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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    >>>"unicorns and female virgins" relationship involved consuming them And this is why unicorns went extinct. Virgins ate them all....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    We live in an age where individuals almost never get to make a significant difference. As opposed to which age?...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    >The Numenoreans had a technology at least as good as that of the 1960's .... Um. Only in earlier versions of Numenor. Tolkien had the idea of "Atlantis with lost technology" but down-scaled it later. More likely, Numenor just had...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Look, regardless of what you think of Elon Musk as a person, they very thing he tries to achieve, namely cheap space travel, will preclude him from being an Emperor of Mars. Other companies and states will copy SpaceX technology...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Anyone trying to settle Bir Tawil is going to be @#$%^ in the #$^ by Egypt and Sudan simultaneously in a rare display of international solidarity....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    All right, let’s develop this from first principles. D&D is played for escapism, for the sense of agency, and for novelty. In a world where magic is real, the novelty side is diminished, although not entirely, as there are many...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    There is an interesting science paper from Uri Alon's lab on the possible strategy of gradual exit from lockdown without a second spike: Adaptive cyclic exit strategies from lockdown to suppress COVID-19 and allow economic activity It's still pretty rough......
  • Commented on A serious question
    Re: question 2. You have to decide how close to a full moon a werewolf must be to trigger the transformation. Because otherwise, well, there are billions of moons in the universe, so the sky is filled with fool moons...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    A Slush Pile of Infinite Awfulness Ten aspiring male writers must simultaneously: 1. Attempt to sell their first novel to a group of ten female literary agents. 2. Attempt to win the hearts of the aforementioned literary agents....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    >That's not going to work when one delegation have access to rocks and the other has nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The delegation doesn't have access to weapons....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    New Middle East: Mission Impossible Ten contestants must pitch Peace Deal proposals to a delegation of angry Israelis and Palestinians. Winner is the one who ends with the least amount of bruises after the inevitable beating they receive from the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You are contradicting yourself here. USA may not be able (willing, to be correct - of course they are technically able) to occupy Iran completely, but it is 100% able to destroy it as a state, and keep it this...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I wonder how many times one must have been dropped on their head as a baby to fail to notice that sometimes words and phrases mean something different from their constituent parts. Like spotted dick. Or democracy....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    >>>PV power is not only cheaper than new-build coal plant, it's on a curve to be cheaper than existing coal-fired power stations within 2-5 years (pessimistically). Except you can't store enough of it, so even if it was free you'd...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Invest 90% of your money into developing a sensible tokamak fusion reactor with modern magnets, as proposed by the MIT. Just buy out Commonwealth Fusion Systems and supercharge it. Try to get Elon Musk involved, to maximize recruitment of talent...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I use Scrivener 1.9.7 on Linux with WINE, works great. Justr curious, what Scriv 3 has that 1.9 doesn't?...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    >No, wait, you're going to invade the Persian Empire? Pull the other one, it's got bells on. Or you could just invade the parts that have oil and set a puppet state there, destroy the infrastructure of all the other...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    >The term you are looking for is intersectionality (originally, intersectional feminism, but it spread out a bit). I always wonder - why is a fancy "-ity" term required for something which is so self-evident?...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Badly, except for the Groke. She'd be right at home. Oh, the Moomins have quite a share of weird and creepy stuff, which could fit into a Lovecraftian universe with some adjustments. For example, the entire Moominland Midwinter, where Moomin...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Cthulhu approves r'lyeherendums....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    So, what will Cthulhu do, when on awakening he/she discovers they are the most sane creature on the planet?...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    On the possible Peter Pan-related topic: Charlie, have you read "The NeverEnding Story"? It's full of Laundry-worthy creepiness....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    >>Take it and stuff it. Cry me a river. >>1. Since it was founded, it had avoided saying that. O RLY? Here's, from the Israeli Declaration of Independence (in original Hebrew below). Accordingly we, members of the People's Council, representatives...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Catina Diamond: 1. Israel is a Jewish state. Get over it. 2. Take your meds already....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    >>A strong case can be made that the West's current problem with Islamism is entirely the West's fault I keep seeing this argument and I don't quite understand what it's supposed to actually say. "It is your fault that you've...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    >>rapacious capitalists with totalitarian best buddies. Someone is butthurt that USSR was completely incapable of making the Noon Universe a reality......
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I wonder if in a hundred years, while the spiritual descendants of SpaceX and Blue Origin are working on building the Dyson Swarm, we are still going to get discussion on in-feasibility of interstellar travel...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    >I'm going to go with the consensus on "Worm" — if you're willing to look at superhero fic at all, then this is good stuff. At all? But Charlie, I distinctly remember you being a fan of Empowered, a great...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    mproving public transport in city centres attracts more traffic, makes it possible for more people to come and live there and any new extra capacity soon gets used up and the overcrowding happens again. Step and repeat. What you really...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Actually, this is one area where Elon Musk may be doing us a favour; if he and a couple of million lunatics want to decamp to Mars and give us a worked example of the minimum viable size of a...
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