• Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    I agree that groups often cluster around neurotypes like they cluster around age, class, occupation, sex, gender, religion, nationality, etc. And that making a group more 'mainstream' often destroys what made it wonderful for the odd people who created it....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Not just Asimov, they are in Beam Piper's "The Return" and Pournelle's "King David's Spaceship." In the early Cold War, they seemed like a plausible way of preserving large amounts of information after a disaster. Then the problems with illegible...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    That makes some big assumptions about the resources which will be available for anything but managing climate change over the next 2 to 3 generations. A lot of current digital technologies are very energy-inefficient and creating digital storage media with...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    *scratches head* Until the 16th century most European swords had left-right symmetrical hilts (more or less: Roland Warzecha has showed that Viking Age sword hilts often have subtle asymmetries which make sense if you assume 90% of them were hilted...
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