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Website and Forum / Re: Full Posting Privileges
« on: 15 January, 2019, 07:40:07 pm »
Hi, I'd like to be able to post too, please?  Thanks in advance.  :D

Have you tried the red box at the end of the road?

General / Re: John Cooper original art
« on: 13 January, 2019, 04:29:33 pm »
It would help to have more information about the piece as well as a picture.  Posting to the site here is a bit of a mare but if you post it to Facebook and then link that would no doubt be the easiest option.  Then you might get a clearer idea of who is up for it.

Megazine / Re: Meg 404 - Crystal Trips & Alien Stare
« on: 12 January, 2019, 10:44:15 pm »
Not too sure about the Dredd but Lynch's art continues to improve which is a definite bonus.  My money is on genetic similarity rather than revival of the old foe but that remains to be seen.  Certainly Wyatt's choice raises the question of why the individual in question has evolved into such a major protagonist for Dredd, considering all those he has faced off against over the years.

Quite a jump for Lawless and the old questions about the ethics of MC1 raised.  A little jarring but it does work and avoids so many cliches.  Blunt on the other hand ... nope, sorry you've lost me.  Storm Warning starts off reasonably well but considering the last series I'm not too sure.  Definitely a watch this space sort of thing.

Torture Garden only at the half way mark you say?  Interesting then.  Hine has managed to make the DJ's disturbing more than anything else, probably the most appropriate direction to take them in.

Notwithstanding the printing error, it is nice to have something completely new for the floppy.  If the Meg is going to include reprints then introducing us to new material that we may have missed is a definite bonus, particularly considering the over saturation of reprints of some parts of tooth history.

Film & TV / Re: DUNE rights acquired by Legendary Films.
« on: 11 January, 2019, 05:20:47 pm »
The first novel plays with it subtly.  The role of religion and prophecy are significant themes, together with ecology and eugenics.  I'm not sure I'd describe Muad d'ib as a 'superhero', rather as a superman in the Nietzschean sense of the word.  The 2nd and 3rd books really bring the dangers of 'religion' to the fore as Alia takes on the mantle  of power then Paul's children.  So yes, extremism and so on run through the books.

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 10 January, 2019, 08:10:32 pm »
Over the years we have been truly privileged to have some of the finest artists of the last forty years work on Dredd.  No two ever produced exactly the same rendition whilst staying true to Ezquerra's original vision.  It would be interesting to see a repeat of the "Changing Faces of Dredd" feature from the first Dredd annual.  With the veritable feast of artists since it would make for an interesting work.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 07 January, 2019, 06:47:24 am »
Number 5 will never catch on ...

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 07 January, 2019, 06:44:19 am »
What has triggered this episode is anxiety over a relationship yet again, or a potential one to be more specific. 

Quite possibly this is where CBT might be helpful, in terms of reframing what is happening.  The worst thing about relationships is that we invest a lot of ourselves in them and when the other party doesn't reciprocate in the way that we hope we see it as a reflection on us. 

Alternative interpretations can ease the impact a little:

- you are too important for the individual to risk losing in their life if the relationship doesn't work out.
- they are not in a place where the relationship is something they could cope with right now.
- they have similar baggage to you and the relationship could actually be the worst thing ever for both of you (been there, got the scars ...)
- their head is firmly ensconced in their alimentary canal.

Of course we could come out with all the usual platitudes about how important relationships really are but we know they are all complete codswallop!

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 06 January, 2019, 06:52:55 pm »
Hi JBC, like many other folks in these parts, I can appreciate where you are coming from.  The worst thing about the dark pooch is its unerring ability to jump out on you when you're least expecting it.  Knowing what the worst aspects are is more of a challenge than experiencing them.

CBT is quite popular with primary care specialists these days and like Funt says, it has a large body of supportive research behind it.  In a lot of studies it has generally been found to be more effective than medication in long term treatment.

Possibly it's popularity is because it puts a lot of responsibility on the patient, it is cheap and easy to implement anywhere.  It's built on the idea that it is how we think about our feelings that is part of the issue with regards to chronic anxiety / depression.  Something happens, we think about it in a set way which triggers negative feelings and we're off and running.  Standard examples are along the lines of someone walks past you and ignore you, you assume that they are snubbing you which reinforces negative thoughts about yourself ...

I guess one of the advantages of the approach is it focuses less on underlying cause and more on dealing with present manifestation, if that makes sense.  No talking for hours about how your mother used to treat you (I finally get that scene in Blade Runner), more about what went through your mind when someone upset you and how else to think about it.

