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  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    I learned to type more or less before I could write - it was so much easier - and I remember when I went to school the teacher being put out by my writing imitating a typewriter typeface. Still got...
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    So far I've included Welsh, French, German, Russian, and Spanish; not sure if any Latin has happened yet but it's bound to eventually; Gaelic hasn't happened yet but probably will sooner or later; and pretty well anything else at least...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    ...oh yeah. Was it a Brit who told you that the Pinto engine was a tractor engine? Probably meant it's a doggy old piece of crap... the ones I encountered certainly were; wheezy, underpowered and overthirsty; felt like you were...
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    My Morris Minor was a bit more recent than yours, and it had three different standards for spanner sizes: Whit, SAE, and Whateverthefuckfitsbestonceyou'vescrapedthemuckandrustoffandfiledsomesortofhexonit. Car manufacturers seem to be fond of being naughty with metric spanner sizes - eg. 12mm, 14mm...
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    I don't know how to use a slide rule (there was a chapter on it in one of our textbooks, but we never actually did that chapter) but I don't think I'd find the lack of calculating aids of that...
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    Wax tablets, I think, a layer of wax on a wooden backing. Of course, both may have been used at different times....
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    He was juggling eggs a bit, though. Not an easy situation to be in. Sure he could have done better, but someone else in his position could have done a lot worse. I think more of him for at least...
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    Sure, I have no problem with the content of Kirby's Pratchett covers, it's just the style I don't get on with. Probably the more so because I picture the scenes and characters so vividly and realistically from the writing that...
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    Z-gauge track round the brim of your hat, magnetised to prevent derailments......
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    I think if your need arose from the appearance of a time portal, you might end up getting rather confused, because the Latin spoken by ordinary people was very different from the literary Latin that we know from preserved writings...
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    AFAIK the Koran has had a significant effect in temporally and geographically stabilising Arabic, because Islam puts a lot more emphasis on the importance of reading it in the original than Christianity does regarding the Bible (quite apart from the...
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    I wasn't too keen on Josh Kirby's Pratchett covers either - I reckon they were OK if you hadn't read the books, but after reading them, it became obvious that the "real" appearance of the characters was far more normal...
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    "...only pulls up whale and squid related info." That's what you're looking for... Sperm whales (cachalots) use extremely high intensity sound waves to disable prey. That's why they've got a bus on the front. The sound is produced by vocal...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Oh, dear... I'm sorry, but that is hilarious. Not because of what it says about you, but because of what it says about us. That marking does indeed mean "do not cross", and it is often applied on roads which...
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    Charlie seems to tweet an idea like that about once a week :) Some of them are truly awesome, and it is a great shame that they are not compatible with his operating parameters....
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    "...those narrow lanes in the middle of the road for motorbikes, marked with double-lines but narrower than the width of a motorbike." I am confused by this because we do not have narrow lanes in the middle for motorbikes. We...
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    Yeah... you get it!...
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    It looks like a pretty decent fortification for the time, from that web page. All that water around it, both natural and artificial, a fence which doesn't have to withstand artillery and which will obstruct any lesser attack pretty effectively,...
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    Oh dear, OK, I thought that with the original being dated 2015 they'd have to have appeared by now. Still, it's something to look forward to :)...
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    Any chance of links to part 2 and part 3? Google only seems to be aware of the initial article....
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    I do find that a fair bit of what I appreciate is in categories related to Greg's post - non-fictional stuff produced by people writing up some technical-ish subject that happens to interest them and posting it on the net...
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    "...pay enough to justify..." s/pay/be enjoyable/ There seems to be more and more of this going around these days - this notion that it's somehow not good enough to do things just because you like doing them; that you have...
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    There's also far more stuff already been published than anyone could possibly read, even if you restrict the list to "stuff congruent with one's personal tastes". Project Gutenberg is one of those dangerous sites that you can spend weeks at...
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    In Britain transport works like that over the whole country. Both rail and road networks are basically radial, with London as the hub; links perpendicular to the spokes are significantly less well provisioned, and are, with few exceptions, suboptimal down...
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    "showers where people can clean up and change" I see comments like this quite often, and it makes me think that the people who champion bicycles as a means of deliberately wasting energy have a lot to answer for... Sure,...
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    "The ability to manufacture nuclear reactors ... doesn't exist." This is a weirdly popular form of argument on here: that we haven't built X for a while, therefore we can't build X at all any more (where X may be...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Surely he is simply a Tellurian with a Kalonian handler?...
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    Because of what children do and don't understand themselves? My mum is a gynaecologist and I have always had a scientific turn of mind; I can't remember whether it was before or after I started school that I learned the...
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    That was what I had in mind when I posted the quote - entropy as fundamental to narrative because it is a fundamental concern of life....
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    "Can you see them..." - yes, and I love it!...
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