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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    SFreader, your link is borked. Markdown strikes agsin. JHones....
  • Commented on Omicron
    Actually, I'm (partly) wrong. Actaeon was dogs, not Maenads. I don't recall exactly who fell to Maenads, someone connected to Bacchus, but not Orpheus. JHomes....
  • Commented on Omicron
    "IIRC, Orpheus was dismembered by Maenads? " IIRC, that was Actaeon. Orpheus simply failed to get Eurydice out with him. JHomes...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "What if all I needed to do is run a particular Windows program A WEEK AGO so I could receive an email?" You could in fact have used the Live CD/USB to receive the e-mail, and therefore not needed to...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    "but you can't be over and out" I always understood that this was valid, and meant "I have finished, you can have the last word." But I claim no inside knowledge. JHomes....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    May I call the attention of those posting in the shortly to be created Q&A thread to the fact that the first sentence or so of your posts is visible, for a while, in the home page. So it might...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "He did miss the "plain old selfish ASSHOLE" variety" I don't think so. Being a selfish arsehole is not of itself a reason for refusing the vaccine, which is free in most places, and likely to do the recipient considerable...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Washing machine diagram. Yes, that's what we've got. I wouldn't call the centrifuging drum a tub, if only because for obvious reasons it doesn't hold water. ;-) My wife tells me her mother did have a real, as in side...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    1179, No, no no! Do that and some idiot will say "we can eliminate night time darkness," and there will be attempts, possibly successful, to do it. This will be a ecological disaster that would make global climate change look...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "But I've heard/been told some scary stories about them. I don't know if they're actually true " Mine is true. I still have the scar on the inside of my elbow, from when my arm got caught as a child....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "Top loaders are rare for a number of reasons, including: the need for a separate centrifuging tub in addition to the washing tub makes them far too wide" Eh? Our top loader has but the one tub, as did its...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "able to find Whitworth tools and finally get a round tuit " Yes, but are they still making round tuits in Whitworth? JHomes...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    "Or have you never seen early education books to teach kids to read?" Ones that assume there are no literate adults around to guide the kids? No I haven't. JHomes...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    OT, but Greg might be interested. It looks like they were trying to use the linkspan as a headshunt, but without a vessel in place on the other end it couldn't hold the weight. JHomes...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "The Arrogant Worms nailed it:" Tom Lehrer also had some things to say. JHomes....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "My preference is for bringing back exams where only a given proportion get a certain grade" Ah, yes, grading on a curve, which some administrators love, and all competent teachers hate, hate, hate. Backstabbing 101 ahoy, and never mind actually...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Returning briefly to the original topic... One possible way these responses can be a Good Thing is if they encourage a willingness in people to tolerate restrictions and sacrifices in order to defeat what is thought of to be an...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "It's going to be tricky to try to split electricity used for charging cars out from electricity used for cooking, as an example." Here in Aotearoa, diesel is not taxed at the pump, as a lot of it goes to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Pay-at-the pump. " It doesn't mean that you don't have to stand and pump, or move your car." Here in Aotearoa, where pay-at-the-pump is usual, you can stick the nozzle in, lock it to deliver, and it will shut off...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I think I see what you're getting at. Except... Refusing to do anything about aviation carbon unless/until those hydrogen planes are out there flying sounds like a very similar problem. And while you are right that shutting down most civil...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "I remember, decades ago, discussions of using some kind of metal or metallo-ceramic sponge (platinum's coming to mind) to store the hydrogen." I have vague memories of it using iron, which is a lot cheaper than platinum. But whatever it...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "a higher level of stem-winding" I am not trying to wind you up. I really do not see where you are coming from in this. Some atmospheric carbon fuel could be available in a couple of years, making some contribution...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Heteromeles, It is beginning to sound, to me at least, as though you are saying that it is more important to prevent the fossil fuel companies from being even able to cheat should they so wish, than to actually stop...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Add that up, and we're stuck in a situation where pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back again is not a viable solution." I really don't understand this. What makes it so much worse than just leaving...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "'Enery the eighth" do you? Herman's Hermits? They did a truncated version. The Music Hall original, which I have heard, was three verses and a chorus, and IIRC all they did was the chorus, with a repeat. "Ya don'...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "There was a lovely Giles cartoon* which I can't find online" I think that I have the collection with that one in it. I might go hunt it out later. From memory: It was not even a boat, but a...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "and Rugby" Union or league? there are places where it matters which one you don't care about. JHomes...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "you should just relocate for work" At your expense, of course, and the work is not guaranteed to be there. JHomes....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Even getting methane out of a landfill is hard. It's not that they don't emit mass quantities of methane, it's also that they emit mass quantities of all sorts of other more useless gases. Refining the methane out of the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    " his participation in a plural marriage?" It was a long time ago that I read it, but IIRC you are correct. My own particular beef with Heinlein was his unflagging enthusiasm for the death penalty for just about everything,...
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