William T Goodall

William T Goodall

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    In the UK most homes have the washing machine in the kitchen with the dryer and the dishwasher. Larger homes (starting around four bedrooms) are more likely to have a separate scullery for the washing machine and dryer (but not...
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    I had a Bosch dishwasher that died after about four years - the control panel went poof and tripped the breaker in our consumer unit. About two years later the recall letter from Bosch arrived offering free repair or refund...
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    We had Dyson vacuum cleaners for many years but each model seemed to drop in quality and increase in price so we switched to Shark last time. I hope my new mid-range Bosch washing machine will last 8 to 10...
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    Huh! By a strange coincidence my Beko washing machine died on Monday and two chaps from John Lewis were here replacing it with a Bosch (ordered online) this morning. Now washing a load of towels. Hopefully going a little upmarket...
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    I was at a streamed comprehensive in Scotland in the 1970s and most of the boys in the first academic stream chose cooking and typing instead of wood- and metal-work when the choice became available. I remember in the later...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    It seems very likely in the event of a no deal brexit that there will, within weeks, be rioting and looting. Later the cannibalism starts. Leaving aside minor matters like keeping the lights and heating on as winter approaches, and...
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    I have previously noted that it would be much cheaper to send criminals to full-board Spanish holiday resorts for the duration of their sentences than accommodate them in British prisons and it would be just as effective at keeping them...
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    Messianic Judaism is a syncretic belief system so it would certainly appear Judaic to an outsider in that it would follow many Judaic traditions and observances. But (according to the entry in Wikipedia) "Messianic Jews believe that Jesus is the...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    My home was converted from a 19th C granite warehouse in the 1970s and I have a pull-chain toilet cistern mounted up near the ceiling. The flush pipe is chrome finished. This kind of fitting is still made today, described...
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    On the subject of IoT, security and power use - well the market has opted for the least secure, most power-hungry devices because they are the cheapest to buy initially. Apple's Homekit is probably the most secure IoT system but...
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    There IS a reason there is no pork tartare. German Mett (Spiced Raw Ground Pork)...
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    Congratulations on the Hugo nomination! Unfortunately I can't vote for you as my last Worldcon was Intersection in Glasgow in 1995....
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    And this deprivation was under Labour Councils and MPs who were happy to do nothing to ameliorate it, blame the Tories, and enjoy their safe seats. Then the SNP got into power and led a successful program against knife crime,...
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    Supernatural is presently in its 14th season, of 20 episodes, in the USA and has been renewed for a 15th and final season of 20 more episodes that should begin filming around July. That will bring the total number of...
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    I've seen accounting that says Scotland has been subsidising the rest of the UK more years than the other way around since Barnett was introduced. That is the revenues raised in Scotland and sent to Westminster exceed the monies sent...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    May is threatening her reluctant MPs with a general election if they don't support her deal on the fourth attempt. On the one hand this means postponing Brexit which is an effective threat against the ERG but since (I think)...
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    The Dexter TV series found its own path to awfulness. Season one was close to the source material and the best; the subsequent diverging seasons trended worse and worse with occasional bright spots, culminating in He's a lumberjack and he's...
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    If a wig is good enough for Daenerys Targaryen it is good enough for any character....
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    I think there is there is some growing awareness in the TV and Movie industries that faithful adaptations of books tend to succeed more than the 'reimaginings' that used to be the norm and were justified by 'different media have...
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    Fake journal published by crank. He’s back. The weird mastermind behind the Journal of Cosmology and Cosmology.com has created yet another fake journal, The Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science Reviews, and has made another bold claim. By looking at...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    How much do Labour in Scotland hate the SNP? In the 2017 Aberdeen council elections, the SNP won a plurality. Labour refused to support the SNP and entered a coalition with the Conservatives to keep the SNP out....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Unless we lose all technology, and are reduced to bands of savages roaming the ruins looking for tasty grubs, we should be able to eventually build and launch von Neumann probes. If we don't lose technology entirely then it will...
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    There is freedom to roam in Scotland which has different laws than England and Wales....
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    Tomorrow's vote to rule out a no-deal departure will probably pass. I'm not sure what weight that has given no-deal is simply the default if nothing else is agreed before the deadline. Thursday's vote to extend article 50 is problematic...
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    I was unclear. I meant starting reading a newly started series now when the final volume probably won't be published until around 2045 when I would be in my eighties if still alive. Going by the amount of time it...
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    Apart from the issues of the publisher cancelling a series because of low sales or the author failing to complete it for reasons of health or age, another reason readers might be wary of starting series is that the reader...
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    Atheism isn't about religion. Atheism is just not believing in god(s). Worshipping Gaia doesn't make Gaia a god by the usually understood definition(s) of god(s) I listed and therefore there isn't an atheist position on worshipping Gaia any more than...
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    Different religions define god(s) differently is sometimes overlapping and sometimes contradictory ways. The typical overlapping areas of definition are that god(s) are supernatural, immortal, divine, deities, creators of the universe and/or mankind, intervene in human affairs, reward and punish humans,...
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    Atheism is not the inverse of religion. Atheism is not believing in god(s). Religions are systems of belief with stories, maybe about the creation of the world and mankind and other stuff and various rules and proscriptions, that may be...
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    Absolutely! The most obvious resolution to the Fermi paradox is that when intelligent life arises and develops a technological capability it then faces a series of existential hurdles. We have (so far) avoided nuclear war. It seems likely global warming...
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