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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    So who is the Smiley of the Laundry-verse? Who is the Karla? For that matter, who is the Laundry-verse's James Bond and Ernst Stavro Blofeld? Is there a Cthulhu worshipping version of Spectre?...
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    With all this talk of different kinds of Orcs, nobody has mentioned "The Last Ringbearer"? by Kirill Eskov? Eskov's version of the story describes Mordor as a peaceful constitutional monarchy on the verge of an industrial revolution, that poses a...
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    Orcs are not that evil....
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    Pity, a green sky seems like the perfect color for the apocalypse....
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    Learned about Czernobog from "American Gods". Anything "American God"-ish about the Laundryverse? Does Cthulhu dwindle to insignificance if people just stop believing in him?...
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    Did you get the color "green" form the "Under a Green Sky" extinction scenario? https://www.amazon.com/Under-Green-Sky-Warming-Extinctions/dp/0061137928...
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    What's this about an Australian trade deal negotiated by Brexiters that screws over British farmers/ Aren't they the very people who voted for Brexit? And am I supposed to feel sorry for them?...
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    As for worm harvesting you might like this flow through worm bin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saxKFMpBdH0...
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    I will look for Doug Tallamy's videos I'm a big fan of the "Epic Gardner", Kevin Espiritu https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=epic+gardener Especially this one on the minimum garden amount and vegetable variety needed to feed yourself and your family for a year with...
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    RE: Food Prices We now have what appears to be a long term drought in America's west, coupled with rivers like the Colorado going dry and the Ogallala Aquifer being drained. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/16/american-south-west-drought-water?fbclid=IwAR24GoMWf4s6ChSuWymBu2xfQ2oMnedW0idyKg-q9l-Isad7v34ii7nzTnc You all might want to take up vegetable...
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    >Part of my reason for skepticism is that a shrunken population can create a labour shortage, and this is actually good for capitalism rather than bad (however much individual capitalists might shout and moan about having to pay their workers...
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    Either Rodenberry read Tolkien or these are universal cultural archetypes: Humans = Men Vulcans = Elves Romulans = Dark Elves Klingons = Orcs...
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    It was a thought experiment, statement taken to a logical extreme. As for demographic collapse, yep it ruins capitalism. See Peter Zeihan on what graying and declining populations do to capital markets and government finances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb0o29ie65I Spoiler Alert - China...
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    Orwell also made the point that the powerful cannot let everyone else get rich: "But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction—indeed, in some sense was the destruction—of a hierarchical society. In a world...
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    You put them in space. Mine out Mercury to create a Dyson swarm (a better use for Elon's Boring company instead of going to Mars) The numbers are actually interesting. Given Mercury's total mass, that is 70% metals and 30%...
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    If you don't have a growing population, you got bigger problems - all of which including space colonization - can be solved by the same solution. When women are given educational and career opportunities outside of the home, they have...
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    You would have to garrison from orbit, no boots on the ground. Just drop an asteroid on the planet's surface at the slightest sign of trouble. By lunch time next Friday (shell time) intelligent life would have re-evolved....
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    If the Death Star looked like a donut, the rebel alliance would be too busy laughing at it to drop a torpedo down that heat vent....
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    Given that the structure has a gravitational field second only to that of a black hole it's going to be hard to launch weapons. So it would have to rely on energy beams only, and its gravity could bend or...
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    Actually, entering and leaving the sphere would be a problem. The tidal forces encountered while passing through the shell would rip you apart. So..... Leave openings at the "poles" at the top and bottom of the sphere's axis of spin....
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    The real challenge is to make sure that the architecture inside the neutron sphere is so perfectly balanced at the center of the sphere that it doesn't slide towards the shell and turn everything and everyone inside into chunky salsa....
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    > Would there be anyone who could understand their reports? Yep, the galactic emperor living inside of his own neutron shell for whom time passes just a slowly as the crew of the neutron shell imperial dreadnaught. > And again,...
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    Given the right kind of warp drive, FTL is not necessary. See this interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA66ah9b0U4 After showing why and how Alcubierre's actual warp drive cannot exist, the presenter examines a different approach. Create a hollow shell with material as...
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    Speaking of Heinlein, after 3 mass shooting in America in 24 hours, I feel we are living in "The Year of the Jackpot"....
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    The best riff ever on MilSF is Norman Spinrad's "The Iron Dream" - Hitler emigrates to the US after dabbling in radical politics and become a MilSF author. Every nazi fantasy in MilSF is laid out. Question: which SF author...
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    But why stop at covering the surface of Titan with a computer complex devoted to bitcoin mining? Once our Dyson swarm expands to utilize a full 100% of the sun's energy output we can create a Matrioshka brain. And have...
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    But if you are a gold bug why not take the energy from a Dyson Swarm that creates 500 billion times our current energy usage to power particle accelerators? These atom smashers can cause nuclear transformation and create gold from...
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    Great idea - wrong location. You want to set up massive computer facilities for mining bitcoin (or perhaps even doing computations) try Saturn's moon Titan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdpRxGjtCo0 Titan has a built in cold reservoir for cooling computer operations as defined by...
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    >then that means you're sending over 1% of the sun's radiative output to Earth Not really, a man like Elon should be thinking big - really, really big, so only a tiny fraction would be beamed as energy to Earth...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    >So, you kindly donated a couple of dozen probes to Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, Eris, Makemake, Haumea, and the rest of the gang (and the dwarf planet wonks are ecstatic). Though scientific knowledge is valuable in its own right, how about...
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