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  1. There has been general confusion in another forum about how the media barely acknowledges Biden's NATO summit closing speech: https://nitter.it/visegrad24/status/1542533803113054208 Is it will receive or has received? It seems rather confusingly worded. I don't think Ukraine has gotten 600 tanks and 500 artillery pieces, except if we count Russia among the donors.
  2. Lol, yeah, preach it! XD I must say, I had quite a bone to pick with her, what with my grade crashing down from A- to C in the final high school year because of her. It was so bad that to one of my exams I wrote a three pages "correction", explaining why half the mistakes she marked weren't actually mistakes. I guess I do give her credit for replying with a similarly long response where she accepted some of those objections.
  3. Probably should have made a picture of my recent harvest when I filled up a whole tupperware box with peppers. Just as a kind of target goal. XD
  4. He didn't bother fighting back at all during the second half, long before he received that damage.
  5. I know they wanted to go for the whole "Heroic Second Wind" trope and stuff, but seriously, did Vader's batteries run out or what happened there?
  6. Oh god, I'm beyond hope. Yesterday I finally finished Fallout 4 by completing the main quest after doing pretty much all the side quests I came across aside the radiant BOS ones and most of the Minutemen settlement quests that went way out of hand pretty soon. ... and yet instead of cleaning storage space the insane completionist in me started dropping by at Sanctuary Hills and walked straight to the next undiscovered marker on the map. Just... wanting to see what I missed before I give the game the boot and go to New Vegas instead once I got a new itch for Fallout. Truly, I'm hopeless...
  7. It's because 90% of mobile games have card based combat. Think of the micro transactions...
  8. Given how Serbia has positioned itself in this war, I'd say putting Ukraine ahead of them in the queue is something we should be able to shrug away. Also Turkey's chances to get in are effectively nil at this point as well. Of course Ukraine doesn't meet the criteria right now, but I'd dare to say access to the rebuilding funds of the EU will be a great motivator to punch through the reforms that Ukraine needs to adhere to the criteria. And in the end: The actual membership process would be a topic for after the war anyway.
  9. If they called it Jaguar, the Brits would have sued. Also it should be noted that it is not supposed to be Germany's future main battle tank. Rheinmetall got pissed that the actual order to design a new one for 2035 was given to KMW and a French company to create a joint one (because that went so well the last time with the Tiger helicopter...) and so they went off and did their own thing with blackjack and hookers, aiming to get countries operating Leopards to buy the Panther as an upgrade. And really, as far as everything I read, it's "just" a slighly lighter Leopard with a bigger gun and an autoloader, supposedly specifically designed to crack T-14s if the Russians ever get around to building those.
  10. In another forum where I'm following the Ukraine war discussion, the voices of the doomsayers are getting louder and louder because of Ukraine's massive artillery disadvantage with dwindling ammunition stocks and only pitifully small numbers of western artillery to replace the much larger number of Soviet pieces. All the while Russia keeps grinding on. There is also quite a bit of arguing going on about Germany's role in the support. Especially with the SPD really making itself suspicious with the chancellor warning of nuclear war to explain his hesitancy and the defense minister aggressively dodging the question of whether Ukraine should win. Some users insist Germany already did plenty in terms of giving money (that Ukraine isn't allowed to spend on heavy weopons) and small arms ammunition and helmets and mouldy GDR stuff in the first weeks and months of the war and as such we did our part and can't bring more and those who criticize the government for its dragging feet are attacked as mindless haters. Meanwhile others (myself included) are very frustrated because Ukraine needs all the heavy equipment it can get and our only donation will soon be 7 howitzers and 50 complicated and horribly outdated AA tanks without ammunition. Yay, go Germany! How the fuck are we the fourth biggest weapons exporter in the world again and now that it's needed we are dragging our feet? And what the fuck is wrong with the SPD?
  11. Just as a side note: Most of the lore books you can find Morrowind originates in Daggerfall, though I think most of the super meta stuff was added to explain away how all endings of Daggerfall are somehow true and crashed reality.
  12. Damn, this question brings me back. In high school I got scolded for using "an" before a silent "h" like when saying "this is an honest deal", probably because I felt it read much smoother, but also likely as a carry-over from French. In any case, that teacher trainee insisted that "an" is never used because "h" is not a vowel. Then again, the same teacher trainee gave me an F in spelling and grammar in every single damn exam because she insisted that every single use of a comma is a mistake because the English language uses it only scarcely. So what do I know...
  13. Only the last few years? It seems you haven't noticed that Putin spent a considerable amount of attention to historically rehabilitating Stalin and portray him as a necessary evil who is so foundational to the Russian nation that any criticism directed at him is to be taken as an attack on Russian identity, even though Stalin was a paranoid impulsive monster who also pretty much was the root of most of the factors that ultimately brought down the USSR. Though I also found it interesting from the beginning how he emulates him even to the degree of how the terror and the displacement of Ukrainian civilians to Siberia is pretty much a 1:1 copy of Stalin's strategy when he invaded Poland.
