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Comment: Re:What's it good for? (Score 1) 236

by WrongMonkey (#48434429) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS
Plenty of species managed to survive the last rock from space. If birds and crocodiles managed to survive, then humans have a good chance, too. No matter what catastrophe you can imagine happening to Earth, there is no way other planets in the solar system would be more suitable to life.

Comment: Bad idea (Score 1) 242

by WrongMonkey (#48363525) Attached to: HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show
Foundation might have been ground breaking and original when it was written. But its best ideas have either been adapted by other science fiction (Look! A city-planet, just like Coruscant!) or rendered quaint by the progress of technology (A handheld calculator! How amazing!). HBO has had success adapting contemporary fantasy, they should try adapting some contemporary science fiction.

Comment: Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (Score 4, Interesting) 447

by WrongMonkey (#48130711) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
Note that your wedding wasn't really cheap, you just spread out your costs through expected reciprocal obligations. The biggest cost is that you'll be expected to continue giving 10% of your income to the Church for the rest of your life. At future weddings, you'll be the one expected to provide food, cash, gifts, etc. You probably consider your tithe and participation in your community barter economy to be a sunk cost, so it seems like a good deal. But from a outsider view, you're actually spending a whole lot more than someone who just rents a banquet hall and hires a caterer.

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