Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Ouch. You have my sympathies and condolences. Don't forget to look after the living as well as the dying. It's an emotional time, and some people deal with grief and loss by looking after everyone else while ignoring themselves. (Warning...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Her speech mannerisms always remind me of the receptionist at my physio clinic. Nice young lady, but uncaffeinated — just naturally very fast....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I'm reminded of John Ralston Saul's book The Unconscious Civilization, somehow. I also found this American's description of his visit to Canada interesting: http://suburbdad.blogspot.ca/2017/07/weve-seen-alternate-future.html The differences sneak up on you, but they add up. Aside from language and the metric...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    you're suggesting that China is not, effectively, a Great Power? Not a terribly big one at the moment. A nuclear power, but less so than France. A big army, but not a lot of modern equipment. An air force...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    According to Unbanking of America, there are several possible reasons: 1) The loan must be paid off in full. Like having a money guard, this is a way of resisting pressure from yourself/family/friends to pay only the minimum balance and...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    A book recommendation: The Unbanking Of America by Lisa Servon. What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high-net-worth entrepreneur, and a twenty-something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    That said, none of the ones I've read are even slightly realistic. There's no anger on the part of the passengers. They all just accept being ripped out of their former lives without a squawk. There's one (by Nancy...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    April probably has her own list, but here are a couple of interesting books: The American Slave Coast by Ned and Constance Sublette http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/american-slave-coast--the-products-9781613748206.php The American Slave Coast offers a provocative vision of US history from earliest colonial times through...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    What you're *supposed* to be doing is helping them to understand the world around them. Leaving aside the flippant and insulting remarks… yes, I'm aware that that is part of my job. (The fun part, actually.) How exactly does teaching...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Whenever I've flown (in this century) I've always had the option selecting my seat when booking the ticket (now you have to pay extra money for that). The only limitation is that if you select an emergency row you have...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The crew seat you so that you are away from the exits Not an option with buildings, I'm afraid....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Not part of the physics curriculum here. Still used in junior chemistry (filling valence shells and so forth)....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I'm not too fond of the "lies to children" description, because I don't think it should actually go as far as that. "Last year we told you X, well that's not the whole story..." is fine That's the way it's...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    When commercial aircraft are evacuated the standard (and unstated) drill is to leave anyone who's not ambulatory until after all other passengers are off the aircraft. What do you do when the semi-ambulatory are blocking the evacuation route? (Or...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Having just this week finished marking finals, I feel safe in pointing out that what is remembered at the end of the course is only part of what is covered in class. A few years after that how much will...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I work in an eight-story office block; there are two shielded staircases for evacuation. In the six-monthly unannounced fire drills, we're generally all out well within five minutes A few decades ago I had a friend who worked for...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    No, it's not the only highway, but it carries a significant fraction of the trucks in the province, and truck traffic makes up a significant portion of the total traffic on the 401. (Based on conversation with an urban planner...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Driving is much cheaper in North America (and seen as a right in many places). One of our transit mavens worked out that private drivers get several times the per-person subsidy as transit riders, once you factor in the cost...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Did you seriously mean to claim that trucks don't travel city to city along "rural routes"? In Ontario, most truck traffic is along a few routes (401 mostly: busiest highway on North America). Most provincial highways are much less...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Here, gas taxes and registration don't cover the cost of building and maintaining roads. IIRC the road users pay about half, the rest comes out of general tax revenue. I believe it's the same in the USA, too. And semitrailers...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    We have been told repeatedly over the past few years by press flacks and other interested parties that solar PV electricity is cheaper than anything else so why does it need to still be subsidised? Because the other methods are...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning." Warren Buffet http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/26/business/yourmoney/26every.html...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Until he's needed in the field, because the juniors out there can't cope. With the DSSes being powerful sorcerers, in a way we're back to the days of getting promoted on the battlefield by being a good fighter. The DSSes...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Bob must be used sparingly because he only has 2-4 major adventures in him before he levels up and essentially becomes a god. Or before he figures out a way to disentangle from the Eater of Souls and goes...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Back in the 80s I read a short story where Britain used biowar to eliminate France's grapes (so no wine). In retaliation France eliminated tea. Everywhere. Britain fell soon after…...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Any of the recent American military adventures in the Middle East qualify as war crimes under a definition based on civilian casualties. Thus: not crimes. IIRC, that was a successful defence after WWII. American submarine warfare in the Pacific...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Greg, I thought you might find this interesting: http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/food-security/index.html (I'm just catching up because Nature discontinued their app, so I have to wait of the paper magazine to arrive. Yes, I could read it online, but I spend too much...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Spent yesterday at the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society conference. Lots of cool stuff, very technical, but I thought this item might be of interest to folks here: http://www.humanimpactlab.com/climateclock/ The answer to how "How will President Trump's environmental policies affect...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    Fictionally, that was one of the things Bujold was playing around with in Ethan of Athos....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Forgot to include a link: http://silkroadmusic.ca (Now a duet, but have had up to six people in the group.) I've got all their albums :-)...
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