Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    A small publisher can't necessarily provide the support that someone who's going major needs. An even more extreme example is Terry Pratchett. His first publisher was Colin Smythe, who runs, or at least ran (he really should be retired) a...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    He could have, yes. He is reported to have turned down a CBE from Margaret Thatcher. He also turned down a Booker lifetime achievement award....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    It may not work if you're not British The original joke, I mean - I suspect Jean may be looking at that reference and wondering what you mean....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The other thing to do is to note the bylines. There are publications out there which end up as a mixture of thoughtful insight and outright falsehood, depending on which writer it is. Once you know which writers write what,...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Unless the removal of Leeds from the map counts as "things get better". (I spent two days on business last week in Edinburgh, during a relative heatwave, and I have to concede that Charlie's adoptive city is stunning. Leeds, from...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    A thought: regarding the divergence that becomes publicly obvious in Annihilation Score and even more so in Nightmare Stacks (we all have unfavourite cities I'm sure - mine is Derby), I guess this is a constant issue for serial stories...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    That's the centralised solution. One could argue that a web-of-trust option ought also to work, but I don't think those scale. (Particular evidence being this example of such a web being broken)...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Having seen attested-as-human posters using the tactics you document in section 4, yeah, I do wonder how long social media can last in its present form. I will note a certain multiply-Hugo-nominated webtoonist has turned off comments on his blog...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    The upside is that if their metabolic pathways have been modified enough to be able to cope with such conditions, they are probably no longer optimised for 'normal' conditions. They won't be dying at 30C, but I'd expect them to...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    If one of the alarmees is the person themself, then they can always cancel it....
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    I think you're simplifying your simulation by simply dropping the tricky bits. But at least it won't need the litter tray. Ours don't use it either, but that's because they've got access to outside. A lot of cat behaviour just...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Yeah, but not universal, which was the premise....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Also given that the previous binding force for the degenerate matter core was gravity, which is now almost entirely gone away, I'm not sure what will keep the slug together. On the other hand I am not a physicist, nor...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    It does sound like a question for Randall Munroe's What If...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Um. Rule 34 means "if you can think about a concept, there's porn of it on the internet". Not sure what you think the rule refers to... It's possible that Greg is thinking of a novel by that name. Can't...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Exactly. To create that teaspoon of neutronium, you've put an enormous amount of energy in — you've crushed a mountain into a matchbox. Somehow remove all the containing forces and expose it to vacuum (or the centre of a planet...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    On the other hand, if you want an outrageously showy way of destroying your enemies, then this certainly qualifies. Sometimes, showy beats efficient....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Yeah. I was going to point that out, but it got lost while I wandered off to find out how may Joules of energy a typical supernova outputs (answer - more than this, but it's beginning to be in the...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Ah, but only if you leave this wormhole open. If what you're doing is teleporting a cubic km of neutron star core into the centre of the Earth (and necessarily teleporting a cubic km of Earth's core in the opposite...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Assembly building? Sorry, brainfart — Parliament building. (I blame my recent drive over to Cardiff, where they do have an Assembly)...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Whereas the insides of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster are ... well, odd. High Victorian Gothic, with all that that implies in terms of ornateness and current dilapidation. I've been in many genuinely old buildings (partly from having been...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Yes. This. It might be Utilitarian of me, but if we can never make a change unless the results are better in every single case, then we're fucked....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    a spunky young female, possibly with suffragette leanings Depending on the timing, and how alt-history you want it, Constance Markievicz might do....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I'm not sure about London (while I have lived there, it was thankfully only briefly), but when I was growing up halfway between Lark Rise and Candleford, the single track road from the nearest village to our house did indeed...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I rather suspect Cornell asked Gaiman first. On the other hand it's not always the case: Dave Langford notably discovered himself brutally killed in one of Simon R Green's Deathstalker books, which I suspect was done in an 'asking forgiveness...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Thanks for that - it's pretty concentrated, but gives a lot to think about. Parenthetically, I do wonder how much the "small farming planet" cliché is a result of mapping from US states to whole worlds. When a state can...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    And the dashboard (or lack of it) on the 3 has led some commentators to consider it the possible format for self-drivers....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Not so wee! (What's scary is the current Zoopla price for the 6-room (not bedrooms — rooms) terraced house in Ealing we sold in order to buy the current place. Eep!) It's under two years till the OH retires —...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    you have to be resident in Scotland for a full four years before you qualify for getting your tuition fees paid for Could some of that time have been back in the 70s? (I'm now wondering if I could prove...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    We're also one of the leading manufacturers of Formula One kit Ignore Maclaren. The current F1 leaders are based in Brackley, Northants. Yes they may be called Mercedes, but the F1 team is solidly based almost in earshot of Silverstone....
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