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We were this close to buying an amazing, big, expensive! houseboat. Unfortunately, someone else had already made an offer before we were ready to do so, and the seller immediately went to negotiate with them without waiting for our bid.

For a moment today there was hope: the seller rejected the bid, made a counter offer, which was rejected. No idea what was in them, but it sounds like the offer was below asking price. We were willing to pay asking price or higher. And when the counter offer was rejected, the seller could have taken up our offer, but didn't. Agreement was quickly reached, and not with us.

Speed was rewarded over the ability to pay more. As an anti-capitalist I probably can't really complain about that, but we really liked that houseboat.

I guess we'll just have to look for a normal apartment then. The chances of finding another houseboat this big and this close seem really tiny.
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I think our broker screwed up. He was initially slow to respond, and only really picked up when I started swamping him with information. Then he advised us to bid a lot lower than we wanted.

I think we could have had it if we'd pushed harder at an earlier stage, but we weren't quite sure yet because we're new to houseboats, and had to do a lot of research. We certainly could have been faster too. It just sucks when you miss the opportunity by a hair. You need to move fast if you want to buy something in Amsterdam. In the past, it hasn't been uncommon for people to bid blindly on houses unseen, above asking price. Maybe we're headed there again.
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Generic epi-pens exist. Don't waste money on the overpriced rip-offs.
 
This exists, and I did not know that it did. If you know people who need to know that this exists, and might not, tell those people.

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So here's what happens when a US cop does try to de-escalate a situation. Apparently shooting an unarmed man is always preferable to de-escalation.
 
Good cop fired because he didn't shoot a suicidal man. The system is so badly broken, this is messed up.
Cop fired and denied severance for not shooting suicidal man holding an unloaded gun
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+Rudy Bleeker They're just selective in who they serve and protect.
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Sad that viewing your stream per circle is gone (or very deeply buried) with the new design? The fix is simple:

Go to settings, scroll to the bottom, and select "Enable circle stream in navigation". Now you can select your circles from the left menu.
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I just noticed it today. It wants to be an app install but the way I read the description, it seems like a trendier version of circles.
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All of a sudden, we're finding ourselves seriously looking at buying a houseboat. We don't actually want to leave the building we're in because of our awesome neighbours, but we do really need a bigger house, and we accidentally came across a really gorgeous, huge houseboat in Amsterdam North, with enough space for everybody to stay over any time they want.

But, different part of the city, different schools, away from neighbours and friends, no idea what to expect there. So now we're also looking at a slightly smaller and much less impressive houseboat in our own neighbourhood which is still more than twice as big as our current apartment.

Hideously expensive both of them, but to our surprise (and partially due to the low interest rate at the moment) we can actually afford them.

Not sure if we're going to do it, but it's exciting to think about.
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We've got quite a lot of water and old port infrastructure, and quite a lot of people who want to live here, and little room to expand the city, and therefore quite a lot of houseboats. Also, a lot of people think there's something romantic about living on a boat.
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I suddenly found myself wondering: What has Slash been up to recently? Let's look him up on Youtube. This was the first hit, and it's amazing.
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G+ just foisted a new UI design on me, and now it shows up as a video rather than a link.
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Sultana Kriemhild of Aragon

I came across something really odd in my first game of Crusader Kings 2. One of the contributors to the current crusade is Sultana Kriemhild of Aragon. What is an Arabic queen doing on our side? How did an Arabic queen get such a German name? And didn't Aragon have a king? More specifically: a distant relative of mine (king of Castille)?

So I check, and the king of Aragon looks fine. King Fruela II of Aragon, my kinsman. But his wife is Sultana Kriemhild. How can his queen have an Arabic title?

So let's look at Kriemhild herself. She's not only Sultana of Aragon, she's also Emira of Salerno (see map in the screenshot) and heir to the Wilayah of Sorrento. A wilayah is apparently an Arabic castle. The County of Salerno is of course in Italy. The county is part of the Emirate of Salerno. This used to be a duchy, but because Kriemhild apparently gets Arabic titles, it's now an emirate. But Kriemhild doesn't actually control any of those counties. She controls the county (or sheikhdom) of Mahdia, in North Africa, and apparently one city in her former lands in Italy is still loyal to her, despite the county that city is in belonging to someone else. Apparently that's possible in this game.

But it's not because her only real territory is in North Africa that she's a sheikh, emir and sultan. It's also not her religion; she's Catholic (so her contribution to the crusade makes sense). It's because her culture is Berber. How did she get to be Berber? Her father and grandmother were also Berber, emir, and catholic. But her great-grandfather and -mother were both Lombard, yet had a Berber daughter?! Apparently children get their culture from their Ward, their teacher. I once had a problem where my king was unpopular because his heir had foreign culture. Apparently as a child I had given her a teacher of Portugese culture.

So Kriemhild's grandmom probably had a Berber teacher, and somehow her children and grandchildren ended up with the same culture.

How she ended up with such a German name is still a mystery. Her parents are called Sico, Adelperga and Gisulf, all of which are hard to place, but Gisulf was definitely a Lombard. Kriemhild's mother was Serbian, which is also not quite the right area.

So I don't know. A mystery, I guess. I'll leave my genealogical research as it is for now. It does look like genealogy is a much bigger part of this game than I thought.
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That game allows for a lot of weird outcomes. Emergent storytelling in action!
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Florian still doesn't talk, but he can growl very convincingly when playing with the Lego dragon. I think that dragon is his new favourite thing. He may not see the point in talking yet (he's expressive enough to make his will known in other ways), but he definitely understands what dragons sound like.
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Here's a scene I missed.
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Our brave detectives.
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The perfect summary of the past few days on the internet.
 
How to talk to a woman wearing headphones: Be a Kardashev Type II civilisation in HD164595. Embedded image. 12:28 AM - 30 Aug 2016. 2966 Retweets4599 Likes. Reply to @kevinmarks. Replies. Owen Blacker. 17h17 hours ago. Owen Blacker @owenblacker. @kevinmarks <3 <3 <3.
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Lightning just outside our balcony, with Dutch commentary from Karsten.
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I'm sure it's not as impressive as the real thing, but yes, there is still a powerful impression.
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Martijn Vos is a dad, Christian, gamer (tabletop RPGs, boardgames, strategy games, CRPGs), and freelance web developer (front and backend, Java, Groovy, Ruby, Javascript, AngularJS).
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Traveled to Timbuctoo and survived to return home. Married. Got two kids.