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  • 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...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    It doesn't matter how bad it gets until later in the month. For the purposes of the GOP, the worse the better. After the 20th of January Trump will start finding a lot of knives in his back. As a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Probably enough distance and deniability for McConnell to dodge that, though possible not his wife. Of course, there may be more information than we know. Fox turning on Trump is pretty much right on time. After the two year anniversary...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    All wheel drives are slightly safer in icy or muddy conditions, if the driver adjusts the speed to reflect reality. AWD is most effective at becoming 'unstuck' from snow or mud. It is much less effective at staying out of...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    That has now become the industry standard as vehicle manufacturers move away from/beyond selling cars to using cars as bait to get all the other moneys as well. My brother in law is a mechanic in a corner (non dealership...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Thank you for that, I had no idea. As with most countries (and people), the US has a way of forgetting the things of which it should be ashamed. My own Canada has plenty of shameful histories as well....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My understanding was that the Culture tried various ways to deal with sociopaths and megalomaniacs, but if all else failed they just plonked them into a simulation and let them live out their issues there. If we take the Simulation...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There is a whole global industry of 'outsourcing' that does exactly that. For a couple dollars an hour you too can hire a personal assistant, outsource much of your work and look good at the office....
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    Any pub intentions for Vancouver? I can recommend a couple of you indicate neighbourhoods......
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Presumably a society that can produce an STL expedition to another system will be in a high state of technological development. That is not inherently a stable state - higher technology tends to result in increased specialization and faster rates...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Social and economic processes are more important and potentially disastrous than we might assume. We have innumerable examples of social systems that are at least nominally based on norms that can be upended or 'hacked' by motivated and/or charismatic sociopaths....
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    If you are going to be hanging around Western Canada after/before Vancouver, I'd like to recommend the Sunshine Coast as a great place to visit and explore. Take care of yourself Charlie....
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