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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 June, 2018, 04:29:00 pm »
Oddly I thought the opposite for certain parts of the JW2:TFK.  I thought parts of the 'haunted gothic mansion' sequences were way ahead of what I was expecting - the way the camera rotates to follow the Indo Raptor down over Maisie's balcony doors, the jump-scare of its face in reflection of the museum case... and the concept of Maisie herself.  I agree, most of it is pure predictable lowest-common-denominator, most of the return-to-the-island bits being a case in point (although I did like a lot of the volcanic effects, and the Brach vanishing into the smoke), but by the time we got to the deliciously indulgent auction, mass breakout and corridor/rooftop chases I was well into it. 

Creative Common / Re: New Alphabet...
« on: 18 June, 2018, 03:22:45 pm »
One might note that a chunk of your numbers are identical in rotation (like our 6 and 9).  Examples: 1, 6 and 8; 2 and 9; 5 and 7.  Might work for barbarians, but for techno-types it could be a bit of a nightmare, especially in zero-G!  You might need an additional symbol/line to indicate orientation.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 June, 2018, 11:40:11 am »
Taking away the coercive power of governments does not mean that hospitals or universities will cease to exist or be instantly transformed into predatory death and rapine factories. Oncological knowledge and research will not evaporate...

It seems to me that historically all these things you list have been integrally linked with the rise of the state, and latterly the super-state or international body, simply because of their coercive and redistributive powers.  How will (to pursue the pressing example) advanced medical training and equipment be funded and subsidised? 

Your idea of medical insurance is - without wanting to be rude - laughable.  Specifically, Sharky, neither you nor I could possibly afford private medical insurance that could equate to its tax-subsidised equivalent, unless what you actually mean is a 'medical tax' (here we have a 'health levy'  ::)), in which case we're right back to coercion and wondering what happens to those who don't pay...  We will get sick, we will (hopefully) get horribly old: you can't economically insure against an inevitability.  Modern medicine and its further research is a resource-hungry time-hungry people-hungry project, and it access to it depends on centralised resource redistribution.   

I really can't take on board the reductio ad absurdum argument that wondering about these things is akin to worrying about the sun not rising if the appropriate sacrifice is not performed.

A better EASIER approach would be to campaign, agitate and vote for representatives that will genuinely reform the existing system in its rotten media-strangled entirety, and then not use your tax money to bomb brown people (or feather their own nests).  This depends just as much on the thing we do share: a vision of humanity as basically good and decent, and not prone to donning leather chapes and spiky gimp masks and grabbing what they can as soon as change rears its scary head.

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 17 June, 2018, 01:58:00 pm »
Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.

She's a vampire mutant haemovore, coffins and baths of blood are relevant iconography, she could well be metaphorically emerging from  past perceptions of her nature into unconstrained possibilities etc etc. Rather than literally doing a stomach-crunch in a tub of low-viscosity ribena.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 June, 2018, 12:07:11 pm »
...the tax take tanks.

Surely you mean "...incidences of money acquired with menaces will be reduced..."!  Tax is bad, mmmkay?  Rather depending on than armed extortion being employed to fund services, every village should get together to encourage an entrepreneur (unfettered by taxes or regulation, so far more motivated!) to set up their own local (for example) specialist oncology department, and if it's charging too much (despite everyone having loads of money now there are no taxes) or its results are judged poor by the folk of the village (and not by some kind of centralised body of expertise), simply set up another oncology centre and watch them compete for the tumours of the village on price/outcomes.  There should be no shortage of oncologists to staff it, since in the absence of subsidised university training or imposed medical standards wannabe doctors will be motivated to pay entirely for their own education in order to access the most lucrative fields, which should be easy to get into since the only people rating their qualifications and experience are the folk of the village.  Who needs taxes, the Austrian free market will settle it all!

It'll be fine.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 17 June, 2018, 11:01:13 am »
This is already essentially my experience of battle mode in Mario Kart 8. Start. Sit in gaol. Get rescued. Sit in gaol some more. Repeat. Where's my agency, damnit!

Fantastic version of that game though - some of the tracks are mesmerisingly great, and there's enough variation and oomph to the hazards that I retain some chance of beating the kids.

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 17 June, 2018, 01:09:39 am »
What’s happening on the cover? Is she lying in a bath of blood? And if she’s meant to be topless, where’s her nipple?

She's not topless, that's armour, as seen in the strip these past weeks.  And yes, emerging from a coffin-shape full of (heavily diluted) blood.  Fantastic image.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 16 June, 2018, 04:15:00 pm »
I think there will be far less general interest.

