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About Ferrum Aeternum

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    Warden of the Metal
  • Birthday 06/10/1974

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  1. Ferrum Aeternum

    NBA Season 2020 - RIP Mamba

    It was me, and yes, quite appropriate.
  2. Ferrum Aeternum

    College Basketball: 2019 Bracket Edition

    Indeed. Couldn’t believe Shuler tried to take the last shot himself down 1. And a three at that? Tyree is one of the best playmakers in the country and I don’t think he even got a touch. It’s hard enough to win at Rupp; got to give yourself a chance at least.
  3. Ferrum Aeternum

    NBA Season 2020 - RIP Mamba

    Hear, hear! Speaking of Ja - at risk of sounding like a drooling fanboy, I've hesitated posting anything in this thread about how incredibly well he's played this season. Luckily, FiveThirtyEight said it much better than I ever could.
  4. Ferrum Aeternum

    Videogames : Cyberpunk Samurai edition.

    Getting Karpyshyn is huge. Definitely interested in this.
  5. Ferrum Aeternum

    College Basketball: 2019 Bracket Edition

    Not expecting a win in that one but I'm very pleased with how we've played lately.
  6. Ferrum Aeternum

    College Basketball: 2019 Bracket Edition

    Speaking of coaching failures, Ben Howland continues to get decent talent at Mississippi State and does virtually nothing with it. They built a 26-13 lead last night in Oxford and proceeded to be outscored 70-32 after that by an Ole Miss team that started out 1-7 in the conference. Breein Tyree outscored State by himself in the second half (27-24). Eh, I'm sure Ben just needs more time. Hope they give it to him.
  7. Ferrum Aeternum

    College Basketball: 2019 Bracket Edition

    That seriously needs to be the headline of the story. I don't understand his failure at Texas either. I was always very impressed by his VCU teams, but it hasn't translated to much of anything in Austin.
  8. Ferrum Aeternum

    The Outsider HBO

    Yeah no one really sounds like a native Georgian to me. I keep having to be reminded that's where it is set. Ran is correct in that metro Atlanta has a more "East Coast neutral" accent pattern but this show appears to be set largely in the country, where the older characters especially would be expected to have at least some Southern inflections. I haven't read the book (and haven't watched last night's episode yet) but I binged the first five over the weekend. I'm still intrigued, but like @dbunting I'm a little wary of the supernatural aspects at this point. Feels like that stuff might be an excuse to oversimplify what felt like a truly complex and baffling mystery at the beginning.
  9. Ferrum Aeternum

    Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash according to TMZ

    I'm no pilot but I've also been very curious about how this happened, so I've been reading up on the details. From what I can tell the main issue with this accident was that the pilot was flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR), meaning that he relied on his eyesight, depth perception etc. to pilot the craft. The best anyone can tell at this point, he lost his visual cues (i.e. unexpectedly flew into a cloud or more likely a fog bank) and became disoriented, which is apparently a very common cause of small aircraft accidents. Flying a more westerly route would have taken them even closer to the ocean, so visibility may have been insufficient to fly at all. The question I had was, why not fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) since this pilot was qualified to do so, and it's a safer option in bad weather? The consensus seems to be that private pilots don't usually prefer this because it involves filing a detailed flight plan and being in constant contact with air traffic control throughout the flight process - which also means being at their mercy. If the controller tells you to detour, you detour. If they tell you to land short of your destination, you land - that sort of thing. Basically a lot of private pilots don't like having to say "no" to their VIP clientele who undoubtedly have high expectations of getting where they want to be as soon as possible. Sounds incredibly stupid in hindsight, but I can totally see it being a thing. This certainly isn't the first case of a celebrity dying in a crash because the pilot decided to not play it safe.
  10. Ferrum Aeternum

    NBA Season 2020 - RIP Mamba

    Not a major award, but the NBA All-Star Game MVP is unnamed, and Kobe won 4 of them which is tied with Bob Pettit for the most all time. With the game coming up in a few weeks it would make a lot of sense.
  11. Looks like another off the field mess is brewing for Penn St. as a former player has accused ex-teammates of hazing, allegedly with knowledge of the coaching staff including James Franklin. If the allegations here are true, Franklin needs to be gone. Some of the stuff described here is unquestionably sexual assault, and cannot be tolerated. Not to mention, this little tidbit:
  12. Ferrum Aeternum

    R,I.P. Thread

    Neil Peart dead at 67. This hurts a lot. I can’t think of a musician whose body of work has meant more to me over the years. ETA: link https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-peart-rush-obituary-936221/
  13. Continuing with the theme
  14. This video is a lot funnier in hindsight. Arch rival or not, it's gonna be impossible for me to hate this dude.
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