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Events / Re: Arthur C. Clarke, R.I.P..........
« on: 19 March, 2008, 08:16:02 AM »
For me Hero isnt exactly the correct word, Id say inspiration was a better one.  He really made me believe we could live better through science.    

Im rather sad at his passing, given his age its not entirely surprising.  

Yer Slips

Prog / Re: Prog 1578 : BIOHAZARD............
« on: 19 March, 2008, 03:51:40 PM »
Dredd's very interesting, the bastard child of Sin City and Origins, even the overtly cartoon art doesnt distract from the great script.

Savage is savage.  Interesting like to ABC.  

Dead Eyes is like the 1990's didnt happen.  Im hoping that the reliable but weird Mr Smith can pull it from Crisis Land with an interesting twist.  

Ten Seconders is a reasonable offering.  But Ive had enough of goth vampire stuff.

Dante was just wow! great stuff and very little Dante.  This is what we want, to see Jenna's backstory and her and Elena becoming friends.  Of course in Dante that only ends in tragedy, cant help but think Morrison is heading towards Dante sitting on the Tsars throne.  A lonely and bitter man.  

Off Topic / Re: Date a superhero
« on: 15 March, 2008, 02:39:59 PM »
I got Scarlet Witch with 70% probability.  
then She Hulk and then Black Canary.

Yer Slips

Off Topic / Re: The John Lewis list
« on: 15 March, 2008, 03:17:57 PM »
Any government that creates a climate of fear to further its agenda is your enemy and fall into the same category themselves.

Peter has an excellent point here that actually links into the expenses, wages, etc of politicians.      A major problem we have in this country (with our politicians) is that we have the "Professional" Politician.  Without being churlish or political, look at the current administration.  Ed Balls, the Millibank brothers (aged 12 and 13 respectively), Jackie Smith, etc.  What have any of them done in any other walk of life other than politics?  Id suggest absolutely jack-ch!t.  So if they have never run a business or a rugby club or a youth club, then why the hell do they think they can run a multi billion pound department like defence or the home office or education?  Id suggest they cant.  

Blair he was a lawyer (well they get to argue, but are hardly ever in charge of a budget).  Brown again is an academic and a professional politician.  If you look at the conservatives they arent much better either Cameron and Osbourne are both "professional" politicians, as is Clegg as are a number of others.  Look at who we are getting into politics.  Lawyers, Doctors, etc people who have the time to join a political party and spend time shmoosing.  Or alternatively Middle aged white men who have already m,ade their money.  

Id suggest to get a broader selection of people into parliament we need to have a way of rewarding and encouraging people into public life (councillors, political activists, politicians), whether thats more money or not is probably part of the question and not the whole answer (there are other questions about the hours they keep and how accountable they actually are as well).

Personally we get what we vote for and as long as we stay apathetic to the politicians the more they will be allowed to take the piss.  Look at the list of things that people in this country feel the politicians ignore us about; the politicians wages and the hours they keep, illegal wars, our role in Europe, climate change and the affect it has, selling off private pensions, buying Northern Rock, the School Lotteries, etc.  We need to make them accountable and responsible, they wont do that by themselves.

Id like to say that I dont think that MP's should have that sort of expenses but I do think that balance should be sought.  If we dont want them to have carte blanche on expenses, then we need to ask what do they need secretaries, researchers, a living allowance (if they are from outside London), traveling expenses, etc.  Maybe we need to assign their staff and pay for it centrally, maybe we need to house them in Halls of Residence, maybe we need to make them use public transport rather than cars or their own cars.  Certainly we cant as a public have them do what they want, it just creates problems in the political process that need to be resolved.  The more apathetic we get about a situation the worse it will become.

Yer "the husband of a councillor" Slips      

PS- sorry if its a ramble...  Im not a politician! ;)

Off Topic / Re: The iron hand of office censor...
« on: 13 March, 2008, 07:26:22 PM »
Theres actually a number of lists that comes out from a variety of different sources that rates websites.  The administrators then import the lists into their proxies and hey presto you get a standard message.  

