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  • Commented on Omicron
    This behaviour does make referring to comments by comment number an exercise in guessing, though. There have been a number of occasions over the years when something like this has happened. I have found myself coming back to the conversation...
  • Commented on Outage report
    What I dislike about Disqus is that it does not load all the comments at once (at least for me)-- on a Disqus site I have to keep hitting the "load more comments" tab over and over and over again...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Well, I'm not terribly qualified either, though I have worked on impacts and airbursts on occasion. Assessing the stuff I know about in the paper would certainly take time, not to mention the archaeology that I know nothing about. I...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Hang on -- there are a number of skeptical views out there about this paper, some from archaeologists, some from physicists. Here's one from Mark Boslough, an expert on impacts and airbursts, sometime of Sandia Labs: "As I promised yesterday,...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    (Hastening to add, that a two-thirds requirement for the budget is not qood, and in any case was repealed as well in 2010 by ballot proposition.) (Which I had forgotten.)...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Most of that "California is ungovernable" stuff dates back to times when the GOP had enough seats in the state legislature to routinely block and screw up the budgets. Post 2010 or so, the number of seats they held fell...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My reaction on reading the comment was that catch-phrase from 2019, "OK boomer". (NB, I am one myself.)...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Huh, the numbers are closer than I would have thought. Googling around seems to get me a number like ~4E20 Joules for contemporary world energy consumption in a year. Which works out to about 1.3E13 W for world power production/consumption...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    That square-root factor is a bummer, isn't it? I also thought there would be a larger effect. I got curious to work out some numbers for things like "how thick would a Jupiter-radius shell of neutronium be, if it was...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    wikipedia appears to disagree I agree with you (and wiki) -- the amount of dilation depends on the value of the potential (relative to whatever standard value we're taking, e.g. the value at infinity). Pigeon-at-the-center of the neutronium shell sees...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    What I have often done if I am going to a specific place is scrawl a little map on scrap of paper. The map is as much a logical/narrative route listing as it is a spatial map, and the act...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Ah, okay. I thought maybe you were referring to Duff Cooper ....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    any sufficiently stupid user is indistinguishable from a terrorist? Any sufficiently advanced technology catastrophizes mistakes?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Meanwhile, in an incident that of the sort that appeals to readers of this blog, the Suez canal has been blocked by a large container ship getting stuck....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Not quite any song, just the ones in so-called Common Metre, i.e. ones where you have a line of iambic tetrameter followed by a line of iambic trimeter. So, you know, "Amazing Grace", "The Yellow Rose of Texas", the US...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I use the same extension for the purpose mentioned above. It makes the experience of blog-reading here much more tolerable....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    (Long-time reader, hardly-ever commenter here): As for COVID, I'm getting by okay; I'm one of the lucky ones: able to work at home, a decent house with a biggish yard in a nice part of the world (California Central Coast)...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    As good a place as any to comment--people interested (for story purposes or otherwise) in the 17th-century divergence between magic and science might like to consult the works of Frances Yates: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Yates Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, The Rosicrucian...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Mozart's Ode to Joy Not to take anything away from your comment-- but I would like to hear this piece--you know, from the alternate timeline in which W. A. lived to a good age, and composed this as the...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Geoff Hart above has mentioned asteroids. Well! There are many (almost four hundred at present count) binary asteroids (and several triples). This suggests that a test mission could be sent by ESA or NASA far more quickly and cheaply to...
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