Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Still, that makes them "good Germans". Not to blame your lot of course: you're more like the Austrians this time around, while we're the Hungarians or maybe Romanians....
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    I've heard a Mongolian throat-singer covering a Depeche Mode song. Are you sure you're not thinking of Joy Division?...
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    what's the English word for zeitgeist anyway? No single word. Closest in my mind is "the temper of the time", but that's an awkward phrase, somewhat cliched, and we each probably associate it with specific texts (Midnight Oil comes to...
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    As a bit of an addendum the birds subthread, I had lunch yesterday at a restaurant overlooking the Brisbane River, and observed over the course of about an hour: a pair of brahminy kites loitering over the water apparently fishing...
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    There are some places in Brisbane where the rocky layers (including the Brisbane Tuff) are accessible, many where they are not and where they are not, there are areas where concrete slab foundations are only required to bear static loads,...
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    higher neutron density Gah. I don't think it's entirely credible to blame that one on autocorrect, or even finger macros, but I'm prepared to give it a try......
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    it came as a surprise to a LOT of geophysical people that green-house gasses would have measurable effects on earth rotation parameters, so a lot of them are still in the "really?!" or even "I dont believe it!" phase I...
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    Yes, but does neuron density correlate with what we might call for the sake of brevity "intelligence"? That might actually be a case of putting the solution before the question. Here I'll quote from this article about the study that...
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    Yep, already found it on Kindle after your earlier post. Looking forward to reading it....
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    specifically parrots and basal songbirds like corvids Australian magpies and butcherbirds are songbirds that resemble, but are not closely related to corvids and I suppose that's what you or the author means, although there are talkative but non-singing corvids here...
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    I've had a cockatoo bite my phone while I was using it to take a photo of the same bird. We always like to give the cockies honorifics, otherwise it was hard to have a proper conversation, but we realised...
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    And look at you with a "why have you been keeping this from me all this time?" expression. Well TBF that depends on what you feed them the rest of the time. A few thin slices of poached chicken breast...
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    Well, I meant "something" rather than "someone", but hey it still scans okay. And (per Moz) you would be much more careful about fingers around cockatoos....
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    Meh, ibises are awesome, misunderstood and don't deserve the bad rap they get. I've watched an ibis get a small crab out of the mud, wash it carefully and eat it. That's the natural element, while the ones who are...
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    Would people be like the characters in Vinge's Steel Beach — changing sex was just something you did, not worth more remarks than a new hairstyle gets now? It's worth pointing out that the Banksian Culture universe has it exactly...
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    This point on definitions is important. The fact they are contestable is the whole point of this discussion. Following a very specific and narrow definition risks making an argument that is basically tautological. The conclusions are built into the definition,...
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    That's a skill, and it does require learning and practice. But modulo navigation systems I could also tell someone else how to get somewhere... just not in a modern-useful way for the most part (cardinal directions using bicycle paths) Definitely...
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    Just because the US usage of the word "chum" turns up in it, here's a really nicely crafted song about an illegal fishing operation....
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    I'm still just a bit over halfway through it too, having taken several breaks to read other things (including OGH's last release, which tells you I've been at it for a few months). H's summary is good. The authors do...
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    I really need to thank Greg for being an excellent foil in this Well yes, I appreciate that too and also that you're being enormously more patient than I find I'm able to at the moment. I'm vaguely aware I...
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    They're not changing - it's just that some people are committed to very specific narrow definitions and others are trying patiently to explain those definitions are inadequate. What about that Bach guy then?...
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    Re: 685, Greg's comments are 100% Dunning-Kruger at this stage. We probably need to change the subject before he makes any kind of sense again....
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    which I'll call gods for short I first read that last word as "sport", and it scanned well enough for me after a long couple of days....
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    I guess there's a different approach that might work for you, Greg. What do you do on a Sunday morning? I used to sleep in, these days mostly my wife and I go for a walk, like we do every...
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    In a way this is (sort of) concentric with the OP, since the UK does have a state religion and the monarch is its chief primate. The CoE famously is full of atheists, some of whom "pass", some of whom...
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    This is all missing the point that the concept of religion as a separate form of knowledge or activity is a modern one. Untangling the "theological" roots from the main trunk of positivism is largely conceptually impossible, including the very...
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    Well a heated cupboard you can dry clothes in is totally a bonus when it doesn't stop raining for a week and you don't want to use a tumble drier. Holiday rental we stayed in last week had the hot...
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    A theme that's emerged from much of the discussion on the OP topic here, is that the "if it ain't broke" argument might apply without other considerations, the "there are more pressing concerns" argument breaks down precisely where the ongoing...
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    so Dunning Kruger'ed about religion that they figure they'll learn nothing by reading this Cue the famous opening of Terry Eagleton's review of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins: "Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the...
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    Of some interest here: $1m community battery unveiled in Melbourne Melbourne in general and Fitzroy in particular has one of the highest population densities in Australia and one of the most progressive/green-leaning local councils....
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