Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Another Tombstone epitaph: "Soon be your turn to find out."...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    This BBC story is a marker for how medicine is changing. Spinal cord damage is appearing to have been partially repaired. There's going to be a TV report on the 21st October (and that's another sign of a different change,...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    An epitaph... "Epitaphs are for the living. I only live in your memory."...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Rule 1a: Be nice to nurses. Rule 1b: if a medic laughs at your joke, you maybe shouldn't tell it to ordinary people....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Your section 4 could be summed up as: “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” ― H.P Lovecraft Might that mean that R'lyeh is a starship, and could it be shaped...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Then you may well know more than I do about the US Navy's electric-drive aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington and the USS Saratoga. I have a vaguer recollection of electric drive in WW2 ships, getting around the bottleneck of turbine...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    For once, the American style is memorable, though maybe it depends on age in our part of the world. I tend to first think of body temperature in Fahrenheit, and switching to Celcius is a complication for me. I remember...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    OK, assuming the Elves are among us, and they might not be nice people, does that mean they would want Britain to be invaded by any outsiders? They can get want they want out of the humans of Britain, even...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    At about 2 min 50s into the video, after showing the heat exchanger, he observes that the water running through the solar collector has anti-freeze in it. The system also uses pumps for both the circuits, hot-side through the collector...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Do you ever get sub-zero temperatures outside your insulated residence bubble? That might mess up a cheap and simple solar water heater....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    A few of us might remember a TV series shown in the mid-1970s, showing how an old building could be converted into a comfortable, energy-efficient, house. House for the future (PDF) is a good summary of what they did, and...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Here in the UK we also seem to have some very dodgy telephone sales operations in the solar business. This residence is a semi with a north-facing roof. That's a huge difference in the incoming energy it can capture, but...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Actually, the bottleneck on cheap transistor radios would be the tuning capacitors. And you still need those for all the important radio gear....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    "This is a bit of a long shot, but it could replace a vacuum tube with something that's solid, works from a flashlight battery, and is about the size of your fingernail. The raw materials should be fairly common, but...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    One of the latest things: it is being reported that the US Government has claimed that running a particular piece of software is evidence of criminal intent, and this justifies hacking into a non-US server to gather evidence, without need...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    It all puts me in mind of the bike shed in "Parkinson's Law". That's something big enough to look significant, but still on a scale comprehensible to the members of a committee. There's so much now where the numbers no...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I was talking to the chaps from Reaction Engines at the Worldcon. The hard part of the job is finding people who are willing to put up the money for something that is a good bet, but not a sure...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    The RAF also had an effective rifle-calibre incendiary round which was only just available in the Battle of Britain. The B Mk VI round was, on tests, about twice as effective as the German round. And the 20mm Hispano certainly...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    Greg, that link Charlies gives is to a contemporary account of the Amateur Action BBS case, which happened in 1994. At that time, the US law on obscenity was based on the idea that local standards mattered. And the Amateur...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    A big problem with the ten year rule, which actually made some sense initially, was that they kept re-setting the clock. A lot of military technology was changing very rapidly. Take as an example aero engine design. They kept improving...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    That's a rather solidly binary mode of thought there, mixed in with the rest. You're treating "liberals" as a single cohesive thing, even as you claim to be more subtle. The trouble is that successive Westminster governments seem to be...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    There were several distinct O-level maths syllabuses back then—no magic National Curriculum—and sod-all statistics in any of them. It's still hidden away, but, with any luck, some of them might have played Dungeons & Dragons No, I doubt they had...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    It's a form of synecdoche, using the part to refer to the whole, and when you figure in the Islamic thinking on "modesty" it all gets rather more complicated. "Modesty" is about your speech as well as your clothes, and...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    One problem we are going to face with solar energy is that it isn't 24/7, and not everything can turn off when the sun goes down. An aluminium plant looks a bit dodgy, so geothermal and hydro start looking important....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    The BBC has made a report on the phrase Boots on the ground. It only goes back to about 1980. It's very problematic in Arab culture. Footwear is considered unclean in some circumstances. It wouldn't be the only unfortunate phrase...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    And whatever you do, don't mention the aircraft carriers. (There's a huge amount of nautical craziness can be traced back to that rather suspect design choice.)...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    One of the modern logistics problems is batteries for radios. There are a lot of radios, and similar powered stuff, in a modern army, and the British started putting auxiliary engines in tanks around the end of WW2, just to...
  • Commented on The morning after
    The Victorians went a little wild on medieval stuff, so I wouldn't rule out a connection with the medieval guilds, or at least some sort of image of them. Thinking of Barristers, there is a continuity but the law and...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Good question, and Scotland, because it does have a different legal system, is a very strong candidate being apart from England. A bill on UK-wide matters has to explicitly deal with both English and Scots law in defining possible offences...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I first came across these numbers in relation to anthropology. There were three group sizes, "extended family", "clan", and "dialectal tribe". The Clan is about at Dunbar's Number, and iz the size of group that can stay together year-round. The...
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