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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 10 December, 2018, 11:15:34 pm »
The pound is at its lowest for 20 months.

Some of us get paid in dollars. :-)

Seriously, though — this is the thing that makes me SO angry when some Brexit headbanger accuses me of putting self-interest before my country… 1) I don’t give a shit about “my country”, but if the human beings that live near to me are in danger of something harmful to them, I’d like to avoid it, and 2) 80%+ of my income is USD, and I have a relatively little personal debt plus a chunk of savings earning effectively nothing. The hardest of hard Brexits would see sterling collapse and interest rates soar, which would be like half a century of Christmasses coming at once, financially.

And I still don’t want it to happen. Because i’m not a complete c*nt … unlike, say, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is somehow inexplicably is now the voice of the people.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 09 December, 2018, 10:49:35 pm »
In fact, having given it a bit more thought, I'm genuinely considering that episode as a new entry in my top (or bottom) ten all-time worst episodes of Doctor Who. I loathed everything about it.

I’m not sure I’d be that harsh on it, but I’d agree it was terrible — it made literally no sense whatsoever. I’d be happy to keep Whitaker, but Chibnall will kill this show within three years.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 09 December, 2018, 09:53:30 pm »
Can’t remember if it was Mike Collins or Patrick Goddard, but one of the droids who works on the show has said they’re already working on the next series, so it doesn’t sound like they’re taking a full year out.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 09 December, 2018, 09:29:19 pm »
Fundamentally, the problem with this series of Dr Who is that I don’t think Chibnall gives a shit about science fiction. In fact, I think he’s actively contemptuous of it.

If you’re handed one of the BBC’s premier shows and the best thing you can come up with for your FOURTH episode is ”something something giant spiders something toxic waste something something” then you’re obviously not even trying.

An engaging cast is really doing their best but there’s not much they can do with an episode like tonight’s — the ‘series finale’ — when it makes not a lick of sense.

One thing, I thought each day was for the named contributor only. PJ's art is brilliant but could he hold back until the free for all day rather than going on top of other people's days.

Pete might correct me, but I don't recall there ever being a stipulation that only the named contributor can post — people's plans change and there's always been a certain amount of people posting when they get the time. I'm hoping to get something in this year, but my schedule is so chaotic just now I can't commit to a day.

Prog / Re: Prog 2110 - Gremlins in the System!
« on: 06 December, 2018, 10:51:37 am »
One thing I think people may be missing about Kingdom is that there are a lot of calls on the Elson droid's time these days, and it may be simple pragmatism on the part of the creators to end the current run in a way which could be picked up if and when Richard has time, but which serves as a proper ending if it turns out that he never does.

Better this, surely, than ending it in a way that demands obvious continuation and leaving it hanging for five years, or never getting resolved at all…?

General / Re: Looking for reviewers and bloggers
« on: 03 December, 2018, 10:40:22 pm »
You can hack into it here.

I actually use that site to generate copy when a script says “screen full of hacker code”…!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 December, 2018, 11:56:04 pm »
Fantastic Beasts II: I agree entirely agree about all of this. There was an assumption that I’d remember a metric fucktonne of stuff from the first movie that rendered at least the first thirty minutes incomprehensible to me. Yes, it kind of settles down into something watchable in the last hour and I didn’t hate it, but I thought it was very much the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest of this series.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 01 December, 2018, 11:14:35 pm »
Belatedly catching up with The Terror. Five episodes in… this is very good stuff. It’s actually been making me think a lot of Brink, in as much it has humans in an environment implacably hostile to human occupation and there’s a very real question about how much is actual supernatural horror and how much is about these people just going mad.

« on: 30 November, 2018, 08:45:12 pm »
Just got this "signed" on eBay - interestingly, it's clearly signed by: Biz, Mills, Kev Walker and Tony Skinner!

Anyone else got one of these or, indeed, knows what sort of anomaly it is?

People are idiots. I met up with Kev at an ABC Warriors signing many years ago with Pat and Tony, and people were just putting anything in front of them to sign. ISTR someone presented Kev with a copy of Judgement on Gotham while we were talking — Kev declined on the grounds that he wasn't Simon Bisley and the punter replied "Yeah, but you're a J.D. artist, aren't you?" (At this point, Kev had drawn exactly one Dredd story, in an annual). The guy obviously wasn't going to take no for an answer, so Kev signed it to keep the line moving.

