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    The Beer Thread

    Maybe it's just that the one here in Bristol seems perpetually rammed with young-ish loudmouth types. It's not good science, I'll admit. I like their Dead Pony IPA.
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    Food Prepping

    Where did you read that? I've never heard that, but I'd be very surprised if the thing you mention outweighs the fibre benefit of brown rice alone.
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    Food Prepping

    You should give brown rice a try. You cook it the exact same way as other rice* but for about 25 minutes rather than 10. It's got a much nicer texture than other types and it's obviously much better for you, being a great source of fibre amongst other things. I tend to cook it with a bay leaf and a bit of ground cumin. * that being: put rice in pan, add twice the amount of boiling water from kettle along with salt (plus anything else you want to season with) and immediately put on lid, bring to the boil then reduce heat to minimum, wait until all water is absorbed. I tend to turn up the heat and remove the lid at the end to make sure that all the water is gone.
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    The Beer Thread

    They are full of wankers though. Loud wankers.
  5. God Nemesis was terrible. This news has got me incredibly excited though.
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    The Meg - Jason Statham vs Giant Shark

    He is essentially a slightly smaller Rock. His facial expressions are even the same.
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    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    I've just remembered I'm reading Mona Lisa Overdrive! I left it at my weekday place and completely forgot. This means I'm currently reading Sterling nested inside Gibson. High grade shit.
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    Most impressive use of limited hardware.

    I always thought Cybernator on SNES was the best looking.
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    Sci Fi recommendations

    Oh nice I'll have to add those to the list, I really enjoyed Gateway. I'm on holiday just now and re-reading Schismatrix. Enjoying at a lot more this time I'm sure a certain forumite will be gratified to hear. I think I'm just a bit slow at picking up background and exposition from books, or maybe I just try to read too quickly. Anyway everything is much less opaque to me this time. Absolutely loving the Fortuna Miners Democracy, it just about manages to walk the line between irreverent comedy and farce. You can also see the influence on Iain Banks, but it's better done here than in any of Banks' motley crew scenarios. Also appreciating the extreme bad sex scene where one of the participants is a sexless soldier shot up on aphrodisiacs and the other is a lusty diplomat who has just been injected with desire suppressants. Top drawer.
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    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    I'm with K on this, Neuromancer is a novel, not a futurist essay, it's not a prediction. And even with this being so I personally think he did a remarkably good job at it.
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    Food Prepping

    Oh God Polish sausage.
  12. Could someone briefly explain the superpowers to me please? Federation, alliance and the other one. What is the benefit of getting status with different superpowers? Right now I seem to be liked by the federation and neutral to the others, but I'm not really sure why - I guess they just own more stations?
  13. Hmm, my first grade 5 roll was 55% optimised mass (this is for FSD range) which I thought was pretty good, with some penalties of 15/20 %. I rolled it again twice and all these were exactly the same. On the plus side I realised that I get to keep the mods even after my ship is destroyed. I've taken up mining which I'm finding quite good fun. At the moment I'm mostly looking for Platinum and Painite which seems to offer some pretty good payoff. Fighting off pirates in the Asp is pretty tough, but usually I get help from the locals so it works out. I can say that mining in this is officially better than in Eve.
  14. I rolled some of the mods several times but they seemed to be identical each time. Are there extra stats hidden somewhere? Anyway my Asp Explorer was up to 54 LY jump range so I was happy. Unfortunately I've discovered combat (which I have totally avoided up til now) and promptly lost that asp along with a couple of others! Also blown all of my money on mods and am now actually in debt, bulkheads are how much?! With hindsight I realise that I probably should have bought a dedicated combat ship.

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