P J Evans

P J Evans

  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I took second-year high school algebra at my local community cololege, and the textbook included material for much more advanced classes, like "isomorphism of two sets". We didn't get into those at all; it's above my head. (I actually had...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Dover (book publisher) has two by Asher Benjamin, from the early 19th century, on building construction. They make interesting reading. (There may be other versions in print, but you definitely want one with illustrations, because framing and stairs.)...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    In Europe, coracles, which have lightweight wood frames covered with something like leather....
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    Before or after the Giant Meteor arrives?...
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    I've seen them do that with a couple of buildings - I think the concrete that's crushed into gravel may be used to build the next structure....
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    Stone quarries. Probably not gravel pits - those will fill with sediment, but it may take a long, long time for the larger ones to disappear. (One near where I grew up is now a water park, with boating. The...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Genealogists are aware that the limit for reliable memory is about three generations - you probably know about your great-grandparents, but farther back than that is hearsay, and as it gets farther back, it gets increasingly unreliable. Written records help...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I remember tutoring community college students in arithmetic and algebra. I'm not sure how many, if any, had lightbulb moments, but I did try to explain the idea that x,y,z are just placeholders for stuff - they could be apples,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The primaries in CA *are* partisan. But the top two candidates go to the general election, regardless of party. (I didn't support that change.)...
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    Some 32-bit programs won't run under Win10, even with compatibility set as far back as possible. I need either XP or Win7 for some things to work properly....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    California law says up to 38 days after Election Day for counting - so final by Dec 8. (The ballots are paper. At least if you use the one that was sent to you. Not sure what the "voting centers"...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The Oglalla is farther west (the Panhandles of TX and OK, and mostly under Nebraska). Eastern OK does get rain - it was pretty when I went through there in mid-October one year. St Louis - yeah: one of my...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Capital in St Louis. Or Memphis. Or even Tulsa. Middle of the country, accessible by highway, rail, water, air. (Yes, there's a port near Tulsa: Port of Catoosa. Barges, mostly.)...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    There are at least four kinds of coronaviruses that cause the common cold, and there's no vaccines for them. Immunity is - yeah, *right*. So unless people get shots several times a year, vaccines for COVID-19 aren't going to be...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Where are you going to put the 140-some new representatives? The size of the house is set because that's as much room as it has. (If you want to start a movement to rebuild the Capitol to allow for a...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Maybe - but it's also to keep it free of the various political desires of states - it's written into the Constitution, under things Congress does (Article I)....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I think the WH staff - who are not employed by the president, but by the government - would be doing a lot of the packing....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I'd think that they'd change the codes as soon as he touched down. Claiming to be "president-in-exile" would be unlikely to fly even with the current Senate, and DoD would be even less likely to go along with it....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Perjury in the confirmation hearings is a start. Kavanaugh also is showing signs of being incompetent at writing his own legal opinions....
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    Puerto Rico has voted no in statehood referenda in the past - more than once! (It's more conservative than people expect.) They're trying to figure out how to draw a boundary for DC so that the non-government areas can have...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    There's a lot of misogyny in the US, particularly in the more rural areas....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    It's not biblical in any sense - medieval, probably (Dante!), or possibly Milton. Most of our iconography involving hell is later than people think....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I'd sign up for a class like that. (Known back problem, showed up in imaging, no idea what to do for it, but sitting correctly helps some.)...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    The big pharmacy chains will have some kind of phones, and maybe the office supply stores. Along with Target, W*lM*rt sells them - and there are little phone stores all over. Maybe an old used phone, for phone purposes -...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Cleo seems to have been mostly Macedonian/Greek, with very little Egyptian. One of her ancestors was a woman from Pontus, which is in Asia Minor....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    When you grow up with 400-mile (one way) road trips, it isn't a question you ask, *except* as a joke. (You do, however, think of it as something that's not unusual.)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The WH staff go with the building. (It's handled by GSA, "General Services Administration".) They're permanent employees, but not employed by the president....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I got 1mg of dexa as part of the reaction-control mix they gave me at the start of my chemo sessions. (It also included 25mg of Benadryl, which takes about 10 minutes to hit, given as part of an IV....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Some years back one candidate for L.A. county sheriff (the incumbent!) died before the election, but after the ballots were printed. He lost - but he still got 30% of the votes....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Why would unicorn horns have to be long? I'd think anything less than two feet long would work fine for whatever purposes unicorns need them for....
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