Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Twilight Zone, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monsters_Are_Due_on_Maple_Street...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Having been involved with designing & selling bits and bobs to both Boeing and SpaceX, my money’s on SpaceX having a better chance of success. My keyhole view into a corner of the SLS’s design process has not inspired confidence....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    “flange magnets”?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    As usual the problem is less technical than political. In the USA’s case it’s that one major party is dependent on white supremacists’ votes....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    “there's a decent reason to start looking at the obvious candidate chemical rather than any other of all the ones it usually comes along with.” Nicotine is the obvious choice, but I hope some research into other components of tobacco...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    “It is hard to come to any conclusion other than that this is simply mafia government” That’s been obvious for quite a while now....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    The scriptwriters have given up even pretending to take their jobs seriously. Pro wrestling 'essential' under Florida governor's order https://manchesterinklink.com/pro-wrestling-in-florida-is-essential-continues-to-operate/ U.S. President Donald Trump tapped World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon as an adviser on reopening the U.S. economy. Rating:...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    More puzzling data. https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/04/15/boston-homeless-population-coronavirus-asymptomatic-universal-testing TLDR: Homeless shelter started testing all arrivals. “Of 397 people tested, 146 — or 36% — came up positive.” “Every one of these folks were asymptomatic. None of them had a fever, and none of them...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    “sure, let's let Mississippi and the rest of the South secede from the US.” This Northener says “Yes, please.”...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Agreed, I want to see OGH try his hand at utopian fiction. Either he gets to finish a novel undisturbed, or else our timeline gets straightened out. Win/win!...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    “I've crossed the Franco-Swiss border by tram” I’ve crossed the Belgium/France border by accident while driving. Took a while to figure it out....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    It’s often said that health and safety regulations are written in blood....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    RR, maker of hundreds of identical turbines, doesn’t sound a good bet for making ventilators. Caterham, maker of one-offs with metal frames, fiberglass parts, electric harnesses, fluid piping & pumps ... I think they’d have no problem....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I suspect Mr. “On High” had a bonus linked to 4th quarter earnings. As far as he’s concerned everything worked perfectly....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    ‘wearing masks*). *Which in my mind is correlated with "panicking and not paying attention to public health advice".’ When people I knew in Japan wore masks a it wasn’t to avoid catching something, it was to avoid spreading it....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I don’t think Trump or those who report to him are thinking any further than tomorrow’s poll numbers....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    In Japan, as in Europe and North America, there’s a stereotype that the farther south you go the more lackadaisical things get. One time in Kyushu I saw a Japan Rail train arrives three minutes late....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    The niche for short-range electric planes will be the USA, because building a proper rail system would require us considering the “common good.”...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Almost all political conflict, especially in the US, boils down to a fight between the Sane Billionaires and the Insane Billionaires. It generally follows this template: INSANE BILLIONAIRES: Let's kill everyone and take their money! SANE BILLIONAIRES: I like the...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    A few months ago airlines were panicking about undercapacity due to all the grounded 737MAXs. I guess that worry has gone away?...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Haj this year should be interesting....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Enjoy your bottle of Corona with a wedge of Lyme. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease...
  • Commented on A serious question
    “What I disagree with are the notions that women's menstrual cycles synchronize, that menstrual cycles have anything to do with lunar phase, and most especially that they have anything to do with lycanthropy.” I’m a bit puzzled by the “most...
  • Commented on A serious question
    “any discussion of relativitic effects or the use of werewolves as an FTL signaling mechanism will be firmly discouraged” You don’t want werewolves for that: Gypsy curses, like most ordinary spells, propagate at c. If you want acausal time loops...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Maybe the alignment creates a temporary (very fat) ley line between Earth and Moon?...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Since you’re a mathematician maybe you can tell me. My “The stardrive and only the stardrive has a reference frame” kluge works for special relativity. Is it possible to do the same with regards to general relativity? Can such a...
  • Commented on A serious question
    You have just shed light on a longstanding puzzle in lycanthropology: the occasional “dry moon.” But since that phenomenon varies among subjects it would appear that 30’ of arc is an average, but each individual has their own value. Perhaps...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    America’s Got Technobabble The contestants: A bunch of would be SF writers. The judges(1): - A tenured professor of theoretical physics - A SFWA member - A semi-literate entertainment celebrity. The goal: Convince them your proposed FTL system makes sense....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    If you’re thinking in relativistic terms you wouldn’t have an exclusion zone measuresd in light years, but in sqrt((distance in light years)^2 + (time difference in years)^2)...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    That’s pretty much what I’ve been trying to say. If you’re playing with wormholes or Alcubierre warps which are extensions of general relativity, then “relativity + FTL = time travel” is a problem. But if you have a fictional FTL...
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