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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ...Oh, and lest I forget, another novel unexploited energy source is the Kershaw Generator. This is constructed along the course of a river; trees are planted along the banks and a series of holes dug in the ground nearby. An...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "Even a million tonnes is a lot (it's nearly a million Morris Minors!)" Painted purple, of course... But now, in association with wobbleyou dot tingeyenergy dot com, we are proud to present... Land Rover Energy Storage! Using the electric winch...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If each one was just a little bit out of balance, then by nicely-calculated variations in rotation rate and phase you could heterodyne and focus the vibrations so as to liquefy the foundations of any other capital city you chose....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Thought by now you'd realise, there ain't no way to hide those lying eyes......
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I know about the Victorians' use of hydraulic accumulators, but they're not really comparable, because the scale is so different. Certainly they worked, but you can't just make a bigger one to store multiple GWh in. Apart from anything else,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Or more density. And some magic geology to put it on....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "What's the best float for such a system?" Plastic jerry cans full of petrol. I believe this is what bathyscaphes use, because it's less dense than water and capable of resisting pressure simply through its own bulk rather than having...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    s/military/terrorist/ but apart from that, spot on. The short-term aim is to belittle the opposition (I won't call them the "enemy" because I don't think they are) by giving their munitions a less impressive name, but the long-term aim is...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    As have nearly all the ones I've encountered :) (The exceptions being aluminium ones which give every appearance of being made using Honda's old patterns and use the same Mikuni carbs - these are half decent, because they're basically Japanese...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "Homebrewed cruise missiles - just what we DON'T need." You might approve of this hypothetical use case I conceived for such a thing though - said case being the generation of pseudo-"cab ride" videos of defunct railway routes. Fly cruise...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ...Though I'd guess they took a cheaper option and it's just a Briggs & Scrap'em :)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The usury thing was mainstream for longer than absolute monarchy was. Unfortunately rather than simply resigning themselves to it being off the menu, people used a passage in the NT which more or less says it's only Christians usurating other...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    It's got to be knocking 20 years ago that someone was selling commercial versions: the shaft and wheels out of an automotive turbocharger in a housing made mostly out of bent sheet metal incorporating an axial combustion chamber, so it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Trouble is that leaving the EU actually isn't what an election would really be about. While it might be nice to dream of, the chances of an election returning a government with the majority and the will to revoke A50,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The "Corbyn's desired reforms are incompatible with EU membership" thing - when speaking of advertised reforms, manifesto-grade vote-for-this stuff, rather than personal hypotheses about someone else's private thoughts - is simply another piece of anti-EU propaganda aimed at splitting the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "excluding the channel isles, which I think we can" Not really, not if the point is about deriving power from non-fossil sources in general rather than concentrating on one specific non-fossil source which doesn't work very well in much of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Ha, our cooking version was a 1256cc, in trim levels from basic to very basic. They were actually pretty decent small cars, compared to the other major models of similar size - perfectly adequate to keep up with the traffic,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    It was called the HS2300. Standard Chevette body with a Ventora 2.3 litre slant four in it. Went like buggery. There was an R version which was even faster. Never sold very many of them though. I've seen about one...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "There are real advantages for LED lighting to having DC wiring available rather than having to convert for every lighting fixture, too. But there you run into guessing games about appropriate voltages." No, this is completely wrong. It doesn't matter...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Everyone's talking about aircraft noise but the loudest noise I've ever heard was the noise in the machine hall of the Ffestiniog pumped storage station. That was, uniquely in my experience, loud enough to cause actual pain. The chap showing...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    s/reshape it/fuck it up/ s/are/are not/...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Deepest sympathies Charlie. Please, take as long as you need to look after yourself, plus a bit for luck. Your personal soundness, not your output, is what really matters....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Thank you, that might well be the incident I was thinking of, and even if it isn't the information about how they sorted out the frequency problem is interesting. Guess it makes sense - if you've got lots of spare...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Quite... all you need to do is look up the upper reservoir capacity and height difference for some random pumped storage scheme, then convert that weight of water into its equivalent in freight trains to drive up the same size...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    A horde of librarians, who don't seem to think dictionaries worth hoarding... It has to be said that one thing I do not go into libraries looking for is the latest best sellers. You can get those anywhere, including such...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well, NaK doesn't need water to set it off anyway, and on the other hand even an inert liquid metal coolant can still give rise to a pretty impressive bang when you dump a load of it at a few...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The thing with sodium-cooled exhaust valves isn't that sodium is highly reactive, it's that a hole full of sodium has no structural strength, and it also makes it trickier to stick the end on so you have more of a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don't think Greg's calling for anyone to be shot. I think he's just using the same kind of figurative language to vent extreme frustration with destructive religious attitudes gathering under the "green" banner as I use to vent extreme...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "I blame the tobacco industry." I blame the crappy laws. It didn't happen when the tobacco industry existed but the laws didn't. It would happen if the laws did exist but the tobacco industry didn't - people would simply grow...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "...the grid gets taken to the cleaners by peaker plants extracting utterly unconscionable rates from the utilities... Gas tycoons are spending big money on this. Because it makes them rich." I think it was gasdive who posted some quite horrifying...
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