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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 March, 2018, 11:49:42 AM »
Just because I will promote this man's reviews at every opportunity...

I got into Stardew Valley after reading Paul Dean's review which compares the game's farming and building relationships with real world work, trying to become a writer, and how desperately sad life can be when the only entertainment in town is a pub.


Books & Comics / Re: The Zarjaz, Dogbreath & FQP comics thread
« on: 01 March, 2018, 10:54:25 AM »
Judge Pigg needs to be an ongoing series. Conventions would fill up with bacon themed cosplayers.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 01 March, 2018, 09:14:21 AM »
Don't know if you chaps have noticed, but it's snowing.

I'm in the middle of a part of the country with a Red Warning in place, and it is bloody apocalyptic here.  It's -3, but the wind makes it much colder.  Snow's about a foot deep in places, making powdery dunes.

Warnings are in place telling people not to travel. Trains stopped running yesterday, the M80 is jammed with people who've been stuck in their cars overnight. Twitter is full of official warnings (and people complaining about how the SNP didn't give enough official warning. I saw one lady complain to the First Minister that the council hadnt collected her bins. Blitz spirit.)

If the worst of the weather is heading your way, don't underestimate it. I ran into a couple of american tourists the other day, who had decided to drive across the country and had broken down. No mobile, no toolkit, no map. They had to gut a tauntaun to keep warm.

I'm going outside now. I may be some time.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 February, 2018, 05:26:30 PM »
Arm them all, I say!  Every child, upon joining kindergarten shall be provided with a government sanctioned firearm, and taught to use it to defend themselves.  The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is forty dangerous first-graders. It says so right there in the constitution...

" the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

and since we've already established that life begins at conception, there's no way that "people" only refers to adults.  If you're old enough to pull a trigger, you're old enough to pretend you need it to conceal your fear.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 February, 2018, 08:13:09 AM »
If the US government believed that american gun owners would've in anyway effective in removing them from power, they wouldn't waste so much of their dignity on preserving the rights of american gun owners.  The idea that the slave owners who wrote and signed the constitution, and were eager for a bunch of people to be armed with muskets in case a King showed up and demanded they pay taxes and take their farms, is in any way comparible with the murder devices of the 21st century is laughable. Is it extendrs to an AR 15, why no surface to air missiles, or weaponized anthrax? The only reason anyone needs a gun is to hunt, to kill people, and because firing a gun makes them feel big and important.

General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 13 February, 2018, 06:01:14 PM »
It seems the audience is divided between:

a) the problem is too much Pat Mills
b) what we need here is more Pat Mills

I do think that we've hit a particularly poor patch in the last couple of months, but it wasn't that long ago that I was over the moon with Indigo Prime, Deadworld, Hope..., Absalom, The Alienist, Brink...

At the moment the only thing I can say I'm all that interested in is Brass Sun, but its glacial pace seems better suited to a collected trade than being told five pages at a time.

General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 13 February, 2018, 02:35:39 PM »
I'm all in favour of reasoned debate, but I'm sick of 2000AD creators and their liberal agenda, ramming reasoned debate down our throats in an attempt to brainwash our children.

General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 12 February, 2018, 09:43:41 AM »
I get a bit tired of people claiming to be progressives but then display such venomous behaviour.

"You leftists aren't as accepting of my shit as I say you claim you are"

As a person who actually cares about the concept of social justice, and believes that women should be encouraged to engage with an industry that has traditionally used them as token victims, I am truly sick of the idea that any acts of decency should be regarded as a willingness to put up with the bullshit of people who believe the exact opposite. 

"Progressive" isn't the same as "weak".  Knee jerk reactions and a desire for everything to be as simple as it was forty years ago is weak.  "Progressive" is actually bloody difficult in the face of the unending, self importance of petty individuals.

I started to read 2000AD when I was eleven.  Now, I've been lucky with my life. I'm comfortable with who I am, and I happen to be part of a group who don't have things particularly hard.  But there are plenty of people of that age who are starting to figure out who they are, and realising that society holds certain expectations for them, or that lots of folks simply think they shouldn't be around. 

