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By georgeha (Wed Dec 09, 2015 at 03:56:08 PM EST) 1632, V-2, con, Subaru (all tags)
Plus, I need a  better bucket list, first con, new goat and less.

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If there's a worse airport terminal in the greater Nyc area than Terminal A, Newark, I haven't been in it. Note, I have never been to La Guardia.

This is the puddle jumper terminal, a big round one with a few small shops in the center and a sammie place near the entrance. There was only one security line into it, and the men's room is downstairs.

I will have spent about seven hours here today, there are earlier flights, but I don't want to pay $75 to switch.

I've been reading a lot in the 1632 universe, it's like the linux of fantasy/science fiction. The first book, free on Amazon, is about a small West Virginia mining town that gets sent back in time 350 years to the middle of Germany, during the Thirty Years War. The science fiction part is that this is the result of alien technology, the fantasy part is that many of the good guys are union members, of United Mine Workers. Nary a word of decreased productivity and stifled job growth.

The concept struck a chord with a lot of readers, helped by an active online community, and there are now many sequels and short stories associated with the book. Eric Flint, the original author, keeps an eye on things, but as long as you can write well and avoid things like "an ex SEAL with a trunk full of reference material on paper and vaccines stored with dry ice stopped in the little West Virginia town of Grantville to admire the squadron of Harriers overhead, who were probably supported by the convoy he saw next to him when all of sudden there was a bright flash" sort of stuff, you can probably get
e-published. Many of the follow on stories are good, they even make Lutherism interesting.

I knew of this for a while, but I didn't start reading them until August. A shame, since I spent a few weeks in the middle of nowhere Germany in July, which ended up not too far where the story takes place. I was in Hesse, the story starts in Thuringia (and then expands to England, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, France...).

I had always wanted to visit Germany, but I would have much preferred as a tourist. Ten hour days in a print room being available for install help is not a lot of fun, particularly in small town Germany where places would often close as we where finishing up. I was there for a week, home for a few days, and then was requested to go back for another week. The second week I had one day off, a Sunday. Gaming stores in Cassel where closed, so i had to chose where WWIII might start (Fulda Gap), or a WWII site. I chose KZ Mittelbau-Dora near Nordhausen, a work concentration camp where inmates helped make fighters and rockets in tunnels under the Harz mountains. It figured prominently in Gravity's Rainbow, and was an
interesting, if chilling place to visit. On the way back, I felt very disoriented when I drove by Rosa Luxemborg street, it's like the area wasn't capitalist for a while.

The same product took me for an abbreviated trip to Provence (abbreviated by the product that sent me to Tennessee and Quebec and Ontario blowing up in London), and a week south of Rome. There's been way too much travel for my liking since the fall of 2014.

Enough whinging. Fourteen_year_old went to her first con, a cosplay one at RIT. She had fun, it wore her out, and she's making friends with a cool bunch of nerdy cosplaying kids. Her grades are spectacular, too.

Nineteen_year_old is on her own car insurance, with her own car, the 98 Camry. I ended up with a black 2007 Impreza Outback Sport, it's like a second goat, but one that looks nice. I'm happy with it, even without the extreme weather package that the 2001 Forester has.

I'm going to a gaming con in January, in Niagara Falls. I don't feel guilty, since Mrs. Ha is going on a week long cruise with her sister the week after.

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Cosplay by gmd (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Dec 09, 2015 at 06:53:57 PM EST
 COSPLAY??????????????????????????????????????????

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It's a gateway to by gmd (4.00 / 3) #2 Wed Dec 09, 2015 at 06:54:25 PM EST
becoming a 'furry'. 

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It's funny, but true by theboz (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 10:03:02 AM EST
We have some friends whose kids are older than mine, and they are into some scifi and big Whovians. Anyway, we visited them a few weeks ago and saw that one of the girls had requested her dad to make her a fur suit and he had basically made a mockup and was starting to sew it. I didn't have the heart to tell him that it's something weird (he's in his late 50's, while his wife is in her mid-30's, so she should know.)
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
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Not totally convinced by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 10:15:57 AM EST
I suspect there's overlap between furries and cosplayers who chose fur covered characters, but I'm not sure they all have furry preferences.


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I agree with you in principle by theboz (4.00 / 1) #11 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 10:45:28 AM EST
However, I wouldn't want my 12 year old daughter going around in public in a fur suit in either case. I'm not old fashioned, but I want to help my children protect themselves from future embarrassment.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
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Who's future embarrassment, yours? by notafurry (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 04:16:46 PM EST
Cosplayers, and for that matter furries, tend to hang out with other cosplayers and other furries. They enjoy themselves and have fun and the people who tend to look out of place, awkward, and embarrassed are the people who showed up in jeans because they "didn't want to look weird" but now stand out like a sore thumb. There wouldn't be any embarrassment in that.

