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General / Re: Titans Judge Dredd PX Vinyl Figure
« on: 15 November, 2018, 01:09:42 pm »
Yes, thanks! YOINK! (Regular and Cursed Earth version.)

The monochrome* one is down to 1 by the way, of anyone wants it.

* I was gonna type 'black and White's, but typing 'monochrome' saves me the....doh!  :lol:

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 November, 2018, 08:56:01 pm »
I had a look on the hachett website just the other day and was a bit shocked at how many are out of stock or down to very few numbers.

I can understand this with the earlier issues, but relatively recent issues were sold out too. I wonder if they underestimated the appeal. Hopefully they'll produce more.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 November, 2018, 03:20:09 pm »
Currently reading Stephen King's latest book, Elevation*. I haven't finished it yet, but so far it's quite a sweet endearing story with a curious premise. (The main character is losing weight at a phenomenal rate, yet he looks and feels the same. i.e this is not Thinner where the guy actually does get thin and weak.) The scales also show the same weight regardless of what he is carrying or wearing. There is also an interesting thread concerning a married lesbian couple who are the main protagonist's neighbours, and how they deal with prejudism, etc. I'm enjoying it a lot so far. It's not really a horror story (although there's a horror component considering the main guy losing weight fast) but then again, a lot of Stephen King stories aren't, or at least aren't completely.

Previous to that, I read King's other novel The Outsider. It took me a little while to get into it, but it really took off. This one was as much a police mystery thriller as a horror novel (with supernatural horror included, but it's played pretty straight, considering. Not to dis the supernatural horror, as I love that stuff), and it was nice to see another good character from previous novels return as a major character.

* I was going to download it to my Kindle**. Curiously the hardback turned out to be £2 - £3 cheaper so I went that route. It's quite a thin but nice volume with thick paper. I'll find a place for it somewhere.

** I do like physical books, but I like the convenience of a quick download as well. And I've pretty much run out of space on my bookshelves.

General / Re: 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar 2018 Sign Up Thread.
« on: 08 November, 2018, 02:59:43 pm »
1st - Pete Wells
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19th - Mardroid
20th - Darren Stephens
21st - The Monarch
22nd - redbaz
23rd - filippo
24th - EVERYONE!

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 05 November, 2018, 03:09:18 am »
I’ve got a couple of blu-rays from CEX which skipped, both bought within a short period of time. It makes me wonder if they test the stock that comes in.

I did get a tablet from them once at a very good deal. I suspect they might not have known what they had, however, as other electrical goods tend to be way overpriced there.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 03 November, 2018, 02:00:10 am »
I came all the way back to ask how you are getting on with this? I quit after season 5, I just couldn't take it anymore ..

I decided to watch Arrow instead. Considering it’s made by the same people, it’s darker than Supergirl and less comedic, although both shows do drift into both territories on occasion.

Two series in, I’ve enjoyed Arrow a lot

I’ve basically got as far as one can on Amazon Prime without paying extra (so I think that is Series 5). I largely on on all right although it got a bit silly in places. I seem to have a higher tolerance for stuff, though, and enjoy stuff other people seem to review badly, so you can’t read too much into my opinions.

Just finished the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, which I largely enjoyed. I’ll admit to being a bit uncomfortable with it, having grown up in a Christian household. These aren’t your fantasy type Wiccan witches but seem to be fully fledged Satanists with the blasphemy stuff that entails. (To be fair, it’s a real horror take on the idea, and the comic is just as bad in that regard, and the blasphemic stuff is from the POV of specific individuals, not some kind of preachy ‘alternate’ agenda.) That being said I still enjoyed it a lot. It was interesting recognising British actresses, including ‘Missy’ from Doctor Who and the receptionist character from The Office, in a very endearing role.

Currently watching Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 3. As silly and amusing (and sometimes a bit scary, but not all that much) as ever. A lot of fun... but there are a couple of scenes that are just wrong.... :lol:

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 02 November, 2018, 05:31:04 pm »
The voice in one's mind isn't necessarily logical or correct (and I do realise you're not arguing otherwise).

 I've had horrendous panic attacks and paranoia while smoking weed, and have found it sucks away my energy and ambition. On the other hand, I have friends who function perfectly well in everyday life despite being regular smokers.  (Indeed, one of Tharg's most talented and well-established script droids regularly posts about the joys of 'magic fags'.) Solution: I'll avoid it, and they can smoke it.

