Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Story time!
    This 30 years (ie 2050 or so) figure seems to be coming up a bit. That makes puts it squarely within some of our lifetimes. This makes that whole question about how to plan for independence in old age a...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Agreed. It’s still debateable whether a PETM-level event is the end of our species, though it’s definitely the end of civilisation and human survivors are unlikely to last long (versus the geological time scales involved. A mere 100,000 years survival...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Actually the arc of which you are speaking doesn’t stop at Brisbane, which is within day-trip range of the Byron Bay lighthouse, the easternmost point of the mainland, and is not close to the “NNE bump” of the Cape York...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    On the scale thing, another good one is to point out that on some highways, missing a turn-off (or taking the wrong one) will take you a further 100km or so out of your way. No argument about the bonkers-ness,...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    That gets you 90% of the population Not really possible, because you left out Brisbane which is 10% of the population on its own, as well as the rest of SEQ and Adelaide, which account for another 5% each. Which...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "Tomorrow, When the War Began" looks like a straight rip-off of the 1984 "Teen Rambo" film Red Dawn. Superficial similarities only, they are actually nothing like each other. Sure some themes would overlap but it’s a bit like comparing Star...
  • Commented on Story time!
    “Add "Godel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid" at age 17” Funny co-incidence, I was also 17 when I read this book by Hofstadter. Its discussion of quines is probably the main background I had to draw on when I...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Sorry Greg, I’m probably one of your “fake greenies” simply because I don’t buy this. Nuclear can only be a sideshow, at least for most of the world, and all energy wasted promoting it is an opportunity cost we can’t...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    “The transition we're going to make is twofold: to direct solar rather than indirect; and less energy use overall.” And sadly, even if we manage to do it there’s every chance it won’t be enough, or it won’t be soon...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I definitely encountered matrices in high school (Sydney and Brisbane, 80s). Then again in 1st year mathematics. But “business track” students most likely would not have taken the same level of high school mathematics (they would do commerce and veg...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Then there is cost and opportunity cost. For much of the world right now, we know solar works and using it on the micro scale is cheaper than coal. It has problems, but many of these can be reduced by...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    One of my colleagues at the moment is a Londoner whose name is Nigel. But he’s 40ish so your point stands. I may occasionally bug him by singing that xtc song......
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I agree, but by “oops” I meant the sort of thing you allude to @1091: “But right now... I don't think it matters. We are fucked. All of us. "target 10 degrees" is on, because the Liberal Party of Australia...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Oh well, we seem to have re-elected the arseholes. Oops....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Both feet flat on the ground while astride the top tube, perhaps (optionally with some clearance between the top tube and whatever parts of the anatomy are nearest to it)? The other "flat foot" dimension would be one foot flat...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Well Toyota have announced they will release an electric Hilux but there are some who didn’t wait: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thedriven.io/2019/02/28/ev-hilux-conversion-trailblazer-racks-up-100000km/amp/...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Actually there is a very helpful table here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longitude#Length_of_a_degree_of_longitude (Well other than the weird translation of nautical miles into “geographical miles”, surely by someone either unfamiliar with the concept or with English as a second language). Your (Allen@845) rule of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    (aka line of longitude) Line of longitude at the equator, the equator being a great circle. Parallels are also “lines of longitude”, but not great circles. So if you are thinking of this rule of thumb roughly working out to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Dimensions for offset tables that I have seen go into decimal fractions of 1/16s. The point I’m making isn’t about precision, rather about standardisation so the arithmetic doesn’t get in the way. A sixteenth is a stand-in for a millimetre,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Well, yes. If it were anything but exactly 1600, my mental arithmetic for converting the speedometer of an old car in miles to street signs in kilometres, which is 5/8 or 8/5 depending on which way, would no longer be...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Boatbuilding, going back 50-100 years, is all in 1/16s, though modern stuff would mostly be in mm, even coming from the USA. Scantlings for standard timber sizes might have been in whole inches and other fractions, and overall boat length...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    If a mile could be reduced to 1,587.5 metres, that is a million sixteenths, at least it would seem like large and small distances are both in the same counting system. This would only require the great circle circumference of...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    We also know from more recent history that mass graves can be made very hard to find. It requires labour, but not much ingenuity, nor any technology more advanced than fire....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You have repeatedly complained that they didn't mention the rape or bail-jumping charges. You can't ALSO claim that they are arguing those charges are bad. Those are mutually incompatible complaints. I don't think this line of argument is reasonable, nor...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    However, please see the article Dave the Proc linked @584: https://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/media/2012/09/legal-mythology-extradition-julian-assange TL;DR: not unusual or irregular at all, and a normal part of Swedish procedure. The original domestic Swedish arrest warrant was upheld on appeal in Sweden and the EAW...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Yeah I kind of forgot to point out that I don’t believe this high-brow v low-brow distinction I am making aligns with the science v magic one. I’m sort of casting a broader point that the idea of there being...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Well theology is posh and a suitable preoccupation for the gentry, while the forms of ritual that have practical purposes, including things that we’d see as being pastoral care for a small community, typically are not. We know so little...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You are, of course, right that a like button would not really solve the main issue I discussed - because no-one would really go back and look at who has liked a comment. With facebook, this value is added via...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It’s a weird thing, and maybe it’s that facebook changed how we respond to things, since “like” has turned up in a lot of other contexts. But you’re not wrong in missing this feature. I’m unlikely to write a reply...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I recognise the timing is just the start of the working day in the UK, but I note that it comes at the end of the evening TV news cycle in Oz. The major headlines were dominated by the Federal...
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