Keith

Keith

  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    @ Nojay 274: Asked it before, but does anyone have an estimate of how much of the the ~300GWe needed for heating during the UK winter could be reduced through efficient insulation, ground heat pumps, maybe district heating?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Re: slow interstellar probes: Is Project Starshot aka "Big Honkin' Space Gun" likely to be impractical? Re: "itty-bitty" tech: I believe somebody touched on it, but is it fairly reasonable to say that we'll be able to genegineer living things...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Re: underground cities: I remember reading more about those decades ago. Whatever happened to that idea? Too expensive? Too many cities built on hard rock? Too claustrophobic? Likewise: undersea colonies- part of a very "jetpacky, monoraily, 20 hour work-weeky" future....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    @ Heteromeles: Thank you very much! I recall an article by Pimentel (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/225689329_Will_Limited_Land_Water_and_Energy_Control_Human_Population_Numbers_in_the_Future/link/575f27c308ae9a9c955fb22d/download) discussing how the end of petroleum based agriculture could allow for a sustainable-agricultural based world population of ~2G. A fair amount of this sustainable agriculture would rely...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    @ Heteromeles: I'd like to ask a favor of you as you are very knowledgeable about environmental matters. I'm doing some for-fun world-building for a prequel or three for a well-known SF writer's popular series. If by some miracle they...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    @ Heteromeles: Thanks. I can't remember if I read "Skizz," but I liked the "Shaper/Mechanist" stories. BTW, any more "Hot Earth Dreams" type of stuffcoming from you?...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    @ Everybody: We just hit 500k US COVID-19 deaths....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    @ Various: re: Cyborgs: Thank you. I'm playing around with a world-building setting- 2138. "Antarctic Base and Offshore Oil Rig" Model of Solar System, ~50-100k people in space. There's a fair amount of activity: missions to bring back PHAs (Potential...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    @ Whitroth- Congratulations on your successful surgery and your book deal- I let Andy Anda know. @ Everybody- Since we're past 300, a new topic: Whatever happened to cyborgs in SF? You know, like the guy in Clarke's "Meeting with...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    @ Whitroth. Congratulation to you. I'll tell Andy Anda. @ OGH: re: France's Employment law. I've read that it's performed neither as well as hoped not=r as badly as feared....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    @ LAvery: Re: "It's my impression that in the USA from ~1945-1973, there were significant sections of the population/portions of the country where on a single 40 hr/week income, a family could buy a home, take a bit of a...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    @ Heteromeles: Re: Bookstores: (It's a place where people used to discover both reality and unreality, and where interesting cats could be petted if they desired.) Petstores sold books?! @Everybody: re: work(aholimm), etc. Ir's my impression that in the USA...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    @ Everyone: What's a "bookstore"?...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    @ Damian, Niala, Robert Prior and any other of our Northern Neighbors: My Amerhoovian impression is that all one needs to know about Canada and Canadians could be learned from watching "*Letter Kenny" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI6p7GRcdb0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wD-6oPPIg0) (snark). *This is reminiscent of...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    @ Everybody: Back to BBQ: I've read in South Carolina (in an area settled by Germans), they have a mustard-based BBQ sauce, but I've never had it or heard people talk about it. I know people argue about the sauces,...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    @ Duffy: Thank you very much! If we're ever to meet, I'll buy you drinks and/or dinner. (OGH: please feel free to reveal my email to Duffy., or however it's supposed to be done if I'm to do it.) I'd...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    @ Naila: Thanks. Santa Claus- you are one scary mofo- creating pickle zombies. GROSS! @ Mike C, Allen T, Elderly C, Icehawk, and anybody I left out: thank you for the BBQ info. @ Everybody: re: Mars: I read recently...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    BARBEQUE! Cispondiams: Are there any British Isles traditions of cooking like this? Southern Hemispherians: What do you do and like re: food cooked like this? Vegehoovians: I really like vegetables cooked this way, especially the ones some people find very...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    @ Everyone: Thanks for your commentary. RESOLVED * Humans should go to Mars * There is no economic rationale for doing so * Detailed remote exploration is currently unfeasible and may remain so due to time lag and other factors...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Re: Ilya187: @ G people = 2,000,000,000 (as IMSM, “The expanse” has as the 2200 CE Martian Congressional Republic's population) Does it seem realistic and feasible to you that there will be 500k in the world over the next 30-50...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    @Everybody: I take this as a thought experiment about what would happen if... as opposed to "there will likely be 500k people on Mars in 50 years". Impossible? Don't think so. Likely? REALLY don't think so? Necessary? Definitely not. DISCLAIMER:...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Re: "slug drivers" for propulsion: http://toughsf.blogspot.com/2019/11/hypervelocity-macron-accelerators.html If you want diamond-hard sf discussions- go here. I say it's more an an "engineering fiction" site than a "science fiction" site....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    @Allen: Thanks. That's consistent with what OGH wrote back in 2007: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2007/05/shaping_the_future.html Along similar lines, I'm trying to postulate (for a hypothetical timeline) if an exascale computer (which it looks like we're close to getting and uses a few 10's...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    @ JBS: My dad was in the Army Medical Corps in WWII, too. (He was from Brooklyn.) @ Whitroth re: 16k memory. Recently, I was looking at an ad from 1982 where it showed a memory storage device with 16k....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Everyone: As has been noted, here seems a reasonable possibility that "they" will try again, probably before 1/20. but I see no reason why they would stop after the inauguration. How can this be prevented? ("No fly lists" may be...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    @ JBS, Greg Tingey: Thanks. I'm no pre-cog or expert. However, I expect there will be another attempt and/or a successful rightwing demagogue as president (or at least a powerful, influential figure) between now and the "*Roaring 40's" when climate...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    @ Everybody (mainly USAnians, Mergans, and Americans): Well folks, we've had our first coup attempt, at least the first I'm aware of. When do you think we'll have the next? As I've said before, 74 Million Americans voted for...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    @ Everybody (mainly Americans): NBC projects Jon Ossoff (D) as winner in GA for the Senate. The Democrats will now have 50 seats + Kamala Harris as VP breaking ties....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Keith the USAian here. At the risk of cloud-seeding another shit-storm and re: Unholy Guy's #1177, do any of you UKish folks have enough details on "the Deal" to guess how things will turn out based on what you know?...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    We just reached 300,000 COVID-19 deaths here in the USA. Keith...
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