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  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Kipling was of course a pretty good hand at horror when he wanted to be. Bubbling Well Road springs to mind. Charlie: this is probably a silly question, but how comprehensible is your work likely to be to someone who...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "hundreds of thousands of hogs were gassed or shot & millions of chickens killed & bulldozed into landfill, even as Americans queued at foodbanks in record numbers." You've read The Grapes of Wrath, I'm sure. "Yeah, well, I've been saying...
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    That's the thing. I could remember some vague facts about the project but not all the details....
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    Sure, but the question of Charlie's thermally leaky windows has been dissected on here down to the atomic level. What it comes down to is that historic building regulations mean he can't do anything without risking having bits chopped off...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "Now comes the question: which fantasies have already dealt with a world in which Alexander The Great survived?" Greg Bear, "Eternity"....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "And in WW1 military balloons were filled with hydrogen made by passing steam through red hot iron tubes." Yes, but what you're doing there is using water to oxidise iron giving you iron oxide and hydrogen; it's not some magic...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "Not disputing your scenario, but why would a "no-guns HMS Victory" be carrying cannonballs? Or have gunners?" I had immediately jumped to the personal conclusion that there had been Skulduggery and Pilferage somewhere in the supply chain, so what they...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hammersmith Bridge: funny thing reading that article is that I used to walk between those two border bus stops they mention for preference, because it was quicker than waiting for a bus to turn up. Liquid nitrogen: first encounter here...
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    Thanks (also to others who posted similarly). Yes, that happened, although hardly ever with enough importance to be thought worth mentioning; when someone does think their use was significant enough to mention it's usually for scouting or similar, and even...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Right. I don't know so much about WW2; it's 1 that is my particular interest. What I'm thinking about being a target is that the encumbrance slows you down, makes it harder for you to rapidly take cover, and makes...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    But that again is another example of the low energy density of hydrogen making it fairly crap. The energy density of acetylene is much greater. Furthermore, you don't really want to be filling the bin liner with just the fuel;...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Quite. When I was a kid I decided to avoid 2km of cycling by forsaking the road route around 3 sides of a square and traversing the fourth side instead, directly across some fields. The first couple of fields were...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "And since wine would go bad as the months went by, turning in to vinegar, they drank that, too, sweetened with honey." Or lead acetate, from boiling it in lead vessels. It's probably worth putting up with quite a lot...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Your original idea of just three gears was better; you'd probably have to have a slightly different layout from the current bicycle standard to make it work, but I don't see such a layout being much of a problem, especially...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yes. The original Red-Med canal ideas were not about going across the isthmus, but about going west from the Red Sea to the Nile and then using the river. There were a few such plans and one of them at...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    If I have pictured Charlie's place correctly from his posts, he has sash windows which are a pain for leaking heat and cannot be replaced with something more suitable due to lots of heavy regulations. However, I don't think any...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I do, however, find it most disappointing that he is not generally referred to as "President Fart" on the grounds that that is what "trump" means....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yes, but it's a pot you need to trap a shoggoth in. If you try and trap it in a sink it'll just extrude itself out again through the plughole....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    It doesn't here either. I've no idea why it's called that and if I hadn't already known the term I'd never have been able to work out what it meant....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The ADSL connection went down....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Diseases from the future which we have no resistance to (so that by the time the traveller comes from resistance will have developed)....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Well, the Romans weren't using sails of a large enough size to have to start dividing them up. One disadvantage of a boom is that it makes that size a lot smaller, especially for a square sail, because of the...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Unlikely to be valves, but doesn't need to be. Any number of non-critical faults or bits of shielding missing will give you lots of nice EMI from the line output stage. Might even just be dirt. I made a little...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "The Kirkpartick MacMillan treadle crank system" It does make it reasonably possible to avoid the materials difficulties of highly stressed parts, but unfortunately, it's shit. When I was little I had a pedal car using that system. It was a...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Newton rather than Bernoulli; yes, sails are basically wings, and make use of the force needed to change the direction of an air stream. The speed of the airflow over front and rear surfaces is very little different, but the...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Line shafting type leather belts, as EC points out, do not work for bicycles. They do not have much friction available. The tension in the belts is very low and you can often see the drive side of them still...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    He'd have been fucked when he ran into the Morlocks, then....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hah, I've had a fridge on the back of mine. Could still ride it; what wasn't possible was pushing it, because without weight on the handlebars to balance it the front wheel just went straight up in the air. That...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    On the other hand, the ones that eat diesel just need pure diesel plus a few drops of water in the bottom of the tank. And they are everywhere; their metabolism may be anaerobic but they still manage to be...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Not bladder wrack - you can pop the bladders on that in your fingers. The knotted ones are as tough as old boots and you can't burst them no matter what you do. Only when they have been stranded above...
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