Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Your "revolting example" link doesn't work…...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Another data point: my friends from overseas sing a lot more than my friends from North America. Whether cheap iPods have changed that since they left home I don't know, but in the last century in China and the Philippines...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Thanks for that link. Enjoyed the article and picked up the book — it looked very interesting....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Still waiting for the great leap forwards? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZaYEniPaJg...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    In Ontario police salaries have been trending upwards for the last couple of generations. As of January 1, 2015, a Constable-in-Training at the Ontario Police College (OPC) earns $55,146/ annually. Upon graduation from OPC, members will become 4th Class Constables...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    they do recognise that employing older, experienced people is TROUBLE - because you can't cheat them, or not so easily as people under 25, at any rate Last year someone leaked a report prepared by a consultant for the...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    The author speculated that there may be different regional varieties and (human) genetic effects. Not to mention differences in gut microbiomes. I suspect that different gut microflora will affect how much nutrition you can extract — and whether you...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Neat story. Thanks....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Me too....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    The short answer is that it takes 1860s technology to tap an oil field and get surplus energy out. The Chinese have been drilling for far longer. I'm on the road away from my library right now, but this article...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    No idea if new stories are appearing. I haven't finished everything there, but that could be lack of spare time and too much else to read. Still, worth visiting if someone hasn't seen it yet....
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    No one's mentioned Seat 14C yet, so here: http://seat14c.com Basic premise: a flight of the Pacific disappears and shows up years later. What happens next? Some good, some bad. All free....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    My reason for blocking was the frequent insults and threats, followed by "I wasn't talking to you" or "I was only joking". Classic bully behaviour. (The word salad and "look at me I'm so smart" routine was tiresome, but the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    This version? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BIvqbyku5g (Billy Bragg's lyrics)...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Greg, those links aren't working....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    So a Roads Not Taken look at the railways? I'd enjoy reading that....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    If you can get a copy, you might enjoy Codex Valtierra. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/521277495/codex-valtierra-relaunch I backed it on Kickstarter, and it's been an interesting read. Trying to figure out the story from just the illustrations is a challenge, but a fun one...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    We'll have more content coming soon, I think... Including a guest post from Greg on railways? :-) (As I said before, likely a minority wish but I can always hope…)...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Though it would be nice for the thread to break 1000. You got your wish. And ISTR you enjoy the Seagull, so the nearly 20% of comments by/replies to him/her/it/them should be up your alley. (I hope, for the sake...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The usual morning wake-up chorus was going at full volume this morning. Less right now (9:30 in Toronto) but that's usual during hot weather. I wouldn't worry about it. The robins were active before the daytime heat set in, as...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I'd start with his short fiction. Malak, The Things, A Word for Heathens…...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    There's enough Buddhists that going full-bore vegetarian is a (easy) option. That was supposed to be tasty option, but easy works too. Still not used to autocorrect in a browser. Old dog, new tricks, etc....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The judiciary is indeed independent Looking at the kerfuffle with your Supreme Court (particularly the contrast between trying to appoint a judge under Obama vs under Trump) it looks rather political to an outsider. More so than I'm used to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    One chap went to Shanghai and couldn't find anything to eat that didn't consist of intestines, tracheae and suchlike, which he described as "fucking foul". When I was in Shanghai I had no trouble finding good food, even though I'm...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A couple of people on another forum who (independently) went to China reported that genuine Chinese Chinese food, as opposed to British Chinese food, consists of intestines and arseholes as a matter of preference, and what happens to the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    If I may add another off-topic question… Has the BBC recently changed their podcast server? When I went to do my usual weekly download of various podcasts I got everything from the CBC without problem, but the BBC ones wouldn't...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    If we're including fantasy and webcomics, then Gunnerkrigg Court is excellent. My elevator pitch: Harry Potter with a female protagonist and better plotting. http://www.gunnerkrigg.com I like it enough that I've been buying the hardcover collections as they come out. I'd...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I've had fun rereading Watts' short fiction, especially "Malak" which I somehow missed for years: http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts.htm (All but his latest novel are also available there.)...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I'm really dubious about the 'ill-informed' Trump voter hypothesis. In Everbody Lies, Stephens-Davidowitz looks at the correlations between Google searches and Trump voters (based on poll results). The biggest correlation? Searches for "good nigger jokes". I find that disturbing....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think should not turn this platform into my personal playground, using host's generosity to tolerate my stream of consciousness Were you shooting for irony or sarcasm there?...
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