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by SEAsianExpat
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Game Reviews
Replies: 8109
Views: 518152

Re: Game Reviews

DA2 was a completely different play style from what I'm aware of. Playstyle compared to what? DA2 was panned because they scrimped on locations but the characters and storyline were great. ME2 was absolutely the better of the two but it was the same principle, more quality characters and story, sho...
by SEAsianExpat
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: No More laughing.
Replies: 44
Views: 2052

Re: No More laughing.

I wonder how long it will be before 'Blazing Saddles' gets banned forevermore for being "offensive"?

Assuming it isn't already, of course.
by SEAsianExpat
Sun May 31, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Best Sci-Fi Novels
Replies: 705
Views: 51144

Re: Best Sci-Fi Novels

I've always been a huge fan of Ringworld by Larry Niven, I must have read it and the sequel half a dozen times when I was a teenager and in my 20s. I recently decided to revisit the books during lockdown, and both still hold up well today. I then foolishly decided to move on to the (written much la...
by SEAsianExpat
Tue May 19, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Entertaining Pics Thread (definitely with NSFW content)
Replies: 58384
Views: 6933805

Re: The Entertaining Pics Thread (definitely with NSFW conte

It's a short video but seriously worth watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgDHvl1wD20 Incredible!! Thanks for positing :thumbup: Definitely one of the most amazing predator-chase-and-kill videos I've ever seen. :thumbup: Thought they would both be dead or seriously injured but the leopard not...
by SEAsianExpat
Sat May 09, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Most disturbing movie scenes.
Replies: 122
Views: 3979

Re: Most disturbing movie scenes.

Some excellent choices here, especially the knifing death in Saving Private Ryan and the curb stomp in American History X. One that hasn't been mentioned yet: the scene in Training Day when Ethan Hawke's character has just realized he's been abandoned to be murdered by suddenly very aggressive gang ...
by SEAsianExpat
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: China backlash?
Replies: 1134
Views: 49201

Re: China backlash?

We are best buds again now, all good. Thanks Twiggy. China hijacks Health Minister’s press conference A Chinese official has hijacked an Australian Government announcement during a live TV press conference this afternoon. (snipped) Looks like Twiggy's a better mouthpiece for the CCP than their own a...
by SEAsianExpat
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

Ryanair are making the usual noises. They are suggesting the bailouts should cover all airlines equally. I wonder how the Irish govt will look at supporting Aer Lingus. They will be hung if they do, and hung if they dont. Personally I think all shareholders should pony up a % of any bailout for any...
by SEAsianExpat
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Military History/Pics Thread.
Replies: 2270
Views: 265717

Re: The Military History/Pics Thread.

I didn't know they could drop the B-17's ball turret in preparation for a belly landing, but totally makes sense ... https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/93660070_129631771992817_1202615143804960768_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=ca434c&_nc_ohc=nakfax8-r-UAX8ZWQvM&_nc_ht=scontent-yyz1-1.xx&oh=1...
by SEAsianExpat
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

Can someone more finance savvy than me talk about CLO's? They seem like a corporate loan version of a mortgage-backed security, correct? Yes, that's essentially correct. CLO's are worse than junk bonds for credit-worthiness, though. So a bit like the worst of the sub-prime MBS (mortgage-backed secu...
by SEAsianExpat
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

My thoughts are however on what measures and behaviours will help lead to a future recovery. International trade surely has to be a part of that, even allowing for its nature to change. The UK, as we all know, is service-orientated and quid pro quo access to foreign goods will surely have to be "tr...
by SEAsianExpat
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

And the FED subsequently earmakrs recently granted $2.3 trillion for municipal bonds and expanding corporate bond-buying programs to include some lower-rated and riskier debt. (read junk bonds). This is just insane. They're just trying to reinflate the bubble, basically. A central bank is supposed ...
by SEAsianExpat
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Weight Gain/Loss during lockdown so far?
Replies: 75
Views: 2301

Re: Weight Gain/Loss during lockdown so far?

I've been putting in a serious amount of exercise and have been losing weight for sure. Have probably been doing a bit too much exercise as I've been feeling too fatigued. So today was a total rest day and I'll be back at it tomorrow. If everything goes to plan I'll have a six pack by the end of thi...
by SEAsianExpat
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

It will be interesting to see: (a) what comes of the G20 teleconference (b) the details of the US package - will it be a repeat of 2008? A really good intereview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE-44ngyYoA I love the repeated calls for short selling bans, more circuit breakers, market halts etc. w...
by SEAsianExpat
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Entertaining Pics Thread (definitely with NSFW content)
Replies: 58384
Views: 6933805

Re: The Entertaining Pics Thread (definitely with NSFW conte

The perfect residence for now. http://content.leenks.com/pics/2018/random421/random-3.jpg Whenever I see a picture of one of these amazing mountaintop (or island-top, in this case) structures, the sheer amount of hard physical labour required to build them just blows my mind. There were no powered ...
by SEAsianExpat
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Best Sci-Fi Novels
Replies: 705
Views: 51144

Re: Best Sci-Fi Novels

I'm not alone, at least. Another thing is that the Endymion series feel a bit like fanfic or a different author trying to tack on something to a pre-existing work. Not quite ret-conning the Hyperion plot, but there feels like a bit of "oh, that thing that I said before wasn't quite true, here's wha...
by SEAsianExpat
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 86868
Views: 4327216

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Glaston wrote:All Premiership clubs barring Exeter are introducing pay cuts.

