Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    A couple of weeks ago, I asked Google how to get somewhere. The first part of its reply was to walk to the Appian Way (well, Via Appia), and catch a bus from there. Damned bus never turned up, but...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Microsoft has, after all, ported Word to Javascript And provided a whole different set of bugs!...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Yeah, Switzerland has been concentrating on making itself as unattractive a morsel as possible. I'd pity any invaders trying to get through the mountain passes and tunnels. Basel is the vulnerable bit, what with being a river port on the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    The most impressive thing about the Warren 'sex scandal' was her tweet where she went 'Go Cougars', referring to her alma mater. That's a beautiful sense of humour there....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Microsoft doing Android is merely the next step after Microsoft doing Linux....
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    This. For me, when my mother went, I felt guilty for not feeling grief at the time. Some shock, as those around me will have noticed (I think it was Paws' first encounter with me, the day after), but grief,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The Canadian today is essentially a land cruise Yes indeed. Three and a half days (as it was then) in close proximity to the same bunch of people, pretty much all of whom are doing it for the scenery and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You do know it's the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, yes? And that includes Scotland, yes?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Oof! Yeah, that's bad, and if that had been the recent service on the Canadian I don't reckon it would have survived. Current setup includes proper dining cars with chefs and good food and wine. Well, maybe not wine at...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Montréal makes a sensible start point If only because it's a sea port, for values of 'sea port' meaning that ocean going ships dock there....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Ah, I was aware it's running a much more northerly route than it once did, but not that it also used to start further east. Montréal makes a sensible start point, and if the geography is pushing for a lakeside...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Hmm, I just looked at the route map for the Canadian, and it actually looks less straight to me than the Indian Pacific, not more, even though the Indian Pacific ends up retracing part of its route. If you straightened...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    For distances, two trans-continental trains that are worth comparing are the Indian Pacific (from Sydney to Perth, via Adelaide) at 4,352km, and the Canadian (from Toronto to Vancouver) at 4,466km. The Indian Pacific is a bit quicker, taking about three...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Oh my — the Scottish courts have ruled that Johnson misled the Queen over prorogation. If upheld, my (non-lawyer) instinct is that she would be within her rights to sack him as PM, for cause — possibly the only scenario...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My mother lived a bit over an hour away from us. When she went into a care home, it was one we could see from our front door. (I have sisters, but one lives on the South Coast, the other...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My sympathies and condolences have been sent already. What makes it harder in these cases is that death is so drawn out — with my mother we went through the hospital/care home/hospital/nursing home sequence, and we knew that she was...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    That's the problem with contrafactuals - they can need an awful lot of sticking plaster....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I read that as the UK being their neighbours. It would be deeply ironic for the Irish to be sending food to help us, given the history of the Famine Years....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    One end of the house has pictures only by Burns on, and they're spreading elsewhere. This is part of why Jim recognises us — it's only polite to know your regular customers. I have, somewhere, the TIFF file he made...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Jim Burns is a sweet guy, though he does like teasing me about my near ancestor, the one who assassinated Spenser Perceval back in 1812. We have a number of Burns pictures. Not an original painting, yet, but we do...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Typo alert: that's Carrie Vaughn with you on Thursday afternoon I'm always wary about signing up for Kaffeeklatches: either I don't know the person/their work enough, or I know them too well, and it seems unfair on others for me...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Misjudge a bend or hit some subsidence and you're swimming. And going swimming in your car is bad news when the water is deep enough to cover the roof, but narrow enough to stop the doors opening. Those roads are...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    It's the difference between insane and ludicrous. Given that most people who have heard of the Merlin probably haven't heard of the Meteor, saying 'it's a Merlin' without saying ' ... except it's had bits changed, and these pistons are...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The Beast's "Merlin" was actually a Meteor from a Centurion tank. Yup. However, given the close relationship between the Merlin and the Meteor, many of the latter being rebuilt Merlins jigged to rotate the other way, the confusion is allowable....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Or the chap who found the right scrapyards and built himself a car with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in it and a Rolls-Royce radiator grille on the front, and they got on his case legally about it Ah, the Beast...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    According to the Wikipedia entry, it's 9 kts for that range, 15 for continuous high speed. On the other hand, 9 kts sounds fine for a mine sweeper....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    A friend took the domain dotat.at, with the email address dot@ - that works better. Is that the domain you were thinking of? It's still there, as is the email address. His running a private mail server was perhaps unusual,...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I loved that the BCPL book used an annotated copy of the compiler source code as its example code. And it was still a slim volume. (Backend codegen was left as an exercise for the reader.)...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The Pentagon are already salivating … And the optical astronomers are weeping, what with all the stuff that'll be up there shining in their scopes....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The Tesla Powerwall we have is probably slightly larger in volume than the under-counter fridge in the kitchen. However it and its control unit are nicely low profile, and attached to the outer wall of the garage. It does a...
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