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  2. Mexal

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    I hate Monday games.
  3. Titans benching Mariota?
  4. Chaircat Meow

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I kind of want the talks to break down. If they don't break down that may indicate the DUP have wet themselves and fallen in line. And that means the deal has better than 50% odds of passing. From what we know (and yes, this may change, the text is not out yet - we are still in the dark really) the Boris deal is no-deal Brexit for Great Britain for the most part. The bits of no deal we miss out on are chaos in Ireland, no prospect of any sort of minimal trade deal with the EU (which would add little to GDP growth) and the immediate tomfoolery with the trucks and the missing mars bars and medicine. The medium-long term effects will otherwise be the same it seems; the country about 5-10% poorer in ten years time than it otherwise would have been for nothing in return.
  5. Jez Bell

    Pictionary 45: The Last Time I Went Camping

    Can we do the bolded names thing again?
  6. Aldarion

    George Martin and scale

    What you are quoting is maximum range that arrow can reach. But Night's Watch are not fighting naked, and even if they were, arrow shot straight up would reach a point where it would not be able to pierce skin, let alone skin, bone and/or muscle as well as organs which it needs in order to kill; and that will happen lot sooner than it reaches maximum flight range, as it will be receiving no gravity assistance. But at any rate, my point was about their ability to actually hit the targets. Night's watch will have been standing single-file, and even then not shoulder-to-shoulder. Can they shoot with any accuracy at that range? EDIT: And remember that these are not trained archers; though admittedly hunting would help with practice.
  7. Son of Man

    Why Lord Walder is great for the story

    Speaking of villains. Jacob Nighthorse.
  8. Narsil4

    George Martin and scale

    Things like the existence of Giants, overly large structures, and huge flying dragons, may suggest that the gravity on GRRM's world is lower than Earth's. The CotF also make the world sound like swiss cheese, with tunnel systems running all the way to the center of the planet and not even exploring all of them after a million years. Which may suggest their world, even though it might be slightly larger, may have less mass than our own.
  9. Son of Man

    Harrenhal's tourney, then what?

    *suggested That word is indeed the key. It's been suggested but not proven. Perhaps it happened the way it's been told. Whent called a tourney. Aerys, Rhaegar, Robert, Lyanna showed up. Rhaegar either got pissed at his wife about something and insults her in public or he does something stupid.
  10. Winterfell is Burning

    Comics Phase Fourteen

    Don't forget Emma.
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  12. Megorova

    George Martin and scale

    https://outdoortroop.com/how-far-can-a-compound-bow-shoot/ "A compound bow can shoot an arrow over 1,000 feet, but the farthest recorded shot that actually hit a target is 930.04 feet. " https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_longbow#Range "The range of the medieval weapon is not accurately known, with much depending on both the power of the bow and the type of arrow. It has been suggested that a flight arrow of a professional archer of Edward III's time would reach 400 yd (370 m)[25] but the longest mark shot at on the London practice ground of Finsbury Fields in the 16th century was 345 yd (315 m).[26] In 1542, Henry VIII set a minimum practice range for adults using flight arrows of 220 yd (200 m); ranges below this had to be shot with heavy arrows.[27] Modern experiments broadly concur with these historical ranges. A 667 N (150 lbf) Mary Rose replica longbow was able to shoot a 53.6 g (1.89 oz) arrow 328 m (359 yd) and a 95.9 g (3.38 oz) a distance of 249.9 m (273.3 yd).[28] In 2012, Joe Gibbs shot a 2.25 oz (64 g) livery arrow 292 yd (267 m) with a 170 lbf yew bow." 315 meters is 1033.46 feet, 200 meters is 656.168 feet, 328 meters is 1076.12 feet. https://traditionalarcheryguide.com/how-far-can-you-shoot-a-traditional-bow/ "A bow with a draw-weight of 100 pounds or more can allow you to shoot a traditional bow at upwards of 240 yards." 240 yards is 720 feet. http://stortford-archers.org.uk/physics-of-medieval-archery/ "In 1590, Sir Roger Williams wrote: ‘Out of 5000 archers not 500 will make any strong shootes . . . few or none do anie great hurt 12 or 14 score off.’ A ‘score’ is twenty yards (18.3 m), so Sir Roger was complaining that the archers of his day (nearly 200 years after Agincourt) were so feeble that they could barely manage to shoot a distance of 220 to 260 m." 220 meters is 721.785 feet, 260 meters is 853.018 feet. https://www.reddit.com/r/theydidthemath/comments/30k8yt/request_how_high_would_an_arrow_go_if_you_shot_it/ "How high would an arrow go if you shot it straight up"- "A 50 pound bow would fire it about 369 m (403 yards) up, and a 65 pound bow would fire it about 470 m (514 yards) up." 369 meters is 1210.63 feet, 470 meters is 1541.99 feet. Based on those five sources out of 10 ranges only one is lesser than The Wall, and that's a minimum practice range set by Henry VIII - 220 yd (200 m) 656.168 feet. And The Wall is 700 feet tall. So it's realistical that the Watchers and the Wildlings can shoot at each other with longbows and crossbows, 700 feet up or down The Wall and hit the target from that distance.
  13. Leap

