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I'm done with the whole expansion, not just LFR.   The presence of LFR has done nothing to make the expansion attractive to me.

9 hours, 29 minutes ago on Breakfast Topic: Are you done with LFR?


"Sagan’s numbers in this seem oddly … off. He gives the power output of the Earth as between 10^15 to 10^16 watts; he seems to mean artificial power. Surely that’s too high?"

Insolation on Earth is about 10^17 watts.  Perhaps he means the maximum power that a society could produce on an earth-like planet without lethal direct thermal pollution.

There is also a more recent upper bound on astroengineering using WISE (result: at most 1 galaxy in 100,000 in our part of the universe has a Kardashev Type-III civilization.)

One of the authors of that should be well-known to old Usenet users.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @


I have to disagree that "now is a fine time to jump in".   Warlords has a rather competitive end game, and if you jump in now you're going to be way behind the gear curve, in both PvE and PvP.


1 month ago on WoW Factor: The Iron Docks and the bare level cap


Is there a way you can put a link to Amazon in for each book you review so that you'd get a cut of any sales?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @


Given that there are two comic book stores in Algonquin, I have to wonder if the market can support so many. Having said that, it would be nice to have an accessible, comfortable store in the area.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Twice Told Tales owner aims to open Crystal Lake comic book store


The books are also now available on the Kindle platform.

4 months ago on Conversation @


This book actually sounds interesting and of value.  Maybe I'm just not into rose-colored history now.

Aside: it would have greatly improved the verisimilitude of the story if Picts had been included since, as we all know, without them the alternative is that it didn't happen.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @


@mattuzzi @Axxeli The bartender at the inn in the dwarven district in SW sells those.

Also, you can fish up Golden Carp and make the consomme yourself.

2 years, 2 months ago on Challenge Mode: Part 2 – Scholomance