Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Generation Z
    Nursing homes aren't (yet) charged for. Or more exactly, in this case, the nursing home costs were covered by the state, whereas the care home costs were not. The care home was visible from our house, the nursing home a...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    It's then luck. (For rather sombre values thereof.) In the case of my mother (who died on Good Friday last year, hello first anniversary tomorrow because we're going to count it then rather than the calendar date), she spent a...
  • Commented on Implications
    Terry writes first for the British market, whereas I believe that Charlie's publishers are in the first instance US. I suspect that makes a difference — British readers and viewers are used to dealing with our own regional dialects....
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    I think the idea was that a) A big mobile tube connected to the airbridge, and took away the passengers. Obviously, this tube is effectively a fully fitted out fuselage with wings visible through its windows from inside to lull...
  • Commented on Implications
    It's a lot of comets by today's standards, yes. But in terms of the volume of the Earth as a whole it's almost lost in the noise. (I shall carefully not mention Velikovsky — damn, I just did — and...
  • Commented on Implications
    I've not seen a good alien biosphere described in SF for a while — perhaps the most recent one was from China Mieville. I'm wondering if it's a fashion that is currently out. Perhaps we need a new Jack Cohen....
  • Commented on Implications
    I think we're still coming to grips with typical population profiles of solar systems, but my expectation is that Oort clouds and cometary belts are to be expected during planetary formation, and that it's not a case of whether planets...
  • Commented on Implications
    The compounds produced by the Miller-Urey experiment were a veritable gloopfest, and it wouldn't surprise me if at their peak they strongly affected the available spectrum. On the other hand, the operative term there is 'at their peak'. I'm under...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    But why turn off the transponder? It's not as though it makes any difference whatsoever to the outcome. Ground control can only watch whatever happens. Oh, OK, irrationality. Problem is that that can explain almost anything. So far, the transponder...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Pyrkon 2014, Poznan
    I was going to ask - was it an amateur organised convention, or one with a commercial organisation behind it. Because if that's fan-run, I am doubly impressed....
  • Commented on Implications
    In our oceans most of the plants are tiny The free floating ones, true, but kelp forests grow pretty damned big. Are these mats free floating or are they rooted on reefs? I'm sort of assuming the former, a kelp-like...
  • Commented on Implications
    After some searching I found something a little more precise. Apparently, it's the Borrowdale Volcanic Group rock formations, being mostly Andesites but also Basalts and Rhyolites. So not nice solid Granite....
  • Commented on Implications
    There is the problem of contingency. We got to elemental magnesium via fire. And we got to a lot of other things via fire. But that's because we had fire, and so we used it to get places. How, or...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    No windows at any point? I wonder why. In which case, I suppose it depends on what KL is like. Charlie's been through there but he's away, and the person I know who goes to KL a lot is actually...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Pyrkon 2014, Poznan
    That's explosive growth. And yes, since that's well past the Finncon 15K memberships, I'd expect it is the largest in Europe. I hope there hasn't been the mess that happened at Nottingham's first SF convention a few days ago, when...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    No. (Oh, OK. But I don't think too many people here need reminding. That's why I mentioned them.)...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    What you're ignoring is the lagoon. Or what purports to be a lagoon: it's actually a Dr No style covered secret base operated by the lizard people. That's @joepilot's hanger....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I think you're confusing the passenger-facing coding with the ATC-facing coding. Ah, no. I was merely pointing out that code sharing can get a bit ridiculous, not maintaining that any actual flight has more that one flight number as far...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Even if that hanger were long enough, it was probably not built with a tail 6 metres higher than that of a B52 in mind. So again, you'd have to leave the tail sticking out....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Codeshares can get a bit ridiculous. While waiting for our plane a couple of weeks ago at LHR T5, I noted one flight shortly before ours that had six different flight numbers (BA1336/AB/CX/IB/JL/RJ). It's an internal flight from London to...
  • Commented on Implications
    Palms are fairly tough, or at least the ones grown in the UK are. They may be associated with hot desert climes, but remember that a dry desert frequently gets much colder at night....
  • Commented on Implications
    Wikipedia, it say 'igneous rock'. However it's got a summit boulder field. I suspect that a lot of the bare summits in the British Isles are due to the action of sheep. If a hill gets cleared, it's probably going...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Ah no. He's said there isn't one. For you to disprove that, all you need do is to point to a single hanger remotely big enough to get a 777 into. (Don't forget that a B777 is appreciable larger than...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I'm not a conspiracy theorist in any way. But the way the media is being fed conflicting info constantly and broadcasting contradicting stories really seem like its intentional from their sources Be careful: "I'm not a [...] but" is too...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    But 1000 miles East of nowhere is in the middle of the outback though ... oh wait, sorry. (The only person I know who regularly goes to Perth is a Malaysian (not a Malay, he's ethnic Chinese) who flies down...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Also, if it is debris that has been spotted west of Australia, that seems to argue against hijacking or theft. A previous airliner ditching was due to hijackers not believing that an aircraft has a finite range, so that's not...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    And the control tower also has windows, come to think of it. Even at a busy airport (and KL is busy), I imagine that the ATC people will glance up at 'their' aircraft just as confirmation. Any plan that assumes...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    passengers board through covered walkways Windows, sir[1], windows. I'm not sure I've ever boarded a plane without first seeing it from the boarding lounge or the walkway. I like to try to see what the registration of an aircraft is...
  • Commented on Implications
    On tree ecology, there's also the concept of the 'tree line', which is basically the point beyond which trees don't want to grow, due to cold. Go too far upwards, or too far North, and you stop getting trees. Looking...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    The other thing is that it's pretty close to where the southern satellite-predicted track crosses the maximum range circle. Hmm. My personal feeling is that while this may be the most likely sign yet, I'm not sure it's even a...
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