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26  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Asia-Pacific on: December 22, 2014, 07:05:53 pm
Lebanon
27  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Admitting my alcoholism on: December 22, 2014, 12:14:54 am
Also I just want to say your alcoholism doesn't define you and it doesn't make you worthless. You are not nothing more than an alcoholic in the minds of those who care about you, unless you choose to give into it and define yourself that way. There's still the rest of you, and it's worth appreciating.
28  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Admitting my alcoholism on: December 22, 2014, 12:10:10 am
Good luck.
29  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 21, 2014, 11:54:57 pm
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/22/top-achievement-minister-women-was-carbon-tax-repeal-pm-says

...
30  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 21, 2014, 09:51:54 am
We got to perform at Eurovision?
...

You missed Mauboy performing a song that was too deep for her... but yes.

Oh no, I very much saw it, I was just offering it as the only positive thing to happen to Australia in 2014.
31  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What was your favorite #1 hit in 2014? on: December 21, 2014, 09:48:57 am
We still have time for something magical to happen and an option tolerable to vote for to appear. Uptown Funk would do the job nicely.

No, I'm sorry. Blank Space by Miss "I-hate-Spotify" is officially the last #1 hit of this year.

...there are still 10 days to go though, and there'll be number ones for those weeks, right?

No, not right.
The official Billboard charts published this week are valid for the week of December 27, 2014, to January 2, 2015:

http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100

...that's utterly stupid.
32  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 20, 2014, 10:57:29 am
We got to perform at Eurovision?
33  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What was your favorite #1 hit in 2014? on: December 20, 2014, 10:55:44 am
We still have time for something magical to happen and an option tolerable to vote for to appear. Uptown Funk would do the job nicely.

No, I'm sorry. Blank Space by Miss "I-hate-Spotify" is officially the last #1 hit of this year.

...there are still 10 days to go though, and there'll be number ones for those weeks, right?
34  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What was your favorite #1 hit in 2014? on: December 19, 2014, 05:16:37 am
We still have time for something magical to happen and an option tolerable to vote for to appear. Uptown Funk would do the job nicely.
35  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Serial - Who killed Hae? on: December 19, 2014, 05:14:26 am
Last episode in the can, just listened to it. I was afraid, but I think Sarah Koenig managed to stick the landing, and she came down feeling *remarkably* close to how I feel personally.

Agreed, my view for a couple of episodes now was basically exactly where we ended up.
36  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 18, 2014, 11:00:59 pm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-19/cairns-stabbing-eight-children-dead-after-manoora-stabbing/5979452

Horrible Sad
37  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 16, 2014, 08:33:09 am
One of the relevant fires has just been downgraded to watch and act, and in the latest report on ABC the road they're on wasn't listed as closed and it's a significant enough road that it would be mentioned if it was closed I think.
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 16, 2014, 07:55:58 am
Very significant bushfires in Northern Victoria, between Benalla and Yackandandah.

My 70-year old Auntie and her 80-something husband live right smack bang in the middle of it all and are not contactable. As far as I can make out from the CFA their specific location is not on fire, and hopefully they've made the decision to leave. That said, they are surrounded by fires in all directions. I don't know how serious the specific fronts are, I get the sense that only one is extremely dangerous, but yeah.
39  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 11:14:06 am
ABC being responsible and not reporting it, but it's coming from multiple other sources now that the dead are indeed Monis and a hostage.

Also I made the mistake of watching the videos of the hostages discussing the demands of Monis. They're floating around, I recommend not watching them.
40  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 11:02:27 am
Dead being reported as gunman Man Haron Monis and one hostage.
41  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 10:55:24 am
Reports firming now that it's 2 dead, 3 seriously injured; Police to make a statement at 3:15am local time (20 minutes from now).
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you fluent in at least 2 languages? on: December 15, 2014, 10:52:34 am
Fluent English, conversational fluency in Spanish.
43  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 10:47:48 am
NSW Police confirm siege over; media reports say two dead, and also a police officer received a bullet wound in the head (not sure if that was one of the deaths).
44  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 10:39:52 am
Pretty sure it's over now, with at least 1 death. The person receiving CPR may make it, but doesn't look good.

No great insight, just sadness that this happened
45  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 03:44:11 am
I found this really moving:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfKzwAhaWQA

Interview with Kathryn Chee, employee at the cafe. It's a puff piece but gosh.
46  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 14, 2014, 09:17:38 pm
Plenty of speculation about plenty of things, but that one does sound quite reasonable.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are gas prices where you're at? on: December 12, 2014, 05:58:23 pm
62c/litre for LPG at the moment, it's beautiful <3

That's about $1.20 US a gallon I think.
48  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Grades Around the World on: December 12, 2014, 05:43:29 pm
This is going back a while, but as I remember it...

High School

AA 90-100
A 80
B 70
C 60
P 50
F 0

Uni

High Distinction 80
Distinction 70
Credit 60
Pass 50
Fail 0

But getting above 90 in either context was for genuinely exceptional work.
49  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your favorite fish to eat? on: December 12, 2014, 12:09:47 am
Forgive my ignorance, but what the  is lox? Smoked salmon?
50  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: December 12, 2014, 12:05:14 am
Very sad news.
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