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  1. I have a Nissan Leaf. Fantastic to drive and the acceleration is instant (though obviously not sustained for long). For every day driving a quick burst of acceleration is all you need and that is what you get even with a Leaf.
  2. Reports claim one of the attackers is Australian. At least two gun men. Claims that one gun man has anti Muslim posts on social media.
  3. Lock down lifted a couple of hours ago. Some roads closed and armed police at junctions. Everyone very surprised at this happening in Christchurch.
  4. I'm in Christchurch CBD. 5:30pm. Everyone advised to stay in doors (I'm in the office), kids are in school which are in lock down. Helicopters and sirens, streets empty.
  5. I've seen it. It's OK, nothing special (apart from the de-aging vfx) . Didn't find it too heavy handed with identity politics (unlike Black Panther) - there was some there, sure, but not so much as to make it unwatchable. Story and action were average. The controversial aspect I think is what Brie L has said in interviews rather than the movie itself. Brie L is miscast, a charisma vacuum. In terms of fitting in with the MCU, the character is rediculously over powered, so they will have the superman problem. Plus no justification for the power level, she stood next to an exploding hyperspace engine and now has god-like powers. If the character is the main focus / hero of the ensemble movies I don't think that will work well or be popular. For reference I think Justice League was unwatchable, TLJ destroyed any interest I had in Star Wars and all the rebooted Star Treks are all sacrilege. This movie is just average.
  6. We've made our move recently - New Zealand. Loving it so far. English speaking, civil, decent weather, great scenery, health care and education (for the kids) seems good. Long way from UK for visits / visitors is the only real negative.
  7. PowerApps and related/compatible services. Part of O365. Essentially a very cheap/easy way to build, distribute and operate mobile/web based business apps.
  8. I have a channel on YouTube covering a relatively new/upcoming technology - I set it up a few months back just to share knowledge on an area which was lacking good documentation or many other blogs/vlogs. I only have around 500 subs, the most popular videos get a few thousand views per month so I have a long way to go before it would be worth trying to monetize! However, as a result, I have had several contracts I can do from home (viewers contacted me) and it was instrumental in getting employed when I recently moved to a new country with no network of contacts and needed a job. If you have an interest in something, just give it a try and see if you enjoy it and what sort of responses you get. I haven't really looked at monetization but as others have said, it is always just going to be the top few people covering a topic who make enough that doing it for money rather than fun makes sense. To help get views, post links in the relevant groups on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. A link to a recent video of mine has been RTd by some of the product managers for the technology I cover - they have a lot of followers so it will be interesting to see how that affects the views.
  9. Tell him not to worry. If she gets him on the hook for providing for her kid(s) she'll soon plump out and descend to his/your league (or lower) looks-wise. Was that sufficiently cynical for this thread?
  10. For me, Black Panther takes the crown for most overrated. Can't fathom all the praise. Well, actually I can, but it certainly isn't for artistic merit, plot, dialog, CGI or acting. Only interesting characters were Andy Serkis (barely in it) and the main villain, who while compelling to watch, really didn't fit the description of the west-point educated super-assassin (felt more like a street dealer from The Wire). All this 'positive representation of Africa' bs. A fictional secret country blessed with a magical metal that can be used to make anything, power anything and heal things beyond the scope of modern medicine. Even with tech and education way in advance of anything else on earth, many are living in huts and tending animals, all the shops seem to sell is handwoven baskets and walls are strewn with New York style graffiti. Succession to the throne is determined by hand-to-hand combat and war is waged with spears and armored rhinos... apparently, guns are 'unsophisticated'. They have a magic ' erb that appears to grow in some abundance and can heal anything and make anyone super strong and resilient... but only the King is allowed to take it. Seems fair. In what way does the above represent any existing African country or present a positive view of Africa? Is this supposed to be what Africa would look like without the interference of Europeans? Wakanda may as well be on Mars for all the similarity it has with modern-day Africa. Lots of jabs against colonialism and suppression of Africans, history of slavery and so on. Though Wakanda, the most sophisticated country in the world, never gets involved or even reveals it's existence (or at least lets everyone think it is just a forest). Of course, in the end, the King has a change of heart and decides to fund some education initiatives in the New York projects. So, yeah, f*** the rest of Africa then. I was actually rooting for the villain - he was far more interesting and actually wanted to do something about supporting Africa and Africans (albeit through the supply of super-weapons) rather than just make anti-white jibes while hiding behind a cloaking device so Wakanda doesn't have to share any of its wealth or knowledge. I've seen worse films this year. I couldn't even make it to the end of Justice League. But nothing so overrated as Black Panther. And don't say it is just 'cos I is wascist'. I'm watching Luke Cage at the moment (TV show with black Marvel superhero and majority black cast set in Harlem) and that's pretty good (better than Iron Fist, not as good as DareDevil).
  11. At my rate of posting, he'll be out before I get to read the rest of the thread.
  12. Isn't sentencing complete? That is why everyone is so shocked /angry? Or is it that the sentence was for reporting on a case where sentencing isn't complete? Wonder how far that can be nested.
  13. Deleted due to potential legal issues at a guess. I was still a few pages behind, just trying to get up to date. Stories from MSM regarding the same story have been removed from the internet.
  14. If we can't discuss what can't be discussed, how do we know what not to discuss?