Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Suez canal is a sea level canal, no locks or the like, so there's nothing technologically impossible about it. However although Nero started the Corinth Canal - at 6.4km long, a small fraction of the size of Suez -...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    When I was young, we had a Corgi - the civvie successor to this. No, it wasn't terribly practical, but it was definitely fun and less of a pain to fall off than a full size, full speed bike...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Ah, heading for two orders of magnitude. The first option - a ship that charges the EVs ready for landing looks more sensible, but since that only shaves a couple of hours off the production time of a car (assuming...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Let's say a car carrier carries ~6,000 cars. And let's say an individual car has a ~60kWh battery (mine does). That's 360 MWh. The sailing time from Korea to the UK is perhaps 4 weeks, or 672 hours, so you'd...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    If your business model is based on turning raw poppy extract into various opiates, then you need to secure your feedstock. If English grown poppies don't have quite as high a percentage of the good stuff as Indian ones do,...
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    Well there are other crops which are only allowed to be cultivated under government licence. I understand that there are fields full of opium poppies discreetly planted in southern England, for use as the feedstock for pharmaceutical companies making medical...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "The article said the nominations were supposed to be kept secret for 50 years, so I wonder if all the hoopla counts against in the committee's deliberations?" I think that comment still applies - the nominator going public is a...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I stayed in a hotel on HK Island which not only missed out floors, it missed out rooms. So it would have rooms 1, 2, 3 and 5 but not 4 on a given floor. (Typically HK, it was very...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    we get about six hours of daylight in midwinter Comprising 2 hours in the first week of December, one hour in the week before Christmas, and 3 hours (much to everyone's surprise) on the 7th of January I know what...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    The cost of replacement batteries is dropping, and according to this article now there are even people who will change a Prius battery in your driveway for well under $1000 My wife's got a 40kWh battery in her LEAF, I've...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    a very specific kind of forests Intelligent and mobile?...
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    And when they want true undeniable deniability, Polonium....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    There's an article on Wikipedia about Zealandia which people might find interesting. While some find it plausible that the whole of Zealandia ended up under water, I'd be unsurprised to discover that some bits kept sticking out of the water...
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    Regarding SMS speed, I was expecting a delivery a few days ago. The first I knew was the text message saying it had been delivered — no knock or ring on the door. I popped my head out the door...
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    I'd argue that Edison's setup was based on teamwork. Setting that up was probably his great achievement though - the industrialisation of invention itself....
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    If you want data in Canterbury, use multiple networks. Herself and I were playing Ingress down there (about a year ago, I guess, since we'd been with you, Mike) and we piggy backed off each other's data a lot in...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    The 'stabber' sounds like what I got. Serrated plastic to gather faecal matter between the ridges. from, I guess, a pile of crap you just delivered on your bathroom floor (bog water is an unwanted contaminant) Unless you have one...
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    England however only gets going at age 60. I presume Scotland uses the same home kits where you post off sealed vials with what's effectively a miniature bog brush inside....
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    Not that odd: Victorinox owns Wenger. And Wenger no longer make knives under that brand - that particular one appears to be a standard Victorinox item, rebadged. We have Wenger luggage - Tesco did a voucher scheme back in 2012...
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    I prefer screw caps for non-sparkling wine, but they're still rare for French wines. What I really don't like are the plastic 'corks' - those still need corkscrews, but they're harder on the screw. At least they seem to be...
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    Tornadoes? I don't think that's likely in England...
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    According to the latest reports I've seen, the fireworks were brought ashore a decade ago, so that ship has sailed. And they were being stored in the same warehouse as the AN. It certainly jibes with the initial phone-cam footage...
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    The NI question is a bit more ambiguous but if there's a land border in Ireland And a border down the Irish Sea between the UK and the island of Ireland including the North ... that's going to reinforce the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    You think? You missed this article from yesterday. Actually in my experience it's a pleasant enough middle class part of suburban Birmingham, with a nice pub or two, whose name is unhappily muddied by that Fash. I think the tornado...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Spare capacity in the shipping business is certainly there, most visibly in the cruise industry, I'd guess. But you'd want freighters for the kit. For reasons, I'm generally following where the Viking Ocean cruise fleet is at the moment. Of...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    It's quite a nice little city, the one time I've been there (on a day trip out of Basel, so a wander around and lunch). It prides itself on being where Einstein came from...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    On COVID-19 My sister (a cancer survivor) works in an office at an Orlando area airport in Florida, processing physical paperwork from arriving flights. In her office everyone is now wearing N95 masks, but she had difficulty getting hers on...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Yeah, well it's 31C here (52N 0E), and the humidity is 50% We're not used to this heat. Contrarily, some years ago my wife and I took the Hurtigruten up the coast of Norway in January. We were well prepared,...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Implants are indeed not dentures - if they go wrong, they're a hellacious pain to sort out. My wife has had one of hers replaced, by a dental surgeon who wrote the book — at least, one of the books...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    This macBook Pro has 5 ports and all are occupied, one by an adaptor to allow more things to be plugged in. So while I am happy with 'everything has a USB-C form factor', I could do with more of...
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