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  1. (types into the void...) Turns out Ephilexia put out another one at the start of the year (as well as one in 2019 that I'm yet to give a spin). Busy guys, whoever they are (indeed Hungarians). "Melancholia"... you get a lot of post-y, math-y albums with references to melancholy but I think could've picked a more original title: it's pretty, chill and upbeat; and also more straightforward than all the aforementioned. Unless one is totally allergic to anything instrumental (ah... have I mentioned that. Well) it's lush; very nice. GBOL.
  2. Mine so far is probably Pink Elephant by something called Ephilexia. I think it's Hungarian; Youtube's algorithm told me about it. Bit math-y, prog-y and post-rock-ish but has songs rather than soundscapes; if you like that kind of thing. Chon's album from last year is the recent one that I've played most this year. See above but Chon is the bestest of the bestest.
  3. I can't quickly figure out how much GrabFood specifically is worth (unlike Deliveroo, apparently; it is definitely profitable) but Grab is worth $10-$20 billion (like between 2019 and this year). It bought and subsumed Uber in SE Asia.
  4. Holy piss, someone has to post something this year. And I have a new profile pic... not of a football fan. Of a player. That won something!
  5. Zombie thread, but... I concur with Blur.
  6. It was mentioned in that December post up there but easy to miss, esp. among/next to the rest of the rules posted below. I had to triple check I hadn't dreamt the extra ten additions (like, that's not "slightly tweaked", didn't he bold it, my memory is going the way of Jake's. Oh no, it's got it's own post up there.). I'll have seen it on the FBIbook page at some point, too. ca_gere's in another timezone, too, no? I least I hope he's got an ocean between him and Mr Knight after picking Jerry Lee Lewis (I see he was picked twice last year, too. Still.)
  7. You can have 30 picks for this year, so says Lemonade. A lot of mine are just people who piss me off and I shoe-horned in.
  8. Here's what I got done. 18 it seems. I thought I was on track for 19 mind. Maybe I forgot to add one or I miscounted (a bunch of times...) Heavily lop-sided towards fiction, which is a break in how I usually read. Some great books there, though: Jules Verne and Amitav Ghosh are my new favourite writers. Tab-ed formatting hasn't carried over, blergh. . Fiction Steven Sherrill The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break Roberto Bolano Woes of the True Policeman Jonas Jonasson Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All Various Selected Poetry of the First World War Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth Amitav Ghosh Flood of Fire Rudyard Kipling The Man Who would be King & Other Stories Jules Verne 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea James Hogg Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid Roald Dahl Matilda Leo Tolstoy The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Bao Ninh The Sorrow of War Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Non-Fiction Thomas Paine Rights of Man Thomas Frank One Market Under God Robert F. Scott Scott’s Last Expedition
  9. I just counted 17 for me. I'm confident of finishing a couple more this month; but I'm thinking I've got to read one more from the stack to at least get a piss-poor 20. I finally broke my non-fiction duck (that One Market Under God that I mentioned in this or the other thread; eventually got into once I forced myself to read a chapter a day or ditch it for good), though; work has become sane of late and next year I'm betting on not spending months half-dying from dengue and consequent pneumonia. Ahem. So I'm determined to make next year another 50+ one, come hell or high water (though another fucking mosquito just could still be my undoing, I fear) and think I've got the pace going now. I also want to make War and Peace one of those 50 next year (read some of his short stories this year and have decided he's indeed the real deal). Can't actually find a copy though. Never thought I'd A. be in an despotic Asian bookshop and NOT see War and Peace, and B. be bummed about it. Might even go nuts and get another Kindle.
  10. I'd still prefer it to be duplicated here, even if it's just updates and no banter. I'm on FB and in the group but I detest the former, and only log in probably about once a week. I actually deactivated mine around the same time as I think ca_gere, but eventually cracked (and "reactivating" pretty much was just logging in) because it seems getting hold of some (esp. old) friends is only possibly via FB. It even seems the main medium for job hunting how. Sigh. But if it's too much hassle, fair enough.
  11. Points finally. and for quite a few people; Bush sr...
  12. scottyboy

    Your current read?

    Blitzed is also on my huge to-read list.
  13. In the same, but less flippant, vein of my post above: I'd be surprised if this didn't have some blowback for WWE, if the event's going ahead soon. (If anyone's not been reading the news: a Saudi hit squad -not even going to say allegedly - tortured and murdered an exiled Saudi dissident in their Turkish consulate; the Turks had better espionage/surveillance than the Saudis were presumably expecting and allegedly - more warranted here - have audio of the whole thing). Even the McMahon family's beloved Republicans are going apeshit (in Congress; White House is trying to find a way to say they don't give a fuck, not very successfully). A tangent, but also a quick question. edit: I just noticed Lemonade mentioned this above. Ahem.
  14. Not the only list he's got with half the people on it dead...
  15. Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. It's yet another 2-guys-explain-stuff podcast from How Stuff Works, but thus far pretty good (and better than the other presumed SYSK variations I ignored). One is a particle physicist at CERN and the other is the PHD comics cartoonist. So a bit like StarTalk (astrophysicist and comedian) but thus far it never deviates from physics (unlike StarTalk or Stuff to Blow Your Mind etc.), while staying light and accessible. Bet your enthralled already.
