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itsbruce

Member since Jun 2010 • Last active Sep 2022

Bald man wearing a hat who might be Scottish

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    The front is also a frequent problem. Favourite is in the snow where people clear a letterbox sized bit and set off as if they're a tank driver in a war situation.

    London car drivers in the snow are scarily amusing to those of us who came from colder places where snow is a regular thing. The number of drivers who, after a heavy snow, just clear the windscreen and not a millimetre past its edge, then drive off with their car now sporting a snow quiff, clearly not thinking about what will certainly happen if they have to make a sudden stop and is likely to happen at some random point anyway...

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    I was supposed to go find something that happened today as a counter-example? Deary me, I find I don't give a shit. But feel free to spend your own time scanning all of the last 24 hours of social media for something relevant. If you going to be a tedious cunt, much better if your wasting your time than mine.

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    This?

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    I can see how that would only add to the stress of being billions of $$$ in debt.

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    Going to have to give Hardspace Shipbreaker a try. Game mechanics look fun enough, but also the theme is labour exploitation and dangerous working conditions - in space. Your character is basically in indentured servitude, trying to earn their freedom. Labour relations, health and safety, slicing spaceships apart, all sounds good.

    And some clever person has done a VR mod for it.

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    I have a couple of friends who do this, one has over 40 houses

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    2001 the novel is the book of the film, not a Clarke original. The film was based on a Clarke short story called "The Sentinel", but that only dealt with the discovery of the alien artefact on the moon. I read the book Clarke wrote about the film and it was clear that most of the film was Kubrick's ideas, not Clarke's. Clarke just turned the result back into a book. His touch but not really his work.

    The sequels are terrible.

    Of his own work, "Childhood's End" is worth a read. I enjoyed "Rendezvous with Rama" well enough, although I thought it ran out of ideas. Mostly I preferred his short stories, which had more humanity to them. "The 9 Billion Names of God" is a classic, even if it is a bit of a shaggy dog story. "Tales from the White Hart" is explicitly humorous and not at all bad.

    If you want more of the same but a little more modern, Greg Bear probably has the best claim to being his successor. Same huge scale, a bit more humanity (and more sex). I don't know who has written in Clarke's style more recently; I stopped reading that kind of SF.

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    Riddley Walker is one of my all-time favourites <3

    "Walker is my name and I'm the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever they've took me and walking them now on this paper the same."

    Can quote that from memory (although I doubt I got the bad spelling right), the book makes such an impression. Pilgermann, also by him, is deeply weird and good.

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    Insanely busy work day and I went straight from that to a computer game to wind down. Took the headphones off a few minutes ago, turned on the news and "The new King will be called King Charles III."

    Back to the computer game, I think.

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