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Comcast update and stuff

Right as I got to Samira to meet lyceum, I got a mystery call. Turned out to be from some Comcast employee (exec?) in Pennsylvania, who'd seen my earlier LJ complaint, and was calling to see if he could help. That's kind of neat. Not as neat as an actually smooth changeover system, but still.

Samira buffet: still tasty. Best parts for me are the chicken -- especially fatty skin bits that have fallen off bigger pieces -- and the cucumberish salad. For the first time, I saw smaller chuncks of chicken in with the fried pieces, yellow mild curry things.

Real sunken continents! Zealandia and Kerguelen.

Administration claims immunity to the 4th Amendment. Can I start talking about traitors yet?

Pharyngula coins an acronym: SIWOTI syndrome.

Article on the farm bill and a (foo) Dakota family that avoided the temptation of subsidized corn.

There may be a bottleneck in building top quality nuclear reactors. Unlike a_steep_hill, I don't see that as a good thing.

Me on how I'd be happier if a lot of "science fiction" was called something else. Or if I thought of space opera as its own genre, not a flawed subgenre of science fiction.

59% of US doctors favor national health insurance.

I could do better, but something I wrote about why I like the Exalted setting.

A one-way mirrored public toilet

Ancient Mideast water delivery and storage and air conditioning tech.

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tiferet
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I rather agree with you; I consider the stuff I write to be fantasy with technology in, and it has FTL and stealth with communications tech that isn't much better than ours and religions that fuck with everything (honestly, you probably can't evolve that kind of technology under feudalism, or without open source, but this story has been in my head since I was a kid and I need to just tell it as is before I can write scientific fiction).
heron61
Apr. 4th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I got a mystery call. Turned out to be from some Comcast employee (exec?) in Pennsylvania, who'd seen my earlier LJ complaint, and was calling to see if he could help.

That's both nifty and surprising.

Me on how I'd be happier if a lot of "science fiction" was called something else. Or if I thought of space opera as its own genre, not a flawed subgenre of science fiction.

Most definitely. I greatly enjoy both when they are well done, but they are not at all the same. A firmer separation would IMHO also help gaming, because we could then there would be more of a possibility of avoiding serious assumption clash in SF games.

why I like the Exalted setting

I think you are really going to like Dreams of the First Age, it's pretty much the first example of transhumanist fantasy that I've ever seen in an RPG.
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