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Comment: Re:oh delicious irony (Score 3, Informative) 465

by I'm New Around Here (#48588991) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Well, "the Inca's" don't exist anymore. They were a group that ruled the area in the past.

As to why Peru hasn't "totally blocked off the area", it would take thousands of troops to surround the area, just to prevent the one group of morons in several decades who thought trampling world historic sites for political messages sounded like a good idea.

Comment: Re:Oronyms are part of Tamil grammar. (Score 4, Informative) 243

Jared Diamond mentions some Pacific Island language that has words for "towards the sea" and "away from the sea", as in "there is a speck of dirt on your seawards cheek"

Hawaii has that.

mauka - towards the mountain
makai - towards the sea

The mauka side of a house is whichever one faces the mountain. If you live on the north side of the island, mauka is southward, and on the south side mauka is northward.

Also, if you are in Honolulu, and you are heading "eva", you are going west. If you are somewhere west of the town of Eva Beach, you might use that phrase, but I'm not sure whether it would mean you are going west or east.

Comment: Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (Score 1) 368

by I'm New Around Here (#48549483) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I agree with your sentiment as well.

Unlike stick-up-his-ass drinkypoo, I like Piers Anthony's books, and always will. But if he was just some random author that got people reading, who then moved on to other authors, fine. No skin off my nose. Same thing if someone first got into reading because of the classics, or westerns, or sparkly vampires.

Good to see another PA fan, though. :^)

Comment: Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (Score 1) 368

by I'm New Around Here (#48545311) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Yeah, it does show how people judge him. Thankfully for me, he is one of my two favorite authors, mainly because of his disregard for our common sense of decency. (Isaac Asimov is my other favorite.)

The Space Tyrant series has sex throughout it, graphic to an extent. Xanth always had the "stork calling ritual". I read the book that page mentions, Tatham Mound, with the honey lube/birth control. Firefly is a full length novel that contains a section that, IIRC, is presented as something one of the characters dreams while being affected by a powerful aphrodisiac. In truth, that part was actually written by a pedophile serving time in prison.

Sex is not a taboo subject for him. No aspect of it seems off limits, as far as story line goes. I wonder if that Stross guy considers him to be worthy of praise for that.

--I just looked for mention of Piers Anthony in Stross's essay. There are a couple comments that mention one of his short stories, but I'm not sure if the comments are from Stross, a reader, or both. PA's story "In the Barn", which they attribute to a collection edited by Harlan Ellison, was actually published first in a collection of short stories by PA, called "Anthonology". I read that back in the late 1980s. Certainly doesn't get praise for not following our social mores.

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