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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:42:51 AM »
This feels an awful lot like the media stirring up a panic for the sake of clicks. No, it's not good that people have died, but the scale of fatalities so far is really low. There are plenty of other things to worry about in life.

I don't think so. Chinese govt has been taking drastic measures and more than 50m people have been preventatively quarantined. Some chinese companies in NY have proactively asked their staff who have visited china in past month to self quarantine and work from home as much as possible.

This does have the capacity to become a epidemic and I think being a bit scared is probably a good thing. Better safe than sorry.

+1 for this. China is definitely taking it seriously, since the outbreak happened on their home turf. People who lived in countries further away from the starting point of an outbreak felt less of an impact whenever things like these happened, so it would be understandable that they would comment as if nothing remarkable is happening, while in facts things are escalating at quite a speed. Less exposure in local media = less knowledge = less attention, I'd reckon.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 23, 2020, 08:29:38 AM »
So there have been news of that Corona virus outbreak from China having reached some parts of my country. There were like two people in separate regions of the country affected with it so far. I hope things won't escalate though, I wouldn't want to live in some sort of plagueland 2020 for sure.

Stay safe guys. *mask wearing emoji*

Dropped See at episode 3. The world building is just horrid and at the same time terribly boring. I couldn't make myself care for any of the characters, even Jason Momoa's Baba Voss. The rare action scenes were quite well executed, but that's about the only saving point of the series. Maybe I'll come back to watch it again if I ran out of things to watch (or maybe not).

Back to watching season 2 of Peaky Blinders.

Tried to write a short story yesterday. Man, no matter how much I tried all of my ideas just seemed to have dried up, and my torrent of words dusty riverbeds that have dried out a long time ago. It's been like this for quite a while now, maybe I've just finally ran out of ideas and inspirations to write. Maybe the things I've already written will be my last works?

Just finished watching the first season of Peaky Blinders. Man, for a show about a group of gangster there's a hell lot of talking and trivial stuffs, to be sure. I do wish that there would be more of action and illegal stuffs going around and less on the family issues in the second season. Every member of the cast looked extremely dapper in their suits though, I gotta say that.

^ not sure what that was, I didn't see your original post, hehe

Anyway, wahey, I've just bought the tickets for 2 events at the Huddersfield Lieterature Festival! This year I'm going to one with the lady who works translating the Anne Lister diaries and was a consultant in the "Gentleman Jack" series (Anne Choma), and another with the writer of the book "Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats" (Maya Goodfellow).

Literary Festival, nice! In Southeast Asian countries we have this book fair called "The Big Bad Wolf" book sale, where you could get books at a massive massive discount. I used to go there a few years back and ended up with two full cartboard boxes of books. Now those were the good times.  :D


Ask a question, talk about a book, say something (across the forum)?

Never mind, found a website for it.

He's just using Internet Explorer to post this, guys.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Moon Travel
« on: January 17, 2020, 03:32:58 AM »
I got bored even if the travel destinations are on popular places on earth, hahah, so this is definitely not for me. I can't imagine much of what you could do on the moon besides space exploration and jumping around in low-gravity, which doesn't interest me that much.

I watched See yesterday. It was watchable, but nothing spectacular there (pretty much Carnival Row level, although a bit more exciting).

I watched Peaky Blinders today and even if it's the first episode things were already strongly in motion. I really get the "Damn, these guys are pretty darn cool vibes" from Thomas Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, and I'm definitely digging for this one.  8)

Thanks guys. I have several read and one unread book of the Saxon chronicles stewing back at home, so I'd probably went back to read it someday.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 16, 2020, 07:33:16 AM »
Finished The Bear and The Nigtingale. I think I'm going to start Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel Trilogy #3) and finish the series.

I'm at 1300 pages this month and have already completey my monthly target :)

Ah. The book that made me remembered Brent Weeks as the author to never touch again. Good old memories, those.

I've finished reading Song of Susannah (Dark Tower #6). It's a pretty good book, there is that one part though where the characters went to meet Stephen King, and that was one hell of a trippy scene. I've always thought of the Dark Tower as a fantasy series only someone who is high/ stoned/ or tripped up on acid would have written though, so it doesn't really comes as a surprise.

Now powering forward to the last book The Dark Tower, the last book in the Dark Tower series.

If you discount museums, shows and such, 3 days is probably sufficient for most big cities. There are few exceptions (Paris, Rome etc) in which not spending more time would be a injustice.

Just off top of my head, my day count was...

4 days - Paris, Beijing
3 days - London, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Brussels, Shanghai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai

Someone mentioned Bangkok. That's new, hehe.  ;D

I've given up on His Dark Materials after trying to watch it like three days straight. It's just seemed to drag and not really my cup of tea. I'm either starting See, that fantasy series about the whole race of mankind having gone blind, or Peaky Blinders.

I've read two, God of Broken Things and Darkdawn. Both great books. Have heard of many others but they're not really my taste, unfortunately.

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