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  1. Comment on Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will be released in Early Access on March 31, 2020 in ~games

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    Instant buy for me. I found the price tag a bit shocking though, especially when i paid £5 for Warband in 2011.

    Instant buy for me. I found the price tag a bit shocking though, especially when i paid £5 for Warband in 2011.

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  2. Comment on Has anybody changed their first and/or last name (legally or socially)? in ~talk

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    In England it's really simple. You do it buy deed poll which you can get from the court of justice or you can do it yourself with a couple of witnesses. Then it's just a case of telling banks and...

    In England it's really simple. You do it buy deed poll which you can get from the court of justice or you can do it yourself with a couple of witnesses. Then it's just a case of telling banks and changing your passport. Gov.uk site superhelpful as always

    How to make your own deed poll
    Use the following wording:

    “I [old name] of [your address] have given up my name [old name] and have adopted for all purposes the name [new name].

    “Signed as a deed on [date] as [old name] and [new name] in the presence of [witness 1 name] of [witness 1 address], and [witness 2 name] of [witness 2 address].

    “[your new signature], [your old signature]

    “[witness 1 signature], [witness 2 signature]”

    6 votes
  3. Comment on How I Learned French in 12 Months in ~humanities

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    It's always inspiring to see these real after action reports from someone who has learned a language. I've been hovering around the language learning world for over a decade now and it's up there...

    It's always inspiring to see these real after action reports from someone who has learned a language. I've been hovering around the language learning world for over a decade now and it's up there with the health and fitness world in regards to charlatans, bullshitters and psudeoscience. So it's nice to read someones real experiences who isnt trying to flog some ebook or website.

    Everything i have read says it's 80% effort, time and consistency. Unfortunately for me i could never get the consistency down because i never had a reason to learn a particular language and would get wanderlust and move on to a new language before achieving any degree of use from the one i was learning. It's been a couple of years since i put real effort into learning a language and keep telling myself will start one again but i still can't choose a language.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    This is mine too. I have been thinking about starting a thread on it but i wasn't even sure of what i would be asking. "is there a god" "do you believe in god" "what are your metaphysical beliefs"...

    This is mine too. I have been thinking about starting a thread on it but i wasn't even sure of what i would be asking. "is there a god" "do you believe in god" "what are your metaphysical beliefs" "how have you religious beliefs changed over the years" something along those lines.

    I have only been "searching" for about 7 years. I went from being a three carriage catholic who didnt believe, to "God is not Great" type atheist for a few years and then a general apathy towards religious and atheists until over the past seven years i have found myself jealous of those with faith and appreciating the role religion and faith has played in history.

    EDIT: Just noticed that 3 of us who responded to you were raised catholic. Must be something in the wine

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I spent the first 6 weeks of the new decade reading the Vorkosigan Saga.I read it in chronological order which is what the author recommends. Overall i really enjoyed it and it's been a few years...

    I spent the first 6 weeks of the new decade reading the Vorkosigan Saga.I read it in chronological order which is what the author recommends. Overall i really enjoyed it and it's been a few years since i had a series that long to tackle. Great series with many types of stories, some arre classic space scifi, some thrillers, some romances. However the final book is abysmal i recommend people skip it. It has a terrible retcon and is simply a bad book. It tainted the series for me a bit.

    Today i finished Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko and Sergey Dyachenko (English Translation). It's about a young girl who gets taken to a magical Russian boarding school. Harry Potter but Russian. It's dark, its' weird, it's confusing, it's hard to read at points. Hard to even say what its about. If you dont mind feeling lost i do recommend it.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    After a very rough few months i finally have a preliminary diagnosis about what was wrong with my "stomach problems". Turn out i have coeliacs disease. I have an endoscopy next week for the...

    Anything else health and wellness related?

