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Prog / Re: Prog 2169 - 43 Years of Blood, Sweat and Tears
« on: 15 February, 2020, 07:07:13 pm »
Love that cover. Great to see Cliff's keeping the logo-incorporated-into-the-picture thing alive.  He's been around since I was very small and I'm glad he's still there.

Games / Re: GearVR, Oculus Rift etc.
« on: 14 February, 2020, 05:40:55 pm »
Necropost I'm afraid (Thryllseekyr - now there's a blast from the past), but I've just tried the Oculus for the first time.  A couple of minutes of a horror game had me literally yelping in fear and ripping off the headset with a pounding heart - me, a jaded horror fan who hasn't been scared by a movie in years.

I didn't fare much better in a little demo called Face Your Fears where a huge robot rips up the very high building I'm in and picks me up in its claw.  For a man with vertigo, looking down at the city below is a truly blood-curdling experience.  I didn't last long there either.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 14 February, 2020, 12:21:52 pm »
Also, yesterday I realised that 'Colosseum' must literally just mean 'very big thing' even though I don't speak Latin.

A Latin bore writes:

The Colosseum is named after the giant statue that the Emperor Nero had made of himself - Nero’s Colossus -that used to stand nearby.  The Romans didn’t call the place the Colosseum at all, though.  To them, it was the Flavian Amphitheatre.

Aha! Not at all boring in my book; I love both etymology and ancient history but only have an amateur's knowledge of each.  Aquila clearly had a bit of research behind it!

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 14 February, 2020, 11:32:25 am »

Take a silver crucifix with you. And lots of garlic...

...or even a shaver   :P.

My first prison job was very interesting - we were painting in a small room in the drug rehab section and I couldn't believe how they left sweating, shivering convicts unattended in the room with us.  They were fine though, one lad finding the strength to compliment our work. 

Walking around the wing it was amazing to see that many cell doors were open and inmates were wandering round chatting and joking with guards. Most of the prisoners knew my brother and I ended up having a few friendly chats in there.  I'd expected unrelenting grimness and ended up having a laugh.

But then, of course, I could leave at the end of the day.

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 14 February, 2020, 11:20:45 am »
It does seem that it's time to bite the beetle and start looking into ways to make eating insects palatable and safe.  A friend of mine got dysentery after eating a fried cockroach in Asia, but it would seem that he was supposed to pick a small piece out instead of drunkenly stuffing the whole thing down his gob, legs stuck in his teeth and all.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 14 February, 2020, 11:12:31 am »
It occurred to me embarrassingly recently that The Great Beard (the best English-language writer of comics) is a play on The Great Bard (the best English-language writer of other shit).

Also, yesterday I realised that 'Colosseum' must literally just mean 'very big thing' even though I don't speak Latin.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 14 February, 2020, 11:07:44 am »
So it turns out my brother works with Alistair Fruish, who is  very good friend of Alan Moore.  Yesterday I painted a mural in the prison where the brother and Fruish sometimes work.  My next plan is to wangle a meeting with the Great Beard.

General / Re: Have I missed a thread about this?
« on: 13 February, 2020, 12:06:47 am »
Brilliant! He's even wearing a Necropolis t-shirt!

Ooh, well spotted! He's the gift that keeps on giving.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 12 February, 2020, 06:37:05 pm »
A limerick:

12 + 144 + 20 + 3√4  + (5 x 11) = 92 + 0

Waddya mean you don't get it? It's clearly:

A dozen a gross and a score
plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
plus five times eleven
is nine squared and not a bit more.
Consider this nicked.


One I remember from school:

There was a young lady from Bude
Who went for a swim in a lake.
A bloke in a punt
Stuck a pole up her nose,
And said 'You can't swim here, it's private'.

