Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yes, this. Mountainous countries at times had sizeable proportions of their male population fighting as mercenaries on the European mainland. I've seen figures that at times over 10% of the male population of Scotland were mercenaries. And the Swiss were...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    My understanding is that Concorde's main fuel burn was getting to supersonic speed, not at cruise speed. Make a Concorde drop to subsonic speeds and suddenly its range shrank. This is totally counter-intuitive for anyone aware of how air resistance...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    There does seem to be this "X works for Y, therefore X is better everywhere - no, X is worse in Z, so it's no use anywhere" going on. For rural uses, the Leaf is probably currently inappropriate. But for...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Ah, wives. I happened to have a beard when I met mine, and have had it ever since as she's threatened to divorce me if I ever lose it....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    For what it's worth, mine took about two days to do the import, finishing yesterday. Using the DW import page did bring the comments on mine across....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    (Ah, LJ not allowing export unless new TOS agreed to at its end, but DW just keeps retrying.)...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I'm redoing the LJ -> DW import, since it's apparently 313 days since I last tried it. There seems to be a bit of a queue....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I have had a Dreamwidth account for absolutely ages, but it's been pretty dormant. And I've not posted on LJ for a long time either. Today I seem to be getting lots of DW notifications, due to people replicating their...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Charlie used to work for Santa Cruz Operation, an Intel Unix supplier that was later taken over by Caldera, who then ended up trying to use software patent licensing seemingly as a way to smother Linux in its crib. What...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    IIRC, BCPL's was a bit trickier, because your pointer arithmetic was always in words, not in the size of the objects pointed to. In that respect it matched assemblers a bit more closely....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I've seen the trim between wall and floor with a slot routed into the back What we call the skirting board over here. Pretty much the first thing we did when we moved in was to rip out the carpet...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    People knock houses down? Does not compute ... though I will conceded that my parents bought and gutted and refitted a property back in the 60s. However, originally only part of that was living quarters. One of the things you...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    And the way Kevin Macleod McCloud is so quietly resigned as yet another project blows its budget, blows its emergency budget and then blows some more. (I do lust after some of those properties, but short of blowing all our...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I note too just how small it is - a mere 38 square metres. Obviously intended for the British market, I can't imagine our US or Australian comrades wanting anything that small. More seriously, this is a PoC: I suspect...
  • 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...
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