    After a very rough few months i finally have a preliminary diagnosis about what was wrong with my "stomach problems". Turn out i have coeliacs disease. I have an endoscopy next week for the official diagnosis but in the 2 weeks since the preliminary one i have been gluten free and my "stomach problems" have mostly cleared up and my weightloss has stalled, I ended up losing a bout 20kg/44lb in 2 months, thankfully i had it to lose (1/5th of my bodyweight) but i was getting worried especially with how weak and tired i was getting.

    Eating gluten free has been a thing. Turns out gluten is a sneaky fucker and is nearly impossible to predict what foods it is in. So i have been reading labels and learning what "cultural cuisines" to avoid. I've also been avoiding glutenfree foods that should contain gluten because outside of some cookies they have been universally crap. I've been eating a lot of rice, rice crackers and rice noodles. None are a replacement for bread, pasta or wheatbased noodles but there is some variety in texture and it makes snacking and meals easier.

    I gave myself a 2 week eating grace period to simply recharge and now i'm cleaning up my diet again to lose a little bit more weight to be more securely in the healthy bmi range.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Starsector, I've been trying to get into it for a while, since i watched SsethTzeentach review in which he gave away his cd key. It's one of those small team passion projects and is sort of a very...

    Starsector, I've been trying to get into it for a while, since i watched SsethTzeentach review in which he gave away his cd key. It's one of those small team passion projects and is sort of a very deep Sci Fi Mount and Blade set in space.

    You start off with a couple of ships and the universe is your oyster. Like mount and blade you can choose your own path and your choices have a real impact on how the rest of the universe treats you. Unlike mount and blade but like a lot of scifi it's chocked to the brim full of numbers that you can use to optimise your experience and fleet if you are that way inclined.

    I've had a lot of false starts. Running out of fuel. Running out of money. Running out of Supplies. Running into Pirates, Zealots, Remnants etc.

    My current run is going ok. I'm a scavenger who is starting to be able to punch back instead of constantly running. I started a colony, too early, too far away from the "core" and it constantly got wrecked by Pirate Fleets while i was away trying to earn money to buy upgrades. It lost too much money and was a pain to get to so i had to abandon it. Now i'm mostly just upgrading my fleet and doing "bar trades" which seem nearly as profitable as longer ranged scavenging.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Kobe Bryant dead in California helicopter crash in ~sports

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    Wow, i saw multiple posts about this on twitter as assumed it was fake. RIP.

    Wow, i saw multiple posts about this on twitter as assumed it was fake. RIP.

  9. Comment on China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns in ~news

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    Domestic and foreign group tours are being suspended 17 cities are under lockdown. ~56 million people according to a article i saw. They are building 2 new hospitals which will be ready in 2...

    Domestic and foreign group tours are being suspended
    17 cities are under lockdown. ~56 million people according to a article i saw.
    They are building 2 new hospitals which will be ready in 2 weeks.

    This is a massive response. With Xi coming out and saying it's bad, i have to imagine that there are significantly more than the 1400 cases and 41 deaths that are being officially reported.

    16 votes
  10. Comment on China to bar 11 million residents from leaving Wuhan, the city at the centre of coronavirus outbreak in ~news

  11. Comment on Greta Thunberg: ‘Forget about net zero, we need real zero’ in ~enviro

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    No she didn't. American teens started the school strikes. First about school shootings and then a group marched on DC specifically about climate change.

    She started the school strikes that currently move hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

    No she didn't. American teens started the school strikes. First about school shootings and then a group marched on DC specifically about climate change.

  12. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    I would murder a man for a bag of Cashews.

    I would murder a man for a bag of Cashews.

    18 votes
  13. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    Not sure if this is going to be a megathread or not but Mikhail Mushustin has been appointed PM. His english Wiki page is being written as i type this..

    Not sure if this is going to be a megathread or not but Mikhail Mushustin has been appointed PM. His english Wiki page is being written as i type this..

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I watched it last night and i don't know whether i was in a particularly grumpy mood but it felt like they were intentionally loading it with lazy, almost racist, action film tropes. It wasn't a...

