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  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    A late comment: Until the 1931 Statute of Westminster was passed (and then assented to be each state/nation), the UK still had certain reserved powers over the various Colonies/Dominions, and could veto or refuse to assent to some legislation. There's...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Off topic (this did become a general thread for a while...) I was pleasantly surprised twice last week. Firstly to see Charlie retweet a comment from @e_pe_me_ri , a Wellington based Linear B scholar (I like both ancient and future...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Whether or not they're called 'mass market', I still like small format paperbacks if I'm not buying the hardcover of a book - they fit my bookshelves better. Nice to see this out....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I believe a recently re-discovered 'Linear B' tablet has some disturbing implications... https://enijote.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/a-new-linear-b-tablet-in-wellington...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    *sigh* Derek Lowe, not David Lloyd. I dunno, maybe I had V for Vendetta on my mind....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Chemist David Lloyd's occasional blog on things he won't work with (because they will poison you, dissolve you, blow you up, or some combination of the three) - including the aptly named FOOF - has been mentioned here before http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/category/things-i-wont-work-with...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    He's switched to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgDhlWxHOow (had to change phones) When asked why he's stayed on Islamorada he replied along the lines of "We spent all yesterday refilling police & EMT vehicles as they worked. When the storm lets up we'll start...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    A newer livestream is under the same user, but this may be better: http://southernmostpointwebcam.com The marker is about 8ft high. The road looks to be about 2m above MHW? Picture of the area from the sea for context: https://cdn.shutterstock.com/shutterstock/videos/5722616/thumb/1.jpg...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    For me, it riffed on Denis Glover: "And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle/The magpies said". That and Mr D Duck's "Waauggh!" of frustration....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Adding to that, nothing happened in 1951? A fun bit of time digging around suggests possibly a mistake by the writer or reviewer. Laws against slavery were passed in 1874, again in 1909 to include more forms of 'involuntary servitude',...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Thanks, it's a nicely turned phrase. I'll stick with JReynolds' comment at 336 as my headcanon though, IYDM....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    A bit of checking shows the 'books' are mostly from publishers whose business model appears to be scraping wikipedia entries to publish 'study guides' etc. I'd bet if someone checked the wikipedia page edit history for 'electron shells' they could...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    For me, too, the dinner scene is one of the high points of the book, and one of the best of type I've read. On the down side, there is one thing in the audiobook version which really bugs me:...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Not Greg, but... An Olympus E-PL7? However, you can get Olympus OM to [other] adapters for many current brands of DSLR/Mirrorless cameras - e.g. an OM/Canon ring costs about a tenner. No auto-focus on them, but lenses of that era...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Or even 'waiting'. *sigh*...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Give up. I mean, I wasn't even going to read the preview chapter and then... Anyway, matched sets of books look so much nicer on the shelf, and why deny yourself by wainting?...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    "Combat Poet"? Ever read Beowulf? A non-comic version of a gonnagle? "The fliers screeched. Some crashed into the snow, but the ones still capable of flight swarmed off among the trees...[The poetry] was offensive to the ear and a torrrture...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Huh? No prob, unless you've hit your monthly free articles limit....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Meant to add: And the Regency Act 1937 (as amended) lays out the process to follow when the monarch is incapacitated, or not of legal age....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Regarding sanity-clause of MPs (and now I have a certain Marx Bros routine running in my head...) In the UK it used to be that an MP who was 'sectioned' for six months or more, and was assessed by two...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    For ultra-violent televised games UK/Commonwealth GenXers also have the memory of 2000ad's 'Mean Arena', set in 2021 Britain (publ 1980 onwards)....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I saw your tweets about your massive scanning binge and wondered what your workflow was - scan to OCR'd doc/pdf? and how to tag/organise the scanned docs? I thought it would have made an interesting post (still do). I've got...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I agree. When I spoke of court proceedings I was thinking of someone trying to challenge the gas/power company. If you intentionally make the smartmeter unreadable, they can remove it, or even cut you off at the street if they...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Except stand-alone scanners are a dying breed. The current multifunction devices have replaced most of them, unless you want negative/slide scanning ability (and even then I'd go with a dedicated machine - the specs are overrated to a Trump-like degree)....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Re smartmeter/Faraday: Yes there is: ultimately they'll cut someone off - terms & conditions etc (interfering with meter/supply). Granted, any test case in the Courts will be interesting....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    OK, so here's your exam question from Database Design 101: * Adam is a widower. He was married to Bea (deceased) with whom he had two children: Clive and Doris. * Eric is divorced. He was married to Fiona. Fiona...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Ahh, the butterflies of the trouserlegs of time. Yes, the July 2007 Analog. Doesn't seem to have been reprinted, though it picked up a Sidewise and an AnLab award. Luckily I've got Analog back to 1950, so I've thrown it...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    'Krokodil'? A reference to that city's drug and HIV problem (which adds fuel to the DV mix)? As for the doubling of callouts, my first assumption would be increased calls, not increased levels, but it'd be interesting to check it...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    It wouldn't be so hard to contrive a West/Islam meeting in the 1340s, or even see Islamic influence. Spain is not so far from England. The work of the Toledo School of translators in the 12th & 13th centuries meant...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    "Re: "The Roman Empire and Indian Ocean: The Ancient world Economy & the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia & India" by Raoul McLaughlin" Thanks - will add to my reading list!" Ditto, since the only book I have specifically covering that...
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