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  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    It's a well known technique, just applied in a new setting. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruen_transfer...
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    Yes same here. After a few disasters in my teens with series fiction, I swore off it forever. After ebooks appeared I dabbled again, after first checking to see that the series was complete, however another disaster ensued when Fictionwise...
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    High latitudes won't be much protection. As the poles lose albedo the temperature gets much more even globally. But I wouldn't worry about Mad Max. There won't be that many people....
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    "Otherwise it’s Mad Max for a short while and nothing thereafter for a really long time." Probably no more than 25 million years. Well 50 million at the most. Last time the biosphere took a hit like this things were...
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    "but I believe that requires bombing to occur" If you mean fire bombing... Standing under a shower of burning embers feels very much how I imagine fire bombing must feel....
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    Yes. Provision of pure helium for diving got banned in most places because a momentary lapse meant a dead diver. Feed a diver pure inert gas and they die fast and can't generally be resuscitated. Now there's a minimum of...
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    https://youtu.be/vbpYx7r7lR8 This is the rental that the Australian treasurer lived in. He paid 270 dollars a night. (about 100-120 pounds) I say 'he' but it was taxpayer funded. He rented it from his wife. I don't know how much the...
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    The strictest vegan I ever came across was an ex abattoir worker. He managed one day on the job before quitting and never ate or wore any kind of animal or animal prooduct ever again. For instance wine was completely...
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    I worked in billing at an electricity company for a decade. One of my normal checks for a high bill enquiry in a unit was to get them to turn off everything, check the meter had stopped, then get them...
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    Not a plumber, don't even play one on TV. My understanding is that the normal way is to shut off the mains. Then pressurise the system with air and wander around looking and listening for bubbles....
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    Know anyone with a wharf or a trawler? They might take them....
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    Politicians tend to be deep into property. At least here in Oz. My local representative at the federal level (until a recent boundary redistribution moved me to the electorate just north) has 18 investment houses....
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    One of my favorite movies, but I've never seen the outtakes! Thanks for that!...
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    If you're going to scan your poop right to the whole quantum state, picking out toxins, worms, bacterial DNA, illegal drugs and human myoglobin should be trivial. Which would make it possible to eliminate everything from cholera to cannibalism....
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    "Thames got so smelly high that Parliament couldn't sit (never mind the cholera; Parliament didn't) before they coughed for it" Look! You can repurpose that sentence to describe action on climate change (or indeed any government facing any challenge). Never...
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    I probably have the other perspective, not just that there are a lot of non Arab Muslims (well obvoiusly), but there are also a lot of non Muslim Arabs. Around Bondi where I grew up there were lots. A couple...
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    Interesting that in the comments "Arab" and "Muslim" are used interchangeably and appear to map to exactly the same concept in the minds of the commenters....
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    The same thought occurred to me last night and I thought "I'll write that tomorrow". If you watch Star Trek carefully you'll notice that no one poos or wees. There are no toilets on any of the space craft. No...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    "since all toilets use a siphon" I've never seen an Australian toilet that uses a siphon. Instead they all use a Heath Robinson contraption that opens a valve when you press the button and closes it when the water is...
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    "I fairly regularly quote the world record for an ember throw starting another fire" I'm amazed that's the record. Back in 1993 I was working in the Sydney suburb of Auburn. It's just about exactly in the centre of the...
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    "he was bitter about getting pulled over all the time in his "unlicensed motor vehicle" that... didn't have a motor." Wait, didn't you just poo poo my assertion that they added extra things (looks, ergonomics, distance between pedals, shape of...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    PS, they managed to make *coasting× on a bicycle illegal, under the pretext that bicycles get an exemption from registration if they're "propelled by human power through belt chain or gears" and if you take a break from propelling then...
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    Given that they managed to make bicycles that looked like motorcycles illegal, I can't see quadracycles ever getting up....
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    Re antidepressants time to work. There's been some interesting stuff about ibuprofen and paracetamol working to dull the pain of depression. Action times are short. Not a long term fix, addictive and hepatoxic, (and can have depression as a side...
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    "Sounds a lot, but Germany has spent five times that amount building out renewables over the past fifteen years or so and they're still burning carbon like it's going out of fashion to keep the lights on." You keep saying...
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    If you never charge the pack to full or discharge to flat and you store it in the fridge at about half to two thirds full between uses, you should get a decade out of it easily....
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    "I've always heard fusion reactors were 30 years away...." Popular Mechanics Jan 1959: "And in 10 to 20 years the first successful fusion reactor will go into operation"...
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    Oh, sorry. My meaning isn't clear. I'm my world (thoughts & prayers) = (do nothing useful). I was hoping to get you to, if not laugh at my uselessness, at least smile. Rest assured, no actual praying happened. (I gave...
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    Only theory of AI behind the story is that technology is sufficiently advanced so as to be indistinguishable from magic. I think there could be an arms race between manufacturers in the same way car makers currently compete by adding...
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    No one minds a derail like that. There's nothing I can do from here other than offer hopes and prayers (ie, try to get you to smile ironically). So hopes and prayers it is then....
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