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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 14, 2021, 07:23:05 PM »
Meanwhile, a far more interesting match is about to unfold in just a couple of hours. South Africa is almost guaranteed to qualify for the World Cup, but if Ghana beats them by 2 goals or more, they get to go instead. Grab your biltong and your Windhoek Lager and settle in for a deciding moment!

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 14, 2021, 03:55:25 PM »
The Netherlands just threw away a 2 - 0 lead over Montenegro.
Yes. That's my point. You're making an assumption about the outcome of Montenegro vs. Turkey which is probably correct, but not guaranteed. It is still possible for the Netherlands to qualify even if they lose to Norway.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 14, 2021, 03:47:01 PM »
The Netherlands are shit. Turkey aren't.
The Netherlands beat Turkey 6–1 in September. If you're just trying to rile me up, maybe say things that make you look a little less dumb?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 14, 2021, 03:43:42 PM »
Turkey will beat Montenegro. This is because Turkey is a solid team with some world class players and Montenegro is a tiny country that is going to lose.
Have you already forgotten that Montenegro drew with the Netherlands just yesterday?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 14, 2021, 03:05:11 PM »
Big date for your diaries ...

TUESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Netherlands v Norway
I already posted about that. Read the thread again.

If Norway beat the Netherlands ... the Dutch aren't going to the world cup ... again.
I see your understanding of FIFA qualifications is just as terrible as your understanding of politics.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 13, 2021, 09:38:56 PM »
Montenegro 2 – 2 Netherlands

Very well played by Montenegro. Hats off to them. It was 0–2 until around the 80th minute, but they really pulled out all the stops in those last few minutes to wrangle a draw.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: November 13, 2021, 02:34:31 AM »
Latvia is banning lawmakers from taking their seats unless they get vaccinated.

Latvian MPs who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 will have their pay suspended and no longer be able to take part in parliamentary votes.

MPs approved the measure in a vote on Friday with 62 votes in favour in the 100-seat parliament.

"From November 15, an MP will be entitled to participate in the work of the Saeima [Latvia's Parliament] only if he or she has presented an interoperable COVID-19 certificate confirming the fact of vaccination or illness," the statement from the parliament press office states.

"The payment of a monthly salary and compensation will be suspended for a Saeima MP who will not be entitled to participate in the work of the parliament," it adds.

I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Latvia does have a very low vaccination rate, so some measures are clearly necessary, but deciding who can participate in the political process based on how they lean on a politically charged issue is not great for democracy, to say the least.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: November 13, 2021, 01:08:51 AM »
Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller, 2019)

I went into this with some scepticism, given the (largely unjustified, in this armchair movie watcher's opinion) fixation of existing media on Apollo 11 at the expense of the longer and more interesting later moon missions. That scepticism turned out to be somewhat justified. While the exclusive use of found footage does set this retelling apart and convey a deeper sense of authenticity than the dramatisations found elsewhere, large portions of the film simply feel routine to someone already familiar with the existing media.

In some cases, the exclusion to found footage works against this film, such as when the 1202 computer error is registered during the lunar descent. It is treated here as little more than a minor curiosity, whereas the dramatic flair at this moment in the From the Earth to the Moon miniseries is far more engaging. The one aspect of the film with which creative liberties could have been taken is the soundtrack, which I found to be adequate without being particularly stimulating.

As a scientist and a pedant, I also have to remark on the overlaid data provided throughout the spaceflight regarding the speed and position of the craft. First of all, these data overlays incorrectly label speed as "velocity", a sophomoric error that could easily have been avoided. Second of all, while the use of US customary units of measure in the audio track is expected, given that the narration is all original to the found footage, no SI conversions are provided in the overlays, which unnecessarily imposes the tedium of comparing distances in miles with speed in feet per second upon the unprepared modern viewer.

I'm glad I watched it, and it is a decent movie, but a lack of dramatic flair coupled with scientific illiteracy make this seem to belong as neither entertainment nor documentary, while also retelling a story that has been told ad infinitum. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it had shown one of the later missions with a longer moonwalk and more interesting experiments.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 12, 2021, 11:00:21 PM »
Wales play tomorrow and I would expect them to beat Belarus for a clean sweep over European opposition.
Northern Ireland is European, silly.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 12, 2021, 10:19:06 PM »
England 5 - 0 Albania
Northern Ireland 1 – 0 Lithuania

A good day for the UK all round.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 11, 2021, 09:57:00 PM »
Seems like they don't do extra time in these qualifiers, so:

Republic of Ireland 0 – 0 Portugal

A pretty good result for Ireland, considering their relative standing.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: November 11, 2021, 09:37:11 PM »
November 11, 2021, 07:00:00 PM — South Africa–Zimbabwe (Johannesburg)
South Africa 1 – 0 Zimbabwe

An expected, but satisfying outcome.

