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  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    When I was last in Reading, nine or ten years ago, there were Red Kites in numbers (at least 5-6) over the ring road at the Winnersh Garden Centre. I was almost offended; the first British kite I saw was...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    That looks to me either like some overenthusiastic-but-unaffiliated supporters, or someone flying a false flag....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Since we are way, way past the 300 mark, this looks interesting in a Laundry context: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50891787 "Star-shaped mark", right. In a stone circle, right....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    In space, nobody can hear you aiiieeeee. (You're not going to claim you weren't playing for that, are you?)...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Precog/hypercognition: I can do this, to a very limited extent, with some traffic lights on my commute. I don't know how. It's possible I'm catching a reflection of a change and working out the timing from that....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm just wondering whether people are worrying too much about Corbyn. I can only vote tactically anyway, but ... This article points out that the EU is not going to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement: https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/1031/1087754-donohoe-on-brexit-negotiations/ "Mr Donohoe also said that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Um, I don't know if I've missed something here, but it occurs to me (in light of the stylistic/parody elements for the early Laundry novels) that Kim is a spy story....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    White male, British, 58. Work in software. One son, now 26. Separated for many years, now divorcing to allow my ex to remarry. Not diagnosed but it wouldn't surprise me. So, guilty as charged, I think....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Acre-feet: My sister is a very experienced petroleum geologist, and many of her North American colleagues work in acre-feet. It comes up often enough that she can remember conversion factors to SI units when she has to....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I just like it because it's pretty....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    (Maybe he already does. I may not have been paying attention.)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The An-2 is basically a flying Landrover. Greg would love them, I'm sure :)...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Be nice to yourself, take the time you need, and you know where we are....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Re Parliamentary sit-ins: As I understand it, the Palace of Westminster is something of a fire hazard. Beware of faked Reichstag moments, perpetrated by external actors - I'm sure we can all think of some likely candidates....
  • 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 :)...
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