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  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Depends on the model - some elements just unplug, some flip up and then unplug. My parent’s built in cooktop has round elements that just plug in, they use tinfoil pie dishes as drip trays underneath after the fancy metal...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    William, not Harry. Duke of Cornwall goes with the Prince of Wales title which belongs to the designated heir. Charles gets upgraded to Duke of Lancaster and derives his personal income from those estates instead. The Crown is specifically not...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    No contravention by the Crown of a provision made by or under this Act shall make the Crown criminally liable; but the High Court or in Scotland the Court of Session may, on the application of a person appearing to...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I was going to say that electric is more dominant than gas in NZ, because piped gas was always a limited commodity. That seems to have changed a *lot* though in the last 20 years, with the cities now well...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Yes, I’ve noticed the same thing. Although thanks to google being stupid and ignoring dots in emails, treating name.surname and name surname as the same, I find myself regularly getting the plane tickets for a Canadian namesake, should I ever...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Doing the math, the Left/right divide is pretty solidly entrenched. Brexit’s Nigel Farage Party consistently took all the UKIP protest vote and half the conservatives. Labour lost votes to the Lib Dems and Greens, and the Lib Dems picked up...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    On the subject of unpronounceable names I offer up this wonderful example from the classic Polish comedy film How I Unleashed World War II. You'll want to turn subtitles on....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I for one *hate* that. It's surprisingly common for US/UK releases to have different titles. Niven's Legacy of Heorot/Beowulf's Children. Gabaldon's Cross Stitch/Outlander. Heck, Harry Potter and the insert magical word here Stone...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I was utterly flabbergasted to discover that my current ex council flat in London doesn’t even have a water meter - the company seems to only have one on the main pipe into the estate and as best as I...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    There's a similar dual system in place in Reykjavík which centrally delivers both hot and cold water. Hot water is geothermal, so is cloudy and smells strongly of sulphur. Although it turns out they deliberately add extra H2S to it...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    There's a wonderful exhibit in the People's Palace in Glasgow on the Tenement housing that the majority of the citizens lived in. And in most the toilets were located in unsanitary blocks on the ground between the buildings. There are...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    That particular isn't powered - it's gravity only. Movement on the flat or uphill is just like a normal wheelchair, you spin the rear wheels by hand. It's designed for downhill racing trails or riding with people who can assist...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Yep, at a Banff film fest four or five years back I met someone who does serious offroad racing with one of these. They are purely gravity powered but are amazingly manoueverable, and a bunch of the guys I saw...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Yes, HS2 is wrong on so many levels, not least of which is they chose Euston as a terminus, which is a dead end that doesn’t easily link with *anything*. And it has the underlying assumption that travellers from the...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Basically I'm thinking about the residential version of modern office designs, with a false roof and floor for all the ducting and infrastructure, and a totally flexible internal plan for the room layouts. You could divide up the roof and...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    So just thinking about the corridor aspect some more. Traditional Japanese houses generally have several rooms that are separated by sliding partitions, allowing them to be enlarged or shrunk according to need. I wonder if we'll start seeing more adaptive...
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    We got rid of a bunch of wall warts and extension cords by using things like these. Also makes travelling a lot easier since you only need to find a single wall socket and can power half a dozen or...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    On the separation of home working and home living, humans are still social animals. So I can imagine a slow migration away from offices, and more into communal workspaces attached to housing developments, complete with meeting spaces, coffee shops, and...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    > the era of mass public automobile ownership will come to an end within my lifetime. I suspect that will remain strongly correlated with the population density of the area the owners choose to live. In the UK, I can...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    @Greg Now I'm somewhat regretting not driving that pass this autumn - I did the road just to the north over from the Langdales and really liked the drive. The UK definitely does the *stupidly* narrow road well. I still...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Can you still get weekend passes at the door, or only day ones?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Um. First off, you're using hearsay from a book being promoted by the Daily Mail, which is hardly a reputable source. Plausible granted - Assange is a proper shitbag. But pretty thin. "Doesn't change the claim that Assange might have...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You know that the US DOD at the trial admitted that that no instances were ever found of any individual killed by enemy forces as a result of having been named in the releases. There do seem to have been...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I don't think Corbyn will mind having the EU elections - Labour isn't going to take a big hit there at this stage unless something drastically changes. The Conservatives are going to get a pasting though, with the right vote...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    @JBS Yes, the guy I spoke with is Midwest US and while socially mostly liberal, when you talk to him about military matters he very quickly shifts to conservative death penalty supporting single minded. It’s quite interesting how deep the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    On the Manning front, one former soldier I talked to recently extremely firmly wants him shot for treason. His best argument from being there at the time was that amongst the documents Manning released were technical details about how the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Gorse is a pain in the ass, often literally, but it has the advantage of being heat and drought tolerant, meaning it can colonise a lot of sun baked outcrops and gaps on the ridge lines and former grasslands. Throughout...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    An important thing to remember about the 2011 riots is that six people died, a handful of non-police were injured, and it was over in five days. And those riots were ENORMOUS compared to what we can expect from a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Her underlying goal throughout has been to escape the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. The only way to do that is not to be in Europe, because the ECJ respect ECHR case law. It all goes back...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    <boris>Clearly the problem was he just didn't drive fast enough - if he had been driving at the right speed he'd have gotten through fine with a trailer 9/10 the usual height and everything would have been fine - indeed...
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