Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Looks like Farage is going to stand again in my constituency. Last time this had the tiniest of silver linings as we got a lot of entertaining fringe candidates. I will be deploying my usual argument to those considering voting...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yeah. I mean if May completely drops the ball and for some reason no one is interested in Brexit then there'd be a contest but if at any point things stop going the Tory's way they'll shout "Brexit" and promise...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Presumably the election will therefore be ran with both LD and Lab saying they'll reverse article 50, instead of offering a different way of leaving. May will probably get a landslide. Since Corbyn and the Labour Party are officially Leave...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Sigh. I have to approve. I've been saying May ought to go to the country to put her changes in direction since the election and her full Hard Brexit plans into action... And she's probably going to win. Because the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    (Although there's some — it's rarely documented so hard to tell — evidence that Victorian unmarried folks got up to everything short of penis-in-vagina-and-ejaculation intercourse, sex was a risky activity for women, so economics comes into play ...) In...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    ...car culture will be tweaked to dead (note the changes from the loss of 19th Century horse culture), so that's a not of new words and phrases to evolve. What will replace "you're driving me nuts?." I could drive a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    IF (and it's a big if) we follow Charlie's thoughts on development of global languages I would expect English to push out Urdu and probably Hindi. 40% of Indians speak Hindi as a first language; if you are a non...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Not having IoT items in your home is a good start but unfortunately even I sometimes leave my house in which case one might discover that, to make up an example at random, a hotel might have replaced light switches...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Okay, re-tasking the drone now....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    If I dump my Carbon stocks now, and the bubble continues for, say, another US Presidential election cycle, then I lose money and look like an idiot. If I am a professional investment consultant this is bad for my career....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I partially agree with you; abortion, infanticide, and birth control were issues the Romans were concerned with throughout their history; there were many laws passed to increase birth rates (one of Augustus off the top of my head). Yet birth...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Better come back with the original Anglo-Saxon, or we'll nail you for that little Sock-Puppetry! And that's a promise. You're sadly mistaken; that's not a hand up my arse, but my own head. So anyway after sleeping on it, the...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wōdan hung on a tree for nine days to learn wisdom, and was known as the Deceiver and the Betrayer of Warriors*. SHODAN was driven mad when their ethical subroutines were deleted. The names tell us that we cannot trust...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    [Clears Throat for the suggested Pro-Trump thread] I honestly believe that even now, if he worked at it, he could be remembered as less corrupt than Harding or Grant, less racist than Wilson or any of the slaveholding presidents, less...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I see Charlie has made an early start on his New Year's resolutions to Give Up Satire and Become Cheerful And Optimistic. Good luck all!...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I will see your Hamilton and raise you Sense and Sensibility. ...Have you," she continued, after a short silence, "ever seen Mr. Willoughby since you left him at Barton?" "Yes," he replied gravely, "once I have. One meeting was unavoidable."...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Wow I managed to mess up typing various as vevaiou, which was pretty dumb. Sorry everyone....
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    To dismiss the functions of things from the past by calling them stupid without thinking about why they existed strikes me as little more than presentism. Do you think that, for example, the fact that duels in early modern France...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    * I still think "brexit" is a bloody awful phrase, but I guess we're stuck with it now. I believe this is known as "brexceptance"....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Indeed. Some Leave voters I know had their decision made by the EU choosing banks over people in Greece (and elsewhere) durng the financial crisis. This increased the appearance of being an unaccountable, unresponsive and untransparent bereaucracy. Add in just...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Misread this as Zero G-spots which is something slightly different. Very different. I'll get my coat. (I can't find it now, but I dimly recall something about long term microgravity lowering blood pressure which would usually correlate with erectile dysfunction,...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    A competent editor, cast and crew could easily stitch a complete scene together from 30s segments (as "cut to another angle" if nothing else) but as Charlie says porn is made on very small budgets (apparently because compared to how...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Been thinking of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas - born a slave AND a member of the French nobility, joined the French Army in time for the revolution to come along and became Lieutenant Colonel in the all-black regiment founded by the Chevalier...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    More of a curiousity this as unfortunately very little is known about Albert Johnson, the mad trapper of Rat River. (He may not have been a trapper). Quote from the article: "A posse was then formed consisting of nine men,...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Rhodes was complex and very interesting in both the good and bad version of the word; for one piece of contemprary coverage here's the Guardian's obituary in which they blame him for the Boer War (amongst other things). (Pedantic observation:...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    A good start can be made with Joe Carstairs, WWI ambulance driver, heiress, powerboat racer, ran an all female car hire and chauffeur firm (called X-Garage), had a variety of famous lovers including Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, tattooed, dressed...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Is it worth noting that ChewbaCCa is a WooKie from KashyyK (sorry, can't be bothered to look up the correct spelling), yet makes no sound that is even close to a hard K noise? (In the game Knights of the...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    You're correct about language being portrayed as a minor hurdle when it's usually much more, but here's my brother's commentary on learning a language while on the move : http://www.501places.com/2011/02/7-steps-to-slinging-the-bat/ A top tip is that you only need to learn...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Rubbish. Batman loses all the time and then figures out the plot and saves the day at the last minute, squeaking a draw or pyrrhic victory. Although: Batman vs Cthulhu: Batman wins by running a tramp steamer into his head/...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    eh, in that case it is more unsatisfying because we can compare the tech bases on things like raw power generation and the star destroyer outclasses the enterprise in terms of power generation and firepower by about 7-9 orders of...
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