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Bellinghman

  • Commented on Book Launch
    So would I be right in taking GREEN to be a colour mix of BLUE and YELLOW?...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    I think I will wait till I'm home. I suspect I'll have a better chance of finding it at Gatwick the day after publication than in Riga a day earlier...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I've not seen Digger mentioned. Lots of it is available for free, and it won a Hugo an eon ago. Recommended. I have the hardback compiled Digger, with the pickaxe (foam), badges, fridge magnets, the lot. An example of how...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Ah yes, that does explain it. I've now got to the age where I can forget things like that. Moon Over June stopped updating for a while, and I've not (since this thread started) been able to determine whether Wocgirl...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Oh, and on the subject of pornographic web comics: Moon Over June. NSFW at all, a continuing story of a pair of sex mad lesbians....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Oh yeah: User Friendly and Something Positive. The former dropped off my regular list a while back (and I don't know why, I shall have to return it) but the latter is still on it....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Ahh, so the webcomics are in effect only advertising for the conventional dead tree versions? Not quite. The creators are creating something in a format that may or may not be dead-tree-able. They may then produce a range of items...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    But I can't believe we're this many comments in without someone mentioning Sluggy Freelance I only just remembered it. Speaking personally I used to love it, but some years ago I just felt very 'Meh' about it. I think the...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    I dunno, we used to plant earlies before the mains, and not all of a variety at once. But it's the varieties that matter most for that, and there were presumably fewer varieties in the past. These days I've gone...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Hmm, I went from one end of the Oglaf archive to the other on Saturday, and don't remember that strip. (Checks) Oh. Oh. Of course. That's yesterday's one. Yeah, regarding Oglaf, I found that an end to end binge actually...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Yep - one way is leaving them in till you want them. (And planting them at staggered start times, so the harvest can be staggered too.) I should have made it clear that I was thinking about commercial storage and...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    I'd be interested to know where that figure comes from. I would have thought that if that high a proportion of the population was gluten intolerant, gluten-free bread and similar would be nearly universal. I will concede that it's a...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    My surprise was that she'd been lactose tolerant that far. Adult lactose intolerance is the default state for humanity, and particularly so for the population she comes from. But I'd assumed it was something that usually cut in during late...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Loss of pigment is not unknown in other animals though. Since it appears to be an advantageous adaptation for humans away from the tropics, and since the mechanism is (I presume) merely to derail the normal genetic pathway to melanin...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Oh, and answering the question "where do they get that rep" a little more directly: for some, the same place Erika James got hers. It might not work for everyone. Hell, it might not work for the majority of people....
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    The big media cities of the US? I strongly suspect from the internal clues that Mikka lives in Finland. I have a couple of friends who are full time writers. They'd love $3,000 per month, even between them rather than...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    I'll quote Wikipedia: Median household income $3000 is below the US median. But not hugely so, and I note it's above the UK's (though the figures there are adjusted for purchasing power, so it's not quite apples and apples). And...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Yeah, but what accounts for the rise and fall of her career? That's what the question is here....
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    "studios have the clout to release all over the world simultaneously" And yet, a lot of the time they don't I suspect this is down to two issues. Firstly, a lot of promotion involves getting your stars onto the chat...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Yes, this. It's also extremely difficult to do this. Marvel is either mining a decades-deep seam of story or building on incredibly deep foundations, depending on your point of view. DC are the obvious other candidate here, but they don't...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Oh I know it's been done before - some years ago someone built a magic wand. I didn't have an Oyster back then1, but I did get the Montreal metro equivalent when visiting there in 2009, and certainly wondered about...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Keeping an oyster in a back pocket is standard right? Guys? I'm wondering about mounting the relevant circuitry into a signet ring. The card circuitry not the reader, in case someone's visualising reading other people's cards by groping bums....
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    The downside of those is that when the readable volume gets larger, there ends up being more collisions because of multiple cards within it. It's a fine art making the reader able to read close up cards without getting interference...
  • Commented on They Took Our Myths
    making keeping up a full-time job At the end of the 80s, a sad bunny living on my own, I'd read a novel a night. But there were few interruptions apart from the occasional TV licensing peeps coming to see...
  • Commented on They Took Our Myths
    Skyrim is wonderfully Norse in almost every way but, I would argue, not in its mythology. But that's what happens when you mix in Dragons, mummies in dusty tombs and stuff. Culturally though, yes, it's pretty Norse. (If I had...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    In a fit of desperation last Christmas, I got my wife an ASUS Chromebook, on the principle that if she didn't use it, it wasn't too much money down the drain. I'm very glad I did as she uses it...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why can't I find audio editions of your books in the UK?"
    Ah, libraries. All legal and moral and not a penny goes to anyone Ah, if you had been borrowing from public libraries here in the UK, there is something called the Public Lending Right, which does dispense funds to authors...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    To be fair, the following two sentences are Then if the local government was too disobedient they would either invite a US-trained general to stage a coup, or invade and set up a new freely-elected government. It's an important difference...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Ah yes, amusia. My wife has been taking part in some studies at Goldsmiths College in London on amusia. She's not herself amusic, but is one of their controls. As an example, they'll play a sequence of randomly created notes...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    Hmm yes, that's sufficiently in the same ball park that it could be considered as relevant, even though it doesn't appear to include the concept of the colour indicating a severity level. Are there cases where different colours mean different...
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