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    Your post appeared while I was writing mine above; now that I see it, I get to point 1, relate it to what I've just been writing about, think "what fucking conversation?", and conclude that by your definition I'm not...
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    Oh yes, I recognise that. When I'm trying to fix some technological contrivance I'm certainly not thinking in words, and I couldn't even necessarily say I'm "visualising" what I'm doing without getting entangled in how loosely you can define "visualising"...
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    "...people tell me in all seriousness that they'd never ride an electric because it has no soul." See also external vs. internal combustion as applied to hauling trains, wind vs. engines for powering ships, etc. "I don't look at myself...
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    "Did that evoke anything in you?" Not really. As I said, I can dig the bits relating to specific people or groups, but the generalised non-specific aspects just don't seem to happen to me....
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    ...and this doggerel that flows from my pen has just been written by Another 20 telepathic men, all word for word And it says: Oh for the wings of any bird Other than a battery hen That's the spirit of...
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    So instead of the cat shitting in the soil in the plant pot, it shits in the actual plant...?...
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    Yes... I'm not even sure I know what "feeling lonely" means. Feeling a desire for the company of specific individuals or groups, yes; but what people seem to be talking about is some kind of desire for other people to...
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    One of the more bizarre problems one can encounter in building underground railway stations is when they insist on keeping trying to float to the surface. Or indeed just ordinary cellars before you put the building on top to weigh...
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    "how do you make an alien jungle appear alien?" An Earth jungle is pretty alien if you're not used to it. All the plants are not like the ones you're familiar with, so are most of the animals and certainly...
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    Or perhaps we could remember that humans breed all the time, and come in a continuous distribution of ages, so when you're considering humans in groups larger than a specific pair of parents plus their offspring, there is no such...
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    Agreed. I am disappointed to find that I have apparently missed a reappearance....
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    "Almost all OHLE "knitting" is about (IIRC) 2% Be - improves the tensile strength enormously, without degrading the conductivity." That's the modern standard, yes. Other alloying elements with a similar effect, but a longer history of use, include antimony and...
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    Beryllium oxide is good at conducting heat while insulating electricity, and so was considered a handy material for putting inside power semiconductor devices to improve heat transfer from the die to the can. Beryllium compounds were also used in the...
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    " rather pointless since the resulting character has basically nothing in common with the original bar the name" A fact that you are creating out of whole cloth." Nonsense... "Read what he wrote - there is nothing in there about...
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    You could extend the range at least of the first hop, by collecting a big chunk of ice and using it as a heatsink until it melts. If your spaceship can keep itself tolerably cool for a useful amount of...
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    "You're the author, of course, but what you've described would be a perfectly cromulent space opera if you lose the Biggles connection and simply treat it as it is, on its own merits." I agree. The characters and plot ideas...
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    I think it's overwhelmingly likely that the Powhatan word and the English word are the same purely through coincidence. "Chamberfellow" turns into "chum" pretty readily if you abbreviate it to the first syllable and talk with your mouth full. But...
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    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12826/12826-h/12826-h.htm...
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    "Furthermore, one can start from mass-less, charge-less particles (photons), go up through neutrinos to greater aggregations of matter, then to living things and further up the scale of size to planets & out into deep space & time, to supergalaxy...
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    Yes; I was thinking in terms of new installations. I have the same kind of problem with my hot water tank, and the amount of hassle involved in doing anything worthwhile about it would be indistinguishable from that involved in...
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    "Well that's basically exchanging one sort of "battery" for another. Not sure which works out to be most efficient for systems that convert electrical energy directly to heat. There's inevitably some heat loss from the storage tank unless the insulation...
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    In the UK in the 60s it was all you could get. Unleaded didn't start coming in until the end of the 80s, and leaded remained common for a good many years after that. So I've done it with unleaded,...
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    Yeah... the difficulty there is maintaining a good seal between your thumb and the end of the tube while moving the end of the tube down into the bucket, and not accidentally tilt your thumb an unnoticeable fraction and let...
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    Misread the name. Should be Serra, see Uncle Stinky @ 363. Alternative explanation: Eric Senna is half a laxative....
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    Well, the giant piles of fly ash are radioactive spoil heaps, but nobody cares....
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    Ordered :D...
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    "'Nah - this ain't ever gonna work for getting people to and from work/church/wherever cuz you'd have to build a super humongous car to fit everyone inside. It'd take centuries to build!'" Hehe... thing is railways are basically a means...
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    Thinking about batteries and storage sites... we have actually got quite a few good sites for that sort of thing already - defunct coal power stations. The sites are huge, so the volume you could enclose in battery sheds that...
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    So Hactar designed the Ultimate Weapon....
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    I once tried to create an entry for http://nuclearpoweryesplease.org/about.html on wikipedia, to try and even up the heavy "anti" bias in their coverage of matters of nuclear power. It lasted a few days before some bunch of more senior wikipedia...
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