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  • Commented on Playtime is over
    offtopic: Things I would have betted money on not happening: Brexit, Trump, EM Drive working. Now look at this - Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum, which seems to indicates successful tests that eleminate at...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    There's also 'constructual physics' (CP) which claim that any designed structure (and they include the dealte of the river Lena, or a lung, in designed) is optimized for fast & effective energy/matter transfer and this usually involves fractals. When I...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Ouch. What a bullshit. You got that from this stupid Daily Hate article?...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I think that's important. Part of what the right is selling is "you don't have to change", which is a lie but one people like to hear. The ahllenge for progressive, left populism is (and it is a challenge!) to...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Oh, and here's a some very beautiful anarchist propaganda, about a year old. It starts with melting ice and feels optimistic in a way that somehow does not quite belong into this part of 2016. But may be neccessary at...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Someone upthread wrote that farems are smart enough not to pollute surface waters with fertilizer runoff. I call bullshit: Northwestern Germany has right now a huge problem with nitrate in groundwater (similar problem) because of manure over-application to fields. The...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I have an idea how this fascist international came about. But we have to start with a small dose of marxism. Bear with me. In Capiatrlism, a capitalist can't thread in place, they hav to increase their rate of profit...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Question re. games/apps: Is anyone else here caregive for a child with specia needs, especially trisomy 21? I'm curios if there are any apps that help with language aquisition, especially augmented communication. I've looked at apps that teach sign language,...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I think those in this thread who proposed a rite of passage (lion tabbing/bar mitzvah/...) missed the point of the OP: You will likely never feel>/em> adult the way your parents looked adult, because the times they are a changing...
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    MY condolonces. The best wishes for you and yours, whatever the best right now may be....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    just replying to the OP, havent read all the comments yet ... I don't think I have this "I fail at adulting" feeling so much, and because I'm such a perfect emulation of my parents - inded, since I have...
  • Commented on Evolver
    IIRC correctly, in the Red Sorhum novel, after fending off Japanese invaders and one or the fraction of the chinese civil war, the remaining defenders of the village fight of a large horde of huge dogs, that grew fat during...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    There's the claim that a lot of antisemitism masquerading as antizionism comes about like this: The Jews where the victims of the holocaust, some of them went on to form a state. Low and behold, after a few decades we...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    cool! [citation needed]...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    My thought was whatever you can do now, you can do bigger and easier with a larger booster. More segments for a larger dish, larger single dish ... In principle I would uphold this but: 6,5m is'nt far from 10m...
  • Commented on Evolver
    A few other thoughts as this thread winds down: Dogs. Dogs where bread for all kinds of qualities (small size! big size! frineldy! mean! smart! cute!), I guess some will do well. Smallish dogs could turn out to be pretty...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Minor nitpick about duckweed - protein content is pretty high, % dry weight acording to the first source I found. True, duckweed gets it's nutirents from surrounding waters but those tend to be pretty nutrient rich/heavily polluted....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    The only actual use for a huge booster I see is larger space based telescopes and easier missions in the solar system, since you get a bigger mass/fuel budget. Just to think of what this would mean for the exploration...
  • Commented on Evolver
    One thought re. beavers or other (otter?) damn builders: Fastest growing higher plant is duckweed (allegedly can double it's mass every 5 days under good conditions), Some algae apparantly grow even faster. So a large, calm water surface with plenty...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Well, we did ask the question how termites can ventilate a compost heap without boiling themselves. Not at all, but we have reserves applies ......
  • Commented on Evolver
    Can we have starfish terrans? Some ideas: Actual starfish: Some Starfish adapt to longer and longer periods out of the water and start tu hunt there, maybe raiding coastal birds nests or ambushing largert animals by lying in the sand....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Raccoons aren't social enough though perhaps they could evolve in that direction. Let me introduce to you the coati - basically a highly social 'coon without opposable thumbs (I think)....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Brainstorming other tool uses we might see by animals: Transport: For any forager, beeing able to transport more than a mouthful must be worth a lot. So basket weaving or birds nests that can be carried could come up here...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Thinking too much about evolutionary plausibility bogs me down, so i try without to find a species whose successor might make fire one day. We need breath control, fine motory skills, a heavy upper body and strong limbs, if we...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Relevant bit from Cixin Liu: In the century-long history of Chinese science fiction, apocalyptic themes were mostly absent. This was especially true in the period before the 1990s, when Chinese science fiction, isolated from the influence of the West, developed...
  • Commented on Evolver
    I find it hard to imagine any human artifact to play a big role for the coming evolution, should we be gone in a few months as per the OP. As others pointed out, on the timescales we are talking...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Since I have kids and read children books a lot I think mostly about fluffy animals. Badgers occasionally share dens with foxes (and if wikipedia is teo believed very occasionaly with rabbits!), from looking at documentaries a lot of encounters...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Since reading the (and (less so) others) authors blog and lots of TVTropes, I more often notice certain techniques, or at least think so. This let's me sometimes notice stuff I wouldnt otherwise. But studying would be something else (and...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Maybe the Ford Prefect sequence in So long, and thanks for all the fish somehow counts - we watch over his shoulder as he does weird things in weird places (on his journey back to earth) and learn only a...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    oops, forgot the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Traven Interestingly, teh english wikipedia is far less sure on B. Travens identity than the German one....
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