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  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/04/2013 12:03:19 PM PDT · 92 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed

    It’s kind of fun to imagine the reaction if Wright and Orson Scott Card co-wrote a book. That would really get them howling!

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/04/2013 6:12:59 AM PDT · 90 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed

    Interesting list. Of the names i recognized they lined up pretty much as i would have expected other than Bradbury (who i admit to not having read much but i was under the impression that he was fairly conservative). Also interesting that Frank Herbert’s name was missing.

    My guess is that a similar survey today (on a current topic dividing the country, such as immigration or homosexual marriage) would result in a far great disparity in favor of the left.

    Thanks for the link to Wright’s site. He is quite a prolific blogger i see. And great choice for your FR name. Perelandra especially has long been a favorite of mine.

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/03/2013 7:50:20 PM PDT · 87 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed
    Is the story about Herbert fooling people into thinking he was an accomplished pianist at parties on that interview?

    No, he was telling a story about a time when the three of them (Herbert, Poul,and himself) had a problem with their houseboat and Herbert basically said "to heck with this" and left.

    Thanks for the recommends. I had planned reading the rest of the Dying Earth books but just never got around to it. Will do so soon, now that you have piqued my interest again. What i remember of the first book is that i wasn't too keen about it initially, but eventually it grew on me.

    Lafferty is definitely an acquired taste. I didn't "get" the Fourth Mansion until i found out it was inspired by the writings of St. Teresa of Avila. The Past Master is my favorite, although i've heard that his short stories are where he really excelled (i've only read a few though).

    His book on Alaric was interesting. He made the point that the world really can come to an end (in relation to how people say "oh don't worry about such and such, the world's not going to end no matter what happen") and in fact has done so many times. It came to an end when Rome was sacked by Alaric. An entirely new world came into existence, one that wasn't nearly so good.

    I have been strongly reminded of that concept in recent years.

    To me Wolfe is similar to Lafferty, except Wolfe at his best is better able to create works that can be enjoyed at the surface level even if the depths remain murky to the point of opaqueness. He has lost me a bit with some of his more recent works (didn't care for the Knight) but i still return to Severian every so often.

    Another good conservative Catholic writer is John C Wright. I've only read The Golden Age but it's one of my favorites.

    By the way, does your FR name refer to Ransom from CS Lewis' Space Trilogy?

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/03/2013 4:19:48 PM PDT · 84 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed
    "I don't have much respect for Frank Herbert, i think he's...i won't go into detail, but i don't have any respect for him at all. I knew him pretty well."

    To me sounds like he meant it but maybe he didn't intend for it to come out it did. You could definitely tell though he still had a great fondness for Poul Anderson.

    Interesting how he avoided reading his peers. Maybe concerned he would lose his uniqueness if he did? By the way, don't know if you're be care to read this or not but here's a nice write-up that first introduced me to Jack Vance (the site also introduced me to RA Lafferty):

    So far i've only read one thing of his, the first Dying Sun book, but i'm planning to read the Lyonesse series soon.

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/02/2013 10:57:44 PM PDT · 79 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed

    Interesting interview, thanks for linking to it. For two guys in their 90s, i find it amazing how well they speak and can remember things. Was surprised though to hear Vance emphatically state he didn’t have any respect at all for Frank Herbert, since i had read they were good friends.

  • Something REALLY SCARY!!! Russian sleep experiment

    08/28/2013 3:17:07 PM PDT · 9 of 31
    Humbug to EternalHope
    That was my impression too. Especially when i came to this part:

    In total: 5 of the soldiers, following the incident took their own lives after being witness to their comrade’s deaths.

    Don't buy that at all. Maybe one, but not 5.

  • Race Baiting and Lies in America

    07/21/2013 10:13:05 AM PDT · 19 of 52
    Humbug to GilGil

    Watching the closing arguments was interesting. The 1st prosecutor kept referring to Martin as a young man or teenager. Yet the next day after the defense’s closing argument the 2nd prosecutor made sure to keep referring to Martin as a child, apparently not at all happy that the 1st prosecutor was “keeping it real.”

