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Bellinghman

  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    As it happens Heteromeles is in the US, where local producers quite merrily make Chablis and Burgundy and yes, even Champagne. They just have difficulty exporting it under those names. (Real Champagne may be entirely Chardonnay, or entirely Pinot Noir,...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    I don't think they meant people who are in groups, but people of certain groups such as Blacks and Muslims. As for single travellers, many years ago my sister was flying into Orlando and was held for 6 hours by...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    Yes, Kodo are magnificent. (On the other hand, listening to them on head phones really doesn't work. You need your viscera to be quivering to get the real experience.)...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Modern cruise missiles, yes. But the same can be said about modern frigates and modern air fighters and modern most things. There is a strong tendency to add both cost and functionality as a technology evolves. I'm not sure I...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Fair enough. (Though you need to remember that the V1 was a "fly this distance" not a "fly this time" - that funny propeller thing on its nose measures the air distance it's flown. No clockwork involved, or at least...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The Feisler Fe-104 relied on a clockwork timer Assuming you mean the Fieseler Fi-103 — aka the V1 — there's one of those on its launching ramp pointed at our house. I'm hoping they really did make sure the tanks...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    Welcome Elaine. I'm not familiar with your work and I'll probably not have the chance to become so before you post, but Charlie's guests are without exception interesting people, and I now look forward to checking out your body of...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Pence does *not* have that cache Is that a typo? It's just that the appropriate word is 'cachet', but I suspect the French pronunciation (losing the final 't' and thus sounding like 'caché') confuses a lot of people. (All of...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    This household was last in the US back in 2004, and we've been explicitly avoiding the place ever since, though I have been there on business a couple of times in the intervening years. The latest news means I will...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    There do seem to be certain terms that achieve a wider currency in SF. 'Jump' is perhaps one of the most successful, to the extent that it needs no explanation at all any more. 'Jaunt' less so, but various authors...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I'd personally go with Pigeon's rec. You can start with Empire Games without it being too dislocating (there is obviously a back history there, but you're not in the middle of a story, you're at the start of a new...
  • 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....
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