Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Malta is often used as a waypoint on long voyages. For example, Viking Sun: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4924418/mmsi:257179000/imo:9725433/vessel:VIKING_SUN which shows its most recent voyage being Malta to HK Yes, it supposedly started in Valletta. It actually started in Mukran in Germany (where it...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Yeah, those work very well too - faster than an electric in my experience. I remember (back in the day) having canned rations, where each box contained one of those P38 equivalents (which meant everyone sooner or later had one,...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    nonsense on stilts I'd reserve that description for the bridge with its extraordinarily tall towers But the tunnel option has about the same feasibility as that bridge, with the extra feature that, as a long undersea tunnel, it would use...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I suspect that modern engine plants also now ship their products already 'run in' (aka 'broken in') if at all needed. I bought a new petrol car back in 2006 (manufactured in 2004) which recommended taking it easy for the...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    He was illustrating that things vary, by describing how it works local to him....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    One time my wife and I took a scheduled helicopter flight (Helsinki to Tallinn, so international at that). The weight allowance was quite tight, and we were weighed with our cases before boarding. The only thing I took into the...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I guess you've got to start extracting thorium from the regolith, or something (/snark). You just need to ship in He3 from the Lunar mines. Easy, see?...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    I get the feeling that baseball and cricket are similar to the German and Dutch languages. The seem almost the same to outsiders. Till you bring it up with a native speaker and get told in no uncertain terms that...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    There are also couples (I presume I don't know the only one) where both partners transition, in opposite directions. There may be a point, depending on timing, where you could point to a gay relationship, but it's straight both before...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    I'm almost surprised there aren't more such edifices in the Channel Islands. Tax havens, big fish/small pool, what's not to like?...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    It's the one the other end of the tunnel from St Helier ......
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    My Ingress playing has stalled. The local Smurfs were mostly Science Park workers so are almost all working from home. I get the occasional drive-by but otherwise everythign local tends to be green already. Yeah, mine too. I'm keeping my...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    It appears that a whole bunch of glands can be subsumed under that label, including testes and ovaries...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The Oxford vaccine is intended to be single dose, ship around the world. Really? The clinical trials were for two doses, with the unexpected discovery that having a half-size first dose seemed to increase immunity into the 90% range...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Good grief -- the difference between a private jet and private plane is millions. I grew up with these people, I was born into them, and they have garages filled with vehicles from jet skis to motor boats to land...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    On the subject of dead naming, it can take a while for the person in question to settle on a final name - in one case I started getting Twitter comments from a user I didn't recognise at all. She...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    That map doesn't show the ice coverage though. With that included, you'll probably find that more of the Arctic is open to Norway than to anyone else (I have been north of the North Cape in January, without seeing any...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Tesla Powerwall. The newer version is the Powerwall 2 which includes nice features like the ability to run the house during a grid power outage — the original version wasn't certified for that, with there being a risk of it...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Many years back I was involved in a project automating a lead refinery. It was built on top of an old (as in originally Roman) lead mine, but the mine had been exhausted decades earlier. So what was the refinery...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    c.f. 'Engineer', which is a licensed title in some jurisdictions (Germany among them), but which in the UK has little more standing than 'manager'...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    You're forgetting such episodes as the Clifford's Tower massacre...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Brexit is the coming together of the hard right and the hard left. JC was supposedly on the Remain side in the campaign, but I could see his heart wasn't in it: a case of damning with faint praise. And...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    A volcano is erupting for the first time since the year before last? That's really rather minor by this year's standard....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I saw De Santis in Florida deciding that one dose would be enough, in order to stretch supplies. Perhaps that's what gave you that impression. (That's my sister's local paper, which is worrying. On the other hand we've just gone...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    25Ah LiFePo batteries Lithium Iron Polonium? Whoa! (Yeah I know, that Po at the end ought really to be PO, a different kettle of fish entirely)...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Do you have any articles at hand that talk about those ports in a way useful to an American who hasn't been watching Irish shipping? The ports are Rosslare (RoI) and Dunkirk (France, but almost Belgium). The current route for...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    I've seen this elsewhere but not often, and when I have seen it, it's in places where there are relatively few passers-by who aren't local. Villagers rather than city folk. (One day I must visit Guernsey. I have been via...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    You don't like any of the 4751 types of cheese from Switzerland? I guess you mean fake Emmental. The North American use of the term 'Swiss' to indicate copies of one particular (if widely popular) variety can be a tad...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Not the first such ship, though The World is more residential and doesn't have the Dunning Krugerand requirement...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    And what is this "Renault" you speak of? The French part of Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi. I was driving Renaults about 30 years ago, ranging from the 5 through to the 25, and they were quite nice cars. I would certainly choose them...
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