Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Upcoming events
    One end of the house has pictures only by Burns on, and they're spreading elsewhere. This is part of why Jim recognises us — it's only polite to know your regular customers. I have, somewhere, the TIFF file he made...
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    Jim Burns is a sweet guy, though he does like teasing me about my near ancestor, the one who assassinated Spenser Perceval back in 1812. We have a number of Burns pictures. Not an original painting, yet, but we do...
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    Typo alert: that's Carrie Vaughn with you on Thursday afternoon I'm always wary about signing up for Kaffeeklatches: either I don't know the person/their work enough, or I know them too well, and it seems unfair on others for me...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Misjudge a bend or hit some subsidence and you're swimming. And going swimming in your car is bad news when the water is deep enough to cover the roof, but narrow enough to stop the doors opening. Those roads are...
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    It's the difference between insane and ludicrous. Given that most people who have heard of the Merlin probably haven't heard of the Meteor, saying 'it's a Merlin' without saying ' ... except it's had bits changed, and these pistons are...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The Beast's "Merlin" was actually a Meteor from a Centurion tank. Yup. However, given the close relationship between the Merlin and the Meteor, many of the latter being rebuilt Merlins jigged to rotate the other way, the confusion is allowable....
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    Or the chap who found the right scrapyards and built himself a car with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in it and a Rolls-Royce radiator grille on the front, and they got on his case legally about it Ah, the Beast...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    According to the Wikipedia entry, it's 9 kts for that range, 15 for continuous high speed. On the other hand, 9 kts sounds fine for a mine sweeper....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    A friend took the domain dotat.at, with the email address dot@ - that works better. Is that the domain you were thinking of? It's still there, as is the email address. His running a private mail server was perhaps unusual,...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I loved that the BCPL book used an annotated copy of the compiler source code as its example code. And it was still a slim volume. (Backend codegen was left as an exercise for the reader.)...
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    The Pentagon are already salivating … And the optical astronomers are weeping, what with all the stuff that'll be up there shining in their scopes....
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    The Tesla Powerwall we have is probably slightly larger in volume than the under-counter fridge in the kitchen. However it and its control unit are nicely low profile, and attached to the outer wall of the garage. It does a...
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    Pretty much by definition, yes. It's the foetus to the checked-restore baby — it's a necessary step, but it's not there yet. One of my first tasks when I joined a certain Cambridge software company (one that sort-of lives on...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I too am interested. How interested the average reader would be is difficult to tell: perhaps as for JRRT's monographs on the evolution of the Elvish languages. But we're a pretty self-selecting bunch here, so yeah....
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    Cities are different during festivals. My wife and I used to visit Basel, CH for Fasnacht, which is their take on Mardi Gras. The locals who like the festival (which runs from 4:00 Monday to 4:00 Thursday1) try to stay...
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    True, true. But when you've got effectively infinite computing power, why try to optimise? The Fringe is an interesting phenomenon, in that a lot of comedians want to perform at the Fringe, so they spend the previous months putting together...
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    Of course Accelerando is first. Once you've had Teh Singularity, anything can follow, including a full resolution simulation of Edinburgh You can fit everything into the Unified Charlieverse if you try hard enough....
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    You know that Charlie intended Halting State and Rule 34 to be two thirds of a trilogy, but that 'circumstances' were preventing him completing it. This is just an end run round the problem....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Ah, I got the wrong referrent then. I thought you were meaning that Down Periscope was the naval thriller and real life was the Three Stooges. Oops - E_NOCAFFIENE...
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    Down Periscope wasn't exactly a naval thriller either, hence Kelsey Grammer as the submarine commander. I quite liked it: no masterpiece, but fun enough....
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    As per United States presidential approval rating on Wikipedia (Good grief, even the Fox poll shows negative)...
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    I dunno, and I'm not going to turn off my malware blocker for that site. It's possible that they're using a definition where they take the percentage that approve and subtract the percentage that disapprove....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Why did you bring up #626? GT mentioned #628 ......
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I just checked her profile, and top of the list I was shown of people she follows was Charlie. (Amusingly my wife was down at #3 - but it is promoting people I engage with to the top) de Bodard...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I tend to use MarineTraffic, which will show tracks for the previous 24 hours. Of the two tankers named (Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous), Front Altair is not doing much, and Kokuka Courageous is at anchor. I note that Kaifan...
  • Commented on Story time!
    the Heathrow Express (plush, fast, also the most expensive railway service per kilometer of track in Europe, if not the world) or the bus (don't go there) Or the normal train which is a bit slower, a but less frequent,...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Ah, we were last there for the 2017 Worldcon, which I note is before the new stations opened. Oh dear, we'll have to return. (There was a rather violent storm while we were there - it ripped off roofs and...
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    My wife and I like travelling the local metro systems - or lacking that the local tram system - when we visit cities1. As in, collecting all the stops on all the lines. So yes, we've done Helsinki's simple Y...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Kalgoorlie is about 340 miles from Perth, so might be out in your badlands. And eyeballing it, Broken Hill is about 250 miles from Adelaide. Those are the only two mining settlements I've visited and I've not checked the rest...
  • Commented on Story time!
    why do they even bother to pretend to be different? Basically, because they hope to get more of the total market by tweaking the formula in different directions, and then branding those different variants so people know what to expect....
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