Algernon_Asimov's recent activity

  1. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    Well, this is awkward. I've been mostly away from the keyboard since you posted this, but I read it and had an idea about the consequences of your successful assassination. Now that I can sit down...

    Well, this is awkward. I've been mostly away from the keyboard since you posted this, but I read it and had an idea about the consequences of your successful assassination. Now that I can sit down and devote time to writing it up, I see that @BullMaestro has written something very similar to what I was thinking, elsewhere in this thread.

    I was also imagining that, without Hitler re-branding and re-invigorating the German Workers' Party, Germany turned communist. It would still have suffered the same economic effects of its defeat in World War I, and I imagined this would resolve itself in a communist revolution, similar to what happened in Russia.

    And, with Germany a communist country, it would probably ally itself with communist Russia. And, like @BullMaestro, I think World War II would have resulted in this combination of powers overrunning mainland Europe. When Germany doesn't have to over-stretch itself by trying to invade a Russian enemy on an eastern front, and when its Russian ally can assist in a European war, all the focus is on the western, northern, and southern fronts, and Europe falls to communism.

    The Cold War, such as it would be, would be between a communist Russo-Germano-Empire and a capitalist USA and the United Kingdom.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Why we should change Australia Day ... to the fourth Friday in January in ~misc

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link
    It's an interesting idea. I've also seen May 8 suggested - solely on the basis that saying "may eight" sounds like "maaate". Coincidentally (or not?), this is close to the date that the federal...

    It's an interesting idea.

    I've also seen May 8 suggested - solely on the basis that saying "may eight" sounds like "maaate". Coincidentally (or not?), this is close to the date that the federal Australian Parliament was first opened, on 9th May 1901.

    Another suggeston is the anniversary of the date Australia became a federation: 1st January 1901. But noone wants to celebration two public holidays on the same date! That's a waste of a public holiday. :)

    2 votes
  3. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    That's a lot more difficult. I'd have to somehow infiltrate his family as something like a tutor, and be there for many years. Or I'd need to become a teacher at his school. There's a lot more...

    That's a lot more difficult. I'd have to somehow infiltrate his family as something like a tutor, and be there for many years. Or I'd need to become a teacher at his school. There's a lot more chance of something going wrong, due to the longer timeframes required.

    But it's good in theory.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are your favorite and least favorite work activities? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link
    I don't know if I have a favourite task, but my least favourite one is calling customers to ask them to pay their overdue accounts. It's awkward to be asking for money in the first place. It's...

    I don't know if I have a favourite task, but my least favourite one is calling customers to ask them to pay their overdue accounts.

    It's awkward to be asking for money in the first place. It's never a happy conversation. Although, I have had one customer tell me she prefers hearing from me, rather than her other suppliers. I assume that means they're all shouty, whereas I try to keep things civil and amicable. But, still, it's not nice to be calling people to tell them they're not paying their debts and requesting payment. No matter how friendly I am, it's still a phone call they don't want to receive (and I don't want to make).

    Then, there's the added bonus of hearing everyone's stories about how trade is slow, and so on. All across Australia, our customers - who are retailers - are suffering. I'm seeing the actual effects of a slowing economy. In extreme cases, I've had small business owners tell me how they're closing the shop, and having to sell the house to cover their debts.

    It's not pleasant.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    You said the genie must be logical. Let us see that logic.

    You said the genie must be logical. Let us see that logic.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    Why does only this one narrative contain Nazi time-travellers? What was it about this particular scenario that triggered the arisal of these trans-temporal Nazis, when they didn't arise in any...

    Why does only this one narrative contain Nazi time-travellers? What was it about this particular scenario that triggered the arisal of these trans-temporal Nazis, when they didn't arise in any other scenario?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    In this case, I'm on the side of the wisher, rather than the genie. @spit-evil-olive-tips was very careful about identifying young Adolf, and killing only him. He doesn't have to go by pictures....

