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  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Firefall. 64 000 very bright, geometrically spaced, synchronised lights. Whoosh....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Yup. There's a reason that the very specific phrase "football hooligan" exists, in UK English. Greg may be able to put a better recollection on this; I am certain that supporters of one of the London clubs were claimed to...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    This site is a pretty good notification in its own right. I think it's worth scanning for news as well as reading in detail....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "Unashamedly stealing everyone else's good ideas", otherwise known as "best practice" :)...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    SFReader said: "Anyone know of any SF movies or TV shows that came anywhere close to describing the level of dis-unity, insanity, pigheadedness, anti-science, etc. that we've seen to COVID-19?" Nothing in the movies or TV, but John Brunner's 'The...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    In some of the previous journal entries people were talking about ticks and Lyme disease. Two (anecdotal) data points: 1: Living where I do (Dorset in southern England), this is tick season. If you're wearing trousers and in rank vegetation,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    'White Queen' is a Gwyneth Jones book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/955166.White_Queen...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Ouch. Sounds as if you might have to bite the bullet and pay for a doctor?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Spamming gobshite. [[ spamming gobshite now gone - mod ]]...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Welcome to the ignore list....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Ohio prison "experiment" in mass infection and herd immunity, with universal testing: https://www.emptywheel.net/2020/04/20/the-human-experiment-in-herd-immunity-ohio-is-unintentionally-running-at-marion-prison/ Should be worth keeping an eye on....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Martin at 1225, "... there was a sneaking suspicion that the Germans would conclude that the best defence was a strong offence, and start heading eastwards." I heard exactly this from a person I was a student with, around 1980....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Personally I like to hand-write strip maps, basing them off published roadmaps and sometimes OS maps, because I learn enough in that process that mostly I don't need the strip map. But I'm in the UK and distances are smaller....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    We're past 300 (if anyone's still worrying about that?), so I'm going to post this interesting thing, not least because of its implications for the prevalence of life out there: https://phys.org/news/2020-03-contested-year-old-novae-iceberg.html It appears that novae are commoner than we thought....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    True. Also worth noticing that if Chamberlain hadn't done the same post-Munich, Britain would have had many fewer modern armaments....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    The Taoist brainhack sounds quite a bit like a late John Brunner novel, I can't remember which, but I think it was The Shift Key. I think I should go back and reread his The Sheep Look Up, when the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Dominic Raab (Foreign Secretary) is the designated successor. This is the gentleman who was surprised when he was told that Dover might be important for Britain's foreign trade....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    In what sense does Willie Walsh work for a living?...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I'd buy it :)...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Thank you. As guessed, I saw a bogus pattern....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I know, but "chest" and "body" might well be cognate, a long time ago....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Personally my first thought was "sarco-", as in "sarcophagus", so it would have "body" as a root. But Finnish is not close to Greek, so I am probably seeing patterns that aren't there....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Link to the actual page on UK govt website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-transport-tech-to-be-tested-in-biggest-shake-up-of-laws-in-a-generation...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    We're well past the 300 mark, so I'm going to post this because it's interesting. It appears that the UK government might be seeing the light on transport policy: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52064509 I struggle to say anything positive about Grant Shapps, but...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    There's no reason not to put invasion stripes on a Spitfire. Certainly I saw a Mk XIX in PR Blue with invasion stripes over York 15 years ago....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    I'm surprised that the Blair Witch parallel wasn't brought further forward in the Ong's Hat article....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I get cramps in my calves at night. I've found magnesium supplements help. (Hat-tip to my brother-in-law, who was a county-level cyclist for some years and mentioned it to me having had the same experience.)...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Spammer....
  • Commented on A serious question
    What happens when a werewolf goes through a Laundryverse gate to the plateau near the Sleeper?...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It doesn't do risk, or the far north or south, and it doesn't deal with actual ground level (because it uses satellite radar data), but this is good for sea level rise: http://flood.firetree.net/ It's been up for at least ten...
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