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  1. markmoss1 commented on Calvin and Hobbes about 22 hours ago

    The frame is stronger that way (against vertical forces such as bumps).

  2. markmoss1 commented on Dogs of C-Kennel 1 day ago

    I don’t know what book you are thinking of, but the movie “Blade Runner” was based on the book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. There were considerable differences between the book and the movie, but there always are. First off, an average novel would make about a four hour movie if they didn’t slash a lot of material. Then there are things that work better in print than film, such as Deckard’s interior dialogue. Vice versa, there are things that are difficult to describe or to give the desired emotional weight with words, but only take one short scene to show. Finally, a Hollywood film script is always the work of a committee; many things get changed just because someone is worried about commercial viability. Film costs about a thousand times as much as publishing a book – usually tens of millions – so the executives dislike approving of anything that might turn an audience off. It’s a lot harder to see the opposite risk – making films so bland people just stop paying to watch them – not that this was a problem with Blade Runner, but that was 32 years ago. What Hollywood is putting out now…

  3. markmoss1 commented on That is Priceless 2 days ago

    “Oops, wrong door.”
    “No, this is the right place for you.”
    “But I didn’t expect-”
    “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

  4. markmoss1 commented on Wizard of Id 5 days ago

    They were versatile weapons. The best demonstration of catapult marksmanship was to throw a dead horse into the well. When destroying the drinking water like that was possible (not often, as it required a suitable target and a location where one of your men could observe the target), it would do more than anything else to shorten a siege. But there were all sorts of psychological warfare possibilities. Collect the heads of the enemy caught outside the walls and throw them back. Or other body parts…

    Other than attacking the water supply and destroying food and crops, there wasn’t that much bio warfare in those days. Many wars ended unintentionally due to plagues, but the transmission methods weren’t understood well enough to effectively spread disease to the enemy without infecting your own side, too. If they understood the concept of contagion well enough to think about tossing infected bodies with the catapult, they’d also know that dragging the infected bodies through their own lines to the catapult was a very bad idea. In any case, given the usual lack of camp sanitation and arrow-shot distance between enemy camps, if one camp was sick, the other was soon going to catch it.

  5. markmoss1 commented on Non Sequitur 5 days ago

    Floppy disks? I ran a punch card sorter.

  6. markmoss1 commented on Diamond Lil 5 days ago

    “I feel like I’m probably missing something”

    Birtha Baby

  7. markmoss1 commented on B.C. 5 days ago

    I feel your pain, although didn’t and probably couldn’t get a second degree sunburn. Back when I was 14 and sunscreen hadn’t been heard of, I got a chance to spend a couple of weeks at a friend’s house on some small lake in Michigan. Now, I tan quickly; I can go from pasty white to tanned enough to protect me all day, without burning, in less than a week – 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon on the first day, 30 minutes twice on the second day, and so on. (Brown as an Indian took a couple more weeks…) The face, neck, and forearms were already tanned somewhat, but I knew I’d have to be careful about going out in shorts or shirtless. I forgot about the feet, exposed in flipflops. I did not get blisters, but by the end of day one, the top of my feet were red and anything touching them was excruciating. I wound up spending half that vacation inside on the couch!

  8. markmoss1 commented on B.C. 10 days ago

    The original use of opposable thumbs was to carry rocks and sticks, in order to thunk critters until they became food. Or more often, to fight over a carcass some better predator had killed, and to smash the bones in order to extract the brains and marrow.

    Then some apeman genius discovered he could hold two rocks and smack them together to break off sharp-edged flakes. Human survival has not been in question since, but it hasn’t been such a good time for other species…

  9. markmoss1 commented on Free Range 10 days ago

    He’ll fit, if I can just get this chainsaw started.

  10. markmoss1 commented on Wizard of Id 15 days ago

    Immunizations and plumbing. Only about half of the old killer diseases were viruses that can be controlled by immunization, but nearly all them were greatly reduced by seeing that sewage didn’t get into the drinking water.