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  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Contrarily, Antarctica was a tropical rainforest for much of the last 100 million years I suspect that the main effect of lesser insolation would be slower growth. The lesson we have from studying mountainous areas in today's tropics is that...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I've had two cases where stuff disappeared, only to reappear in places that I'd searched repeatedly (once in a bag I'd emptied searching for the item, today when a knife I'd lost some time ago turned up on the driver...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    There are a lot of Stratfords around the country — I can think of at least three in Buckinghamshire alone. There can be added complications when you have a multi-language area. For example, the Belgian city of Luik is also...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Large chunks, yes. But we took the Hop-On-Hop-Off tourist bus, and the core bits of the Prod and Catholic communities are still parts I'd feel uncomfortable wandering around, with the flags and murals. (Family is Anglo-Irish, settled in Co. Louth...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Something like Troll A, which I'd use as a model, weighs well over half a million tons and sits on the sea floor. I can't see that moving very much, let alone 50 metres which would be really problematic for...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Hmm, I remember Boris Island as predating the Garden Bridge fiasco. As for the supports, there are a couple of oil rig platforms that pass 500 metres in height. All you'd need would be a few dozen more ... I...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The interesting one for me is The Last Leg TV show. It could be a freak show, but it isn't. Of the three hosts, two are disabled: Adam Hills is missing one lower leg, while Alex Brooker is not only...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Tell me about it. I'm not convinced that the Canadian is the most fuel efficient way to cross the country. I know it's a train not a plane, but it's hauling a lot more per passenger than just a seat...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "The long drive from Denmark"? Yeah, once you're into driving a car, you're in danger of pissing away any environmental saving from not flying. But there's a ferry from Denmark up to Stavanger, which gives you west Norway. (Walking through...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    You mean, like Venus? 0.9G, and 90 atmospheres? Something intermediate between that and ours, so it wasn't totally dominated by CO2 and missing water, might be plausible. A slightly higher partial pressure of oxygen than Earth, a slightly lower gravity,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The vegetable Brassica oleracea contains a substance which the vast majority of people are completely unable to taste at all. Those people are able to taste the subtle flavours in Brussels sprouts, the bland taste of cauliflower, &c. &c. There...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I loathe okra in every form that I've encountered it in. In principle I ought to like it - I first encountered it in Indian cuisine as a small child, over half a century ago, and I like just about...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    There's failure and there's failure. The engine just stopping is one thing, but an engine that has exploded and taken out a wing tank is another kettle of fish. But there's sod all actual evidence yet, and this is premature...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    It's very common for Fantasy to start low and shift to high - for example, a simple bourgeois Hobbit ending up interceding between kingdoms....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Peter Pan is an exception. As far as I know, the exception. It's got a perpetual copyright under British Law, with all royalties being supplied to Great Ormond Street Hospital....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So Heydrich?...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    My wife is deeply amused that she's allowed to put MA (Cantab) after her name, which is her version of "I went to Cambridge" bragging. Why yes, she did matriculate into the University — just not as a student —...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    As is apparent, I did set mine up, but I'm damned if I can remember how....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    The last is a real problem, because if one of your cached bombs is discovered, the gig is very definitely up, and you're faced with some bad choices about detonating and starting a shooting war, or not detonating, letting the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    For non-UKers, a brief description of the counting process is here. Part of the process is counting the votes out of the ballot box (so none should have been added or removed in transit from the polling station), and then...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    There is a view that the Home Office is itself mortally corrupting to any minister who attempts to run it. I'd be happy if it was to be split into pieces, but given that the Home Secretary is one of...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Yes, though until you get the two photos out onto the same screen it can be tricky to know how much the screen, how much the sensors. And back in the film days, as Greg will attest, photographers would be...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Yes, it's not just the display screens but the sensors. The combination of your digital camera sensor and screen, and your eyes, may see radically different shades. A particular example is monochromatic light in low light conditions - the human...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Yes, the 'K' in CMYK stands for blacK, to avoid confusion with the 'B' in RGB which is Blue There are effectively 8 'simple colours' if you include RGB, CMYK and White. CMYK is the simple form of computerised ink...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    OOC, how does it compare to population density? My assumption would be that larger constituencies tend to reflect more rural voters and fewer urban ones, and the only large constituencies with routes are either between Dublin and Belfast, or Belfast...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Ouch! Connect Dublin to Belfast and then round to (London)Derry, dump all other lines, and you'd have something pretty much like that map. So yeah, the lines that don't fit that ... The South looks a lot better, but even...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Or 3) it's a place holder for any number of real world super-plagues, such as an Ebola variant reaching the West.....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Hoorah For the sake of both you and your editors I hope they're for something you're actually meant to be writing, but if it's a ninja attack novel, then so be it....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    We've had the last convention of our year a couple of weekends ago. But it was only a one day affair and we only did the badge making, so not a lot of stress. Not like the Dublin WorldCon. My...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Firstly it's s/s^2, so no cube. (You mentally put brackets in where none were intended.) Secondly, acceleration is measured in m/s2, and jerk is measured in m/s3...
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