Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Sitrep
    This is encouraging (if off the current topics for this thread), in an "adaptation to climate change" way. Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product Towards sustainable aquafeeds: Evaluating substitution of fishmeal with lipid-extracted microalgal...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I don't know who did this (mit url), but the "Active Summoning Curve" yellow warning triangle is nice. http://web.mit.edu/~ternus/Public/Public_old/laundry.pdf Demetria's list, oh my. Every (spell) item listed is personal and selfish. it made me wonder what would happen if spellcaster...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Reminds me of a John Brunner story, "The Stone That Never Came Down". Thanks, I've acquired a (legal) copy. Haven't read any of his work for a while. (The class of such transformations has been on my mind for while,...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    if a genie grants you a wish, wish for universal enlightenment and freedom for all sentient beings, including the genie. I'm being coy [e.g. the named one(s) suggested such a [scale-invariant?] general freedom spell in the thread "the-pivot"]. Did not...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    This is so wasteful! Instead we need the robot dog to do a swift takedown, dump Heteromeles into a wheelbarrow, then store them in a secret robot bunker in an isolated location for the unlikely contingency that we want to...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Your solution suffers from boundary-condition exploits unless it is scaled up to include all entities close enough (speed of light) to matter at the time scales of concern. E.g. with a power with 10 mile radius, monitor your location, and...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    1.) getting the impression that was someone who began thinking differently in the high-thaum environment of Case Nightmare Green, bootstrapped himself into a supervillain, and from there into something running something like the god . Sort of "we're all seeds...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Re Impostor Elder Gods, Like this one actually, agree with Troutwaxer. An obvious variation (the other two seem to be less interesting) is fleshy host of Elder Deity X who doesn't realize (for reasons arcane) that he/she is an Elder...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    A friend has a "GOTROOT" vanity plate. (Couldn't tell you whether he has rooted his vehicle; perhaps.)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Since nobody has mentioned the runaway greenhouse study that has been making news, and climate change is, as the OP says, a serious backdrop to Brexit (especially related to human migration to the North): Trajectories of the Earth System in...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    For those who were looking down on Space [Earth Defence] Force, there might be some good news, the project is stalling. Thanks, hadn't heard that. I'm mainly amused by it (it doesn't seem as dangerous as some other future-military issues)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    So why DID the UK develop the custom of driving on the left? This history "Why do some countries drive on the left and others on the right?" includes a lot of dates that I assume are accurate. If so,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Off topic (seven hundred posts in? Yeah, right), but a 2.1 kiloton explosion over Thule seems like the kind of thing readers here would care about. Some obtuse space opera material up thread that might be related. Or maybe just...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    And am I in? Will my double-bitted axe (yes, I really do have one) serve, until we build the Humane Invention of Mssr Guillotine? I'm in as well, if that isn't clear. (Not with a axe though.) It was draining...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Yair is counting on people not using search tools: Interesting. google image search with date filters is now part of my toolkit; thanks for the encouragement to play with it. I think you're suggesting (along with other things) that we...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    ...that settlements with cats had more bumblebees, because the cats eat the mice, which themselves preyed on the bee nests. Whenever I hear these stories, I'm reminded of the very last "Li'l Abner" (Al Capp) Sunday comic strip. (Al Capp...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Moon moved real fucking fast tonight. And Mars went out a few times! Moon and Mars are fine now, I am fairly sure. (They appear to be nice and calm in the sky, to the E/SE.) That was seriously obtuse....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Basically: if you're over 45, you're a fucking psychopath. You signed up for this shit. You enjoyed it and now you aren't even strong enough to protest it. Was at a (pot-luck) party tonight in the US attended only by...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    [Not clear what "the files" are. Didn't look very hard.] Out of curiosity I just quick-read The Walrus of Doom's (Bolton's) Iran pieces at the Gatestone Institute. Feel mentally dirtier, though with a better mental model of the guy. Impression...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I mean: at this point we'd really like some kind of Temporal Balance to play with us, but it's ok, you don't exist. I do not know what this means. (e.g. is it a request for an existence proof? :)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Re the jet stream and the mentions in the OP about climate change, this (NYMag) piece by David Wallace-Wells is mainly discussing (though without a proper causal analysis) the failings of the US media with respect to climate change reporting....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    A pure tofu diet gets monotonus pretty fast. We're discussing ways to avoid eating cats and dogs here. :-) I've subsisted for a medium while (3-4 months?) on what was essentially mostly bulk lifestock feedstuff, with informed care and supplements...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Preserved food and canned goods are a sensible idea, and a stock of luxuires isn't bad. But trading tins of spam for fresh vegetables is not a long term solution. Sadly it's time to be sociable, to let your neighbours...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Have we found his underground lair yet? What uniform do his henchmen wear? Does he have a cat? Re cats and evil (Brexit) villains, Risky business: linking Toxoplasma gondii infection and entrepreneurship behaviours across individuals and countries (25 July 2018,...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Also, at fractional C speed, I don't think there's any useful time for constructing a defense. I was thinking more in terms of laser (or light-speed) shaping of gases, e.g. Optically Shaped Gas Targets for Laser Accelerators[0]. Or shifting the...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Perhaps the "fuzzy dice" design. Basically, instead of a classic Whipple shield, which is a stacked layer of thin sheets of (metal) with gaps between them. All these designs presume a dumb shield, rather than a shield made in part...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Spiders from Mars are all pissed off atm Probably the spiders and low-level search control/analyses are running more locally; ping times to Mars are still 6.4 minutes. [0] (I get excited when the planet Mars gets close. :-) [0] Joke!...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Have been thinking about an economy based on what the market can afford and one option is proportional-to-earnings pricing: Interesting thought. To some extent, that's what high-end food retailers (e.g. Whole Foods in the US) are for, though they only...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    There is also the Poseidon Transmission Project, part of the Neptune Regional Transmission System, LLC, an undersea and underground high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission project in the New York City area. I haven't (haven't tried, reading other material) worked...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re the rDT tweet thread "Heading to Helsinki, Finland" and We are not joking when we say "that's a [redacted], openly transmitting". Is there a (meat) ID at least? --- @sleepingroutine: Scientists being busy/helpful. Vast new complexities found: Host-linked soil...
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