Damian

Damian

  • Commented on The Pivot
    I was about to respond to your previous comment to say this is the case, but you got there first anyway. I think we should say, it's already back and has been for a while (happened during the first term...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I do like this filk. I mostly think in terms of responses. "He was just 18, proud and brave till a Yankee put him in his grave" is a funny way to spell "He was uncomfortable about a future where...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yes, I get all of that: it's the reason getting it stuck in my head is annoying....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    For whatever reason I keep getting 'The Night they drove Old Dixie down' stuck in my head. I resent this because catchy as it might be it's not a likeable song and it makes me want to shout at Robinson...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I'd been about to say the same thing. Just to make it simpler, not limited to the geography of Prussian Silesia, but spread throughout the 19th century extent of Prussia too....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    [Oops, I was sure I had clicked "Submit" before heading out this morning, but apparently not] I get the pronunciation, it's just that the difference between -ch and -ck isn't that well appreciated in English without other context, some wouldn't...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Yes - getting something of science and humanities is surely critical, you can't reason adequately across the range of human knowledge otherwise. You can only get very overconfident when talking outside your discipline, and the ugliness does no-one any good....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    EC, the entire time I've read this blog, you've been the least self-aware commenter I've encountered and the least likely to see things from another's point of view. The idea that you of all people would ask this of me...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    And I find it curious that you continue not to see yourself in this sort of comment....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I remember going to the Kedron-Wavell RSL club a few years ago to see Mental As Anything. This was a sort of reunion tour consisting of Greedy and Martin Plaza, but lacking the Mombasas. Anyhow when we signed in, my...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    At least for what I know From skimming your comments, you seem to find it a challenge to avoid a common error that a lot of people here make. That is to treat your own social prejudices as a null...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    S44: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exl4ka_Bc94 And yes, Abbott: not actually Australian....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    But technically the Queen of England appoints the government of Australia... ITYM the Queen of Australia. She happens to be the same person at the moment, but it hasn't been ex officio for some time (at least since the Statute...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    We seem to be at cross purposes, I'm not talking about making some kind of stand on principles. Sounds like a silly thing even to have principles about - though I have no doubt there are people for whom it...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I think Mark meant that LBJ achieved a lot of good things, and while we'll never know whether that could have been the case with President HC, it hasn't happened. And while LBJ had Gardner, as much as I'm sure...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Well exactly (System Center is just another part of the ecosystem). Where this assumption doesn't apply and you still need changes and comments in a 100 page document, it's not that hard to convert the objects to images. Generally though...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Turns out the right wing better understood the weapons, battlefield and had prepared the terrain ahead of time . And then surprise surprise they won I don't think this is really true. The Obama campaign in 2007 famously used bespoke...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Things such as which printer you select can and do change the formatting in indecipherable ways. Oddly, I remember someone long ago making exactly this complaint about Wordperfect, and comparing it unfavorably to Word. I use Word all the time,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So, how DO I express my disagreement with current progressive politics without offending sensibilities? Depends in large part on the form of your disagreement. You could perhaps start by refraining from characterising people who take you to task for your...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    they need to build all the stuff they require from the local rocks and dust. For values of "stuff" that includes breathable air. Seems like moon rock could yield oxygen under mechanical and/or chemical processing, but nitrogen would be scarce?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    his job was to make sure that the various agencies in the Region had talked to each other in advance Yeah this. For some reason people talking to people is some kind of black magic. And knowing who to talk...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    We had a bit of a craze for "Succession Plans" a couple of years ago, all the managers at my then level had to draw them up for their teams. It isn't really all that meaningful in projectland - losing...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The "home affairs" minister's electorate is next to mine, and I boggle a little that so many of my neighbours continue to vote for him. However, it's worth pointing out that even "safe" seats are usually on single-digit margins and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I wonder if there are some sort of drops that help with the eye rolling....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    If I might hazard a guess, it's not so much anarchism as in libertarian socialism, but anarchism as in Anomie, which is actually a misconception where anarchism is concerned. At least if you exclude anarcho-capitalists, but let's not go there....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I think of a systems approach, where there is always a trade-off between efficiency, which really only means optimisation of certain parameters and resilience. Monocultures are optimised for output versus labour inputs, but our current approach requires large energy inputs....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    (and you can't possibly be Sirius)...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I'm getting https (consistently) and figured it was quietly fixed. All good here....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    That dynamic isn't (necessarily) specifically about religion though. Wouldn't it make more sense to say that religious observance follows the world-view of its observers. In-groups, when the oxytocin kicks in and the group dynamic overrides the thinking individuals, always want...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I just assumed the whole story was an elaborate ruse to drive up hits on the youtube link....
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