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  1. Japan basically imported its football philosophy from Brazil a couple of decades ago, so the close control and technical skills in Japanese football are lovely; but they definitely lack directness a lot of the time when it is needed in front of goal. Shame Japan went out, but this is the weakest team since I've lived here (ie. the last decade). And on the handball rule, it is unfortunate, but unless they develop telepathic refs, I can't see any way of policing any sort of rule that has the word 'deliberate' in it, so a black and white rule seems to be the simplest way of deciding whether an infringement has occurred. Maybe they need to make it an indirect freekick for handballs or something, or a penalty if it is a clear goal-scoring opportunity, or a player or team's second infringement or something, but the rule has needed reform for some time now (and, apparently, still does...).
  2. My favourite moment of genius is in the design of the Dreamcast version of Bangai-O: the way your offensive capabilities increase in proportion to threat, and the way that certain levels were designed around that, requiring you to just hurl yourself into a maelstrom of enemy bullets in order to power up your attack enough to get through it.
  3. If it helps I also have no friends. I have tried to assemble a collection that has enough single player stuff to keep me occupied but I also torture myself with games like Avalon and fury of Dracula (at least star wars rebellion and war of the ring have fan-made single player variants). I'm not a massive fan of viticulture but it has got a good single player bit which is relatively easy to set up and play. By contrast I still haven't been able to get fire in the lake to the table; not sure I will ever get anachrony out of the box after struggling to get it in the box after pressing out all the counters; and the one time I tried to play Mage Knight it took about two hours to set up by which time my wife got home and told me to get it off our table. I feel like I might be able to get cruel necessity out soon though. And my daughter enjoys playing formula d and x-wing with me. One thing I would say is that if you're depressed then maybe single player boardgaming isn't going to be a panacea. A lot of games that have dedicated single player versions tend to be pretty punishing (eg. One deck dungeon, which is random and crap, or the space hulk card game which is ok). And set up and take down time can make that more annoying. Maybe you could look into digital versions of boardgames or boardgame-like games? I really prefer playing pandemic with all the pieces, but it's so much easier to play it on Steam. Lords of waterdeep is also pretty decent fun. And I also have a few old school wargames that mimic the play experience of a counter-based wargame. Anyway, hope this NGS get better for you, and hope this thread helps. Edit: forgot to mention gloomhaven and 7th continent which are also both singleplayerable, but both are expensive and/or limited availability...
  4. I think most Ghibli movies are just ok, except for only yesterday which is up there with in the mood for love as my favourite ever movie ever ever.
  5. (just to be clear, I'm only half watching it because I've read the books, and I get that technically the different aspects of the protomolecule can be justified in universe; still, though, it feels cobbled together and contrived to me. But entertaining enough for me.)
  6. Yeah, confused me - I had to check I hadn't missed an episode and then checked Wikipedia's episode summaries to work out what was going on. I'm enjoying it enough while half-watching it, but the only thing that I have read/watched that has such a sense of just making shit up as they go along is GoT*; and like a few others on here, I can't quite get over the crappy acting of that UN woman (or her child-catcher plastic nose). *The thing that messes with my OCD the most is the way the writers just change the rules about the protomolecule as they go along to meet the demands of whatever narrative strand they've just come up with off the top of their heads eg. at the beginning it is a super infectious zombie thing that will destroy the universe if anyone so much as looks at it; the next series it's just a thing that everyone seems to be messing around with whenever they want; in the episode I've just watched it's just a pretext for a bit of 2001-style space woo woo.
  7. Just got tickets for Olympics women's football second round and quarter-finals. (Should I have started a 2020/21 thread to announce that?)
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. Yeah, in my two play experiences the difference between Frankenstein and the other guy I used was night and day.
  14. 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...)
  15. 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.
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