Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The Forth Rail Bridge isn’t that long. Just hit it at 80 kph and coast....
  • Commented on Omicron
    Be wary, be wary 6 January Stupidity, MAGA and plot I see no reason Republican treason Should ever be forgot! - Jeff Bigler...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I had always assumed that tits-up & balls-up were variants of belly-up, as in how dead goldfish float in their bowls. Is arbitrarily assigning a sex to the metaphorical fish sexist?...
  • Commented on Omicron
    How do you run a democracy when a significant fraction of voters think Trump won the last election, and significant fraction of the politically active believe Hillary Clinton drinks the blood of babies to stay young?...
  • Commented on Omicron
    For those of us who’ve never heard of “Memorial” until today, what are a couple of examples of things they’ve done that you don’t like? (Outside links to English language sources please, or French if written for school children.)...
  • Commented on Omicron
    “However simply voicing political opinions (excluding calls for violence) should not be banned under any circumstances.” If I understand correctly in Germany it’s illegal to say “The Nazis were right.” I’m in no hurry to persuade them to change that...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    “nailed it down” Nice choice of metaphor!...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Festivus...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I was thinking more the “not knowing the rules of American football.” Many decades ago (I forget how many,) on a winter Sunday when the entire nation was glued to their TV sets I was in a dorm lounge with...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Well, that does sound like genuine MIT post-docs....
  • Commented on Omicron
    The Wikipedia article on the 2019 gas explosions in Massachusetts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrimack_Valley_gas_explosions) mentions this: “At the time of the accident, workers were replacing some of the low-pressure piping, but the procedure set out by Columbia Gas for doing this failed to...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I think smallpox vaccination for the military is a good idea as it reduces the incentive for anyone considering developing a smallpox weapon....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    In the short term most inhabitants of as rich a society as ours aren’t going to be interested in leaving. They’re going to be interested in going and getting something to improve their status back home. Gold is pretty good...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    If you’re expanding exponentially you’ll go down every path....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I’m thinking more “what’s next for TL2?” After the multi-para-California gold rush, of course....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    If the uninhabited timelines are full of megafauna, how long until they become a destination for big game hunters?...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    “ An intelligent media” Assassinate some Murdochs?...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I’d call that an extremely successful defense on Vietnam’s part....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I would assume the USA has all adjacent timelines under drone surveillance. Timeline one, known to have had world-walkers, would get extra attention....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Lens grinding: Never mind microscopes and telescopes. Simple eyeglasses add decades to the working life of expensively-trained scholars....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Cooked on an electric stove, I hope!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Once we’re decarburized the electric stove is clearly better. But at the present time it depends where your electricity comes from....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Another reason for keeping a gas stove: Your electricity comes from a gas powered plants so it’s more efficient to turn gas directly into heat than run it through a 50% efficient heat engine to turn it into electricity, then...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    If you’ve got a windmill or solar farm producing excess electricity, turning it into hydrogen is something you can do with it right now, using commercially available equipment. Long term I think it makes more sense to develop equipment to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Though I, like you, am unable to make sense of SotMN’s posts, it seems that Bill Arnold somehow can. Given that he finds meaning there it’s pretty pointless to repeatedly ask him not to interact. If anything doing so just...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    They can still cheat with Plan 1 by using a coal plant to make hydrogen....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    How to power an airliner, post-fossil-fuel: Plan 1: Windmill makes electricity. Take water from atmosphere. Use electricity to turn into hydrogen and oxygen. Release the oxygen into the air. Put the hydrogen in the airplane. Airplane mixes hydrogen with air...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    “ As for the deep ones, I'm not sure how explicit I made it (or in which book) but there were some indications that they were withdrawing from Earth's oceans completely, by means unspecified.” Will they leave a note saying...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    To me the right time to ditch that thing is “as soon as possible,” and that’s when she did....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Also https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570547.001.0001/acprof-9780198570547 Experimental Techniques for Low-Temperature Measurements: Cryostat Design, Material Properties and Superconductor Critical-Current Testing Jack Ekin...
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