I've been using it for a few years now, along with Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, which is an extension of it, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (another CBT variant) with varying degrees of success.  I find some of the ideas from ACT quite helpful when I'm spiking.  Harris points out that one thing we have a really nasty habit of is giving ourselves grief when we feel low or anxious.  Anyone else we would be supportive of, but ourselves we give a damn good shoeing!  The one person we most need to be compassionate with is the last person we ever are with ...)

One really useful method is 'distancing'.  So if I'm starting to spike, I begin with a simple thought .. "Oh, I'm feeling anxious (whatever)".  This is the start of a chain  "I've just noticed ... "  "I've realised that I've just noticed .." "I'm now thinking about the fact that I realised that I've just noticed ..." and so on.  Each chain puts a bit more distance between me and my anxiety and allows it to ease off.  It tends to work better than my old tendency to ruminate, try and figure out why I'm feeling the way I am and plowing headlong into meltdown ...

Connected to this, I use his other idea about accepting that is the way I feel at that point, that it is only a feeling that will pass and that it is actually okay to feel crappy sometimes.

I'd love to be able to say it is a guaranteed method but it does work with practice.  Remember that you've only been playing around with this for a week, you are not alone and there are plenty of folks here willing to offer support of different types, that you are likely to be riding a rollercoaster for the next few days but not alone.

By all means PM if you need to.  In the meantime, what Sharky said ...

Prog / Re: Prog 2112 - Assault and Battery
« on: 05 January, 2019, 03:44:03 pm »
I thought there was traditionally a three week break instead of just the two for us subbers?

Aye, I was a bit thrown by the turn up this morning.  I thought last week's prog was an early bird from a pre-Christmas print run since we've had similar before but we'd have a longer wait for the next prog.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 31 December, 2018, 09:34:21 am »
Gnnnn!   :o

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 30 December, 2018, 06:34:17 pm »
If it's not a personal question?  How much more personal can you get?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 30 December, 2018, 01:46:40 pm »

.... while the general public squabble over which useful idiot is the One True Messiah and ignore what's going on.

He's not the Messiah, he's just a very naughty boy!

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 30 December, 2018, 01:07:48 am »
What I personally find most disturbing about where we are at present is that the every real concerns of the most vulnerable in society have been grossly distorted and utilised in the service of the needs of those who have created the conditions for some of these ideas to evolve.  2008  began a process in which the state was progressively rolled back, the support of those with greatest need was assaulted and the gains of those in the strongest positions were entrenched.  The referendum campaign piggybacked on the anger and discontent, or rather distorted and abused it.  Two years on, it has become talismanic despite its tainted nature.

The aristocracy / elite of this nation may not be full on national socialists or paedophiles (and for f***s sake can we stop using the latter as a casual insult since they are anything but human) but they are definitely calculated and devious bastards who care absolutely nothing for the interests of the population as a whole.  Let's face it, we are talking about a group of individuals who are essentially descended from the most devious and calculating bullies on the block.   HRH Mrs Windsor is descended from the biggest of them all.  These are individuals responsible for some of the greatest atrocities in history.  The national socialists made only one mistake compared to some of this crowd; they lost.  The aristocracy of this country built a nation on trade in human beings and exploitation of the resources of other nations and the people of this nation.

It is understandable that so many have given up on the political process and embraced extremist ideologies. After all, politicians have given up on them.  Other than the vague pretence at concern every 5 years (or more frequently if it serves the interests of the ruling party) as a rule politicians really don't give a damn.  The current political crisis is solely down to the utterly inept attempt by Cameron to consolidate his position of power so what else is there to say?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 29 December, 2018, 04:00:10 pm »
In short I hate the practice with every fibre of my being, ...

I know what you mean.  I get the same feeling when I see people using comic sans.

Prog / Prog 2112 - Assault and Battery
« on: 28 December, 2018, 03:44:23 pm »
IIRC mods are a bit coy about the New Year's prog being spoken about too much so I'm going to exercise caution here.  That said, 'twas a nice surprise on the door mat this morning.  Granted it does mean another extended wait for 2113 but glass half full and all that.

Trevallion's cover is sublime, I have to say.  Lots to enjoy inside although Dredd does seem like a lot of work for the punchline.  Some nice ideas in the 3riller but these seem to be quite hit and miss.  Wait and see.  In ascending order for the remainder of the prog then; Skip Trace, Fiends, Brink.  The latter could do with being embargoed in terms of discussion until it lands on stands but lots going on.

So if 2019 is going to be the year British 'civilisation' finally crumbles, at least Tooth will be seeing it out in style if this is anything to go by.

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