Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "The difference is that gas-powered road vehicles have to contain highly compressed gas in a compact container; cooling alone is feasible, in some cases, for tankers but not really for cars. Any breach of the container is likely to cause...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "Do a runner? You mean that one of Putin's long range Ilyushin-96 planes is going to land at Washington and Trump will stroll in?" He seems to have lots of supporters who own small boats. One of these could carry...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    People seem to forget that hydrogen fuel was an important energy source in the UK. Coal gas contained a variable concentration of hydrogen but there was enough to make a lighter than air balloon using coal gas in a polythene...
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    Replacing bicycle chains with belt drive is becoming more popular. My wife's GTech bike has a toothed belt drive and works well. This should be achievable with leather - perhaps combined with another material like hard wood for the teeth....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    In places you wouldn’t even need to plant them. They’re a common weed on my allotment site. It’s hard to get rid of them....
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    https://youtu.be/mbnWFFcLTGY...
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_7#:~:text=Economy%207%20is%20the%20name%20of%20a%20differential,to%20provide%20cheap%20off-peak%20electricity%20during%20the%20night....
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    'The one I liked best was The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag - possibly his least typical.' I liked that one as well. Mostly for the concept of the universe being a project for a journeyman god to gain its...
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    Johnson's dictionary said "A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people." Which prompted a contemporary retort "Where else to you find such horses - or such men?"....
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    I rarely use the landline phone to call anyone. Since I have a good 4G signal at home (rural Norfolk) its much easier to use my iPhone. I usually get a reply. It's often better to call mobile numbers since...
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    Greg I had a smart electricity meter installed at the end of last year. The immediate consequence of this was that my direct debit was reduced within three weeks of installation. They didn't find any of my equipment (all pretty...
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    'I might add I don’t see Europe launching a Starlink so we just leapfrogged you, whose infra sucks now neinerneinerneiner' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OneWeb...
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    Two abortions were carried out and several Down’s syndrome babies were born. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/sep/14/martinwainwright...
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    Email from Amazon today about Invisible Sun: 'Hello Michael, We have received new release date information for the item in the order below. The release date has been changed by the publisher and we want to provide you with the...
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    In medical labs we had few problems on January 1st 2000 because we, and the equipment manufactures worked hard to update software. There was a problem in another lab which had serious effects. The lab was using home-grown software for...
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    A lot of the clinical trials I was involved in were for American companies. I've even had an FDA inspection of my lab. But the procedures weren't significantly different from European and UK firms. One difference was that they sometimes...
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    'We know now that Big Pharma is real; we won’t get utopia, we get the healthy 0.1% and the rest of the population bled dry.' You're just voicing a US conspiracy theory. In a sense it might be true in...
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    "How can we design a kit that lets people collect uncontaminated poo samples? And how do we round up the office volunteers for alpha testing?" I've been to those types of meeting during my time as NHS lab research coordinator...
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    D0n't people use anything but seeds in their bird feeders in the USA? I put up different bird feeders in the winter and spring containing seed, peanuts and mealworms in suet. The mealworms in suet disappear faster than the others...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Almost the first thing I did with my Surface Pro was settings/Cortana/talk to Cortana and then switch off all the switches. It's not rocket science. I hadn't used Windows for years and made do with an iPad Mini and iPhone....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    New study in USA claims 40% reduction in Covid-19 hospital admissions for older people taking ACE inhibitors. https://news.yale.edu/2020/05/27/seniors-covid-19-taking-ace-inhibitors-have-lower-hospitalization-risk...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I've been on ACE inhibitors and calcium blockers for years. A few months ago during a prescription review my GP asked me if I was aware of a recent paper which showed that taking antihypertensive before bed instead of first...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The problem of choosing leadership seems to be allowing the general public to choose the candidates. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbin were both chosen by the general public. If the MPs had had a veto Jeremy Corbin would not have...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Marriage still has cultural importance but has little do do with the legitimacy of children. Marriage almost always comes long after the birth of children....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    European fixation on legitimate birth? What century are you living in? I have two children. Both of them got married to their partners of fourteen years. My daughter had two sons who were the best men at their parents' wedding....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Update I can see the comet now....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Those of you who are in the UK should be able to see comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE in half an hour or so . Look north about 9 degrees elevation. The bright star Capella is about the same height to...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    To convert glucose mmol/L to mg/dL the ancient unit used in the USA multiply by 18....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    One of my neighbours on our allotment site is on his second year of three sisters. His first try was last year. He's using the method adapted for England which involves several small mounds with four sweetcorn plants, squashes at...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Thanks Greg. That was a good summary. But it didn't mention the ending of the slave trade in East Africa after the UK swapped Heligoland for Zanzibar....
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