Graham

Graham

  • 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...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Well, briefly mentioned, but not in the kind of way that put it as front and centre as it would have been. For obvious reasons though you can't randomly assign one of your participants to be a street-corner prostitute, nor...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yeah, that was a good series. If you know a bit of history then you know most of the statistics for Victorian slum living, but (as Stalin knew) putting faces on it makes it personal. Also some things I'd not...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Brendan, that's an interesting question. Of course "this is based on our fictional memory" lets OGH riff on whatever he wants, and gives plausible deniability against historical nitpickers. That said though, I'm not clear whether that's reliably true. (We know...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Is it coincidental that *Quantum of Nightmares* is kind of opposite to the Bond title *Quantum of Solace*? (Apologies if this is an obvious question which has been asked before.)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Mo is already in Mahogany Row before Bob gets promoted. (Which would be a "dead man's shoes" promotion if both he and the person previously in that role were (a) fully human and (b) fully alive; but anyway.) My read...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Re Bob as unreliable, Charlie has given you some things that Bob just gets plain wrong, which he learns more about later in his career. (Paperclip audits, for instance.) For me though, "The Atrocity Archives" established this pretty damn well...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I certainly hope your mattress wasn't P-complete, or you'd need a waterproof mattress protector....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Re air mattresses, I'm not a believer. Every one that I or a friend has owned has leaked within a few years. As someone who wants to be able to trust their gear, air mattresses are the definition of untrustworthy....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    The experiment certainly has been done on humans, not just rats, although it predates the existence of the EEG. https://www.drlindseyfitzharris.com/2012/08/13/losing-ones-head-a-frustrating-search-for-the-truth-about-decapitation/...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I feel your pain. My folks spent a while sailing round the Med. Because of the problem of them arriving at any particular place at any particular time, normally I met them in winter when they'd settled in some reasonably...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I think we need to re-engineer large extinct New Zealand birds. Having a plant-based diet, they'll naturally be good for trimming the grass short. After all, every gardener needs a lawn moa......
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Really? The Silk Road(s) ran for over 1200 years, didn't they? ( If not longer )... This is exactly the model I'm talking about - it's a perfect proof of why things have to be that way. The cost of...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    But any sufficiently large colony will eventually need to interact at a macroeconomic level with its neighbors This is an assumption where "eventually" means "sometime before the Sun goes nova and/or the human race goes extinct". Even guessing a time...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    It is my understanding that blood vessels grow in a somewhat random fractal sort of way Not just blood vessels. One of my spaniels needed pretty major surgery as a puppy when she got an intussusception - basically think of...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The "democracy" is likely to be very military in shape. The person at the top would largely have complete authority, because you can't run something that critical by committee. But their staff would be expected to question decisions, to make...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I guess it depends on the state, but if you need to rely on write-ins then you're mostly out of the race. As shown by this in Wisconsin. http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/state-gop-blocks-other-republican-candidates-from-appearing-on-primary-ballot-to-protect-their-king/...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The issue the Republicans have had since Trump's nomination is that Trump supporters are the RINOs. With what went down in Georgia (a very orange devil), it's clear that Trump is an active deterrent to voters. People like Mitt Romney...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Re Antikythera, there's some real nonsense talked around that, some of which is being repeated here. It's not out of place at all - it's simply that we don't have many records about exactly how people built stuff then. We...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I'm not sure that's really true. In the USA, medicine shows were a big deal in the days before effective antiseptics, anaesthetics and vaccines. They were effectively selling magic, plain and simple. They fizzled out in popularity as actual medicine...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    A question about powered people, Charlie. Where individuals have special abilities to able to do something, you've generally kind of explored a bit of the how and why, and also the consequences for the person, group and society. The obvious...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Same applies here in Cambridgeshire. Narrow roads in places, with hedges obscuring vision around corners. If I overtake a cyclist on a blind bend and a car comes the other way, I'm going to swerve into the cyclist. I can...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Just a quick note on HVDC. I worked on that in the early-mid 90s (sponsorship at a GEC company which became part of Alstom). We were running up to 400kV back then. Distance-wise, the company had done the Manitoba Hydro...
  • 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...
Subscribe to feed Recent Actions from Graham

Following

Not following anyone

Specials

Merchandise

About This Page

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Search this blog

Propaganda