Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    With a population like a large city, some questions we've been avoiding clamour for attention. What kind of system of government might such a community choose, accept of have thrust upon it? A single layer, or a central government and...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Which is half of playing an instrument, except it's cheating by using your body as the instrument. Conversely, playing an instrument is cheating because you don't need to hold the tune with your body....
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    That's still not quite the point - you can't "play guitar" on a synth. You can't press your ear against the heelcap and feel the resonance in your bones. You can certainly use any keyboard to enter data for the...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Which still leads to a huge energy budget for growing the photosynthesisers, no matter how efficient the lighting method, because (please forgive me for repeating the obvious) the usable food energy from that biomass production is how we power our...
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    I wasn't missing it - in my head I had that rolled up in the "demographic transition" and its associated "cultural and economic factors". Well, as much as an elephant can be rolled up in a swag (or a tuckerbag)....
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    I'm not saying you were saying anything in particular. You know, people do talk around topics without necessarily reflecting your own view back at you (if you think about it, it'd be boring if they always did). Agree about the...
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    Well, I was just rolling up your use of those terms into something that is roughly equivalent and widely recognised. Not sure about "effective", whether it's really a thing. My own version of what to do instead of the (in...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    The 90s film version with Ian McKellen is quite amazing, although it omits a lot of the text....
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    the importance of various forms of health professional Agreed - there's a stronger need for nurses, pathologists, radiographers, phlebotomists, pharmacists and all the other roles that are not currently accorded the hero status of the very well compensated (Lotus driving,...
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    I mis-remembered that figure ... and I even wrote an essay about it 3-4 months ago where I'd said "about 40", referencing OECD numbers. Memory off by an order of magnitude after really just a few weeks, not good, but...
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    thermal expansion/contraction makes it a non-starter Which means the already dubious energy budget needs to include a generous allowance for powering grow lamps, as per Silent Running....
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    You don't need a doctor, you need a medical school - someone has to become the next person who's good enough to teach the next wave of doctors. Iceland has around 350,000 people and a health system that includes training...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I periodically explain to people that it's like saying "european" or "asian"... few would expect a Spaniard to speak Sami, or someone from Vietnam feel at home in Khazakstan. Quite so, my point was that when you say European or...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    something new really has appeared - dropping birthrates as indiividual survival rates increase. I don't think this is really a new thing. See Frank's discussion of the demographic transition above, but my view is that this is evidence to show...
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    Slightly less in Queensland but definitely comparable ($40k in police college, $58k plus 20% shift allowance at the most junior constable-on-the-beat pay grade). Not clear on equivalence between the middle level ranks. For comparison in the public service a team...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The funny thing about my German side is that they all came out to Queensland before 1900. They settled in rural Lutheran communities around South-East Queensland that were largely endogamous and some were still mostly speaking German in my lifetime...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I don't think I said anything that would preclude that (there were many destinations). What did I say that you feel you are disagreeing with? Most Germans who came to Queensland in the 19th century enjoyed some sort of assisted...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Well that's annoying - I'd written a long description of (among other things) kangaroo traps here, got as far as "Preview" and my PC crashed. It's worth pointing out that "kangaroo traps" are not what you might imagine from the...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    At that point you need to ask: why wasn't the population of the !Kung tribe growing exponentially for the last millenia? If they had so many resources that they could live a good life by working only 20 hours a...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Dude: nice little office you have their. Nice of you to say. Do you like the parlour palm? Heimatvertriebene is only used by FUCKING NEO-FASCISTS Well, it's a new term to me and I was responding to a post using...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Just realised I hadn't replied to this, and had meant to. It's really interesting to me, as my grandfather's grandfather was from a town called "Friedland, Prussia". I've always understood this to be the town on the Lava that is...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Depends on what you mean by foraging, doesn't it? I see a cross-purposes argument arising here for no good reason. I'm not sure where this foraging vs hunting distinction came into the discussion, I don't really think that Frank was...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    True, but so long as the waste heat is more energetic than the cost of pumping it around there is a possible net gain. But any system with energy inputs and outputs isn't really closed (so your point applies). You'd...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    So, David, why do you hate Britain?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    That's really hilarious (and especially airy). Well except the bit about the Nazis - they just aren't funny anymore....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    That's excessive, possibly cruel. Not normative, but probably a perfectly nice artist to meet That's my impression too (on both major points). I don't block her at all, but I'm currently doing one cryptic crossword per week and don't have...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    And I assume that you have noticed that the 'evidence' that the Russians were doing state-sponsored doping has been thrown out when it reached a court that took some notice of evidence? You're not thinking of the East Germans?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Maybe it would help to clear the air and declare no negative intentions. Saying the USA has certain features that the rest of the world finds "mind-boggling" is not intended as a criticism, it is just a statement of weirdness...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    University campuses are about the only interestingly weird jurisdictional thing here (in Oz). Universities come under federal jurisdiction, while police services are provided at state level. This means that usually there needs to be a report of a crime, "reasonable...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Oh, put like that I agree. One of the more mindboggling things about the US is the number of police services. As best I can make out there are over 15 *thousand* of the blighters. This compares with 10 in...
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