Graham

Graham

  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Considering how Farcasters worked in Hyperion (and stopped working), the Stephen King short story "The Long Jaunt", and various Star Trek characters stuck in teleporter memories at various times, I'm noping the hell out of that one....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Re the Amazon thing, my partner self-publishes manuals and tutorials for Microsoft Dynamics 365, with the tutorials tying into training courses she also runs. She's talked to a few publishers, but the market is niche enough that no-one wanted to...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There's a difference between "basic competence" (or at least "not complete incompetence") and "specialisation". On a similar situation to Laz Long, my folks jacked it in and sailed round the Med for a few years. Yachties have to be self-reliant...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    You might be forgetting the film which got Peter Jackson on anyone's radar, "Meet the Feebles". As a parody of the Muppets (via "The Godfather" and "The Deer Hunter" amongst other take-offs) it was really quite something. More recently of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Well played sir, that's the one. Ah, memories of evenings in the uni computer lab playing MUDs, in the days before the Harry Fox Agency removed all the ripped MP3s from the Archie FTP servers......
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    If we're going that way (and I've periodically been thinking about writing exactly that parody for a while), it'll be much more than a soldier's life that's terrible hard. Says Alice. We also have the prospect of more tentacular things...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    None of them are parents, of course, not being human. (And the actual parents having been killed and eaten by Shere Khan. :) The point is what they represent. The wolves were immediate siblings and family, of course, but Baloo...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I've had similar conversations with my son about the Jungle Book characters. Kaa is particularly ill-served by all film adaptations which automatically decided "snake is scary, must be evil". Which completely misses the point of the character. The snake is...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    *Meanwhile the quiet news was that violent crime in the USA was falling* I'm not sure it's as simple as lead-free petrol - it correlates well with a lot of other things too. (I'm put in mind of the Pastafarian...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I foresee an Archers RPG. The horror, the horror......
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I think the concept of this being D&D is missing the point. D&D is about inventing a magical world with mythical beasts which is noticeably distinct from reality. In the Laundryverse in the lead-up to CNG, post-elven-invasion, post-Mandate, all the...
  • 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....
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