Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Scientific Study of Meteors in the 19th Century (Mary F. Romig, 1966) Thanks, that's very interesting. Also a reminder that a certain amount of epistemological humility is generally in order....
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    There's the story of Lyndon's Johnson first election win. That's the "Ballot Box 13" affair in Alice, TX. Google turns up some entertaining accounts of it....
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    You win. Mine is only 2 pages 14" long this year. The 9-page San Antonio (Bexar County) ballot contains a slew of location-specific items, only a few of which pertain to any particular voter. Ideally, the voters will do their...
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    The USan ballot I once saw [was big] E.g., this is illustrative of what San Antonio, TX voters get to fill out: https://www.bexar.org/DocumentCenter/View/4570/Generic-Sample-Ballot-PDF...
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    Crows can think about what they're doing. I'd be interested to see if the newly-discovered neural arrangements in birds extend beyond the postulated amniote ancestry. Is there something analogous in octopi and squid?...
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    Bird brains, and perhaps why they're smart: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/newfound-brain-structure-explains-why-some-birds-are-so-smart-and-maybe-even-self-aware...
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    So if we assume a shoggoth has the density of water, then a 5 meter sphere of water weighs a bit over...49 metric tons, or almost 108,000 pounds. Wait, that was 15 foot circumference, no? So 2.39 foot radius, 1.6...
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    Where does the stuff inside them go when they evaporate? A number of people have been wondering about such matters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hole_information_paradox...
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    raw beef is and has been a thing in the US since at least the middle C20 Shouldda looked: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steak_tartare#Popularization_of_raw_meat_in_Europe_and_the_United_States...
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    I cheerfully eat Beef on the bone, purchased from, note, a trusted supplier FWIW, raw beef is and has been a thing in the US since at least the middle C20. I've encountered it on both coasts, Montana and Arizona...
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    So if you wanted to make people in the classical world happy, teach them enough chemistry to make matches. What would that be? I kind of know how to make black powder(*) but not matches. (*) Though obtaining elemental sulfur...
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    On time travelers bringing disruptive stuff: Cartesian coordinates and graphs. Perhaps some practical examples of how they can be handy....
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    a virus (sic) which would eat plastic. IIRC, Niven's Ringworld civilization collapsed when a mold appeared that found their organic room-temperature superconductor material to be good eating....
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    With care and time it seems an amateur can grind and figure an 8" mirror to a precision of 1/4 wavelength. AIUI, 1/4 wave polishing is standard in the amateur telescope community. It's facilitated by an interferometric test dating from...
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    Do they need to have a quorum to vote for a Supreme Court Justice? I think it's 51 Senators. AIUI, and I hope Lawfare gives us an explainer on the matter, the sequence goes 1) POTUS sends nomination to Senate....
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    I thought I'd made it abundantly clear that my weapon of choice for (hypothetically ) hunting T-Rex would be the M-2 HB. An excellent choice, and lends itself to twin and quad mount(*). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M45_Quadmount (*) Apparently KJU uses such to...
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    I have stopped for gas in Lordsburg. There used to be (for values of "used to be" perhaps predating the Interstate) a roadside taqueria in Lordsburg that made the best sopapillas in all the world. I hope it's still...
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    Not Much, also I should say that the stretch of I-10 I pointed to is a good place to see dust devils, which are quite impressive mini-tornados 100s of meters tall. They do relieve the tedium of everything else...
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    As you travel west, you encounter long stretches of low population density that justifies even higher speed limits. Indeed, the population density is often so low as to be a very good approximation of zero. I've driven this stretch of...
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    Shetland and Orkney have a combined population of around 45,000, and are heavily dependent on subsidies from, well, someone larger, whoever that might be So let's speculate which someone larger might be willing to subsidize those 45,000 souls in return...
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    what happens of a Trumpist hitman does actually get to him between those two dates, or is Kamala then automatically President, by default? The Congressional Research Service addressed the question a while back. "automatically, by default" doesn't fully characterize the...
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    So yeah, BoJo could have a brain riddled with lesions(infarcts) caused by SARS-CoV-2. Sounds a lot like Krantzberg syndrome. https://thelaundryfiles.fandom.com/wiki/Krantzberg_Syndrome...
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    Might be no more than lots of green jobs and suppressing segregated education. I'm pretty sure that doesn't translate into Latin as "Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius."...
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    Break the cultural transmission of white supremacy with a thoroughness comparable to the fate of the Cathars. Despite its historical popularity, I don't think genocide is something we should be advocating in the present day....
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    OGH must be morphically resonating. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/opinion/garrison-courtney-spies-contracts.html Starting in 2014 and continuing for over a year, the spy approached dozens [of] companies with his recruitment pitch: the chance to join a covert government program, the knowledge of whose existence, he warned,...
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    an advert for jobs with Top Secret clearances See https://www.clearancejobs.com Such job advertisements can be quite useful, for certain values of "useful". A few years ago I was trying to understand the scope of activities at the NRO ground station...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    > Brexit, Johnson It would appear as if the EU is Not Amused. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/sep/07/leaked-eu-cables-reveal-mistrust-of-uk-motives-in-brexit-talks...
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    "come with up" Must have happened in Wisconsin or Minnesota....
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    Also https://ehrmanblog.org/jesus-crucifixion-as-king-of-the-jews/ for a little more explanation....
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    that crucifixion was a *Roman* punishment, not a Jewish one, and that it was, explicitly, for treason. Right. Bart Ehrman, whose books on the rather convoluted history of the text of the New Testament and early Christianity I recommend...
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