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  2. iberiandirewolf

    What now?

    This on-going discussion about GRRM not being able to finish his work has always seemed a bit awkward to me. I don't know if it's because in my country we don't have this ''tradition'' or ''thing'' going on about ''what if this X or Y author suddenly dies'', so I can't quite fathom this whole topic that has been going on for years. Before I started reading news, forums and the such, it never occurred to me that the author might die and leave his work unfinished. If it happens, it happens. I too might die tomorrow. And if I was GRRM, I'd feel uncomfortable seeing how this whole thing is a neverending topic. I don't think it's very polite. His pace is slow, yes, but what he delivers can't be compared to what other authors do. Having an academical background, I, for the life of me, can't comprehend how someone can write a high fantasy book in a year, or two, or even three. My master's thesis drained me and I only had some months. Imagine having a world like ASoIaF in your hands... Must be like having 200 games of Risk constantly playing on your head. Being a high fantasy writer in the level that GRRM is requires extreme mental endurance, and that kind of endurance is very demanding and needs resting, and planning, and doing other things to oxygen your brain. I don't intend to sound like a fangirl (which I totally am, like all of us), but I haven't seen this level of world-building in a work of literature before... I honestly don't know how he does it. All we have to do is wait, really. I'm positive we will have news of The Winds of Winter in 2020, I'd bet around Spring. My bet is that he's probably done with the draft already. I'd like to be on the theory wagon that believes he's written TWoW and ADoS at the same time... But I don't think that's humanly possible.
  3. honeyed chicken

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 8+++ BONUS ROUND!!

    We ought to get scrabble points for any entry that gets a vote using these letters.
  4. honeyed chicken

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 8+++ BONUS ROUND!!

    Don't hurt yourself, it's a long fall.
  5. Inkdaub

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    I've been considering that note and I do like the part about the parking brick. Also I think it would be fair if using your phone disqualified you from most, if not all, legal and safety protections. I will say that if said phone user is in a crosswalk they are ahead of the game. I encounter too many people just stepping out anywhere without even glancing to see what's coming down the road.
  6. Free Northman Reborn

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    The South African Super Rugby teams are ALSO racial quota based teams, as are their age group based teams. Quotas are now close to 50%. So the pool of available players is in itself racially skewed. And the players who lose out to those quota rules? They either stop playing rugby after age group level, or head overseas. The 2015 team narrowly lost to a much better NZ team than the current NZ team, by just 2 points in the semifinal. Siya Kolisi would not make a Springbok bench if not for quotas, never mind captain the team. Mtawarira would not still be there, either. It is reality. Look at the number of SA players overseas. CJ Stander would be a Springbok loose forward today, but decided to leave barely past the age of 20 to rather qualify for Ireland, because of the issues in SA rugby. And now he is a British Lion. That pattern repeats itself again and again. And is a sign of things to come. Sad, but undeniable.
  7. A wilding

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    About the same numbers as before I think, huge numbers of people, a big crush all the way. We didn't actually make it to parliament square - the crowds were just too solid. Eventually got within hearing distance of a screen just short of the cenotaph and got the tail end of the speeches. Our impression of the mood: grim, resolute. Incidentally, the BBC has a decent birds eye video of the march here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/50111404/hyde-park-to-parliament-in-60-seconds Hopefully it all made some MPs think a little.
  8. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    That’s rubbish. Which white players should be in ahead of any of the black players in the side?
  9. Free Northman Reborn

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Current SA team is a racial quota based team, sadly.
  10. The Marquis de Leech

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Incredible. Japan still well and truly in it at half-time.
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  12. Inkdaub

    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I liked Book of the Ancestor so I'll buy this for sure.
  13. I think it must be his wife. There is a Laila in the Two Rivers that Perrin had some sort of relationship with when he was younger I think. I assume they are just making that relationship more prominent. Maybe? I'm not sure how that would work but I am cautiously optimistic. Changes have to be made after all. We'll see what happens. I'll be honest. I'm looking forward to changes being made...even big ones. I am a big WoT fan but I want the show to stand on it's own. I hope I don't regret feeling that way as the show progresses.
  14. I am going to displace you, Honeyed Chicken! Howland 1. 1 2. 4 3. 10 Hallyne 1. 8 2. 1 3. 7
  15. butterbumps!

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Is Sanders well above Warren on that list, or are they more or less interchangeable for you?
  16. DMC

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    Chapman opting out would be a blessing. Andujar has options so there's no hurry. Didi and Betances, yeah, those two are tough.
  17. Dolorous Gabe

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 8+++ BONUS ROUND!!

    Challenge accepted. Or not. Nope, challenge not accepted.
  18. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    I'm a bit late to the party because I was too lazy to get up but that was a fun game. Like Jeor I was a bit disappointed with the New Zealand Ireland game yesterday so it's good to get a decent game in this morning. Wales were very lucky to get through that game. Vaahamina's brainless red card gave them a chance and they still needed two pretty lucky tries and Ntamack to forget his kicking boots to get through. Credit to them France were better than I thought they'd be, they were great at times, but they still managed to shoot themselves in the foot. No way. The 2015 South Africa team had a few players who were world class in 2007, still good in 2011 and were well past their best in 2015 and playing on reputation because the South African coaching team didn't have any better ideas. The current team are actually picking on current form and look well coached under Erasmus.
  19. ROUND 9 - BENJEN STARK Ah, the Starks and their heart for duty. Benjen felt the call to the Watch and left his family home soon after Ned's return from the war. He quickly rose up in the ranks to First Ranger, but ranging is dangerous work. Benjen left to find missing rangers, and then went missing himself. The last trace of him was in the stony highlands. He has been seen or heard from since. Where o where is Benjen? The ravens keep coming back with the same reply. D D Y G Z W T U L K S R Z H Z S O Y U C B Y Deadline: Thursday, October 24, noonish (BST)
  20. Howland: 1. 10 2. 9 3. 6 bonus: 1. 1 2. 4 3. 6
  21. HelenaExMachina

    Small Questions v. 10106

    Pretty sure they are fighter jets Lord Manderly is a time traveller, confirmed
  22. ithanos

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Well, good job by Wales. Not convincing in any sense, but they did what they should when chasing down a lead, especially after an opposition player has a brain explosion and leaves his team a man down for the last half hour. Though I hope they front a better performance than this for next week.
  23. The Marquis de Leech

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Wales honestly did not deserve that one, but they know how to win ugly, I suppose. South Africa is hardly going to be trembling in their boots over that
  24. BONUS ROUND (HALLYNE) - VOTING Jars full. I quit regency, escaped. Quickly fulfilling Imp's request Exit quietly Was fyred. Incendiary research endangered Queen(s). Away furthering igneous research. Exploding stuff. Zodiac's foretelling incredible reaction! Evaluation's justified! Hmmm...Floating inferno ready! EVACUATE QUICKLY! Quenching flubbed inferno! Royals exploded zealots... Hello Fire Investigator: Regretfully engaged. ~Hallyne Please vote for your top 3 in the thread. Since we have 2 groups of clues to vote for, please put both sets of votes in one response, indicating which is which.
  25. OldGimletEye

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    She should be locked up in Folsom for her emails.
  26. The Marquis de Leech

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Wales really needed that. Five minutes left...
  27. HelenaExMachina

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    Arent you supposed to stop at a crosswalk anyway? Not that i have a lot of sympathy for people not paying attention to their surroundings because they are on their phone but that was my limited understanding of the highway code
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