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  1. Comment on English has twenty vowels in ~humanities

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    My go to example for English being hard is "ough". Though -- oh Through -- oo Tough -- uff Thorough -- uh Cough -- off Bough -- ow Bought -- aw Hiccough -- up

    This is one reason English is so hard to spell/read, we have to write all those sounds using just 5-and-a-bit letters

    My go to example for English being hard is "ough".

    Though -- oh
    Through -- oo
    Tough -- uff
    Thorough -- uh
    Cough -- off
    Bough -- ow
    Bought -- aw
    Hiccough -- up

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  2. Comment on The new, improved James Cameron wants to reintroduce you to ‘Avatar’ in ~movies

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    I've been to the cinema about 4 times in the past ten years. One time I took my kid and we did the whole cinema experience - buying food and drinks at the cinema. It cost something like £40 which...

    I've been to the cinema about 4 times in the past ten years.

    One time I took my kid and we did the whole cinema experience - buying food and drinks at the cinema. It cost something like £40 which is just ludicrous. The next time I took him we smuggled the food and drink in which cut the cost a lot. There was a queue of parents and kids, and everyone is rustling and crinkling as they walk past the ushers, showing their tickets and trying not to make it too obvious that their pockets were stuffed with candy. But it's an open secret - the rules seem to be "don't bring food in, but you can bring in as much food as you like and we'll pretend not to notice it if you pretend not to have it".

    The last time I went alone and it was deafening. Just bizarrely loud.

    So, cinemas seem to be desperate to get people in, but also seem to be clueless about why people don't turn up (it's too expensive in the UK, and it's not a good experience). I've got a big nice tv, good sound, and nice snacks at home. I can pirate anything, and I can buy a lot of stuff on streaming for reasonable prices. Why would I go to the cinema?

    Avatar is a weird film. It's an okay movie that works if you watch it in the cinema in 3d. I saw it on a big, good, cinema screen in 3d and it was good. But it's not, for me, good enough to get me back in the cinema. I've already seen it, I have no interest in seeing it again (it wasn't that good) and I have no interest in seeing the follow up in the cinema.

    I don't think remastered Avatar and Avatar 2 are going to be enough to get people into cinemas.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Blast Corps II I mean, come on. Cat Detective The analogue joysticks are used to create meowing cat noises. You have to learn cat language, and you then play a cat detective and you have to...

    Blast Corps II

    I mean, come on.

    Cat Detective

    The analogue joysticks are used to create meowing cat noises. You have to learn cat language, and you then play a cat detective and you have to interrogate cat suspects by meowing at them with the invented cat language. Get it wrong and they stop talking, get it right and they keep talking.

    Open World Pokemon Snap / Some other paparazzi game

    You have missions and start with basic equipment. You have to go around taking photos of pokemon / stars. As you take more and better photos you get access to better equipment, and you can access parts of the levels that were closed earlier.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    People don't get how absurd it all is. Here's the Queen's Beekeeper telling the Queen's Bees that the Queen has died, with black ribbons on the hives and everything....

    People don't get how absurd it all is.

    Here's the Queen's Beekeeper telling the Queen's Bees that the Queen has died, with black ribbons on the hives and everything. https://twitter.com/MailOnline/status/1568507298238136321

    4 votes
  5. Comment on The Fizzbombs - Surfaround (1988) in ~music

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    Definitely shop assistants Shop Assistants - Safety Net: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MugWrKFcGS8 Shop Assistants - Don't want to be friends with you:...

    Definitely shop assistants

    Shop Assistants - Safety Net: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MugWrKFcGS8
    Shop Assistants - Don't want to be friends with you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU9fZkXHqns

    The Pastels - Truck Train Tractor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nltJupDFRgg

    The Golden Dawn - My Secret World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umlSb9VogiA

    Jesus and Mary Chain - Upside Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnO41-rKUsc

    Dog Faced Hermans - Mary Houdini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5VLyuUrxZw (this is more raucous, more punk and less pop)

    Not Scottish, but

    Christine's Cat - Your love is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aOaN91DelQ

    The Primitives - Lazy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Caa41Dean4o

    Talulah Gosh - Beatnik Boy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DZ-NmJdl5U (Not Scottish, but this was originally on a Scottish label. And it's much more indie pop, less raucous than anything else on the list).

