Jules Morrison

Jules Morrison

  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    And now they're going to use the BFR for suborbital earth-to-earth executive trips, earth-to-orbit, earth-to-moon and earth-to-mars. And mothball the whole 9 series. Interesting times....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    This article has part of the answer: https://shift.newco.co/amp/p/38b843bd4fe0 Decarbonization is not going to be an individual thing (which makes it super expensive) it's going to be a societal thing, driven by money mostly, renewables and electric vehicles will simply be...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Patreon is the most creative thing up-and-coming in this space. it's subscriptions, but your subscription goes towards making a thing freely available even to non-subscribers. That was always the one reason everybody comes back to advertising despite its glaring awfulness:...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I've had the idea before for asteroid mining direct to ultrapure elements by the construction of a huge, in-vacuum mass spectrometer. Vapourize asteroid mass using a free electron laser, charge and accelerate it through a magnet with a solar powered...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    There's another downside to this. A tech which can cross interstellar distances in single digit lifetimes, can also deliver a rather energetic kinetic kill vehicle. Deliberately or by accident. "Oh drat, I think we punched a hole clean through their...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I propose we designate this scenario CASE NIGHTMARE TWEED....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Periodic pointless automated, automatically assigned training in aspects of the business and regulatory environment which don't actually affect you, made slow and tedious by animations, unskippable "activities" and with a multiple choice test at the end that sends you back...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Voice synthesis is hard because tone, pacing and emphasis are semantic. Computers are capable of simulating the full expressive range of the human voice, see for example the various songs composed in Vocaloid. But they aren't yet smart enough to...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    "Aliens have a much longer history of spaceflight than humans, but unaccountably failed to stumble upon and domesticate us during the 11th century" Actually this one is justifiable. Throw a dart at a timeline between now and the first habitable...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Ships going up and down gravity wells like it was about as hard as the commute to work. If you don't have implausible tech, it absolutely will be a big deal to get up to orbital speed. And the two...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    Re the inflation thing, they retconned it with a bit of too-clever sleight of hand. It turns out that if you run everyone's money presses at once, the foreign exchange doesn't show any apparent inflation. And if that free floating...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    One idea I had for dealing with this: launch devices containing huge quantities of liquid self-expanding hardening foam, so it can become a gigantic semi-solid blob in orbit, and soak up flying scrap. Small stuff that hit it would become...
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