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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Sorry to reply to two of your comments in a row, but have you seen the back of a cigarette pack recently? Shiny glossy plastic wrapped photos of gruesome medical conditions caused by smoking; i'm curious what they used to...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Tanenbaum's Law is to 'Never underestimate the bandwidth of physical media hurled fast enough' [originally: "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway."] See also....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    has anyone else read 17776? i thought it was like Homestuck at first, but with space probes, a conceit i've liked ever since that bit in Blindsight (ctrl-F for "Imagine you are a machine"....) but then the surrealism of American...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Experiment with growing algae in pee-tanks, be the future of food / oxygen for humanity...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Um, is there any chance of getting a proper forum set up, with private messages and threaded discussions and like, subforums for posting about about stuff? (Cos i SO agree with OGH's opinion that closed-cycle-ecosystem research is far more important...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Jokes... you're wrong. That's bs. In fact, I tend to dislike "jokes" like that. I have a good number of jokes that involve zero fear. Short, sweet counterexample proving you *wrong*: The famous philosopher Descartes is in a restaurant. He...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Oh, i didn't know that. So you used to have to type Fortran invocations with full case sensitivity?.. maybe the unix thing was a reaction to that? I get confused enough about gcc flags without bringing variant typographical stylings in...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    (My impression is they were simply super paranoid about being able to type everything quickly on early remote terminals, like rm and ls and just using a . for the present location -- it's hard to read but very fast...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Haha I knew i liked your writing attitude, for some reason. (Yes, it just reads *really* discordantly to me, like a consistent misspelling intended to provoke annoyance, or something.)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Yes, sorry, i definitely hadn't done enough research / read the old threads to understand everything (but could you please not shout 'GREP' always? Yes it was originally an acronym, which became a term, but it's still a Unix command...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    (And, obviously, if no one realises you were even making a joke! Your audience will not level up through *nose wiggles*, you have to write 'down' / not assuming they know literally everything you just googled.)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The um.. the joke's not funny if you act like an all knowing omnipotent narrator about it, is what i'm trying to say? (Arrested Development's narration worked because it subverted what the audience expected from sitcoms 15 years ago.)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    You um,.. you understand what jokes are, right? You can't just make references to topics, even clever multiple veiled references to alarming topics, and expect them to be funny. Laughter is like a flight/fight/freeze-in-paralysis reflex, except there's a fourth one:...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I have to ask; how did you find this? There is clearly a gap in my finding methods I just happened to have already seen that thread earlier in the day (and had felt similarly toward Slap*Happy's bizarre criticisms of...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    She was replying (meaningfully! just on the wrong website) to this comment on Metafilter....
  • Commented on Book day!
    It means "He is coming, he is coming". In The Rhesus Chart, Mo described encountering hanged corpses who'd been chanting it for days at a mass execution site on one of her missions....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Cassie’s silvery laughter echoes. ‘I know what you did!’ she sings. ‘You thought you could keep us out with your silly magic circle but we’re faster and smarter and better than you-hoo!’ I was like: oh god, she's going to...
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