George Salt

George Salt

  • Commented on Random excuses
    "I have rarely seen a business lose customer goodwill to a rival so fast." Not so unusual with online communities, I've seen it happen a couple of times. With most online communities there's an accepted alternative that everyone's aware of....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Never mind the implants, what about medical isotopes? I'm just past the end of the consultant's advised "ask me for a letter before flying" period with another couple of months of "take the dosage card with you, just in case"...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    On a recommendation from an earlier post I'm approaching the last act of Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh. Also on the go is The Ghosts of Berlin by Brian Ladd. Queued up for summer reading are Die Vermessung Der Welt...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Wrong trouser leg of time.. Pratchett reference I believe.....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: FELIX RESOLVE Classification: Field deployable wave function collapse initiator for the resolution of uncertainty when dealing with quantum entangled entities (SHADOW MAUL YELLOW). Deployment: Box, cardboard, with embedded silver protection grid. Quantum IIOIIN (Is It Or Is It Not?)...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Multiple narrative viewpoints are required for the operatic experience, e.g. the Culture novels fulfil this criteria but the Takeshi Kovacs novels don't despite the multiworld scope. It's one of those terms easier to define by addressing what it isn't. Interesting...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    I agree that the easiest way to imagine this is a religious prohibition on writing. But this creates two questions.. 1. What is writing? if it's the encoding/preservation of information outside the human brain then knotted strings and voice recording...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Unfortunately, the last I heard a few years ago, the Royal Armouries canned the live action display staff 5 or so years ago because of budget cuts That's a shame. From what I can remember, one of the sword wielding...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Does it? Bread as a poultice does have a long history, but every fantasy author is very specific that it must always be "mouldy bread" - never mouldy anything else, never bread other than mouldy. Herbals and Pharmacopia were far...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    I did a little bit of research (it's handy having a museum like the Royal Armouries in a city you have reason to visit regularly). Swords ... swords were pretty much the late mediaeval equivalent of a kitted-out AR-15 in...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Magic swords! If you had magic that could enchant a blade to be better at blading things, wouldn't you want to spend that magic on something that would be of economic benefit to the entire realm? +3 scythe of reaping,...
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