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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The marines swarming the trireme would be... interesting. For one, which would have the higher deck above the water - I would assume the Victory, a *lot* higher, so the marines would be coming down, while the tririme's crew would...
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    Einstein. Timelike loops... nahhh, I'm not going to restart the argument that an ansible *would* work, given that in each separate ship, the messages come in a timelike manner. Unless the two ships *together* are considered to be one frame...
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    In the US, you can easily buy LN2 from Roberts Oxygen, a *large* chain. Have fan-friends in Arlington, VA, who, at their large party on the 4th of July, have as a high point (and all the kids on the...
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    The way I understood it for many years was that Roman (and Arthurian) cavalry rode to the battle, then dismounted to fight. I've never seen or read of a lot of swords long enough for fighting from horseback were found...
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    Please note that most states offer early in-person voting, AND the Boards of Election have non-US Mail drop off boxes just for ballots. We're probably going to use the latter....
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    Yeah... I just looked. Greek tririmes had about 170 men, while Roman had 300. The HMS Victory, at the time of Trafalgar, had 821. Also, no one mentioned whether muskets disappeared with the cannon... or the casks of gunpowder....
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    In high school chemistry (mid-sixties) I got out of several classes one morning by assisting my chemistry teacher, who was demonstrating to the morning classes how Lavoisier first separated hydrogen and oxygen. I think he said it was a shotgun...
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    Oh, and as I hit submit, I remembered the solution I came up iwth in the late sixties that I never wound up using: how well do the white wing terrorists shoot... when they're trying to walk on marbles all...
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    "Shoot back"? When I can buy rocket motors, and cutting lasers? And, of course, since this is a house with *two* oxy-acetyline torches, I could weld steel on the front of the minivan, though I don't know any big Black...
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    Y'know, let me speak as someone who spent a lot of his life with not a lot of money: in the US, you can buy "kits" - clear plastic, with cardboard or something strips, and you staple these *inside* the...
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    While you're time traveling, please take out Marcus Aurelius' son, so that he can't become Emperor, as he disastrously did....
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    Ok, here we go: I don't know if anyone's thought of this before; if not, I claim right of recognition (like Clarke's recognition that was such a thing as geostationary orbits): colonies and stations on inner planets, I expect, will...
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    Hydrogen. Right. Can the next time traveler passing near me kindly give me a recipe on how to build a catalytic material that will store hydrogen inside a crystalline structured material at the equivalent of 2000 or 3000 psi, and...
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    I did a quick websearch, and apparently the primary drink of Rome was wine. WATERED wine. They considered it crude and barbarous to drink it from the bottle (or beer, for that matter). One piece I found has it at...
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    One of the two best vacations I've ever had was '96, where my late wife and son (and the dogs) met me after work, and we drove to Worldcon in Anaheim, via the Great Northwet. After we saw this large...
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    What happens is that just outside the event horizon, the force is so strong that you get particle-antiparticle pairs created. One will usually get pulled in, and the other escapes, esp. if it's photons. This is Hawking radiation, and through...
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    Better batteries? Better solar cells? More efficient use of radioactive materials to generate energy? Of course, all of it will require helping a Nigerian prince.......
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    Actually, here's a thought that struck me after I hit submit: inflation, which well may have been ftl for the speed of light as we know it. What if it was so fast that it folded space, like pushing a...
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    There are limits, of course - they *do* evaporate, and the smaller they are, the faster they do so....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Charlie... I think Laundry security is breaking down.... FANGs? https://www.investors.com/market-trend/stock-market-today/dow-jones-today-futures-shed-losses-advance-amazon-leads-fangs-nike-rises-ahead-of-earnings/...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    On a bike, yeah. One of these days, I need to work with an HBS (technical term: honkin' big screwdriver) and do it to a tire on a hand truck, and trust me, that things a *lot* tighter than one...
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    Sorry, I think they'd find a way to make them work. Just thinking about it for a few minutes, I have ideas. 1. A belt to a small gear, that rotates rapidly, then move the other belt to the bigger...
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    Yes, well, Jack the Ripper was seriously fucked. I need to watch that with Ellen.......
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    Any *reasonable* engineer designing a time machine would have an emergency signaling device installed. Alternatively, in Time After Time (marvelous, romantic movie), HG Wells, when he builds his time machines, includes a key. If the key is not in the...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yeah. These idiots were tasting raw ground pork sausage. Emeril or any other tv famous chef: screw you, I will NEVER cook pork below 175F or more. Ditto fowl....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Does this include https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/21/barclays-hsbc-shares-standard-chartered where Paul Manafort, Trumpolini's campaign manager in '16, is implicated by the released papers, and we're talking $2T US - more than half the US federal budget?...
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    Please. Please. DO NOT SEASON TO TASTE with raw pork. http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-the-medical-detectives/chapanal002.html "A Pig From New Jersey"....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Derailleurs. *sigh* And here I could come up with a bike driven by a LEATHER BELT, the way all machinery was in the 19th and into the 20th century, and a really easy wheel with a lever to move the...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "Literate population"? Why do you have a problem with folks who can read and write making an income by writing or reading letters to/from people? Y'know, like when my late ex was in jail, and helped other women who were...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Wheelbarrow... from what you're saying, something like this? https://www.google.com/search?q=large+center+wheeled+cart&client=firefox-b-1-e&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiJ0OD32frrAhXihHIEHZKoCa0Q_AUoAXoECA4QAw&biw=917&bih=506#spd=9987973117707975632_0...
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