    In this case, I'm on the side of the wisher, rather than the genie. @spit-evil-olive-tips was very careful about identifying young Adolf, and killing only him. He doesn't have to go by pictures. He can listen to the children talk to each other, and find out which of them is called "Adolf".

    And these Nazi time-travellers make everyone's attempts moot. They'll be hovering over every part of Hitler's life (and his parents' lives), and they'll stop every attempt to kill him (or prevent his birth). That's not just twisting the outcome of someone's actions, it's making the hypothetical scenario impossible in the first place. They've killed your thread, in place of Hitler.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    Adolf Hitler only had one testicle (well, only one descended testicle). The old English war song, "Hitler has only got one ball", was correct in that regard.

    simultaneously shoot both his testicles.

    Adolf Hitler only had one testicle (well, only one descended testicle). The old English war song, "Hitler has only got one ball", was correct in that regard.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    I'm curious: how would shooting a man's testicle kill him?

    I'm curious: how would shooting a man's testicle kill him?

  10. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    Literal LOL! After I posted my suggestion, I read your responses to some of the other suggestions. Your "jackass genie" really is a jackass. I was wondering how my suggestion would fail. I...

    Literal LOL!

    After I posted my suggestion, I read your responses to some of the other suggestions. Your "jackass genie" really is a jackass. I was wondering how my suggestion would fail.

    I literally laughed when I read your response.

    Thanks. :)

    3 votes
  11. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    That's clever!

    Shoot him during WWI, when plenty of other people were getting shot. One additional bullet in the air would be utterly unremarkable, and one more dead soldier similarly so.

    That's clever!

    5 votes
  12. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link
    Before I set out, I'm going to do some research. And it turns out that Adolf's mother was a maid hired by his father, Alois. My first intention was to interrupt Adolf's parents on the night of his...

    Before I set out, I'm going to do some research. And it turns out that Adolf's mother was a maid hired by his father, Alois.

    In 1876, three years after Alois married Anna Glasl-Hörer [his first wife], he hired Klara Pölzl as a household servant.

    [Alois' second wife Franziska "Fanni"] Matzelsberger demanded that the "servant girl" Klara find another job, and Hitler sent Pölzl away. During the last months of Matzelsberger's life, Klara Pölzl returned to the home of Alois to look after the invalid and their two children. Matzelsberger died in Ranshofen on 10 August 1884 at the age of 23. After her death, Pölzl remained in Hitler's home as housekeeper.

    Pölzl was soon pregnant by Alois.

    My first intention was to interrupt Adolf's parents on the night of his conception. However, on second thought, I've decided to make sure that young Klara stays away from Alois' household after Fanni dismisses her. Maybe I'll play matchmaker with her and some other eligible bachelor in town. Maybe I'll arrange for some gossip to get back to Alois about Klara, so he doesn't bring her back when Fanni gets sick. Maybe I'll find Klara another, better paying, job somewhere else. Maybe I'll talk to Alois and recommend a much prettier more industrious maid instead. Whatever: I'll make sure Klara doesn't go back to work for Alois.

    If they're not under the same roof, they won't have an affair, Klara won't get pregnant by Alois, he won't marry her, and they won't conceive young Adolf later on.

    (In all honesty, I'd have a lot of trouble murdering another person. This is my pacifist solution: prevent his birth, rather than cause his death.)

    10 votes
  13. Comment on A software engineer's advice for saving social media: keep it small in ~tech

    Algernon_Asimov
    (edited )
    Link
    You don't need to be an IT guru with your own server to achieve this. A group of non-IT people I know achieved this accidentally on Facebook (ironically). Once upon a time, there was a public page...

    Instead of Facebook’s model as a “digital equivalent of a town square,” the sites that Kazemi is advocating for are more like a chill house party with a considered guestlist. The key, he emphasizes, is keeping your social network very small—as in 50 to 100 users small

    You don't need to be an IT guru with your own server to achieve this. A group of non-IT people I know achieved this accidentally on Facebook (ironically).

