Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    In principle anything can see you, yes. One can speculate how much stealth technologies might have been applied though. A matt black satellite, one using a nuclear battery to avoid having solar panels, that takes care to have the heat...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I'd not thought of the guidance side of things. I'd read the question as to whether the Kessler cascade would be so thick as to prevent ICBMs penetrating it. To which the answer would be, probably not. Your average missile...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    You could also ask "If landing rockets are so good on the Moon, why do we still use helicopters here on Earth?" The reason is pretty much the same - some things work better in vacuo than in atmosphere, and...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I suspect he's actually replying to your comment #386, where you mention T J Bass, author of two known novels. (I always remember Godwhale instead, for some reason. Perhaps because the cover was sensawunda without starships.)...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The downside is you need it to be pretty large and close to the following ship to avoid too many particles reinvading the passage before the ship arrives. The classic solution is to put as much mass as you can...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    A few years ago, my sister became a US citizen, having lived there for a couple of decades and even having married and then divorced a local. She's kept British citizenship, but it's very much the case that that's something...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Yeah, given any pair of points, there's an infinite number of curves that connect them. Add another point, you've divided that infinite number by infinity, and you've still got an infinity. Repeat ad absurdem. Here the Fibonacci sequence is the...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    Ah. Yes, if that's the case, then no. (My worst experiences have been US airlines. One such experience being rescued by the fact the onward BA flight waited for us. Yeah, our luggage didn't make the flight, but it was...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    even I know that LHR is an hell-hole - even if the Con hotel is right next door What they really need to do is build another airport, a decent one, next door. Give it its own station, its own...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    The modern popularity of the vampire story - is it all Joss Whedon's fault? (I suspect 'Probably yes', in that he got a couple of hundred episodes out of Buffy + Angel, which is an enormous shadow to cast over...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    My wife was[1] fluent in Swedish (with a sufficiently good Stockholm accent as to fool natives), and she likes to watch Wallander and similar, which over here have English subtitles. One of the things that amuses her is the subtitling...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I said "Black's alright for me" just as my teacher had done. Oh the can of worms that is cultural differences across time and space. Yeah, some texts are distinctly problematic, even though within their original culture they may have...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    FWIW Soup (the condensed Housemartins / Cream of TBS album) also has the fucked version. So neither copy of the song I have is the cleaned one....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Yeah. It looks like the bowdlerised version was the single, because that would be the one expected to get radio play, and would therefore be the one ending up on the Best Of. (I usually buy albums and ignore compilations.)...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    The original rendition by Jacqui Abbott is very much one of "Your life with her will be miserable, come have carnal fun with me instead". We've missed the Sandra Bullocks in that song, mostly because the version I always hear...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    The 'fuck' version is the one on the CDs. I don't think the 'cleaned' version is on general release, I think they just produced it for those radio stations who wanted to avoid the swear word. (These days, both versions...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    has leveraged the syngergy Now that's language we could do without, thankyoueversomuch. I was delighted by that post, but I'd forgotten about it till you mentioned it. A combination of that and CR would be amusing, if the effect was...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Red Dwarf with 'Smeg'. A lot of Irish works with 'Feck'. And speaking of the Irish, it seems that half their politicians and commentators would be hit if you removed the term 'gobshite'. ('Shite' as opposed to 'shit', come to...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    A short story written where every substantive word is one that contains an obscene term as a subset? For extra points, find words where automated search&replace turns the word into something containing a different obscene term. I wonder if CR...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Oddly enough, there's an article in the Grauniad Online about the debut novel by Natasha Desborough, which she wished to call Weirdoes and Camel Toes. She got told by her publishers she couldn't use the term 'Camel Toe' because it...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Sadly yes. By the time you've got all the potentially useful data in there - year of birth, place of birth, approximate region of residence, race (yeah, I know), gender (ditto), occupation, income bracket, &c &c, there can be remarkably...
  • Commented on Update
    We'll be there too. Turns out we are printing the badges after all, though for once they're not going to be our usual folded (to make them two-sided) laminated style. Yeah, I know what we're doing this evening....
  • Commented on Update
    Nah, it works best in dry weather! You can de-weed thousands of hectares for mere pennies....
  • Commented on Update
    Hmm, Wikipedia alleges that the Firearms Act 1968 bans them. On the other hand, I don't see anywhere in the text of that act anything preventing them ... oh wait: "any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the...
  • Commented on Update
    Certainly more fun looking than the rather weedy flame thrower we had when I was young. I suspect that ownership, and use on private property, is fine. There are sensible uses for flame throwers, just as there are for backpack...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    There is that, but I've seen Terry not hesitate for a second even when not even the wiliest accountant could claim something for expenses. For instance a lunch for 6 (I think — I can list 4, and I'm sure...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Oops. Don't ever think of doing that on a British motorway - the parts of I40 that I've driven (twixt Memphis and Nashville) are a heck of a lot more forgiving than our roads, what with those wide lanes and...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Observant cat lovers have known that for a while - I guessed it was about toxoplasmosis before I even clicked on the link. What that article does is to come up with a mechanism....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I have been wondering why you don't seem to use the preview button. Are you entering comments somewhere other than on the web page?...
  • Commented on Briefly
    I hope Anker get going with an adaptor. I like the current multi-port USB chargers they already do (so nice to only have one plug adaptor to worry about when travelling with multiple tablets and phones), but they need to...
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