Eric

Eric

  • 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....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Oy vey, _now_ I know where Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary) gets that sort of shipnaming from (probably)... (I still/yet haven't read Banks. Yes, I intend to fix that very soon!)...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Oh my. Thanks for pointing that out....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Very much enjoying the book. (Not surprised that this should be so, though I was surprised to see it at my library when they hadn't gotten in "TNS"... well, they've been good generally speaking, they have.) Not sure if it...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Just that by itself gives a feeling of happy anticipation :)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    "maybe the Laundry is pulling the strings..." Not according to the Spycatcher rule, they're not. And they take that seriously. (See The Apocalypse Codex.) (Or does that rule not exist in this alternate Laundry? I assumed it does, otherwise what...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Judicial review has been part of the _US_ legal system since a combination of laws passed in the first session of Congress, +Marbury v Madison (&c) made it so. Not the same, then....
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    Ah, then they've - well, not so much removed it (it seems my google books library link to it still works) as de-indexed it......
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    Hopefully they haven't jumped the gun by doing this, but Google Books posted an even more substantial excerpt- most of the first 60 pages - a few days ago....
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion
    When quoting... It's "A foolish consistency" etc. and the adjective, as in another context with a famous expression about liberty and security, is essential....
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Well, ok, Russell's Paradox is actually -this- (refreshing my memory from Wikipedia, but yes, I have read this stuff, back when I was a math student etc. half a lifetime ago, and some of it more recently besides...) "Let R...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Not sure if Russell's Paradox (known by that name, yes) and Gödel's Theorem are connected that directly actually? Will see if there's anything about it I can find that's not handwritten in the margins of... etc....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    I don't think unicorn anythings would be considered a good idea, shiny or otherwise (qv Equoid)?...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Also, I've always meant to give applause for "Bourbaki meme" (even if I hadn't heard the Bourbaki Group referred to since my brief attempt at grad school in the early '90s.)...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Gerald Tarrant? I've seen that name but not in connection with Modesty Blaise. Trilogy by another author......
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    Has anyone since Chekhov had the sheer nerve (though) to leave a gun on the mantelpiece in the first act, fire it in the third- but (well, maybe read Uncle Vanya's third act, or Cliffs Notes for...) - ah, alright-...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    The destruction, through obsolescence of storage materials, of _some_ - as in ... quite a whole whole lot (given the tendency to store most everything on digital storage that may become unreadable in the near future)- was something I first...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    (And have also read and enjoyed many works by Bujold, Cherryh, have read so far somewhat fewer by Willis - but I'll also readily admit that of 842 pages listed in this Wikipedia category (some of whom, of course, by...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Elizabeth Moon -immediately- comes to mind (ok, maybe because I've been reading a lot of her novels recently and because she wrote one of the best novels (The Speed of Dark) I have _ever_ read with an autistic/ASpergers main character...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Re Bob not telling Mo any details at all- his geas didn't allow him to, right ; Mo intervened and got that changed (I thought?) - didn't Bob tell her something useful about the Interesting Adventures of Bob, Seph, Johnny,...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    pecked to death- well, yes and (or yes but?) There're actually a lot of neat things (maybe not the most eloquent phrasing) (and interesting concepts. and- &c.) that the birds' beaks have I think barely gotten started on. My opinion...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    also as I recall, she more or less defined _combat_ epistemology in that first conversation when Bob first met up with her in The Atrocity Archive....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    We've all here managed to get through this thread without repeating the definition of epistemology -- according to one source, "the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    I've been curious about something for the last couple or three of books (and I am not sure where to ask this.) Where's Boris?...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    I took that to be a reference to Bob's insistence on going by a codename himself, that is, "Bob Howard". (And yes, having to hang around self-named superheroes with hero-names for any length of time might cause a person's tolerance...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    On the other hand, Elgar -did- orchestrate Parry's Jerusalem, so maybe it's more of a half-typo :) On the other other hand, the first Pomp and Circumstance march is (unlike at least one of the others) definitely in major mode,...
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