Graham

Graham

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    You don't even need to go for a jungle - any native wildlife a reasonable distance away is likely to be new to you. I was puzzled by seeing a blackbird with a russet front, the first time I went...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    My son had a bit of a thing for the Biggles books a year or so ago, so I got to revisit my childhood slightly. So it's a bit more fresh in my mind. There's some very interestingly 1930s-50s stuff...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    since all the other available alternatives (viz, Communism and Fascism) had so manifestly failed. Insert bitter laugh here, having watched countries led by GW Bush, Berlusconi, Putin, Orban, Trump, Johnson, and so on. Fascism always wins for the leader and...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Re the whole rights thing, a friend shared a fascinating meme on this on FB yesterday. Sure, that's a rare, rare event, but bear with me. The argument goes that whether a foetus is a child or not is irrelevant....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Re "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s", I don't think there's any doubt on the context there. The point was trying to trap Jesus into saying "don't pay your taxes", at which point they could call in the...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    unless the objective is to criminalize being female. (Which is I believe the intent.) Honestly, I think it's more amoral than that. I don't actually think they care about the details of who you are. When you look behind...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    That's where the whole fundamentalist thing goes wrong, of course. If you want to nail the biggest abortionist, God's choice to stop most fertilised eggs developing into a baby 9 months later is clearly the biggie. (I know several people...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Not really. The timing for the leak is driven by the timing of the judgement, which in turn is driven by the Supreme Court session ending in June. Meantime the timing of Putin's war is driven by the seasons (because...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    But that's kind of the point. The current rhetoric from prominent US Christians is that the "rights" of the "child" are absolute and trump any risk to the mother. Never mind that if the mother dies (and don't discount the...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    ...believing that I have no right to tell a woman whether she should bear a child or not... And that's the precise nature of the problem. All US-specific versions of Christianity which are the source of the problem state as...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    Not pastiche - that's got implications these days of not being serious. "In the style of"....
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    One thing I never got about the Fred thing though was his disbelief that there were such things as zombies. We're told from the outset that everyone hired by the Laundry is there because they've stumbled into something they should...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    As a (now-ex) motorhome owner, I've installed one of those dual cameras. The important camera is a fisheye looking downwards to let you reverse accurately. The second camera has an undistorted lens to give you an electronic "rear-view mirror", which...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    The other problem with a Bob prequel ("How I was stopped from relandscaping Wolverhampton") is that it's not near-future or twisted-present - it'll be around 1995, and that puts it squarely into the category of historical fiction. The 80s revival...
  • Commented on Coming soon: Escape from Yokai Land!
    Eek! Considering that's not dissimilar to the cost of the hardcopy of QoN, it's a bit steep for an e-book. As much as I dislike delaying gratification, I may have to wait for that to reach a more sensible level....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    For "why pain", without using terms which will trip out anyone's workplace filters, I'm part of a subculture who do consensual hitty things and other related recreational activities. We can state as fact that there are people out there who...
  • Commented on Coming soon: Escape from Yokai Land!
    Is this going to be available on Kindle in the UK?...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    I don't think it's anything like the cost you think it is. Your personnel are free in this context, for starters. You've already got them, and they cost the same to feed and house regardless of where they are. One...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    The thing is, every escalation does have to be considered potentially the invasion. Russia can mass troops on the border as many times as they like, and their neighbours have to take each one as seriously as the first time....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Can we have an extension of Rule 34? Hypothesis: There is mashup fanfic of it. No exceptions....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Oh, if we're going to keep going on kidlit... We could focus on Enid Blyton's endemic racism, or the continual "good for a girl" sexism. But honestly the bigger issue is that they simply aren't well written. Even the lead...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Diverting off my love of good children's literature... Was there a reason you chose Blackpool, for a similar reason to why you decided to nuke Leeds? I've no real complaints with your description of it (apart from an "incline" on...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    "Obsolete" doesn't correlate with copyright, only with it still being able to hold children's attention....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    It's never a good idea to bet on any children's material going obsolete. Enid Blyton is still a thing, unfortunately; but so is the better material by AA Milne, Kenneth Grahame, Arthur Ransome and JRR Tolkien. The two key points...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Thanks. :) My control loop could actually have been done with op-amps and analogue electronics back in the day (and I did something similar when I was working at GEC Alsthom), but surprisingly there doesn't seem to be anything in...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Collaboration with the National Physics Laboratory, using my firmware to control a nanopositioning system with a fairly original control loop design, got me a couple of white papers, a conference presentation, and an article in Physics World. For those who...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Even at the north end though, the promenade (and trams) don't really go up over the "cliffs" though. What happens is that the promenade keeps going horizontally, and the beach just falls away further because the sand has eroded. The...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I don't know if you're going to put up a "typos and general errors" thread for QoN, but in the event you don't... There's a section in Blackpool where you have a tram going "up an incline". Having grown up...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Re the 737Max problem, I think it's worse even than all of that. It's not just that Boeing don't know how to build planes any more, the 737Max situation shows that they've even forgotten what a plane is. Put simply,...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Shame about the Freyaverse. It was fairly unique as a space opera which really needed you to think about what's going on and why the world looks like that. Any radically-different worldbuilding is always going to be a bit of...
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