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Damian

  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Gosh during, I was sure I’d replied here earlier, but my phone may have been stuttering between office wifi and LTE. Anyway, these days I liken this to working out guests for a dinner party. My gay friends are always...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    There is a famous lecture from the 1920s or 30s by a chap called Mauss, who is otherwise best known for marrying Emile Durkheim’s daughter. He would be called a meta-analyst in social ethnography these days, but for most of...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The other thing not considered here is that just as global average temperature rises do not translate into uniform average temperature rises around the globe at all times and in all places, likewise local average temperature increases do not predict...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    That is (I think) something that happens with cities anyway. The "within reasonable driving distance"part is the key I guess. Increased density (both residential and commercial) around transport corridors and hubs like train stations. Worst case is peak hours gets...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I don't think they have changed, or changed much. It may just be the range of values has become more binary. If something is (in your view) unarguably true, you have no choice but to "strongly agree" - because it...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    those British coal mines don't exist any more and are mostly flooded/collapsed You could always get cheap coal from Australia. We seem to be hell bent on building bigger coal mines, which will face a dwindling market as China and...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Yeah I would do that. Not in the next couple of weeks, but after the first week of September could be workable. I say that, but the procrastination fairy could easily prompt 1000 words on something, done in under an...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    As the linked wiki entry suggests, it was on SBS here in Oz through the 80s and 90s. Most people I knew watched Derrick! SBS’s subtitling service was excellent and the results were often exported. But unfortunately the usual way...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Riffing on pure word (okay name) association, historian Timothy Snyder turned up in my feed the other day promoting a new book. Looks interesting (but very off topic for this thread)....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Did I say “Bacon” when I certainly meant “Walsingham”? Well bleh. GLENDOWER: I can call spirits from the vasty deep... HOTSPUR: Why, so can I, or so can any man, But will they come when you do call for them?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The Laundry, sure. But the Laundryverse goes at least as far back as Dee and Bacon. So could spin off stories....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    OT, figure it’s late in the thread. Seen on this morning’s commute - a grey Mercedes C63 with the personalised plate “RFC791”. Driver wearing plain but bespoke shirt, mid-50s at the very oldest (could be “lived in” late 30s). I...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The hidden joke is that I was quoting (sort of). A strange individual in the 70s released a plainsong recording of the British Highway Code. EC filled in the bit I missed - “In the absence of a suitable footpath...”...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    You’re mixing up the Greens with the Democrats, possibly because Moz was talking about both?...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Bring me a slab of XXXX gold Bring me my esky of desire Hand me a beer, make sure it’s cold, Bring me my Holden ute of fire....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "So as not to confuse sailors" doesn't seem an adequate explanation. Wasn’t it “always walk on the right-hand side of the road to face oncoming traffic”? Thus endeth the Highway Code and all that....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    You can "play guitar" on a synth, but why would you want to? That's the point. There's nothing wrong with a synth, and you can even use one to make sounds like a guitar (well we are both saying "synth"...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    With a population like a large city, some questions we've been avoiding clamour for attention. What kind of system of government might such a community choose, accept of have thrust upon it? A single layer, or a central government and...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Which is half of playing an instrument, except it's cheating by using your body as the instrument. Conversely, playing an instrument is cheating because you don't need to hold the tune with your body....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    That's still not quite the point - you can't "play guitar" on a synth. You can't press your ear against the heelcap and feel the resonance in your bones. You can certainly use any keyboard to enter data for the...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Which still leads to a huge energy budget for growing the photosynthesisers, no matter how efficient the lighting method, because (please forgive me for repeating the obvious) the usable food energy from that biomass production is how we power our...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I wasn't missing it - in my head I had that rolled up in the "demographic transition" and its associated "cultural and economic factors". Well, as much as an elephant can be rolled up in a swag (or a tuckerbag)....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I'm not saying you were saying anything in particular. You know, people do talk around topics without necessarily reflecting your own view back at you (if you think about it, it'd be boring if they always did). Agree about the...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Well, I was just rolling up your use of those terms into something that is roughly equivalent and widely recognised. Not sure about "effective", whether it's really a thing. My own version of what to do instead of the (in...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    The 90s film version with Ian McKellen is quite amazing, although it omits a lot of the text....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    the importance of various forms of health professional Agreed - there's a stronger need for nurses, pathologists, radiographers, phlebotomists, pharmacists and all the other roles that are not currently accorded the hero status of the very well compensated (Lotus driving,...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I mis-remembered that figure ... and I even wrote an essay about it 3-4 months ago where I'd said "about 40", referencing OECD numbers. Memory off by an order of magnitude after really just a few weeks, not good, but...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    thermal expansion/contraction makes it a non-starter Which means the already dubious energy budget needs to include a generous allowance for powering grow lamps, as per Silent Running....
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    You don't need a doctor, you need a medical school - someone has to become the next person who's good enough to teach the next wave of doctors. Iceland has around 350,000 people and a health system that includes training...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I periodically explain to people that it's like saying "european" or "asian"... few would expect a Spaniard to speak Sami, or someone from Vietnam feel at home in Khazakstan. Quite so, my point was that when you say European or...
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