Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    When my son worked in a pub on the Isle of Man in the 1990s they had such a mix of English, Irish, Scottish, Manx and Northern Irish notes that they just accepted anything and didn't bother about the value...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    On lead in tree rings. It's a definite maybe. As seems reasonable it depends on the type of tree and its location relative to the pollution source. Usually how close to the road http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969701011494 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/56035 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00002930...
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    There was a red aurora alert on the date of the "green blob in the sky" reports after a very large corona mass ejection. Seeing such things is definitely related to power transformers since most people only notice such things...
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    Microscopy of faeces is not common except in suspected parasite infeststion so it would be hard to spot clumps. Cultures of organisms would grow as normal....
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    I just checked through some more photos on Google. A lot of them seeem to be correlated with Streetview images. Most of the photos I took in Quebec City are now tagged but many of the street scenes in Toronto...
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    A recent development in metadata. I checked some photos of mine in Google Photos and found that lots of pictures I took in Canada during 2003 and 2010 using a primitive digital camera with no GPS have been tagged with...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    When I saw JRM on TV condemning abortion I thought of Cecil Parkinson and his anti-abortion http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/cecil-parkinson-dead-former-tory-ministers-secretary-claimed-he-begged-her-to-have-abortion-a6833071.html...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    There's not a lot of gold in the world. This is some of it: YouTube https://youtu.be/CTtf5s2HFkA...
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    Re cars trapped in snow. In the 1970s a colleague demonstrated "Instant Snow Chains" - an aerosol he sprayed on his tyres for more grip. It worked. I found this on YouTube. https://youtu.be/hALJDiNnq-k Similar product are available now. I just...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    A dishwasher is a very useful piece of furniture. A dirty dishes cupboard. But when the cupboard is full you switch it on and it washes the contents. 12 years ago I moved into a house with no dishwasher and...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Nominative Determinism? I attended a sports drug lecture given by Dr Sample at a scientific meeting....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    When I see BIG CAPITAL LETTERS I thing "Why are they SHOUTING." If your jokes are so often missed perhaps you should consider that they might not be funny. Your capitals are obviously meant to be the equivalent of the...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Black Romans? This is from your own link (I do read them when they're not music or videos) The internet discussion was particularly prompted by the appearance of a black Roman soldier in the detachment building Hadrian’s Wall, but in...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I was in New Zealand earlier this year. Environmentalists there were unhappy about the number of Redwoods which had been planted for timber but grow so fast in the damp climate that the timber is useless. Maybe this is a...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    It's taken me a long time to reply to this because I couldn't sign in on my phone. The original settlers on Rapa Nui did not bring much with them The only animals they introduced were chickens and rats. They...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    There's reasonable evidence that everybody got Easter Island/Rapa Nui wrong and that the arrival of polynesian rats with the humans doomed the ecosystem long before any of the statues was made. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/rats-not-men-to-blame-for-death-of-easter-island-431105.html...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I've had no problems with the AA in rural Lincolnshire and Cornwall. The only place I found it hard to get the AS to come quickly was Chapeltown in Leeds where they called on subcontractors because of the reputation of...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    You call the AA. (For Americans that's the Automobile Association not Alcoholics Anonymous). They fix it or tow you to your destination. That's exactly what you do for an IC engine car....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I was less than clear in my post. I was referring to the old batteries from electric cars. These are apparently ideal for storing energy from solar panels when they are no longer good enough for cars....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Old car batteries are very useful for storage of solar power. Or any electric power. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/04/nissan-launches-british-made-home-battery-to-rival-teslas-powerwall...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    It's hard to find detail of Land Rover safety but some information is findable like" "The aged design of the Land Rover Defender means the mechanicals are simple but safety is poor Land Rover as a brand doesn’t exactly have...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Does the CNPS have access to historical and prehistorical plant records?There must be university, state or federal records of vegetation in the area. There could be a half way stage of reintroducing plants which had existed during warmer periods. I...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Sensible people buy old cars and keep them for years There are lots of sensible people who don't want to do this. I've had two cars which were over 23 years old when I bought them and kept for years...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Please accept my sympathy...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Waitrose is about the same price as Tesco and Sainsbury's for basic items. A lot of the goods are better quality and the atmosphere is better. Before I came to Norfolk I had never been in a Waitrose. It's the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "I bought my last car with a check" Like many people in the U.K. I haven't written a cheque for years. I bought my last car with a debit card. The US is a long way behind....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Because it doesn't take any time You pick the item off the shelf, scan it and put it in your bag which is open in the trolley or basket. When you pay you don't have to take the items out...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Thanks for tbhat last link. A new view on things which were just drawings on blackboards when I first learned about them....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "While the cashier is scanning my items" With the system I was discussing the customer scans the items as they were put in the bags. So at the end all items are already bagged and scanned.You just scan a code...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Are you honestly stating that you've never been held up by someone fumbling for the correct money in a purse full of 1 and 2 penny pieces....
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