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General / How do you like your Finnigan Sinister?
« on: 12 March, 2017, 07:28:48 pm »
Because even individual artists draw him differently from one story to the next. I think I'd go with Simon Davis' original version- white skin, red nose, long, straight and wild hair, leather trenchcoat with biker jacket zips.

 Never had much time for the short-haired , normal-skinned, Brad Pitt -cheekboned bomber-jacketed Finny he later became (although i do like the fact that unlike most comic characters he's allowed to change his clothes and hairstyle).

The fecker's had more image changes than Purity Brown.

Film & TV / Buffy - a confession
« on: 12 March, 2017, 11:27:15 am »
So Buffy is 20 years old. And i have a confession to make - I've never seen a single episode. At the time i saw it as i see Twilight now - geared towards bad-poetry-writing goth teens (as opposed to bad-short-story-writing semi-goth twenty-somethings, as i was then).

My recently-departed best mate Colin told me at the time it was excellent, and now all the nostalgic newspaper articles seem to back him up. So, and i suspect 99% of you watched it religiously, was it really that good? And should i watch it?

Is Moch-R still the man to go to? I PMed him today but no response yet (he does seem to be EXTREMELY busy these days in fairness).

Film & TV / Sherlock Season 4
« on: 18 January, 2017, 07:23:49 pm »
Just finished watching this.  Well, the middle one was proper Sherlock the way it used to be - Mind-bendingly clever with enough hanging plot threads to keep you interested.  The introduction of the Holmes sister was excellent; I like my Sherlock to gather up seemingly innocuous encounters from subplots and throw them back in your face with a flourish.  Also the Jimmy Savile angle made the bad guy all the more loathsome and creepy.

The first and last episodes, though; not so great. I can barely remember what happened in the first one apart from Mary Watson dying, and the last one turned into a big episode of the Crystal Maze.  And is that really all the Moriarty 'miss me' threads were leading up to? 

General / The Smiling Dredd archive
« on: 19 October, 2016, 12:02:50 am »
See, he's not always stoney-faced.  (Although the first one didn't really happen, and the second one is only a smile because the caption tells us it is.)

Were there ever any other ones?

Books & Comics / Nobel Prize for Literature
« on: 14 October, 2016, 08:34:38 am »
Bob Dylan deserved it fully. Alan Moore should get the next one.  Discuss.

General / Alan Moore on Ezquerra
« on: 01 August, 2016, 09:36:41 pm »
I was listening to an interview with Alan Moore a few years ago, where he was asked if he'll do anything for 2000ad in the future.  His exact words were 'the hell I will' - he then went on to explain how the higher-ups in the house of Tharg once fired Carlos Ezquerra by sending him a note.

Did this ever happen?  (If so, he was clearly unfired since.)  I don't remember a time Carlos wasn't working for the prog for more than a few months.  Anyone know if there's any truth in Moore's story at all?  (I love Alan Moore but he clearly will never be happy as an employee.  Which,being self-employed, I fully understand.)

Music / This week, I've been 15 again
« on: 17 July, 2016, 02:33:53 pm »
I went to The Stone Roses and The Pixies in one week.  Pure nostalgic bliss.  (Ian Brown can't sing for toffee; he never could - he's still brilliant live though.)

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or the 'Help' thread; but I reckoned there'd be more people in the know frequenting this thread.
Anyway one of the services my business offers is signpainting - usually chalkboard menus.  The thing is I have no idea how much to charge or how to charge - though I use printed templates, it's difficult and painstaking work and I try to outsource it whenever possible.
Anyone got any ideas?  Thanks!

General / Thanks Michael Carroll! You're a legend
« on: 26 June, 2016, 07:01:25 pm »
I was working in Dublin yesterday morning, planning on travelling to the Hay (literature) Festival in my home town of Kells at some point in the afternoon.

Then my brother (who is a former squaxx and was home for the festival) called me to ask if I was going to the 'talk about Judge Dredd' (I've had computer and internet problems lately so knew nothing about it).

I downed tools and drove the living fuck out of my scooter to Kells, arriving only about 5 minutes late.

There was none other than Mr Carroll doing the talk and it was absolutely brilliant. Not only did he give a really interesting talk about the Genesis of Dredd leading up to his own involvement in the strip, but he also delivered it in a charming, funny and eloquent way.  Even my brother's girlfriend, with no real prog knowledge behind her, loved the event.