General / Have I missed a thread about this?
« on: 12 February, 2020, 03:31:34 pm »

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 February, 2020, 02:33:39 pm »
There’s a world of difference between the Irish and British systems. ‘Winning’ in Ireland isn’t cut and dry. STV means that a majority government has to have the backing of the majority of the publication. SF won’t be able to ride roughshod over the country as a whole, because if they get into government, it will be in a coalition in which they themselves won’t even be a majority. By contrast, the UK is lumbered with a toxic and massive Tory majority off the back of a plurality vote.

Well, quite.  SF can now make some of the decisions but not all of them.  It doesn't allow for radical change but I'd take it over Johnson/Trump-style ripping up of perfectly good existing policies out of spite.  Now, if I had my way, the entire system would be swept away and rebuilt from scratch, but it's not going to happen any time soon so the best we can do is work with what we have.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 February, 2020, 10:04:21 pm »
Couldn't agree more.  However, the Shinners aren't doing themselves too many favours on that score either, with a TD unapologetically shouting 'Up the Ra' to celebrate his election, and supporters shouting similar boneheaded slogans on hearing news of the landslide.

I blame the BBC for making Republican songs cool and funny.

Cullinane is an absolute fecking eejit for what he said, no question, unnecessary, hurtful, divisive and damaging.

However, to hear commentators- both UK and RoI - banging on about it as if one fool's words undermines the GFA and the peace process, after the utter contempt with which Leave and the Tories have treated those very issues, or to imply that celebrating past acts of violence is beyond the Pale, or that asserting nationalist ambitions is barbaric... that's galactic scale hypocrisy.

You don't get to laud Cromwell as the architect of your democracy, or your Brexit as liberation from oppression, or the civilising benefits of your once-and-future Empire and lecture other prats about their offensive nationalist language.

Note: I am in no shape or form a nationalist.

I absolutely agree.  We really need to get past this idea of fetishising our own past atrocities and condemning those of others.  Killing people is never something to be proud
of, whoever does it.

Sure, the British nationalist cheerleaders are in no position to throw stones from their glass houses.  But I really feel that Sinn Fein now has a lot more responsibility, and also needs to at least address this kind of frothing, belligerent bullshit when it comes from from its own members.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 February, 2020, 07:00:09 pm »

I've no time for the 'armed struggle', or for sectarian politics, never have, never will. I wish my country's independence had grown quietly and gradually through Home Rule, not violence and division. But that's over, and this is what comes after. Stop trying to bring it all back.

Couldn't agree more.  However, the Shinners aren't doing themselves too many favours on that score either, with a TD unapologetically shouting 'Up the Ra' to celebrate his election, and supporters shouting similar boneheaded slogans on hearing news of the landslide.

While I am delighted to see such breaches in the two-party brick wall, I can't help thinking it isn't just the opposing parties who need to let the past go and grow the fuck up.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 10 February, 2020, 10:35:22 pm »
Tommy Smith, co-owner and barman of Grogan's Pub on South William Street, Dublin. He personally showed me much kindness, support and empathy over the 35 plus years that I was a visitor to the best pub in Dublin, bar none. I am so deeply saddened to hear of his passing and will raise a glass to his memory tonight. Rest in Peace, Tommy Smith.


Sorry to hear that -  I never knew his name till now but I've bought many pints off him.  I dont like Grogans*, but all my friends do so I'm there quite a bit.  He, and all the staff, have never been anything short of exemplary ambassadors to their trade.

*the only real problem being that it's so popular - you can't move in there.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 10 February, 2020, 02:41:15 pm »
The Healy-Raes are no fools, for all that they work to portray themselves as innocent toilers from the boreens of Kerry.  They know full well that the burden of climate change is going to fall heavily on the communities that keep re-electing their little tuath, and are positioning themselves (as usual) as protectors of the traditional man of the land being endlessly harried by the jet-setters and avocado-eaters of the Big Smoke (and there's some truth in that part at least). In reality the dynasty was founded in New York when Jackie married an American, their daughters are a barrister and a teacher: the whole circus is a wildly successful, utterly cynical, performance worthy of Synge or Boucicault.   

True. But it doesn't want me want to force feed them their own eyeballs any less. 

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