Bill Blondeau

Bill Blondeau

  • Commented on WTF
    Troutwaxer @ 1934: When you say "spirituality" do you mean spiritual or mystical experiences, or are you talking about something else? This is of course the key question. I didn't clarify the purpose or context of the analogy, and the...
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    Troutwaxer @1855: Ideology and religion both get into "This is how we live," but come at it from different directions. Ideology generally disdains the mystical, while religion welcomes it. I propose a fairly simple heuristic for considering & discussing religion:...
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    Scott Sanford @ 1543: "I'm not a religious man, right, I don't even believe in God. But still Catholic, obviously." — Irish Comedian Dara O’Brian :-) I was bemused to read that a fair number of Jesuits were/are atheists. Obviously,...
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    CharlesH @ 1500: But I rather think that Mammonism may predate humanity, if you allow it to be "the obsessive collection of things considered to be valuable" (i.e. collecting them rather than using them). It seems to be a development...
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    JReynolds @1139: "What we are seeing (or about to see) is the difference between efficiency and resiliency. The powers that be have been moving so far down the road of efficiency, they're going to find out just how very resilient...
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    Troutwaxer @150: If you've got any resources on brain fog, I'd be very grateful if you posted them here. It's early days yet, but here are a few links that I've found helpful. Note that these are not medical papers....
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    HowardNYC @143: I really want to be a hypochondriac about it but there's been at least three intervals when I suspect I have had covid just not the (extreme) respiratory distress warranting hospitalization... brain fog & exhaustion & loss of...
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    Scott Sanford @109: More than one person, looking at his potential post-2020 options, were of the opinion that if he fled to Russia it was only a matter of time until he recreated Hans Gruber's exit. US: We have issued...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Thanks for the sensible breakout, Charlie. Your mention of the National Front reminded me of the following. (h/t a shipmate, roommate, once cellmate from Liverpool -- Mick, hope you're all right mate) TRB: The Winter of '79 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6nrb1qWLI4 All you...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    JBS @738: How many spherical physicists does it take to change a quantum light-bulb? 1.4999999999999999999999979. (You can't round off when it's a perfectly spherical entity to begin with.)...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    DeMarqis @651: Correction: There is in fact one other possibility, although I know it won't be very popular around here: information could be leaking in from outside our universe. That is to say, it's the Hand of God (although why...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    SFReader @ 187: Imagine if 21st century physicists were desperately clinging to the four-element model of the universe. Ah. "Quondam Physics". Well played, sir....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    gasdive (he, him, ia)@910: Someone is going to die if they keep using that lifting technique. Cut in half by a cable or have a rocket fall on their head. Yes, probably... For me, the best part of the article...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    Heteromeles@87: I'd suggest that Turing complete knitted gloves might be one place to start. Off topic I suppose, but I just want to say that I'm tremulously grateful to be reading a blog in which comments like this are both...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Pigeon @2061: You don't like John le Carré, do you? One reason he's so depressing is his descriptions of different bits of British spy agencies doing the same sort of shit to each other all the time His masterpiece of...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Richard H @1770: Robert Prior @ 1640: You mean I've been walking wrong for the last six decades? I always push backwards with my foot, not simply let myself fall forward. That's relativity! The concept of walking fast enough to...
  • Commented on Omicron
    TermiteDellaPunteggiatura @98: I recently came across a short article by Derek Lowe on curcumin research. It seems to be really easy to produce spurious positive findings. So I'd be wary even of peer-reviewed science on this compound. Thanks -- good...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Bill Arnold @ 70: I very much hope you recover most of your function. There has been/will be a lot of experimentation including personal experimentation being done, and sadly a lot of quackery. What have you been trying, if you're...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Greg @54: I suspect I would resist an Omicron infection - BUT - what really scares me is "long Covid". Yes. Long COVID is the part of the iceberg that's below waterline. There are a lot of awful long-term disabilities...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    The ongoing discussion about "fixing" democracy is, as one might expect, interesting and smart. However, as I write this, it seems focused on minor (and not-so-minor) tweaks to current political theory and practice. This may not be sufficiently audacious. OGH...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Auricoma, #499 as I write this: Can we discuss the apocalyptism (is this a word?) in Western media? I think the Cold War (possibly aided by Jesus) did someone to your collective brains, you just can't get enough of the...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    It can't work for everything -- high-rise-residential is always going to need some sort of mass generation -- but the point is that it doesn't have to be all one thing (in fact it can't be all one thing). I...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Firstly, thank you. Secondly, not explicitly mentioning resilience doesn't mean that we're not considering it... You're very welcome. And yes. You, and many of the people here, address concerns that are founded in resilience. I've noticed. :-) However: An explicit...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I had a friend in college who was from Finland. Because I was interested (beginning with some Emil Petaja SF in childhood, then some Kalevala translations, and finally figuring out that the Valinorean was very similar to Finnish -- when...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Savagery accepted and appreciated. :-) I suppose I made it sound like I was saying that we should favor resilience at all times, in all things. I'd apologize, except the outcome was rather happy. You're quite right of course, on...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    This is a damned good thread. Good enough to lure me back from years of mere lurking. :-) Lots of smart explicit analyses here of the comparative efficiency of solar power from SBPS and from terrestrial structures. Many of the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    WARNING very rough, first draft, unpolished only existing fragment Damn. Slings and arrows notwithstanding, you've certainly not forgotten how it's done. I was drawn in even though I knew this was orphaned prose. And yes, overall, near-future work -- in...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Charlie @730: The avalanche is already running. I immediately flashed on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zJsrjOytG8 (And yes, I KNOW that avalanches are snow, not pebbles. Don't @ me. This is just such a beautiful encapsulation.)...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Graydon @19, listing potential knock-on effects: Fifth thing -- If Donald Trump dies of COVID-19, my unstoppable celebratory tequila binge will probably fall into the 15% expected mortality range, and I can't think I'd be the only one. Add in...
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