Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Except for colour? Short summary - there are people who can see differences in shades of green much more subtle than (most) Westerners can, yet who can't see the difference between a green and a blue. Their culture has words...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    Snake Pass is prone to closure if there's a bit of snow around. Scenic as it is, I'd not want to rely on that route for the East-West crossing. (My first experience of it was being driven in the dark...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    What on earth happens at Tebay Services that you would want to go there? Why, it's a motorway service station on the northern stretch of the M6. What's not to like? Oh okay, it's (at least AFAIK) the only independent...
  • Commented on Annihilation Score round-up
    For us it's now 13 years. On the other hand where our house is built used to be, when my Grandmother was a toddler anyway, about 100 metres into Cambridgeshire. We occasionally wander into London and then wonder how we...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I was chatting the other day to a professional chopper pilot (who's just been given a Prince Royal to make his tea for him). He remarked that on a Robinson, if the engine goes you've got 0.8 seconds to get...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    'the property' being the building including the roof, but excluding the roof panel. In other words, just by stopping some of the sun hitting the roof, it is passively cooling the house. (I'm now wondering whether mounting simple (i..e non-solar)...
  • Commented on Annihilation Score round-up
    If you'd got as far as Hemel, past the M1, then I assume you'd given up on your original route and were cutting across country. It makes sense, I've tried that myself when the M25 has become an 8 lane...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    There's a bit of merit in the efficiency argument when doing rooftop solar in the UK. We have small roofs and are rather far north, so it's not implausible to require a certain minimum efficiency. But it's just another input...
  • Commented on Annihilation Score round-up
    Ah yes, the Swindon Magic Roundabout. Sweetly restrained compared to the Hemel Hempstead one. My wife lived in Swindon lo these *8&(*%^ years ago, when its one was new. Swindon being in Wiltshire, where much of the British Army (and...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    'ruck' makes more sense in context....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    I disagree with those theories, and believe that everything followed from her overweening arrogance. Indeed so. The possibility that she wanted a war because war leaders have a much better chance of being re-elected is, I sincerely hope, too cynical...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    I suspect the number of unwarranted shooting deaths per year by the police in the US is far higher than in the UK. Ditto for Canada, which has a police shooting rate a good order of magnitude worse than the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Perhaps the naked mole rat would be a better choice, it being a eusocial mammal. The burrowing is probably not relevant....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    She was always going to be the older woman - now she has to watch herself age, but Bob will not. Even accepting for the sake of argument that Bob is immortal, and that she now realises it, I doubt...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    I can also think of Historical Fantasy and Romantic Detective, which aren't "Pick one from each column". (And just thinking, Historical Romantic Detective in the case of Phryne Fisher.) That's not to say your categorisation isn't an interesting take. I...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    My impression from TAS is that the Lecter's dream visits are a new and worrying for Mo, and that she perceives them more as abuse/rape than a "hot and steamy affair" (c.f. "Get the fuck out of my head", etc.)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    No, you don't get to tell other people to stop masking spoilers - it's not your blog, it's Charlie's, and so long as he's replying to to these, I think you should accept that he's happy with them. In truth...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Ah, yes, thanks for reminding us about grubs. I really don't know what you're going to have to do to cope with grubs eating the roots. Your robots aren't going to see them through the soil. (On the other hand,...
  • Commented on Reminders
    You've been listening to my wife complaining about sometimes having 7 meetings before lunch....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    13.45 ft/s = 0.42g Umm, simple dimensional analysis indicates a problem there. The units don't match. You're assuming the acceleration is evenly spread over a whole second, though I will conceded it is likely those readings occurred at one second...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    it's police/mystery/supernatural/paranormal I'd also cite Sarah Pinborough's Dog Faced Gods trilogy, which I accidentally happened to read in sequence with the Cornell and Aaronovitch novels. I'd asked her which of her books to try, and she'd recommended A Matter of...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    So would I be right in taking GREEN to be a colour mix of BLUE and YELLOW?...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    I think I will wait till I'm home. I suspect I'll have a better chance of finding it at Gatwick the day after publication than in Riga a day earlier...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I've not seen Digger mentioned. Lots of it is available for free, and it won a Hugo an eon ago. Recommended. I have the hardback compiled Digger, with the pickaxe (foam), badges, fridge magnets, the lot. An example of how...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Ah yes, that does explain it. I've now got to the age where I can forget things like that. Moon Over June stopped updating for a while, and I've not (since this thread started) been able to determine whether Wocgirl...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Oh, and on the subject of pornographic web comics: Moon Over June. NSFW at all, a continuing story of a pair of sex mad lesbians....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Oh yeah: User Friendly and Something Positive. The former dropped off my regular list a while back (and I don't know why, I shall have to return it) but the latter is still on it....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Ahh, so the webcomics are in effect only advertising for the conventional dead tree versions? Not quite. The creators are creating something in a format that may or may not be dead-tree-able. They may then produce a range of items...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    But I can't believe we're this many comments in without someone mentioning Sluggy Freelance I only just remembered it. Speaking personally I used to love it, but some years ago I just felt very 'Meh' about it. I think the...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    I dunno, we used to plant earlies before the mains, and not all of a variety at once. But it's the varieties that matter most for that, and there were presumably fewer varieties in the past. These days I've gone...
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