Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    It's the small business owners who're confused, voting against their immediate interests, which would be better served by a progressive agenda, in favor of a fantasy that, as business owners, they are served* by policies crafted for immense wealth....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    But there's heresy in the temple of Mammon, some of the worshipers will even refuse to take money from willing customers who they find unpleasant, falling short of the true devotion. I expect a schism in the Mammonites, between...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Simple, good people find whatever's positive in their beliefs, and live it. Those who aren't so good, find the bits that resonate with their personalities, IOW,they'd be assholes in any, or no religion....
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    On the "Convertible Smartphone" thing, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple released an iPhone dock that connected to a keyboard, mouse & monitor and behaved in a very Mac-like way when docked. Microsoft had a good try at it,...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    A home recycler to convert waste into feedstock for a 3D food printer would be a desirable thing....
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    I remember reading about that guy in "Whole Earth Review" back in the eighties, thanks for the links. Also fun to see an older generation of bike parts, like the Sun Tour V-GT derailleur, whose method of keeping the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Works the same way with ultrapremium ice cream, they'll call a pint four servings so that the fat content doesn't shock you....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    More likely you had a standard rim and they attempted to use a Schwinn sized tire. The old Schwinn rims were a larger diameter and standard tires would not work. By the early 80s Schwinn was moving production out...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Bicycles still have critical dimensions in inches here and there, mainly in the bearings, cogs, sprockets and chain, though almost everything else is metric. One of the more irritating metric things was French bicycles of a certain age had...
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    The Sears catalog listed Whitworth tools back then. If only they would've put their catalogs on line......
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    As I remember, the loudest opposition to "Metrification" was from the construction industry, who AFAIK didn't want to buy new tape measures. I wouldn't have minded. If one needed hand tools designated in fractions of inches in the US,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yesterday the last of Doolittle's Raiders passed away. https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/04/09/a-legend-passes-dick-cole-last-of-the-doolittle-raiders-dies-at-103/ Such news items likely contribute to the boldness of fascists, Allied WW2 vets in their prime might've react negatively to them....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Any guesses as to when they begin forgetting sheets belong on beds?...
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    Some years ago Homeland (Reich?) Security set out requirements for State drivers licenses and several States were slow in complying*, only the coming ban on air travel for holders of the old identification prompted grudging compliance. My next renewal...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Seem to remember a fake commercial from "The National Lampoon Radio Hour" for "Axxon, at the sign of the double cross". Also remember that Niven & Pournelle dreamed up something special in "Inferno" for individuals who set aside ethics...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Understandable, but the Dixiecrats were bad enough, filibustering anti-lynching laws. Also find it annoying when I hear folks praising the late Barry Goldwater, who opened the door for that match made in Hell. BTW, would it be over the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Not just those reactionaries, you've also got the "Team GOP" types who don't really care that the party has been possessed by "Dixiecrats" and insist it's still Lincoln's party....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    And so will the other members of their club, which they'll brag about over drinks, when they're not complaining about declining sales, wishing the "Remuneration Fairy" would bless their customers, and seldom connect the dots....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    White supremacy seems to me more of a symptom, an ugly, gangrenous wonderments from "Creative" destruction's collateral damage, though they've got the destruction part down cold. The .01% has been waging a propaganda war on just about anyone who...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    If that spilled over into Americans with "NAZI-ish" beliefs, it could be more folks than the capacity of the ditch. Would likely have to include those who wish Jefferson Davis had won, hope to (Expletive) that can be avoided,...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Causing Neo-NAZIs to jump in a river doesn't seem too over the top, though dropping them from a great height in a Ford Pinto (Like a Cortina, but tinnier.) might be (Blues Brothers reference.)....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Might it be amusing to bring a glass box with an attached blower to Mars, add some of what passes for dirt there with polar ice, seal it, turn on the blower to pressurize to Terran levels and watch...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Might make some sort of sense from the PM's point of view if she'd become convinced continued EU membership was insupportable, but isn't it common knowledge that any crisis that promises change brings swarms of agenda bearing folk out...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Possibly, though my fear is a replay of what stuck us with "Herr Drumph!" in 2016, the Democrats nominate someone who doesn't upset the donors. Anyone who "The Money" is happy with will disappoint a lot of voters who...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    A US cable network, MTV used to have a claymation program "Celebrity Death Match", neo-NAZIs & da'esh might be appropriate for a live remake. FWIW, I've never met a Muslim who wasn't just trying to get through life intact,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Was it not John Bolton who convinced Reagan to disavow Cater's agreement with North Korea to suspend nuclear development? Who's to blame for "Nork nukes"? Likely betting he'll be safely dead before the history books are written, assuming optimistically...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Note that the lower Mississippi is defined as from the mouth of the Missouri to the gulf of Mexico....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    There's a chance the US may cease being a great power much sooner, the current denizen of the white house may not understand that the use of power demonstrates it's limits to your adversaries. He also may not get...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Such was the intent of Henry Morgenthau and Marriner Eccles. I imagine enormous money will fight a return to sensible taxation and even if they fail it will take a very long time to undo all the damage. The...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I think this may be relevant to Brexit, and other related unpleasantness: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revolt-of-the-rich/ I believe many of the immensely wealthy do not wish to be governed, taxed or regulated. They somehow believe their wealth is responsible for the underlying...
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