You could well be right, but by extension that suggests that the only reason a lot of people wanted to see new Star Wars movies was to see the old cast wheeled out to perform their old tricks - not even new tricks, as the Leia Poppins backlash implies. 

If Star Wars depended entirely on reprises from Hamill, Ford and Fisher, well that's a sad state of affairs. What I wanted of the old gang in the Sequels was force-ghost Luke at most, and maybe the droids, so given that that's where we (eventually) are, and that I'm fully invested in Rey, Ben and Finn's stories (less so in Poe and Rose, although I like the characters) and I'm in a good place going into IX. 

Countering that, my fears are now twofold, that Disney execs take fright and give us even more rehashed pablum, and that skilled as he is, Abrams has never yet written a satisfying ending to anything. 

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 16 June, 2018, 04:02:20 pm »
Wow, that is a fantastic cover! Plays with just about everything, negative space, perspective, colour, character iconography... terrific stuff.  Only bit that doesn't work for me is Too Much Text.  "Bet on Red", or just "Bloodbath", would have been fine.  That's an an image that needs to be seen!

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 16 June, 2018, 03:10:57 pm »
Good man, Joe - that fact-based analysis fits well with my own gut feeling. I remember well the realistation that AotC's box office had slumped badly from TPM's insane heights: although unlike TLJ, it largely deserved it.  And did it hurt the numbers for RotS?  Not really. 

What's different about the TLJ situation is the perception foisted on us by loud and relentless internet criticism that it 'killed Star Wars', and that the Arch Bitch Kennedy's foregrounding of Ethnics, Wimmin and (worse) Ethinc Wimmin is part of a political war on the true (white, straight, wanker) fans.   I know, I know, plenty of ye are as woke-liberal-cuck as the next man, and didn't like it for other legitimate and defensible reasons, but your voices are drowned out by the post-GamerGate narrative that uses you as buoyancy for their vile brand of entitlement. 

Add that to the fact that a Solo origin story seemed like a terrible idea for a film (it wasn't, mea maxima culpa), and that it arrived just months after the last SW film and mere weeks after the last big nerd event movie, and it lacked both in-built goodwill and the savour of anticipation.  It's sort of a miracle it hasn't done worse.

I've felt that the return to a Memorial Day Weekend opening was Disney's way of dumping/burying this movie, taking it out of the established pattern and firmly into Infinity War's shadow, so I doubt the box-office is going to come as any kind of surprise.

Also I would disagree that Bisley hasn't changed; compare his Book of Scars Sláine to his original Horned God.  To be honest I prefer the older stuff (Horned God book 2 and the start of book 3 being his absolute peak)...

I prefer the earlier Horned God stuff over the later parts, but I thought his Book of Scars work was cool. I fully accept how revolutionary and truly exciting the style of his ABC Warriors and Slaine were at the time, but after that early burst of originality he developed into a more competent, consistent storyteller, although ultimately less spectacular than his original trajectory might have suggested.  I'm happy to see his work any day, but I shy away from think of it as an 'event'. 

Maybe it's a bit like how I'd prefer a Cliff Robinson or Chris Weston cover to a Bolland one: nothing wrong with Bolland (except those bloody gloves he draws as painted hands), but the idea of it being something special rather than standing on its own merits as a cover annoys me.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 15 June, 2018, 06:14:49 pm »
I'm guessing Solo will have a good long tail for Disney that might lessen the sting, it's a solid film that bears re-watching. My real regret is that there isn't going to be a direct sequel - things were only really getting going by the end!

Off Topic / Re: Chuggers
« on: 15 June, 2018, 03:46:29 pm »
Nah, they can be annoying so it's better to handle it that way than be nasty to them.

After almost 4 years pounding these mean streets for a living, I have developed a baleful glare that strikes chuggers mute and drives them from my path.  Clipboards without signatures, tabards damp with tears: these are pleasing words to me.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 15 June, 2018, 03:42:03 pm »
My boy has just today installed Fortnite on the Switch.

Thankfully it turns out that it's not compatible with his PS4 account, so there's at least some chance he might use his legs and/or vocal chords again...

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 15 June, 2018, 03:36:43 pm »
Meant to add: seeing a Pyke (from the TCW cartoon) make the transition to live-action was pretty cool, as was seeing what was essentially the Rebels version of Kessel, and then there's you-know-who as well.  Lot of potential for fun now it's clear that the 'Tales' films at least are taking the cartoons fully on board.  Can a live-action Ahsoka in Obi-Wan be denied?

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