  14. Yeah, I don't have a garden. And... well, tell that my peppers that fruit season supposedly starts in July...
  15. Well, tomato and pepper harvest had been very bountiful these last months: https://i.imgur.com/K0rTpTv.jpg Just made a couple of photos of what had transpired just on my window-sill in the meantime. First up: In the end, four of the Mango seeds that I planted in the end turned into plants, but the very first one that stubbornly refused to grow leaves, in the end formed two small ones that it immediately dropped and then it died. However, two of those remaining ones look pretty damn good. Here one of them: https://i.imgur.com/YIyWRat.jpg Three of the lychees also made an impressive recovery after months of nothing happening whatsoever after germinating. Here the two best looking ones: https://i.imgur.com/FCchGHc.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YDhVfM9.jpg I also still have the avocado plant that my colleague gifted me. It still looks a bit creased, probably because it expects higher humidity, but it still goes strong: https://i.imgur.com/kR2w4g6.jpg
  16. Okay, my mistake for trying to be cheeky on the internet. I am well aware of Bismarck's role in it and with me pointing at the chances of Ukraine invading Russia, I was trying to say that the comparison only works if you believe that Russia attacking Ukraine was a deliberate US trap.
  17. Uhm, just to be pedantic: It was France that declared war on Prussia, but was instantly pushed back and invaded. So technically the comparison does stand... if we think that Ukrainian forces will at some point of this war march on towards Moscow.
  18. I think the line of thinking is less "bad people on both sides" and more that this whole war is a brilliantly engineered ploy by the US by making Ukraine look weak and juicy and not forcing them to cede territories in advance of military built-up to appease Putin's "security concerns" of having neighboring countries that are not corrupt puppet regimes or stuck in frozen conflicts against Russian puppets. Poor Putin had no choice but to attack and the US is bad for preparing Ukraine to defend itself for eight years after the totally CIA engineered (second) ousting of Putin's pet president left Putin no choice but to covertly attack and openly annex its territories. It's also clearly the US' fault that the LPR and DPR burned through more than two dozen internationally mediated ceasefires and the entirety of the Minsk agreements because Ukraine was so mean they didn't want to fully give up on a fifth of its territory and defended itself against further separatist encroachment.
  19. Somehow the first reference going through my head is this: We demand W(h)ales!
  20. And to add to that: If this turns out to be anywhere near true, the Russians have seriously fucked up even with their "let's focus all of our remaining forces in a 40 km wide push" Plan D strategy. Or are we already at Plan F?
  21. I dug a bit deeper into this: It took the Nazis 20 months to set a 152 mm factory in occupied Poland up, while being cut off from global supply chains and in the middle of having their war blow up in their face. That amount of time is obviously not feasible, but the question really is how much we can push down this time with modern manufacturing processes and the know-how of simply having to copy the machines in that one Czech factory that is currently supplying Ukraine, so we can scrap the reverse-engineering process.
  22. This is... extremely troublesome, given how few pieces we are actually supplying them with... ... and makes me wonder, once again from the German perspective... in WW2 it was possible for Germany to produce 152 mm shells to feed captured Soviet artillery pieces, so... why is it so difficult for the West to switch a couple of factories to that caliber and supply them to Ukraine instead of raiding old soviet stocks? I know it would mean building different machines, but again, it was possible in WW2 and the Nazis didn't have the advantage of setting this up while at peace.
  23. I was born in 93 and only know them from a joke in The Venture Bros.
  24. That's the most frustrating part, isn't it? Padmé's death was so ridiculously unnecessary and she was only treated like this because they didn't know what to do with her. I seem to remember that the initial idea during the OT was that Luke and Leia's mom was a central founding member of the Rebellion. It might have been quite a bit awkward, but I see this working out with Padmé claiming she had a miscarriage due Anakin's outburst. The question is whether she should have been forced into hiding, which of course makes it difficult to believe she remained around Leia, or whether she somehow manages to bullshits her way into remaining in Palpatine's good graces and keep her position in the Imperial senate as a front. Heck, Vader obsessing about her is even the least of the problems. If she'd declare that she only ever loved Anakin, who is dead, then I can see Vader ending up avoiding her for the same reason he avoids setting foot on Tatooine. And Padmé could have then gotten murdered by Palpatine once her role in organizing the Rebel Alliance comes to light.
  25. Note that at the time it came out, Bioshock was especially lauded for its graphics, especially when it comes to water effects and textures with depth tricks. So the fun in Bioshock stems mostly from looking at things and taking in the atmosphere. The gunplay and gimmicky environmental combat is fine, but nothing groundbreaking, but the main plot is pretty bland. Admittedly, I never really got far into Bioshock 2 after that, it seemed to me mostly just a rehash of the same game, but with a Big Daddy protagonist. Bioshock Infinite similarly has the beauty and violence of Columbia as a focus, but also has going for it the vicious criticism of American exceptionalism and evangelical hypocrisy, which is here even more central than the mockery of objectivism that was Rapture. I'd also say that it did some interesting things with its time paradox plot and Elizabeth was adorable. Though I must say, I never played the DLCs and am thankful for now being able to try them out at some point. I know their basic plot though and am not quite sure I'm happy with what they did to Elizabeth.^^ So all in all: These games are all about the atmosphere and environment and are pretty competent at that. But don't expect any groundbreaking gameplay. Case in point, the following music video caused me to buy it back in the day:
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