Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Oh well, we seem to have re-elected the arseholes. Oops....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Both feet flat on the ground while astride the top tube, perhaps (optionally with some clearance between the top tube and whatever parts of the anatomy are nearest to it)? The other "flat foot" dimension would be one foot flat...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Well Toyota have announced they will release an electric Hilux but there are some who didn’t wait: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thedriven.io/2019/02/28/ev-hilux-conversion-trailblazer-racks-up-100000km/amp/...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Actually there is a very helpful table here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longitude#Length_of_a_degree_of_longitude (Well other than the weird translation of nautical miles into “geographical miles”, surely by someone either unfamiliar with the concept or with English as a second language). Your (Allen@845) rule of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    (aka line of longitude) Line of longitude at the equator, the equator being a great circle. Parallels are also “lines of longitude”, but not great circles. So if you are thinking of this rule of thumb roughly working out to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Dimensions for offset tables that I have seen go into decimal fractions of 1/16s. The point I’m making isn’t about precision, rather about standardisation so the arithmetic doesn’t get in the way. A sixteenth is a stand-in for a millimetre,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Well, yes. If it were anything but exactly 1600, my mental arithmetic for converting the speedometer of an old car in miles to street signs in kilometres, which is 5/8 or 8/5 depending on which way, would no longer be...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Boatbuilding, going back 50-100 years, is all in 1/16s, though modern stuff would mostly be in mm, even coming from the USA. Scantlings for standard timber sizes might have been in whole inches and other fractions, and overall boat length...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    If a mile could be reduced to 1,587.5 metres, that is a million sixteenths, at least it would seem like large and small distances are both in the same counting system. This would only require the great circle circumference of...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    We also know from more recent history that mass graves can be made very hard to find. It requires labour, but not much ingenuity, nor any technology more advanced than fire....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You have repeatedly complained that they didn't mention the rape or bail-jumping charges. You can't ALSO claim that they are arguing those charges are bad. Those are mutually incompatible complaints. I don't think this line of argument is reasonable, nor...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    However, please see the article Dave the Proc linked @584: https://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/media/2012/09/legal-mythology-extradition-julian-assange TL;DR: not unusual or irregular at all, and a normal part of Swedish procedure. The original domestic Swedish arrest warrant was upheld on appeal in Sweden and the EAW...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Yeah I kind of forgot to point out that I don’t believe this high-brow v low-brow distinction I am making aligns with the science v magic one. I’m sort of casting a broader point that the idea of there being...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Well theology is posh and a suitable preoccupation for the gentry, while the forms of ritual that have practical purposes, including things that we’d see as being pastoral care for a small community, typically are not. We know so little...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You are, of course, right that a like button would not really solve the main issue I discussed - because no-one would really go back and look at who has liked a comment. With facebook, this value is added via...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It’s a weird thing, and maybe it’s that facebook changed how we respond to things, since “like” has turned up in a lot of other contexts. But you’re not wrong in missing this feature. I’m unlikely to write a reply...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I recognise the timing is just the start of the working day in the UK, but I note that it comes at the end of the evening TV news cycle in Oz. The major headlines were dominated by the Federal...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Great pictures Greg, and that beard is a work of art....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Good for you Greg, it does look pretty fun. I took up Spanish rapier fencing around the same age but haven’t kept it up. There are too many things to do and enjoy, life is too short and there isn’t...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Some old friends of mine have taken up Morris dancing in the last 15 years or so. It seems to be one of those things that people just do for no particular reason, or if there is a reason it...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I dunno - there’s something inherently appealing about having access to a court that can provide the ultimate dispute resolution with your neighbours. It’s a refeshing alternative to traditional reliance on the ability to build a stronger army. Perhaps the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    To form a wifi mesh the devices don’t need to be phones, and many tiny devices with hackable firmware are available. For that matter, tiny software-defined radios that work with OTG cables exist which would pass both the audio and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I have been re-reading the storyline of Guards, Guards through to Fifth Elephant (and beyond) recently, buying the Kindle versions as I go. I still have the “complete works” in mostly paperbacks, but it’s become more convenient to read on...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Machetes and clubs, but also the radio....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I try not to be too self-congratulatory about not having kids, it’s too bitter a thing to be cheerful about. I also try not to judge those who do, but I have no patience with people who get all breeder-triumphalist...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Think this is per-jurisdiction, which in USian terms is aligned to states. But it’s a sort of carcinoma, where it’s spread adds up to the places that don’t do democracy as such anymore....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    There are all sorts of ducted propellers, from the Kitchen Rudder, which is a configurable housing that turns a static, fixed shaft propellor into a directional thruster with speed control, including reverse, all the way to the fully swivelling azimuth...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    I’m with Moz on this one. Isn’t hate speech itself a constraint on your freedom? I think you need to be pretty privileged and never, ever the subject of it to do what he Nazis do and cast it as...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    It seems that the Otherness around the demonisation discourse is so strong that people genuinely don’t see themselves in it, and assume themselves to be part of an entirely different welfare system. For example, a social media commenter made statements...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    I recall we’ve had Kessler Syndrome threads here before, but anyway this morning’s big space news seems to be NASA’s complaint that India’s recently test/demonstration of its capability to shoot down a satellite is pushing us closerer, in particular endangering...
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