Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

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    I always thought of "Jews for Jesus" as a particularly cynical marketing ploy, but maybe that's just me. The couple practitioners I meant took it seriously and I was polite... but no. Just no....
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    Speaking of ignorance and stupidity......
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    "Any close-the-loop design has to work within the level of idiocy imposed by the society in which it is installed. Making things efficient, idiot resilient (not to mention profitable) is a seriously hard design challenge, and most recycling plans sadly...
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    "Avalon" is the main city on Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California. It's got a major fresh-water problem. It's big-enough that this shouldn't be the case, but the geography is such that a proper watershed just hasn't developed....
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    Pretending that we can patch economics or capitalism so they work outside their narrow domains by making up money values for non-monetary systems doesn't work in practice. For what value of "economics" or "capitalism?" Personally, I favor a very-well regulated...
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    Those Oankali? Lovers of nature? Rescuers of the human genome? Hell no! They'd suck up all the organics, strip your world right down to the bedrock, that's the Oankali. Then when they wanted your genes "the natural way," they'd tell...
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    Where software is concerned, I think "tries to be helpful" is a major negative....
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    By any chance was that Fairmount Park in Riverside, CA? Because if so I spent part of my childhood in walking distance....
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    ...minimise the risk of serious accidents, be economically and safely decomissionable, use fueld more economically, perhaps use thorium, and preferably NOT be easily modifiable for military purposes. This would be a potentially useful export product! I agree completely, and I...
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    Interesting. The font at the top is gorgeous. Did your wife design that one?...
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    My son addressed Climate Change today. He said, "We could have had the good apocalypse with Mel Gibson and hot babes shooting crossbows form the top of tanker trucks, but no! We've got to live through the shitty Kevin Costner...
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    I kinda figured, but should it happen there's decent train stuff in Southern California, FYI, and I can probably get a day off....
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    Thanks. I enjoyed yours too. Do you have a background theory of AI which ties into the story?...
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    Sorry. "Depending on your state/nationality."...
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    It sounds like everything is resolved except the job situation. Don't forget in all the excitement to check with a lawyer about the mental-health/firing thing. You may be part of a protected class (depending on your stat/nationality.)...
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    Should you ever make it to Southern California, we have a couple of pretty good train museums in Griffith Park and Barstow. I'm also given to understand that the "Tehachapi Loop" is a big deal for people who like trains....
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    "Death Alley." In the U.S. we call them "suicide lanes."...
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    Nope. Definitely two lanes, though it might have been a side road. This would have been in 1979....
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    I wrote some very similar stuff when working on my novel, for very similar reasons, like this exchange between two women and one of their AIs: “Your AI is talking to you about my sex life!?” Now Mrs. Rastogi definitely...
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    My solution was to get my Prius, which essentially pays for the loan via all the gas I don't use, and rent when I need something bigger....
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    I remember my father driving us on those roads as a youngster. He had the usual minor troubles driving on the wrong side of the street, but the big shocker was the mountain road - just as you described -...
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    I've eaten both grasshoppers and crickets. The grasshoppers were particularly tasty, something like a garlic-butter popcorn. The crickets less so, though I suspect the real difference was in how they were spiced....
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    I got nothing on UFOs, but I saw this and thought of you....
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    Or, in the same spirit, "pigs follow cows." Depending on where you live, you may (or may not) have the ability to sue over your firing, as mental health status is sometimes protected. Worth looking into anyway. Regardless, I'm sorry...
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    If Climate Change goes the way I expect it to, I'm guessing people won't have any choice about whether they garden... Don't forget to save your seeds!...
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    Word up dude!...
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    You could go to a maximum-four-day work-week so people could garden. You'd have full-employment with good wages pretty quickly, even in the face of automation....
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    In trying to write my novel* the only way I could see to get over that hump was to have all the right-wingers die in a fire set by "terrorists," with the insurance companies announcing that they were getting out...
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    You're probably right. Cat-5 cables were the first thing that came to mind because I've strung them across several McDonalds....
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    I'm not sure I agree. If we do Climate Change right there will be a shitload of new jobs, ranging from housing dismantler/resource miner to solar/wind technicians, plus a ton of other stuff. Just making sure that all the bricks...
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