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  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Anyone would think you'd just read today's XKCD (Confession: I read for an Engineering degree.)...
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    I did momentarily wonder whether it considered antipodes as the same place. Then I remembered no part of mainland Eurasia can be at the antipodes of anywhere in North or Central America, simply because they're all northern hemisphere. Degrees east...
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    I've tried Chrome, Opera, Edge and IE, on three different machines, in two different towns, and have yet to see it not get that broken UK to China value. The odd thing is that it will happily show two different...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    And also at SFReader's end, because the distance they quoted was the broken London-to-Athens distance. All of which was a perhaps-too-subtle way of saying that we're probably not in range after all....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    From your link: Distance from USA to China Distance from USA to China is 0 kilometers. This air travel distance is equal to 0 miles. It seems to be equally cognisant of US and USA, and to be equally broken...
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    Yeah, but the US will get hit first. (Seriously, broken site is broken. 0 miles from the US to China?!)...
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    A chunk of that extra money goes on printing and posting the extra copies of the programme book, so they don't get to pocket all of it. But there's also the Pass Along Funds program. In short, any Worldcon (any...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    I agree. Good YA is too good for the kids! For YA fantasy, I strongly recommend Frances Hardinge. She's done half a dozen or so novels, and I've not had a duff one yet (though one is still in my...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    E Pluribus Hugo has passed. But it won't be in force until after it's been ratified, and that cannot happen until the business meeting(s) of next year. That means that next year's Hugo awards will be nominated and voted under...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Provencal wine is at least partly why I ended up marrying the woman I did. Well, drinking on your own is rather pointless. I tasted quite a nice rosé from down there last weekend, which comes in normal and magnum...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Aha. Perhaps it wasn't in the Guardian, but elsewhere reacting to the Guardian article? Perhaps this in the New Statesman?...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I suspect that this link from today may be useful. Not genre though - either there's been a bit of misremembering going on, or there's another more useful (for our purposes) article elsewhere....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    You can, theoretically, win a Hugo for your first novel, biases and fixed voting recently this year notwithstanding Not just theoretically - Ann Leckie did last year, in what was an almost clean sweep for Ancillary Justice (she drew for...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Ah, if malice is why you weren't counting him, then fair enough. (I'm aware of the back story - he's usually pretty discreet, but if sat late night round the kitchen table with only friends in the house he can...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I can think of one male friend who has this problem - he's been unpublished in-genre for years. And you do know him, in as much as you've shared a dinner table in the Jaipur on George Street with him...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    So that a tiny proportion (a really tiny proportion) are actually doing very nicely, that's an argument for ignoring the systemic problems at the bottom of the heap? That's like saying that because there are people out there rich enough...
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    Recent arguments in it seem to have put a number of younger writers off joining. Including at least one recent Hugo winner IIRC, having followed her ponderings on LJ. It may be that she has joined since (and she is...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    And there was the Buncefield explosion near here a decade back. The HSE report on that includes figures ranging from 7.5 tonnes TNT equivalent to 105-250 tonnes, depending on where you measured it. The explosion itself was estimated at 120,000m2...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    See this set of Plumbers for a famous covert organisation so named. 'Cleaners' are usually a little bit more focused on cleaning up messes, particularly ones involving the aftermath of unexpected death. In that sense, the Laundry might be slightly...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Yes, it's blog spam. Not the link posted here - that's genuinely relevant. No, what is blog spam is that the 2010 dated post at the far end of that link has three comments on it, from 2012. Those comments...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Agreed. I'm not likely to do much beyond 5-600 miles in one go these days. (I once did Munich to Cambridge overnight, leaving central Munich at about 19:00, in a Renault 5. But yeah, not yet 35 then)...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Eh, are you sure you're not British? Oh wait, we just get embarrassed at being British. (My personal experience is that the Germans I've met, and those that are our friends, and even our daughter (long story, but these days...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Now you see why sensible bloggers close comments after a while: eventually the blog spammers track the page down and infest it. It's not that they expected anyone to read those comments, but getting links to their sites from blog...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    You're disagreeing with a German over the characteristics of his own nation? There's usually an out when commenting about one's own grouping....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    I've only actually driven in Tennessee and Georgia, and not in the last decade. But yes, different states, different rules. I'm under the impression some require you to carry front plates, others don't, which if so must make cross-border traffic...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    You're required to notify the DVLA on sale or destruction of the vehicle. (Failure to do so means they'll assume it is still in use, and you will be taxed appropriately.[1]) Assuming you've not transferred the number, it effectively reverts...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    I think it could be counted as a positive feature - stopping more frequently gives the driver more breaks....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Some might. It does depend on how many are in the vehicle as opposed to how many will be driving it. (The fuss last year about Wetherspoons opening a branch at the M40 services assumed nobody ever took passengers, and...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Not quite: there's more to life than just decent beer. But it'd be a decent start. I'd also suggest not going by 'within x miles', but more 'within y minutes'. A mile from Staples Corner for example covers a lot...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    ... Sean Eric? Are you still awake? Is anyone still awake?...
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