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  • Commented on Story time!
    I stick a hacksaw blade into the gap and then tap it on something clean and non abrasive. Hacksaw blades are about 0.65mm thick, and that's close enough....
  • Commented on Story time!
    True, but there is the counter example of OGH managing to write a story about monetary debt set after the extiction of humans. (which does sound like a 'hold my beer' moment). BTW I'm not saying you should change your...
  • Commented on Story time!
    There aren't any humans in the most pessimistic assumptions....
  • Commented on Story time!
    "I'm still holding out hope for a PETM-level die off..." Such a great sentence....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I couldn't see an 18th century style conquest with troops fighting pitched battles and front lines that sweep through cities. I think you'd see 'advisors' coming in to 'assist' the (puppet) government to 'maintain trade' and 'ensure peace'. They'd 'provide...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    That worked! Thanks. Looks like it doesn't actually grow much in winter. More like plant in autumn, harvest in spring wheat, but that's more of a mouthful than winter wheat....
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    Yes, plants too. How well does winter wheat grow above 50 degrees latitude? I really have no idea and don't know what googling terms to use that would tell me. 8 hours of sun, never higher than 16 degrees doesn't...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Just binged the Norwegian TV series "Occupied" which riffs off those themes of 'we've decided not to trade that thing you want'. Particularly relevant for countries of the size of Oz and Atearoa....
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    Ranching... Forecasts of future weather always seem to include such and such number of days of lethal temperatures. This seems to be translated into number of days workers have to stay indoors. In reality it means that all your animals...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    And it's not just crabs being horrible to invertebrates, it's the other way around too. This one turns a male crab into a female https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacculina...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Gahhhh Not *just* tongues...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Not tongues. Google parasitic castrator pea crab Calyptraeotheres garthi....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "Climates predicted by the 2080s over Asian Russia" Melting permafrost doesn't reveal farmland. Unless your goal is a hovercraft full of eels, it's useless land....
  • Commented on Story time!
    In another case of life imitating art, the Adani coal mine. Local government very excited, does some BoE calculations, comes up with estimates of tens of thousands of jobs. Much negotiating around "if the government could just build a railway...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Wasn't there an episode of the Simpsons where Homer becomes a henchman for an evil genius who uses modern management methods?...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Probably too short a response. I think almost everyone will just cook on electricity. That's what I've done. I see the gas users to be the same sort of niche thing as composting toilet users are now. I guess they...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Google methane digester...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I've always got the feeling that they were saying FTL traces out a world line that's at less than 45 degrees on a space time diagram and that makes it time travel like, given that different observers will order events...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Yet another reason for home grown energy production....
  • Commented on Story time!
    "I’m not sure matrices are among them" I'm reminded of my experiences in 2nd class (a year after the off piste teacher) where we were taught to colour inside the lines (reinforced with caning if we got it wrong, I...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Really? I have a Vague recollection of being taught matrices in 1st class. (6yo). Something like, 'That's how you multiply one number at a time and now this is how you multiply a group of numbers'. I also got taught...
  • Commented on Story time!
    And it's hardly confined to hotels. Everything from washing powder to oxygen. You can buy welding grade, medical grade, aviator's grade oxygen. It's all filled the same way on the same line from the same vat....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    EC and Paws4thot, Don't like my figures in 1403, use 1402 figures of 800 million in Northern Europe, and the point remains. Northern Europe winter is a tiny edge case that doesn't matter. Less than 2% of the big picture....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    PS, I just Google "population of northern Europe" and it was, according to Google, 105 million. Now that's a very energy hungry 105 million, but it's also only just over 1% of the global population. So my estimates above should...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    It's a lot of people if you're organising a dinner party, but on a global scale.. I don't know, maybe 10% of the population? So solar is fine for 90%. But for 6 months of the year, solar works better...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    2050 collapse is already here, it's just not evenly distributed....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Hmm, seems that coal brick stoves have been banned in China and replaced with natural gas. So maybe gas is the most common now. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/10/world/asia/china-coal-smog-pollution.html...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Are you counting charcoal bricks as 'wood'? http://aws.fuzzytravel.com/bornplaydie/pictures/5538.jpg I think you can make them from wood charcoal, but I think coal dust is more common. Is be surprised if wood is more common than dung. Wood is pretty hard to...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Tracy and Jason doesn't ring a bell. The first Jason I noticed in the media (other than Jason and the argonauts) was Jason King, but that was in the 70's...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Speaking of names, I was dubbed Jason. A Greek name. Born in 1962, no one was named Jason. Even Greeks who moved here changed their name because no one could pronounce it. (a Greek friend pronounced it for me and...
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