• Commented on Do my Laundry
    100% possible! In that case, though, it seems like there's a story to be told about institutional failure on the part of experts (no one saw the Soviet collapse coming, etc.). But if anyone was prepared to do stay- behind...
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    I guess my thought here is....does it really? You always played such a fun game balancing between the Laundry as a civil service enterprise that did what it was told and stuck to its org chart with the parallel fact...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Re: Erections in 0g. I read an early Shuttle astronaut's memoir who described the on-orbit morning wood as, err, aggressive. Elsewhere I've seen NASA describing the process as difficult, owing to something something fluid distribution- but there is at least...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    One such possibility for the ubiquity of the need for sleep is that real life brains implement the same wake-sleep algorithm as a Helmholtz machine....
  • Commented on A small research question
    One of my favorites from a while-back parasitology class was the Pomphorhynchus laevis worm. The whole genus uses arthropods as intermediate hosts and lives out its reproductive life in the guts of vertebrates. P. laevis spends its youth inside the...
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