Jim is absolutely spot on about the ridiculous gateway drug argument, and it's something I've argued against for a long time.  The silliest thing about it is that I've heard it from hardened drinkers who are oblivious to the fact that they're utterly dependent on a far more serious drug which, due to its legality, they never see in the same light.

True. And one that can effect the consumer differently too.

For example, if I drink too much alcohol, I’ll go a bit silly and sleepy.  At worst it will make me sick (literally).

When some other guys take it, they turn into violent wife punching scumbags. And they might actually be genuinely nice blokes the rest of the time.

I’m not arguing for legalisation of weed, but I can see there are double standards at work here.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 28 October, 2018, 12:15:50 pm »
I have been watching the latest Daredevil series. Matt getting angsty is getting a bit old hat, but it’s been pretty good so far. I have some reservations at how different Bullseye is from the comics, (although Dex is an interesting character in his own right). That fight scene with Dex going into full bulls-eye mode where every mundane item suddenly becomes a potential lethal projectile, in Daredevil’s costume was brilliant, though.

Books & Comics / Re: "The Whole Twoth" 2000AD Strip Cartoon
« on: 25 October, 2018, 12:44:17 pm »

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 October, 2018, 06:29:51 pm »
I looked 'rassclaat' up on the internet, and the meaning is very rude.

Books & Comics / Re: Scream & Misty Special 2018
« on: 17 October, 2018, 04:57:02 pm »
Hope my local whs has this. They often stock the Prog. I just found that out recently! Not an issue as I tend to download the digital version.) If its not stocked I’ll likely just go the digital route. They're nice enough, but I sometimes hanker after a physical comic when specials are involved.
If not, I can get you one.

My local whs in Dartford* had them in stock, but I appreciate that very much Eamonn. Thank you.

*I say ‘local’, it’s a bit over a mile from where I live, but I don’t mind the trek. Heh. I believe it is the closest.

Books & Comics / Re: Scream & Misty Special 2018
« on: 17 October, 2018, 11:22:52 am »
Hope my local whs has this. They often stock the Prog. I just found that out recently! Not an issue as I tend to download the digital version.) If its not stocked I’ll likely just go the digital route. They're nice enough, but I sometimes hanker after a physical comic when specials are involved.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 16 October, 2018, 04:48:57 pm »
Tardis interior:

I like it a lot. It looks suitably very alien, and a bit weird, while retaining certain anachronistic elements as usual, stuff to pull and push, an hour glass, etc. This is a good thing.

One thing, that strikes me as curious, from the inside POV, the police box seems to now be the porch of the tardis. I.e you don’t just see the front door, you see three walls, to the extent that when the Doctor first entered I wondered if there was something wrong and the inside had been displaced somehow. (I do remember that happening before in a previous episode.) But then she walks further literally through the space the fourth wall would be, and there it all is.

It’s an interesting design, and visually works well, but it’s seems like the new Tardis isn’t so much bigger on the inside, as just to the side of the outside, albeit in a dimensional pocket inaccessible from the outside. I.e so the police box is the porch now, not the outside of the tardis. (Unless it’s all contained in a microscopic section of wall, from the police box perspective, the back wall being at the other end of the complex. I guess that doesn’t break the original rules for the extra-dimensional engineering.)

I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but my feelings are mixed on this.

It all looks wonderful, though.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 16 October, 2018, 04:20:16 pm »
Very few of the Doctor's incarnations have had ANY concept of personal space, at least not since No.  4. Squishing their face right up against people and lecturing them is what the Doctor does. Also, she's not a woman any more than that Tardis is a police box:  she's a quasi-immortal alien busybody with two hearts, and her power has never been about her physical size. And she knows kung-fu.

Yep. She went up against an armed man with a blaster* and parylised him with one finger. There’s the Doctor’s main power in action right there, knowledge, and it’s application. (Intelligence in other words.)

A few niggles aside, I enjoyed this episode a lot.

* That gun looked really familiar to me, by the way. I think I’ve seen it before, somewhere else. A repurposed prop, maybe. Or maybe it’s the generic ‘sci gun looks like a hair dryer**’ thing I’m clocking.

**Because that’s likely what these props originally were.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 11 October, 2018, 06:49:49 pm »
My Nan, peacefully and surrounded by family.

Sorry Jimbo.

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