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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 August, 2019, 07:25:51 pm »
I would say that if there are volumes you know you’ll want, FP’s pre-ordering works well. I got a couple of the TF volumes that way. (I’ve collected the Marvel run.)

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 August, 2019, 04:50:18 pm »
Given that most subscribers haven’t had 51 yet, it’s just out of stock on their website. However, it does appear that the print run is quite slim now, and so don’t dither when whatever you want does come back into stock. Or just ignore Hachette entirely and cherry pick via Forbidden Planet instead.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 20 August, 2019, 04:47:43 pm »
I think that angle is purely Scott’s, too. It certainly wasn’t in the original novel, nor something the people who worked on the screenplay were thinking.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 20 August, 2019, 01:59:25 pm »
I find that the question of Deckard literally being a replicant, or not, is not in itself a particularly interesting loose-end nor the point, as Ridley Scott continues to argue.
I never got why Scott was so gung-ho on that point. It details the entire ending, for a start, and much of the point of what it means to be human, if we’re basically watching an Amiga track down and kill ZX Spectrums.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 20 August, 2019, 10:45:53 am »
At least we'll have bendy bananas.

Edit: which I meant to post in the politics thread.  Ah well.  It's here now.
To be fair, Brexit really should have ended with that, on people thinking “if that’s the sole benefit of this thing, and even that is bullshit anyway, let’s ditch this ridiculous idea”.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 August, 2019, 10:43:49 am »
Ultimately, a lot of this comes down to Labour’s shitty media training. Corbyn could and should have nixed this earlier, and not grinned like an idiot at his lot shouting down a journalist asking a perfectly reasonable question. Also, I’m very much aware that this kind of shit happens at Brexit and Conservative pressers, too. But I want Labour to be BETTER.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 August, 2019, 11:20:41 pm »
If Corbyn isnt going to get this coalition, maybe someone else should do it - why do they need to wait for him if he doesnt have the numbers?

Because if someone tries to circumvent Corbyn, a chunk of Labour will stomp off with their ball, leaving the numbers short.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 19 August, 2019, 10:10:31 pm »
Yep. Removing it killed them.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 August, 2019, 10:09:54 pm »
I don’t like Corbyn, but I don’t think he’s wrong. I also am furiously angry with Swinson’s ridiculous red line, given that she should have taken a lesson from May. Where the wheels fall off for Corbyn is in Labour’s ongoing ideological position, which appears to be “back us, or we’ll ensure the country falls into the abyss”.

Labour COULD have offered a cooperative temporary government. Instead, they want Labour alone, and for support from everyone else will ensure no-deal doesn’t happen, and would offer a second referendum – albeit one they’re now saying they’d be neutral on (as the government, which is fucking astonishing).

Corbyn COULD entertain the very real possibility that he doesn’t in fact – and will not under this composition – command the confidence of the House. So what then? What would Labour do if a VONC passes, and there’s no temporary government to guarantee no deal doesn’t happen? We might not be able to do a GE fast enough, so that means no deal by default because, what, Corbyn couldn’t hack the possibility of someone else being PM for a month or three? He needs to get over himself. He’s not bigger than the country. No-one is.

Frankly, the fucking lot of them need hurling into the sea, with a few rare exceptions. (That all said, I’m not sure who should head up a temporary government as PM. Who would everyone get behind? Is there a Lord that everyone could be OK in getting behind? Or an independent like Heidi Allen?)

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 August, 2019, 09:36:40 pm »
No, this was directly out of the Trump playbook: grinning while a reporter is booed, waiting far too long to quieten the crowd, saying the reporter should be allowed to ask their question, and then allowing the entire debacle to repeat. I’m not saying Corbyn is Trump-like, but this episode was in the same territory, albeit at a much smaller – and more ‘British’ scale.

I’ve no idea what his answer was, but Labour so far have dodged that particular question like champion Dodgeball player Dodgy Dodge McDodgerson. Meanwhile, Labour activists continue to slam anyone asking the same question (including ‘hilariously’ getting Swinson’s name wrong), while offering outright lies like how only the LOTO can form a government if the PM falls, and that other parties would be picking Labour’s leader. (The confidence of the House can be held by any MP, and, indeed, any Lord. And there’s nothing in law that states Corbyn could not continue as leader of the Labour party, planning the next GE, and defining policy, while someone else is temporary PM.)

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 August, 2019, 06:54:08 pm »
The question was whether Corbyn would be willing to support someone else leading a temporary govt IF he couldn’t command the House. The mob was Momentum types in the audience. The poor MP had to keep saying things like “may I remind you this is going out LIVE”. She got the optics; no-one else did. Corbyn was grinning like an idiot for long stretches before going “*chuckle* No, no, let’s let him ask the question. He’s a very nice man”. It was like a very British take on Trump, and pretty horrifying. (Also, while it’s an out of context snippet – much of the rest was good – it’s absolutely NOT the kind of shit Corbyn should be doing at this stage.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 August, 2019, 02:13:41 pm »
Meanwhile, on  the left, Corbyn cleverly screws up what was otherwise a decent speech by performing Ultimate Fence Sitting on a second referendum, and then going all Trumpist when a journalist asks a perfectly decent question and his braying mob try to shout him down. FFS. It really comes across like he doesn’t want to be PM or even in power, because activism is his home.

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Prog / Re: Decompressed Storytelling - Yes or No
« on: 19 August, 2019, 12:08:36 pm »
Point. But the post still stands, just with a different problem regarding the nature of what should or shouldn’t be done for storytelling purposes. A good editor looks at a pitch, and makes suggestions based on that specific material. Less good is forcing everything into a similar box or template.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 August, 2019, 12:07:00 pm »
The TIGCUKWTF lot just baffle me. I admire what they did initially, but after the local elections, they should have recognised that the Lib Dems weren’t in fact an ex-party, and strategised accordingly. Instead, you had the bizarre spectacle of MEP candidates being asked why someone should vote for them over the Lib Dems and stumbling, because they had no answer (and, to a great extent, no policies). You can’t just be against something in politics – that’s not enough. “We hate Brexit.” OK, great. What about everything else? “Well, we’ve not had a chat among ourselves about that yet.” Fine, so how will you spread the message to doorsteps around the country, matching the Lib Dem ground army? “… Shit.”

Baffling.

Still, the shitshow moves ever onwards, with threats of marshal law, the government arguing that the Yellowhammer document is irrelevant because the leak was from two weeks ago (because, clearly, all the issues surrounding severe delays to medicine are now solved), and bullshit from Patel that’s now made my wife terrified to leave the country. WELL DONE, EVERYONE.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 19 August, 2019, 10:54:41 am »
According to the film lore, the Replicants were essentially indistinguishable from humans, bar a few tiny anomalies, and the ageing thing was a failsafe that could be removed. I don’t recall how the book positioned things.

To my mind, Blade Runner falls between two camps. The sequel was unnecessary, but for me didn’t impact negatively on the original. I suspect that third category exists for quite a few films. (There are relatively few, though, that with the sequel meaningfully improve the series as a whole. For every Mad Max, there are dozens of “why did you do thats”.)

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