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Messages - shaolin_monkey

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Games / Re: The Last of Us 2
« on: 08 August, 2020, 03:08:22 AM »
I think that is probably one of the most impactful games I have ever played. 

At the end of the credits it asked if I wanted to play New Game+, retaining all the unlocks from the first play through.

Hell no. I think I’ll leave it there, thanks.

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 07 August, 2020, 03:13:17 PM »
Professor Mann’s free course, “ Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact”, is relaunching on Sept 1st, with a bunch of updated content!

If you’re interested in getting a good grounding in climate science, and perhaps an inkling of hope for the future, I highly recommend this.

Eight weeks at maybe two or three hours of learning a week at a leisurely pace . You can do it at whatever speed suits you though - I blasted through it in about a month.


https://www.edx.org/course/climate-change-the-science-and-global-impact


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 07 August, 2020, 03:01:45 PM »
Since the government cancelled their daily briefings (for what they were worth) info has been harder to come by.

I ‪just missed the Independent Sage video conference on the latest Covid19 update.‬ ‪However, if you’re interested, this thread provides the key info discussed.‬

https://twitter.com/independentsage/status/1291714527692824582?s=21

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 05 August, 2020, 10:41:51 AM »

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Off Topic / Debating online? You’d better read this.
« on: 04 August, 2020, 05:02:17 PM »
This is a really useful document. I encourage anyone prepared to get into a debate on social media to carefully read it.

Your current techniques are likely causing the other person to double down on their position, rather than change their mind. I’ve seen this happen really Brexit, climate change, Labour vs Tories, wearing facemasks, and so on.

It’s a common misconception that just presenting the facts will do the trick. If that person has an ideological view that contradicts the facts, they will likely ignore the facts.

This document discusses how to structure an argument to hopefully avoid this.  If it still doesn’t work it at least gives any other reader of said discussion an ‘inoculation’ against the myth or conspiracy theory - both giving the facts, the myths, and explaining the difference.

Have a read. It is a fantastic take on the psychology of debate:

https://skepticalscience.com/docs/Debunking_Handbook.pdf


Let me know your thoughts!

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 03 August, 2020, 11:46:18 AM »
Blimey! Have you seen the New Zealand governments Climate Change Risk assessment?! See link!

It’s a full-on analysis of how climate change will fuck up NZ unless measures are taken, a discussion of what those measures should be, and an enactment plan.

This is the kind of thing we should be seeing in governments around the world!

https://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/Climate%20Change/national-climate-change-risk-assessment-main-report.pdf

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 02 August, 2020, 03:48:45 PM »
The four types of climate denier, and why you should ignore them all

The shill, the grifter, the egomaniac and the ideological fool

Great article, thanks for sharing!

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 31 July, 2020, 11:29:05 PM »
As we see temperatures in Baghdad soar to 51.7C/125F, bringing the spectre of uninhabitable stretches of the world ever closer, the U.K. Met Office releases an alarming report re how climate is changing in the U.K.

You can read the whole thing here:

https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.6726

Or a summary here:

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/about/state-of-climate

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Film Discussion / Six minutes of Karl Urban’s geek collection
« on: 26 July, 2020, 12:38:01 PM »
This article has celebrities sharing their various geekery, and Karl shares some words about Dredd and a nice meeting with Carrie Fisher.

https://ew.com/events/comic-con/celebrity-pop-culture-show-and-tell/

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Games / Re: Ghost of Tsushima
« on: 24 July, 2020, 08:03:02 PM »
Wow, really?! That would be awesome, thank you very much!

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 24 July, 2020, 05:07:24 PM »
Treated myself to an Oculus Quest (this lockdown has meant no pubs, no holiday, no conventions, no festivals, no concerts, no weekends away etc etc so I was able to stomach the price) and played the first chapter of Vader Immortal.

Fuck me, it’s good.

Sooo goood.

There is nothing more threatening then having the dark lord of the Sith march right up to you, and lean over you and have James Earl Jones (or a bloody good impersonator) give you a good, hard, intimidation. At one point I had the tip of Vader’s lightsaber in my face, and I flinched backwards because I thought it would take off my nose.

Jesus H Christ, it was impressive. The game as a whole was more of a kind of interactive experience rather than anything with deep gameplay - Walk here, pull that, use this tool etc etc - but the lightsaber combat was so much fun, very satisfying, and just felt pure STAR WARS, know what I mean?

Definitely inhabiting that universe - very well done indeed.

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Games / Re: Ghost of Tsushima
« on: 24 July, 2020, 04:57:56 PM »
I’m very glad to hear this. I have been tempted by Ghost (although I’ve yet to complete TLOUII) as I loved the samurai and ninja games back in the day, such as Tenchu. I may still hang fire for it to come down in price a little, and no doubt I’ll snap it up when I see £10 knocked off later this year.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 July, 2020, 01:03:11 PM »
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It's also worth bearing in mind that the UK Treason Laws only apply to crimes against the crown, not the state and British People.

Drat.

So what law is there that would apply here? What would you legally call their collaboration with an enemy of the state in terms of getting them hauled out of office and up in front of a judge?

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 July, 2020, 12:34:08 AM »
You know how the Conservatives are constantly stripping the U.K. of its assets and flogging then at bargain basement prices just to keep them and their rich pals in Lear Jets? I think they’ve just sold our democracy down the pan for shitloads of cash from Russian oligarchs. I think Russia owns the U.K. now.

It’s the only thing that seems to explain why Johnson, Cummings and Banks haven’t been dragged away and jailed for treason. They can’t be traitors to the state if the state is now owned by Russia.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 17 July, 2020, 04:12:01 PM »
Independent SAGE warns of thousands more deaths unless government changes COVID19 policy from England’s  ‘drift’ tactic to Scotland’s ‘elimination’ tactic, in open letter.

https://twitter.com/independentsage/status/1284036144192249856?s=21

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