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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Mikko - You did the analysis of the gear chain bike different to me but with much the same result. You need multiple gears, mot "just 3" to get from a pedal crank to a rear axle 30 inches away...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    It's pretty pointless though; a bicycle chain drive is 98% efficient (up to 100% for a derailleur if we neglect friction in the jockey wheels)....
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    Bicycles - various recent. Well, I can only think of 3 basic designs:- 1) The Kirkpartick MacMillan treadle crank system 2) The direct drive (see the Ordinary, commonly known as the "penny farthing"), where the pedal make one revolution for...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    #47 - General rule of Steve Jackson (US) games is that any humour is on an individual card level, rather than a game turn or game level. #59 - Non-spoiler reasons for watching The Long Kiss Goodnight - Geena Davis...
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    I've just been reading a history of the development of rocket fuels. There are 2 pictures in the prefix that say it all. One shows an engine test "going right", a blue flame cone with mach diamonds in it; the...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    You can not believe what UK Listings can be like; I know of one building from about 1920, listed with late 1980s faux-leaded faux-diamond pane glass. It is illegal to replace that with period correct windows!...
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    That would be about equivalent to our Grade 2 and Grade 1 Listed Building status. Beyond that I meant that, even with a freehold property, you may require permits to re-configure or change the usage of a property, and discussing...
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    Yeah, Flipping is a thing in the UK too, but works slightly differently because our zoning and related laws are different. (This doesn't actually apply because Scotland, but for example, if Charlie owned the ground of the block Nojay lives...
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    That doesn't seem much like the UK housing market (ignore whether $buyer is buying to renovate and sell on, renovate and rent, or to actually live in), the typical transaction is:- 1) $buyer purchases house from $seller. 2) $buyer does...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    [1] After double checking, in Scots Law a sheriff runs, and/or sits in judgement in a court. They must be a qualified and experienced advocate or solicitor, and are a civil service appointee, not an elected official like in the...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Well, this is "just guys talking on the commute" but we;re discussing the notion of breaking open warehouses with MoD ration packs (UK equivalent to US MRE) in them....
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    On the "bright" side, there have been claims that a "die-back event" is the only way to prevent "global warming"....
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    Well, in this general context, I used to know someone who was a sales rep, and concerned about "how much he drank". He switched to G&IT, with an understanding that the barman would serve him tonic on the rocks. He...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Yeah, but most of us would put Dominic Cummings (and Alexander Bozo Falafel Johnson) on the "B Ark"....
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    #442 - And indeed there are people (I think journalists and "healthcare managers") who seem to think that a Covid-19 test is some sort of "silver bullet" rather than a confirmation of diagnosis (based on hearing/seeing interviews). #479 - What...
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    No links in my #82 to be breakable. The only HTML is one word in boldface....
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    #24 - Well, the Paris - Nice cycle race is still on. That said, the one USian rider has withdrawn so that he can get home ahead of the Orange Carcinoma's travel ban... #37 - Your sums are correct, but...
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    Well put; there are at least 3 others who'd have said more or less exactly that here....
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    Any thoughts as far ahead as the second May bank holiday weekend? (Satellite 7) I won't ask the committee from this far out....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    #1167 - Huh!!? I have at no point advocated using a larger loading gauge than needed; Simply pointed out that the loading gauge sets a limit on how large a rail vehicle's dynamic silhouette can be. #1169 - You mean...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    #1101 - London, Glasgow, Clydebank, Dumbarton. Just a few places that have multiple main-line stations, and indeed may have main-line terminii. #1106 - "We're talking about a missile the size of the Chrysler Building". Yes? #1108 - "I wonder if...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Well, "Alexander Johnson" is his actual first forename and surname, even if "BoZo Falafel" is political comment....
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    That's the thing about a loading gauge; it's a maximum dynamic width/height for stock, but you don't have to build the largest possible stock within the loading gauge....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    #1066 - Ironic number. But no; I was just implying an exceptional level of stoopid on BoZo's part. #1068 - Amongst the people I know Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is the most popular of the Battenburgs!...
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    Just recently read that the UK Minister of Health Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with COVID 19 and is self quarantined That;s correct. There are no plans to even test some of those at the same party (yes, that sense...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    And apparently, although he is known to have been at a party with a sufferer there are no plans to test BoZo. That said, he's probably one of the few people who could fail a diagnostic test!...
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    #1018 - Well, you started it! The North American loading gauge is even wider than the European one. #1025 - Counterpoint. An etymologist was visiting the Outer Hebrides and asked a local 'Is there any word in Gaelic that is...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    #921 - I'd agree, despite BoZo's "you can't have another Independence Referendum" schtick. #926 - The maximum speed that the stock is capable of is not the same thing as the speed limit for the permanent way you're travelling on!...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I'm not sure if the capsules are ground cumin or cumin oil. I also don't know how effective the treatment is (if at all)...
  • Commented on A serious question
    There was some interesting stuff on this subject in Supergirl Season 4. (which may be continued in Season 5)....
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