Chrisj

Chrisj

  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    To quote the late, great, Willie Rushton, "A true sportsman fears only two things: fear itself, and the sight of a cricketball whizzing towards their head at ninety miles an hour."...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    That said, martian soil has a fair amount of perchlorate in it, so digging on Mars is about as safe as digging into an old USAF toxic waste dump. If you want to tunnel on Mars, making the walls nontoxic...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    In American a billion is a thousand million. In Britain a billion is a million million. In Britain, a billion is a thousand million. This has been the case in all government work for nearly fifty years, and in the...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Also, of course, the quantity of cross-channel trade is about to drop off a cliff - the estimate is that the number of permits available for UK drivers to enter the EU after Jan 1st is about 10% of the...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    That would be the Withdrawal Agreement that Johnson and his merry Kleptocrat Klub have repeatedly disavowed? The one they've introduced a piece of legislation specifically to break? That the EU is taking legal action to try and maintain? That Withdrawal...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    The biggest problem, as that Atlantic article rightly says, isn't that Simon's Random Penguin will be a monster running about 1/3 of US non-academic publishing (and a hefty chunk of various other markets too). In a better world, it might...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    If you think the average/typical driver is competent, I have some very bad news for you....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Ivanka and Jarred are guaranteed a safe haven in Israel: They moved the embassy to Jerusalem and they killed the two-party solution cold. I'm not 100% convinced by that; certainly there will be some in Israel (and the USA) who...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Once more social media provides a perfect bite-sized realtime demonstration of the fundamental problem with late-stage capitalism: Trump's presence increases a fundamentally meaningless number*, and that utterly outweighs the fact that his outbursts reliably cause hate crimes up to and...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Apologies for dropping this in here before comment 300, but probably of interest to those whose 2020-absurdity-bingo card isn't yet completely ticked off: There appears to be an attempted oil-tanker hijack in progress just off the Isle of Wight 20-ish...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I hadn't forgotten either of those things - they both happened before the muppets were sold to the house of mouse. I did incorrectly say that the whole Henson company now belonged to Disney, though. There were (at least two...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Aslan as an Eldritch Abomination? A self-reincarnating spell-casting shape-changing talking animal that plucks children from their own world and dumps them into another, judges them based on how well they cope, and then removes their souls to his private kingdom...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Jim Henson didn't (as far as I know) ever quite show George Lucas* levels of enthusiasm for letting other people play with his toys, but he was a man with a keen sense of humour and a solid desire not...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    But I don't think you'll be doing Muppets soon regardless - they're not quite right as laundry-inspiration-fodder. Even if Charlie wanted to do his own take on Muppets (with or without David Bowie in spandex trousers), everything the Henson company...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    If you switch to mostly bikes for (non-goods, non-public) transport, making sufficient artificial rubber from renewable sources becomes a much smaller problem, though. Also, "enough to make artificial rubber for bicycle tires" is orders of magnitude smaller than our current...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    And yes, I meant the Minoans rather than Myceneans. (They both begin with "M", and they're all dead. At least I didn't get them confused with the Mercians or something :)...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I agree, but (again) the request I was answering was for the least significant item that could produce major changes in history, and I don't think giving someone a fully equipped forge counts :) Doing a 1632, but to 1632BC...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Quoth JBS@696: I'm pretty sure that by the time the Roman Republic had established control over central Italia that the Iron Age was well established. Who said anything about Rome? I was thinking of giving mainsprings to the Mycenaeans sometime...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    what's the weirdest, least significant thing a time-traveler could bring with them that would completely upend history? Stirrups have already been mentioned. Another possibility would be a modern spring - you should be able to make a decent mainspring with...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yeah, I gave that one a quick scan and mostly ignored it, but since I know there are at least a few other regulars here who play (one or more of) the relevant game(s) I thought that response might amuse...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Seagull, in passing, commented on a proverb about "which Master you serve". My personal preference is Mr Cards, as the only one I'm sure has my best interests at heart. Failing that, Apples and Wines are perhaps the least...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Re wildfires in the USA, a friend elsewhere speculates that some of the right-wing misinformation might come from people with scanners "discovering" that the authorities are getting regular updates about fire locations and sizes from BLM[1]. This, to the ignorant...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    A couple of years later[1], Steve Jackson produced a game based on a twisted combination of that event and Illuminati, called "Hacker". The game itself is pretty meh, but the rulebook is a delight, full of little sidebars saying things...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Founding a company entails getting a bunch of (generally off-the-shelf) legal documents and paying a couple of registration fees. No invention involved. And the first company to sell software independent of hardware was the Computer Usage Company, before Bill Gates...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Re OGH's observation that "We live in an age where the low-hanging fruit have been plucked, so in the absence of new fields opening up, it takes teamwork to hold a whole stack of ladders up to the remaining fertile...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "X" in homeopath mumbojumbo means "dilute by a factor of ten". So a "1X" arnica cream is 10% active ingredient, which is pretty strong; 1% creams are quite a bit more common, in which case Heteromeles would have meant a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Re: 'Externally-caused birth defects are primarily caused by events in early pregnancy, ...' True. And because some are very serious, most OB/GYNs do regular non-invasive check-ups e.g., ultrasound to monitor fetal development. So it may be possible to obtain some...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Quoth Greg, re Bozo the "PM" For instance, he's been Mayor of London, he knows perfectly well that "driverless trains" are a non-starter for the Tube, yet he suddenly pops up with this repeated lie & apparently expects to geta...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    To drift back for a moment to the original topic, evidence continues to arrive that Covid-19 can cause terrifying (and potentially permanent) brain/neurological problems weeks or months after infection, and often in patients who had no respiratory symptoms. (First link...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Er, is that actually 120 feet in six seconds? Or in sixty? 120 feet in six seconds is 20ft/sec, or 6m/s. That's about 12mph; perfectly possible over short distances for an able-bodied human in good condition. (Yes, even if they're...
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