Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Rubbing out Question Marks #216: Sorry about mentioning your nym upthread. I was pinging, concerned about your well-being. A few threads ago: "Oooooh. Careful, us Djinn know our crab-apples." I am amused. The tree that the nursery labeled a crab-apple...
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    Another factor: security clearances are said to be easier for members of the LDS Church to acquire. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-mormons-make-great-fbi-recruits The disproportionate number of Mormons is usually chalked up to three factors: Mormon people often have strong foreign language skills, from missions...
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    But what if the losing side says "back down or we nuke you"? Answer: you either back down or you nuke them first. China is currently building a few new fields of missile silos (open source intelligence, has been in...
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    I had to read the Bascule bits at about one half(third) speed but had little trouble with them other than speed. Remember the scramblers that would randomly mix the inner letters of words (i.e those 4+ characters long)? Here's one:...
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    That semantic scholar page has two links. One is free (the font is horrible, though, at least in my browser.). Often also good to search scholar.google.com for the title, and then show all versions; some may have a link. Also,...
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    KSR must be a contender. Recently finished his most recent, Ministry for the Future, and it's determinedly optimistic. Yes, even including entities/orgs like the “Children of Kali”. The approach to globally encouraging carbon sequestration was also sort of interesting. (Not...
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    The vox pieced linked above, Trevayne #812, is pretty readable and detailed. Here's the full link: Geothermal energy is poised for a big breakout - “An engineering problem that, when solved, solves energy.” (David Roberts@drvolts Oct 21, 2020)...
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    Hadn't pre-ordered the e-book yet, so done, and looking forward to it. This The Prodigy song (linked by SotMNs a few times) is ambiguous enough that I'm hoping it will (also) be mapable to the novel. The Prodigy - Invisible...
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    As Pigeon says, a serviceable single lens "microscope" good for up to about 60x can be made with a water drop. The easiest is a small round wire loop (e.g. formed around a nail), though anything non-porous and thin with...
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    It sort of reminds me of silver vs. copper for electrical conductors. Well, some audiophiles might disagree about the virtues of silver: Also with your cable more life and energy and actually more fun. Who could argue with "more fun"?...
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    That Vox piece on geothermal energy is surprisingly technical/detailed. For UK people, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_power_in_the_United_Kingdom (Worth a skim, but TL;DR district heating is plausible. e.g. https://www.engie.co.uk/energy/district-energy/southampton/ )...
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    Wind power forecasting (various time scales, and note seasonality adds to predictability) is an active area of research. This 2009 piece is very long and detailed. (To be honest, I did not go far down these research rabbit holes before...
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    Speaking of extracting energy from the ocean, did anything ever come of the surface-to-depth thermal gradient systems that were discussed in the past? Interesting question. (I hadn't been tracking either.) Looks like a bunch of little pilot projects over the...
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    But if you flood a forested valley, all the biomass starts decomposing and releasing methane... A couple of other twists: (1) methane is short-lived in the atmosphere (9 years) so while bad and possibly contributing to a going over of...
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    Sorry, but "Base Load" really is an actual, real thing ... sad, but true. It even has a wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_load I assume monsterx was being sloppy with language. Certainly, there are many mixes of power sources that can be...
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    To expand on Duffy's answer, this is a well-known concern, e.g. enough so that the US Marine Corp (also Army/Navy, and some other countries) uses WBGT (wet bulb globe temperature), which is a simple weighted formula[1] including dry bulb temperature,...
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    SpaceX Space Sunshield when? Briefly discussed upthread, using term "Space sunshade", 98 & 111. (That's the term wikipedia uses: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_sunshade ) I haven't done the calc and perhaps E. Musk's current tech couldn't do it, but future tech could, perhaps...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Easily improved by the use of a small can of black spray paint. Personally I'd take a still picture first if there were a chance of an appearance before a judge. A nearby town, somebody put up a neo-Nazi stickers...
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    I'd guess we want a sun-synchronous orbit for shade - a noon-synchronous one? Noon over empty parts of the Pacific, probably. I agree; adjustable controls over insolation placed at L1 are a plausible project for E. Musk's future tech. And...
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    Let's suppose all of this stuff gets built And then there is a Carrington Event? Those who are concerned about the land-based power distribution system have been worrying about the possibilities of such events for many decades, so they've worked...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    The indoor mask mandate in Louisiana will help some(Delta is very contagious though) (But in general Republican anti-masker/anti-vaxxer propaganda may kill hundreds of hurricane evacuees.) Gov. Edwards Temporarily Reinstates Louisiana's Statewide Mask Mandate as COVID Cases and Hospitalizations Threaten Hospitals'...
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    Good fortune if your conflict results in compromise. This guy advocates for the traditional Yarrow/Artemisia stems approach, and there are many pages of comments: The I Ching, random numbers, and why you are doing it wrong (July 12, 2013) In...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Often those are words loaded with accumulated meaning that is not translatable into an accurate concise English language word or phrase. Not really the first though, which is less than 40 years old. 国安部 (Ministry of State Security) 風水 (Feng...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    For those tracking the 2021 Atlantic/Gulf storm season, this chart is interesting (and her account is worth following): I updated yesterday's Argo plot for the 11am EDT 27 August NHC forecast cone for #Ida. I limited the plot to ocean...
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    You're not gonna understand a full reverse ferret if you can't see all the trouser legs it's doing. That Reverse Ferret tweet/replies is good twitter. "The ferret is in the wrong trouser leg of time!" got me curious about ferret...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    This is worth a skim, and it's perhaps worth supplying the link to people belittling the seriousness of SARS-CoV-2. More than 50 long-term effects of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Nature, Open Access, 09 August 2021) It is, as...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Are they are arguing that measles-induced immune amnesia is a good thing? Measles and Immune Amnesia (May 18, 2019, American Society for Microbiology) The risk associated with measles infection is much greater than the sum of its observable symptoms. The...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    ...town council in Australia shoots dogs because of Covid to stop volunteers from rescuing them SotMNs mentioned that upthread (Charlie has her on a link budget.) Finally an excuse to use this quote, from Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon The...
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    CDC[FDA?] fast-track and Sacklers (opiates, remember that?) are gunna be an easy weak-spot to break Not sure you're tracking the increasing anger towards the pro-SARS-CoV-2 people (anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, anti-any-NPIs or other public health measures) in the US (and elsewhere, but...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I think this has largely been set up, much as the Australian aborigines used fire on the landscape, and for much the same reason: to create sustainable hunting grounds for a few human predators. The grift isn't the landscape, it's...
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