Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    @992: "2 1856 Studebaker Commanders" - Lucky bugler! :-) The spouse inherited one from her grandmother, the original owner. It has less than 50,000 miles on it, but it sat in a field for ten years and will require a...
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    @989: Isn't Colorado Trump territiry as well, or are they turning away from the Dark Side? As with many states in the U.S., the answer is complex. Colorado is a mix of urban, suburban and rural populations, with 2.9 million...
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    @975: you know what I mean about moving to Colorado... In our case, it'd be moving back to Colorado; we lived in Colorado Springs from 1989 to 2009. I don't think two more people will break the state. Besides, we...
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    @971: Or they pull a Singapore. The geography is a LOT different. California would have to secure the Hoover Dam in far northwest Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam in far northern Arizona, 400 and 700 kilometers distant from San...
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    @956: So I'm sitting here in the DC area looking at retiring probably at the end of 2021, and climate change is definitely impacting my decision making process on where to retire. The spouse and I are both from west...
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    @949: Who'd want to live in Ohio anyway, when they can have perfect weather year-round in San Diego? Are you trying to get a rise out of John Scalzi?...
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    @852: The SR-71 could have been brought down over hostile territory with some work by forcing it into high-speed flight to dodge multiple missiles and hence use up its limited fuel capacity. The Soviet downing of Francis Gary Powers' U-2...
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    @845: Concorde was near max speed. SR-71 not so much. I can guarantee that any officially recorded speed of the SR-71 is NOT it's top speed. STILL the world's fastest jet....
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    @841: Oh, no, we need Boris, he's the bad idea generator!...
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    @838: I don't know whether I should be pleased or apologize for your realization....
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    Me @835: Okay, so it occurs to me this might be close to Yes, Prime Minister, if marginally closer to "reality"....
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    @808: And there's your incompetence/competence porn show: The Boris Problems The current Prime Minister reaches into the aether each week and comes up with a Brilliant Idea to solve some problem. Competing policy teams then try figure out how to...
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    @617: the Great Wall of Lunacy Ah, so there is a border wall between Canada and the U.S. - we just hadn't realized that it's metaphorical, not physical!...
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    @533: Where does he go after he bankrupts it (as he inevitably will)?...
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    @528: Gibraltar is about as useful to the current day United Kingdom as my appendix is to me. It seems ripe for BoJo to flog off on some overfunded ego, and would make a dandy supervillain base. Perhaps he could...
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    @462: "[W]hen I was in Wisconsin, we really tried to stay out of the woods during the opening week of deer gun season, because that's when the idiots with guns came out" Not only do us non-hunters stay out of...
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    @421: Many years ago my Browning Hi-Power was stolen from my apartment in Colorado Springs, along with many other valuables. Four months later I was notified by the Denver police department that the pistol had been recovered. Apparently, the very...
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    @ 409: Yep, just what I want. Someone with nothing but a 4 hour gun course and some indoor target range experience shooting at what she thinks is the bad guy. I never had any trouble qualifying with the M-16...
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    @407: I tried skeet once - it's a LOT more difficult than it looks. Hitting a small drone using AI to create randomized movement would be even more difficult. This scenario looks like it could set up an AI versus...
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    @383: So basically a reality TV version of Blackadder the Third? If you want comedy about the incompetent leading the incompetent while dealing with the evil, I submit for your approval Veep, a savagely funny and scatological portrayal of the...
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    As a one-time good deal, since we're buddies on the blog here, I'll trade 100 shares of your common stock for 100 shares of my premium stock even across, plus a transaction fee of $10 a share. I guarantee a...
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    @214: Shouldn't JAXA (the Japanese space agency) be judging that too, they've pulled off some pretty impressive work with both the IKAROS sola sail craft and the recent asteroid lander. Certainly. Leaving them off was an oversight on my part....
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    @174: Tangentially related reply - I know you watch almost no TV and are not a huge movie fan, but you might enjoy J. Michael Straczynski's autobiography Becoming Superman, his story of overcoming a truly awful childhood and eventually reaching...
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    @128: But, here we go, a new contest to select either the next GOP presidential candidate, or the next PM: the swimsuit competition. Ack - more mind bleach, stat!...
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    @169: It would be like if OGH were to now write the story telling how Bob got recruited by the Laundry after "almost landscaping Wolverhampton". I'd enjoy reading that. Simpler times (at least for Bob)....
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    @119: Fine if you remove the gender constraints, but probably pretty boring rTV....
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    @109: As to the budget, we go to Bezos and Musk. The one who kicks in the biggest amount gets top billing as executive producer. Their egos will do the rest. For the "terrestrial legal systems", this isn't horribly far...
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    Two other thoughts: Space: 2029 is an obvious callback to Space: 1999, and when did we start judging on real-world executability? We've already instituted slavery and infected people with chronic diseases as part of the other proposals....
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    @104: This idea kind of walks a fine line between competence porn and incompetence porn. Re: Radiation exposure - this is certainly a valid concern, and one of the chief criticisms of Musk's Mars colonization idea. Effective radiation shielding will...
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    How about: Space: 2029 A head to head competition between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to create and execute a mission to: 1) Build and fly a crewed lander to the Moon, and 2) Construct and inhabit a moon base...
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