Eric

Eric

  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    50 minutes later I didn't respond - you find that rude? Not all of us are sitting by our computers 24 hours. Some of us have work and other things besides, and connect here when and as we can; yes,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "Yeah, believe it or not, I know what I'm talking about" I think you take my encouragement of increased rigor of argument as in and of itself skepticism of your content, whereas I was not expressing an opinion one way...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Nietzsche probably didn't have it because... diagnostic reasons, please. "It was a common insult" is, believe it or not, irrelevant....
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Belated response: the first (I think) performance of a Mahler symphony in the US, strictly speaking, I gather was as early as 1908 (Mahler conducting his own 2nd symphony in New York City on December 8, 1908 - "Gustav Mahler...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Re best Disney film: of recent ones, inclined to say Zootopia or Inside Out. Two that had me saying "wait, these are Disney films? Kudos to Disney, then." Inside Out especially, where the main human character comes perilously close to...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Her speech on Sept. 9 2015 was interpreted at the time as having a "Trust but verify" gist, actually, not "distrust but verify", at least by the NYT, though she may well have changed later; I don't remember. (Personally, if...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Hrm. If I became (anykindof) dictator I think my first priority would be to try to find some non-fatal way -out- of the job and to get rid of the job entirely (good luck there, I suppose); one can try...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Given that of late, a larger amount of "investment" by wealthier people has been done in ways that takes capital out of the economy long-term, not re-investment into other corporation but rather investment into e.g. long-term untaxable offshore funds, whereas...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Can't say I'm surprised to read Mhari will be working for the new management; conjecturally- if the Mandate/New Management haven't told her to go seek her blood the old-fashioned way, then they're in charge of her bloodflow....
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    Missed that one by Hill, I think. (Big Hill fan here, regretting I only learned about his novels [a few years] after he died. At least there's still (Lynley/Havers/... ...) Elizabeth George.)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Actually, that's not optimistic. Given the number of people who die either way - and what happens to our allies near North Korea _after_ the "short" war - these are choices between disastrous for everyone and disastrous for many, many,...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The Q you describe wouldn't be working with a 2017 Tesla since the Q in the latest films (starting especially with Skyfall, iirc, or maybe earlier still?) has to deal with budget cuts among other things, rather than being in...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Re-reading my Kindle purchased copy, I see that John did indeed say that about condoms (pp.88-89) so you're probably right (if John- one of Alex' fellow PHANGs - was quoting the memo from HR accurately, etc. But in response to...
  • Commented on Book day!
    (And as I recall the bit about condoms was an untested hypothesis in TNS. Canon? :))...
  • Commented on Book day!
    IIRC, no, V-syndrome isn't transmissible that way; sleeping with PHANGs is just fatal (for most people.)...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Seagulls always wait above theater for next production. It's a trope called "Chekhov's Bird"....
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    I used to have a page about Edmund Rubbra on a website of mine (which led in turn to my meeting, during a London trip, someone who'd been a friend of the composer, and joining him for a Prom concert...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    "Sei es autographiert, sei es gestochen." - Liszt, that consummate re-re-re-re-reviser, on whether or not any given work of his was ready for the publisher ("If it is signed by me, it may be published." as quoted in Alan Walker...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    (though yes- popular and no longer so (though relatively increasing in popularity, if almost? 3 recordings of his complete symphonies is any indication- note _relatively_) - Joachim Raff, e.g., or similarly Friedrich Gernsheim, agreed... (Howard Hanson?) not at all known...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    I took her to mean her own, primarily. (Re "obscure" composers (lesser-known, that is) both Classical-era, Romantic, Early 20th century and more recent (e.g. in the 20th century from Britain, Brian, Sorabji, RW Simpson to name three) - my own...
  • Commented on Book day!
    From Fuller Memorandum I seem to recall Angleton doing something involved (if unspecified) at what I assumed was the same time that Bob was being sacrificed; I assumed that Angleton was giving Bob some- even as much as half- of...
  • Commented on Book day!
    (Spoiler) I'm somewhat confused that Alex has driven (and Cassie driven in) a tank but says he has not (she has not) driven (in) a car - I can see Cassie not making the connection (and Alex being concerned that...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Re ships getting lost: maybe a -little- older even than Lovecraft, if the Flying Dutchman legend and similar count! (I'm sleepy and Senta a request over to Google to check the dates.)...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Likewise I remember a really good elementary Linear Algebra course taught by Professor Andrew Wiles (in 1987, before he became world-famous, but still. Prof. John Horton Conway, eg, also taught courses at my school; it was assumed. This in the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    .... ow. whoops. sorry. Yes, TLI. 1.026*10^-16 looks a bit like a swapped-about Avogadro's number, on another point. Or maybe I'm just overall sleepy....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    ,,, Ok, looking very, very, very much forward to _both_ The Delirium Brief and The Nightmare Index now. Drat I mean thanks!! Terrific opening paragraph for TNI... ("TNI may refer to: ..." :) )...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    It seems a good guess from the end that, contrary to Bob's and everyone else's assumptions, the BBC didn't get a ward and inside info, a specific host did because of his ties to Schiller(-not-the-Weimar-poet) etc....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Ingersoll for all his faults makes for an interesting read on these points too....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    According to Wikipedia, there have been at least 8 vessels of the Royal Navy named HMS Beagle, and they're named after the dog breed, yes. (Reference: Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Oh. Whoops. Sorry. But yes, and many other examples there too....
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