I work for a number of employers and encounter this all the time.  Some websites are banned in some companies, in others they are not.  Of course, I am actually one of those horrible administrators that ban websites.....  

Of course the best solution is to sit down and go through web site usage checking each site and who visits.  if someone is spending to long on sites,  then its a simple matter of people management.  of course in the UK finding someone to have decent management is an almost task.

yer Slips

Film & TV / Re: Your favourite fights...........
« on: 13 March, 2008, 12:02:33 PM »
The agent smith/neo fight in Matrix 2 (though I loathe the film).

Die Hard 2 on the wing of the plane.  (In fact any John Mclean fight from the first 2 films).  Policeman versus special forces, oh look he gets the crap kicked out of him.

Blade versus Dieter Reinhardt from Blade 2.  The fight was built up as Dieter Reinhardt could take blade and its over in 2 seconds.  

Why are all my fights from second films?
Yer Slips

General / Re: MUTANTS you can admit it now!....
« on: 14 March, 2008, 10:51:47 AM »
Im normal.  If that aint some form of mutation, Im not sure what is

General / Re: MUTANTS you can admit it now!....
« on: 13 March, 2008, 11:48:34 AM »
Two of my wifes toes are webbed.  

I have biggish ears, I guess.  

Yer "Mutated" Slips

Film & TV / Re: Movies you shouldn't have watc...
« on: 14 March, 2008, 11:11:22 AM »
Im not sure AI is crap, but it was a huge let down.  Probably because Jude Law is nearly awful in everything Ive ever seen him in.  There are some nice ideas in there but as the male lead.  Law is really awful (discounting the Osment kid).  

Bicentenial man is awful, Im not sure Robin Williams has made a good movie in a long time.  Though Insomnia and 24 hour photo are passible, but in both he's doing weird creepy and sinister.

Snatch is an OK film and you have to encourage your A list actors to do something different.  And lets be honest Pitt's accent and appearance in the film is different.  

Yer Slips

Yer Slips

Film & TV / Re: Movies you shouldn't have watc...
« on: 12 March, 2008, 10:00:37 AM »
I again would vote for Highlander 2.

I have to say there arent many movies that Id walk out on, I walked out of that.

Id say Matrix 2 and Matrix 3, nothing added to the original and we had to watch Keanu for cruising through 2 more films.  

Film & TV / Re: Movies you should have watched...
« on: 12 March, 2008, 10:07:07 AM »
One of the godfathers, either 2 or 3.  Never saw it all the way through and they seem to merge into one.

Its a wonderful life and a number of black & white oldies that Ive never managed to get around to watching

Off Topic / Re: Time For a Proper Introduction...
« on: 05 March, 2008, 08:11:20 PM »
Hi, I've been around a while but am pretty quiet these days, More a lurker.

What he said...

Welcome, its one of the best places on the net to come (Ive seem to have been coming back and forth for a loooong time)

Yer "old" Slips

Off Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Gygax
« on: 10 March, 2008, 06:14:12 PM »
And how can I forget in a similar vein, Killer.  A game of assassinating your friends.  Last one standing wins :D

That was always fun in our little scottish village in summer

Off Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Gygax
« on: 10 March, 2008, 10:48:26 AM »
Difficult to describe.  Essentially its played on a message board with the referee (DM) describing a scenario, situation, room, etc and the players responding in character in the next posts.  

Something like the link below, the forum isnt mine its just the first decent example I found in google.


Link: Play by Forum

Off Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Gygax
« on: 10 March, 2008, 09:52:14 AM »
Middle Earth RPG- this was an old one, can't remember who made it, but it was pretty good.

ICE = Iron Crown Enterprises - based on the Rolemaster system, but simplified .  Rolemaster was overly complicated and actually was rather difficult to run because of the system.  MERP cut it down enough to make it easy to run.  

This is fantastic there are games id fogrgotten about TMNT and Golden Heroes, for example.  It bringing back some very fun memories of the games I played in my teens and drunk in University!

Yer Slips


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