When I was eleven the internet wasn't around.  But if it was, I would be on this forum, reading the opinions of these older people who seem to have the world sussed out.  If those people told me that I shouldn't be involved, or my involvement was nothing more than a fad to make other people feel important - that would be devastating.

2000AD is punk.  Punk is about involvement.  Punk is venom.  Its about throwing away society's expectations and the old rules about who can do what and when.  It's about buying a cheap guitar, learning a couple of chords, and showing the world just how fucking angry you are at their low expectations of you. That's what "progressive" is.  Not touchy-feely kumbaya bullshit, or everyone getting a go of the conche shell even if they're going to use it to abuse you, but getting up in front of a bunch of people whose primary function is nostalgia and fighting for things to actually get better.

General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 11 February, 2018, 09:58:48 PM »
Ah, yes..."let's debate them.  It will force them into the light, and everyone will see their opinions for what they are, and they'll grow into better people and the world will be lovely."

It's gone well so far, hasn't it?  People who think that gay people are unseemly, or who complain about " leftist SJWs" taking over the world, we frequently see them change their minds just because someone took the trouble to debate them, don't we?

No, we see them getting attention.

General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 11 February, 2018, 04:15:51 PM »
It's important that people feel able to express contrary opinions though, or in Marko's case just raising something for discussion, without being called 'fucking idiots'

I'd apologise, but since society expects me to apologise, I wont.  That's how punk I am

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no matter how backward, bigoted, sexist and homophobic. And if you express that opinion on a public forum, people are entitled to call you a moron.  When we don't call people with these opinion morons, they are emboldened, and before we know what's happening, they're running the country.

General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 10 February, 2018, 10:46:24 PM »
Whilst I'm all for the empowerment of women in society...

...Is up there with "I'm not racist, but.. "

Why is it important that women are encouraged to get involved in comics, and women creators should be better represented in the industry? Because people with opinions as utterly fucking moronic as this still exist, and are allowed to spout forth their views on social media.  In harking back to an era when creators women weren't represented, you're not being punk, you're being small and afraid.

General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 09 February, 2018, 07:22:15 PM »
If you're basing your self-worth on something James Corden says, you're too far gone already.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 February, 2018, 09:04:53 PM »
The Cloverfield Paradox, in which an international bunch of astronauts try to save the world.  In keeping with the Cloverfield ethos...all in spoilers:

Its a really well made bad film
a crew of astronauts struggle to start the big space engine that will provide the world with limitless clean energy, thereby ending war.  Ignore that we already have this sort of technology here on Earth, but don't build the generators because people complete that they ruin the view

Everything goes wrong.  Realities clash, and whilst the people on Earth find themselves trapped in a really low budget version of The Mist, the space crew are trapped in a less bloody remake of Event Horizon

all stereotype boxes are ticked.  the heroic American.  the comedy irishman, the angry Russian,
 the efficient but possibly evil German, the religious guy who we're just waiting to go nuts and kill everyone

on the subject of comedy Irishmen, Chris O'Dowd seems to be taking part in an entirely different,
 much funnier film. He's wasted on this straight faced nonsense

the terror of colliding parallel worlds, and the worry that your mate might actually be a goatee wearing mirror version of himself, is almost immediately abandoned, and instead we get a funhouse of ever "haunted house in space" idea ever

even before the logic just disappears, this is already a space station with full gravity everywhere, that brought along a tank of big earthworms for no reason, but didn't bring replacements for its most important equipment. Where if something goes wrong, and you have to jettison part of the station, you have to be standing in the jettisoning part.  Its a spacestation which is filled for the first hour with Chekhov's guns

Nothing makes sense. At one point, the captain decides that the important task needs three people to carry it out...one to turn a handle, whilst the others watch. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the only character we meet wanders round staring at his mobile phone.  He drives through a warzone, staring and sending text messages without problems.

The big twist, which everything builds towards, isn't a twist. 

Truly terrible.

Prog / Re: Prog 2065 - Snow Escape
« on: 24 January, 2018, 09:27:13 PM »
I’ve always found Pat Mill’s recent trend of having two people talking for entire episodes to be anything but “thrillpower”.

How else will we understand that evil billionaires secretly run the world and that everything we think we know is a lie, unless its explained us twice a week, every week?!

The Meg is looking great right now, though.

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