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Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-19, 16:20
Replies: 1,472
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Posted By xilman
It has been reported that three former first...

It has been reported that three former first couples (Clinton, Bush & Obama) will meet with the Bidens for a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington.

It would be nice if they had an evening together...
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-19, 08:32
Replies: 64
Views: 8,274
Posted By xilman
Why do you want to make it visible from the...

Why do you want to make it visible from the earth?

Use a few dozen nukes to dig 100-metre craters in a geometrical arrangement --- a diagram of the theorem of Pythagorus, for instance.

Then...
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-18, 17:14
Replies: 64
Views: 8,274
Posted By xilman
As I noted earlier in this thread, high-altitude...

As I noted earlier in this thread, high-altitude orbits are unstable to lunar and planetary perturbations over the course of a few megayears.

Also as noted earlier, leaving stuff on the moon is a...
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-18, 16:51
Replies: 85
Views: 3,793
Posted By xilman
At the other end of the scale, I have dipped my...

At the other end of the scale, I have dipped my hands in liquid nitrogen on a number of occasions.

One of our favourite tricks with newbie chemists was to put some rubber tubing in LN2 and spray...
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-18, 07:37
Replies: 85
Views: 3,793
Posted By xilman
Yes, having low humidity is critical.

Yes, having low humidity is critical.
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-18, 07:34
Replies: 64
Views: 8,274
Posted By xilman
But you may not. ...

But you may not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklo
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-17, 19:04
Replies: 85
Views: 3,793
Posted By xilman
Only mildly surprising to me. I've spent 20...

Only mildly surprising to me.

I've spent 20 minutes at 105C and a few minutes at 120C without significant discomfort.

Some USAF experiments back in the 70s showed that people can survive 120C...
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-15, 17:48
Replies: 296
Views: 23,921
Posted By xilman
You live in one of the worst places in the UK for...

You live in one of the worst places in the UK for buying fresh fish. You are too far from the coast.
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-15, 17:34
Replies: 296
Views: 23,921
Posted By xilman
Buying fresh fish isn't too difficult in the UK,...

Buying fresh fish isn't too difficult in the UK, in my experience, though it depends on where you live and which species you want to buy.

Buying fresh seafood which is not fish (crustaceans,...
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-15, 16:07
Replies: 1,472
Views: 80,711
Posted By xilman
Do I detect an element of personal interest here?...

Do I detect an element of personal interest here? ;-)
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-15, 15:57
Replies: 296
Views: 23,921
Posted By xilman
Brazilian variant already in the UK "not of...

Brazilian variant already in the UK "not of concern". This is one of two variants.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55676637

Could be worse.
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2021-01-15, 15:09
Replies: 6
Views: 197
Posted By xilman
I've not see the book itself so can't tell...

I've not see the book itself so can't tell whether one of the six proofs of the infinitude of primes is the very elegant one based on the factorization of Mersenne numbers and Fermat numbers.

The...
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-14, 18:09
Replies: 1,087
Views: 77,872
Posted By xilman
"Knock knock" "Race condition" "Who's...

"Knock knock"

"Race condition"

"Who's there?"
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-14, 18:08
Replies: 1,087
Views: 77,872
Posted By xilman
Is a "crevice cleaner" akin to a...

Is a "crevice cleaner" akin to a "cherry-picker"?
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-14, 18:06
Replies: 296
Views: 23,921
Posted By xilman
TO some extent. To be fair, it is a serious...

TO some extent. To be fair, it is a serious high-stakes game.
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-14, 17:12
Replies: 1,087
Views: 77,872
Posted By xilman
Just seen this one:

Just seen this one:
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-14, 11:11
Replies: 296
Views: 23,921
Posted By xilman
Consistent with my quote above, here is an...

Consistent with my quote above, here is an account of what is being considered for Brazil.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55660552

Portugal now added, presumably because many Brazilians travel...
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-14, 08:34
Replies: 64
Views: 8,274
Posted By xilman
I have already commented on the "large" portion...

I have already commented on the "large" portion of your statement, giving African Grey parrots as an example.

Re-reading this thread lead me to realise that I should also have addressed teh "case"...
Forum: Puzzles 2021-01-13, 19:17
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By xilman
Wonderful!

Wonderful!
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-13, 16:08
Replies: 60
Views: 2,788
Posted By xilman
Its not just finances. In every project...

Its not just finances.

In every project which is non-trivial (and many trivial ones too) the first 80% of the work takes 20% of the time. The final 20% of the work takes the remaining 80% of the...
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-01-12, 18:57
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By xilman
"Deutsch" or "Dutch" originally meant "people". ...

"Deutsch" or "Dutch" originally meant "people".

Avon (as in Stratford-on Avon) is Celtic for "river". There are quite a few "River Avon"s in the UK.

The best example in my experience is a...
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-11, 16:41
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By xilman
Thanks for drawing that to my attention. Never...

Thanks for drawing that to my attention. Never heard of it before and must give it a try.

We tend to go for "Indian" (Anglo-Indian cooked by Bangladeshis), Thai and Cantonese/Szechuan cuisine over...
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-11, 16:38
Replies: 35
Views: 2,607
Posted By xilman
From...

From https://twitter.com/valeriesmith344/status/1348660992125902857
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-11, 16:04
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By xilman
Bamboozling

A few days ago someone asked on the local Freecycle network for a potted bamboo.

I told her that if she brought one or more pots and some heavy labour, she could select from ~15 different species....
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-11, 10:53
Replies: 377
Views: 45,663
Posted By xilman
Just received this: My very first...

Just received this:



My very first Czech scam in something over 11 years exposure to the country. I wonder why they bother for such a piffling amount. CZK 52 is EUR 1.95, GBP 1.76 or USD 2.37....
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