Prog / Re: Prog 2109 - Shark-Infested Waters
« on: 30 November, 2018, 02:07:09 pm »
My wife thinks of things I don't all the time. It doesn't mean my marriage is full of plot holes.

NARRATOR: Shortly afterwards, he was surprised to receive divorce papers citing "irreparable strains on willing suspension of disbelief" as the primary cause of the marriage breakdown.

Film & TV / Re: Marvel Superheroes hit Netflix
« on: 30 November, 2018, 11:21:42 am »
Yeah, it's a bit odd with an explicit link to the MCU as well.

DD season 2 was the last one I watched - there's just too much of it out there for me to keep up.

Well, if you feel like catching up from there…

Luke Cage S1 — I liked this more than some, and it lays a lot of groundwork for the significantly-better S2.

Iron Fist S1 — There's a good series in here trying to get out, but it never manages it. There's a fight sequence a few episodes in where they suddenly go split-screen and you think it's going to embrace the 1970s kung-fu vibe it should have been going for all along… but it doesn't. You can skip this completely if you already know who Danny/Iron Fist is, since that's all you need for…

Defenders S1 — I thought this was solidly entertaining. Elektra is substantially less annoying than in Daredevil S2 (which I thought suffered from being great except for all the bits with Daredevil in) and it sets up DD S3.

The Punisher S1 — I thought this was great. Perhaps not if you're a big fan of the comics… I'm not, so I can't really say, but this doesn't pretend to have any easy answers to the questions it poses, especially about the damage done to men who serve, and even manages some sly humour on the subject of male friendship. Quite a lot of wince-inducing violence.

Jessica Jones S2 — This is a weird one. I didn't hate any of the individual episodes, but somehow this seemed completely unsatisfying as a series. I'd argue that this is skippable, too.

Luke Cage S2 — A step up from S1. Worth a watch. Also, Misty Knight.

Iron Fist S2 — Much more like it. It's still a little po-faced, and they could have dialled it up a lot more, but Danny is about 80% less annoying. Also, Misty Knight. :-)

Daredevil S3 — Now more or less the gold standard for these. Tight, muscular plotting. Good acting throughout and D'Onofrio's Kingpin is magnificent. Possibly docked a point for lack of Misty Knight.

Film & TV / Re: Marvel Superheroes hit Netflix
« on: 30 November, 2018, 09:14:33 am »
At some point there will be an implosion, and this might be Netflix anticipating it.

But then why do a big money deal with Mark Millar?

I'm assuming that the Marvel thing is either coming from Disney, or is retaliation by Netflix for Disney's streaming plans. I imagine the Millar thing was, at least in part, a move to fill that part of their schedule that wasn't reliant on other people's IP and thus prone to this sort of thing.

Prog / Re: Prog 2109 - Shark-Infested Waters
« on: 29 November, 2018, 05:37:59 pm »
Wasn't the wheelchair bound Kazan one of the GRennie's droids hanging chads?  Could easily have misremembered that  :-[

I'm pretty sure you're right.

Creative Common / Re: The Writers' Block
« on: 28 November, 2018, 05:24:00 pm »
Right... no more double spaces after a full stop, then - that's going to take a lot of un-learning...

I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over that — my script formatting macro strips out the double-spaces along with most of the unwanted capital ‘I’s and swaps out three periods ... for an ellipsis …

I imagine most letterers are the same. At least, they should be, because I explain the process of script prep in tedious detail on my blog.

Avoiding tabs and typing all caps are both decent bits of advice, but I wouldn’t worry too much about any one niggly bit of formatting.

The big one for me is PDF scripts, which I still see at least once a month. I just send them straight back — there are usually only two reasons for a writer sending a PDF script. One is that they’re using CeltX to write their scripts, in which case they just need to stop because CeltX’s ‘comic script’ format is garbage and it only produces PDFs. The other is that the writer is using Final Draft, in which case they can just change the export format to RTF.

The other reason, and this baffles me, is because the writer doesn’t want their script messing with and if a writer’s relationship with their editor is that poor then everyone else involved in the project should run a mile…

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