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Monthly Archives: February 2012
I’m about a third of the way through A Farewell to Alms. So far the author has reviewed the malthusian hypothesis and brought a lot of supporting data in support of it being an accurate description of life before 1800s. The … Continue reading
Classic Science Fiction: FootFall Science Fiction is generally better suited to short story or novelette. FootFall works as a lengthy novel because it incorporates several science fiction ideas, and borrows a bit from the suspense genre. Those ideas are Alien … Continue reading
An interesting discussion about possible biowarfare in WW II. “We know of course that this offensive eventually turned into a disaster in which the German Sixth Army was lost. But nobody knew that then. The Germans were moving forward with … Continue reading
I’ve read that in line stocks were developed as part of the quest to make automatic rifles controllable. For example the FG42 the M16. The reasoning is that because the recoil and shoulder rest are in line, that you don’t see muzzle … Continue reading