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Bellinghman

  • Commented on Empire Games
    October is the UK mass market paperback release date. What's currently out there in the UK (given the right local bookshop — I'm happy to pay a bit more and get decent customer care) is what is often known as...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Mine too. You need an editor that does exactly what you tell it to I spent several hours being bitten by the Mac's supposed equivalent, which decided to turn plain double quotes into 'smart' quotes, thus causing my shell script...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Who are you being pedantic at? I don't think Ilya was referring to it....
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    In addition to that, I'd note that when I went in just before Xmas, David's had no entry visible on the database they use for it. So in this case, at least one wholesaler has updated. (David's is AFAIK a...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    For what it's worth, I have a copy on the desk beside me. I ordered it from David's in Letchworth on Friday and they texted me to say they'd received it on Saturday. (Why yes, I had enough self control...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Being in the town centre this lunchtime, I dropped into the local bookshop again and this time they were able to find Empire Games on the database. It should be there tomorrow. So it looks like the kick worked. (I...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Since the article seems to think a nuclear power plant could go off like a nuclear bomb, yeah, dubious. (If someone is getting the stuff I know about wrong, I discount the rest of what they say.)...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Only in the 12 hour clock format. Which this is pretending hard not to be. (Whether 6:30am is more than a theoretical construct is dubious — I've occasionally got up in the night and seen that time on my watch,...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    And Charlie: 06:30 on 25 January 2017 - 08:00 on 25 January 2017 Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh is delighted to host Charlie Stross as he discusses and signs copies of his latest novel, Empire Games. Really? A pre-breakfast signing?...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Yeah, I tried the local bookshop here, and they could find no sign of it either. An ISBN might help. Ah wait ... https://www.panmacmillan.com/books/empire-games...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Hmm, just looked up the site. I had been wondering what they did with the plastic from the batteries — seems they happily recycle that too. They process 150,000 tonnes of lead-acid batteries a year, which must be pretty much...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I have no idea - thirty years later - how much they went the melt-then-smelt route, but as far as I was aware the feedstock was mostly scrunched up plates. Maybe the higher proportion of metallic lead made things easier,...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I spent a while in the mid-80s writing software to control a lead smelter up in Derbyshire. The site was originally a Roman lead mine, but the ore had been mined out a long time ago and they'd diversified into...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    At one point VD was attempting to get the GGs to come to his side. My impression is that only a relatively small number did so....
  • Commented on The Day After
    My boss? But I can now prove I voted the way he paid me to! </snark> Yeah, it's not just intimidation that's the issue....
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    ... and then there are things which are both, such as attempting to summit Everest. Also motor racing at the end of the 50s, start of the 60s. I've seen quotes that if you raced for 5 years during that...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Parenthetically, there is a feature in the latest New Scientist Reputation is everything: Unearthing honour culture in America. (Paywall I'm afraid.) One of the issues it mentions is politeness versus rudeness. Your polite Southerner has no way of indicating that...
  • Commented on The Day After
    There seems to be an odd tendency to get the north/south distance wrong. I'm not sure why — it's not something I can readily blame on map projections, unlike the way that Africa is usually shrunk so it looks barely...
  • Commented on The Day After
    You are obviously unaware that Asia is in the northern hemisphere. The southernmost point of mainland Asia is still north of the Equator....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    A lot longer than yon Apple watch though. (I'm not sure there's any real barrier to replacing the tritium - the tubes are attached to surfaces so presumably they could be detached and fresh ones attached.)...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Ah, you appear to be unaware of the use of tritium in watches: Tritium Illumination...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Yeah, then we're getting onto the most efficient way to turn straw into ethanol. In that scenario, I'd be looking at whether there's a good way to break down the cellulose and lignin in such a way as to avoid...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The methane process works only as long as there is still methane, and its own inefficiency makes that time a lot shorter than it would otherwise be In the case of fracking, yes. For that, it's a way of using...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Fundamentally, it's turning electric energy into synfuel and so depends on large quantities of cheap, carbon neutral electricity Except that it's stated above that the CO2 is produced by the power station, so while the synfuel itself may be carbon...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    For what it's worth, the tin-methane full pathway is as follows: Extract methane from fossil reserves using fracking Bubble methane through a batch of molten tin, where it breaks down Capture hydrogen bubbling off above the tin bath Skim off...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "what are the chances that one of them would occur, say, between March 2019 and May 2020?" Quite high, actually... March 2019 is two years after March 2017, the current promised date for invocation of article 50? You may need...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Its problem is that the generation is keeping its proportion in the atmosphere too high. These days, we need better than carbon neutral if it exists. What are your power stations burning that is producing the carbon dioxide that you're...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I suspect that for many one of the stages of adulthood is going through that phase of being scared of Death. Not the immediate fear of being killed, but the existential dread when you realise that you will die some...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    This happens in the UK as well. My former brother in law was co-owner with his mother of a good size house just off Clapham Common. It made more sense than trying for a relatively tiny sole ownership each. (Given...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Useless? It allows you to use existing methane with none of the potential CO2 in it reaching the atmosphere. Ethanol, when burnt, releases CO2 using current utilisation methods. The methane cracking, on the other hand, actually extracts solid carbon....
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