Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Come on Bob, give us some indictments! It might be interesting if someone would pastiche 'our' Bob (ie. the Eater of Souls) doing an indictment (with or without extreme prejudice)....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    In excess of 109 directed human sacrifices (…) My epub is showing the exponent correctly in iBooks on an iPad, FWIW....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Prohibition was about trying to deal with the very real problems of alcohol addiction by banning alcohol I remember reading that back when the Temperance Movement was getting going, something like 1/4 of many towns' men were considered drunks —...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Obviously in the real world all kinds of stuff can cause tranmission to be screwed up. Like nachos? https://xkcd.com/654/ (Link because I have no idea how to embed the image.)...
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    Really obsessive fans trying to get advance copies of their favourite authors’ books? Sounds a bit more plausible than someone figuring they’ll make money off them…...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I suspect the Laundry universe … is a bait universe "Don't much matter whether you catch a fish or not; once you been used for bait, you ain't good for nothing else nohow."...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    And the careers that are financially rewarding are all in finance, not to mention that we allow money a lot of influence in non-monetary decisions. As a society we're telling our kids that caring for people, or solving real-world problems,...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Now that pot is legal up here, there's a backlash against pot down there — and the difference between homophones is pretty subtle for many angry white guys. Maybe a trout in every pan could be the new slogan to...
  • Commented on Book launches for The Labyrinth Index
    Looks like I should give it a miss — just got a nasty cold, and spreading rhinovirus doesn't seem the socially responsible thing to do, so if I don't get better overnight… If you have the time, I'd strongly suggest...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    vital pubic resource I thought that was a typo, but then realized you had references Schiller. Nice one, sir. :-)...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    A 'bot' is a program that posts messages (likes/favs/etc) on social media, with varying degrees of interaction and human oversight. (Assuming I understand the usage correctly.)...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Anent that, may I recommend this? https://brianchristian.org/the-most-human-human/...
  • Commented on Book launches for The Labyrinth Index
    Peter Watts likes homemade chocolate chip cookies. How about you?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Zip.There's basically almost nothing on your machine. Back in the day we called that a "thin client". What's the current buzzword? One of the reasons I didn't like this was that if* the network goes down you have nothing, while...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My own personal answer is that we need to use each of the holes these billionaires are digging for themselves as toxic waste dumps Before or after they try to use them?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There's an infamous exercise in which the word "ma", with (eight?) different tones, is the only word in the story. Mandarin has 4+1 tones: rising, falling, dipping, high, and unvoiced (which isn't considered a tone, but sounds different). So má,...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Of possible interest: https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13420-018-0349-7 A principled understanding of canine cognition should therefore involve comparing dogs’ cognition with that of other carnivorans, other social hunters, and other domestic animals. This paper contrasts dog cognition with what is known about cognition in...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Such as eliminating those pesky females? https://www.unfpa.org/gender-biased-sex-selection http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/media/detail.php?source=hospital_news/2018/0621 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-study-suggests-prenatal-sex-selection-for-boys-remains-a-trend-among/ Not a new topic in SF, I'll grant you. Fictional outcomes range from scarce women suddenly being incredibly valued and gaining full equality or even superiority, to scarce women becoming an...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Eugenics was an American invention. It was not forced underground until the 1970s when they shut down State Hospitals. Obref: War Against the Weak by Edwin Black https://waragainsttheweak.com...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    I guess I'm thick. I read both Wikipedia articles and didn't see any connection (hence my question)....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Alex? Needs to have a Naked Lunch moment at some point. Naked Lunch moment?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    list of insulting ethnic/country-of-origin names, pretty much anything but Anglo-Saxon or Norman British had one Those exist as well, at least in Canada. I suspect in the US too....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The RPG Shadowrun is a good example of a "Blind Spot" not discussed. - Where magic comes back and disrupts the world. Charles de Lint: Svaha https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/186426.Svaha As you mentioned, Shadowrun. And a whole lot of urban fantasy (before...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    rather than working white collar crimes Recommended reading: https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/legalizing-theft A lot of the biggest financial drains are not actually illegal, in part because those organizing them have bought the effort of lots of very smart people to exploit loopholes,...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The last time Pete Seeger sang "Deportees": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ihgkZTEXgA An earlier recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrRak5-tCr8 Some facts about the song: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/woody-guthrie/deportees...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Or just be blatant and lift the voting age to 21. When my father was doing his National Service most draftees were 18, voting age 21. He told me there was a definite feeling that they were regarded as...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There will be a million people with names like Tyeisha Ng or Irving Masado - David Weber is way, way ahead on this, BTW H. Beam Piper was way ahead of him… (His Terro-Human Federation stories, for example.)...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    I had that thought a few years ago, sitting in my synagogue with survivors and alzheimer patients, and realizing what it might be like if the two were together. My grandfather relived WWI and the Troubles in his last years....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    restricting voting to parents Only if they also have lots of other restrictions to stop people on welfare or with the wrong skin colour voting. I heard an "immigrants* outbreeding us" complaint this week, and sadly it wasn't that unusual....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Likewise — I usually have to log in for every comment I want to post. Maybe this is a feature designed to dissuade people from firing off lots of comments?...
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