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Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 16 January, 2018, 11:07:35 pm »

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 16 January, 2018, 07:16:21 pm »
You can't access Pirate Bay from the UK.  Luckily our government made that top priority and not anything superfluous and unimportant like the NHS or putting spprinklers in high rises.

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 16 January, 2018, 06:27:27 pm »
I do enjoy those TV-less heroes who claim they shouldn't have to pay the evil BBC their TV licence pound of flesh, but still expect to be able to access BBC i-Player on their tablet

Another straw man?  LOL.  It's like an episode of Wurzel Gummidge up in here.
That was actually a recent change to the tv licence requirements, which previously only applied to live reception devices (an obsolete definition since the analogue switch-off) and streams of live events or first showings of original content.  Since the introduction of the new laws, you can't actually access any BBC content on the iPlayer from any device on your property without first attesting that you own a tv licence.

uniquely clueless understanding


Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 16 January, 2018, 04:03:04 pm »
Some spirited straw manning there, but for many people, TVs are little more than monitors for media hubs, while others have dumped their TVs to avoid paying the bloated licence fee for the BBC propaganda machine - FREEDOM FOR TOOTING! - as streaming services just work out much cheaper, as well as being a more practical use of viewing time than just sitting through whatever shite happens to be on.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 January, 2018, 08:48:41 pm »
This has been spun in reviews as a commentary on the indecisive nature of Japanese politicians. But it's not. It's just really terrible film-making.

The non-Godzilla portions of the film I found to be no more boring than usual - the average Big G film usually having a wasteland middle hour where nothing happens - but it wasn't reviewers who came up with that spin: Hideaki Anno said before the film came out that it was a direct commentary on the government's mishandling of the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and the current trend in Japan's conservative government to suck America's dick.*

* He may not have used this precise euphemism.

Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 14 January, 2018, 11:18:27 pm »
64 pages of text article still has to be paid for, I'd imagine, and this marks a departure for the floppies if Tharg is now producing original material for them.  Might it just be a collection of various text stories or articles from annuals and specials?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 January, 2018, 10:09:16 pm »
If I was in the sweep, my money would have been on "unearthed recording", as there is zero chance the buffoon hasn't violated every taboo already, it's just a matter of waiting for the tapes to surface.

Also: when - not if - he drops the N-bomb, the GOP will suddenly develop amnesia about that time they threw a shit fit when Obama said it.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 January, 2018, 12:53:14 pm »
Impeachment seems increasingly like a necessary public duty than a criminal one

Not going to happen.  The highest office in the Western hemisphere being brought down by either the system or the people it represents would set a disastrous precedent for the political establishment, as well as be a millstone around the Republican Party's neck in exactly the same way Nixon has been.  Legacy means a great deal to this strain of the political classes, as you can tell by the way they've worked relentlessly to destroy anything Obama contributed to policy while in office, and they work under the impression that they control how history will be written and that their provable transgressions will be written out of it.

Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 12 January, 2018, 05:58:11 pm »
And Outlier, from only a few years back. At this rate, the floppy will soon be reprinting bits of last month's Meg.

I think with the Tornado reprints we're already seeing the way forward.  Rebellion is sitting on a ton of material it will likely never use anywhere else.

Thanks - I really should get round to watching Enterprise.

Oh no! You've activated the Bear Signal!

The first two seasons of Enterprise are the best.  ALL HAIL THE EMPIRE.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 11 January, 2018, 11:09:05 pm »
Amazon Prime are screening The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for free this weekend to celebrate its Golden Globe wins, and it's well worth checking out if your area is covered by the offer.
It's a period drama set in 1958 about a Jewish housewife who falls into stand up comedy when her husband leaves her and their two children for his teenage secretary.  Some contrivance in its opening episode - available to view for free on Youtube - but improves greatly as it goes, with some neat cameos from Jane Lynch and Wallace Shawn along the way.  Some glaring anachronism and an impossibly young cast for the covered material, but otherwise a highly enjoyable series.

All the characters are assholes, no-one trusts each other, and they haven't done a single original thing yet - what's not to like?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 January, 2018, 11:30:09 pm »
The Journey, the story of the final leg of the 2006 Northern Irish peace talks, starts out telling you it's not based on real events, almost apologetic for what follows - as well it should be.  Great performances from Tim Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness, as well as a less memorable performance from Norman Bates as their driver, but the script is pretty rotten.  I actually met Martin McGuinness once: some mates dragged me out of bed saying "we're going to a U2 concert" so the day was already off to a bad start, but as we were getting into the car, my local councillor appeared ninja-like and introduced me to McGuinness, who was doing the rounds on our street because of some politics stuff going on, and the only thing I could think to say as he shook my hand was "Deep Space Nine is my favorite show."

General / Re: Why is Judge Fear so unpopular?
« on: 08 January, 2018, 11:20:05 pm »
Because nobody likes goths.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 January, 2018, 04:30:30 pm »
It's hard to see anyone who is reasonably civil and inquisitive as a conservative because conservatism as a body has been hijacked by neoliberals and the certifiably batshit insane.

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