Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I had a run-in with Leeds University libraries in the 1990s. As NHS staff (I was research co-ordinator for Pathology in Leeds and Bradford) I had free use of the university medical library but since I was not medically qualified...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm not a physicist so I can't comment Knowledgably but this theory could do away with the need for dark matter. http://www.uva.nl/en/content/news/press-releases/2016/11/new-theory-of-gravity-might-explain-dark-matter.html...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Greg From the Streetview you show there are at least two solutions. You could run an armoured cable under the pavement with a switch in your garage and a lock on the outlet. OK there may be problems with your...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If this blindness was caused by folate deficiency there should also have been big increases in neural tube defects including spina bifida. It should also have been obvious from the number of cases of folate deficiency anaemia. There is a...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    They were available but I couldn't afford one. They had to be separately applied to the already written text....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Did people who used BBC Micros go on to write their university essays using their BBC Micro? Did businesses run commercial software on it? Did scientists do real modelling on it? I've already written that I used it to type...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    I also used Wordwise on the BBC micro. I used it to write my MSc dissertation in 1990. The dissertation was stored on tape cassettes. The major disadvantage of Wordwise was that it had no spell checker....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There are lots of questions like this on Quora. Usually posted by anonymous trolls or obviously fake IDs. If you want to see more follow the topic. Confession: I spend too much tome on Quora to the detriment of my...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    We were aware of the need for confinement. Note that our first attempt had a satisfactory bang. We were also aware of a lot more explosive and pyrotechnic mixtures which we tried. One of the 'others' I mentioned spent months...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    When I was a teenager in the 1960sI had a group of friends, all doing ‘O’ level and then ‘A’ level chemistry who liked to make explosives and rockets. Our first “bomb” using about thirty penny bangers and exploded using...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    The UK of 1957 was arguably less democratic than today since most constituencies only had Labour or Conservative candidates . But you could also argue that it was more democratic in that the first past the post electoral system works...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I replaced all but three of my downstairs light with filament style LEDs about three years ago. 19 in all. I haven’t needed to replace any of them....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    When I was nine years old I was walking in the Roaches with my father and two aunts who were all originally from the area. They pointed behind me and said “Look! A kangaroo”. I refused to turn round because...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I’ve pre ordered Dark State from Amazon UK. There’s a download now button. When I selected it it lead to an order for Halting State. They’ve obviously got it mixed up. The Dark Sate pre order looked OK....
  • Commented on Excuses
    It’s not an argument for being in the wrong gear. It’s missing gears when changing up or down - particularly changing up. There’s no need for going through the whole set of gears in most driving. Skipping gears or block...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Use of gears. About a year ago I had to take a speed awareness course. Fort those outside the UK that means I had been caught by a speed camera and chose the course as an alternative to prosecution. At...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    SPAM ALERT Rejection letter thread....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Surprisingly she actually has type 1 diabetes....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    He specifically wrote US gallons....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The US gallon weighs 8 pounds. As did the original British gallon. The Imperial gallon and pint were changed in the 19th century to make the gallon 10 pounds. The Americans say, wrongly, "A pint's a pound the world around."...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Finland used a similar tactic in their war against the Soviet Union although it was military aircraft they were shadowing. https://owlcation.com/humanities/World-War-2-History-Finland-Responds-to-Massive-Soviet-Air-Raids-Against-Helsinki...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Time zone changes can be fatal. http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-38.html...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    When my son worked in a pub on the Isle of Man in the 1990s they had such a mix of English, Irish, Scottish, Manx and Northern Irish notes that they just accepted anything and didn't bother about the value...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    On lead in tree rings. It's a definite maybe. As seems reasonable it depends on the type of tree and its location relative to the pollution source. Usually how close to the road http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969701011494 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/56035 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00002930...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    There was a red aurora alert on the date of the "green blob in the sky" reports after a very large corona mass ejection. Seeing such things is definitely related to power transformers since most people only notice such things...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Microscopy of faeces is not common except in suspected parasite infeststion so it would be hard to spot clumps. Cultures of organisms would grow as normal....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I just checked through some more photos on Google. A lot of them seeem to be correlated with Streetview images. Most of the photos I took in Quebec City are now tagged but many of the street scenes in Toronto...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    A recent development in metadata. I checked some photos of mine in Google Photos and found that lots of pictures I took in Canada during 2003 and 2010 using a primitive digital camera with no GPS have been tagged with...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    When I saw JRM on TV condemning abortion I thought of Cecil Parkinson and his anti-abortion http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/cecil-parkinson-dead-former-tory-ministers-secretary-claimed-he-begged-her-to-have-abortion-a6833071.html...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    There's not a lot of gold in the world. This is some of it: YouTube https://youtu.be/CTtf5s2HFkA...
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