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  6. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    Eh, I think you're ignoring the people who were harmed by colonisation who have genuine reasons to hate her. She gave the impression of being "hands off", but behind the scenes she actively...

    Eh, I think you're ignoring the people who were harmed by colonisation who have genuine reasons to hate her. She gave the impression of being "hands off", but behind the scenes she actively campaigned against independence for many colonised countries.

    There were plenty of people who were saying this when she was alive. Lots of people turned down Honours because of the links to empire.

    12 votes
  7. Comment on The Fizzbombs - Surfaround (1988) in ~music

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    Lots of indie-pop from Edinburgh in the 1980s. Posting this because it's fun and not well known at all, but a good reference for this type of indie guitar noise pop that Scotland excelled at....

    Lots of indie-pop from Edinburgh in the 1980s. Posting this because it's fun and not well known at all, but a good reference for this type of indie guitar noise pop that Scotland excelled at.

    https://peel.fandom.com/wiki/Fizzbombs

    "The Fizzbombs were a short lived80's Edinburgh indie band who consisted of Katy McCullars on vocals, Margarita Vasquez-Ponte (Jesse Garon And The Desperadoes / Rote Kapelle) on guitar/backing vocals , Angus McPake (Jesse Garon And The Desperadoes) on drums and Ann Donald (Shop Assistants) on bass . The band existed between 1987 and 1989. Singer, Katy McCullars later joined Secret Goldfish. "

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Axolotes Mexicanos - Astor (2018) in ~music

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    A short sweet blast of pop punk from Spanish bad Axolotes Mexicanos. If I want to try to escape my music bubble I have a quick trawl through the Elefant Records catalogue and normally find...

    A short sweet blast of pop punk from Spanish bad Axolotes Mexicanos.

    If I want to try to escape my music bubble I have a quick trawl through the Elefant Records catalogue and normally find something great.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    So, she died and it appears she died naturally. Unlike her grandfather, who was killed so the death could be announced in the morning papers, instead of the evening papers. Lots of people will be...

    So, she died and it appears she died naturally. Unlike her grandfather, who was killed so the death could be announced in the morning papers, instead of the evening papers.

    Lots of people will be sad that she died, and I'm sort of one of them. But a lot of people remember colonialism and the harm it did, and that she was actively resisting independence efforts. One of the things that people respect about her is her apparent neutrality and status as a figurehead without much power. The reality is a bit different.

    I don't know how much longer we'll have a monarchy. Charles is deeply unpopular with many people, especially people outside the UK.

    I suspect the only reason we don't have an elected presidential figurehead is because we've had people like Livingstone or Johnstone as London Mayors and they were fucking idiots.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    She's really dead. It's reported across multiple media outlets Buckingham Palace and King Charles have put out statements.

    She's really dead. It's reported across multiple media outlets Buckingham Palace and King Charles have put out statements.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Let's terraform West Texas in ~enviro

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    Isn't this a bit like fracking? When you have plenty of cheap oil fracking looks stupid. When you don't have much oil, and it's expensive, fracking becomes more attractive to the kinds of people...

    most important question to ask when you think you've found some great trick: If it would work, why has no one done it?

    Isn't this a bit like fracking? When you have plenty of cheap oil fracking looks stupid. When you don't have much oil, and it's expensive, fracking becomes more attractive to the kinds of people who extract oil.