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Yeah, I really enjoyed it. I'm a long way short of an economist, but I did think it was delightfully refreshing to have that sort of issue be the central story of the book. Downsides were: the trash female characters, some of the dialogue. It's not going on the favourites pile, but I did give it a 5 star rating on Goodreads because it felt so, as you said (perhaps colloquially), neat. Well crafted. I've heard of the Dying Earth books - I'll definitely put them on the to-buy pile now. That pile gets cleared way more often than my to-read pile! Next up, I'm going to pick up two books. Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury - started reading this when it was published but never finished it. I kind of hate this book, but I don't like to get rid of books half-read. I desperately want to put this away before the end of the month, it's been gnawing away at the back of my mind for years now. However, I already take in so much modern political content via podcasts, I'm not sure if I can handle more of the same in books without going completely nuts. But I don't have anything in with a light subject matter right now, so I'm going to pick up Richard III. It may be another book about a corrupt, vindictive and unlikable political leader, but Shakespeare is somewhat better than this Michael Wolff guy.
  14. Lluewhyn

    George Martin and scale

    Interesting topic. When reading the Wildling Battle at the Wall sections I always roll my eyes at the crude Wildling bows sending arrows 700' up. Bows don't typically fire arrows 700' horizontally, and that's with the advantage of an arc. Firing them straight up kind of has gravity working against you. I can imagine you could probably easily catch any arrows out of the air that made it up that far. The Eyrie was also another interesting case. Yeah, it's pretty impenetrable, but what good are any units stationed there if they have to spend several days trying to get out of the castle structure, through precarious mountain passes? I can just imagine the Vale being invaded while their leaders are too busy holed up to protect their territory.
  15. Narsil4

    A picture in "Blood and Fire"

    I assume this is the artwork you are referring to.. It doesn't really look too much like a Sept to me, maybe it's the Great Hall? Yea, it looks as if the extra wings are from the gargoyles. Dragons seem to be unnatural constructs, with one of the main ingredients being a human soul. So I would suspect that they might be as intelligent as Men, though perhaps with their minds being somewhat clouded by Fire and the desire to consume.
  16. Raja

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Guys, football is almost back
  17. Ser Hedge

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    In the Kantar poll: If you leave out the don't knows the different flavours of Leave are 46% vs 34% status quo. So, almost all the Don't Knows need to come out for Remain. Or the Leave votes are split through a multi stage referendum or appropriately framed options in a single stage referendum. BMG: Very Brexit-y. 49% Leave flavours, 18% second referendum, 22% revoke/remain, only 12% don't knows. You need all the don't knows and all the second refs and even then you're only at 51-52% The data about where 2016 voters stand now shows 1/3rd of Remain voters no longer insisting on pure remain, while far fewer Leaves have shifted. A pretty high number of no dealers. Clearly frustration with the long process turning a lot of Leavers more hard line. The only positive is revoke+single market/customs union is over 50% in Kantar, and close to 70% including May dealers. Don't know how many of those realize that single market means free movement. Assuming most don't know that and are not that favourable of immigration, then the solution would be customs union or a close free trade agreement, while maintaining single market worker and product standards me thinks.
  18. Ser Hedge

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Responded to wrong post sorry
  19. Mindwalker

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    After the debate, I think I would still prefer Warren, with Castro as VP. (I'm assuming she qould pick a younger male VP.) Best line of the evening: Castro, about caging kids at the border and letting ISIS prisoners run free. Runner-up: "If you were Kim Jong-Un..." People I hope will be gone soon: Gabbard, Yang, Buttigieg. Had never before heard of the billionnaire dude, so... huh. Nah, him, too. Btw., Buttigieg's little attack on Beto looked completely forced and artificial: Dude, I don't need no f-ing lessons in courage from you! Wanna taste of my courage?! Emabarrassing. Shut. Up. Did his advisors say he came across too soft, but he somehow missed a better opportunity to prove his manly manliness? Anyway, anyone would be better than T, Pence or - as warren put it so eloquently - whoever the republicans get stuck with. I'm not optimistic, though.
  20. Theda Baratheon

    What are things you do for self-care?

    Went for a coastal walk/run today and explored some hidden beach coves. That was lovely.
  21. Narsil4

    Small Questions v. 10106

    It seems to have been Winter from 272-275 then from 280-282 with the Defiance happening in 277. So it could have possibly been Summer, but it's impossible to really tell, with how random the lengths are.
  22. Karneol

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    See it as something good: There are no mosquitos!
  23. Maithanet

    Electric Cars - Advise?

    My trusty Corolla died yesterday. The first and only car I've ever owned, which I bought used almost 15 years ago and took me 165k miles. It's sad parting with a reliable vehicle, but the repairs it needs now are more than the car is worth. I am seriously considering getting a Leaf, and looking at prices of everything, I'm leaning toward getting a 2016 or 2017 version with a 30 kWh battery. That seems like a good mix of reasonable price (they're running like $14k or so), low miles and reasonable battery life. Do people who have an EV feel like 100 miles of range is enough? We'll have my wife's car for longer trips, so I don't think it'll be a problem, but it's a little daunting to potentially have to worry about range. My work commute is about 30 miles roundtrip. Is it essential to upgrade my house with a level 2 charger? I feel like overnight charging with level 1 should probably be sufficient, but I'm not totally sure. I haven't test driven the Leaf yet, I will do that soon. Are there other vehicles I ought to give a spin for comparison? I'm looking to spend less than 25k, and ideally less than 15k.
  24. Tijgy

    Catalan thread continued

    Unanimously condemned by the Flemish Parliament!!!
  25. Corvinus

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    I'm not seeing any news on this. Is this just your desire? It's likely to happen if they continue like this.
  26. Have you looked at the available books on the first page? I'm not sure if they are all still available as not everyone lets me know when a sale has been made, but you can message the seller.
  27. Chaircat Meow

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    No, not yet. Mood music is OK for him. A David Gauke piece in the ES suggests the whipless 19 are less of a shoe-in for a deal than I pessimistically supposed.
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