Geoff Hart

Geoff Hart

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Icestorm update: Turned out to be not so bad after all, though 32K people south and east of Montréal are without power for a day or so. Forgot to make explicit that my main goal in mentioning the old and...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Ice storm update (Québec): Apologies... It seems I exaggerated based on a radio news report late yesterday, which was rather alarming. Today's updated forecast calls for up to 50 mm of ice and snow with winds up to 70 km/h...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Re. cruciferae and whether they're palatable: Different 'chokes for different folks. Or as we say in Québec, à chacun son goût. Pigeon noted: "The grid only transports power. Something still has to generate it." I was perhaps unclear, but was...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Thanks for the ongoing discussion of food security via indoor farming. Fascinating stuff! Since some context has been lost, let's recontextualize to focus the subsequent discussion: First, I raised this issue in the context of developing a Plan B to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Moz responded to my comment about indoor farming based on the ratio of farmland to building space: "If you compare the amount of floorspace the amount of farmed land the numbers are not good. ... Somehow more buildings and increased...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Troutwaxer replied: "All I can say is that we're gardening anyway" Didn't say that you shouldn't... just pointing out that it's not the kind of solution we can rely on in coming years. That's why I'm big on getting the...
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    Troutwaxer noted "I wouldn't expect to feed myself and family out of my back yard". I read "agricultural collapse" (the starting point for this set of related posts) in terms of weather conditions becoming sufficiently unpredictable that it's not clear...
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    Scott, thanks for confirming the legal considerations wrt treason in the U.S....
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    Charlie noted: "If true this also makes Trump a foreign agent of influence and, depending on what his instructions were, quite possibly guilty of treason, although proving that one without Kremlin insider cooperation would be quite a reach." That and...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    LAvery noted "I have never dared to call myself a feminist, since in every conversation I have ever had with feminists, they made it clear that, as a single straight white guy, they viewed me as The Enemy." It me,...
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    LAvery replied to my complaints about Windoze installs: "It's quite easy to configure Windows Update not to automatically install updates, but only to warn you when they are available." Only if you have the "pro" version of Win10 installed. (If...
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    JBS noted: "Would it be outside the parameters of the problem for me to devote the entire 100bn to an open contract to hunt down and kill everyone who had a hand in producing Windoze10?" I'd be happy to see...
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    Like others, I have some skepticism about MBAs. But we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. The strength of an MBA program is that it teaches you how to think about business processes; the weakness is that it...
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    Footnote to what Heteromeles said: The human population has reached unprecedented levels, and we're surviving now on the thin edge of what we can sustainably produce. (In some places, the fat edge... but globally, we're closing in on Malthus territory.)...
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    Rick Moen noted: "Without McPhee saying so, you get the clear impression he's impressed as all hell at the Icelandic farmer who tried to stop the advance of a volcanic lava flow with a garden hose, garnering embarrassed laughter until...
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    Elderly Cynic notes: "When I was younger and had a few weeks to recover my adaptation, I used to positively like 40 Celsius and low humidity... On the other hand, lots of people can't take it even with adaptation -...
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    Charlie noted: "Disagree: cosmology is immensely important, not only because it has delivered tangible applications (hint: where did the idea of nuclear fusion first get traction?)" Depends on your context. In the sense that such knowledge is of immense theoretical...
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    Anonemouse: Thanks for the ferrock link. Very cool! My concern is about the quantities of raw material available. I proposed silicon as my moon shot project because silicates amount to ca. 90% of crustal rock, so the supply is (for...
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    Charles H noted: “The insects are dying out because we have been eating their share of the food” Not from the evidence I’ve seen, though I’d need to do some serious digging to provide you with hard data; it’s not...
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    Poul-Henning Kamp noted: "If you want to sequester carbon for real, what you do is pyrolyse wood to charcoal and then bury the charcoal where the sun does not shine." It's one option for sequestration, but it won't work on...
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    Troutwaxer wondered: "How do you keep shrubs and grasses from breaking down quickly and releasing their carbon? To me the advantage of a big, hardwood tree trunk is that even if it's dead, it can last a very long time,...
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    Troutwaxer noted: "Sixth, finance the planting of a shitload of trees. Ideally fast-growing hardwoods like Eucalyptus, but the particular kind of tree would be optimized for various climates." Yes and no; the latter part of your suggestion is the crucial...
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    Charlie: "You're rich, but you're three orders of magnitude smaller than the global economy. You can't afford to go King Knut." Clarification: In the original story, King Knut was making a point, namely that even a seemingly omnipotent king could...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    John Hughes responded to my comment about needing a class action lawsuit against Microsoft for their damaging and uncontrollable updates: "Drug addicts suing their dealer over the quality of the product." Heh. On the other hand, if that's your metaphor...
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    Charlie (#44) noted the problem of Windows updates. Yeah, we really need a class action lawsuit to compensate us all for the time wasted recovering from unwanted updates in the middle of work crunches. Microsoft is far too arrogant, and...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Pigeon noted "The head" refers to its traditional location on the ship - up near the bow. I guess the idea was to get an automatic flush every time you plunged into a wave." Also an artefact of European ship...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    paws4thot: "Yes, until you are cross-graded to a new version of "Off Ice", which promptly over-writes all your custom settings with MickeyShaft's standard ones." Word doesn't usually do that, but for autocorrects, it's not hard to back up your .acl...
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    Elderly Cynic noted: "On the last point, a bit of algae and mat bacteria almost certainly won't harm you - poisonous algae are extremely rare - I have drunk much worse." There's a difference between "you'll die" and "you'll wish...
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    Allen Thomson noted "I absolutely LOATHE the autodecorrect features, partly because my working vocabulary is much larger than theirs, and partly because of the need to type in proper names and foreign works." The trick is to take the good...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    whitroth noted: "In the US, houses do *not* normally need rebuilding after some ridiculously short time." Thanks for the reality check. My (Canadian) experience is that homes are mostly torn down (barring natural disasters) if the owner want to build...
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