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    Aussies: NSW Politicians, keeping ICAC in business

    How long do you have left on your canada visa?
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    Videogames: Perfect homies for the great indoors.

    Really hope they port the uncharted series to PC one day I've been binging on Total War Warhammer II. Just finished up Mortal Empires campaign as Dwarves (Thorgrim) and Lizardmen (Nakai). Next up is a High Elf campaign methinks.
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    Aussies: NSW Politicians, keeping ICAC in business

    I started work at 1PM today.....
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    Football: What Football?

    I don't agree with this at all. There is no reason whatever they come up with now has to apply in the future. They can do whatever they need to do to sort out this mess now which caught everyone with their pants down and then spend the next few months/years coming up with something more solid (with more time to consult stakeholders), instead of sticking with something they are now rushing through in these very panicky moment. It can certainly form a base, but I don't think it's a good idea to rush through major plans in very short time with very little consultation period. Specially as it not only impacts the different league in the country, but also euro and fifa comps.
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    Aussies: NSW Politicians, keeping ICAC in business

    Same. I have been hoarding to savings account since I was saving for a deposit. But now that I've put a hold on buying anything in the near future, I need to find a better spot to stash part of the savings. I think I'm losing money on my savings account at the moment with tax+inflation.... I came down with cold symptoms last week. Work wanted me to get tested and prove I didn't have COVID before returning to office (which i think is illegal...). I'm pretty sure it's not COVID considering I've had cold worse than this and tried to get tested. But the local GPs weren't doing any testing and wanted me to head to the hospital (good 30min away...) where they've set up a testing clinic of sort apparently. I ended up just working from home all of last week (which i quite enjoyed tbh!) cause I didn't feel like going a to testing area with heaps of people who have cold/flu/covid where I will no doubt have to wait in line forever. Feels like I'd significantly increase my risk of exposure going there than just self isolating (which it turns out, i do normally anyway so no different to every day! Who knew i've been quarantining myself all these years ).
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    Football: What Football?

    What happens if the PL gets canned this season? Do Liverpool lose out on the title ?
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    Aussies: NSW Politicians, keeping ICAC in business

    To be fair, the government IS spending a ton of money on Health and Infrastructure. Major new projects everywhere you look. NSW in particular. New hospital expansions, new major roads, new public transport etc. It's a good time to be an Engineer . If anything, you want to make sure you don't make the peak worse because there is a shortage of workers to deliver these projects. As a result people rush and do a poor job of planning/design which leads to construction issues and cost blowouts. I'd say they need to spend a lot more on education and energy. Energy in particular are hampered by the feds as they can't get their shit together on energy policy. This is prime time to renewable+battery storage the shit out of everything! The only major energy project on the card seems to be the snowy hydro.
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    Videogames : Cyberpunk Samurai edition.

    I think I haven't hit this point yet (I've just encountered Siren who was bloody tough). I've always managed to scrape around enough resources (been trading food for materials) and only now have two 6-member team (including the 3-slot scarab). But it has taken a while. I feel like i am limited by the bases in that i can't explore too far out without needing to go back to heal and restore stamina (cause i keep getting ambushed!). I do agree that recruitment seems to be brutal. Elite ones cost almost 1000 food! WTF! Which is why i think the Scarab is a must early on. Helps with rotation of injured squad mates while still allowing you to explore after a few hours rest/repair. I kinda cheated in that I read about the game beforehand and the consensus seems to be "don't to scavenging missions" as it speeds up the scaling of enemies while not providing enough resources to make up for it. It does mean you're a bit more scrapped for resources, but so far i haven't had big issues since i make excess food and trade it for other resources. But based on the latest enemy spawns (heavily armored and high health pool), I think i might be hitting the point you've described above. But we will see!
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    Videogames : Cyberpunk Samurai edition.

