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Messages - wedgeski

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Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 13 August, 2019, 09:37:07 am »
I agree. Anderson's changeability is really getting on my nerves. She's as much a pillar of the Dreddverse as Dredd himself, and deserves a bit more editorial oversight IMO.

I'm not a big fan of the recent stories either I'm afraid to say, but I respect the author's attempts to do something interesting with her psi-powers.

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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 13 August, 2019, 09:27:39 am »
> Using a new, simple mathematical framework, the study shows that dark matter may have been produced before the Big Bang during an era known as the cosmic inflation when space was expanding very rapidly.

Eh? Bit of an editorial problem there I think.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 August, 2019, 09:22:57 am »
Took in Dredd again over the weekend. Still depressingly good.

Are the picture quality issues fixed in the UHD version?

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 13 August, 2019, 09:19:35 am »
Such a shame you didn’t get on with Elite Dangerous. I loved it! The only reason I stopped playing it was my partner got absolutely sick of watching me endlessly zipping about the galaxy trying to scan Earth-type planets (lots of cash in stellar cartography, if you know where to look).

She likes watching me play games with some semblance of a story or narrative, and gets quite involved. Elite Dangerous is truly a ‘make your own story’, with little or no embedded narrative, just like the original. I love shit like that, but it’s not a spectator sport.
I have a similar situation, therefore I could only play E:D when my wife was otherwise engaged. For a few weeks I was hooked, but when I started to get bored of hyperspace, it was all over. I'm the kind of gamer that likes to give his whole attention to the game; if I was the sort of player who was happy with YouTube or Netflix running on the second monitor, I imagine I'd still be playing E:D right now.  I still think it rates as one of the great games of the decade though.

Star Citizen, a game I've been part of since it was first announced, has similar ambitions and if it ever gets finished, it might be the thing that finally breaks me from WoW as my casual time killer. I just hope it doesn't have a similar proportion of dead time, or at the very least, gives us something to do in-game while the ship takes me from A to B.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 August, 2019, 09:50:04 am »
Also rewatched Blade Runner 2049, still love it and still really, really happy and surprised that they made a new Blade Runner movie and that it actually turned out to be a more than worthy sequel.
Just like the original, this gets exponentially better the more you watch it.

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Other Reviews / Re: Brink - Book One - Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard
« on: 09 August, 2019, 09:36:02 am »
Just re-read Book 3 from the paperback. Gets better and better with every visit! By some margin, my favourite thrill since returning to the fold a few years ago. Also a fascinating look at Abnett's script for episode 3-1.

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth card game
« on: 09 August, 2019, 09:20:17 am »
Wife and I played the co-op mode for the first time last weekend. This game is *hard*. Or we're crap. Not sure, but the design is good and it looks great.

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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 08 August, 2019, 10:09:49 am »
Let me say for the record that 2000AD without weekly Dredd would make for a less exciting Saturday morning, for this Squaxx at least. I can't say how much of that is due to its consistently high quality in the last couple of years. If it started to decline, I might change my mind, and be more on board with the "let's wait until we have decent writers and artists lined up" school of thought.

I'd be open to a new weekly regular, but none of the current stable seems to fit the bill. In the meantime, I am *hugely* enjoying long-running series like Brink.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 August, 2019, 09:36:12 am »
The Mummy (2017). I wasn't expecting much but it turned out to be a fun and enjoyable film. I think this should have kicked off Dark Universe in style. A shame really.
it had stuff going for it, I thought. Just needed to cook a bit longer before going in front of the camera.

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Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 24 July, 2019, 04:05:23 pm »
The shape of things to come has now become reality, it seems. I'm now a subscriber to Sky (to get HBO mainly), Netflix (for all of its excellent original content and easy access to scads of box-sets), and Prime Video (accidentally, because I'm a Amazon Prime subscriber, but it does mean I get access to Good Omens, Expanse, and soon Picard). I will probably want Disney+ when it arrives as well, god help me.

Sky will probably be dumped at the end of my current lock-in. Netflix *may* become less attractive in future, since it has now lost to Disney the vast majority of new shows that we watched, but it does excellent work in original films, so I don't know.

It's easy to look at this and say, well, I never used to have to pay this kind of money for TV, but it's important to bear in mind that there is a *wealth* of genre television now that never existed before. There's a menu of shows available now that in 1993, 20-year-old-me would not have believed possible.

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Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 24 July, 2019, 12:00:37 pm »
Data/B-4 looks as plump of face as the actual-real Brent Spiner, so it seems like a bit of CGI around the eyes and mouth to lose those wisdom lines.

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Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 24 July, 2019, 11:58:26 am »
can anyone link to just the trailer? I am NOT watching anymore reaction/review vids  >:(

(Picard, not Radar's mum!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhBBXHwEsIo

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Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 24 July, 2019, 11:57:18 am »
Goddamn 'Inheritance'.  I somehow missed that one at the time, and never knew I had.  Some years later my then-future-wife referenced Data's Mum in conversation and I launched into one of my patented mansplain symposia noting the existence of Data's father, four brothers, daughter, quasi-adopted son, surrogate grandfather and cat, but definitely not a mother. The argument continued until we got home and the Trek Encyclopedia was taken down from the shelf (this was in the Before Times, Hawkmumbler), and I was made to read aloud an entry entitled "Soong, Juliana".

A quarter-century later any claim of authority I make in an argument is still met with "Well, we'll just see what Data's mother thinks about that".

More to the point, although I have seen 'Inheritance' several times since that fateful day, I just can't remember it the way I do the other 177.
lol! Great story.

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These progs have now gone. Thanks!

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Hi all,

I'm clearing out my back issues and have two cardboard boxes full of Progs and Megazines from about 2014 onwards. I don't have time to catalogue them, so they are what they are. The only Prog I'm keeping from that period is the 2000th issue.

Collection only, no charge. I'm in Worcester, UK.

Any takers?

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