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  1. 8 minutes ago, alexunterwegs said:

    Can't see what diifference it makes whetehr you're playing in Europe, the US or Afghanastan. 


    the reason I know you don't watch NBA is by the score.  85-79 is a score in a high school basketball game, where the skill level is comparably low.  Better players = higher scores.  A good NBA final score is more like 114-120.


  2. 3 minutes ago, alexunterwegs said:

    Winning games by 85 to 79


    see, that's your problem.  Naturally European basketball is boring as fuck.  Watch a few NBA games and get back to me ;) 


  3. 11 hours ago, optimista said:

    I refuse to persist in in acquiring a taste for watching boys chase balls.


    Maybe you've just been watching the wrong boys.  Or the wrong balls.  I like basketball for its fast pace and the thrill of goals constantly being made.  Rugby, just for the boys.  Oh my.


  4. Yawn, Islam hate is so boring and frankly insulting to one's intelligence.  Ask yourself who stands to profit from keeping focus on how bad the Muslims are and from dehumanizing the people that live in predominantly Muslim regions.  Consider who stands to gain from those regions being destabilized, remember who has been working since the 60s to keep them up to their eyeballs in unstable/puppet governments.  There are exponentially more violent crimes committed on so many more bases (racism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, nationalistic terrorism, etc) that don't even make the news but outnumber "Islamist violence" on Westerners by a bazillion to one.  You are a jillion times more likely to be assaulted or murdered on any other basis than radical Islam.  Like literally think for one half of a fucking second.  You're being fed a line to keep you hating Muslims and it's not for your own personal benefit whatsoever.


  5. Ethiopia and Nigeria are also both much, much larger than Germany both in terms of population and area.  I don't know how we're measuring a country's "relevance" but I guess to their neighbors they're probably kind of a big deal.


  6. so weird.  When balticus reported it was 25° I checked online, and saw the same.  But then I checked my thermometer--the outdoor sensor of which is hung out of a window on the north side, facing the canal as well as a large leafy Hof, and which is, in the evenings, a good couple degrees cooler than it is on the street--which still read 26°.  A hand check told me it was still too warm to open up all the windows in the apartment, thermometer reading be damned.


    Now the weather guessers are claiming it's 24° and my thermometer says it's 27°, up an entire degree over a few hours ago.




  7. I went to the mall today, and was surprised by how cool it was.  So cool, in fact, that I suspected it of being air-conditioned! :o Times are changing, I suppose.  When I first arrived in Germany, I was shocked that not even  the bank was air-conditioned and that grocery stores had the nerve to sell their beverages unchilled :lol: Though, the cellar-effect might have affected the mall, too.  The grocery store is in the UG and the other shops I visited were 1OG tops. 


  8. Hello, please stop accusing each other of being alts.  If you really think someone is abusing or gaming the system, report it, and we will look into it.

    If nothing happens immediately, we have either decided it's OK for now, or we're still looking into it. 




  9. It's definitely tempting and as you say, it's only a few weeks a year (though in Berlin in recent years it's been more like months :( ).  I also don't relish listening to my husband complain about it.  If I really want one, I might do it.  So far I'll try to stick with my little fan.  It's been such a faithful companion so many years.


    In other news, I'm seriously (not seriously) weighing the risks of contracting a pioneer disease vs the comfort of living permanently in the cellar.  Our cellar floods often during heavy rain (don't know if it's bad drainage or proximity to the canal or what) so always a permanent smell of mildew and who knows how much bionic mold and swamp critters down there.  Maybe I'll just take a book down there and hang out (definitely not).  But every trip to the cellar is like a vacation from this heat!  Just a couple feet underground and it's already like 20 degrees cooler.


  10. 11 hours ago, ooch said:

    I do not heat in winter and now I shall cool?


    I keep thinking about this, too.  Whenever I think about the people living in insane parts of the US where millions of people have AC running 24 hours a day, most months out of the year, I also can't help but think of the tremendous environmental cost. As far as personal cost, I don't know how much electricity they use, but I already feel a little funny having the fan on all day.  I mean, I DO it :lol: but I'm keenly aware of it, too.  Southerners like fraufruit are maybe more accustomed to the concept of air conditioning because they come from places where every home is fitted with a whole system for the entire house.  But for me it's totally weird.  I do heat in the winter but until she mentioned that I had never considered AC in the summer.  Now it's this little temptation niggling in the back of my mind, thanks for that @fraufruit ;) 


  11. doesn't the thing with the dampened towels/sheets over the windows just increase the humidity in the apartment?


    Last year, the door to the room I do sport in swelled up and couldn't be shut properly for months.  The windows of that room remained closed all day, then the moisture from the shower only had a couple of windows to escape from later in the day.  I've amended that a bit this year by leaving the door to that room open and the fan on most of the day.  So far the door is still shutting just fine but it's early days yet.


    So yeah, I've also heard about the damp towel thing but not keen to increase the amount of moisture in the air, it's muggy enough already.  When I get real desperate I spray myself with water while sitting in front of the fan.


  12. 26,7°C in the room that faces the balcony.  On the balcony it is probably 40+ degrees, maybe a little cooler now that the sun is heading down.  Today I closed all the south-facing and one of the north-facing windows at around 9.30am.  (I left the windows open in two more north-facing rooms so there is at least *some* air exchange in here.) Tomorrow, if I want to use the same concept, I have to get up at 1am to open all the windows and doors, then close them again by 7am and hope for the best.  The canal is deserted.  At this hour, on a warm Friday evening.  Crazy.


  13. true, the comment and gif still fit, so I didn't bother trying to fish out a relevant passage from the other post, would have been impossible to pick just one anyway, each line was more horrifying than the last.


  14. 2 hours ago, AlexTr said:


    Yeah, he can't imagine relationships growing any other way. Poor guy. You just can't explain real connection to some folks.


    Actually, my comment was in reference to the deeply unsettling pile of red flags in the comment above yours, but he posted again while I was looking for that gif.


    I had always pictured him and his partner as a kind of lovable, harmless sort of people who are maybe just not totally up with the times.


    But then this detailed account of these vain, shallow, mean, judgmental, petty, narcissistic, self-absorbed, condescending, delusional, meddlesome, overreaching, oblivious, rude, utterly badly behaved pair of fully grown adults is posted and I'm just... mind. BLOWN.


    When he wrote yesterday that he needed some time and then was going to catch up with me later, I thought about writing then and there, mate, it's not a good idea, you can only make it worse.


    HOW much worse, even I had not anticipated.  Holy shit.  It's blown.  My mind is completely blown, I tell you.  And the most insane, bizarre thing about it is that he actually thinks it made him look GOOD.


    Just wow.


  15. also, as a matter of personal taste--well, first of all, you won't catch me making fun of Trudeau, because I would like to eat him up on a slice of buttered toast, but that's neither here nor there.  But OK, we'll say for the sake of argument that he looks like a used car salesman.  Johnson's hair is simply baffling, it makes him look like a clown, not someone to be taken seriously, he almost certainly has a style consultant, whose advice he vigorously ignores.  Merkel, on the other hand, is well-put together, neat, tidy, and professional.  She wears clothing appropriate for her age and body type.  Her hair is neatly groomed and obviously well looked-after.  She also *obviously does* have a style consultant, and heeds their advice.  Everything about her appearance is structured to make a calming, reassuring impression, down to that stupid invisible box she holds for photo shoots (which I personally don't care for).  She wears makeup and modest jewelry.  For a politician, she is literally doing everything right, by the book, even.