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Heteromeles

  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    You want an actual answer to your totally rhetorical question? Two parts: the functional one is that it's a useful way to differentiate my tribe from your tribe. Note that regulating who are lawful sex partners and who are not...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I should also add that this inspired a novel protest strategy: there aren't any undescribed living wombat species out there, but perhaps if a new fossil wombat is found (especially if it is a poorly preserved specimen), it will be...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Thank you. I knew I'd been wasting my education on useless trivia. Now I've learned something useful....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Well, if you can backronym wombat into something useful... Of course, to me WOM is write-only memory, so that's not much help (although it's apropos for a combat mission, I guess). Also, isn't it cooler to reference Digger? As for...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Democritus Was Right There Is Naught But Atoms And the Void Except All the Rest Couldn't we just call it "The Other 96 percent"?...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Cough, I've heard of herrerasaurs. Still, I second your key point, that extraordinary results require extraordinary evidence. That said (and without reading the paper), it looks like they do have something close to extraordinary evidence (but read the comments on...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Personally, I'm looking forward to the HMS Devolved. Perhaps it will be the first frigate HR Charles III commissions. That said, my pitch for starship names: "Ohh myyy" (unfortunately, it looks like getting the number of h's and y's correct...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The problem with old Hawai'i was that it was the last primary, formed from chiefdoms state in the world. In other words, there were god-kings (ali'i nui) who in some cases were born from incestuous relationships (cf Egyptian pharaohs), a...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Well, you're correct that the fuel dumps at Pearl Harbor were not built under civilian buildings, but they were burrowed into basalt. I suspect that it's not quite as hard as people make it, given that they've driven subway tunnels...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    On the grass is always greener side, I find it amusing that here in California, we complain about the idiotic city designs that have privileged cars over everything else. Take cars away from LA (or San Diego, where I live)...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Ideal world I'd like to see: a Federal Europe consisting of small states (3-30 million population), run along a hierarchical model closer to that of the USA than the current unbalanced mess we've got, with a strong representative government. No,...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Now there's a thought. I haven't ventured into Hardwired (or Voice of the Whirlwind) in awhile....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Sarcastic question, but I can't resist: Has anyone started calling the pro-Brexiters "cheddarheads?" If not, why not? It's less sexist than crumpetbrains, at least by a bit....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    BTW - I reject the idea that 'boomers and Xers are complete failures' everywhere - know plenty who give a damn and are doing something positive. That's why I used the word "rulers." There are a bunch of systemic problems,...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Late to the conversation as usual. I was out in the superbloom. Non sequitur: I was just showing my wife some clips from the old Ghost In The Shell anime, to show her why I'm not that interested in the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    This sounds familiar. Ah yes, Steward Brand (1999) Clock of the Long Now. "We are in the process of building one vast global computer ("The network is the computer" proclaims Sun Microsystems.) This world computer could easily become the Legacy...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Why does it have to be more complicated than sending a message that "I'm dangerous, I'm unpredictable, and you can't stop my minions. So you'd better not boycott my industries or starve my country"? He's done everything from launching missiles...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Yes, I've actually thought of that, although not for comets. Back when we were first joking about it in 2010, uses like that were proposed. You'd need to create a missile that synthesized FOOF on the way to its target...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Thanks Susan, made my day!...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Oh dear. It's been too long since "Things I Won't Work With" has been mentioned here. TIWW on FOOF. Sadly, In The Pipeline hasn't published a "things I won't work with" post since 2014. IIRC, Charlie got a short story...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Hmmm. The problem is you've got to bribe bureaucrats in China to get that much VX across the Yalu and into North Korea. That gives China a lever to use on North Korea. Since one ostensible reason to get read...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Hmmm. The problem here is conflating the news media with "what the US notices." People in hospitals and first responders notice this stuff, it gets reported, but when the news media are being told by their bosses to stick to...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Before we start dealing with Cloudflare, which is a real problem, I wanted to pitch a bit of trivia about the assassination of Kim Jong Nam with VX. There's an interesting bit that the women who spritzed him claimed they...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    You mean, Red Mars, where the novel ended with them blowing Phobos off the end of the beanstalk during a war and wrapping said beanstalk around the planet twice? Where Green Mars is about a guerilla war ending in the...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Thanks for the link Robert. I hadn't seen that game before now. Offhand, it looks like a reasonable pedagogical game. What education level are you working on with it?...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    So far as the Los Alamos predictive model, the phys.org article is at https://phys.org/news/2017-02-likelihood-dangerous-climate-thresholds.html. I just got my hands on the actual article (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/115007/meta), and I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Where I am in San Diego,...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Good grief! Is this all we can talk about? Getting improvised munitions past airport scanners? --We've got a weird-ass exoplanet system (three planets in the habitable zone), and that thread died. --We've got 60.25" of rain this season at Big...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Okay, Trappist-1. Who's astronomically minded enough to tell me how prone to flares the "ultra-cool," high metallicity red dwarf 2MASS J23062928-0502285 is? Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRAPPIST-1) NASA announced today that TRAPPIST-1 has 7 terrestrial-sized planets orbiting it (stats at http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6286-ssc2017-01f-TRAPPIST-1-Statistics-Table), three of...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    You mean, like mint or ginger for stomach upsets? One thing to realize is that different plants have similar chemicals. Another thing to realize is that things like tannins can be good for stopping blood loss and a few other...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Actually, I had an interesting experience with a Chumash healer once. She'd apprenticed a USC pharmacology professor who was interested in the active compounds in her herbs, and they did really cool lectures back in the day. Sadly she died...
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