  16. Nah, it was a James something (my handle is actually my middle name).
  17. Ah, the Broch. Told (bitched about) this story on here before I'm sure, but: when I was a student a couple of police detectives (so no uniforms; my massive flatmate, who was playing playstation in the wee hours like a regular student, damn near attacked them) climbed through our window in the middle of the night (they rang the bell, but no sane person answers a doorbell in student accommodation in the dead of night). I was woken up by the whole thing, and the guy they were looking for shared a first name with me (and the first name was all I got). After several minutes of very confusing (to me) questions about abandoned cars and gods know what else, and them getting "uh, no" from me, they double checked the full name. Which wasn't me. (they then angrily told me to "wake up"; I replied "I just did", at a ludicrous time of their choosing). Anyway, the /coolstory is that the guy they were looking for (who previously lived there) was from the Broch. So I for one hold the place in high esteem.
  18. Forgot all about Biz too, until I saw that. Seemed to know a few things about drums I recall, but, yeah, that final quoted post (I couldn't stomach more than the bookends...talking about the Sparkles thread; not the Smith hoax thread, which I do vaguely remember) was a yet a bit more weird (leaving aside the bit about the teenage girls, and their imagined mums, and if they'd been a bit older.... uh, yeah, "weird" doesn't quite cover that) than I recall. No idea who the man behind the avatar is /was though.Which I guess is a good thing.
  19. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/25/john-mccain-influential-us-senator-and-ex-presidential-candidate-dies-aged-81 McSlain...
  20. Total Guitar!? (OK, it's the poppier, easiest - for instruction purposes - end of guitar mags; although I'd say that's more impressive, given the genre, than ending up in Guitar Techniques brief, tiny flirtation with anything but tuition), but still. I recall there being various incarnations of up-and-comerspieces, most/all of which (bands) got nowhere big AKAIK.... but still if I got in there I wouldn't have chucked it, no. I think Sikth got mentioned multiple times (readers writing in raving about them; non-plussing the staff) without ever getting a photo, let alone a tab.
  21. Someone tried to kill Nicholas Maduro the other day. I thought I'd had him on my team the last couple of years; seems he just stayed on the transfer target list. The sight of his bodyguard and military parade just fleeing past him on the podium and leaving him to fend for himself was pretty funny.
  22. OK. Morbid curiosity has overcome my horror: what is "snapping" exactly, medically speaking?
  23. You're literally describing toddlers in a classroom. One decides they're dying of thirst or going to piss themselves (and in this case, they really might piss themselves, so saying "no" is the greater evil), and as one goes out the rest all decide they need to go out, too. Pet hate.
  24. I have a cousin who apparently ruptured a testicle playing indoor 5-a-side. He was in goal and stopped a blasted shot with his crotch (doubt he had time to do much else). Sounds fun. I'd assume if you end up in hospital and under supervision, they'd just get you smashed on painkillers and/or sedatives if you can't actually lie still.
  25. Worst momentary pain... also bike-related (it was everyone's fault; third world FUBAR), someone clipped me at speed (I was stationary in an argument with someone), knocked the bike clean from under me, but also mashed my foot and leg against it in the process (it was hugely swollen for a bit; but the serious pain died pretty quickly; but couldn't see clearly while in the process of it doing so). I had a tooth abscess that flared up in Japan, and when the piss weak antibiotics didn't work she just slashed it open with a scalpel and sent me home, to come back in a couple of days. The anaesthetic wore off walking back, the pain pulsed with each step and I started seeing stars. They have a thing for kiddy-dose medication and "gambatte" (endure. No medication. No sleeping outside the office), but again it faded. I have an IBD and sometimes the inflammatory pain can be dizzying and puke-inducing. And the underrated classic of slipping on a wet tiled floor, going full Mr Bean horizontal and landing on a fan and then the on hard tiles. On my bony arse and funny bone. That really did hurt, whimpering and seeing stars like the above (I was also already pretty ill and on painkillers, hence why I managed that... so all that was what got through my painkiller haze). Those were all pretty much the same level, and none of them are even broken bone territory, and the thing is that they faded on their own. The really bad ones were pressure from infections, as above. Once was a (different) tooth abscess: eye tooth, face blew up to grapefruit size overnight, was crying and couldn't sit still. My mum was a cancer patient at the time and gave me some lightweight opoids. Which didn't do anything. But after about the third dose... Other two times were what turned out to be bile duct infections, for which I ended up in hospital and my gallbladder, ultimately in the bin. The thing with those types of pain is that they are (or start) on the verge of unbearable agony, and probably the right side, but they just get worse. I'd put up with that pain for 10 minutes no problem, or at least take it over being slammed against tiled flooring repeatedly for 10 minutes. But the above ones fade then go away, on their own; the others get worse as the pressure grows, while a doctor is telling you it sounds like bad indigestion; through a second time when you're puking bile in front of him (then in an ambulance and then in front of nurses) and being told that the more you vomit the more dehydrated you get, and the worse the pain will get. So keep drinking in between vomiting. Lovely. Best injury related funny anecdote I've heard was from AGFW and involved a ruptured bum-grape. I don't think I could retell it like he did, though...
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