Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Something I discovered when researching colour schemes for painting Space: 1889 miniatures. If you go with actual colours most people think you've got it wrong. :-/ Anyone can paint a locomotive black or grey. If you paint your locomotive green...
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    The second loved the aesthetic because it looked cool. There was a running gag in those days that "Steampunk is what happens when Goths discover brown." :D Yep. They're modeling their look off of old sepia tone images. You're probably...
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    It's less obvious why the US might do this unless you put on your cynic's cap and view Israel as a barely-leashed attack dog that the US can rely on to intimidate the OPEC oil exporters. This, plus the fact...
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    Clean water shenanigans, on the other hand... Providing contaminated drinking water, to an entire city, for years can cost less money than safe water, and money driven systems have trouble resisting doing things that give short-term profits even when they...
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    I agree with Heteromeles that we need a memory palace taken over by the needs of the ants. It's been kicking around in my head for a while that something like that is plausible, though as far as we know...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    If you ever feel like it, here's a question for your brother: in '17 and '18, with the GOP in full control... why is it that they never arrested, charged, and took to court Hillary? Her defenses are much too...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I'd very much like to see a coherent alternative to capitalism. There was a time (roughly from 1900 to 1970) when Socialism Classic looked like it might be one. Of course we now know that doesn't work. I hope you...
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    Old, old SCA story. Guy was mostly asleep, wearing nothing but socks (he got cold feet), and hears noise downstairs. He looks, and there's two guys inside the screen door, piling stuff by the door. He grabs his steel broadsword,...
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    I find it interesting that the death toll from deer is an order of magnitude higher than other animals that people are more scared of. People may shout "Lion!" or "Shark!" but the most common warning is "Duck!"...
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    Actually, a big-enough handgun can stop a bear. In Grizzly/Polar Bear country, big enough means .357 or larger. Indeed. My uncle was in the US Army with a guy from Kodiak Island in Alaska, and if you were to guess...
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    It needs one additional layer of abstraction, so keep the concept but call it something else. Maybe a "Sigilized Backup Persona" or something. Some kind of Non-Fungible Token, inexplicably both useless and expensive......
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    The one I remember about Portland was an ex-US Army vet, who went along to see how bad it was - & got smashed over by Trump's unmarked "federal" agents - all on film, too! Yes, there was all too...
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    I'm looking at the way Plato's Cave can be used. That there are many "caves", not just the one as in the parable. That each group is subject to their own unique "shadow play" on the wall. Certainly. And once...
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    Portland is a Gibsonian Distopia.[1] Antifa took over the center of town and waged nightly riots trying to torch the Federal Buildings. While BLM mobs marched through the suburbs shouting, "Wake up mother fucker, wake up." I'm going to suggest...
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    Overcast and fog actually are wonderful things that we'll miss when they're gone. You're not wrong. One winter years ago I observed that the convention center in Portland Oregon was packed with people and wondered aloud why people would want...
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    I'm completely the opposite; I can use a slide rule but never got the hang of a drop spindle. *glances down at novelty slide rule tie clasp, chuckles*...
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    I've sometimes wondered about making a software tool for fiction writers. The plot would be represented on a diagram a bit like these. For every scene in the plot there would be a box on the diagram linked to a...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The fish were driven up an inlet (using a line of people and relatively short net for the closure), and a few were scooped out before the net was closed. It's a known form of fishing in several parts of...
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    "This unusual slide rule uses physical data at the scene of an accident to give true and unbiased answers." I'd take that with a big lump of sodium chloride. Lots of assumptions going into the conversion of skid marks into...
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    We've been told several times that BLUE HADES has plans for riding out the current kerfluffle, plans that they do not share with the surface apes. Some kind of super-wards around their cities and they hibernate until the Stars Aren't...
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    Are there tables somewhere that will say how fast a car such as this jeep had to be going to drive through the pole and take out a 10' section? Or does anyone here have that knowledge? Such knowledge exists...
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    In shallow waters in that part of Africa, fish (mainly tilapia) are often dense enough that you can walk them up an inlet and flip them onto the bank with your bare hands. I have seen that done. The next...
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    Yes - woven hats. Most serious anthropologists believe that crude weaving, cord-making etc. were probably the first technologies, but such materials disappear very quickly. In the past, I have posted a plausible inventive pathway leading from chimp-like use of tools...
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    When checking today's forecast for Western Canada on a Canadian site (The Weather Network) saw a couple of stories about pavement buckling and park benches melting. Oh, yes. Here in my city someone caught it happening, going from "What's that...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Not all cats are good mousers. Indeed. But as the humans of the house observed, to a mouse all cats smell like good mousers; the only way to find out is to observe the shrinkage of the mouse population. I'm...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I have a better idea. It's called a c-a-t cat. A lot of people like that idea. Except don't get a male one because they piss on things all over the house if they feel insecure about their territory. When...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Lytton, BC is less than 200 miles from Seattle and I'm pretty sure it's the same heat wave that's been killing people in the north western U.S. Not just generic "people" either. Here in Portland a fan who was active...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    IIRC, the Lancia Beta was a front-wheel drive vehicle; engine weight over the drive wheels and fairly light loading on the rear wheels. Goose it just the tiniest bit while turning in slippery conditions and the rear end will break...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Are you in Lytton? Reached over 46 C yesterday… Yikes! No, I'm in Portland Oregon. Last week our record temperature (not for that day, but ever) was 107F, 41.6C. Then on Saturday the temperature hit 108, 42C. That record stood...
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    Those are lots of memories of winter, but I'm currently in summer. In fact, I'm currently rather hot - the BBC is not exaggerating when it reports a record high temperature. If I melt away into a featureless ooze it...
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