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  1. For anybody else who has the mind-blowing temerity to want to find out more about the case and doesn't want to get negged, here are some interesting links that I have been able to find: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a27574472/when-they-see-us-central-park-5-false-confessions/ https://twitter.com/davidhth/status/1138441102422413314 https://qz.com/1641025/court-filing-shows-lack-of-evidence-in-central-park-five-case-2/ https://www.amny.com/news/central-park-five-1.32018864 https://www.villagevoice.com/2002/11/19/a-journey-through-the-tangled-case-of-the-central-park-jogger/ (which contains an interesting description of Donald Trump from 2002...) (tl;dr version is that the only evidence for the other stuff that they are alleged to have got up to on the night in question is also limited to the police confessions, which have been shown to be unreliable.)
  2. Watched this today but the japanese dub because my daughter refuses to watch movies in English. I thought it was ok but my daughter (who is six) was bored out of her mind. After an hour she was desperate to leave. It also took me the whole movie to work out that it was The Orb's ever pulsating brain that the theme tune had ripped off.
  3. Well yeah I agree in general. But 'up to no good' and brutal assault (which seems to be among the allegations that were made) seem sufficiently different to me to support a more nuanced view. And certainly in terms of my own interest into what happened and why I don't think the wrongful conviction should eliminate any discussion of what they did in the park that evening. But as I say at the moment the internet is so polarised it seems to be impossible to find the actual evidence which is why I was asking here.
  4. I've not been able to see this or the ken burns documentary, but now that it has come out it seems that finding a balanced view on what happened is really difficult because the internet has been deluged with either articles accusing the police and prosecutor of framing the five; or of articles denouncing the five kids and saying either that they did it or even if they didn't they were up to no good. I remember reading about this case a long time ago and coming to the conclusion that they were wrongfully arrested for this specific crime, but might have been guilty of other crimes in the park that night. I think (from reading the latest deluge of polarised reports) that the evidence is fairly clear that they were wrongfully convicted; but is there evidence that they were guilty of other crimes in the park that night? Or is that also in dispute?
  5. I love stuff like this: http://www.waterlooreplayed.com/ It's a 120 player recreation of Waterloo, being played in Glasogow in a few days. Wish I could check it out.
  6. Yeah, in my two play experiences the difference between Frankenstein and the other guy I used was night and day.
  7. There is literally no excuse. Here is the recipe, in American (ugh, what the fuck is a cup??): https://food52.com/recipes/13722-marcella-hazan-s-tomato-sauce-with-onion-butter I used a regular tin of tomatoes, about 100g of butter, and half a huge onion. (I fished the onion out after cooking and ate the whole thing, on its own, before storing the sauce in the fridge overnight before using it in the Rachel Roddy dish...)
  8. It just mentions a generic tomato sauce and when I googled a tomato sauce recipe by the same author that's the one that came up - it's the one that was doing the rounds on the internet a while back: just stick a halved onion, tin of tomatoes, and a load of butter in a pan and simmer for 40 minutes. And as I say, leaving it overnight seemed to improve it a lot.
  9. I would say that a couple of things seemed to make a big difference: the Marcella Hazan tomato sauce (which I made the day before and the flavours really came out well in the finished dish); and draining the mozzarella (which gives it a firm texture).
  10. Tried Rachel Roddy's Parmigiana di melanzane over the weekend. https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jun/03/rachel-roddy-recipe-parmigiana-di-melanzane Came out a little sloppy - probably put way too much tomato sauce on it. But holy shit was it tasty.
  11. I mean I left the first island. Judging from conversations online that does seem to be in the spirit of the game - most players seem to consider it essential to take notes and make maps so you can streamline/avoid pitfalls on future plays. I haven't seen any sort of official ruling, but I agree that it seems to run a bit counter to the spirit of the game - if the designers wanted it to be played that way, why not build it into the rules? So far (having played through the first island a couple of times) the difficulty level feels very arbitrary in the same way as TIME Stories, and not in a good way. Here is a game about exploration and survival. Here's a thing to explore, will you explore? Sure, yeah, why not, I'll explore that thing! You are now injured. Remember not to explore that bit on future playthroughs. Oh. I would have preferred an extra step before 'you are now injured' instead of the 'memorise' step afterwards: use your ingenuity to avoid getting injured.
  12. Just discarded my last game of 7th Continent (Voracious Goddess, Frankenstein, just landed on the second island with a near-full action deck) to replace all my cards (there was a printing error in the first set that meant that some cards were identifiable from their backs) and to play the supposed tutorial Crystal thingie curse. Made it to the 2nd island with exactly 0 cards in the action deck. Sigh.
  13. Just finished the second series. It really was great. I felt like it lost its way a little during the second half of the first series, but the second series span off in a whole new direction that felt every bit as fresh as the first half of the first series in an entirely different way. I hope they find a way to make a third series.
  14. I guess he is going to try to argue that his hate speech is not actually hate speech, but just a reflection of his religious views and you can't fire someone for having religious views. The frightening thing is that maybe that argument will fly in Australian courts, who knows?
  15. There was a game called Project IGI which was pretty mediocre in all sorts of respects but one of the things that really annoyed me about it was that it had this health pack thing that was represented by a syringe icon onscreen, which was filled up by, like, lines - so if you clicked the mouse to inject yourself with it one of the lines would disappear. So every time I wanted to heal myself I would sit there fucking tapping the mouse button repeatedly, which took ages and was mindblowingly stupid. And then someone watching me over my shoulder was like, why do you keep tapping the button like that - why don't you just hold it down? And I was like, because holding it down doesn't do anyth-... oh. And that was when I discovered that you could just press and hold the mouse button to fill your boots with health.
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