successfully won campaigns for London Mayor and the Brexit referendum The position of Mayor is largely considered a figurehead flagwaving exercise. He was widely reported, by members of his team, to never be actually...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re the "Jeremy Corbyn is a principled man etc." point, my issue isn't anything at all to do with talking to (or even talking up) terrorists. John Major made talking-to-the-IRA official policy and got the GFA and disarmament as a...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Pigeon @337 I went to uni there, and to be fair, that was the humorous nickname for it. Although we actually tended to write "Lufbra" everywhere except on formal documents, because life's too short and the place name is not....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    How do you trust someone to tell the truth when they can pull of the lies needed to have an affair with a partner/spouse who has even a bit of a brain? I'm quite prepared to disconnect personal and professional....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The evitability of Boris Johnson's continued career doing *anything* is the puzzling part for me. Here's a man who:- * Repeatedly wrote fictional "news" articles, so egregiously that he was fired multiple times for it. * Even more repeatedly wrote...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" That's an interesting point, and a potential answer to Heteromeles's objections. New law possibly required. Under free speech, you can advocate any position you like, including hate speech. But if anyone carries...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    JBS @ 299: The point isn't banning them "because you find their politics repugnant". It's banning them because their politics advocate treating some people as less than human, up to and including genocide. This is the classic BBC fallacy where...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Charlie, if you always thought of Richard E Grant as Angleton, that's some serious forward planning. He's barely old enough now. For Bob, I'm always aware of the "unreliable narrator" issue. He describes himself as a pleasantly-incompetent geek, which may...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Oh yes - my apologies if that wasn't clear. I'd much rather live in a world with a functioning, happy Scott Lynch than one without! If that means less authorial output, so be it. And I'll take delayed high-quality output...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Re changing priorities as you age, fans of Scott Lynch have that problem in spades! The guy had a serious bout of depression when his marriage went south, which many of us can empathise with, hence the 6-year gap until...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Re infant mortality and continued memories, there's a wonderful Ray Bradbury short story called "No news, or what killed the dog". Dog (capitalised, because that was his name) is a reminder that death *does* happen, but that it happens so...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "And of course the weaker European victims like Greece." Your "weaker victims" have had their economies propped up by the EU for the last 20+ years. If you look at those countries, a truly *ludicrous* percentage of the country is...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    "Mass-produce Harry"? As in Harry the Horse, the armourer? Purveyor of high-velocity weaponry, dealer in dodgy East End accents? And they're going to mass-produce him? This must be the worst of all possible worlds. Not only do we have to...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    @Murcushio But this was pretty well explained the first time we met Schiller. It's not that they felt they didn't need a plan against their own government, it's that they *couldn't* make that plan. Literally, anyone who tried would die....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Murcushio @ 86: They did have plans though. The idea of Mo and Mhari's superhero team was to ease the public into the idea that occult stuff exists, and that the government has it kind of in hand. The public...
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