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  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Complete sidetrack, and I don't think anyone has posted this before: Well, we know where the penguins are. But where are the shoggot'im? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-49340715 (I know, "soft parts don't fossilise well"...)...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    They don't have to be related. That's what makes human language a singularity, at least in my terms - humans become Lamarckian, rather than Darwinian. (Frank and others will argue about my definitions of Darwinian, I'm sure. But the point...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Certainly some of it is control-oriented. A CEO (small company) I worked for insisted that open plan was best, for everyone except himself....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Also, there are green dyes (or you could tie-dye it with black, or grey, or maybe blue :) )....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Greg, do you mean something like this? https://www.hawkshead.com/nosilife-adventure-gilet-pebble/ Clearance stock so the sizes available might not be helpful....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I like The Orange Better One as a name for that particular person, partly as a tiny homage to WSB, and partly because it fits....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    In the UK (southern England): I work with a Nigel and a Gary and a Simon. My ex's other half is a Nigel, about 50. All are English. I wonder about Nigel as a name and a subliminal connection with...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Congratulations to OGH :)...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Bingo. I watched the first one, hated everyone in it, and that was it. Never seen the others....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Per the Revoke petition breakdown here https://www.livefrombrexit.com/petitions/241584?fbclid=IwAR1AAe9dRkHGNHON--KBXURVe-iyZTN0pXpP48soGiYdQzeP5F54DI0Qzjs it appears that the DUP may be at risk of losing a seat (assuming we have any more elections): Emma Pengelly is the DUP MP for Belfast South, and more people in her...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Thanks to Frank and William T Goodall for commentary....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Not very Brexity at all, and someone has probably put this up already, but we're well past the 300 mark; so just in case: http://journalofastrobiology.com/Mars5.html...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Close to Philip Jose Farmer territory there......
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Not a TV person (pictures are better on the radio, IMO) but anything which looks profitable for OGH (in whatever currency) is a win :)...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Speed of writing: Michael Moorcock claimed somewhere to have written 'The Eternal Champion' in one hit, in 36 hours straight, heavily assisted by poverty and some cheap trucker "assistance". No drafts, no retyping. (Not that it's particularly good, mind, but...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Likewise; but also with driving law. Notably, "Everybody speeds, so we should not have speed limit enforcement". I offended one of these people by suggesting that the actual difference was that he was whining when he got caught :)...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Relocation: My guess is that people from Florida (Floridans? Floridians?) and maybe New Orleans will get the relocation money. After that it will be too expensive and the easy places will be full, so everyone else will be SOL....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    It's all up in the air, as far as I can see. I'd be astounded if May went for a second referendum. She could, of course, just rescind Article 50. Either of those would bring the Government down. The second...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    CD of 'The Weavers At Carnegie Hall' was available via Big River, last I looked. Same with the Reunion one....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Um, no; "wog" is definitely not acceptable in general, and I'd be surprised if OGH found it anything other than offensive. My advice would be to use it at your peril, in the UK. ("Surprised" here translated to "stunned and...
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Heather Child
    Welcome aboard! Is Heather a regular commenter here, may I ask?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Pigeon at #856 is not the only person who should have learned Welsh as a littlun and didn't. I'll not forgive my father for insisting that English was enough....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The Stainless Steel Rat does include someone modifying his own personality, IIRC....
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    I know we're nowhere near 300 comments here but I'm hoping to be forgiven... I'm also hoping nobody else has posted this here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-am-part-of-the-resistance-inside-nyarlathoteps-death-cult...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Apologies to Troutwaxer: I mistook Mr Dubois for Chip Delany, who is still with us, I'm glad to say....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I recall watching [i]Sex, Lies and Videotape[/i] and commenting that the violence (one character punched another, IIRC) was quite shocking, much more than (say) the killings in [i]Die Hard[/i], from about the same time....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Given the mass penalty, we'd have to hope that the engineers involved have properly internalised the lessons of the Chernobyl incident....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I think this might be Robert Gilman's Rhada books, of which The Rebel Of Rhada was the first IIRC. I have The Navigator Of Rhada somewhere....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Forgot to add: That applies mainly to single-engined fast jets, and not at all to variable-geometry designs like Tornado......
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Fighter pilots whose engines have quit certainly use ground effect to land and have been doing so for decades. The RAF and the RNLAF certainly do and I am sure others do as well. (Engines quitting can be due to...
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