MikeA

MikeA

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There is going to be churn in the Tory ranks with the MPs like Grieve and Stewart who have effectively announced their resignations. They won't stand as 'spoilers' but they will be unlikely to campaign for their successors and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I don't even know that there is a lot of racism in that generation. Well, that depends. In my experience, an old navy man I used to know was fairly typical. For him, it was the case that "niggers begin...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I've known the "importance of body language" for years and years ... but I'm still rubbish at reading & interpreting it. It's another of those social skills I've never quite mastered, even though I try. Just goes to show how...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    oddly enough "body language" ( Now I'm aware of it ) is a lot easier to read that other indicators Ah, interesting! I wondered whether it was just me. Yes, once I sussed out the importance of body language, it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    IIRC, in his "Stand on Zanzibar", John Brunner had these words of wisdom: "As a human race we are not entirely stupid, but it must be admitted that we do have a tremendous aptitude for it."...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The notorious Article 50 starts with "Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements". This can be read in two ways. (1) The parliament voted to invoke Article 50, thereby satisfying...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    If you can't keep it straight - and you grew up with it - how do you expect others who didn't grow up with it to use them? And you are still missing the point. It's normal life that "keeps...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    MikeA @ 803: Um... For decigrams read decagrams, of course. :-) I think you might have just answered your own question. A knee-jerk put-down is easy, but misses the point. There is not much use for *deci*grams in everyday life,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Um... For decigrams read decagrams, of course. :-)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    As somebody who grew up in a completely metric environment, I am still baffled by one aspect of metrication's incomplete adoption in Britain. All food is sold in kilograms or grams. What happened to decigrams? One of the great advantages...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So how can the mile be 1,609.344 meters when THEY still haven't figured out how long the meter is? Ah, but they have. Since 1983 a metre is defined as 1/299,792458 of the distance light travels in vacuum over 1...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    There are some nutters, wanting "to go back to good old Imperial units" seriously. You can have a bit of fun pointing out to them that according to a 1959 international agreement, a mile is defined as exactly 1,609.344 metres,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    No. She says (again!) that she will have talks with Corbyn. The idea is to come up with a common plan to be put to the house. It *must* include the withdrawal agreement as is (EU won't re-negotiate), so it...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    What gets me is it was SO CLOSE - it only needed on MP to change their mind + 1 abstention for Ken Clarke's motion to pass ... I think you are reading too much into those figures. Between them,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    There is another potential wrinkle... When they were voting on government's motion to postpone Brexit in line with what got agreed with EU, Bill Cash (a well known ultra!) argued that the motion was illegal, because the government agreed it...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    EIGHT "Indicative motions" have been out to Parliament - & EVERY SINGLE ONE FAILED. Oh shit. Well, that was expected, Hence the next bout Monday. In any case, Ken Clark's permanent customs union motion only lost by 8 votes, with...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Um... Note that I said there's been little mind-changing since 2017, not since 2016! By 2017 those who didn't really mean it already knew they made a mistake....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    ...it looks a lot like UK politics is being haunted by a widespread complete inability to recognize emotionally that it isn't 1890 Verily. To misquote Sparks: "It ain't 1890 for us or for you. If we can't enjoy it... Then...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Though I note that disillusionament has set in & people are changing their minds - up to 55%+ for "Remain" according to polls & tending upwards .... It's not that simple. See e.g. John Curtice analysis at https://whatukthinks.org/eu/author/johncurtice/ -- there's...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well, it looks like DUP are not going to support May if she tries for MV3. I reckon that DUP actually want a hard border with the Republic. They were badly shaken by the abortion referendum and do not want...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I can't be the only one finding it grimly ironic that Brexiteers are fuming at being unable to vote again on May's deal, now that they reckon circumstances have changed. At least they now know how some of us feel...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    As we have been repeatedly assured, innovative IT techniques will resolve all known Brexit issues (and presumably some unknown ones too). So one should look to IT for an answer. And an answer is indeed readily available, without any geopolitical...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    What I do not see (or may be am ignorant of) are examples of seriously thinking about future impacts of the breakneck speed of development in biological sciences, the way"Golden Age" SF largely reacted to the developments in physical sciences....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Well, right now I am half way through the second Commonweal book and loving it. Greatly looking forward to the rest.Would never have come across your books without this blog. Casting my mind way back... Joy Chant comes to mind....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "That's funny, I've gotten my LED bulbs from a combination of B&Q and Tesco" Well, yes, I'd tried those. No good if you need the same degree of light omni-directionality as normal incandescent ones. But if they work for you......
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Admittedly off-topic, but... Greg is after an LED replacement for a 100W bayonet bulb. So was I. But the hunt is over: try LED Hut's (ledhut.co.uk) 11W B22 (Bayonet) Filament LED Bulb - Frosted (3000K). I've now replaced all my...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    But as Lem pointed out, those drives may have absolutely nothing to do with us. Golem XIV in particular springs to mind. And then there is the intelligence from "Limfater's Formula", which does not fit in any case....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Love it! Add Charlie's inimitable style and I am ready with my plastic....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Am I the only one to think that "A Fire Upon the Deep" is the one book most closely instantiating the Platonic ideal of a space opera? I agree, BTW, that "Lady of Mazes" should also count, but it is...
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