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  2. alienarea

    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    And that will be impossible.
  3. BalerionTheCat

    What exactly is the point of Quentyn?

    The point is Dorne will side with fAegon while it could have sided with Dany. And will fight her. By her fault only. fAegon and Dany will fight each other.
  4. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Yes I'll be marching - hope it gets some news coverage.
  5. Aldarion

    Denethoring the Lannisters

    I am aware that George is anti-war. But that is hardly an excuse. Tolkien was anti-war as well, probably far more so than Martin - having served in World War I and all (JRRT served at Somme) - yet, despite a) being anti-war, b) writing mythology as opposed to fictional history and c) having less focus on war (Sauron never could have been defeated conventionally in Third Age), War of the Ring actually makes sense tactically, logistically and strategically. Martin handles tactics very well - although we are yet to see how he will handle interaction of wildly disparate groups (e.g. Golden Company vs Westerosi, Westerosi vs Unsullied) - but logistics and strategy are somewhat off. I do have to give him props for integrating strategy and politics, though - as Clausewitz noted, warfare is merely martial expression of peacetime policies. Therefore, if peacetime aims can sometimes be achieved through war, wartime aims can likewise be achieved through diplomacy. And we see Tywin doing precisely that (e.g. Red Wedding). Precisely. And that is where naval resupply would have been handy.
  6. RhaenysBee

    TTTNE 476 - the ghost of series past

    Will I or will I not accomplish things today if I share my to do list online? allegedly, a public commitment to do something is very motivating to actually go through with doing that something. well, today I have to - take three ikea bags of clothes and decluttered items to a donation shop. - fold, iron and put away fresh laundry - clean and tidy the guestroom, the living room and my bedroom and bathroom. (Sister actually did hers yesterday!!!!!) - pick up preferably golden hanger hooks, storage baskets and a damn blanket that matches the living room (and the marble side table if it’s on sale) - do the painting jobs in the hall - buy canned pumpkin purée - go to that cafe for more of that pumpkin cake - take down recycle bins - and buy eye drops!!!! (My new contacts are murderous) if I’m there, look into getting new glasses. - oh and empty and refill the dishwasher wish me luck also: - WASH MAKEUP BRUSHES!!!
  7. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Whew, that was a bit more nerve wracking around half time than I'd have liked it to be. Since the Australian try England have taken control though. The Australian tactics with their kick off were pretty smart actually. England really don't like to play in their own half so Australia knew they were going to kick it back, by putting their kickoffs central they made it a hard kick for Youngs and ensured they'd get a lot of attacking ball. They struggled to turn that ball into enough to win the match though, I feel like the lack of a settled halfback partnership didn't help with that. From an England point of view they finished well and scored a couple of good tries but they didn't exert enough control of the game for the first 50 minutes or so. If they end up playing New Zealand in the semifinal and give them this much attacking ball they'll lose. Almost a good try for the Wallabies to finish their World Cup with. They could have done with getting the ball to Koroibete in space some more,
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  9. I'll stand for the Purple Unicorn (TotallyNotABrony)
  10. BalerionTheCat

    Harrenhal's tourney, then what?

    Those who didn't care for KL. Who would stay as far as possible from the rebellion... But those contemplating it... must have counselors, people of confidence in KL. To observe. Or else they are fools. It is a question of who holds power, who stick with Aerys. Not if Aerys is sane or not. What they saw at Harrenhal was Aerys, kicking Tywin's ass. And him, biting the dust. Must have been enlightening for some. Maybe it was intended. Maybe by Varys who is fond of his saying about power.
  11. Because I read them after watching the series or movie in question, not before.
  12. A Horse Named Stranger

    Chess - the world in black and white

    Haven'T seen the game. However, sounds more likely they were just within their prep. Remember, there are some theory heavy lines where the free play really just starts after 15+ moves. Then they (GMs and IMs) all use pretty much the engines for analyzation purposes. They probably occasionally looked over to see what's happening there, but I don't think there was any copycat action happening there. Maybe one got lucky at some point got to refresh his memory at some point wrt move order.
  13. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I'm talking about romanticization which is quite off the wall. His d y.i.n.g. words are that he should have raped Sansa and still people were like "tale as old as time" like it was straight out of a Disney film. Its great that you find him interesting but you can tell GRRM never really intended for him to be that popular and that he's just a Boba Fett type.
  14. A Horse Named Stranger

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Like I said, it all comes down to how many Labour MPs are willing to defy the whip to give Johnson that election boost. Is it still ten, who declared to vote for it? Surprisingly Hoey is not among them, she does as Frogface commanded and will presumably vote with the DUP. On the brighter side of things, Hammond has apparently not decided what he will do. Remember the ERG see that agreement as a way to achieve their crash out destination in a year.
  15. Bittersweet Distractor

    Electric Cars - Advise?

