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    International Thread 3

    Sorry, my bad. I meant state government. My mind somehow has state level actors linked with the word federalism, therefore my error. And the png didn't work? Ah, doesn't matter anyway... I'm too tired to think straight...
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    How did you pick your screen name?

    I am the actual God of Science, you know? Okay, here's the serious story: Back when I first signed in to a forum I was doing so with the intention of writing Stargate fanfiction. I was pissed at Stargate's tendency to just genocide villainous peoples even after showing that they might not quite be always chaotically evil as a species. The first story was therefore a prequel story about the Goa'uld at the height of their empire, with one of them named Toth being the main character witnessing their descent into madness and a confusing civil war when Ptah is overthrown by Ra. Yes, it was the fanfic of a 16 years old, so of course Toth was a super sarcastic self-insert, but honestly I don't care because I never again managed to go as bonkers with a character and so he stuck as my handle everywhere. And even when it was taken I went for the Egyptian spelling of Dschehuti or when even that was taken I named my handle after his flagship in the story (for example with my Steam account).
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    International Thread 3

    I just found an interesting graph when looking at the workload and salary of teachers in international comparison. It is in German unfortunately, and also more than a little outdated, but it is interesting nonetheless when it comes to general policy: Green is the salary in 100 euros per year (after 15 years in the job), the red one is lessons per year and the grey one is yearly hours of presence at school due to regulation. I was actually just wanting to know how Germany looks like in comparison and it kinda confirms my weird impression that the German Federal governments have a tendency to just throw money at their overworked teachers instead of adressing the problem of them getting more and more hours of work instead of, you know, hiring more to improve the general working conditions. But... WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THE US?!? I'm barely operational with "just" 28 lessons per week, but... bloody hell, what's up with your hours?!?
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    That sounds pretty reasonable. And with the buggy... is there actually any incentive to explore the ground besides that thing about collecting alien tech I have read about (and landing on every stellar object being generally awesome of course)? I mean more valuable exploration data or ground mining spots? If not, then I'll likely skip on the buggy there I think. Okay... so I assume repair modules are kinda like health kits to replenish hull while in space or something? As you see, I haven't played any of it so far, so I have not really an idea what you are talking about.^^ But if it's like that, I guess my muscle memory from X might be helpful. When repairing my ships by hand I usually flew to a remote spot (to avoid getting run over by traffic) and completely shut my ship down. Though that's more because in the X series you have to make a spacewalk to fix your ship with the repair laser of your EVA suit. And if you forget to come to a complete halt, it might happen that your ship drifts away from you while you are stuck in your EVA suit, cursing your luck as you frantically run after it with just your puny thrusters. XD And that life support thing also reminds me of a scene in X3 Terran Conflict when, playing a Terran character, I got the bright idea to cannibalize my old Terran Sabre Fighter to outfit a new Argon Nova Heavy Fighter I bought... including the life support system... completely oblivious that there was still a main quest relevant NPC aboard. When I realized my mistake weeks later when I wanted to continue the main quest, realized he was gone and then noticed that the ship didn't have a life support system anymore, you can imagine my panic.^^ Thankfully he respawned somewhere, drifting around in a space suit.
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    Thanks a lot for the hints! I was wondering what kind of missions I should do at the very beginning and thought cargo quests for the different factions might be a good start, similarly to the Taxi missions in the X-series (that also suck when it comes to payment). At least until I got a hang for how to handle the flight physics. I guess that's something running in the series.^^ The only other Elite game I ever played was the first one on an Emulator and god damn was I bad at adjusting my rotation to the rotation of a space station. Elite Dangerous is at least a bit more arcade-y from what I could gather from the tutorial, but I still kept messing up which way to move my mouse to in order to activate the right thrusters. I scraped two of the rings I was supposed to fly through when I accidentally drifted into the wrong direction and panicked while adjusting (and likely would have done a few more collisions if my new go-to move wasn't to just step on the breaks whenever I messed up). The ships sure handle a lot different than the ones in the X-series with its famous jelly-like space. XD I love this attempt at being more realistic, I just suck at it! I have also heard that mining is extremely lucrative in this game, unlike the X-games where if you don't find the ultra rare Nvidium you shouldn't bother except when building static asteroid mines that have infinite output (which obviously isn't an option in Elite). So equipping myself for that is basically my intention until I have enough money to freely do whatever. The exploring part sounds great! I have heard that so far only 0,0075% of the galaxy have been explored? That... sounds like quite an empty galaxy.^^ But damn, prepping for these trips seems hard, what with also having to deal with fuel. Makes me want to try it (after the mining stuff, mind you).
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    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    I had a similar thought recently. Everyone in the show refers to the baby as a him. I wouldn't put it past them to suprise us with an "it's a girl!" revelation, though I honestly don't know why it should do so aside it being a common cliché. Also at this point it would raise the question whether Mando never changed its diapers and saw for himself whether it's a Yoda or a Yaddle.^^ Then again, the Imperial Remnant doctor also referred to him as male and I'd think he should know best when it comes to its anatomy.
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    When it comes to Black Friday buys, I must admit that I for once fell into the trap. In order to satisfy my need for a space sim I bought Elite: Dangerous for six bucks last week. I haven't been able to play it, just accidentally entered the tutorial one night and found myself surprised that it actually runs smoothly on my laptop. Yay for that, I guess! I guess I now have something to relax to during the Christmas holidays, given that I heard that it's quite a slow game.
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    Anime

