• Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    A friend of my parents said something after my Dad died (Mum died a few years previously) that I found helpful. She said that we have a word for a young person who has lost both parents, but not really...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    My Dad made a will after dealing with four estates where the person had not, including his mother and mine, because he "wasn't going to put me through that". He also left a large envelope with "to be read after...
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    The UK audiobook has two brief silences in Chapter Four, which have remained after deleting and downloading a fresh copy, and which are mentioned in the reviews....
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Get some rest, take that much-needed and overdue break. The only way to avoid the unpleasant family stuff is to have no family left, unfortunately. I hope your mother does as well as is possible, and that whatever happens does...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    You are correct. (Noted biologist) Jack Cohen described the frogs to Niven over dinner at an SF con, and acted as biology advisor while he wrote the book. Jack's main complaint about SF biology was always that it was so...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    There are mechanical differences between stretchy structures anchored on a solid border (roughly what the pelvis is in a mammal), and stretchy structures without a solid set of anchor points. Whether this would be enough to cause more problems with...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I would have said that the weak version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis lives on, but no-one bothers to talk about it because it has become part of the substrate most of sociolinguistics is built on. The hard version was very...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    On the question of "who would replace Corbyn?" there are some new, young, genuine lefties in the Parliamentary Labour Party. One of them is the MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, Cat Smith. She was newly elected this time round, so...
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