• Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    I'm sorry to hear about your mother's death. Not long after my father, my last parent, died, I re-read "The Man Who Loved Numbers," a biography of mathematician Paul Erdos. The biographer quotes a friend of Erdos, who was surprised...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Yes indeed, current Anglo-American attitudes towards death and dying are "opaque and forbidding"; I'd even say that is an understatement. And here in the States, attitudes towards grief and grieving are even more troubling (perhaps that's true in the U.K....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Getting back to the notion of sabbatical: The poet Gary Snyder, in a 1973 interview, said: "I like to sharpen my chain saw. I like to keep all my knives sharp. I like to change the oil in my truck....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Ah ha, Seminary Coop bookstore *does* have Dark State on their Web site: https://www.semcoop.com/ingram?isbn=9780765337573 For those living in the U.S. but far from a brick-and-mortar store, buy from Sem Coop and Mr. Stross gets his full percentage, you support independent...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Paws4thot, you are right to point out that there are situations where you pretty much have to buy from online booksellers. I have been in that situation here in the U.S., and managed to find independent booksellers that had an...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    McGill, I'm all for ebooks. But there are other formats out there -- a Kindle isn't necessary....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Oh good, this gives me an excuse to go either to Borderlands in SF or Dark Carnival in Berkeley to get the book. And hey, Jeff Bezos is the richest man on earth, right? -- my partner used to make...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Chordates have been well covered above. What about evolution in other taxa? Arthropods: Arthropods currently constitute something like 80% of all species, so there's already a huge diversity (on the order of 10^7 to 10^8 species). Considered as a phylum,...
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