    Fair enough, I know they’re not cheap and that I’m fortunate to be able to afford one. I’m glad you liked the Bolt-we don’t get it in the UK , a 230 mile range isn’t bad at all, whatever you decide I hope you enjoy your new car .
  16. Anthony Appleyard

    Queries about dragons

    I have seen discussions that seem to think that if someone is bonded to a dragon, then he/she is permanently fireproof. But in the end bit of the book "A Game of Thrones", Dany does not walk into the pyre until the three eggs exploded as they hatched. Likely, as the eggs came out of dormancy with the contained young fully developed, the young started to emit a fireproofing magic, which was intended to last until the hatchlings were hatched and well clear out of whatever fire had hatched the eggs.
  17. Ser Hedge

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    That does sound logical, but at the same time it might be politically costly for an ERG MP to oppose a meaningful vote on a bill that lets you leave the EU at this point. They will certainly lose the whip and should be the end of their career (actually a good thing for the country!) A cross-section of the media think there will be no Tory rebels in a straight vote, and only 3 de-whipped Tories voting against. Norman Lamb of the Lib Dems reportedly considering voting for the bill as well. So it would come down to how many Labour MPs vote for. The Letwin amendment could cause a lot of confusion though. Might make it easier for Labour MPs to support, while ERG and other Tories might balk at voting for an extension.
  18. Nagini's Neville

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    So what? I liked Sandor actually in Game the first time I read it, because i thought he was an excellent villain, then in Clash and Storm I liked him less and less. But after a couple of rereads and also finishing my bachelors on psychology and working in an addiction clinic for a year, I came to realize that he is a great character, because with him GRRM manages to portray the effects of severe childhood trauma with an amazing psychological accuracy. Let ppl just have their favorite characters, no need to be so condescending imo. The series is full of very immoral characters, so I'm sure you like one, that other ppl don't understand why you do. Ppl just have different opinions, that's normal and it's just fiction after all.
  19. Rose of Red Lake

    Who was the Biggest Villain of the Dance?

    The Starks represent stability, permanence, and normality to the Targaryens, who in comparison were dysfunctional egomaniacs, fraudulent revolutionaries, and crazy conquistadores. Aegon V starts out a bright kid and ends in fire and blood just like Maester Aemon starts out a wise maester and ends raving about glory and dragons because Targaryens just be irrational like that. It's like living in a country where Trump is your king every few years. Maybe you'll get his insipid but mentally passable offspring after him, but then they'll produce more manic kings with OCD about fire, dragons, ect. No wonder Fire and Blood reads like the fall of the Roman/U.S. empire. We dont have a novel exclusive to the fuck ups and failures of the Stark kings. GRRM has a favorite house and its the ones who can actually keep their buildings standing for longer than the lifespan of a tortoise.
  20. Datepalm

    Airports/Airlines Thread: Title Will Be Landing Soon

    Yeah somewhere around the 4-5 hour mark is the worst. Not enough time to go into the city and breathe some non-airport air, too long not to start getting cabin fever at the airport. I nearly just got a bus to downtown Boston, would have gotten a coffee, and turned right back around. I've done that with even slightly longer layovers if the city is at all accessible and its not the middle of the night. (Anyway, that was just about 36 hours of flights/airports - started out at 6PM on Thursday, GMT+3, arrived Friday at 11PM, Pacific Time.)
  21. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    He was being creepy, but not as manipulative as LF. I dont know if that's a point in his favor. Maribald calls types like him "evil men." In modern day, theey're the guys doing life for murder in a federal penitentiary. I remember joining asoiaf fandom as a young fan and seeing all of the Sandor fangirls and just being like?!?!
  22. The creators announced another Netflix series they’re working on.
  23. PrinceHenryris

    What should Robert had done with Reach

    Interesting. From what we are told of Robert, he thought he was the hero and had Ned and Jon Arryn in his here. So what he did works from that perspective. As far as we know, Tywin Lannister didn't object either Now, if I were going to go full ruthless, I'd tell all the peasant levies and second sons from the North, Vale, Stormlands and Riverlands that there's land and plunder in the Reach. I might see if I could get Manderly financing. Even if my armies couldn't take the Reach, I'd leave them crippled for a generation.
  24. For recreational runners the marginal gains you get from them will be massively eclisped by pretty much anything else you could spend your money / time on. So no, I certainly won't be dropping stupid cash on them. But I do know a few people who've raced in the Vaporflys and they are meant to be insanely fast. Plus almost all the records in the last couple years have been broken in one iteration or another of them which does make me curious.
  25. A True Kaniggit

    Airports/Airlines Thread: Title Will Be Landing Soon

    Ugh. That is the worst. 4 years ago I had a 5 hour layover in Baltimore for a flight that landed around 11:00 pm. Didn't feel worth it to leave and find a hotel for 3 hours only to then go back for the next flight.
  26. Yeah that's not white saviorism is. What you're referring to is white supremacy. White saviorism is like the manifest destiny bs the US used to preach back in the day to justify them sticking their noses in the politics of the other white countries' colonies. Like oh these brown people are so uncultured we gotta save them! Or the memes about white girls going to Africa to "save the children" when in reality they only spend 2 weeks there for their instagram accounts.
  27. ThinkerX

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Need I remind the boarders here that Clinton was so disliked by many in her party that a significant percentage of democratic voters stayed home rather than vote for her? And that furthermore, they had ample reason for their dislike.
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