Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Story time!
    If it is a some authorities suggest because they need to sleep on gold to be fertile Perhaps the lust for gold is a red herring (though useful for dragon-banking) and they really need platinum, a catalyst used in their...
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    Details like existence of pumped versus gravitational sewers will have a big impact here, as will access to drinking water that does not need (too much) pumping, filtering and clorination. When I had a house built 10 years ago, there...
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    Re lower-tech civilization and farming, the Old Amish are an interesting example. (See the link for a table describing what tech is used by them in what areas.) Their farms do pretty well with 200-300 year old agricultural practices augmented...
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    Couple of charts (updated daily) to share. Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph And saw a chart on cstross twitter that doesn't show the 2012 anomally; there's a similar still scary chart showing the early spike in melting this year: Greenland...
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    Yes, Israel has motive, operational skills and has a history of operating (or attempting to) covertly in the region. However, absent other information, there are as various others have noted many other possible actors, some with (arguably) considerably more plausible...
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    Much of the US press is appropriately suspicious (2.5 years of lies is good training). As are investors. :-) We shall see but so far the US press is doing OK, IMO. Gulf on Edge as Conflicting Accounts of Tanker...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Thanks BTW for the answers last night. I can work with them. Mind is filling in a lot of details[variations] in the Loki backstory. (Something something bi-di if that is meaningful.)...
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    EC at 465 Thanks, did not know that legumes were a mediaeval staple food. Fava beans look interesting, have never grown them. This says "Soybeans for shelling and fresh use are ready for harvest 45 to 65 days after sowing."...
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    Host linked a long good twitter thread on Gove's proposal to replace VAT with a RST (retail sales tax). As an American, I have experience with state and local sales taxes. The main virtue from the point of view of...
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    If you can solve the energy=storage problem, then we don't/won't need nuclear. If not, then we do. Yes. Countries and corporations should be pumping vastly-larger amounts of R&D monies into energy storage. (And transmission. And government policies to favour deployment.)...
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    It was a good joke. Snorted at "corps lacroissiers"....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    That (and the other comments) made me laugh. I might have run into those three, or some like them, in different flesh, a few decades ago. They were thin, male-ish, European, wore badly-fitted not-memorable suits, were [pretending to be] scientists...
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    The real issue here, for any not on the Left, is that the Right is so blatantly shit at this. You literally have to lobotomize people (drugs, environmental pollutants, poverty, exhaustion etc) for this to work. Related, Here’s Why the...
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    Thanks. That piece is setting off alarm bells but I don't know why until thinking about it a bit. Good summary of the standard argument though....
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    AFK (on road) but thanks for answer and etc....
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    Cosma Shalizi has at least one essay about how the ability to compute the optimization limits scale Cite? Perhaps this? In Soviet Union, Optimization Problem Solves You (Cosma Shalizi, May 30, 2012, http: https not responding for that site) Looks...
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    It's rather to the kid's credit that they haven't started murdering billionaires yet. Indeed. ~25-30 years from now it will be easy to get consensus on kin punishment for fossil fuel billionaires and their accomplices. Another article about that short...
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    Do you mean the fifth elephant? (Ref to the movie "The Fifth Element" if not clear.) Compliments from an American to those responsible for the Emperor's New Red Carpet. (And for all the snubs. The very low crowd sizes in...
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    FI: used to be done by the old "tomboller" RNG generator, proof that the old methods actually understood Democracy Just wanted to say that made me smile. (Assuming "Tom Bowler". My father tried hard to get his kids to play...
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    Oops, 141 citations on that second paper. (Was thinking about another paper.)...
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    Re the recent elections in India (also, Florida-2018 in the US is getting interesting again. :-) or :-( or both), here's a newish paper calling for Risk-Limiting audits of VPPATs. Seems like a good fit. Auditing Indian Elections (January 28,...
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    All we did is say Hello, and no-one loves us: and yeah, of course we fucked up It seriously brightened my evening yesterday (and today) to see you OK and obviously quite active. (Please know this. Also, I don't think...
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    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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