Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Not really a Cthulhu fan, so I may be wrong here, but it strikes me that there's a big difference between summoning something (ie. compelling it to show up) and something deciding that it wants to make an appearance. I...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    That raises an interesting possibility for Laundryverse diving. Just open a portal in your mouth to somewhere with breathable air, then go swimming. Could also work in the Merchant Princes, if ARMBAND can be scaled down... You'd need a pressure...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    At my first engineering job, my British manager apparently got into a spot of hot water by telling one of his colleagues that he'd knock her up after dinner....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    What do y'all think? I want one :-)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Just got And the Last Trump Shall Sound, a collection of three novellas by Harry Turtledove, James Morrow, and Cat Rambo. Looks interesting. https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-64710-005-6...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I was thinking about works composed in the 21st century, but thanks for those links. I quite liked this performance. Sadly, AFAIK it hasn't been recorded. https://www.ludwig-van.com/toronto/2019/11/06/preview-cree-sami-culture-meet-operatic-form-soundstreams-two-odysseys/...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Silly question — is it possible to buy an ePub version? Because the buying options links seemed to all go to dead-tree versions (unless I missed one)…...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I want our goddamned future back. Was it Cory Doctorow who said he was expecting more flying cars and fewer fascists? His novel Attack Surface is just out, BTW. It's a sort-of sequel to Little Brother but from a different...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I think there's a significant difference between things like orchestras, ballet companies, where basically they rehash old and thoroughly approved 'classics', and other things like writing, painting, sculpture, composing, where the 'artists' are creating something new and therefore subversive. Rather...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The part that's hard for me to understand is that many of the names signing on to that document are right wingers. Looking at contemporary politics, I think many right-wingers feel that rules don't apply to them, so what they...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    For most people the break point is the magic words. Say 'em and get baptized and you're done. Good to go no matter what you do after that. There's no ongoing commitment required. Which is interesting, because doctrinally baptist washes...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness For non-Canadians, this is the chap who, while police chief of Toronto, proceeded to lie to the civilian oversight committee about the plans and actions of the police during...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Problem is that folks with zero personal experience with whatever that tech/med/criminal issue is, end up with distorted expectations. The infamous "CSI effect"....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I should note that that's not 16 hours making one panorama — that's 16 hours hiking and 'waiting for the light'. Had my fair share of tech troubles, but a large part of landscape photography is getting to the right...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    You wouldn't even need the room to be at the desirable location: just the window and door, with the rest of the structure somewhere cheaper....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    You're recently retired, plus the COVID-19 activity/travel restrictions - so I'd have thought that you'd have too much free time now. I'm reading more than I used to, but still falling behind. Partly because my eyes give out after a...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I tend to check out short fiction first for new authors, partly because if they can't tell an engaging short story then I assume (possibly incorrectly) that they will have problems with a novel — and I have a longer...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    You're right, and I apologize. That should be Witroth's Law....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Are you going to penalize me because while I was driving some idiot ran a stop sign, T-boned my car & fucked himself up because he wasn't wearing a seat-belt? As written, Moz's Law would penalize you if you were...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    And on the comic relief front (because we all need some), apparently the Facebook AI thinks naked onions are too suggestive for the internet… Jackson McLean, a manager at Gaze Seed Company, said the business was unable to advertise its...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I think the driving test should be much harder to pass (say a 40% failure rate and >6 months to retest) and that if you get a small number of tickets you should have to requalify. I believe that Dutch...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    And wasn't there one election where the Rhino's looked dangerously close to winning in one riding, so they ran two candidates to split the vote?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I realise the USA is a forced-labour society in many ways, so a lot of those people aren't there by choice. But at the same time... really? You'd have to see their contracts to know for certain. If they have...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Thanks. Ran the test, and it says I would get about 100 GB a day backed up. So for 8 TB photo library that's about three months to get it uploaded. Will have to think about it....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Does that work for external drives too? I've hit 8TB with my photo library, stored on two external drives (plus two more for backup, done manually). It would be nice to have all that stored externally somewhere safe. (Now I'm...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Calystegia sepium OR Convolvulus arvensisis this one - a.k.a. "Bindweed" - but it's still a "convolvulus" .... Related, of course, to Honeysuckle (by marriage) :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYr0eNtpDHs...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    there's 5-7 more days in which there is a high level of danger for Trump As opposed to 107-1,568 more days when there's a high level of danger from Trump?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    they may have several more in isolation -- and a confirmation vote on the floor of the house requires in-person attendance Unless they decide 'screw isolation, this is important' and show up anyway....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Shouldn't that be milkshakes? No. Mashed potatoes. Story from Trump's childhood, according to his niece. He was being a dick at the dinner table (as usual) and his brother dumped a bowl of mashed potatoes over his head and everyone...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    the organizers decided to add additional controls to prevent future bad behavior Someone standing behind each candidate with a bowlful of mashed potatoes, to be used if they speak out of turn? :-)...
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