Commented on 2117 revisited
I think your vision is incomplete in some ways, Charlie. I believe most surfaces will be white, although the sole attire will be colored unisex jumpsuits. People will no longer have names; instead they will be identified by short serial...
Commented on Beer, San Francisco
Glad to hear it -- I hope to drop by and join you for a drink....
Heteromeles commented on
To my knowledge, the best book on the subject is Richard Frank's Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire (BigMuddy Link). It's based on records that were released in 1995 (50 years after the end of the war), and it was written to answer questions such as whether the nuclear weapons were justified in body-count terms or whether the emperor knew what was going on and was an active player. The answer was yes to both. The idea that Hirohito was a puppet was (IIRC) how MacArthur excused not removing him. The body count issue justifies the use of...
Geoff Hart commented on
Heteromeles, thanks for the history update....
Greg Tingey commented on
In England too, perhaps, among the Brexiteers? Yes But, their influence is, if not gone, fading very fast. There's an awful lot of "How the fuck do we either get out of Brexit, or make it as soft as possible" doing the rounds right now. They are making a hell-of-a-lot of noise, probably because they realise they have been rumbled....
Bill Arnold commented on
Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process Without comment (other than "we suck"; focused panic please!!!, and of course that new science is increasingly showing CD/JLM to be correct.): Trichodesmium is thought to be responsible for about 50 percent of marine nitrogen fixation, so a decline in its ability could have a major ripple effect on marine ecosystems. "This is one of the major sources of nitrogen for other organisms in the open ocean," said Sven Kranz, assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Florida State University and a co-author of this study. "If...
Nojay commented on
The Emperor in Japan in the run up to and after the Meiji Restoration in the 1860s was a figurehead adored by the people as a patriotic focus but almost entirely isolated from Japanese society to the point that they were mutually unintelligible -- the Court spoke a different version of Japanese to the local population (a bit like how the Russian Romanov's court's language was French). The radio broadcast of the Emperor's recorded surrender speech in August 1945 was the first time most of the population had even heard his voice and the words and phrasing were not comprehensible...
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- Common Misconceptions About Publishing—a series of essays about the industry I work in.
- How I Got Here In The End —my non-writing autobiography, or what I did before becoming a full-time writer.
- Unwirer—an experiment in weblog mediated collaborative fiction.
- Shaping the Future—a talk I gave on the social implications of Moore's Law.
- Japan: first impressions — or, what I did on my holidays
- Inside the MIT Media Lab—what it’s like to spend a day wandering around the Media Lab.
- The High Frontier, Redux — space colonization: feasible or futile?
- “Nothing like this will be built again”—inside a nuclear reactor complex.
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