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  1. Just back from the cinema. Some random thoughts in no particular order: 1) Why did they need to use so much CGI for the fight/action scenes when the main star of the action is just an athletic guy in a bodysuit? No crazy gods or flying cyber suits here. Good stunt work would have been so much better. The MCU still has yet to produce a better action sequence than the highway scene from Winter Soldier, and that was four years ago. 2) Michael B Jordan definitely stole the show. I think most of the praise for Killmonger definitely came to down to his sheer screen presence rather than any particular depth of character writing. 3) Andy Serkis was also great, clearly having loads of fun with the role. 4) I get the impression that the rhinos were supposed to be epic or threatening when they showed up, but really they just felt kind of silly. 5) The movie looked absolutely gorgeous. Really beautiful visual design and cinematography. Overally I'd say this is comfortably a top five MCU movie, but I'm not sure I'd put it in the top three. Definitely worth seeing.
  2. I'm slightly sceptical of this, given that Canada's homicide rate is a bit less than double the UK's (per wikipedia, which I admit might be wrong). Is it possible the discrepency is due to a difference in what crimes are recorded as "violent?" Pretty sure it's 1500 in the last five years, keeping in mind that "acid attacks" (more properly corrosive substances), covers a wide range of scenarios and substances of very different strengths.
  3. There are people on the board more qualified to answer than me, but I'm still pretty confident in saying that it doesn't really matter. For elite world-class athletes trying to eke out the tiniest sliver of advantage then timing their training to particular times of day might have merit, but for average people trying to stay fit I'd say don't overthink it. Pick up heavy (for you) stuff as and when you're able to do so given your schedule. Move over distance using whatever method you prefer at a pace you find challenging but not debilitating, again as and when you can. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
  4. I miss the British versions, where David Mitchell was the PC and Robert Webb was the Mac. This was based off of their characters from the TV show Peep Show, in which Mitchell's character was awkward and Webb's character was laid-back. Unfortuantely, Apple apparently failed to realise that Mitchell's character was also kind of endearing whereas Webb's character was a smug, punchable fucknugget.
  5. I've recently started playing Subnautica and it's definitely growing on me. Between this and Kerbal Space Program it appears I have a thing for build-and-explore games.
  6. I went to a ceilidh for the first time yesterday evening. Awesome fun, can't believe I've never done it before. I heartily recommend it to anyone if you get the chance.
  7. Probably a combination of extremely low expectations and being truly sick of recent blockbusters trying to be all serious, epic and portentious. I totally get why you may hate it and I definitely don't want to oversell it. It is very predictable, by-the-numbers and full of cliches, but for a lazy sunday afternoon I found myself mindlessly enjoying it.
  8. I went to see the Jumanji sequel tonight. I had no real desire to see it but I was invited by friends and it was a good enough excuse to get out of the house. At worst I thought I could sleep through it then go to the pub afterwards. My expectations were not high, is what I'm saying. Actually it was a pleasant surprise. I mean, it was absolutely nothing to write home about but if all you want is a fun, cheesy adventure movie you could do worse. I've seen too many recent action blockbusters that were just so completely up their own arses that it was really refreshing to watch some mindless fun. And Jack Black was way less annoying than expected.
  9. I don't necessarily disagree with your broader point, but the disturbing thing about so many of these US police shooting videos is that they're displaying considerably less restraint than would be expected of soldiers in similar situations (or at least of UK soldiers, where my experience lies). Occupying soldiers would be expected to understand that you need to keep the civilian population on your side. There was an operational doctrine called "courageous restraint" which was specifically about accepting a certain amount of risk to personal safety in order to increase long-term safety by getting people to trust you. It should be troubling when soldiers in a warzone display greater calmness and control than civilian police amongst their fellow citizens. Take the Shaver incident, if he was taken as a detainee during military clearance drills he'd probably be alive. Once he was on the floor with arms out and legs crossed he'd be told not to move. One soldier would cover, the other would search him. Once cleared by a search he'd be restrained and taken to a holding area. Commands would be loud and assertive yes, but also clear, calm and simple. There would be no need at all to make him crawl, no need to shout multiple instructions. Either Sgt Langley was actively looking for a reason for he or his colleague to shoot, or he lacks the temperament to be trusted with a weapon.
  10. That's definitely an option on the table, full-time study alongside part-time work. I'm mainly considering the Open University at the moment, which is almost entirely online and distance learning. Cheaper than a physical university and way more flexible. Being totally honest, NGO/charity work doesn't really appeal to me, although it is something that I've considered in the past. I'll certainly keep it in mind at least, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
  11. I strongly dislike my job. I feel a bit guilty saying it because by most standards it's a pretty decent job. I get treated extremely well. I like the people I work with. I get to make a positive difference in society. The pay isn't great but the conditions are flexible and the managers very reasonable. But I have to be honest that it's just not working for me. Partly it's that a "pure" office job is not for me. I don't mind working in an office environment. What I hate is arriving in the morning, sitting down at a workstation and just sitting at that workstation for eight hours straight. Sure I can get up and go for a walk here and there, but all of the actual work itself takes place sat at the same desk. Even having meetings or presentations or something would be better, but nope, it's just eight hours of desk-sitting. I cannot cope with this long-term. Secondly it's that the subject matter is profoundly depressing. I'm in a public services role that generally deals with either the most vulnerable or the most scummy members of society (and boy does it get complicated and draining when the two categories frequently overlap). At first I found it interesting, and the work itself mentally engaging, but now I have no remaining interest in watching the same local people blow up their lives over and over again. Maybe that's an empathy failure on my part but regardless, it's a true reflection of my feelings. I'm putting some serious thought into completely re-rolling my life and going back to university. I've had this slow-burning desire to study a science for years now and a lot of the options offered by the Open University look really interesting. I recently came into a not-insubstantial sum of money (family inheritence), enough to get me through another degree without going into debt (though I will have to be extremely frugal with living expenses). It feels like the right time. Not after advice specifically (though it's not unwelcome either). More just trying to sort my thoughts out by writing them down.
  12. I'm not sure that's accurate. I believe Officer Philip Brailsford was the shooter and Sgt. Charles Langley was shouting instructions.
  13. I think the idea is twofold. One, it cuts down on the infrastructure needed to administer the welfare system. If everyone gets exactly the same cheque in the mail (or electronic transfer or whatever) every month then that's much easier to deliver than if it's means-tested. Two, it removes perverse incentives, loopholes etc. and make it so that people can't game the system. You'll always be better off working than not. I'm not saying I necessarily agree with UBI (not necessarily opposed either), but I think that these are two of the arguments that proponents use fairly often. I've heard lots of sensible-sounding support for negative income tax as well.
  14. Even if you assume good-faith on the part of the officer shouting instructions (which I don't, but let's roll with it for a second), the incompetence would still be mind-blowing. There was no attempt to de-escalate, he clearly goes out of his way to keep the whole scenario in a state of heightened emotions and tension. Why the aggressive shouting? Why the threats of death? He very clearly was not looking to see the situation resolved peacefully. He very clearly was not looking to minimise the chance of a firearm being discharged, to keep it as an absolute last-resort option. He very clearly contributed to his colleague being in a heightened state of tension and unneccesarily pulling the trigger. Shockingly incompetent crisis management, even without assuming outright maliciousness (which frankly we probably should).
  15. In all seriousness it also sounds like it could be an attempt at identity theft.