Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Ah, Belk. I bought a hat once in their South Park Mall branch I presume they're still okay - as they're one of our customers, I'm sure that if they'd gone chapter 11 we'd have been told....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Fresh milk, yes, that requires proper supply chains. But UHT milk will happily last a year or more in our cupboards. It's not what I remember UHT being like when I was young, or I wouldn't be mentioning it. (I'm...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    #1169 & #1171 - This is also based on the presumption that electricity for road transport will continue to enjoy its present very favourable government tax/duty rates. Taking David L's $0.10/kwh figure, and UK duty rates, how does changing the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Some of them look like it would be beneficial to add faster trains. Bergen to Oslo for instance? It's a very pretty route that, but I suspect the Norwegian mountain ranges mean that getting an LGV-class line in would be...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    We were in Iceland last week, and at Ísafjöður we noted a filling station which was completely automated. So pay at pump, and no shop (We were looking for a waste bin at the time, and it had one) That...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Not just restaurants and motels - a number of supermarkets are installing them. If you are spending an hour doing a big shop, then that's an hour during which your car could be getting back some charge. Doesn't have to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    You know he meant 'carcinogenic'...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    They also seem very coy about time in ports and time on the river. My preferred cruise idea was to allow you to see the rivers and the cities. Viking work on the principle of staying all day in port,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Maccas now have actual coffee made by baristers. From a cappuccino to a macchiato, it's all available and quite drinkable. They could probably even whip up an americano. No thank you. I believe that awful coffee at the Frankfurt airport...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I've had two(!) this year and yes, on a well built ship you do not hear anything from the neighbouring cabins. (Just back on Saturday from a week-long trip round Iceland)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Wow, they called a big drone ship 'A Shortfall of Gravitas'? I strongly suspect someone at Space X has been reading Banks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_spaceport_drone_ship#Names...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I've been mildly surprised to see the "Top to Top" yacht full of kids on youtube taking casual walks along the shoreline in Norway... carrying a rifle! For a moment I was confused, and then I saw that it's Svalbard...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Putting on the parking brake is the dead giveaway. You are reading things that aren't there. There was no mention of any brake, only throttle and wheel. You're not reading 'full lock' as being something to do with a brake...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Bread is a difficult one - supermarkets have used is as a loss leader for years, at least in the UK. If they start selling it at, say, 10% below cost rather that 20%, that looks like a price increase...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Nitpick FDR jr served on a Destroyer convoying from "Iceland to Minsk", supported the Sicilian invasion and ended up as Captain of a Destroyer Escort that earned 5 battle stars for WW2 against Japan; Minsk is the capital city of...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Anecdata: a friend had Wilson's disease. His first liver transplant failed. Happily his second took, and he's in good health now....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Are you talking about your post currently at #664? If posts have been resurrected from the spam trap, they'll change the numbering of following ones Certainly Paws's reply seems to be replying to #664...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Chased away by the Many Named One's doxxing a year ago....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I have by my arm a packet of banknotes, of various denominations of one particular currency. The smallest is 5,000 The largest is 500,000,000,000 That's 8 orders of magnitude, for the Serbian Dinar, all from 1993....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Costco in the UK is also a bit weird. It works on Cash & Carry Warehouse lines, so you need to get a membership card, and that has odd requirements: your company may have an affiliation (a friend could get...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Ah yes, Erikson. I've walked along the Pommern in Åland, and it's really quite impressive...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Where did I say "warm beer" was above body temperature? You made that claim, not me. If 'warm' means above the sublimation point of dry ice, all beer is drunk warm. Oh wait, that's not your definition of 'warm' either?...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Or fragmented crackling - we were with friends in Munich when our dining companion managed to cause explosive disassembly of his schweinshaxe's covering. Happily the gentleman on the next table over was most understanding when Peter apologised: he appreciated the...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Hmm, so fermented finely sliced cabbage with unfermented finely sliced cabbage. Perhaps some mashed potatoes with your fried potatoes....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I'm happily running on a MacBook Pro with that amount of RAM, so it's reasonable for now. I'm more cramped by the tiny 2TB SSD (Yes, I know. That's a huge amount, but I end up shuffling VMs in and...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    For electrics and plumbing, my wife does it, or did it in those cases where regulations now forbid. Installing the Daikin unit was something we got the suppliers to do - running pipes up the outside wall to near roof...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It's a shame, really, if ultra-super-Marxist baby-eater Jeremy Corbyn had actually won the election we'd probably have had a second Brexit referendum by now but them's the breaks. The same Jeremy Corbyn who imposed a three line whip on the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    On Google Maps I measure it as a pretty constant 200 metres, so approximately 10 chains...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I was confused that you raised the point at all — nobody else had mentioned Ocean Liners at all that I saw, only Cruise Ships....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Those are Azamara ships - they're pretty small for cruise ships, and at 20 years old quite old for the Cruise market. As for ocean liners - as far as I'm aware that's a class of ship with just one...
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