Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    It feels to me like we’re going a bit slowly. What do people think about reading two sections (7 and 8) for next week?Report

  2. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    The timing is interesting. It took months for the army to make it across, advancing, creating caches of food and water, going back for fresh supplies, and advancing a bit further each time.

    Is that how it happened? I thought it was advance, leave caches of food and water for the next group, die of starvation and dehydration, get replaced by the next group.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      The army seems like a pretty cynical group. I don’t think they’d accept a suicide mission for the greater glory of Om. The book does say that a third of them died, but I assumed that was due to heat stroke, sandstorms, camels dying, etc.Report

    • Avatar James K says:


      If each group along the way died out then the casualty rate would have been more than 1/3.Report