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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 February, 2019, 04:26:40 pm »
Corbyn's a big boy, though, and he'll be fine - the real issue is the erasure of leftwing jews from this conversation.

If you want to see an example of the whole sordid Labour antisemitism mess in microcosm, it's this:

Someone makes a remark on Twitter referring to Palestine about (not to, to the best of my knowledge) departing Labour MP Joan Ryan. Joan Ryan is not Jewish.

Almost immediately, Jess Phillips, also not Jewish, pops up on national TV to point to this 'incident' as yet more evidence of Labour's endemic antisemitism problem.

A couple of days later, Michael Rosen, the only actual Jewish person in this discussion, asks Phillips, via Twitter, what, specifically, is actually antisemitic about what was said about/to Ryan.

Phillips' response, directly to Rosen, is that he should shut up and "stop shit-stirring" (that's a direct quote).

Prog / Re: Prog 2119 - Cops and Robos
« on: 22 February, 2019, 02:37:46 pm »
Lopez' revenge and the chin last to go obv.

Better if Dredd suddenly starts sprouting a luxuriant moustache that grows back faster than he can shave it off. Eventually, he has to give up and ends up looking exactly like Carlos…

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 21 February, 2019, 04:18:19 pm »
Just to be clear: I'm sure the TB folks haven't done this lightly and I have no particular attachment to either Leeds or the previous venues — I'm sure the event will be just fine in its new home. My issue is with some very specific deficiencies in the UK rail network that make the travel impractical.

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 21 February, 2019, 02:32:27 pm »
Sadly, it means any tentative plans I had to go this year have been abandoned. It's a pain in the arse to get to by train, unfortunately.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 20 February, 2019, 05:18:22 pm »
The revelation that gave me the impetus to go freelance over (Christ…!) a decade ago was twofold:

1) You can always get another shit job.

2) Fundamentally, they’re all shit jobs.

Chin up. We live in a society that insists we define ourselves by work, but that’s rubbish. If a job is making you miserable and getting worse, you don’t owe anyone your mental or physical health. If you have to stack shelves at Tesco (I have) or do a call centre job (I have, more than once), who cares? I’ve quit management jobs before now because they were making me ill and destroying my quality of life and, despite sometimes experiencing short term hardship as a result, my only regret every time was that I didn’t do it sooner.

« on: 20 February, 2019, 11:38:27 am »
It says in the rules that no professional artists are allowed.

It doesn't say that. It says that professional comic artists aren't allowed:

Entries will not be considered from professional artists currently or having previously worked in the comic book industry, as adjudicated by 2000 AD.

EDIT: I see you've spotted that now! My apologies. I'm not deleting this post because I think the bit below is still relevant…

If we disallow illustrators and concept artists, do we also disallow graphic designers? Bear in mind that a professional artist is far less likely to do what is essentially spec work than a fan — this is their livelihood, so they'll be approaching this very much as a fan if they're doing work with no guarantee of getting paid for it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 February, 2019, 02:17:02 pm »
‪Good word of mouth overcame my resistance to some very lacklustre trailers for Alita: Battle Angel. Glad I went — it’s good. Never read the manga, so have no idea how it compares, but the film is a solidly entertaining couple of hours. ‬

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 15 February, 2019, 04:20:55 pm »
I hope you rolled your eyes in an exaggerated fashion at this silly person.

I was too busy consulting my log tables…

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 15 February, 2019, 03:59:10 pm »
It is not really hard SF with its obsession with numbers and so forth, it's hard SF in that until a point very few things act without regards to physics and the tech is all based around actual principles and mechanics. But it's not hard SF where they spend much time dwelling on that.

Fair enough. I haven't read 'em — all I know is what people (whose opinion I generally trust) have said and they all seem to think the books are pretty turgid. Other opinions are available, obviously!

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 15 February, 2019, 03:20:52 pm »
I'm told the books are really tough going, in the way that 'hard' SF has a tendency to be. I dislike 'hard' SF as a point of general principle* but those who are better disposed towards the sub-genre might get on with them.

*I was once told by one of its enthusiastic supporters that "no one should be allowed to write science fiction if they can't use a slide rule."

Film & TV / Re: Doom Patrol!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 11:20:56 pm »
Does Cliff's jaw move when he speaks?

It didn’t in the Titans episode where he appears. Why would it? He doesn’t have lips, a tongue or vocal cords — he’s not articulating speech in a human way, and they modulate Fraser’s voice to make it clear that it’s supposed to be synthesised.

Film & TV / Doom Patrol!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 08:42:18 pm »
After a very promising debut in Titans, here's an extended trailer for the full series. There is so much Morrison/Case stuff in just those four-ish minutes. I'm really quite taken aback.

Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 11:21:50 am »
Fair enough, but

The "but" rather cancels out the "fair enough", don't you think?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 February, 2019, 09:31:45 pm »
How's the first one? Anyone seen it?

Really good. Although I haven’t (yet) seen the second, everyone seems to think it’s better than the first, so you might not enjoy it as much watching them in reverse order…

« on: 10 February, 2019, 06:52:54 pm »

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