P J Evans

P J Evans

  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Engineers and other sciencey people have to write reports. It requires being able to do it right. (My father, a mechanical engineer, wrote one on what might happen if an LNG tanker, anchored near a nuclear power plant, then blew...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The building I worked in, in downtown L.A., has glass walls all around. Biggest problem is the north half doesn't get much natural light (the darkest area is right where the doors are to the elevator lobby), and the east...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Southeast Asian refugees are more likely to go north into China than Indian refugees. The mountains aren't nearly so high there. (I met a woman who walked out of China into southeast Asia.)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think you'd have to include a couple of barrels of Madame Pele's favorite gin with that offering....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I was a little worried because I'm in the US and buy yarn (mill-ends) from a company in Shrewsbury....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I suspect that for the last several years, Trmp's income has been from the presidential salary ($400K per year) and whatever he's still getting from residuals and licensing of his name (which includes some of the properties he's trying to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Bull. Fucking. Shit. You're lying about China, which you only have the propaganda from Beijing to go by. I don't know anyone from the former Soviet Union who wants to go back. The many, many Armenians in my region would...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I worked for several years with a woman from Poland. She knew people who had escaped from the train to Katyn. I also worked with people from Armenia in the former USSR....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    More than one Christian sect has required members to marry other members, convert them, or be expelled. (I can think of two, not including the RCs, off the top of my head.)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I've seen people move their ages both ways. (Also, with censuses, who's going to check accuracy on ages? Especially before 1900, there weren't a lot of records tracking people.) And, yes, a year or two either way on military draft...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    There are some fine stories in this thread!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The reports I'm seeing are that they got DNA samples when he was a prisoner, which makes more sense....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    One thing noticed in a lot of places is that the wealthier neighborhoods don't want stations in *their* areas because mass transit makes it easier for the "undesirable elements" to get there. Of course that also means their cooks and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The people who sued to get fairer districts have at least one proposal ready to go....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In the US there are refrigerated rail cars for stuff like that - though milk tends to be more local....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The price of gasoline in CA has gone up and down, based on what speculators are doing with oil. It's lower in some parts of the state than others: currently about $4.30/gallon in L.A., and I have to fill the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The US Army was using muskets in the Civil War - rifled muskets were issued during the war....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That's why there are so many bends in the Mississippi - it's nearly flat. (Tulsa is a seaport, officially.) I don't know exactly what the grades are between Stockton, CA, and either Redding or Bakersfield, but they run long freights...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Two-trailer semis are also called "18-wheelers", and they're common in California. (I understand that Utah allows "road trains" with three trailers, but many states do not.) I think the maximum length for one-trailer rigs is 70 feet - that's the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'll second that. (I think Tioga Pass road was like that, before the late 60s, when they widened it to an actual two lanes. Never went over the top - we only went to the Meadows, twice, from the west,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Legal truck speed limit in the 6% grade sections of I5 is 35mph (signage: Trucks Use Low Gear). Most of them can do that. Some can't. But between those two sections, it's not a big problem....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Ten minutes of stop-and-go is a noticeable drain. It recharges fairly well one traffic gets moving again. but it really isn't happy before that....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    My hybrid does not like stop-and-go traffic; it drains the rechargeable battery pack. But it enjoys getting out on the highway, other than that. (I don't generally use AC; I prefer opening the window a bit.)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In the US there are lower speed limits for trucks, on a lot of highways. I've been on highways with trucks that are being driven at higher speeds than traffic was moving, and it was frightening; there were some near-accidents,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That's a combination of climate - high pressure over the Great Basin causes dry winds flowing toward the coast - and a poorly-maintained electrical transmission/distribution system. It's not caused by the power *sources*....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    On California parties: My brother first registered, back in 1971, as P&F. Later, he and his wife were registered as Greens. Several years ago, they both switched to the Democrats. If there was a viable party left of the Democrats,...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I remember reading about the San Jose era - it was something like the Saloon Capital. (There's a historical park with buildings, or rebuilt versions, from the period. Never bothered to go there, though I did visit the zoo once.)...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    It's in the full list: "diverging diamond" - I'd mislaid the name of the design, but I recognize it when I see it....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Cable car there wouldn't surprise me. (I used to approach it from the south via the stairs off Shattuck, right before it goes into that tunnel. There's a sidewalk going through the tunnel, but I wouldn't recommend it.)...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I was reading about a new concept coming in a few places in California, where traffic would be forced to be on the "wrong side" crossing an overpass, and then there would be an intersection away from it where traffic...
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