As a person who isn't hugely interested in the conventions and the like (sorry, I know it's a minority position around here) it was a rare treat for me, and I was amazed to discover the good droid in question knew exactly who I was as soon as he saw me - I suppose I must have posted more selfies here than I realised.

Thanks again, Mike, you're awesome.

Books & Comics / A hypothetical book about mythological beings
« on: 04 June, 2016, 02:52:29 pm »
I've often thought I'd love to read a book that discusses possible origins of mythological creatures. I've learned that trolls may well have come from tribal memories of Neanderthals; while dragons may be a combination of our main primal fears (fire, claw-and-tooth combinations, snakes).

The Cyclops may have arisen from speculation about elephant skulls,  and my own shaky theory is that the dwarves that Tolkien adopted were actual dwarves, chosen to mine metals because they simply fit in smaller caverns.

Anyway I'd love to read this hypothetical book, if it exists. Anyone know of something similar?

Music / New Stone Roses single, anyone?
« on: 14 May, 2016, 12:05:09 am »
I heard the Seahorses comparison before I heard the single; so it may have coloured my judgement a bit.  But All for One isn't bad; beautiful intro and catchy riff.  But it's ultimately a fairly standard jangly indie song; whereas things like Waterfall and I am the Resurrection were sublime and awe-inspiring, like nothing I'd heard before or have heard since. 

Books & Comics / Does anyone still read John Constantine comics?
« on: 13 May, 2016, 10:57:35 pm »
I loved the old Hellblazer comics - like Dredd; it was a treat to see how John Constantine developed as he aged in real time.  I lost interest at the 'reset' though; never bothered to see what happened after he became a non-Vertigo, T-rated, younger chap.  I just can't imagine him as a non-sweary young man and I can't get behind the character with his rich backstory deleted.

So, does anyone still read Constantine and is it any good?

Books & Comics / Help me remember a childhood book
« on: 11 May, 2016, 03:45:15 pm »
I remember, as a kid, my brother got a book from the library.  It was a an anthology of short horror stories for children; and rather than the usual ghosts and vampires stuff; they were very, very surreal and disturbing; a sort Chris Morris's Jam for the under-tens.

The only two I remember were one in which somebody plucked and cooked a goose (I think), and was sitting down to enjoy it when its enraged comrades flew in the window with all its feathers and stuck them back in.  The cooked goose was now restored to life and flew off with its friends.

There was another one set outside what I think was either a courtroom or some kind of Parliamentary buildings, where authorities argued and made speeches for hours without a break.  Meanwhile, an innocent young boy was cooking a sausage on a fire outside; and the smell was wafting in, making all these officials get hungrier and hungrier.  Finally, the boy was just putting salt and pepper on his sausage, when the people in the building couldn't stand it any more; whereupon they all rushed outside and, overcome by mob frenzy and hunger, grabbed the boy, ripped him to pieces and ate him along with his sausage. 

And that was how they went.  No morals, no happy ending, just the promise of a troubled, sleepless night ahead.  I would love to find this book, and send it to my brother.  Anyone any clue of what it was?

Off Topic / Busting a perp - any ideas?
« on: 27 April, 2016, 01:07:34 pm »
Sorry to drag this topic up again but as some of you know, I was recently suckered by a property scam, and lost a lot of money (and more importantly, had a cherished dream of living on my own patch of countryside shattered).

I reported the guy to the police, but nothing has arisen from that angle so far (and judging by all my previous experiences with the Irish guards, nothing will arise either, I'm afraid).

However, a friend of mine in a certain civil service job has tracked the guy down.  I have access to his last known address and his last known car reg; which may well still be his current ones.  The problem is, I'm not supposed to know this information, and if I disclose it, my friend's job may well be jeopardised.  I also don't believe the gardai would do much about it even if they had this information - I have had some very bad experiences with them in the past; they really don't seem interested in small-scale crimes like this  - they already have what I now know are his actual car reg and bank details, and have so far done nothing.

A friend suggested a polite, registered letter to his address, acknowledging some 'crossed wires' and asking that my money be refunded through Western Union (the underlying message being, of course, 'I know where you live').  The guy doesn't know where I live, but he may well still have my phone number (though to be honest I doubt it; given that he seems to have discarded whatever SIM he was using). 

This has been my preferred option so far - there is always the possibility that he's part of a gang, or even some IRA branch, which is a frightening prospect.  All I want is my money back (a bonus would be the knowledge that he won't do it to other people, but that might be asking too much).

Any alternative ideas?

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