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    Actually, not that I believe in this stuff, but pure speculation, the kind to allow you to throw believers crumbs that at least let them jump on the "young Earthers" was to suggest that the world was "created" when humans...
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    About that... on slashdot, today, I see that. I also read about the NYT report that the CIA installed malware on the Russian electrical grid. I would be utterly unshocked to find out that South America was a test....
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    Never used a dwell meter, but I've thought of using my timing light as a ray gun, it being chromed all over.... Huh. Shade tree mechanic. My late wife and I bought gauges, so when we set the spark plug...
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    Really? On one of the two best vacations in my life, '96, when my late wife and son and I drove from Chicago to Worldcon in Anaheim, by way of the Great Northwet, what we saw was lots of trees...
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    Gaseous diffusion plant? I grew up in Philly. Think the Philly Naval Yard, and the SEVEN oil refineries in south Philly, and Sandy Hook, 30 mi away, I think, made 8. If the button was pushed, we were radioactive waste,...
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    From what I was reading a few years ago, there seem to be about 2,000 homo sap about 70k or 78k years ago, and we're *all* descended from them. 100k years is a *long* time, and given that some percentage...
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    Why do dragons want hords? I've got it! Dragons probably can smell lead, which they then melt (by breathing fire on the rock), and then they build a pile (and I do mean "pile") in a cave, and sleep on...
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    Detergent... that's a detail. First, let me note that I read, back in the late seventies? early eighties? that some researchers had tested, and found that detergent (as was available then) didn't do a much better job than the washing...
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    Sewing machines.... I'll bet, if I asked my Eldest, if she's still in touch with her first boyfriend, from 30? years ago, if he's still got the sewing machine she gave him... that was my grandmother's treadle machine. Any sewing...
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    You can't see it at the level of Akkadian agriculture? Or the village smith in the Middle Ages? A forge is no big deal. Hell, with some research (probably in books I own), I could probably build a small furnace...
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    5 years? Really? My late wife had a years-old washer when I moved down to be with her, and, though I had to replace a belt once, was going for more like 10 when we moved. The washer in my...
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    I dunno how much of that "us white guys" is valid. I mean, are Italians, and Irish, and Spanish, and (fill in the nationality) all "white"? Ask someone whose family was always lower or middle working class about that. Unless,...
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    Yeah... but right now, I want to sing Hope Eyrie, and my own Outbound Passage, and Sassafrass' Somebody Will, and, damn it, Tom Smith's Rocket Ride. Gotta finish my Famous Secret Theory.......
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    Actually, I think the East - IL to the east coast, would be ok. Of course, first you burn/knock down the now-abaondoned exurban and farther-suburban villages, and then you've got all the highly-productive farmlands back. Many of the folks who...
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    The two tankers (isn't that a book title from some fantasy series?)... I have yet to see one bit of information about the incident: which way were the ships pointing, and which coast were the attacks from? Houthis were my...
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    Nope, haven't seen it. On the other hand, I've been seeing small stories about melting permafrost doing *bad* things in Alaska, and some Canada.......
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    I don't think so. I've heard second, or maybe read first-hand, that they never have enough of the right size, and the staff handing them out just don't care, as long as they're not so small that you can't get...
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    Charlie, Charlie, Charlie... wrong submarine. I was thinking of one who's designer, builder and captain was named Nemo.......
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    Current news story from google news: one of the tanker captains disputes the US version, and says that they were hit by what they thought was an artillery shell, then, a couple hours later, by a second shell. No mines,...
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    Geez, I almost forgot: getting into the datacenter, you did have the ID card and other-factor id to get you through the two doors, and don't forget to hit the button on the way out, or the alarms will have...
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    Yep, sure, he's only wounded. I think there needs to be die roll adjustments for that, based on range. Still, I'd think that if they're running something on someone big, someone big has much more security, with more and bigger...
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    Well, then there was the problem that if you hadn't prepared the network, when you opened it up, you'd lost tokens in the carpeting, and they'd break down to bits, causing bitrot, and you after you reconnected, you'd have to...
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    Reminds me of the fad of guys wearing their pants hanging down, which is supposed to look like someone in prison, where they get whatever the size. To which, I've always wondered why they wanted to emulate the guys who...
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    Dactyls? You mean they won't accept Pterry's, either?...
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    Damn - that should have been 4 questions in an answer....
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    No, no, no. We all know the answer - 42, and the question, what's 6*9. What many have missed is that this is true... in base 13. This explains why everything's so screwed up (and why Pagans, who tend to...
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    Speaking of stories, I was in afterglow all morning. Balticon had something new: pitch sessions for editors. After I did the one for Amazing Stories, I submitted my novelette. This morning, reading my email over breakfast, I got *two* emails...
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    Nah, what you really need to be careful about is unplugging that patch cord. You let that happen, and the bits'll get out, and you'll get bitrot in the carpeting....
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    I passed it along to my lady, who once studied (but was too ill to take the test) for an A+ certification, and she booed it.... (Wonderful woman.)...
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    AAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUGHGHGHGHGHGHHGHGHGHGHGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You *do* realize how few folks will get that? I had to share the pain, so I stood up and walked to his door, and told my manager that one.......
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