AJ (He/Him)

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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    If Dark elves being black skinned goes back to at least C13th then it predates skin colour racism (generalised xenophobia is another thing, but that early they didn't need a justification for enslaving anyone who couldn't stop them). It's more...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I think opining on the desirable number of children to have should be left to those who are becoming pregnant to produce them. I will note that not all those who can carry a pregnancy wish to do so, and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My Dad got back to me this morning: "Link below gives details of the model Mum has. If you are registered partially sighted, you escape VAT. https://uk.optelec.com/products/comp-10-hd-wrld-optelec-compact-10-hd-speech.html She says this is probably way over the top for somebody newly diagnosed...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Since my Grandmother and Aunt also had/have MD as well as the leafy green stuff I take ICaps tablets, which provide the same stuff to help avoid/slow it developing....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My mother has macular degeneration which has been gradually progressing for years and when we were visiting last week she was showing us a magnifying device that she's just got which is apparently fantastic for all sorts of things. I've...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    In most of the incidents where a large vehicle has turned across a cyclist that I am aware of, the vehicle was overtaking the cyclist and didn't get clear in front before turning. The Lothian Buses driver training now emphasises...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It would be pretty difficult to attack infantry with wheel hub mounted scythe blades. You would have to skim along the front of their lines, which would expose the horses too much. I think they are there to discourage anyone...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The growth in fake meat products has been a real inconvenience. My wife has been veggie since the 70s because she doesn't like meat. We used to be able to get all sorts of interesting veggie options when eating out...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    jbs @ 1083 While full size cartons have a date, I think the onees referred to are the tiny single portion ones you often find a handful of in hotel rooms along with the tea bags etc. They don't have...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Friends of ours bought a new build on an estate in the west of Edinburgh which doesn't have a boiler at all - heat and hot water is one of the services included in their management fees. There's a boiler...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I wonder if "After a while you just zone/tune out all but the few pertinent noises. Ditto for interpersonal interactions. " is another introvert/extrovet difference. I find that very difficult, and especially people - if I am in a busy...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Some years ago I was a referee for a friend who applied to the British Antarctic Survey. They sent me a several page questionaire to fill in which could be summarised as "Would you spend six months in a shipping...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    My daughter's got a left handed longsword, and there are historical examples. Also, we have ambidextrous basket hilt broadswords. And earlier hilts are not handed. Admittedly the mass produced cheaper swords are all right handed, but any decent swordsmith should...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I've had lots of conversations with Trans & NB people, and the consistent message is there's no problem with occasional accidental mistakes - it's the intentional misuse of pronouns/deadnaming that is what they object to. Also it's usually pretty obvious...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    On the declaring pronouns question, I understand where you are coming from but there is a point to declaring pronouns. I too am a cis male, and my beard and other presentation makes it obvious I identify as male, but...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I think probably the major advantage of bows over throwing spears, particularly from a military viewpoint, is the number of missiles that can be carried. A bowman can carry a couple of dozen arrows without being overly encumbered, and can...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    " Eastern European plumbers to go back to where they came from." Personally, I want more Eastern European plumbers. Our bathroom refit has been delayed for a week and a half due to a shortage of them!...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Found it! The term I was fainling to remember was Treadle. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treadle_bicycle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treadle_bicycle#/media/File:MacMillan_Bicycle_Rev.jpg...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Anyone interested in alternative bicycle drive mechanisms should visit the National Technical Museum in Prague.: http://www.ntm.cz/en/en-expozice/doprava The Transport hall has examples of a load of ways they tried to make pedal cycles which weren't the now standard chain arrangement. One...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I've never heard the Paras referred to as Redcaps - that's the Military Police. Paras are red berets, not redcaps. https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/adjutant-generals-corps/provost/royal-military-police/...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    As I understand it, anyone outside the church had been cleared away by use of teargas etc before the carnival began. So there wasn't anyone from the church there to object....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I use the Blog Comment Killfile extension for Firefox. It gives me a "Hush" option next t the "Reply" in the top line of each comment, and once taken you just get a one line "Comment from [whoever] blocked" instead...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Also rplying to Unholy guy #548 I agree with everything replied to mine above. Apologies if I was unclear, I was talking about a general view of the past (as presented in film and TV etc.) not an expert one....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Looked like Finnish to me, and Google Translate says it means Favourite Teacher in Finnish....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    It's puzzled me for a long time why there is this idea that it was only recently that warriors actually studied how to fight. Every other trade involved long apprenticeships and careful passing on of the accumulated knowledge of how...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    We did the Edinburgh to Exeter part of it with very small children a couple of times to visit Noocky's Grandfather. Much easier doing a long jopurney by train with restless small people - you can take them for a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Raises hand!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    He was a smoker too. I believe the soldiers who also had to stay around used to visit him with supplies when they could. As a child I had a copy of his biography - it's probably on a box...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I think that was Napoleon. We've had a Mediaeval Re-Enactment society here in Edinburgh called Perfidious Albion since 1988....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I think the answer to that depends on how the longevity works. People in that age bracket are stretching the envelop in terms of how long we're evolved to live - we're not supposed to keep learning new stuff that...
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