    Once upon a time, there was a public page on Facebook that attracted a small core group of people. We chatted in the comments on posts. We chatted a lot. Quite often, we went off-topic for the page's intention. Eventually, one bright spark decided to create a private Facebook group for us to chat about anything we wanted to, without bothering anyone else. Entry to the group was by invitation only. They invited the best chatters from the main page.

    And a community was born.

    That community still exists today, more than a decade later. We went through a couple of incarnations in the early days, as occasional drama took over (the invite process wasn't perfect). But, the current incarnation has been in place for 8 years and counting.

    There's only one admin, and we pushed her into it because she was the one who wanted the job least, who was most impartial, and who everyone trusted the most. However, her duties are restricted to approving invitations, because the group doesn't really need moderating.

    I've just checked, and the group has 77 members. We've always had about 50-80 members. This falls right in Kazemi's sweet spot. This number allows to get to know each other as real people with individual personalities, rather than just usernames. I agree with Kazemi that this is why our little community has lasted so long and worked so well (that, and we weeded out the misfits early on - yes, it's pretty much an echo chamber). We still occasionally invite new members, but they're people who are personally known to existing members (even if only as Facebook friends), not random strangers.

    We're spread around the world. In the early days, none of us had met in real life. However, over the past decade, there have been various occasions where members have met other members - this might be just while someone's on holiday and happens to be passing near another member's neighbourhood, but there have also been a couple of arranged group meetups. We've been with people as their lives have changed: marriages, divorces, re-marriages, deaths, births. One of my favourite events was attending a virtual baby shower for one of our members (that baby has now started school). They also helped me through some bad times (including one 2am freak-out).

    But, it works mostly because the number of members is small enough for us all to be known to each other.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on On Vice in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    I missed this question in my previous reply. I don't drink alcohol, for pretty much the same reasons I don't take recreational drugs: I've seen, up close and personal, what it can do to people,...

    Do you drink?

    I missed this question in my previous reply.

    I don't drink alcohol, for pretty much the same reasons I don't take recreational drugs: I've seen, up close and personal, what it can do to people, and I don't want that for myself.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on The discovery of a new kind of immune cell receptor could pave the way for a new type of T-cell cancer therapy. in ~science

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    For everyone's information: I've changed the headline. @Wes is referring to the original headline, which was a bit sensationalist.

    I'm sure everyone here will be immediately skeptical of the headline (and you have every right to be).

    For everyone's information: I've changed the headline. @Wes is referring to the original headline, which was a bit sensationalist.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on On Vice in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    Thanks for your response. I don't see many of your own personal opinions here, and I won't bother following up on the other people's opinions you've cited. But thank you.

    Thanks for your response. I don't see many of your own personal opinions here, and I won't bother following up on the other people's opinions you've cited. But thank you.

  17. Comment on On Vice in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    In common parlance, "drugs" refers to illegal drugs. Let's not get too caught up in semantics.

    In common parlance, "drugs" refers to illegal drugs. Let's not get too caught up in semantics.

  18. Comment on On Vice in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    The context for this discussion, and the point I was replying to (I even quoted it in my comment) is the OP asking whether we have "engaged in recreational use of illegal drugs". That's what I'm...

    The context for this discussion, and the point I was replying to (I even quoted it in my comment) is the OP asking whether we have "engaged in recreational use of illegal drugs". That's what I'm talking about when I say I don't take drugs because they're harmful.

    It seems that Tylenol is a brand name for a painkiller we call paracetamol here in Australia. Even at times that I have taken painkillers (over the counter, and especially prescription), I have been very aware of the possibility of addiction, and I manage my behaviour accordingly.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on On Vice in ~talk

    Algernon_Asimov
    Link Parent
    You can create an alternate account. Invite yourself, create a new account, and post using that. This has been discussed before, and @Deimos doesn't have a problem with it (as long as you don't...

    You can create an alternate account. Invite yourself, create a new account, and post using that. This has been discussed before, and @Deimos doesn't have a problem with it (as long as you don't use the multiple accounts to affect the functioning of Tildes, such as by voting on or labelling your own comments/posts).

    6 votes