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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Throwing back to earlier in the thread, but this week I bought the first 3 and read the first 2.5 of the Commonweal books. I'm very much enjoying the concepts and exploration of the implications of magic in a human...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Some of the easiest things to grow in my experience include various forms of garlic - plant it, ignore it for about a year, then harvest. You have to like garlic of course - I use about a bulb every...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I can see a lot of fun in a Laundry style reimagining of Joseph Conrad, particularly the more overtly/unconsciously Orientalist novels. The Mandate turning out to be an Elder version of Lord Jim would be delightful though hard to pull...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I have a (probably) false hope that some elements of the Secret Service or possibly the US military have a quiet plan to take 45 'off the board' if he goes full bunker and decides to destroy the world....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I had the infuriating advantage of my parents owning a driver training school while I was coming of age. Our 'rumpus room' (playing area in the basement) doubled as a classroom, so it had road safety posters on the walls...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Not sure what specifically you are disagreeing with, but we probably agree that cricket has similar focus and attention to detail, as well as a similarly deliberate pace. To be honest I find cricket baffling, but it is rarely played...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    As a baseball coach for the past 8 years (mostly under 12 age groups) I can attest that girls can be very good at baseball. Last season 2 of my top 3 players were female, by a long stretch (on...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    If we get periods where the 'effective heat' or actual temperature are egregiously high we have plenty of cultural examples to follow. The Greeks still (mostly) go to work early in the morning, go home at noon, eat, sleep for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    @167: Assuming one vote would naturally go to another is always a mistake. Here in BC the NDP routinely grumble about 'their' Green votes being stolen, and resulting in non-progressives getting elected. The Green voters I know would rather open...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    mdive @ 50 - A good argument for Facebook to be trustbusted and broken up into smaller parts with strict regulation of some kind. But what regulations might work across boundaries and not make things worse? Much of the rise...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    While at UBC circa 1998 I had a classmate who worked as a border agent both at the border and at the airport. He related a great many tales of US citizens asserting their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms...
  • Commented on Story time!
    TV series backgrounds aside, there is very little argument that makes sense to make Vancouver into some kind of Gotham or other mid 20th dystopian city. Vancouver's current form of dystopia is in being both beautiful and currently overrun by...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I imagine using multiple titles might have a number of organizational issues, though. Someone is going to mistakenly buy the same book under both titles thinking that it's two separate books and then get rather annoyed with you. I have...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I had much the same, though in the other order - I had read most of OGH's work to that point and thought I'd probably enjoy another one of his books. Some time later I stumbled across the second book...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Except in rare cases, I tend to avoid books that are clearly titled as the start of a series. Sometimes, such as with the Laundry Files, I start because I like the author and end up carrying on as they...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Vancouver and BC in general had a scandal rooted in a 90s building boom in which the construction was done as if we were in a California style climate. Which meant mold and rot got in everywhere, it cost billions...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I am constantly aware that my own house, a 2 level on what amounts to a drained bog just above sea level, is likely unviable within about 20 years. But I do love living in it, the ocean is a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Around here price per 100g is what the stores use when the $/lb price is too eyewatering to admit. Meat is particularly vulnerable to this mind trick. If it's a good price (say, $3/lb) then it is priced per lb....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I have to say that boots on the ground are vastly multiplied in impact since the 70s. Not necessarily effective at winning, but combined with drones and other modern tech, you don't need as many boots to do some seriously...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Altered Carbon was excellent, though my wife (who had not read the books) was lost almost immediately and slept through most of the episodes as a result....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Angleton always looked like an elderly Christopher Lee in my mind. Bob Howard always looked like Tim Canterbury, probably because The Office was more or less a Lovecraftian tale in its absurd futility. No idea for Mo....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Hatred and blame of the Trudeaus is a standard political expectation in the Albertan heartland. I grew up in oil country Alberta in the 70s and 80s, and 'It is the fault of Trudeau and the NEP' is basically the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Alberta has no notion of how to opt out of Confederation, nor will they ever do so. They do make a lot of hay out of the threat, or at least they try to do so. Alberta's government has been...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    You show some remarkable optimism about Trump's strategic and/or tactical level of thinking. A war would be a stupid venture, though in the US (and elsewhere) it can be a way to sweep aside opposition. A surprising number of 'people...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    We can reasonably expect a war sometime around the release of the Mueller report. Right now Venezuela is looking to be a likely candidate. Of course it will be a disaster. The most powerful military in the world is really...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I often enjoy longer series, if I like the original book - though I will never pick up a book that is flagged as 'Book X of the N Saga' unless I've started at the beginning and enjoyed them all...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Consent is one of those concepts that should be simple to understand but gets very tricky in the details. A few years ago there was a case here where a teen boy and his ex-girlfriend had an issue at a...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    A darker scenario is that some of the 'burn the world' Bannon types are inviting/hoping for a big terror incident so it can be spun into a Reichstag fire. It isn't much of a stretch to see the media jumping...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Welfare responsibilities vary dramatically between provinces. Municipal government power and mandate is defined by the provincial governments. Municipal governments do not exist in the constitution as an entity, and only exist as defined by their respective provinces. In Ontario it...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    There is an abundance of evidence coming out that implicates multiple persons in the Trump campaign with ties to Russian oligarchs in various ways. Manafort is one of the most egregious, but he is hardly the only one. Trump won...
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