Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I cannot read your post without hearing Every Sperm is Sacred.... About male wind-pollinated trees in urban areas: ‘Botanical Sexism’ Could Be Behind Your Seasonal Allergies - More diversity in city trees would probably be a good thing. (Sabrina Imbler,...
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    Aren't you in the USA? Doesn't that make it hard, living in a cursed land full of cursed people? Indeed, though it's never been universal. (In part because peace churches like the Quakers have always been allowed religious liberty in...
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    Fun article in the WaPo, thank! [1] It covers a lot of interesting edge cases, but misses a few as you point out. (Perhaps they were missed deliberately :-) E.g. can young Emma drink? Sign contracts? When can she collect...
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    Blessed are the peacemakers, cursed are the warmongers. No exceptions. To be clear, there's an exception for existential threats. Also, my car has a problematic Quaker decal that says "Love Thy Neighbor, No Exceptions". Also ... masks. :-) whitroth @1044:...
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    but I didn't know it that was a staple in the USA. In the Northeast US at least, chestnuts used to be like 25 percent+ of the deciduous forests. Through invasive disease we lost chestnuts, then (in the order that...
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    A bit off topic (not entirely; about the reduced viability of non-urban living in CA), well-written piece by David Walace-Wells. Long, but compelling. (Note; I'm East Side US, ~130 +/- 20 cms rain per year and don't have direct experience...
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    Experiencing nature really requires a whole bunch of stuff that's hard to synthesise, it's not just smells and subsonics, it's microbiota, echo time and the ability to stumble round banging into things. I agree completely. That's why many-sense telepresence might...
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    Not sure why the discussion about toilets is relevant to 2119. Re the original post, one feature that would be essential to me is some means for being undistracted by sensory clutter. Areas with limited visual(motion)/sound/smell clutter, or some method...
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    I'm not really sure why they differ... The gravity-fed tank-based system gives you one flush during a power outage. Or, I suppose, several liters of clean water. Not sure that even part of why, but it's an effect that many...
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    I absolutely LOATHE the autodecorrect features, partly because my working vocabulary is much larger than theirs, and partly because of the need to type in proper names and foreign works. Turn off autocorrect with extreme prejudice, yes. (And predictive text...
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    You should ask more about the people being v8'd etc or the ones culling the Bright Ones. Very good to see you back. (Was genuinely concerned. (No details.))...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    IMO he doesn't have the discipline and is increasingly, obviously unhinged. Just last night he invoked an analogue of blood libel (Democrats approve of infanticide) the same day as a self-described anti-Semitic Christian Supremacist shooter invoked real blood libel, Simon...
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    and it is necessary to be able to patch scripts on the fly to disable the evil sections while keeping those parts of the same script which the brain-dead recipe-follower/cutter-and-paster ("web developer" is far too complimentary a term) thinks,...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    What you're describing is NoScript, which blocks javascript from sites that aren't whitelisted. Long-time NoScript user (Liked it better in older versions of firefox but so it goes), and a Chrome version just got released. However, I don't see a...
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    You're obviously unusual. :-) I'll admit to not liking javascript. If I could selectively block javascript from http sources (chrome/firefox), would be happier. Firebug, or some other tool keeping you on an older browser? This is a typical paper, and...
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    I've been using eff's https-everywhere ( https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere ) where available (chrome/firefox/opera), adding a rule for www.antipope.org, to paper over this behavior. (The basic paranoia/concern is script injection using packet injection.)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    No, just a blinkered and opinionated arsehole; he is known for that. Thank you. I seriously wasn't sure how to read that piece....
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    You don't need VD to explain that. Just look at his diet and imagine what 70+ years of fatty deposits must have done to the arteries in his brain. This may be (vascular health is very important for cognition). The...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Re this, To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish - No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at the US president (Simon Jenkins, 26 April 2019), UK...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I was mainly obtusely saying that a downplaying of hacking-via-internet is such a well-known indicator of Russian trolling talking points that it is occasionally used as a disguise by others. Am not saying you're trolling and appreciate your perspectives here,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It is true that people are in general ignorant and gullible about such things, but one can consult realer sources, such as the staid/boring https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts e.g. Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices (April 16, 2018) And there are...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    atmospheric hydroxyl radicals, which break down methane, rapidly recycle and are maintaining a steady concentration in the atmosphere. Thank you! (Seriously; my optimism has been getting depleted.)...
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    Along those lines (and not arguing with Heteromeles' interesting historical details), although it's not a mainstream economics concept, "power diffusion" (J. Powelson, disclaimer family acquaintance) is a similar way to look at this. One way in which power diffusion becomes...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    If not, then alchemy is reportedly the next step beyond basic meditation. There are nootropics for that now. :-) (Seriously, some of them, e.g. choline and bacopa, seem to help with some meditations. I don't mean psychedelics though those...
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    Re Needham, wikipedia led to this, which I do not recall seing previously, and thence to another paper. Some readings lined up for tonight (or maybe throwing against wall): The “Genius Germs” Hypothesis: Were epidemics of leprosy and tuberculosis responsible...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I'd gotten the impression they were doing an Easter break (something about dying and coming back to life, maybe?), before Mme. Mayday starts the browbeatings again. I'm as confused as you are. Some dates: 2 May local elections, 9 May...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Quite interesting. (I've never tried or even had access to the stuff.) Hoping they or another group will follow up with some obvious combinations with serotonergic psychedelics. Sustained rescue of prefrontal circuit dysfunction by antidepressant-induced spine formation (12 April 201)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    That was mean, sorry. (Still annoyed about the Israeli election cycle and results.) If they'd really wanted to impress they could have puffed out a millimole of these during the descent. Star of David Re-Created as a Molecular Knot [Video]...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The Falcon Heavy/Arabsat-6A mission video was impressive; worth a watch. Monster space truck worked perfectly as far as I can tell including the 3 booster landings. Israel, oh well. Lunar impact tradition started by the Soviets with Luna 2(1959): The...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yeah, Reuters headlines are generally scrubbed of humour as far as I can tell. Job description: humour removal? (Though oddly enough news is closer.) But they had Reality (31 October) as an excuse this time. It's a shame we can't...
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