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Damian

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Dark Carnival of Nihilistic Consumption" That is as good a name for the present era as any I've come across....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "One day I decided that I'd invented a perpetual motion machine. " And by way of co-incidence, or perhaps not so much, it was one of the teachers at Woolahra Dem who talked me through why a perpetual motion machine...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    We could even have been in the same class (if you weren't in the OC stream). I was in a "normal" grade 6 class in 81, then as per gasdive I was "too young" to move on to HS, so...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    When did the name change? (*Looks it up* 1979). I was there '81 and '82, nearly everyone still referred to it as "Woollahra Dem" then. It's about 30 years since I've been anywhere near it. I probably would test somewhere...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "groups on the right (even the extreme right) get far less scrutiny than groups on the left ... or groups that can be painted as socialists". In the 70s and 80s, Queensland's Special Branch actively paid racist skinhead groups to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Just because everyone does it sometimes, I'm going to comment without reading more than 25% of the post or any of the comments. Snowmobile is a full blown commercial realisation of the statement: Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Paws could be confusing the two, as the ideal for cold climates with high diurnal temperature variation is to have very high thermal mass inside a well insulated shell. Less than ideal is just to have the high thermal mass...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The novel that Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker for in 2014, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has some well written scenes set in Japan in the last stages of the war. I'd recommend it, anyway....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    So no real change between Huges & Abbott, then ??? You mean in terms of them both being born in the UK, and both basically thinking of themselves as British? Or do you mean: Other than that they come from...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    No, it's exactly as disturbing as it should be. Quite right, clumsy wording which I don't hold close. I suppose I meant that even already knowing this, and having come across concepts like it often before, it still sends shivers...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "Something very unpleasant and strange happened..." Is it just me, or is that a much more disturbing thought than it should be?...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "[I]nstead, July 2018 should see publication of The Labyrinth Index, the ninth Laundry Files novel!" Huzzah! Sorry for you that you needed to rethink the space opera and I'm sure that'll be even more amazing for the extra incubation. But...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "But that's not happened yet (Java does not count)" Played with Erlang or Haskell?...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Greg, context is everything. Geckos are cute little guys, they have that characteristic chirp and they eat pest insects, which makes having them in your house pretty cool (the only downside being gecko poo turning up on surfaces). But here...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    First time I read a post of yours properly in a while, and you appear to be saying something similar to something I might have to say. Arbitrariness of the connection between sign and signified also. There's a good use...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Orca. With Guns. >;-) That's okay, we just employ the sharks with frickin' laser beams to control the orcas....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    In Queensland it's RACQ, in NSW it's NRMA and in Victoria it's RACV. (And while AA is for alcoholics, it is only for those who don't mind a LOT of Christianity in their rehab). Point is, the world may be...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Oz. The XV20 series started in 1997 and finished in 2002, including the wagon. According to Wikipedia, only the sedan was sold in North America (but everywhere else got the wagon). There was no wagon in the XV30 series in...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    In our household, the 2001 4cyl Camry wagon (bought almost new in 2002) and 2007 Volvo S40 (bought at 6 years old) get about the same fuel consumption. Volvo is smaller but heavier and has a larger motor with an...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I find it amazing but not surprising that someone could identify and explain the sequence I half remembered from reading it over 30 years ago. I suppose that means I should read that series again one of these days....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Yeah Greg talking up the LR reminds me of an incident James Herriot relates in one of his series, driving an elderly (so at the time probably late 30s) vehicle (a Wolseley?) into a stone wall at speed, then righting...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Well roll protection counts as a safety feature as does side intrusion prevention. Both of those would be designed in with your LR, which is sort of what I was getting at. The high KE, however, is negative rather than...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The general comment I hear is that build quality first, followed by safety features second are the major factors in vehicle safety in crash situations. I don't think size is even third (or if it is a factor it isn't...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Pumped hydro. It might not be a scam, but it has the germ of a scam inside it. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-03/pumped-hydro-thousands-of-opportunities-australia/8768450...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Of course it's "average cell weight versus buoyancy at various atmospheric pressures versus robustness at those pressures"....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Failure mode being a cascading implosion? The sums would be interesting. What's the minimum cell weight to get tolarable robustness at 101 kPa? The possibility arises that the strength-vs-weight sweet spot ends being for (say) 20 kPa, so works well...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    It was always meant to be a "working" constitution, our real error was in making it too hard to amend....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    If the voters do not think the individual is a suitable representative, they should indicate this by not voting for that person. I'm sorry, but what you saying is refreshingly clear, easy to understand, entirely sensible and irreproachably just. As...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    There are several MPs and Senators whose status is currently in doubt. For example, Greece is apparently very liberal with granting citizenship rights to descendants of its emigrants and the wording of section 44 suggests mere eligibility is enough to...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Yeah what Charlie said. `grep -v Trump < newsmedia | grep -v Russia` or something, it's getting old. Or at least cold....
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