Bill Blondeau

Bill Blondeau

  • Commented on Excuses
    My oldest horse is related to Secretariat (he was, in human terms, her great-uncle) and she got some of the good genes. If you were riding her and she got the notion that she was being permitted to go really...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Charlie, Many Happy Returns. And thanks for more sustained creative invention and intellectual ferocity, so far, than most of us have managed or ever will. I won't issue spoilers, but, from the advanced estate of 62 years & change, I...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    And how much work would it take to rewrite, and comprehensively test, the tight, fault-tolerant onboard flight software that Margaret Hamilton wrote for Apollo?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Seems to me that this pin-dancing-debate-that-won't-die about the merits of the F-35 is missing the point. The F-35 has already accomplished its primary mission: enriching defense contractors at the public expense. That's a done deal; the aircraft was unusually successful...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    My rather melancholy sense here is that suspicion #2 is the most stoutly real. Pathos, syntax, and vivacity all confounded in a palpitating mix of lustre and hue. A signature of sorts; a brief betrayal, a sincerity that makes mock...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    just unlocked achievement: Gothic Anarchist Feminist Women Morris Dancers! Sounds like big fun but... FFS don't tell my wife, she's got a lot on her plate at the moment....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    Dreadnought is a damned good read, sharply inventive, thoughtfully written, with head-over-heels pacing and humane characters. Also, it's pretty refreshing to read an intelligent treatment of a transgendered protagonist. Well done, April_D....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    For a long time now I've felt that the relationship between spirituality and religion pretty closely parallels that between sex and marriage. In each case, the former is a widespread human experience, much alike across a wide range of cultures...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Searching the comments, these are words and phrases that, as I type this, do not show up: Complexity Emergent Systems Theory Complex Systems Feedback Loop I modestly submit that this is an omission. Emergent behavior is a thing. In other...
  • Commented on The Day After
    On the off chance you haven't seen this tweet: BRITAIN: Brexit is the stupidest, most self-destructive act a country could undertake.USA: Hold my beer.— Brian Pedaci (@bpedaci) November 9, 2016...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Dammit. I've got work to do, but someone on the internet is wrong. Briefly, most of the comments so far (with @RDSouth as an excellent exception, with an honorable mention to @Hisham), while informed and thoughtful, neglect the systems aspect...
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    Thanks, Aliette. (I'm really looking forward to reading The House of Shattered Wings, btw.) This is a serious subject, and one on which I think I part company with most of the good folks here. I think Clarke's Third Law...
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