Graham

Graham

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    It is my understanding that blood vessels grow in a somewhat random fractal sort of way Not just blood vessels. One of my spaniels needed pretty major surgery as a puppy when she got an intussusception - basically think of...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The "democracy" is likely to be very military in shape. The person at the top would largely have complete authority, because you can't run something that critical by committee. But their staff would be expected to question decisions, to make...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I guess it depends on the state, but if you need to rely on write-ins then you're mostly out of the race. As shown by this in Wisconsin. http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/state-gop-blocks-other-republican-candidates-from-appearing-on-primary-ballot-to-protect-their-king/...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The issue the Republicans have had since Trump's nomination is that Trump supporters are the RINOs. With what went down in Georgia (a very orange devil), it's clear that Trump is an active deterrent to voters. People like Mitt Romney...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Re Antikythera, there's some real nonsense talked around that, some of which is being repeated here. It's not out of place at all - it's simply that we don't have many records about exactly how people built stuff then. We...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I'm not sure that's really true. In the USA, medicine shows were a big deal in the days before effective antiseptics, anaesthetics and vaccines. They were effectively selling magic, plain and simple. They fizzled out in popularity as actual medicine...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    A question about powered people, Charlie. Where individuals have special abilities to able to do something, you've generally kind of explored a bit of the how and why, and also the consequences for the person, group and society. The obvious...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Same applies here in Cambridgeshire. Narrow roads in places, with hedges obscuring vision around corners. If I overtake a cyclist on a blind bend and a car comes the other way, I'm going to swerve into the cyclist. I can...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Just a quick note on HVDC. I worked on that in the early-mid 90s (sponsorship at a GEC company which became part of Alstom). We were running up to 400kV back then. Distance-wise, the company had done the Manitoba Hydro...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Considering how Farcasters worked in Hyperion (and stopped working), the Stephen King short story "The Long Jaunt", and various Star Trek characters stuck in teleporter memories at various times, I'm noping the hell out of that one....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Re the Amazon thing, my partner self-publishes manuals and tutorials for Microsoft Dynamics 365, with the tutorials tying into training courses she also runs. She's talked to a few publishers, but the market is niche enough that no-one wanted to...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There's a difference between "basic competence" (or at least "not complete incompetence") and "specialisation". On a similar situation to Laz Long, my folks jacked it in and sailed round the Med for a few years. Yachties have to be self-reliant...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    You might be forgetting the film which got Peter Jackson on anyone's radar, "Meet the Feebles". As a parody of the Muppets (via "The Godfather" and "The Deer Hunter" amongst other take-offs) it was really quite something. More recently of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Well played sir, that's the one. Ah, memories of evenings in the uni computer lab playing MUDs, in the days before the Harry Fox Agency removed all the ripped MP3s from the Archie FTP servers......
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    If we're going that way (and I've periodically been thinking about writing exactly that parody for a while), it'll be much more than a soldier's life that's terrible hard. Says Alice. We also have the prospect of more tentacular things...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    None of them are parents, of course, not being human. (And the actual parents having been killed and eaten by Shere Khan. :) The point is what they represent. The wolves were immediate siblings and family, of course, but Baloo...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I've had similar conversations with my son about the Jungle Book characters. Kaa is particularly ill-served by all film adaptations which automatically decided "snake is scary, must be evil". Which completely misses the point of the character. The snake is...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    *Meanwhile the quiet news was that violent crime in the USA was falling* I'm not sure it's as simple as lead-free petrol - it correlates well with a lot of other things too. (I'm put in mind of the Pastafarian...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I foresee an Archers RPG. The horror, the horror......
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I think the concept of this being D&D is missing the point. D&D is about inventing a magical world with mythical beasts which is noticeably distinct from reality. In the Laundryverse in the lead-up to CNG, post-elven-invasion, post-Mandate, all the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    That's a more interesting case. A ship's legal jurisdiction is based on which country it's registered as being owned. Those were legal because they were Columbian boats, and the Columbian government had OK'd it. If they hadn't, then yes, it...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    One thing regarding the link the spambot posted, earlier down the line. The cruise ship may well have run into the Venezuelan patrol boat, but if the patrol boat's captain put himself there then the fault rests entirely with him....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I'm not sure cons are going to be any different to any other leisure activity. Every international sporting event is cancelled, and so are most domestic ones, right down to playing in the park. World wars closed the Olympics, but...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    We're due to be going to France at Easter on the Shuttle, camping just outside Paris, and going home via Parc Asterix. At this rate though I think my son may be getting a week of dog-walking round the local...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    There's the anti-Churchill view though: "Inherited power is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried". Democracy is a fine principle, and I do strongly believe in it. But I'm also well aware...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    My current plan is to drive around the US pretending (only slightly) it's a Max Max-like wasteland. Go for Station 11 instead. I'm a bit of a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, and that is by far the best I've ever...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm not sure the Cowell franchises qualify as "learning". The participants don't get better, they just get more time put into the stage production. It's certainly true for the British Masterchef versions though, as well as GBBO and a lot...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    If we're doing tolerances, I'm afraid I've pretty much got that beaten, since I'm currently the software engineer on Queensgate nanopositioning systems. Machining tolerances need wire erosion. *Positioning* tolerances, though... The company had been selling kit to Seagate for testing...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Re "unsexy", how old are Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Stallone, Arnie, etc.? We're in a society where rich and powerful can buy older guys a lot of sexy, especially if you're in shape (required for flight), talented and...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Re "Rip off the fur", this already exists. Apparently there are tabloid papers questioning "who is Hedgehog?" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50841954...
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