gmuir77

gmuir77

  • 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? ]...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    I am not sure who I want to have that power. Maybe an elite group of Franciscan monks who have taken vows of poverty and who say they want good for the world? Likely they'd arrange things to increase the...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Goldbugs and bitcoin enthusiasts have a point. They don't want to trust government to manage the money supply, because politicians are often irresponsible. They think it's better to inflate the money supply based on random events that are largely outside...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    What is the problem with using banksters un-ironically? I understand the general disinclination to use inflammatory and pejorative terms because it's easy to cloud reason with emotion get swept along to wrong conclusions. It's easy to posterize a million nuanced...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    There's one huge difference between a bitcoin con and a conventional con. If I scam you out of investment money, the money is still good, even after the scam is found out. Even if it's a Beanie Baby bubble, the...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Yeah, that's a failure mode. It seems like history is always a story of wealth concentration. There's a bunch of little guys doing their thing, one guy gets an advantage and starts growing, soon he's got everything. Call it latifundia...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Does the privatization debacle ever get turned the other way? Do things ever get better? Because it's been getting worse since before I was alive....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Privatization is like homeopathy. They are so sure it works, there's no need to do a reality check. Some privatizers are true believers and some are just cynics who know it'll make them rich so who cares if it "works."...
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    Watch the Matrix again. The first one. The scenes are hand-crafted. Much of the effects were practical. You felt like you were in the story. Fast cuts and close action, that's lazy. I can't wait for movies to get good...
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    http://www.gizmag.com/virtuix-omni-treadmill-vr/27214/ Also for reference, Rift combined with an omnidirectional treadmill for even more immersion....
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    Well, here's the thing with Skyrim. I think the worldbuilding is fascinating. The problem is that they spread too little jam over too much bread. There's a number of locations that you can "base" yourself in, buying a house, having...
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    What will probably bite this in the butt is the more fidelity a medium has, the more the shortcomings stand out. I shall provide examples. The early RPG games on computer were text only, you had to provide the scenery...
  • Commented on How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Focus Groups
    Interesting! The Marx Brothers were doing this sort of thing years ago with their films. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56148615-78/marx-groucho-opera-brothers.html.csp "A Night at the Opera," written by James Kevin McGuinness, was adapted for film by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. To ensure the...
  • Commented on Embracing Bugpunk: A Little Science, a Lot of Magic; Stir Until Frothy
    Do they use baby elephant bugs as vacuum cleaners, pterodactyl bugs as phonographs? Does the bug turn to the camera and squawk "It's a living?"...
  • Commented on Commercial announcement
    I assume this thread is quite dead by now but I have to say, I'm most of the way through the second book and am greatly enjoying myself....
  • Commented on Introducing ... Death Knight Love Story, evolution of Machinima
    I read the post you linked to about spiraling budgets. OGH has talked about the effort that goes into getting good as a writer. There's the old saw about needing 10,000 hours of practice to really get good at something,...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    One other thought: Hollywood is no stranger to remakes, they were around even in the silent era. But that felt more like a company staging an old favorite play from the repertoire. But there used to be greater barriers to...
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