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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on Today at 06:36:10 AM »

As ridiculous as it sounds, internet in Australia is one of the things I worry about as a relocation issue...

Alternatively, with the both regulatory environment and what keeps on looking like monopoly pricing (but maybe technically isn't), well, could be that moving to a first world country is a good way to quit my internet habit.

The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Granny Mae on Yesterday at 10:42:20 PM »
Calach thanks for the info. Yes, I do have very limited data . bfbfbfbfbf
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on Yesterday at 12:52:50 AM »
Hyori's Bed and Breakfast - 효리네 민박 - (2017/2018)

Also a hypnotic salve, and a reality show to boot.


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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on Yesterday at 12:23:58 AM »
Surprisingly, it's really easy to find these shows on streaming websites. There are a bunch of dedicated sites (that presumably make their money through advertising), but Youtube and Netflix often have complete, subtitled episodes too. A quick look through the internet suggested at least the following sites (which I can't vouch for personally, but which seem to work without registration or any particularly problematic advertising):


They work for me, at least. They might be blocked in Australia. But if your internet service can handle the download size and rate, then here are some testers:



Note well: streaming video like this amounts to downloading a lot of information. If your internet account has download limits, be careful how much you watch...
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Granny Mae on August 17, 2018, 09:49:56 PM »
Calach, I'd love to be able to watch some of these shows, but I'm not set up to do so and don't have the data. I'll have to speak to the Grandsons if I see  them.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on August 17, 2018, 04:38:20 PM »
延禧攻略 - Story of Yanxi Palace - (2018)

The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on August 17, 2018, 04:36:09 PM »
延禧攻略 - Story of Yanxi Palace - (2018)

A current blockbuster, bladder-burster 70-episode drama from iQiYi, breaking viewership records in China, with an absolutely killer intro sequence which everyone should look at at least once. As for the drama itself, well I wouldn't know. There was a sudden decrease in production values when the title sequence ended and a heroine's clever social negotiation to deal with. This Confucian crap where people speak a lot and negotiate social difficulties with calm wisdom is sophistry rather than drama and watching it for entertainment is boring. This is my opinion and it bothers me because I think I may be wrong if literally millions disagree.

The Champagne Cabana / Re: What Are You Reading??
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on August 17, 2018, 08:10:12 AM »
And next on our chronological tour of Fred Saberhagan's Berserker books, Shiva in Steel

This is a vast improvement over Berserker Fury.  There are some minor editing errors and a few too many references to the base at Pearl Harbor Port Diamond from the previous book, but this one stands alone quite well.  The ending could have been a little better.  It's good, but has a small trace of the feeling of "OK, it's time to wrap this up because I've got another appointment."  Still, it's a very good read.


Shiva itself is heavily speculated on, but never fully explained.  This alone would be acceptable, since Berserkers are not exactly well know for philosophizing about their place in the universe.  They already know it's to exterminate all life and consider all else to be minor details.  But, we not only miss out on what makes Shiva different, but the final fate of Shiva is also not completely resolved.  I'll be thrilled to forgive this if Shiva pops up in a later book (and will be overjoyed to see a battle involving Shiva, Quibbian (not mentioned in this book), and the surviving builders (mentioned in passing in this book - hopefully a hint of things to come).  What worries me is that there aren't too many Berserker books left or that Saberhagan may have decided just to yank my chain by not wrapping up the loose ends
The BS-Wrestling Pit / Re: Will China take over the world?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on August 17, 2018, 12:04:58 AM »

China is conducting fewer local policy experiments under Xi Jinping

Excerpt: Fear of trying

...Nonetheless, as in any country, let alone one as vast and varied as China, a suck-it-and-see approach yields better results than deciding everything centrally. Alas, under President Xi Jinping, experimentation of any kind has become harder. In 2010—two years before Mr Xi took over—around 500 policy-related pilot projects were being carried out at the provincial level, reckons Sebastian Heilmann of the University of Trier in Germany. By 2016 the number had dropped to about 70...
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