Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Those plants might do well on small river banks in the rust belt, like the Blue river in western Missouri, potentially tough on herbivores though....
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    That might be a good time to nudge the conversation in a different direction by pointing out the economic advantage in developing the low/no carbon energy tech, rather than having to buy it from somewhere else because of a...
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    I could still manage riding a bicycle to work, not sure it'd be rideable, or still there in the morning though, where I live bicycles are considered toys and racks you can lock a bike to are rare....
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    BS only if you restrict your focus to small cars and even your Tercel had to pollute more than an electronically managed car of similar size, and I'm old enough to remember the cars Ralph Nader wrote so lovingly...
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    Remembering that Napier had a very fuel efficient aviation diesel, the Nomad series*, but turbo props were the market's choice, because of the complexity of piston engines. The hardware & software required to get efficiency out of an IC...
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    Oh, I already like EVs, they're just out of my economic reach. Electric transport will be a larger part of the future as the tech is improved, lease return and used vehicles will put more people in electrics, it's...
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    It may be very difficult to run out of oil, much easier to deplete the most economical deposits so the price of what's left rises high enough that electrics start making a LOT more sense, which may be as...
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    Something possibly interesting, not sure if it's been done before, let's say we know how to build an STL seed ship, we can be assured the cargo won't be randomized by radiation and we can build a mind to...
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    Not the only one "Louie Wu" from Ringworld was mixed, which was Larry Niven's guess at the future. Heinlein's "Friday Jones" was mixed differently, 23 contributors. Wouldn't be surprised if Heinlein wrote her that way as a literary boot to...
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    No difficulty logging in, but for reasons unknown, usually, but not always, logs me out after I post a comment. I really don't mind clicking "sign out" myself....
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    That reminds me of a conversation with a former coworker, they were complaining bitterly about how little they'd received for their old house in Kansas City, with my (nonexistent) diplomacy I suggested it might have something to do with...
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    Concerning spacesuits, a skin suit would solve the pressure/mobility issues. Development has been nearly non existent, since existing suits cover the most important concern. If you have a copy of "A step farther out", I think Jerry Pournelle wrote...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I see it as a side effect of dehumanization, if your victims can be described as not quite human, was it so serious an offense? And it offers a lot of validation to the handful of extractors parasitizing the...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    One wonders if this proposal was resourced, or a result of small sample (Their golf/drinking partners.). I think this applies as well to corporate entities, therefore when this gets enough responses to go off-topic, may be vastly entertaining....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Unless British Leyland built the US market cars with SAE fasteners. I'm old enough to have seen Whitworth tools listed in a mail order catalog, before the institution acquired a wasting disease....
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    The MG would've been happier with Whitworth sockets, like any number of self-repaired MacBooks, where a sloppy fit T-6 is used where a T-7 would be the better choice. No Pinto had a rear filler, but the wagon's was...
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    Imperial feet and US feet aren't the same, which is one of the great things about metric measures, just one set of wrenches....
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    On language, I recall reading that midwestern US men were popular in the broadcast industry because a Kansas City accent was thought to be intelligible over most of the US, hence, Walter Cronkite of Saint Joseph, Missouri (About 100...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Out of production limestone mines would be an option in some areas for living space, perhaps mores these days when so much time is spent in front of video displays of one sort or another. Waste heat from refrigeration,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Small nit, Hiroshima received "Little boy", Nagasaki got the "Fat man" (and "the "Thin man" was never built). I believe it was Jerry Pournelle who claimed that the U.S. DOD went decades without having to mint "Purple Heart" medals,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    When I took up bicycles without coaster hubs, 27" was what you could get in the U.S., unless you wished to deal with sew ups. The Michelin Elan showed up in the mid 70s in either 27X1" or 700X25C....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Maybe sort of true decades ago, but sixties conservatives look fairly liberal now, as the movement's gone round the bend....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I recall reading that the plan with NERVA was to launch it cold with chemical rockets and start it in orbit. I think the only nuclear propulsion method able to launch on it's own power was Orion....
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    I'll readily agree to peace among nuclear powers, there's enough strategically interesting targets in the greater Kansas City area and blast radiuses are so large, if any of them were nuked, I'd be in a bad way....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Have some more Greg: https://www.wyomingnews.com/big-boy-restoration-still-set-for-completion-in/article_f0f3385e-8435-11e7-8d52-43f95323c973.html...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Consider the possibility of an unusually cold post-brexit winter in combination with WTF "Conservative" diplomacy and what's uneconomical may change....
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    Seen too many go under the grass myself, I'll wait, besides the commentariat here is high quality, always worthwhile coming here....
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    Mandating anaerobic digestion with methane recovery in sewage treatment might get the UK a little ways, fracking for gas should work, if you can live with the side effects, if brexit was anything like a plan, some strategies would've...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Concerning steam, the Union Pacific railroad is restoring Big Boy #4014, hoping to have it ready for their sesquicentennial next spring. https://www.up.com/aboutup/special_trains/steam/locomotives/4014/index.shtml...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Having been a long day, I'm hearing Bill Murray in the back of my head "...and you will have saved the lives of thousands of registered voters!" IMHO, one of the better rationalizations of restraint. Now, if only some...
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