    I watched it last night and i don't know whether i was in a particularly grumpy mood but it felt like they were intentionally loading it with lazy, almost racist, action film tropes. It wasn't a commentary on the tropes or doing them in a "realistic" manner, they weren't doing them in a completely over the top humorous way or making them a homage to other films. They were just there like in bad action films from the 80s and 90s.

  15. Comment on Prince Harry and Meghan quit the Firm - couple step back as senior members of Royal Family in ~news

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    More best of both worlds bullshit by the Royals. If they dont want to be royality they should renounce their titles and live private lives on their own expense. If they want the lifestyle and...

    More best of both worlds bullshit by the Royals. If they dont want to be royality they should renounce their titles and live private lives on their own expense. If they want the lifestyle and security that comes from being a royal they have to deal with the prodigious amount of bullshit and obligations that comes from being royalty.

    I'd be so happy if the Queens dying act is to abolish the entire thing.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Iran's Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike at Baghdad airport in ~news

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    I replied to Asimov in that thread but this is a simple, face saving message that says they aren't escalating for war.

    I replied to Asimov in that thread but this is a simple, face saving message that says they aren't escalating for war.

  17. Comment on IRGC: Missile attack on US base in Iraq is revenge for Soleimani killing in ~news

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    This is not an accepted invitation to war. It was a very careful message that to Iranians says "we, the IRGC, bombed the Great Satan for their killing of Soleimani" and to America says "we didn't...

    This is not an accepted invitation to war. It was a very careful message that to Iranians says "we, the IRGC, bombed the Great Satan for their killing of Soleimani" and to America says "we didn't kill any Americans, we aren't escalating this but we need to save face"

    Aramco attacks show how precise Iran can be if they choose. If they wanted to escalate this to war there would be a dozen American dead now.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Iran's Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike at Baghdad airport in ~news

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    Soleimani was a monster with 40 years of experience and was responsible for tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Arab/Iraqi/Kurdish deaths and hundreds of western deaths. He was ruthlessly...

    Soleimani was a monster with 40 years of experience and was responsible for tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Arab/Iraqi/Kurdish deaths and hundreds of western deaths. He was ruthlessly competent. If Iran wanted war he could have gave it to them at any time in the past 20 years. They don't. There is no possibility of any shade of victory for the people in charge. They are not fighting a religious war like Osama Bin Laden, they dont want to live in caves while the MIC brings down america and brings forth a galvanised global ummah.

    Most of the Iranian elite are not the zealots of the revolution any more. They are IRGC commanders with tangible self interests

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Iran's Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike at Baghdad airport in ~news

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    Your first paragraph is largely hysterics. I think many do subconsciously want it because it confirms their views and gives them a soapbox to stand on. Anyone with real interest in being anti war...

    Your first paragraph is largely hysterics. I think many do subconsciously want it because it confirms their views and gives them a soapbox to stand on. Anyone with real interest in being anti war will follow a few experts see that they consider it an escalation but not a declaration of imminent war and will not spread hysterics but information to try and cool all the disaster merchants and warhawks rhetoric.

    Iraq's PM has already condemned this as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty

    Which it was. Iraq's PM is also so deep in Irans pockets that he cant see the sun.

    Lets talk about sovereignty. A few months ago Soleimani flew direct and uninvited to a security meeting the Iraqi PM was holding about the protests. Soleimani, taking chair of that meeting, told the PM that Iran knows how to handle protests and Soleimani will deal with it. That week there were 150 deaths because black clad snipers were put on the roof tops. Soleimani's snipers failed to cow the Iraqi protesters but now over 500 people have been killed and 20,000 have been seriously injured.

    You know what starting increasing Iran's regional influence in the first place? The US starting an illegal war and killing 500,000 Iraqis while pretending it's some genius puppetmaster. But sure, let's do something that will increase the chances of it happening again.

    The world didnt begin in 2001 and inaction doesn't prevent war. History is littered with examples. The world is less likely to stumble into war with 2 less men like Soleimani and Abu Mahdi running around with paramilitaries.

    11 votes