Bill Blondeau

Bill Blondeau

  • 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...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Mikko Parvainen @324: I'm interested in the "greenskin" description for orcs. I think I have a candidate for origin. It was the Brothers Hildebrandt Tolkien calendar for 1976. Orcs were depicted with the markers: green skins and tusks. They also...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Moz @323: I think not much was asked of Onan and he got off lightly Groan. I mean, seriously. Sleeper joke of the year, so far....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Thanks Harry Connolly for the heads up about One Man. I've bought it, and I'm damned glad you've published a new one. Thanks too for sparking another round in the recurring and always fun magic vs. science genre/worldbuilding discussion. I've...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Bill Arnold @990: "I'd like Pigeon's opinion on the he Hieronymous Machine." I had always thought those things were bosh....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    This thrilling episode of Moore's Law has been brought to you by-- (Ducks, covers, etc)...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Oooh! I know this one! (whitroth @ 194) Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, galloping through the sward, Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, and his horse Concorde. He steals from the rich and gives to the poor, Mr Moore, Mr Moore, Mr Moore....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    EC @ 159: The trouble is that starting in media res and constructing a good story is HARD. Concur; and good breakout of the common failure modes. Charlie @ 161: I mean, I take great pride in my openings. Quite...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    @ 273 That comic had an apotheosis when the Scottish Independence Referendum was a current thing, IIRC. One entire strip was done as Facebook pages: "Scotland has changed its relationship status from "In a relationship" to "It's complicated". And then...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Heteromeles @159: So to sum up, I reject your reality and substitute my own. But thanks for the opportunity to confuse things! Delighted to be of service. :-) Overall, I don't disagree with your take. (Although, I knew your opening...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Daniel Duffy 161: So a polytheistic universe is a massive multiplayer game, while a monotheistic universe is a single shooter? Fair interpretation. Analogy: Christianity is DOOM. Polytheism is EVE Online. The former has baked-in concepts of good and evil, and...
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