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Messages - Frenzie

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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
I suppose it's getting worse. ;)
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I don't know what kind of price range you're interested in, but I recently saw this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfmD1yYqP6k
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I'm fine with the snap stuff in principle, as an alternative source. What I don't like though is how in Discover for example you have to pay extremely close attention to where a suggestion's coming from. If you use the command-line or a more dedicated app like Muon that's not an issue.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
According to Google Maps, the address looks like a non-place https://goo.gl/maps/JrJJxQFCBx5LJLwH8
Do they have something against two-story dwellings?
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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
I was on vacation. :P
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Bicycling
Oh sure, but I meant next to a stroad like Dundee.
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Bicycling
Back in good old days it was easily and safely possible to walk and bicycle on roads, even though the roads were ostensibly designed for cars. The cars were simply not there in too significant numbers because a car cost about a decade's salary and often enough you had to wait in car-purchase queue for a decade (to get your licence to purchase a car), you could buy just one (new) car a lifetime, and for serious infractions such as multiple speeding the car was confiscated.
That's more or less how it was in the Netherlands in the 1950s. The roads were designed and built for cars but most people didn't own cars yet, so in a sense it was not dissimilar to the situation purposefully designed since the '80s. Most people biked and walked. But since the '30s things had definitely been built around the dream of the car, and by the late '60s when car ownership skyrocketed it quickly turned into a nightmare. It did so everywhere of course, so I'm not really sure why the Netherlands and Denmark more or less uniquely sought to actually do something about it. And America was a decade ahead of Europe because of the war...
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Bicycling
Because of a bad experience on a 800 m walk in Houston?
Houston might be exceptionally bad and I've never been there, but that's basically just how all of America is. For example, in Arlington Heights (Chicagoland) the nearest grocery store wasn't very far, just a kilometer or so, but there didn't realistically seem to be a way to cross the 6 lane stroad. They did seem to have sidewalks everywhere (?) though. The car-centric design felt incredibly oppressive, unpleasant and restricting your liberty in a way even the worst places here in Belgium[1] just don't.

Not to mention the place visually feels like a communist unity sausage dystopia.
Moreover, car-centricity in USA has set a bad example that the entire Latin America is eager to emulate, so there is no attractive place to move to there either.
I understand China's also emulating the bad example.
Which can be quite bad. Some parts of Flanders are starting to reach the Dutch '80s though. The Netherlands realized this whole car thing wasn't working by the '70s, Flanders in the 2000s.
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Bicycling
This video details probably the main reason we don't live in America. Far from the only reason, but as you might know my wife's American.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxykI30fS54
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I just checked https://www.laatjevaccineren.be/vaccinatieteller-cijfers-per-gemeente and Antwerp's actually one of the lowest in Flanders at 59.49% fully vaccinated. That means the national 49,62% must be coming from Brussels/Wallonia.
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For example, what other news organization got the scoop that Russia's new fighter jet can fly at almost twice the speed of light? Fox continues to astound with its concise and accurate reporting!
I can't wait to visit Aldebaran b. I hear it's nice this time of year.
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43 Percent of Nevadans
Are you talking fully of partially? Fully wouldn't be too bad.

I just got my second prick yesterday.

Here are the Belgian stats: https://covid-vaccinatie.be/nl

Germany's having a problem convincing enough people to actually go get the vaccine: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/germany/
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Bicycling
I work at the office 2 days a week now, probably back up to 3 in the reasonably near future.
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Oh, I get it. To make it easier to squash rebellion, of course.
The Parisian boulevards are also for quelling street protests if I'm not mistaken. No easy way to barricade a neighborhood like back in 1789.
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I was on a show about ancient Rome that Roman cities were well planned, with wide, straight boulevards and other signs of good urban planning.
Stroads sound like bad urban planning to me. :P
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Alberto Angela's opinion was reported in our media as archaeologists arrived at the conclusion that Nero did not burn down Rome. How can you get such a conclusion from archaeology?
I would presume the actual argument is that it wasn't rebuilt in any particular organized manner? (Or perhaps that it didn't burn as much as claimed.) Which is to say, something a tad more sensible than who or what started the fire. ;)
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Bicycling
I've never taken my bike on the train myself but I do know someone who swore by it. I suppose it depends a bit on where you're going. It seems somewhat surprising to see NMBS ranking higher than NS, but as I understand NMBS has started offering more dedicated space and that's a big contributor. I suppose the NS is focused more on not transporting you with your bike and rather having you rent a bike at the station. A quick peek on their website shows that they seem to have some available even at most small stations.
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DnD Central / Re: The Opera Forums backup
@jax I sent a PM. I don't know how long I'll keep it there, but at least a few weeks, at most for about 8 months.
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DnD Central / Re: The Opera Forums backup
I should still have them, but I assume that whatever link I put up is down.
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In my opinion, the oceans are sufficiently large area for floodwaters. The obvious thing to do is to either deepen the canals or raise the dikes to protect people. However, it's apparently not working quite smoothly over there, the most heavily dammed and sluiced neighbourhood in the world.
This was once in a hundred years or less kind of rainfall (give or take climate change...), not your regular once every couple decade kind of thing. There were still insufficient overflow areas for the kind of future climate events predicted closer to 2050 than to 2020. Anyway, here it is explained in English by Flanders: https://sigmaplan.be/en/

Also I think you're at least somewhat conflating west and east. In the east there may be dikes but it's hardly the most heavily dammed and sluiced. It's the mountains over there.
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There's a command-line switch for Blink browsers to use Wayland when you're in a Wayland session. I don't know what it is otoh. I assume that'd also work.
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As I understand it more/larger flooding areas are generally more beneficial than larger dikes.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Welcome back. ;)
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The Lounge / Re: Have a Pet?
Thank you. It all came so suddenly, and she was only an estimated 8 years old.
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The Lounge / Re: Have a Pet?
Why was Lexi licking on that string?  ;D
I think you mean Nushi.  ;)
Lexi is the one that's sleeping, must have had a hard day and needed a catnap.
I have very sad news. Last week Nushi rejected some of her kibble, but she was still racing through the hallways with Lexi, jumping on my lap and happily rolling over on the floor when she saw me. Then on Thursday she ate less and on Friday morning she didn't eat anything at all. A blood sample showed she had acute kidney failure and an extremely low red blood cell count, following which I rushed her over to a clinic in Gent for a blood transfusion. She seemed to be doing better initially, although she wasn't improving nearly as much as hoped. She received a second blood transfusion, but her body wouldn't start producing red blood cells. A third could've been an option, but chances of success were estimated to be extremely low. We said our goodbyes on Wednesday. I hope she found some comfort resting her paw and her head on our hands in her final moments.