    Ironically though the defense placed cutouts of both Martin and Zimmerman during their close which showed the supposed child a good 3 inches taller than Zimmerman. I say ironically because a Freeper mentioned that the cutouts were still visible while the 2nd prosecutor was busy “unmanning” Martin, providing a strange juxtaposition to what the jury was hearing.

    Lastly, does anyone think Trayvon Martin referred to himself as a child or would have appreciated it if someone called him that? Does anyone think that the 2nd prosecutor, or anyone else calling him a child, would go up to some random 17 year old male and call him that? We can all imagine the kinds of responses that might elicit.

  • Day 24 (Week #5) Zimmerman Trial – Final Day – Probably a Verdict before dinner [No, Jury Adjourned]

    07/12/2013 6:31:12 AM PDT · 366 of 3,504
    Humbug to SeaHawkFan
    Would someone tell Kathi the difference between a nod and a shake of the head.

    Glad you pointed that out. The first time i read it (skimmed over it) i only noticed the "shook" and not "yes", so i thought the juror was strongly disagreeing with what she was hearing and consequently i felt disheartened by that.

    On a related note i have been optimistic about this jury based on the fact that several stated they have a great disliking and distrust of the media. I have to think that is a good sign for Zimmerman.

  • Breaking – State moves to charge Zimmerman with 3d Degree Murder based on Aggravated Child Abuse

    07/11/2013 9:43:56 AM PDT · 77 of 188
    Humbug to MrB
    Yeah, a 17 yr old, 6’ 3”, 220 lb, MMA trained, first/sucker punch throwing, straddle vice beating with intent to kill, “child”.

    Not disagreeing with you, but those stats are off. As brought out by the medical examiner it was more like 5'11 158 lb (or thereabouts). But definitely athletic and had a reputation for being a fighter.

  • Judge Snaps at Zimmerman Atty After He Objects to Her Asking Whether Zimmerman Will Testify

    07/10/2013 12:56:26 PM PDT · 54 of 183
    Humbug to Errant

    I’m just glad she’s not on the jury. What astounds though me is not that a judge would be so openly biased, but that she would be so in front of cameras in a highly watched case. She’s not even trying to disguise it one wit.

  • Teenager arrested for Facebook post beaten up in prison (Texas)

    07/08/2013 7:12:19 AM PDT · 55 of 62
    Humbug to 1_Rain_Drop

    That could be, but i would think prisoners would see it as just a stupid comment he made unless he gave them reason to think he just might be screwy enough to have done what he “joked” about.

  • Teenager arrested for Facebook post beaten up in prison (Texas)

    07/08/2013 6:50:16 AM PDT · 52 of 62
    Humbug to tsomer
    I have only so much outrage left in me, and before I dispense anymore of it, I want to know the whole story.

    My thoughts too. I have to think there is more, or at least i'd LIKE to think so. After all, this is Texas (where commonsense still prevails most of the time) and not California. So what led to that exchange and what came after it? And how much Is the father downplaying the event? And does his son have a history of violence and/or psychological problems that we aren't privy to?

    The fact that he keeps getting beat up tells me something is not quite right with him. I mean, i'd expect to have heard Zimmerman getting beat up but not this guy, not unless he brought it upon himself to some extent at least.

  • Day 17 (Week #4) Zimmerman Trial – Witness Discussion Thread

    07/02/2013 6:24:48 AM PDT · 113 of 1,721
    Humbug to Momto2
    For trial updates the following site is a good one: Zimmerman Trial on Twitter
  • ‘Cracker’ Means Something Entirely Different In Florida: A Source Of ‘Pride’

    06/28/2013 7:02:38 AM PDT · 102 of 172
    Humbug to RummyChick
    This article perfectly illustrates the complete lack of intellectual integrity that is unfortunately shared by many on the left and as such is doing much harm to the country. But at least it is getting the ridicule it richly deserves over at the site where it was published.

    Here's my favorite (by GlenWishard)...

    I can imagine the exchange:

    MARTIN: I think I see a cracker.

    RACHEL: A cracker? Are you sure the gentleman is not a vaquero?

    MARTIN: No, he does not wear a sombrero, nor does he carry a lasso. Therefore I believe him to be a cracker, quod erat demonstratum.

    RACHEL: Oh, how wonderful. A living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Florida.

