Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    My grandmother had a hand powered washing machine in her scullery in the wet early 1950s. It looked like the then standard copper with a gas ring underneath to heat the water and a brass handle on the lid turning...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I can go one step farther than manholes. My house in Leeds had a York stone drive. We came back from a holiday and there was a small pile of dirt in the centre of the drive. My neighbour, a...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Some people don’t have to be young to learn languages. My father who, like me, was intelligent but no genius decided to learn German at the age of 25. He succeeded and was able to converse in German, with an...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Water company tested and approved paper based flushable wipes (Natracare) are widely available in the UK. All that’s necessary to solve the problem that plastic based wet wipes pose is regulation....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I illustrated my own comment about input errors by typing decades instead of a decade and remenber for remember....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "Our research shows autocorrect errors, particularly in Excel spreadsheets, can also make a mess of gene names in genetic research. We surveyed more than 10,000 papers with Excel gene lists published between 2014 and 2020 and found more than 30%...
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    Pinyin has caused problems for herbalists. In the 1990s I was research coordinator in an NHS pathology lab. One of my colleagues was also a herbalist. Chinese herbs had become fashionable to treat asthma and he had problems ordering the...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Vaseline and sexual pleasure. Yes you can coat the doorknobs with it so the kids can’t interrupt you....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I'm sure that's OK for general use but it wouldn't pass an NHS face fit test or be useful for breathing apparatus in a contaminated atmosphere. My daughter's business partner spent a lot of time at his local hospital doing...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Working link https://www.iglobalnews.com/newsviews/british-sikh-surgeons-beard-band-meets-the-nhs-covid-safety-test...
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    There are solutions for beards and masks. This is one:https://www.iglobalnews.com/newsviews/british-sikh-surgeons-beard-band-meets-the-nhs-covid-safety-test Another is the one which my daughter used when training men to wear breathing equipment in confined and underground spaces - lots of Vaseline. Not a good idea for medical...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Both my children were labelled as poor readers in infant's school. They were both bored with the school reading schemes. My daughter, born in 1975 was only interested in non fiction. She wanted to read about animals, machines aircraft and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Electric barbecues are as good as gas without the need to store and refill gas cylinders. I have an electric barbecue for use at home and a portable charcoal barbecue for trips and the rare occasions when we have lots...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greg For decades I considered a gas hob and electric oven the ideal for cooking. But when I moved to a village with no gas supply I found that the ceramic hob in my new house was better. All your...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    If you hade been a little slower to remove your mask the phone would have asked you to use the passcode with no need to take your mask off....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Containers can be quite impressive as buildings. After the first Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand they temporarily rebuilt part of the city centre using containers. The Restart Mall lasted from 2013 to 2018. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ChzsmZaJ44fNFe8u8 There were shops, banks and restaurants...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    iPhone changed uric to uralic...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The site you linked to perpetuates the modern myth that vitamin C reduces gout. This is comparable to the 1960s/70s myth that vitamin C exacerbated gout. The truth is that chemical Uralic acid assays are subject to positive interference from...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Greg I had much the same experience in school football as you although not associated with bullying. Rugby at my grammar school was even worse. So much so that I "forgot" my kit almost every week and preferred running around...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    There are many old flint mine sites in Britain. You can visit a restored mine at Grimes Graves near Thetford. Conditions were bad but not nearly as bad as coal mines. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/grimes-graves-prehistoric-flint-mine/ Pretty impressive for mines dug with deer antlers...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    UHT milk still comes in "waxed" containers as do plant "milks" and fruit juice. They can also be put in the green recycling bins....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    UK. The wall and ceiling lights in my living form and dining room were all 40W candle bulbs. We bought some new lamps for the hall and found that they had 3W filament style LED candle bulbs which gave just...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I replaced all my incandescent bulb downstairs and in the hall a d landing four years ago. I’ve had to replace one out of fourteen....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    PSA has false positives and false negatives (like any other lab test) but that doesn't prevent it from being useful. It's requested often. (We don't order tests in the UK. We're too polite. We request them.) But in my experience...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I blame the lab for not doing the test and the insurance companies (plus Richard Nixon for legitimising medical profits). Had I been running the lab I would have done the tests anyway. The extra marginal cost would be small....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    As Whitroth has already said PSA s a standard test. It's also not very expensive for an immunoassay. When I was running an automated lab it certainly wasn't in the top ten most expensive assays for reagent costs and was...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    If the skull is opaque to visible light how can the pineal be light sensitive?...
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    Does cycling replace walking or driving? Sometimes it’s superior to both. Long ago when I lived in Greater Manchester I used to cycle 11 miles to work. In the morning I used to take my bike on the train for...
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    Greg You need to try a lot of tests rides before you buy an electric bike. Sellers rarely mention that although motor assistance cuts out at 15mph the work needed to ride the bikes varies a lot between makes and...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    As and urban cyclist and motorcyclist I learned early on to assume that everyone in a car or lorry was a homicidal maniac. I drummed into my children that when on a bike they must assume anyone was out to...
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