gmuir77

gmuir77

  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Likely. Read those a while back so the particulars are probably running together. I'm always fascinated by the process and how an author makes choices in telling a story....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I've read complaints from other authors who have chosen a tight first person POV who have regretted it when trying to work around the need for a scene with the opposition making plans against the protagonist or other vital scenes...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I would tend to agree with you but that's also assuming magic works like with a physical object. What if the frame of reference is with regards to the Earth itself? I think there was a Doctor Who that had...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    As I understand it, the blood usefulness curdles the moment the donor dies. So a hospice vegetable could be fed on a week after the sample is taken whereas the prisoner's blood is worthless after the fact. So if they...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    A big question I have, what went into the making of the vampire slayer? (In my head canon, she's now Buffy the Vampire Layer.) I remember a short story from years back about passing-as-human super-predators that might well as be...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Give the kid a 666 birthmark and this is a feature, not a bug....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Cat with opposable thumbs? I suddenly thought of this. Jenkin is ratty, not catty, but something seems familiar here. (haha) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dreams_in_the_Witch_House#Brown_Jenkin...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    It seemed astoundingly poor tradecraft for Bob to accept a cat like that, one that just waltzed in. Good of someone to point out how sloppy it was to him. Of course, given the prior example of Aineko, I'm as...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Now I'm torn. I was wanting to get started when the book ships but I hate reading second installments a year later. I would have hated reading the Merchant Prince omnibuses (omnibii?) separated by a year. It was nice to...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I'd be curious to hear the audience's take on next big future. I find it a little on the gee-whiz, tech-uber-alles side of things with a huge helping of classic libertarian optimism. That's differentiated from the randian right wing objectivist...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Theft of office supplies for personal use at home. Those paperclip audits are for a reason!...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I have been remiss. Let me get started talking about why the singularity is going to happen....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    It seems like the iron laws always hold true. Iron Law of Bureaucracy In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed...
  • Commented on Vacation
    I would like to endorse the sun warning. Worst thing northerners do is get burned on the first day of vacation and then they can barely even stand to be outside long enough to get in and out of a...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Your options really depend on your transit. This is 'Murica, damn it, so mass transit is out of the question. Orlando is especially that way. If you are leaving the ecosystem of a theme park, cars are mandatory. Seaworld is...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    My idea for an anti-bond story is along these lines: Bond discovers villain is setting up a tremendous under-ice colony in Antarctica. He's planning on global warming upending the world economy and ecology and the return of tropical conditions to...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Unless you are a subsistence farmer, you are always working for someone else. An independent contractor still has to contract with someone. And thus you are still exposed to getting screwed over. A classic trick is for the corporations you...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Have not made it through all the comments yet. What is striking to me is that the benefits of the 1960's did not fall like manna from the sky, they were wrested from the ruling elite with great force. Workers...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    One development that's vastly annoying is the habit of authors of established genre series putting major plot developments in short stories, developments that affect the main series. Now as a marketing effort I can understand. The publisher comes up with...
  • Commented on Implications
    What's the problem with a dorsal fin? Basically everything that swims fast has one. It's sufficiently advantageous that any evolution towards one would be selected for. Evolution usually adapts structures, it doesn't tend to create new ones. Most classic example,...
  • Commented on Implications
    Regarding humanoid aliens: Convergent evolution is a damned strange thing. What I find remarkable is that the same designs keep popping up in nature. Icthyosaurs, dolphins, sharks, all have a very similar morphology. I find it particularly striking that dolphins...
  • Commented on Implications
    I'm in Florida. We had a winter back in I think '86 that had a really, really bad freeze. Every tree around lost leaves and the live twigs. We looked like fall up north. When the trees started sprouting again,...
  • Commented on Implications
    Building in aha moments is much like crafting a joke: it has to work on multiple levels. There can be a situation that's funny all on its own. There can be allusions built into it that enhance the mirth but,...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I'm convinced that nobody in the high levels of the Bush administration truly believed the WMD nonsense. It was a propaganda pretext manufactured to generate public support for an invasion, pure and simple, just like the Gliewitz incident. I believe...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    While I can't really think of any airline crash scenario that's good, I do think that this one would be the worst: drawn out hours of knowing that you aren't getting out of this, knowing the crash is coming, knowing...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    Belly bombs are not really workable, from what I've heard. The human body muffles the explosion too much. I did hear about an attack allegedly carried out with a bomber using a bit of plastique crafted into an oblong shape...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    From the Wiki, concerning the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise: In October 1987, a coroner's inquest jury into the capsizing returned verdicts of unlawful killing. Seven individuals involved at the company were charged with gross negligence manslaughter, and...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    Speaking as a 'murican, I think the big problem over here is that principles are often a post-hoc justification for doing what you want rather than as a guide for deciding what is just. Conservatives would argue state's rights for...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    Now I'm imagining a strict theocracy working religious proscriptions into a security geas. If you're working undercover in Iran and want to make sure the other guy isn't secret police, do you share a BLT? Like having the buyer smoke...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    [ DELETED BY MODERATOR - don't make me get my big stick out, m'kay? ]...
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