Charlie Stross (@cstross)

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SF author, he/him. Next novel: DEAD LIES DREAMING, October 27th.(Resident of Edinburgh, Scotland, but "Germany" blocks Nazi bots.)

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/

Berlin, Germany

2011-10-13 11:15:11

“Excuse me, doc,” said the orderly, “but we need you on the Mad Science ward again.” Renfield sighed. Just his luck the call had come during his 3am break. “What is it this time?” “Professor Abstract had another nightmare. Says the walls are bleeding.” “Are they?” “... Yes.”

Write the first sentence(s) of a book that has this picture as its cover.

Write the first sentence(s) of a book that has this picture as its cover.

Apropos nothing: I would *LOVE* an iPad Mini replacement in the form factor of the Microsoft Surface Duo. (Hinged screens are okay, no need for an unreliable folding plastic display.) Anyone listening in Cupertino?

… Or of a spectacle frame(!) or belt-buckle with a concealed slot holding several 1Tb micro-SDXC cards.

 @SJ Aylett  @Charlie Stross Never underestimate the bandwidth of a truck full of hard drives...

It occurs to me that a lot of 2020-era spy tradecraft would be wholly WTF?!? levels of incomprehensible to a 1950s-era operative … and vice versa.

@ratkins @cstross Yep! Think I found it.

 @Robert Atkins  @Charlie Stross Yep! Think I found it.

Is It Safe to Fly? Here Are the Odds of Catching Covid on a Plane - Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-08-05/is-it-safe-to-fly-here-are-the-odds-of-catchin...

If there's any hope for humanity surviving the 21st century, it's summed up in this chart.

an old favourite🥚

an old favourite🥚 https://www.exocomics.com/557

Can't disagree (via reddit): https://i.redd.it/ucl9jkfcwrf51.jpg

1950s CIA covert recognition signaling via shoelace patterns: https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/cialacing.htm

The Sun described human beings like this as cockroaches while hundreds of them were drowning in the Mediterranean, and their managing editor at the time went on to claim three of the best jobs in UK media. Nigel Farage isn't an outlier, he's the mainstream.

 @Charlie Stross Twist: Beatrix Potter was supposed to pass on a warning from aliens, who to humans resemble anthropomorphised animals, but a glitch in the translator converted them into twee fables. With the 120 year deadline soon approaching, scouts return to see whether humanity has complied

A superhero that, of course, helps nobody but themselves

The 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nominee has been bitten by a possibly rabid bat.

I have some questions

I have some questions

I've got like quadruple the followers I had the last time I said this, so I'm gonna say it again. When all the camps in Germany were liberated in Germany after WW2, the captives with pink triangles got sent to prison to finish out their sentence because homosexuality was illegal

BEHOLD THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-2020:

A hamster dressed up as a panda eating carrot sticks from its purse.

A hamster dressed up as a panda eating carrot sticks from its purse.

The walls of the house were full of bees, which would have been a problem if it were occupied. After the murders, however, it fell into decay and the hive eventually became load-bearing. Honey dripped from the eaves and wax softened the corners of the room where the ritual had...

Write the first sentence(s) of a book that has this picture as its cover.

Write the first sentence(s) of a book that has this picture as its cover.

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