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Kol
26 May 2016 @ 10:00 pm

* Iceland is very sparsely forested. In fact, save for a couple of artificially created parks, it has no trees at all. We've got a lot of rocks, though, where the Children of the Forest hiddenfolk can lurk unimpeded, and plan their mischief.

Btw, why the hell does Euron Greyjoy look that way? Wasn't he supposed to look a bit more... you know... Loki-ish?
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Kol
24 May 2016 @ 10:00 pm
The Scots have won a rugby 7s series edition for the first time in their history, beating our own Blitzbokke in the final at the London series, the last tournament for this year's season. Our guys were leading with a devastating advantage at half-time, only to see victory slip away from them in the final minute (two late tries by the Scots). The missed trophy didn't matter much though, since the Fijians had already managed to collect enough points to secure a second consecutive rugby 7s world series title. We finished 2nd yet again. (source)
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Kol
23 May 2016 @ 11:00 pm
Argh! I should've guessed that one! I'm liking where Game of Thrones is going. I'm liking the speed at which it has started progressing (now that it has shaken off the shackles of the books and can finally run free). And the big revelations that keep hitting us one after another (the Children's story arc, etc). Bran is shaping up to become the most important character in the entire saga, if you ask me, with powers of potentially gargantuan proportions. And the inclusion of an epic time paradox only brought this whole thing to an entirely new level. Not gonna spoil this any more, just watch it!
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Kol
22 May 2016 @ 08:00 pm
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Kol
21 May 2016 @ 10:00 pm
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Kol
18 May 2016 @ 07:00 pm
Here's an argument about the role of autonomous thought in politics. It's an interesting one. It says "thinking for oneself", while being a precious skill, is not all there is in politics, especially when groups of people (parties) are involved, and a lot of coordination between people who share common interests is required. The trigger for this debate was Neil deGrasse Tyson's opinion on candidate endorsements, which may or may not have been sensible, but in the real world of politics, is very unlikely to yield the results that he envisions. (source)
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Kol
17 May 2016 @ 09:00 am
First of all, GoT's 4th episode was... woooowww. Good job, Khaleesi! But... not to spoil this any further.

That said, despite all the trouble that the job entails, seems like there are at least some upsides of being Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Kit Harington said he had avoided a speeding ticket by revealing Jon Snow's fate to a cop. That sneaky bastard! (source)

Oh, and Ygritte and Jon are back together, and this time IRL. Love it! Turns out Jon Snow does know a thing or two, after all.
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Kol
16 May 2016 @ 12:00 am
Wowww what an upset! What a comeback from the brave Samoans! (Blitzbokke failed this time, sadly).
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Kol
15 May 2016 @ 11:00 am
I thought politics was not allowed in Eurovision. Jamala's song is an obvious jab at Russia for the annexation of Crimea. Of course the Crimean Tatar singer is going to pretend that the song is really about Stalin's atrocities in '44, but we know better than that, don't we?

At least the Belarussian guy didn't perform naked while surrounded by wolves, as initially anticipated...
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Kol
14 May 2016 @ 06:00 pm
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Kol
12 May 2016 @ 02:00 pm
Tickets for the upcoming Ireland tour of South Africa are already on sale, with three games between them and the Springboks being scheduled (in CT, Joburg and PE). Needless to say, I'll be at Newlands on June 11 to watch our guys under their new coach, former Stormers manager Coetzee. They say this is going to be a "new era" for the Boks. Let's see what that means. Hopefully, it'll start well. (source)
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Kol
Well, Elon Musk doesn't seem to be wasting a minute of his time in procrastination. Now he's come up with a new crazy idea: putting cargo and/or people into pods and launching them through vacuum tubes across the world, in what's shaping up (at least in his mind) to become the "fifth major means of transportation". It takes a lot of money, imagination, time and enthusiasm to do such a thing, and "confidence bordering on hubris", as some have said. Well, good thing there are folks like Elon who have all of those. (source)
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Kol
09 May 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Поздравляю всех россиянов с днем великой победы! Гордитесь!
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Kol
08 May 2016 @ 06:00 pm
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Kol
06 May 2016 @ 02:00 pm