  • Seattle woman stops eating, goes ‘breatharian’ for 5 WEEKS in attempt to survive on water and light

    06/10/2013 4:36:38 AM PDT · 18 of 49
    Humbug to Olog-hai

    Seems to me that one only needs to look at Ethiopia and other areas of Africa to see how well humans live on a diet of water and sunlight.

  • Mega mosquitoes arrive in Central Florida

    06/09/2013 5:50:01 PM PDT · 4 of 61
    Humbug to driftdiver

    Interesting. I saw one in my house the other day and was wondering what it was. Thought it looked like a mosquito but was too big.

  • Limbaugh Advertisers Return

    06/07/2013 6:44:39 AM PDT · 55 of 57
    Humbug to Rome2000
    Limbaugh has proven to be completely ineffective against the leftists.

    Or you could say that the powerful left have been all too effective at cordoning off the likes of Limbaugh and Fox News from the mainstream, thereby creating an echo chamber that has been largely unable to reach beyond the conservative base. My main disappointment with Rush though, and with other big names who have made a fortune from conservatives, is that they didn't do more to break out of this confinement but instead seemed content to continue to make their millions.

    Yes, Limbaugh had his short-lived television show but i think further efforts could have been made along those lines. In that regard, though i'm not a big fan of Glenn Beck's style, i do applaud him for creating The Blaze as an attempt to break through the barrier. Same with Breitbart.

  • Researchers say Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century

    05/27/2013 2:58:27 AM PDT · 85 of 105
    Humbug to ChiMark
    No one of such accomplishment of a Feynman scored below a 160 on the test. His results are an anomaly.

    My guess is that Feynman didn't care much and basically flubbed the test on purpose or due to lack of motivation. That's why i've always been dubious of seeing this person or that person touted as the smartest in the world because of some IQ score: there are those who are highly motivated to score well and then there are others who are content to let their work testify to their genius. Feynman i'm sure was in the latter category and probably got a kick out of scoring only 125.

  • Have Scientists Discovered a Way of Peering Into the Future?

    05/15/2013 8:01:52 PM PDT · 81 of 89
    Humbug to djf
    Interesting but not wholly convincing, at least not as laid out in the article. To me, examples after the fact mean little. Show me instances where they have come out and said "whoa, we have some unusual spikes here which indicate something big is about to happen" and then something big does happen.

    Nor are we informed how many false positives there may have been. Or do they normally only check the readings after a huge event?

    Also, the tsunami example doesn't seem to hold together well. It states that the readings began to shift 24 hours in advance of the tsunami, then alludes to how this correlates to unusual activities of animals around this time ("fleeing for their lives"). It goes on to say that very few animals died.

    That piqued my curiosity, so i did an internet search which turned up this article and it calls such statements into question. Furthermore, if animals have this ability to peer into the future, then why do so many get killed in forest fires or caught in traps or else are hunted to extinction?

    Yes, it could be that some animals feel vibrations in the earth (or whatever the case may be) and this is what tells them to run for their lives...but that's not what the article is getting at. It is suggesting that somehow we (humans and animals) are able to foretell the future because time moves both forward and backward.

    That brings up another difficulty. The animals supposedly can see the disaster, so they escape. Then why couldn't Princess Diana (who was mentioned in the article) have seen her disaster? Or why couldn't the 9-11 victims (also mentioned) have sensed that something awful was about to happen and decided en masse to call in sick that day? Is it that animals are better than humans in this respect, even though we have survived and thrived while so many of them have become extinct?

  • Vanity: It's Time To Let Go Of "They Stole It"

    11/08/2012 7:40:11 AM PST · 41 of 83
    Humbug to TChris

    Excellent summary.

    It was rigged to at least some extent and the media of course winked and looked away, knowing that any protest on our part could simply be tossed aside as the actions of sore losers throwing a fit. And as always the democrats made sure to “Alinsky” the situation beforehand by accusing Republicans of trying to suppress the vote.

    The democrats and the rats in the media are thoroughly corrupt, and so too is our system. I hate to say, but i’m not at all optimistic that things will change since so many Republican ‘leaders’ are terrified of taking a stand after seeing what happens to those who try to fight back (such as Bachmann, Palin, and West).