November 11, 2021, 07:45:00 PM — Republic of Ireland–Portugal (Dublin)
They're onto the 92nd minute (in stoppage time) and still at 0–0. Someone fucking score already.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 31, 2021, 11:40:48 PM »
Games of interest this month:
  • November 11, 2021, 07:00:00 PM — South Africa–Zimbabwe (Johannesburg)
  • November 11, 2021, 07:45:00 PM — Republic of Ireland–Portugal (Dublin)
  • November 12, 2021, 07:45:00 PM — Northern Ireland–Lithuania (Belfast)
  • November 13, 2021, 07:45:00 PM — Montenegro–Netherlands (Podgorica)
  • November 14, 2021, 07:45:00 PM — Luxembourg–Republic of Ireland (Luxembourg)
  • November 14, 2021, 09:00:00 PM — Ghana–South Africa (Cape Coast)
  • November 15, 2021, 07:45:00 PM — Northern Ireland–Italy (Belfast)
  • November 16, 2021, 07:45:00 PM — Netherlands–Norway (Rotterdam)
Both Irish teams are already eliminated, but the really interesting matches should be Ghana–South Africa and Netherlands–Norway. Both of those are between the leading two teams in each group.

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Technology & Information / Re: Got me. New video card...
« on: October 30, 2021, 02:16:04 PM »
Can't. Its soldered to the board of my AIO.
Well, at least you have heat pipes.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Cancel culture
« on: October 28, 2021, 02:24:38 PM »
So it's either a dumb stunt by the extreme left or a dumb stunt by the extreme right. Another victory for horseshoe theory, I suppose.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: October 28, 2021, 12:58:41 AM »
The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983)

This film tells the story of the very early beginnings of the US space programme, from Chuck Yeager's historic breaking of the sound barrier in 1947 up to Project Mercury in the early '60s, which saw the first seven astronauts orbit the Earth. It therefore functions as a sort of prequel to the many media covering the later Gemini and Apollo programmes, which is why it piqued my interest.

I'm glad I watched it, but it isn't actually a very good movie. There are lengthy sequences covering fairly dull moments, such as the extensive and at times confusingly bizarre treatment of the medical tests the prospective astronauts were subjected to, or the seemingly forced insertion of Australian Aboriginal myths without any real explanation of why they were relevant to the story.

Meanwhile, most of the actual spaceflights are glossed over almost entirely, with only the launch and landing being shown, if that. The only significant depiction of time spent in space is John Glenn's Mercury-Atlas 6 flight, presumably because the suspicion of a loose heat shield was considered an opportunity for dramatic tension.

There is plenty of potential here, but this footage simply does not justify its 192-minute runtime. A pity, because it could have been much more focused and engaging if condensed to 90 minutes, without leaving out any important details.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Cancel culture
« on: October 24, 2021, 11:40:59 AM »
And speaking of comedy, I believe that we as a society have reached a point where mocking and belittling marginalized groups publicly is no longer considered acceptable, and that's not a bad thing.
This is absolutely not true. We've reached a point where mocking some marginalised groups, or even talking about them in a way that might be misconstrued as mocking, is considered unacceptable. But marginalised groups that aren't part of the social justice clique — poor, rural white people, for example; or lonely, virgin men — are not only still fair game, but it's now considered trendy in some circles to mock them.

Have we made progress, on the whole? I would have to say yes, because we now have support structures in place for demographics that were largely ignored until about 50 years ago. But that progress is not uniform.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: October 20, 2021, 06:09:28 AM »
It’s quite good if you’re a little horse though.
Oh, well done.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 12, 2021, 08:41:51 PM »
October 12, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Bulgaria–Northern Ireland (Sofia)
Bulgaria 2 – 1 Northern Ireland

Imagine losing to a nation of anti-vaxxers. :'(

There'll be more games next month.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 12, 2021, 07:53:29 PM »
October 12, 2021, 04:00:00 PM — South Africa–Ethiopia (Johannesburg)
South Africa 1 – 0 Ethiopia

Another great day for football.

October 12, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Bulgaria–Northern Ireland (Sofia)
Northern Ireland is winning so far. Onto the 47th minute with the score at 0–1.

You get that you played a "country" so small that if Thork lived there he'd probably get a game, right?
It's cute how defensive ye British get when ye lose.

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