Overseas Property & Immigration Exhibition is a 3 day event being held from 6 to 8 May at the Beijing Exhibition Center in Beijing, China. This event showcases products like overseas property, overseas immigration, overseas study and overseas investment is the first of its kind in Beijing city which pays much attention to the developing overseas investment, property and immigration industry etc. in the real estate industry.
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Kol
05 May 2016 @ 11:00 pm
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Kol
04 May 2016 @ 12:00 am
Very good job, lads. You showed us all that money is not everything in the beautiful game! Spirit counts above all. And while we're about spirit... here's the piece that has kept you fired up throughout this amazing season. Very, VERY well done! Celebrate, you crazy East Midlanders. You totally deserve it. And this, from an actual Gooners fan :)


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Kol
03 May 2016 @ 09:00 pm
The planet hunt continues, and results keep pouring at an exponential rate. Now a gang of three planets that seemingly go into the habitable zone around their own star have been discovered, sending the scientific and amateur astronomer community into yet another frenzy. Galactic Empire ensue? :) (source)
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Kol
02 May 2016 @ 11:00 pm
All right now... once we've seen the most predictable part of Game of Thrones happening in exactly the way everyone predicted it would happen, what's left is the full delight of not knowing anything of what's going to happen from now on. :)
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Kol
01 May 2016 @ 09:00 pm
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Kol
30 April 2016 @ 10:00 pm
What does it take to stop the evil plans of the physicists to destroy the universe? A weasel, it turns out. One of the little furry buggers caused a short circuit in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and puff! Off it went. There'll be no proton-proton smashing for a while now. Poor weasel. We hardly knew thee. (source)

On a side note, we were at Newlands with the kids, watching our very own local Stormers succumb to a late, late two-point defeat to the hands of the visiting Waratahs. Duhhhh. But still, the atmosphere was great as always. We've got the most enthusiastic crowd in the whole SuperRugby, that's fo' sho'! Now if only that could translate into titles, but alas...
 
 
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Kol
28 April 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Those were the times... I used to like quite a lot of Eurovision entries about a decade ago. I still remember the 2007 edition of the pageant, and a couple of years afterwards when there were some really good entries. But after having listened to this year's contestants at least a few times, I've struggled to come up with even one song that sticks out for me. Too bad. I've also noticed a trend: when a song of a certain style wins the Eurovision, half of the following year's entries sound as if they were ganked from that same artist. Not good. Speaks of very little imagination. Or really poor quality level. It's all beyond mediocre anyway, and the threatrics and everything else feels like it's at least two decades late to the day. In a nutshell: irrelevant bullshit.

Some less terrible entriesCollapse )
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Kol
27 April 2016 @ 03:00 pm
A new state of water molecules has been found, one where tightly confined water molecules that are supposedly unable to turn around and shift their polarity, begin to exhibit quantum properties, their hydrogen atoms smearing around the central oxygen atom, thus forming a probabilistic shell and occupying all possible six positions within a hexagonal configuration. A curious side effect of this state is that the water molecule loses its polarity, which is central for the water properties that we're familiar with under normal circumstances. So far it's unclear what practical applications this discovery may have, but it looks immensely promising. (source)
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Kol
26 April 2016 @ 09:00 am
Some say this ep was a bit disjointed and slow, but I liked it. For a 1st episode, that is. There've been far clumsier and slower opening episodes. And here, the murders of supposedly promising characters continued with the same intensity like where we were left at the end of S05. At this rate, in the end only the Night King and maybe Hodor will remain :)

There was something like a thematic permeating all these murders. The style of most of them was a stab in the back. Shows pretty much the whole essence of Game of Thrones really :)

Btw, Mel's story was as shocking at the moment as it was unsurprising in the long run. Sorry, but not gonna spoil this any further. Just watch it! ;)
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Kol
25 April 2016 @ 01:00 am
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