    Playing some Phoenix Point at the moment. Few things are a lot better than XCOM, I feel. I am enjoying the world map gameplay, feels like I have something to do in between important events like the Haven defense. The faction/diplomacy gameplay is nice, I like that you can raid certain factions to steal items/research (although I am playing as the nice guy who isn't picking sides...yet). The little dialogue options and consequences are not too bad either. I am really enjoying the combat. I really like being able to zoom and have that control over shots (and getting a better visual representation of potential misses and whether I want to take that chance). I like that you can better utilize your action points (AP) with moving and attacking in whatever order you choose. Gives A LOT of flexibility, probably my favorite change (compared to XCOM) at the moment. The Scarab tank is excellent, I really feel like its worth the 3 squad slot. It takes a lot of punishment as well as protect your troops. It also allows better troop rotation with injured soldiers early game when the squad is a bit thin. Currently I am cheesing it with Scarab + 3 Assaults, where I charge with the Scarab, disembark each of the assault (takes 2 AP), shoot whoever is in line of sight (2AP) then get back in the Scarab (0 AP!!). Also, no turn timer! I really hated the timers on XCOM. The combat doesn't feel as dangerous as XCOM did, as even early game you can lose troops if you get caught without cover. I got caught a few times without cover and managed to survive the attacks. In XCOM, i'd be dead for sure. I am still pretty early game and most people seems to be complaining that it gets super hard mid/late game due to scaling issues. More you fight, the more they mutate and get stronger quicker etc. So it's almost like they discourage you to fight in a weird way.
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    Videogames : Cyberpunk Samurai edition.

    No idea why Mazdamundi is considered an easy start on the campaign view. He is sandwiched between some norsca tribe to the east, dark elf to the north, rats to the west/south, orcs to the south, useless Empire scrub ally to the south east. I found his campaign a lot more difficult early game. Mid to late game was fine, but early game i really struggled with dark elf/rat/norsca raids. Kroq Gar was a lot easier since you had easy choke points that you could maintain. You can kind of play Vortex like Mortal Empire, but you need to make sure no one finishes the vortex rituals. I always go for conquest victory conditions rather than rituals (takes way longer though). I usually save money for the biggest intervention for mid rituals (early ritual the cost of intervention is too high so i just let them finish those first few). Also, wait for the last 2-3 turns before sending intervention, that way the ritual fails when the intervention army takes their cities. If you go early, there is a risk they retake the city before the ritual finishes. The ritual peeps are far enough apart that they typically don't come after you til much later. And their local enemies keep em busy early game. I am feeling the Total War itch again. But for now, Mechwarrior 5 is all consuming!
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    Football: Better Call Raul

    SHUDDUUUUUP YOU'RE GONNA JYNX IT! I haven't shit talked anyone all season. So terrified of jynxing it! Last week I was feeling a bit cocky, and then Shrewsbury happened. So back in my cage again.
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    Videogames : Cyberpunk Samurai edition.

    Dumping some serious hours on Mechwarrior 5. Really enjoying the combat and coming up with cheesy builds (favorite atm is SRM boat). But it's getting pretty tough now with Assault Mechs showing up. Need to get some coop happening to test more interesting cheesy builds, specially some interesting Lances that incorporates light mechs! Were you after credits for any particular reason? I didn't mind the engineering unlocks, but I hate the whole grade 1-5 upgrade process. Gets extremely tedius after upgrading a couple of ships. The whole material grinding is one of the main reason I keep quitting (....and then coming back a few months later when I get the space sim itch!). Good luck with your exploring. I find long range travels to be extremely tedius (basically loading screen every min....). If you want to sight see though, you might want to find a few destination. I'm sure there are forums/streamers out there with some good recommended destinations.
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    Football: Better Call Raul

    WTF. I thought he was wearing a vest
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    Videogames : Cyberpunk Samurai edition.

    I hated FFX skill tree. Felt super linear. My favorite was FFVII. I just loved being able to link materia on sword/armor and coming up with maximum cheese builds
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    Aussies: NSW Politicians, keeping ICAC in business

    Lets not forget the budget cut for the fire services by State Gov. Looks downright criminal in hindsight.
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