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  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    See, for example, CJD, which was thought to be a genetic/hereditable condition because it ran in families and victims typically died of it aged 40-60: children were infected in utero and had more kids before they succumbed. It's actually a...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    At least part of the variation in food reaction might be stress mediated; stress inhibits bowel movement, which might lead to bacterial overgrowth, which might lead to bacterial toxins and H2S inhibiting normal cell function in intestines, which might lead...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Err, the alternative to Russian gas is not US gas; there are quite a few other exporters of LNG around: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_natural_gas_exports Please note that Russia while Russia is a big producer, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_natural_gas_production it's also a big consumer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_natural_gas_consumption The same...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I had to explain the Bengladeshi (then Eastern Pakistan) war of independence (broadly similar) to a Bengladeshi some weeks ago; he didn't remember,it's somewhat ineteresting in the context of how "history" gets across the generations. Or doesn't, in this case......
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Actually I too wanted to write a somewhat longer reply to the post about capital punishment[1] and sociopathy, problem is I have a little time management problem at hand. Might be depression, might be me reacting bady to being with...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Nice. ;) I used to break a similar joke to a girl I worked with in a seminar when I was still actively studying mathematics[1]. Her father was actually of East Prussian ancestry (she had a somewhat Slavic sounding surname),...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Err, AFAIR Damian is Australian. And as for the politics of rememberance, that'd be another issue. Funny thing about the German used in East Prussia, it had a Baltic Substrate, and it showed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_Prussian_dialect I'm somewhat on the go, as...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    And actually, at least in the 90s quite a few leftists would definitely have used "Heimatvertriebene", and actually as something they cared about. Though as the opposing side, of course. There is a nice little text by Wiglaf Droste about...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Heimatvertriebene is only used by FUCKING NEO-FASCISTS these days as anything anyone cares about, let alone remembers. Depends. For remembering it, well, I did A-level History back in Gymnasium, and I remember a lot of terms neo-facists might use, hell,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Hm, Wilhelm I. or Wilhelm II.? In the latter case, get the guy a copy of Dangerous Waters, an account for a naval warfare forum and maybe take him out into some LGBT bars. As for the implications of Russian...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Hm, should be sufficient to keep the primary radiation from the sun away. But there is also secondary radiation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_shower_(physics) which might come from directly above. It's going to be less, still not that healthy, I guess......
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I see, but I'm still somewhat skeptical: the spaceships getting your colonists there need energy, and if they are fission powered, quite a lot of the technology is already in place....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    You might like to look into some old books on experimental chemistry and physics. In Germany one example might be "Chemie des Alltags" by Römmp, I'm not sure about British or American examples....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Looks nice. Please note I've never been to Externsteine, maybe I'll change that soon. Part of me just says it'd better not be on summer solstice; another part of me says I'd fit right in. *agitated walking around, "why do...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    For comparison, this happens when somebody finds a box with "radioactive - uranium" written on it in Germany. Personally, I wonder how they would have reacted to the stash some people into transmission electron microscopy keep....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Hm, going by my own experience[1], who's to say John von Neuman and Ruth Lawrence wouldn't be bingewatching Star Trek, ReGenesis and Farscape nowadays, or discussing Breaking Bad and Orphan Black, or... [1] Err, "Sex, Drugs and Mensa(eV)". And RPG....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Hm, but why not use nuclear fission as an energy source? It might not be cost efficient on Earth, but on another planet, it might be different, e.g. as for nuclear waste, take one continent as a waste dump....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Hm, synthesizing lipid-like molecules to create membranes or mineral nanoparticles biocatalysts can adhere to might be other ways. And there'd still be plenty of catalyst replicators swimming around. The result might be some kind of primordial soup, or more likely...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Looking at the timeline... The woman fell ill first and went to hospital; the man stayed at the home, but five hours later the ambulance was called in again to get him to the hospital. OK, two people going down...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Well, even if microbes were not involved directly quite a few minerals owing their existence to the free molecular oxygen says something: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Oxygenation_Event#Role_in_mineral_diversification E.g. look ad banded iron: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banded_iron_formation As for direct involvement, I'd have to look it up. Saying...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I know now, and I guess I knew it before 2017. But back then... At the risk of repeating myself, 2017 was, err, interesting; I lost about 5 to 10 kg in spring and have only fragmented memories of the...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    the radiation might not be that much of a problem if you're below a few metres of water, I guess. Though make that "a few hundred metres", come to think about it. Of course, radiation implies photolysis of water, with...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Actually I'd expect most of the biosphere on a HORDBOD[1]to be lithophil or in the deep sea, so most likely bioaccumulation of ores should work. Looking back at UXSCOL[2] pattern, a problem I see is why we need bioaccumulation or...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Err, for the sociopathy, explanation of lack of emotional response: "I'don't cry, and I didn't cry when my father died when I was 14." If you excuse me, I'm wondering if some headbanging is in order. Yes, you could parse...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yeah, you've kinda no idea what Hominid Culture is like to eat: Err, it's not just humans that are invalidating, in some cases it's just the universe's usual modus operandi, like a friend's girlfirend dieing of cancer or the protagonists's...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    For the bird vocalizations, my father used to imitate them and wants to restart it, and my brother has asoft spot for parrots and owls. No true hobby ornithologists in the family, though... As for gamifying your life, an old...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    BTW, I guess quite a lot of the games and hobbies we have might be forms of brain training (and trying out things you might need later on). For my auditory memory, I'm thinking about going learning to distinguish bird...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I'm pattern-matching on things that I'm not fully/consciously aware of (but aware enough to know that some pattern exists). It has at least led to one successful prediction, in all its statistical lonesomeness :) Fascinating, isn't it? Intuition is fun....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    And if you really want to get pedantic, there are the self-replicating programmable nanoassemblers harnessing quantum mechanics building quite a lot of our stuff. I heard they are usually called plants and algae, actually, or green goo, if you go...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Hm, I'd hate the one having to explain this one to Delirium Tremens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty (OK, I have just woken up, I played Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land a little bit too long on my new tablet yesterday, and then...
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