Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    At least we removed the rare planet hypothesis recently. Indeed so. I've been playing Elite: Dangerous, and it amused the heck out of me that one of the recent patches was updating the planet count round a couple of stars...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Were the transmission to be done over Bluetooth, then that wouldn't require much power. The bug could passively listen until it found itself within reach of a given Bluetooth ID (perhaps one of many) and could pack off as much...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Hey, a lot of you writers don't either. At least yours is mostly in the right area, but I've not seen you writing pharmacy-based fiction. Unless ... no, the Laundry is surely not going to be an extended hallucination. Which...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    .... Aaaand we are somewhere with no obvious connection to where we started. Sorry Bear!...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Myself, on first hearing it were I standing outside a main London station (for example), probably not. Your written-down example uses a metasyntactic variable, but spoken, I might not recognise the place name. I'd have to ask the person to...
  • Commented on Every [ART] A Painting
    Well, the comment is about Bob Howard....
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    It may be the only book ever written with a prostitute as a protagonist with this much adventure and this little sex The possible rival that comes to my mind is Gaie Sebold's rather delightful Babylon Steel and sequelae. Her...
  • Commented on Every [ART] A Painting
    s/he/y'all/g; (And yes I know I've not used word boundary anchors. Just buttume I'm going for the comedic value.)...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Which goes to show there's no weapon perfect for all environments. And ultimately, it does make sense to arm for the expected scenarios - it might not be the best option in other cases, but preparing to fight the combined...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Oh wow! You can do that? (I didn't bother with the contraction - both 'supersonic business jet' and 'suborbital business jet' had already been mentioned. And comment #1 linked to a supersonic business jet)...
  • Commented on On the road again!
    There's also the issue of the other airports on the routing. It looks like there was only a short delay getting out of Edinburgh this morning, and Paris CDG (C&F's usual bounce point on the transatlantics) is also operating OK....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    For my contribution to the white noise (unless someone else has done so already...and probably has)... Ah, welcome to the thread. Yes, yes, someone probably has already discussed that. I don't know how I'd find out though, short of reading...
  • Commented on Default Option
    That's for the faith schools ......
  • Commented on Default Option
    Not too far off, as I understand it. Looking at the road on Google Street View, I note the only cyclists in sight are all going downhill....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Would be curious to get an Amsterdam-based opinion on this, it being the place where I have seen simultaneously the most cyclists and the most trams. I dunno about their trams, but their moped riders seem accident prone in the...
  • Commented on Default Option
    When I saw the Hamster approaching the tracks at such a shallow angle, I was already wincing before he came off and broke £9K worth of cycle. Someone really should have briefed him on cycling in a city with tram...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    The most extreme example I can think of was the Thomas W. Lawson, launched in 1902. 7 masts(!), a complement of 18. As one with experience on a much smaller STA schooner, that boggles me. But training vessels tend to...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    (That £60-80K is about twice its adjusted original sale price, and on trying recently to work out how the hell a teenager was able to afford that sort of price, it appears he got it half price anyway - so...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Which is why Elon Musk has done such a great job. Before Tesla, say "electric car" to someone, and they'd have thought "slow, ugly, horrible - why drive a milk float?". By going for that high top-end, Tesla are going...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Another option is, if not naming it for a pre-eminent writer of fantasy, howsabout naming it after a major fantasy character? The Bilbo, perhaps? It would bookend well with the rocket ship....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Of course that's exactly the downside of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, that the bloody things now appear when you merely speak of them....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    a Shoggoth going down a hill in a bathtub in it? Oh dear ghod. Please don't, that'd be an unholy mix with the previously mentioned Elf-alikes. (Though a Kettenkrad looks suspiciously like a halftrack bathtub.)...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Macro-hydro tends to have hard limits, beyond which you can't really expand. Iceland is another place blessed with the coastal strip/high mountains pairing, but as I understand it even there they're running low on places they can dam. Given how...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    True - when the river (which if anyone is interested was the Great Ouse, but its upper stretches) was in full flood, there was a lot of power. But you'd have that for (IIRC) a few weeks in a year....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Not necessarily every water mill; many won't generate as much power as a wind turbine I lived in a watermill for a decade or so as a child, and yeah, you get about enough power from some of them to...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    You can tell crypto-fascist authoritarians by their behaviour when mocked or criticized. If when you criticise someone, they use threats to try to shut you up, then hey, nasty people. If they happen also to magically attract the racists, sexists...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Why waste valuable resources teaching them to value their lives and seek out such ever talents and abilities that they might possess? Instead...Heroin...err, ' The Opiate of The Masses '? Or some such futuristic thing? Heroin is great stuff. Less...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Tesco? Oh, I remember them. (Actually there's a big Extra taking up about 90 degrees of my field of view behind me, which I expect to remain open, and there's an Express being built in the town centre, which has...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    s/restaurant/station carpark/ (Perhaps a bit of a waste, since the charging space tends to be blocked for way way longer than required, and also anyone taking the train is probably not going a long distance in the car. But there...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    You've rather appear to have missed Charlie's point. It's not about the quality of the infrastructure, it's about the quantity. For a road, a railway, a canal, between two cities, you need to build it to some minimum quality all...
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