Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

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    I do....
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    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!...
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    Agreed. I'm increasingly reminded of Heinlein's "Crazy Years."...
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    I was going to post a joke I tell about my own family leaving Russia, then decided it was in bad taste. Then went to BoingBoing and encountered their write-up of a new video game about healing Hitler through psychotherapy.*...
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    Why go with Android when Apple's gibbering horrors are user fiendly?...
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    Not much disagreement there. Clean water was important, and pasteurized milk was also a huge factor. But "anti-pasteurized milk campaigns" are not currently threatening millions....
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    Have you read John Crowley's Little Big? It's got an enchantress who uses a memory palace and a weird country house that does strange things with architecture. (The prose is delicious!)...
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    Agreed completely. No thanks to the more primitive methods of living. A big part of the problem here is that people have forgotten history. The idea that vaccines are the biggest part of why we don't have 50 percent child...
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    I've always been absurdly healthy, so I might have survived, but I must give due credit to vaccines and antibiotics, which at the very least have saved me a certain amount of trouble....
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    Yeah, one of my favorite books ever. There are much worse things than weaving someone's consciousness into a thread. You should look me up in my Subgenius persona. (Or better yet, don't.)...
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    I mean, if people aren't parsing the Cult of the Black Pharaoh as at least Egyptian... sheesh. That's just begging for a massive plot twist. I think you underestimate the human tendency to romanticize something, try to use it in...
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    One of the things I think about sometimes is Zelazny's Lord of Light. How amazing and inclusive it seemed when I first read in the 1970s. How badly it would go over now....
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    Oooh! I think you're correct. The Laundryverse would weaponize things like ayahuasca very quickly! Just to nitpick, however, I think Alex did do the math first....
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    "Back then the Democrats were the party of segregation and Jim Crow, while the Republicans were still the party of Lincoln. Yes, absolutely agreed. But they also backed Roosevelt when he about fixing the U.S. after the Great Depression. It's...
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    If you don't read it already you might like a webcomic called Gunnerkrigg Court, which features a very concrete divide between European-Style magic/science and the untamed spirits of the forest, led by a very fractal Coyote. The first page: https://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1...
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    Yes. It's definitely more nuanced, and you're not remotely wrong. Keep in mind that I was discussing 3-4 decades of history in a paragraph!...
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    Your history still needs a point in the past where both sides got booted off the Earth. It could either be a battle which both sides lost or the presence of a third force, but at this point I think...
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    I wouldn't argue at all that racism has continued unabated right up to the present. However, having the Democrats be dominant in Congress was very, very good for the economy and very good for the average working person. Not so...
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    I don't think it's truly impossible to retcon. However, it's impossible to retcon without giving up on Bob, Mo, Persephone, Alex, the SA, etc., as anything but deluded dupes who for some odd reason imagined that the long-term outcome of...
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    Thinking about things African, I think Lumley had a couple ideas about the Cthonians being based in Africa, and he also contributed a couple anthropologists/archeologists and eev/ill books to the Mythos, including the hideous G'harne Fragments, which came from West...
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    I should add, historically, that the Great Depression in the U.S. rubbed everyone's face in just how bad the Republican ideas of governance were, and the result, once Roosevelt came it, was Democratic control of Congress and the Senate for...
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    "It's called "Keeping your powder dry" or something." Which is an approach I normally despise. But I think in this case it's more a matter of not getting in your enemy's way when s/he's making a mistake. Realpolitik would seem...
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    Thanks. That sounds delightful!...
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    I always applied Gibson's quote to the spread of magic in the Laundryverse; "The street finds it's own uses for things."...
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    ...so I'm now looking for a title for that book. The House of Nightmares?...
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    Oh yes, and "pignose" is a term of prejudice for Orcs....
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    I'm a little unclear on something. Have you axed the whole Sweeney Todd subplot, or just the Dead Meat title?...
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    Post puppies I won't touch anything by Correia, but as I write them both Elves and Orcs were once the creatures of an elder race who practiced a magical version of genetic engineering and bred them for specific roles. Once...
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    "Mon Panache." The translation we used when I played the role of Cyrano in school had it as "my white plume," referring to the unstained feather in his cavalier's hat, and that had been set up several scenes before, when...
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    Oh please! Are we also going to haul out the whole "communism is a religion" trope? No. Just no....
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