This chap thinks so. And he has some interesting points. demise of books Mostly his argument hinges on the developing world. So you advance literacy in Africa and Asia. You need books. You need a lot of books. A lot of trees… When phones came to Asia, they didn’t start with miles of copper wire. [...]
SF fen have (I think because of the demise of the mags, as a market for short stories) gotten a bit wimpy about disasters. I don’t hear the kind of dialogue that used to go on at cons, ie, how do we geeky guys save the world from—be it asteroid impact or fuel shortage or [...]
…went pretty well. And I played about 5-6 pieces and screwed up a bit, but my fingers have no blisters, thanks to several days of noodling around and getting my fingers used to the idea. Considering I only remembered F, G, A, E, and D, D7 yesterday morning, I did pretty well last night. What [...]
Basically, a shrew and a lizard, hardly cousins, evolved the same poison from a similar source—digestive enzymes, which evolved to a venom—a pretty nasty venom—that aids both species.
It’s often been asked whether life on other planets could be like us…in any remote degree. Now, imho, there are a couple of items that impinge [...]
One of the fun bits about genealogy as a hobby is that you end up delving into places and areas you’ve never remotely understood. And I always pooh-poohed any possibility of being able to trace ancestry back into the Roman Empire, but research got me into some really, really interesting characters, during the Really Dark [...]
Oh, you’re going to hear a lot of it approaching 2012. And I just saw one of the most atrocious pieces of reporting on the History Channel: they ought to be ashamed of themselves.
a. Ever actually read Nostradamus? He lived during the Black Death and right next to religious upheaval, the Inquisition, and other [...]
You know one of my hobbies is genealogy. And you’ve heard the 6 Degrees of Separation theory. Well, I have one for you.
You are one. Your parents are 2. Your grandparents are 4 in number. Your great-grandparents are 8. You have 16 great-great (or 2nd-great) grandparents. You have 32 third-great-grandparents. And 64 fourth-great grandparents.
Certain observations follow [...]