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Messages - CalHab

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Prog / Re: Prog 2221 - Taking the Biscuit!
« on: 05 March, 2021, 08:54:53 AM »
The closest I got with "Baked and offed" was the obvious "Bake Off"/ biscuits/ tv show/ murdered tenuous linky

Oh yeah. That'll be it. Another blindingly obvious one flies right over my head...

It's not just you. I was scratching my head as well.

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Help! / Re: A Moral Dilemma - separating the art from the artist
« on: 04 March, 2021, 02:01:40 PM »
Aptly enough it was an encounter with Cave (who I idolised) which made me realise that I don't have to like artists whose work I love.

In short, he was a bit behaving like a bit of a dick.

But then, everyone has days like that.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 02 March, 2021, 02:56:57 PM »
Recently purchased the Henry flint run of Omega Men comics from D.C. (2006-07)

The last time I bought a big 2 floppy was McCarthy’s Spider-Man series. I’ve honestly no idea how people read monthlies - on this D.C. book every other page is an advert - one page comic, one page some garish advert. It’s near impossible to read, certainly impossible to immerse yourself into. Regardless of all other reasons sales might be low (price, distribution etc) this screams fatal mistake to me. Do those of you who buy monthlies not get the rage from this formatting?

Thank god for 200ad’s lack of adverts.

The worst are the adverts done as comic pages. I can skip over a normal advert but those ones cause my brain to jar, processing it as part of the story until I work out what it is. They completely destroy immersion in the story.

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General / Re: Confused
« on: 01 March, 2021, 03:46:30 PM »
I'm just confused about why the Thistlebone collection is coming out after the new series has started. Wouldn't it make more sense for new readers if they could buy and read the previous stories?

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Megazine / Re: Subbie voucher for the 2K shop?
« on: 01 March, 2021, 02:46:29 PM »
I queried the subs droids and got a prompt and helpful reply from Cameron as well, sorting out the badges and voucher.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 March, 2021, 12:07:24 PM »
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Starz on Disney+). I've watched this a few times, and I love it more every time. Wes Anderson's stuff can sometimes be a bit much, but I have no doubt that this is a masterpiece. Every frame of it is beautiful. Every bit of casting is inspired. Every line of dialogue is perfect. It is surely one of the best films of the past 10 years.

I think I'm going to watch it again this week.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 February, 2021, 03:41:48 PM »
Ladyhawke (Starz on Disney+). I discovered that Disney+ now has an extra tab with quite a number of tv series and an eclectic selection of films. I guess this now justifies the subscription for adults once the rather good WandaVision finishes.

Don't forget that Falcon and the Winter Soldier starts two weeks after WandaVision wraps up. Loki starts (I think) four or five weeks after that finishes, but if you like Filoni's animated Star Wars stuff, The Bad Batch starts in the gap between F&TWS and Loki.

EDIT: Bad Batch trailer here, for anyone that missed it.

Good stuff.  I think Disney+ is now pretty good value.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 February, 2021, 10:47:00 AM »
Ladyhawke (Starz on Disney+). I discovered that Disney+ now has an extra tab with quite a number of tv series and an eclectic selection of films. I guess this now justifies the subscription for adults once the rather good WandaVision finishes. Scrolling through, I saw Ladyhawke, which I hadn't seen in a long, long time. Great, I thought.

Fellow squaxx will not be unfamiliar with the jarring sensation of looking at a story you enjoyed when young and realising that time has not been kind. I hadn't realised this is a Richard Donner film, which made it all the more surprising to find that the film is a mess. Matthew Broderick is preposterously miscast as a medieval French thief (he channels Ferris Bueller at some points). Better is Rutger Hauer's silent and brooding knight and Michelle Pfeiffer's peripheral and underwritten fair maiden. However, the monstrously oversized elephant in the room is the score. It's a mix between a traditional orchestral effort and some synth music from the Alan Parsons Project. I can see what they were aiming for, and if it was Vangelis then it could have been great. But it's not. It's bad. So bad that it's stunning they put this film out with it. What on earth were they thinking?

After that, you get to the really weird bits, like the fact that the season changes from scene to scene. What's that about? The plot is paper thin but still isn't coherently conveyed. It's just a total mess. Which would be okay if it was entertaining, but it has huge sections where the story doesn't move, which is just boring and odd for Richard Donner, who is a very good action director.

Lovely scenery, though.

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Megazine / Re: Subbie voucher for the 2K shop?
« on: 26 February, 2021, 09:01:24 AM »
I haven't got a voucher over the past year either. I assumed they had stopped doing them and am now very confused about what the situation is?

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Off Topic / Re: Conspiracy Theory Debate
« on: 24 February, 2021, 11:27:29 AM »
If it matters, it started with my awareness of the dissonance between their reporting on Northern Ireland and my own experiences (starting with a demonstration in our town center that I attended and which involved a sit-down protest that lasted 30 minutes and then dispersed peacefully that was described by the BBC as "clashes" with police)  I also gather Scottish nationalists in recent years have had some thoughts on the idea of BBC impartiality.

This is largely my view. I view the BBC, or rather specific journalists, as reliable on scientific and non-political subjects. I also think that it follows the UK government's view and policy on international issues, which would also include NI and Scotland. There is a huge disparity between how Scotland is presented in UK news and the reality of the country. The same is obviously, and sometimes disastrously, true of NI.

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Off Topic / Re: Conspiracy Theory Debate
« on: 23 February, 2021, 12:36:19 PM »
Yes, fair point. My sense of humour detector is obviously faulty today.

Your epithet for Farage was accurate, and I'd happily add a few more.

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Off Topic / Re: Conspiracy Theory Debate
« on: 23 February, 2021, 10:46:59 AM »
Re: Farage. Not listening to anyone you think is an utter twat is a good rule of thumb to have in life, but not a point you should use in a forum discussion.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 February, 2021, 01:29:01 PM »
One other point on NOTW- the film does a great job of showing just how hostile the landscape and climate in Texas was to settlers and travellers in that period. It really does look like a struggle to get anywhere.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 February, 2021, 01:21:41 PM »
News of the World (Netflix). Not about phone hacking, this Paul Greengrass film reunites him with his Captain Phillips star, Tom Hanks, in a western about a girl who is the only survivor of an attack and has been brought up by Native Americans. Hanks inherits responsibility for delivering her to her only living relative. The shadow of John Ford's classic The Searchers hangs pretty heavy over this. Its a long time since I last watched that film, but I remember it as having a very dated portrayal of the Comanches and it made it an awkward viewing. NOTW avoids that, mostly by sidestepping any depiction of the Kiowa beyond enigmatic cameos. It's an interesting film, but it leaves a huge amount of questions. I'm a sucker for a western though and its a well made film, so I liked it. There's a very good gunfight sequence about halfway through. I'd recommended it for that alone.

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Film & TV / Re: Carano, Whedon and all that
« on: 22 February, 2021, 12:57:24 PM »
If that's the Abraham Riesman biography of Stan Lee, then I'm trudging it through it just now. It's pretty turgid stuff so far and, ironically for a biography of Lee, is sorely in need of a good editor. I haven't reached any "controversial" stuff so far beyond saying that he screwed creators out of rights, which is not exactly news.

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