    I'm a bit stumped at the realization that the next Psycho-Pass 3 episode is the last one of the season. I'm used to shows raising the stakes at this point, but the last one ended quite anticlimactically by resolving the current case. I'm a bit afraid that next week we see them pulling the rug under us for a cliffhanger...
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    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    Why is it feeling like a 90s/2000s serial a bad thing again? I really liked Stargate back in the day, despite its obvious missed opportunities (and a garbage last season for Atlantis). So I took a lot of enjoyment out of all these episodes, including the 5th one.
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    You mean the campaign? Admittedly, I actually never finished that one because it was so goddamn hard. As awesome as it was to have your home base and units carry over from mission to mission, it was too easy to get tangled up in dividing your money in unit production, research and the building of your arc that you end up broke and get overrun in a particularly hard mission. The game was really punishing if you didn't save for events going really badly... But I loved the skirmish matches to bits! Just enable the "Uncle Sam" mode where everyone has essentially infinite money and watch everyone go apeshit at each other with ridiculous armies until the nukes start flying. Except Lunar Corporation because they were freaking invincible in "Uncle Sam" mode, with the AI flying in new buildings anywhere on the map, completely rebuilding their base, while you are still busy dismantling their old one. I just remember coming back to the game every few years back when I was still in school. It had such an amazing flow.
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    Somehow yesterday when trying to put on some background music while trying to work the Youtube algorithm of doom got the idea to overwhelm me with a nostalgia wave: Anyone remembers one of the best RTS of all time? God, I don't want to know just how many hours I put into the skirmish matches there as a kid. XD
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    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    I just remembered Robot Chicken Boba also never takes off his helmet: Robot Chicken did this for a joke. Let that sink in, The Mandalorian! XD Edit: Also Gary was a honorable Mandalorian as well! He even slept with his helmet on during his introduction!
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    Anime

    Ah, I completely forgot to ask: What has your impression of Steins;Gate been? Given that it's my go to "Anime to recommend to people who have never seen Anime" due to being just a relatively down-to-earth sci-fi thriller, I'm kinda curious what others make of it.
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    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    You are most definitely thinking about the old EU material because that's Karen Traviss' version: Act according to the a certain set of rules and you are automatically a Mandolorian. That said, this show seems to be backtracking on that quite heavily. At least this whole talk about religious adherence to a strict code of conduct is very reminiscent of it. Since I'm happy to integrate the show into the old EU in my head and am even more happy about that working quite easily so far, I am of course totally fine with this.^^ Even though Traviss' set of rules seems more reasonable for the sole reason of them not being so weird about the helmet: 1. Wearing the armor. 2. Speaking the language. 3. Defending yourself and your family. 4. Raising your children as Mandalorians. 5. Contributing to the clan's welfare. 6. When called upon by the Mand'alor, rallying to his cause. This show seems to invoke that quite a lot. Come to think of it, now I want a vocal version of the The Mandalorian main theme with a Mando'a chorus. XD
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    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    Two random thoughts this morning that were probably asked a thousand times before: First, what is it with Disney and hiring Game of Thrones actors for their Star Wars only to hide their faces under helmets? Surely next up is Maisie Williams playing a protocol droid... Second... could the Mando be so obsessed with his helmet because he still has nightmares about how he would have fared significantly better with one when fighting the Mountain?
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