    Or longwall coal mining where the gob was traditionally abandoned, but now we have longwall top coal caving to try to extract as much usable coal from the gob as possible.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Bloods is a short, funny, UK show about paramedics. Lucy Punch plays an almost unbearable character - "Jo" - but manages to bring a bit of humanity to the character. (But blimey the show makes you...

    Bloods is a short, funny, UK show about paramedics. Lucy Punch plays an almost unbearable character - "Jo" - but manages to bring a bit of humanity to the character. (But blimey the show makes you work for it.) Julian Barratt is great as Lawrence. But Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo are the stars and they're brilliant. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11898696/

    I tried to watch She-Hulk Attorney at Law and I just don't get it. I don't think I've enjoyed any Marvel film or tv show, and this is just incomprehensible nonsense. Like, the first episode is her saying "I don't have much in the way of an origin story", which is fine, but don't spend the whole episode on this non-story origin. The only good thing about it is that it's annoying all the right people. But for me, I don't know anything about the universe, or the characters, or the lore, and I simply could not care less about any of them.

    New Amsterdam was enjoyable nonsense for the first season, but it's been pretty terrible ever since. Season 4 is just chaos. It's all over the place, almost incoherent. And they send some characters to the UK which could have been great but they fluffed it. There's a scene in a cancer clinic where Max whips up the patients into calling for the US system. This doesn't work for two reasons: 1) Lots of people in the UK know there are problems with the NHS, but the one thing everyone agrees on is that we don't want to follow the fucking American system. But also, 2) the show has spent the past 3 seasons telling us how broken the US system is so it just feels weird and out of place to suddenly have people chanting for it. (Especially because all the things they're asking for are things you get in the English NHS system).

    I love the UK series "Ghosts". It's funny, but also poignant. There's a US version, and it's not terrible. They make some changes, and the changes mostly work. It's worth watching.

    I started House of the Dragon, and I don't know if I can be bothered to watch any more. Milly Alcock is very good. She was outstanding in Upright (with Tim Minchin) and I'd prefer to be watching shows like that.

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  13. Comment on Pushy Parents - Secret Secret (2011) in ~music

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    Some people hear hints of late 80s UK twee indie pop (eg, Heavenly) but I think that does Pushy Parents a disservice. Also, yet another great band on Elefant Records.

    Some people hear hints of late 80s UK twee indie pop (eg, Heavenly) but I think that does Pushy Parents a disservice.

    Also, yet another great band on Elefant Records.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    What about OP's description makes you think the severe mental illness of bipolar is likely?

    Is there any chance she has bipolar disorder

    What about OP's description makes you think the severe mental illness of bipolar is likely?

    2 votes
  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    This is one of the reasons why the US spends so much on healthcare but gets terrible results.

    And not referring the patient to a Psychiatrist was also somewhat questionable as well, IMO.

    This is one of the reasons why the US spends so much on healthcare but gets terrible results.

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  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    I have a choice. I can listen to internationally recognised evidence-based healthcare organisations, or I can listen to someone on the Internet. Which should I pick, and why?

    My point is that, as someone who has been through a ton of different meds (nothing works for my depression, not even duloxitine. Even that only helps with the panic attacks), I dont think duloxitine is suitable as a first antidepressant to go on.

    I have a choice. I can listen to internationally recognised evidence-based healthcare organisations, or I can listen to someone on the Internet. Which should I pick, and why?

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  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    I don't understand the worry. OP's girlfriend was given treatment that conforms to best practice in many places. She's provided all the information she needs, and has access to two qualified...

    We only have OP's word to go on for any of this, and OP is a secondary source. However, I see no reason not to give them the benefit of the doubt. They are clearly stressed and worried (understandably), but once you strip away the hyperbole,

    I don't understand the worry. OP's girlfriend was given treatment that conforms to best practice in many places. She's provided all the information she needs, and has access to two qualified registered healthcare professionals that she can ask questions of (the doctor and the pharmacist).

    I'm unable to strip away the hyperbole, because that hyperbole caused OP to tell their GF to ignore medical advice.

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