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  • Commented on New Book Week!
    " puzzled by your apparent recommendation to only learn one instrument if you want to be good. " My intended meaning was to compare the importance of content versus form. Probably could have expressed it better if I said it's...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "somewhat constrained by my incompetence in other languages than English" Tunes matter more than the instrument they're played on. Mo never would have gotten proficient on violin if she wasted time learning trumpet, flute and clarinet. The fact that people...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Good reliable stress relief. Maybe some day they'll hook a real adept up to an fmri scanner to see which mantra has most therapeutic effect.Or figure a way to tailor custom mantras for each individual. Could be a franchising opportunity,...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "IIRC there was also something concerning an internal or background observer or recorder in PIHKAL or TIHKAL, but it's been some time since I read them. Err, still no direct experience concerning psychedelics, before anybody asks..." Romilar brand codeine cough...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    "an American TV show that was never broadcast in the UK?" The Beatles are the first I remember to have explained how the Atlantic serves as a cultural filter. I forget which one said it, but the point was that...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/health/cdc-trump-banned-words.html Guess I misconstrued certain details, looks like it was more along the lines of best practice guidelines about how to get your funding okayed when you have to submit your budget requests to a panel of medieval peasants for...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    " Surveillance State is mostly run by well-intentioned clever people" Just enjoyed watching action techno-thriller "Locked" in which Noomi Rapace brings down evil intelligence officer Michael Douglas for trying to introduce a deadly microbe into the U.S. via sports fans...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I'm guessing there's a couple of reasons why tiny specks of radioactive material aren't built in to computers and mobile devices as a source of unpredictability for cryptographic purposes, either the cost, or maybe the intgerference it would cause on...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "still waiting for my pay-out" That shows admirable restraint and judgement, if you didn't exploit the opportunity for a snappy comeback, such as to mimic a Bronx accent, strike a dramatic pose and reply "Hey, ya lookin' at it."...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Dietary change to prolong viability of food supply would be one of the last options considered, but under extreme duress it could happen more readily than some imagine. Eating maize and soy directly instead of feeding it to livestock would...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Two things Eat dark choclate! Drink Vino! " I'll drink to that. add in some lo-dose aspirin, fish oil caps and as much oat as you can tolerate comfortably, and you'll attain cardiac immortality. Start seeing any dark spots on...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Past 300, so... BOOK COLLECTORS' OPPORTUNITY ALERT If your trading area features any Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Big Lots, or their equivalent U.K. shops, walk the aisles until you find a book section, usually 5 or 10 feet...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    can't remember the name of the creep who is trying to do just that that would be the party's security director, "Keith" something if I remember right....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Funny the term indentured servants happened to come up in this thread, on the same day I learned its origin reading Graeber's "Debt: the first 5000 years". He discussed Chinese tally sticks broken in two as a form of contract...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Johnson shook down powerful companies to advertise on the station. Local businesses that wanted Army camps to remain located in Austin knew one way to secure Lyndon's help was to advertise on KTBC. Caro writes: … Mrs. Johnson's ability...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    In spite of my vicarious enjoyment at seeing posters display hard-won tech expertise as they vie and contend over fighter jet details, it may be time to put this thread to sleep. So in the interest of encouraging O.G.H. to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Let never a man a-wooding wend Without thinges three A store of gold, an open heart, And full of charity." Never heard that one, so I looked up the lyrics. (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/steeleye+span/king+henry_20229015.html) The story it told reminds me of Beowulf meets...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    For a critter that might have inspired Hans Giger/Ridley Scott's original Alien, it was somewhat creepy to learn that: "1135 – King Henry I (1068-1135) of England was known for his lust of eating the lamprey and is reported to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "recommend me a new author to read?" Try 'The death and life of the Great Lakes' by Dan Egan. He's a Milwaukee journalist who spent years writing about Great Lakes ecology. This book summarizes and ties together several different stories...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "doesn't fit the spread models (i.e. 55 years even assuming immediate contact from the Americas" Immediate contact doesn't seem like a stretch considering the conventional sailor's lifestyle. 55 years seems slow when you consider how quick epidemics can move,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Question for historically minded bloggers-- why were the Reformation and Europeans' discovery of the Americas nearly simultaneous, just sheer happenstance or more than a coincidence? The reason I started wondering is because my wife was watching the Six Wives series...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "alternative" technologies for power are getting cheaper by the year/month/day ... To the point that burning Oil or Coal is ... "Not Economic" except for specialist purposes. Still waiting, same as ever. Not until storage for all that great...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Principles like those of the abolitionists did matter over the long haul, but it's rare that ideals totally outweigh economic considerations. For capitalism to develop fully in the U.S., slavery had to go, because it acted as a deterrent against...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    voidampersand writes "When you need to develop a lot of infrastructure, sometimes what you need is a gigantic scam. For example, the Crédit Mobilier of America that built the transcontinental railroad." Daniel Boorstin wrote a history of the U.S. whose...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Chinese trials with Chlorella algae in the 50s and 60s were not encouraging, product they got smelled and tasted so much like whiz that few could keep it down, negating any nutritive value it may have had....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Ioan at #321 asks, "When they began, most welfare systems in the West resembled Universal Basic Income. Over time, they evolved to what we see today. What's to stop any new Universal Basic Income from following a similar path?" There...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I'm guessing the revelatory clue here is his phrase "there's no technological reason why not", implying by unspoken counter emphasis that of course there's economic, political and consumer preference reasons why not. There's been wireless thermostat attachments for over a...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    " Marxism does not work, any more than christianity" Sometimes a little extra cash on the side makes all the difference. Take Marx himself for example, he never would have finished Das Kapital if he hadn't been moonlighting as accordion...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    " inept socialization is one of the critical failure modes for societies where power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of the few, and these are inherited rather than being distributed by any sort of meritocracy. If you don't...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I'd certainly think so, combined cycle generation boosted coal and gas fired power efficiency by about 50% wherever it was tried, if I remember right. The hard part is getting the whole plant located close enough to a high concentration...
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