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  • Commented on Announcement time!
    Written fiction as an abstract concept is subversive to their world view. As witness Salman Rushdie's brush with the Ayatollah Khomenei over The Satanic Verses Khomeini, if I remember correctly (It's been some years since I read the Satanic verses),...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    And as soon as you have that page powered by a database you have something which requires manual adjustment and updating whenever the university's systems change or the underlying software changes. One day (in the late 90's), a suit from...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    What might China do in Taiwan if Beijing took it over? Here’s what China’s ambassador to France Lu Shaye, speaking on French television, said: “Reeducate” the population. Why do I say ‘reeducate’? Because the Taiwan authorities have imposed a ‘de-Sinicization’...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Saudization...that is replacing foreign workers with Saudi nationals in technical jobs, sounds like a good idea. Except, most Saudis do not have the training, and certainly not the will to do these jobs. Of course, Shia muslims (or women) need...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Lately the shoppers at my local Costco (central NC in the US) seem have more people from south of the Himalayas mountains. Based on skin and dress. (Who wears sandals when it is 0C outside?) Their numbers appear to be...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Yes, except for the "sparsely populated" bit. Mumbai already has the world's largest shanty-town. Also, conditions vary enormously among states....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    To me India is the scary place. It seems they are going full on ethnic religious purity or get out mode.All the while trying to get their economy out of the 4th world next to 1st world mess it is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    The way the world worked around the decoupling of wines from regions was by using the names for grape varieties and breaking the association. That is why, for instance, no-one knows or cares what Bordeaux is, but Cabernet Sauvignon is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    As you pointed out brie de Meaux and brie de Melun have AOC certification. But those names are pretty much unknown outside Europe, who would want to use them anyway? Otherwise cheesemakers call their brie brie and their camembert camembert...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Bourbon is a style of spiritous liquors ... KENTUCKY Bourbon is liquor in that style manufactured in in the state of Kentucky. You kind of missed the point. Brie is an old province of France. brie was not a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Marketing departments and corporations will do whatever they can get away with I wonder what would happen if some european crooks started openly peddling Kentucky bourbon or Napa valley wine made in Albania....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    There shouldn't be any cheese simply called "brie". La Brie is an area 50 km east of Paris that produces several kind of cheese and have been doing so for centuries. Among them is brie de Meaux (in the north)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    I have, ONCE been "polled" - at the top of my local High Street ... it was just as well it was a nice day & I wasn't in a hurry. I spent about 10-12 minutes answering questions, when it...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    I hereby promise the next time I write someone from what is now the UK into a story like this, I will have them as "I could tell he was from Leeds", or "She was from Wales", not "an English...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Don't know what "Triton" is, so can't judge Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia (1976) by Samuel Delany. One of my favorite SF novels....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Sorry to say it, but New Wave science fiction IS what tech billionaires grew up with. Both Musk and Marc Andreessen were born in 1971. Bezos in 1964. New Wave is exactly what was in their earliest "Analog" issues. So,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Tech Billionaires Need to Stop Trying to Make the Science Fiction They Grew Up on Real What about people growing up reading "new wave" SF. Being a fan of Disch, Delany, Ballard, Spinrad, ..etc, maybe doesn't lead to the same...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    the far left conspiracy theories believed by pot-baked, far left wing nuts in the 1960s and 70s Plenty of Marijuana easily available in the 60's and 70's in Chile, Zaire, Salvador, Guatemala, Cambodia, Laos, ..etc. The people living there must...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Then IBM, a megacorp/hive-AI, if there ever were one, stepped in, and effectively reversed that decision, got the CEO reinstated and the board fired. That was Microsoft, not IBM, who were getting worried about the $1Bn they had invested in...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    But I don't think I've seen horse If you want to taste horse meat, go to France where it is available in butcher shops and some restaurants. Horse meat is almost fat-free and better than beef for some recipes. I've...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    There is also the Y2.5K bug. At the end of 1999, when finding YYMMJJ dates in external files, or even worse in packed format in fixed length files, the rule was: if YY >= 50 then put 19 in front...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    He is a polyglot. Stross speaks several languages, including English, German, French, and Russian. This fluency has allowed him to read and enjoy works of science fiction from around the world. Obviously, Bard has had no access to "Season of...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    The recipe that I use for stuffing, my late wife found on usenet... and after we made it once, we decided we didn't need any other, and my kids agree. I buy the unseasoned bread cubes, then celery and onion...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    It’s stupid to expect a binana bureaucracy to regulate the company that owns it, and we’ve got good reasons to want to regulate them. That's one of the main plot strands of Robocop. The secret fourth directive....
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    I think a good deal of the explanation too is people simply not taking it seriously Some people did take it seriously,obviously. Did the remain side use tools provided by cambridge analytica (or similar) or was the leave side the...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    As already discussed, Hamas' "agenda" is wholesale genocide of the jews, as per Wannsee, ok? That is not Hamas' agenda. The official position of Hamas as explained by Khaled Meshal (chairman of the political bureau of Hamas): In order to...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    no need for a Tzompantil, after all, they are seriously proposing a return to about 1790, with Transportation across the seas & Prison-ship Hulks, aren't they? Are the migrants held on prison-ship hulks meant to starve to death, like French...
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    It seems to be an accepted convention for everyone's Cthulhu to be much more powerful than the original. That escape came over as unfeasibly straightforward to me, because I came to it primed with impressions from other writers under which...
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    GRAVEDUST probably plays a pivotal role in the climax of TLLF, although I need to go back and re-read so I can work out how to deploy it. If not ... there'll be a New Management cameo in which fearless...
  • Commented on A fistful of tropes
    Just as sword and sorcery stories tend to be about the change over from a barter economy to a money economy, SF stories tend to be about the change over from a money economy to a credit economy. Samuel Delany...
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