Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Przybylski%27s_Star Lanthanide elements are from 1000 to 10,000 times more abundant than in the Sun... That's pretty strange. I have no hypothesis to cover this and the Wiki page doesn't help. The trans-uranic elements hypothesis is a plausible proximate cause...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    When the second parent dies, it seems to me that grief can become more complex. When my father died two years ago (I was then 56), all of a sudden my siblings and I had no parents at all; suddenly...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    01234567890 is a valid phone number by UK rules... Then one day BT allocated that number to an actual line. I am surprised that BT did not have that on their list of Numbers Never To Use. They must have...
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    I also dealt with a customer complaint while working for a Telco. Twins... Ouch. Yes, I can believe they got confused a lot. As a young man I went to The Evergreen State College and shared the campus with Professor...
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    Thomas Jefferson wrote that a well-informed electorate is a prerequisite to democracy. I take that obligation seriously. I always print out the sample ballot to give me a framework for investigating the candidates & choosing which ones I think are...
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    He was trying to tell a conservative audience that rules matter. Because no one group or party will be in the majority forever. So every time you make a rule to make it easier to run over the opposition you...
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    What an evil creep People in politics have been saying that about Roger Stone for fifty years now. (The man is an unscrupulous liar who literally has a tattoo of Richard Nixon.) We're pleased to see that someone in law...
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    Doonsbury is one of the few things I miss... You don't have to! I read both the current Doonesbury and N-year flashbacks online every day. I'm told Trudeau has released a compilation of all Doonesbury strips involving Trump, but have...
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    Bob Shaw's book "Who Goes Here" had a teleporter drive spaceship. The back of the ship was teleported to the front, repeatedly. I'm surprised nobody has pointed out that Larry Niven came up with this idea, then confessed he didn't...
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    I've probably posted this before but I thought he was a comedian. I thought he was one of these put-on comic personas, like the Ali G version of a thick redneck American, and the claim to be running for President...
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    Truly a sad commentary when someone as UN-funny as Trump is the "comic relief". I'm sure he's much funnier from a greater distance. He spent over twenty years as a running joke, since the first time he got noticed nationally....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The Freefall comic cannot be recommended enough. It starts a little slowly, but deals with lots of issues we discuss here. Such as the wisdom of the perennially overlooked observation "It’s okay to have steak when there’s a chicken in...
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    Something I just thought of yesterday. Coast Guard Members are not getting paid (although I expect them to receive back pay eventually), but the Coast Guard also has a lot of equipment - cutters and helicopters that are essential to...
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    I've got a good name for this FTL system: the double emergency drive. It sounds related to what the characters in the Freefall web comic use for interstellar travel, the DAVE drive. The acronym describes its important features: Dangerous And...
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    Australia makes the first $1500/year donated to a political party tax deductible (because more democratic involvement is better, y'all), so we already have the "negative tax" end of the curve... Oh, I like that! A progressive taxation plan sounds good....
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    The use or otherwise of thousands separators is likely generational and possibly regional... To make things even more difficult, it can be conditional. I still try to follow the guideline (from some forgotten style manual) that separators become useful at...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    A "fin" round (UK nickname, it's fin stabilised, US tankers will typically say "sabot") is a long, thin chunk of heavy metal, arriving with several megajoules of energy, able to punch through a couple of feet of armour. Coincidentally it...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Recent In the Pipeline coverage of graphene includes: Darn Near Flatland, 11 October, 2017 https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2017/10/11/darn-near-flatland Graphene Continues to Surprise 19 March, 2018 https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2018/03/19/graphene-continues-to-surprise Graphene: You Don’t Get What You Pay For By Derek Lowe 11 October, 2018 https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2018/10/11/graphene-you-dont-get-what-you-pay-for As Greg...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The call-sign doesn't start with a K because I didn't want to risk annoying someone humourless in Legal at a real radio station... That can happen. Years ago, as a college student, I was reading a novel and encountered a...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    ...you mean like the huge block of titanium that my late ex told me the Soviets cast, just to prove it could be done? Okay, I'll be the one to ask the obvious question. What did they do with it...
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    When we start talking about even thousands of tonnes of liquid mercury in the middle of a major city I think we're out of the realm of acceptable risks. Not to mention acceptable budget. Where do you get thousands of...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    ... people care a lot more about what you buy online then what you say or do ... That means ebay has me on the list of 'people who have bought more than zero slide rules.' That's a pretty short...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    There are places my imagination won't go, e.g. duck genitals[0] and lack of consent in general... Yes, I expect we are all familiar with the hilarious but NSFW True Facts About the Duck. ("Oh, my...") Nature is a strange and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I am unfamiliar with this person, either because he's obscure in the US or I've just not happened to read of him before. Wikipedia makes him sound bland, if stiff. Is he actively counterproductive or just hopelessly super-conservative?...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Out of order? You mean, like broken into tiny bits, with the 0.1% scrambling to see who can grab most of the loose change? It's easier to digest something when it's been ground up into tiny pieces and marinated in...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    A billion human sacrifices sounds like... ...an unacceptable project name. Please choose a less accurate one....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The first time this really struck me was with the War of the Worlds TV series in the 80's... Now I'm imagining protagonists who can't get useful support from anti-Martian politicians because the fear of Martians is a great way...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Dronezzzz would make cononating Wassname in Colorado Springs a piece of piss, assuming you can get one with sufficient load capacity. My father and some college buddies worked out the logistics, but not the funding, for using a weather balloon...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    If anyone is in Brooklyn and has a chance to decorate one of the Trump dog urinals, get a picture for the amusement of others....
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Like nachos? https://xkcd.com/654/ A friend of mine once did that in analog. Her neighbor was turning up his stereo much too loudly. She realized she had the gear to transmit on a quarter the frequency of the radio station he...
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