Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Excuses
    That is incredibly awesome! The best bit about that is the possible kit form such that a small mechanic shop could easily handle the conversion. Backyard even. Like for like is very handy. Ultimately think the in-wheel arrangement is more...
  • Commented on Excuses
    A lot of electric car fans have no idea about ohms law I didn't really follow why the relationship between PD, resistance and current is relevant anyway. The problem is about power, the way you divide it is something that...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I agree completely, and probably should have made it clearer... All the constraints that you need to apply to punishment in general to make it effective mean that it is almost always ineffective and usually counterproductive....
  • Commented on Excuses
    you hit it with the rolled-up newspaper immediately Part of the immediacy is to ensure the association is with the act (any distance at all in time will break this). Just as important, and possibly helped with the immediacy, is...
  • Commented on Excuses
    That Scalzi article talks of "unremitting awfulness" and that really does remind me of this vintage First Dog on the Moon from the height of the Abbott government here in Oz. I think that when our Tories dumped Abbott for...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Maybe you meant you're "planning to", or maybe you meant "May 2017". Whatever case "Wow, really?" was a pretty appropriate follow on. Of course, I killed a man in 2023, and now I've come back in time to escape the...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Zero net energy use (apart from inefficiencies of course). Inefficiencies and differences in payload mass spinning down versus spinning up. So we're basically talking about some high tech analogy of a tow rope on a string. And since we're also...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Constitution defines the division of power and responsibilities Yes, that is normal and it is how we do it too. You don't actually need to explain what federalism is (Brits might struggle with it a little, but Germans and Australians...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    If you don't get how the National Guard works, it's a state body, not a federal one. Key point I think. And there's an interesting exercise to compare and contrast the Federal-State-Local government responsibilities, agencies and authorities across nations that...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Two things. The first is that US federalism, from the perspective of other countries that have a federal model for their nation-state level of government, looks much more permeable than we are used to and one can't be blamed for...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Well exactly. 80% of the population of Queensland, or around 4 million people, lives within an hour or so of the NSW border. The population on the NSW side is non-trivial too. Greg - Queensland is the odd one out...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I saw a great production of A Winter's Tale at the York Theatre in the Seymour Centre at Sydney Uni in the late 80s, featuring Colin Friels and Robert Coleby. The York is a thrust stage, and what with lighting...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Dark Carnival of Nihilistic Consumption" That is as good a name for the present era as any I've come across....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "One day I decided that I'd invented a perpetual motion machine. " And by way of co-incidence, or perhaps not so much, it was one of the teachers at Woolahra Dem who talked me through why a perpetual motion machine...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    We could even have been in the same class (if you weren't in the OC stream). I was in a "normal" grade 6 class in 81, then as per gasdive I was "too young" to move on to HS, so...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    When did the name change? (*Looks it up* 1979). I was there '81 and '82, nearly everyone still referred to it as "Woollahra Dem" then. It's about 30 years since I've been anywhere near it. I probably would test somewhere...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "groups on the right (even the extreme right) get far less scrutiny than groups on the left ... or groups that can be painted as socialists". In the 70s and 80s, Queensland's Special Branch actively paid racist skinhead groups to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Just because everyone does it sometimes, I'm going to comment without reading more than 25% of the post or any of the comments. Snowmobile is a full blown commercial realisation of the statement: Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Paws could be confusing the two, as the ideal for cold climates with high diurnal temperature variation is to have very high thermal mass inside a well insulated shell. Less than ideal is just to have the high thermal mass...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The novel that Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker for in 2014, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has some well written scenes set in Japan in the last stages of the war. I'd recommend it, anyway....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    So no real change between Huges & Abbott, then ??? You mean in terms of them both being born in the UK, and both basically thinking of themselves as British? Or do you mean: Other than that they come from...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    No, it's exactly as disturbing as it should be. Quite right, clumsy wording which I don't hold close. I suppose I meant that even already knowing this, and having come across concepts like it often before, it still sends shivers...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "Something very unpleasant and strange happened..." Is it just me, or is that a much more disturbing thought than it should be?...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "[I]nstead, July 2018 should see publication of The Labyrinth Index, the ninth Laundry Files novel!" Huzzah! Sorry for you that you needed to rethink the space opera and I'm sure that'll be even more amazing for the extra incubation. But...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "But that's not happened yet (Java does not count)" Played with Erlang or Haskell?...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Greg, context is everything. Geckos are cute little guys, they have that characteristic chirp and they eat pest insects, which makes having them in your house pretty cool (the only downside being gecko poo turning up on surfaces). But here...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    First time I read a post of yours properly in a while, and you appear to be saying something similar to something I might have to say. Arbitrariness of the connection between sign and signified also. There's a good use...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Orca. With Guns. >;-) That's okay, we just employ the sharks with frickin' laser beams to control the orcas....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    In Queensland it's RACQ, in NSW it's NRMA and in Victoria it's RACV. (And while AA is for alcoholics, it is only for those who don't mind a LOT of Christianity in their rehab). Point is, the world may be...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Oz. The XV20 series started in 1997 and finished in 2002, including the wagon. According to Wikipedia, only the sedan was sold in North America (but everywhere else got the wagon). There was no wagon in the XV30 series in...
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