You want to help your kids, teach 'em not to give a fuck about the opinions of judgemental assholes. See if you can find a good, positive example for them; perhaps a teacher? Your "clueless" friend?

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I'm fed up by gmd (2.00 / 0) #24 Tue Dec 15, 2015 at 12:05:39 PM EST
with the modern tendency to use the word "Judgemental" as a perjorative. Clearly this word is used to shame "normal" (in the statistical/mathematical definition of the word) people into keeping quiet about stuff that should be raising eyebrows.

Fair enough, being a so-called furry is at the more benign end of the serious mental illness spectrum, but we should not really be encouraging it, surely?



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Same here, re: discriminating by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #25 Thu Dec 17, 2015 at 12:23:33 AM EST
Fucking heathens will be the death of English, I tell you.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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have you been to Syracuse? by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Dec 09, 2015 at 08:46:19 PM EST


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I've driven through Syracuse by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Dec 09, 2015 at 09:04:29 PM EST
And even stopped at the bus/train station.


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the air port. oi by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 08:19:13 PM EST


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Every sizeable German town has a by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 01:17:54 AM EST
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stra├če. It's like looking for Peachtree in Atlanta.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

I would believe that in the areas formerly known by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 09:08:45 AM EST
as East Germany, but in the areas formerly known as West Germany?


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Yep. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #20 Sat Dec 12, 2015 at 01:11:18 AM EST
Liking Communism is de rigeur these days.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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communism is good. by the mariner (4.00 / 1) #22 Sun Dec 13, 2015 at 08:00:42 AM EST
come for the sickle, stay for the hammer.

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Universes by johnny (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 08:38:06 AM EST
I like the idea of shared fictional universes with a benevolent instigator/show-runner. Especially if that show-runner/first writer makes some money at it. *

I like your description of the kind of writing that would not be condoned in that world.

The old "futuristic" terminal at JFK, I forget its designation, used to be the worst I had ever encountered. Substantially more third-world than anything  I experienced in Africa in the 1970's. But they finally decommissioned it and put some nice new ones into service. "Took ya long enough!"

References to Nordhausen & Gravity's Rainbow appreciatively noted.

* Still waiting for this to happen to my Mind over Matter universe, what what. I did a bit of my own fanfic, re-imagining Acts of the Apostles as Biodigital. So far I'm not rich like Hugh Howey.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)

I think the publisher helped push it by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 09:29:01 AM EST
Baen seems to have a lively internet presence, and a good stable of authors.

The description was a paraphrase of what Eric Flint has previously written. He got flooded with martial arts instructors stopping in Grantville, F-15's flying over at the very second it went back in time, people with trunks full of computer manuals and modern medicines and rare items.


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An F15 would be useless by lm (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Dec 11, 2015 at 06:12:26 AM EST
One afternoon worth of fuel and no satellites would make it nothing more than a curiosity in short order.

Good luck even finding the necessary tools to make the armaments useful if taken off of the plane.

Come to think of it, that might actually make for an interesting story.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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It's was already done in 1968 by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Dec 11, 2015 at 07:19:30 AM EST
Hawk among the sparrows, by Dean McLaughlin.


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Honorable mention also goes to... by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Dec 11, 2015 at 07:50:12 AM EST
The Final Countdown. Must remove the blonde wig and air guitars, because this is not that song by Europe, but the movie starring a time travelling aircraft carrier.


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Also, fuel wouldn't be a huge issue by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Dec 11, 2015 at 08:59:21 AM EST
as diesel would work well enough, and heavy equipment and trucks from the mines and power plant came through, so there are plans to get diesel from the small local deposits, and maybe biodiesel.


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Quality by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #18 Fri Dec 11, 2015 at 11:05:07 AM EST
..aviation fuel is refined to higher standards than your average diesel fuel.


Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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Right, but with no spare parts for PMs and UMs by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #19 Fri Dec 11, 2015 at 11:08:50 AM EST
just how long will an F-15 be capable of flying?


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Some A-10s can run on alcohol-based biofuels. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #21 Sat Dec 12, 2015 at 01:30:31 AM EST
THAT should be America's national bird.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Quantity by lm (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Dec 14, 2015 at 05:45:34 AM EST
Those birds burn through fuel like nobody's business. Small local deposits and biofuels aren't going to cut it unless they've got a dedicated infrastructure already in place.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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