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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 19 June, 2018, 11:30:58 am »


So many questions.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 June, 2018, 03:49:42 pm »
One could make the argument that emails, taken in isolation, consume far more energy than bitcoin mining
One could, but it wouldn't be in any way accurate. And it's terrifying to hear stories like this, where electricity use purely for bitcoin mining in Iceland is set to outstrip that of Iceland's homes. That is nuts. (And, yes, I realise this is an outlier, but it showcases how such a system also has massive problems.)

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81–90 was, on average, of a much higher quality than any other ten-book run in the collection.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 18 June, 2018, 10:30:35 am »
Stylised picture of a 'vampire' assassin walking through a coffin-shaped plasma-like doorway in white space designed to drag your eye to the main area of the composition? Works for me.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 June, 2018, 11:19:25 am »
Is that the Bitcoin that is now seen to have been massively manipulated and that is requiring insane amounts of energy to mine?

As for the financial sector, I'm no fan of banking (although regulation is the problem rather than the banks/bankers themselves), but we're going to be in for a massive shock when all these banks leave the UK, and the tax take tanks.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 17 June, 2018, 11:17:39 am »
Why on earth would Red be topless on the cover of 2000 AD? It's not the bloody Sun. Anyway…

Cover: fab.
Dredd: great but too short. I was really getting into this tale, and those tantalising flashbacks of the early days of the Judge system. I want more. Again, get Michael Carroll to pen an extended series for the Magazine.
Deadworld: increasingly nuts. I'm still not sold on the references, but otherwise this is properly creepy, oddball horror.
Durham Red: a bit of a bridging episode, but still solid. The art shift was a bit jarring, although I do like both artists who work on the strip (and great to see that neither depicts Red as a stick insect in her undies). I'm assuming we've three more parts of this and it's done. If so, I do hope the strip becomes a semi-regular, with the same creative team.
Survival Geeks: again, I'm happy it's here for the variety, but you'd need to have not been paying any attention to spot the ending coming. The magic memory remover was a bit hmm. Still, as a semi-regular humour strip with some great art, I'm not going to complain if it comes back for these odd bursts of brightness. (Also: smart scheduling against the grimness of Deadworld.)
Skip Tracer: I'll give it a read through when it's done, and I hope it'll grab me a bit more. Right now, it's fine, and it's readable, but I'm hoping it ramps up a bit somehow.

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Maybe. But some kind of clever design work could have got us something. (Even more so on the 2000 AD collection – stick a little thumbnail at the top, like on the Marvel books.)

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I'm glad it's done. The books were mostly good, although I could have done without perhaps ten of the run. Still in two minds about whether I should have carried on with the standard trades, but I much prefer HB over SB, and these were bargains for that. Still, would it have killed them to put story titles somewhere on the spine?

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Help! / Re: Accidentally ordered print progs instead of digital ones
« on: 15 June, 2018, 07:38:16 pm »
When ordering online, you're covered by the usual cooling off period that applies to all goods. 14 days. Probably get in touch with Rebellion directly ASAP, though, to avoid them putting everything in motion.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2018, 03:22:44 pm »
Isn't it two or three major companies that basically get all the fish now, and almost all of that is landed directly at EU27 ports? THIS IS ALL GOING TO END WELL.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 13 June, 2018, 04:04:24 pm »
£21 per ticket in sunny Liverpool.
I'd expect shares in the cinema for that outlay.

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Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« on: 13 June, 2018, 04:03:50 pm »
What's bad about Billy?
The actual units aren't bad, and they're very affordable. However, the backs are flimsy and so if you do buy some, get a ton of extra pins and nail the back into the shelves. If you don't, the back will bow when you push your books into it, and eventually come unstuck (as all ours have after years of abuse).

But in general, there's an issue of the shelves simply being quite wide. This means paperbacks have more support at the front (due to the wider spine) than the back and become prone to warping as they lean left or right. They can be flattened out again, and this of course isn't an issue with thicker tomes and hardbacks (or if you have a lot of hardbacks in the mix). Ideally, though, I'd prefer narrower shelves, more hardbacks in the mix and/or more dividers.

Note our Billy cases are the older model, though, and so the new ones might be a bit different. (I know they're not as deep now, for example.)

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 13 June, 2018, 10:07:30 am »
My local cinema has a £4.99 on Mondays deal.
Our nearest Vue is one of those doing '£4.99 every film, every day'. Although given deadline hell and a resident tiny person, we've only been able to take advantage of that precisely twice. Bah. (They occasionally do really early screenings, but it's kind of random.)

Mostly, though, you're talking £11–13 per head around here + parking. And then when you add a babysitter, a single film is heading towards 40 quid, so it needs to be fucking good. As I understand it, Solo is not such a film.

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Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« on: 13 June, 2018, 09:50:47 am »
That's for the video game consoles & monitor, IP- I've been forced to contain all items that have not been approved by Headquarters to one room.
I'm a bit jealous of those shelves. We have four Billy bookcases in our TV room, but they're a bit shit, and very much not ideal for trades. (A lot of my paperbacks are 'warped' because the shelves are too wide.)

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Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« on: 12 June, 2018, 02:12:29 pm »
You missed a bit (on the left, for more shelves).

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