AJ (He/Him)

AJ (He/Him)

  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Before I took the oath it was expressly pointed out to me by the officer adminstering it that I was swearing to the crown and not to the government of the day. For all practical purposes it makes no difference,...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Until you have a coinage based economy and can therefore easily transport value from one part of the counrty to another, capitals are a bit notional given the royal court had to travel around the country so they could eat...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    "And what was that "dispose of her" timeline? Dangling plot thread: it is implied that DHS figured out a way to derive a knotwork topology for the time line with the black hole in it. (How this happens is unspecified.)...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    A possible explanation: The first world walker to carry a passenger took them piggy-back and it worked, so that's how they kept doing it and taught new clan members to do it. They were't big on innovating, just good at...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    On coding dates, I worked with a system bulit in the 80s that recorded dates of birth of living people. It stored the last two digits of the birth year and had a single field for "8" or "9" to...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "This video is not available"...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Not available to me in the UK... What is parked in the background? I have seen the film but I don't remember noticing anything. Apart from that it wasn't a great film......
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I don't agree that there is always perfect one to one translation from phonetic to standard English. "Your/You're" for example. But this doesn't address the point that different accents/dialects mean there is no universally applicable phonetic spelling anyway, so it...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Re Phonetic Spelling: Who decides what is the correct pronunciation? Spelling is effectively arbitary since different dialects/accents use different pronunciations for the same word. Is "Book" a phonetic spelling, many people I know would say "Buk" was closer. My friend...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Fair point re classes -I'm used to thinking about dark age, mediaeval, and modern rather than early modern and current as my distinctions so it's less relevant. The table linked to doesn't cover most of what I'm interested in, as...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    And apparently I need more coffee since I can't spell assault or opportunity.......
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Re: Average age of death/life expectancy. It is common for people to not realise there was historically a big difference between life expectancy at birth and life expectancy if you make it to adulthood, due to high child mortality until...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Re whether a semi auto version is an assult rifle: When I was in the British Army I was issued a semi-automatic assult rifle, the SLR. Basically the same rifle as the FN but with the full auto option removed...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I derive a certain amount of adolescent amusement from knowing that USians wear their vest and pants on the outside. And men visibly wear suspenders. ;)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    A proposed solution: https://www.improbable.com/2021/07/14/ig-nobel-prize-winner-bolsonaros-hiccups-will-he-demand-2006-winners-treatment/...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Rocketpjs @ 1277 has reminded me of my friend's account of being awakened by the child who slept in the lower bunk informing him that the child in the top bunk had diarrhoea......
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    If Dark elves being black skinned goes back to at least C13th then it predates skin colour racism (generalised xenophobia is another thing, but that early they didn't need a justification for enslaving anyone who couldn't stop them). It's more...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I think opining on the desirable number of children to have should be left to those who are becoming pregnant to produce them. I will note that not all those who can carry a pregnancy wish to do so, and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My Dad got back to me this morning: "Link below gives details of the model Mum has. If you are registered partially sighted, you escape VAT. https://uk.optelec.com/products/comp-10-hd-wrld-optelec-compact-10-hd-speech.html She says this is probably way over the top for somebody newly diagnosed...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Since my Grandmother and Aunt also had/have MD as well as the leafy green stuff I take ICaps tablets, which provide the same stuff to help avoid/slow it developing....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My mother has macular degeneration which has been gradually progressing for years and when we were visiting last week she was showing us a magnifying device that she's just got which is apparently fantastic for all sorts of things. I've...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    In most of the incidents where a large vehicle has turned across a cyclist that I am aware of, the vehicle was overtaking the cyclist and didn't get clear in front before turning. The Lothian Buses driver training now emphasises...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It would be pretty difficult to attack infantry with wheel hub mounted scythe blades. You would have to skim along the front of their lines, which would expose the horses too much. I think they are there to discourage anyone...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The growth in fake meat products has been a real inconvenience. My wife has been veggie since the 70s because she doesn't like meat. We used to be able to get all sorts of interesting veggie options when eating out...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    jbs @ 1083 While full size cartons have a date, I think the onees referred to are the tiny single portion ones you often find a handful of in hotel rooms along with the tea bags etc. They don't have...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Friends of ours bought a new build on an estate in the west of Edinburgh which doesn't have a boiler at all - heat and hot water is one of the services included in their management fees. There's a boiler...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I wonder if "After a while you just zone/tune out all but the few pertinent noises. Ditto for interpersonal interactions. " is another introvert/extrovet difference. I find that very difficult, and especially people - if I am in a busy...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Some years ago I was a referee for a friend who applied to the British Antarctic Survey. They sent me a several page questionaire to fill in which could be summarised as "Would you spend six months in a shipping...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    My daughter's got a left handed longsword, and there are historical examples. Also, we have ambidextrous basket hilt broadswords. And earlier hilts are not handed. Admittedly the mass produced cheaper swords are all right handed, but any decent swordsmith should...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I've had lots of conversations with Trans & NB people, and the consistent message is there's no problem with occasional accidental mistakes - it's the intentional misuse of pronouns/deadnaming that is what they object to. Also it's usually pretty obvious...
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