Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    ...energy spent attempting to break an Ego... Semi-technical question; is it not less wasteful to redirect an Ego into tendencies to act in more desirable directions? (Been trying to parse this for a day, as is my habit.) --- Re...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    If such exists we have no idea of reality and may as well give up the whole science thing; they could be gaslighting us about everything from basic physics up. Basically, a belief in the existence of such beings is...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Rather irritated about the detailed proposed NASA budget. In brief, some new climate-change related earth sciences missions are not being funded. (This was known in general; here are the details.) What stays, and what goes, in Trump's $19.1-billion budget proposal...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Also called "the morning glory effect" or: "Don't try to photograph any plant in the Borage family! Interesting info. Do you have a list of such plants? (e.g. does it include chicory?)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Been dragging self back to full obsession with climate change. Kevin Drum is one of the few bloggers who regularly, happily does data-based-snark. This is funny (if one is easily amused), with graphs (with full credit to Auke Hoekstra): In...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I agree, though there have been some sightings for which no known explanation is entirely satisfactory - dammit, 'ball lightning' sightings were classified as UFOs (and denied) for decades! Doubtless there are still some phenomena we haven't learnt about, some...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I'm thinking Mormons. No. I do mean all of them. Took me a few minutes, but then laughed out loud. For others, this might (or not) be related in spirit to a mostly-dead lingering thought-worm about uplift of the homo...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Silver Wolf is a reference to Brane Space snouts poking through, Ah, thanks, was trying to fit The Silver Wolf with the last reference (silver wolf time) several weeks ago but it wasn't a perfect fit. The closest you'll get...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Sorry, that (Boyajian’s Star) was supposed to go in the previous thread; copied it there. Replies if any go there....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    yours claiming that this has some reality Re-read. I'm just saying that it is interesting/amusing that scenarios involving other actors (not just Ayy LMA0; plenty of mundane human possibilities) are being ignored, not that any particular scenarios are real. (Including...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Oooh, news feed has some "Astronomy" fun: Finally! The Galaxy’s Most Mysterious Star Is Dipping Now, at long last, the star has begun a steep decline in brightness — it’s already 2% dimmer after a single night of observation —...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Oooh, news feed has some "Astronomy" fun: Finally! The Galaxy’s Most Mysterious Star Is Dipping Now, at long last, the star has begun a steep decline in brightness — it’s already 2% dimmer after a single night of observation —...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    ...And everyone steadfastly ignoring the Ayy LMA0 angles, which should make your nose violently twitch. Yes, nose has been twitching (well, speaking for self at least), you've been training us well. :-) For some reason bright people like The Grugq...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    There are some "natural experiments" running (human-caused air pollution); I put a paper link in a recent previous thread. The recent conclusion is that it can cause ocean anoxia particularly in tropical waters. Would need some serious and accurate modeling...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Re climate change, expect (imo) to see more articles like these as panic/deep concern mainstreams. Assuming easy carbon removal from the atmosphere is a high-stakes gamble, scientists say Paper (paywalled): Rightsizing carbon dioxide removal (May 19, 2017) Paper is short,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Flashing back to uplift discussions, I see this: Understanding the architecture of our 'second brain', paywalled paper at Lineage-dependent spatial and functional organization of the mammalian enteric nervous system and have a sci-fi/speculation-worm running (kinda like an earworm) about uplift...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    BTW it isn't just male pigeons and it isn't just sex Sheesh, I was driving home thinking (briefly) about very attractive (to pentachromats[1]!) female pigeons, and monogamous male pigeon Odysseus-es. Oh well. [1] Was watching a busy foraging feral pigeon...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just quick-read Deterrence in the Israeli-Iranian Strategic Standoff SSI, 2009, written by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill (and read the 2007 NIE short version way back when (been a while).) Amusing typo: "Pakistan’s rouge scientist A. Q. Khan" I hope that's...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Link fix please in meantime spaceweather.com...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Unrelated to anything, saw this paper refed recently, didn't read, don't see it linked here (searching archives): Anthropogenic Space Weather (March 27, 2017, 69 pages, there appears to be an earlier version too, piles of refs), saw it linked again...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Aneurysms are terrible things Ah, OK, interestingly interesting. FWIW, never liked the guy; he had a nasty reputation even in his private life, picking fights with the locals. Could post a link about such fights but no point now....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    As stated, not 100% true, you just have to ask nicely: Roger Ailes, Who Built Fox News Into an Empire, Dies at 77 OK, I'll bite. What's not true about that story? Is there another untold detail? --- This looks...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just: Don't complain when people start screaming and their minds break. That's the cost. Scope? Warming up to the idea. (I had in mind lesser interventions, but hey. Oddly comforted by your posts today, BTW.) --- Just for fun, caught...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    That sounds like such an obvious potential for disaster that his diplomats and speech writers must already be frantically writing up something reasonable to come out of his mouth...and still worrying, because Donald can't be trusted to stand in one...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    ...if you want a general prosperity, you can't have extremely rich people. I think that'd be a really simple policy to adopt as a technical matter. Anyone else remember Eat The Rich? (or imdb) I recall it as funny, but...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Catching up on science feeds (as an alternative to scary politics and break from work), a few links that some might find amusing/interesting: Distributed Statistical Machine Learning in Adversarial Settings: Byzantine Gradient Descent Learning where a subset of the nodes...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Of course, SKY, WIRED and a load of others have bandwagoned this, so I'll present this fluff off a PSYOP with some helpful BOLD to flag up the bullshit: If it makes you feel better, while reading those earlier was...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Feymann took the time - my friend said an hour - and friend also said he learned more science in that hour than he'd known.... Yeah. Never met the guy but my impression from stories both published and not was...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    From a game theory perspective the best play is probabkg an orderly evacuation of Seoul followed by a massive conventional invasion or decapitation strike. Really? What about (as JLM notes more clearly) removing local provocations and interference, making clear that...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    That was Richard Feynman, he also claimed to be able to smell ant trails and distinguish the signals they left each other. No, it was another physicist; he might have learned the game from Feynman. A few second/third hand stories...
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