Am curious why Rowe is the odd one out?
He was self-isolating before it was cool?
by SEAsianExpat
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Best Sci-Fi Novels
Replies: 705
Views: 51144

Re: Best Sci-Fi Novels

The sleep thread reminded me of this. I've completely stalled with Rise of Endymion. Mostly due to the fact that I only read in bed, and these days I'm asleep in minutes. Most of the time I'll get a maximum of one page done before I put it down or actually drop my Knidle onto my face. Also, Anaea i...
by SEAsianExpat
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

So airlines are asking for bailouts? Yet 96% of global airline cashflow was apparently used for share buy backs over the last few years as execs made sure their stock options were in the money. It’s ridiculous. Profit in good times gets privatized (as it should) and losses in bad times get socializ...
by SEAsianExpat
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

It's terrible. F'me. Platinum fell to 564 although is up to around 680 down 11% :shock: Palladium has fared even worse over the last week. Although to be fair, platinum is currently losing more today than palladium. Silver is having the living shit kicked out of it with a 12.4% loss at the moment.
by SEAsianExpat
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

Rather than print money, couldn’t they just suspend all trading? They might try that too. The markets did close briefly after 9/11, I believe? Basically they need to stop the panic and forced margin calls from over-leveraged investors and funds. If the Fed can't do it (and it appears they can't) th...
by SEAsianExpat
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

This could prove to be counterproductive: without being able to see the hard data behind this, it makes me think the effect (of the virus)is far more broad-based and fundamental than I thought. Could lead to more risk-off, particularly comparing the expected time distribution and frequency of cases...
by SEAsianExpat
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 2020 market meltdown
Replies: 1192
Views: 51029

Re: The 2020 market meltdown

I'm heavily into junior miners (gold, silver, palladium, lithium, cobalt, etc). My shares have been getting killed with everything else but I've been averaging down while scraping together the cash to buy as much as I can ASAP. Gold will be doing very well in the decade ahead with ZIRP/NIRP idiocy f...
by SEAsianExpat
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Watching the left eat itself over Gender Politics
Replies: 205
Views: 6286

Re: Watching the left eat itself over Gender Politics

A very interesting thread. We do indeed seem to have some hard-wired pressing need to believe in a higher power, for better or worse. If it's not traditional religion then it's communism, veganism, fascism, anti-vaxxism (is that a word yet?), objectivism, libertarianism, "woke"-ness, and so on. An u...
by SEAsianExpat
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N R2 - Scotland v England for the Calcutta Cup
Replies: 772
Views: 14478

Re: 6N R2 - Scotland v England for the Calcutta Cup

It was a game so bad, MotM should have been one of the unused substitutions who sat on the bench all evening.
by SEAsianExpat
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Entertaining Pics Thread (definitely with NSFW content)
Replies: 58384
Views: 6933805

Re: The Entertaining Pics Thread (definitely with NSFW conte

mabunch78 wrote:
Lacrobat wrote:A 300-year history of interest rates:
700-year, no?
Lacrobat can't count. However, I do commend him as a fellow subscriber to the Visual Capitalist where I saw these same infographics just the other day. :) :thumbup:
by SEAsianExpat
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Game of Thrones - Books/TV (Full of spoilers mark nothing)
Replies: 17411
Views: 897672

Re: Game of Thrones - Books/TV (Full of spoilers mark nothin

Fans of Medieval history (and GoT) might enjoy this blog by a guy who's actually studied all the tactics, armaments, logistics, etc from real history and compared them to what appeared in the series: https://acoup.blog/2019/05/28/new-acquisitions-not-how-it-was-game-of-thrones-and-the-middle-ages-pa...
by SEAsianExpat
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Game Reviews
Replies: 8109
Views: 518152

Re: Game Reviews

tabascoboy wrote: When you have flippers for hands like I have, the less gameplay the better :thumbup:
"On the Internet, no one knows you're a seal."
by SEAsianExpat
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The PR Book Thread
Replies: 1541
Views: 124320

Re: The PR Book Thread

Which Phillip Pullman book to start with please. Well the Dark Materials trilogy is the only thing I’ve read by him but I found it hugely overrated. Started ok but trailed off hugely (maybe would have liked it better when I was a kid though) Same for me, and they fared worse on a second reading yea...
by SEAsianExpat
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Doomsday plane designed to survive nuclear war hits a bird..
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: Doomsday plane designed to survive nuclear war hits a bi

comets wrote:those fucking russian birds..
Clearly a Chinese bird.

