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The last few decades of US warfare have been about proxy wars. Arms-length conflict on other people’s turf or through funding this side or that. Even the first Gulf War, which was probably the last traditional combat operation. This is something different.

The university is a spin-off from my old high school, which kicked off in 1810 and felt every bit of it.

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In other completely unrelated news, Hilary Clinton just became the chancellor of my old university in Belfast. Degree stonks up.

Not to be a downer but it sounds like the assassination of that Iranian bloke is on par with Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Good luck.

Mum was texting me photos of Jools Holland on the telly. He must’ve been doing that New Year’s Eve show for well over 20 years now. Had to laugh that Eddi Reader and The Stereophonics were performing: trying to appeal to folk at least 10 years older than me.

I’ve felt like a pop sci-fi has been coasting on their influences for decades now.

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The decade claimed Ralph McQuarrie, Moebius, Giger, and now Syd Mead. Who is the next generation designing the future after 2019?

Listening to a BBC podcast with Idles and the fella in the band has a Belfast accent. Wasn’t expecting that because I assumed they were all from Bristol. That explains a lot.

The transit gates are open for New Year’s but Canadians are still dutifully tapping in and out.

I’m not going to play this game unless I’m followed by a bard.

The switches I need for my shiny new clicky-clacky keyboard finally appeared in Ontario this morning, three weeks after leaving China.

I love 80s movies more than most but they're definitely from another era. The real switch came with digital.

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What is the first decade where movies don't count as "old movies" anymore?

It really, really shouldn't be news that smart TVs actively track what you watch. They've been doing this from the start.

Hirohiko Araki is the Jim Steinman of manga. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is Meat Loaf.

Production value on The Witcher swings wildly from episode to episode. The first two episodes were great, the next two looked like Sabrina, the third two had all the fleshy bits, and the last two were just ok.

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