Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    A Secret Base must include at least one underground feature. Indeed so. It's pretty much a must for reasons both practical and psychological. http://www.thespacereview.com/archive/2037a.jpg...
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    On the future, far and not so far, I was reviewing the matter and was reminded that OGH and guest blogger Cat Valentine had some pertinent and interesting things to say back in 201201 and 201202. E.g., http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/01/world-building-301-some-projec.html http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/01/world-building-302-psychology.html...
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    we're shifting into medium- to far-future SF Which reminds me of a thing I've wondered about: what distinguishes the far future from nearer futures? Years or generations might do it in some cases, or social and technological change. Or an...
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    Speaking of nuclear bunker busters, there was a spate of enthusiasm for new ones at the turn of the century that went under the name of "Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator." The National Academies very commendably sponsored a study of...
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    We didn't develop nuclear bunker-busters historically The B61-11 has busterish qualities, as did the designed-but-never-deployed W86. So things have gone a bit in that direction. (I have a suspicion that the B61-11 benefited quite a bit from work done...
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    but the 286 was pretty much useless in terms of memory addressing Which reminds me of the time I was in a briefing on the Munitions List and learned that PC-ATs (80286) were on it. When asked why, the...
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    aren't the Commonwealth worried about fallout? Or EMP effects on their own electrical infrastructure? Probably not. At high drone altitudes, say 10 to 20 km, fallout products will be finely dispersed, carried up and fall slowly, meaning that they will...
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    no treatment for consumption at all Maybe none beyond traditional remedies. Especially in times of rapid development, I don't think it's unreasonable to posit that the medical arts lagged the mechanical ones. In one of Piper's Paratime stories there is...
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    The knowledge is compact, and easily legally accessible through a subscription to one of the standards organizations. IIRC, part of Miriam's program was to have lots and lots of CDs containing TL 2 standards, patents etc. shipped over to TL...
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    How about Kondratiev waves in the presence of extremely external forcing functions? Pretend that Kondratiev waves are somewhat real and that in OTL we're slightly over the hump of the 5th one (information technology). One could ask what comes next...
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    metric/imperial conversion error creeping in somewhere? Dunno. The diameter is ~8,000 statute miles, so maybe that??? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_radius...
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    Gate to Nowhere Speaking of that, its distal end is said to be located 8,000 km from a planetary-mass black hole that's believed to be the remains of a crushed Earth. Presumably the hole would be at the barycenter of...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Re A2107/ U1: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/interstellar/...
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    Just to keep up with current events, are tanks rolling down La Rambla a prospect?...
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    A/2017 U1 Hyperbolic excess velocity seems to be around 25 km/s, aka c/12,000. Half again as fast as Voyager 1 is leaving our solar system and not inconsistent with it having gotten flung out from some other system by...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Fans on a cooling tower at the Chrysler plant were hitting some resonance and were the source of the hum. I would be very unsurprised if something like that were found to be causing the Havana sounds, or at least...
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    Looking for recent developments concerning the Cuban sonic/psychic/whatever story this morning, I noticed a mention of the "Kokomo Hum", which I hadn't been aware of. Turns out that, back around the turn of the century, there was a cluster of...
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    I want to know what *environmental testing has been done in the facilities in Cuba. Yes, a reasonably comprehensive set of tests would be reassuring. Maybe they've been done, but the reporting so far doesn't much indicate that. Fine folks...
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    So, what's your theory re: why this happened in Cuba vs. some other country - the political gain part at least? As far as the political part goes, that's easy: Obama! Cuba! Chance too good to miss! As far as...
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    Re: Johns Hopkins U & UPenn Two top-notch medical/research centers with connections to major research labs on the planet. Yes, but, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/investigation-into-mysterious-cuba-attacks-back-to-square-one/ Nearly a year since attacks targeting American diplomats began in Havana, Cuba, U.S. investigators are no closer to...
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    AFAIK, there's no info on any testing done, or when. Well, some rather vague info, but I, for one, would like to see a lot more detail. The whole thing still seems very dodgy. https://www.apnews.com/3feb224688ce42eb9491c94d19dcf3a3 Searching for its own answers,...
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    dual-core GHz processors with internet connections in place of a bimetallic strip You're talking about the thermostats our local power company is constantly trying to push on us, aren't you?...
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    What is missing is the neurophysiology POV. The Guardian interviewed a number of neurofolk about the Havana affair and had an interesting article on it a couple of days ago. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/cuba-mass-hysteria-sonic-attacks-neurologists...
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    Well, whether or not the Cuban government is itself responsible for, has ordered, the odd (sonic?) attacks, in any case their response so far has been to offer lots of help with the investigation , rather as though they actually...
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    May I recommend Tuchman's The Proud Tower Just to extend that a bit, read everything Tuchman wrote....
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    Yikes, I missed your earlier posting, sorry. As for reacting appropriately to the approach of Azathoth... Well, I suppose having a black pill handy wouldn't hurt, but it probably wouldn't help much either. Case Nightmare Green starting in Cuba has...
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    Returning to Havana, where the cars are mostly old and the traffic less dense than in downtown London, AP has obtained recordings that purport to be of the sounds heard by sufferers of the mystery symptoms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgbnZG85IRo Curiously, even having...
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    - What types of people (personality-wise) do you think get posted overseas esp. to a country that until recently was completely off-limits to all USians - basically, an enemy state? How susceptible do you think these personnel would be to...
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    how much contact was there between US and Canadian embassy staff? I don't know for sure, but would expect that between direct contact and meeting at various official and social functions they meet quite often, several times a week at...
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    One of the attractive features about the mass psychogenic hypothesis is that it doesn't really need a common agent beyond social interaction in a group of people. Once it gets kicked off by a triggering case(s) involving one or a...
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