If it was a Russian bird, the Democrats would have had 11 conspiracy theories about it already.
by SEAsianExpat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Culture Wars Mega Thread
Replies: 1797
Views: 88231

Re: The Culture Wars Mega Thread

I found his theory on Shakespeare most intersting: I don't know how this could be necessarily proven, but he said that the very way that modern Western minds view the world - you and me - was invented in large part by Shakespeare. Our very consciousness is of a sort that popped out of Shakespeares ...
by SEAsianExpat
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Did Namibia lose their best chance for a RWC win?
Replies: 20
Views: 1587

Re: Did Namibia lose their best chance for a RWC win?

I was actually really looking forward to this match. Apart from hopefully seeing Namibia's first victory, it would have been a much-needed kick in the ass for the Canadian RU if they would have dropped this one. I've heard Rugby Canada paid to have the match cancelled for exactly that reason ;) :? ...
by SEAsianExpat
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Elon Musk: Bond super-villain Or Misunderstood Genius?
Replies: 211
Views: 15569

Re: Elon Musk: Bond super-villain Or Misunderstood Genius?

This reads like a Trump-script... https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/10/elon-musk-wants-you-to-know-the-pedo-guy-thing-has-been-very-hard-on-elon-musk/ Interesting article and reveals just how ugly his mind/ego is ... But I'm sure the Musketeers will write this off as yet more evidence of a Big Oil Co...
by SEAsianExpat
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Are the other Pacific Islands also well built for Rugby?
Replies: 93
Views: 4282

Re: Are the other Pacific Islands also well built for Rugby?

I've met a lot of PNG lads (and a few PNG girls) at the Cebu Dragons Rugby Club. None are particularly tall (as some have pointed out already) but they're built very solidly and powerfully and can be a real pain to tackle. They also have some great playmaking skills. And their physicality is general...
by SEAsianExpat
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC Pool B: Springboks vs Canada - 8 Oct MATCH THREAD
Replies: 372
Views: 5745

Re: RWC Pool B: Springboks vs Canada - 8 Oct MATCH THREAD

Canada did about as well as I expected in the first half, then exceeded expectations in the second half -- almost certainly because the Boks took their foot off the gas and suddenly lost all their mojo. Many of the Bok subs made a lot of poor passes and decisions which is all that saved Canada from ...
by SEAsianExpat
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC: Pool D: Georgia vs Fiji: MATCH THREAD
Replies: 128
Views: 2679

Re: RWC: Pool D: Georgia vs Fiji: MATCH THREAD

Georgian no14 seemed not really in his cup of tea Fukface? Is he really a 14? He's a center. There was a huge uproar about him and #15 being selected, not being able to defend and all but Coaches said all was well and part of a plan... guess they were full of shit. :thumbup: Last handling error was...
by SEAsianExpat
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: World cup impact on rest of Asia
Replies: 66
Views: 3242

Re: World cup impact on rest of Asia

No visible impact here in the Philippines. In Cebu city, anyway. Members of the local rugby club are of course watching a lot of the games (especially the visiting Japanese students!) but I don't think anyone outside of that core group are paying any attention whatsoever to the Rugby World Cup.
by SEAsianExpat
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 2019 All Things Canadian Rugby thread, except hope.
Replies: 136
Views: 8516

Re: 2019 All Things Canadian Rugby thread, except hope.

Like Uruguay, for example. What are they doing to create a competitive international XV that we aren't? Coaching is a big factor here IMO. They came out with a perfect defensive gameplan for Fiji, and in spite of their relative lack of size it worked like a charm. They knew Fiji would bring trouble...
by SEAsianExpat
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 2019 All Things Canadian Rugby thread, except hope.
Replies: 136
Views: 8516

Re: 2019 All Things Canadian Rugby thread, except hope.

I think one of Morgan14's comments hit it on the head: our pack looks like an amateur pack from the 1980's (or very early 1990's) before professionalism started. We were undersized, underpowered and under-everything required for a modern international pack these days. Just how badly was this team pr...
by SEAsianExpat
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC Pool B: Italy vs Canada MATCH THREAD - Thu 26th Sep
Replies: 209
Views: 4495

Re: RWC Pool B: Italy vs Canada MATCH THREAD - Thu 26th Sep

Well, that was about as awful for Canada as I expected. We weren't much good at anything at all. At least the three glasses of pinotage I consumed on the sofa made the experience a lot more bearable. ;) Some key observations: 1) van der Merwe (11) and Hassler (14) looked frustrated and often tried t...
by SEAsianExpat
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Thomas Cook goooone
Replies: 71
Views: 2706

Re: Thomas Cook goooone

This might be of interest to some ...

https://wolfstreet.com/2019/09/13/who-w ... employees/

Was published on Sept 13.