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Music / Re: Zeal & Ardor - Devil Is Fine
« on: 19 May, 2020, 12:38:06 PM »
YEah I checked it on spotify a couple of months ago. Certainly interesting and some real high points did not capture me enough to put it in my collection. But might give it another go as it is praised highly here.

Books & Comics / Re: Elephantmen?
« on: 28 April, 2020, 01:45:21 PM »
This was on my pull list from after the first trade. I prefer the older stuff it got a bit crazy for me later on. There was a mini 3 issue series which focused on their origins War Toys which was great. And a follow up called Yvette. It is an interesting concept, great ideas and has some lovely art and the story was strong at the start but it waned for me. I dropped it when it went to only digital. An entertaining read for certain.

Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 31 March, 2020, 04:15:15 PM »
Atomic Bitch Wax, their first self titled album, Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different album.

Also streaming a bit of Screaming Headless Torsos
And as always checking in on Skull Funk Radio from the fantastic artist Jim Mahfood.


General / Re: Towards the Singularity: Help with digital thrillpower
« on: 31 March, 2020, 04:11:59 PM »
I have also been thinking about this. I was looking at Heavy Metal and they use Comixology which appears to be part of Amazon. I have not ventured yet but can I use another reader with stuff bought on Comixology?
Is their reader any good they have a follow mechanism or something I noticed when looking briefly. Any experience good/bad?

As for vinyl I have the 150 or so that I bought as a youth through the 80s and 90s. They are lovely things but overpriced these days. I like the CDs now just for convenience of space but it is nice to have the physicality of them to browse through.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 18 March, 2020, 12:04:38 PM »
Close schools - starve 1 in 3 kids

This should not be on the list in a civilized nation.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 16 March, 2020, 04:22:12 PM »
I live in Belgium, British immigrant. My folks are in the UK and most of my friends.  I am sadly not suprised how little the UK gov seems to be doing. Here the schools closed today. All shops apart from food and pharmacy are closed at the weekends. All concerts have been postponed, bars and restaurants are closed but you can go get a takeaway.
Anyone who can work from home are advised to the office is open but the boss sent an email saying work from home. Shops are open in the week but I think they are changing that now to be just essentials.  If you have symptoms you call the doctor and they come to your home. There are daily updates from the state. There are also concessions for mortgage payments and the tax returns can go in a month or so later this year.

All of this makes me feel happy that the gov is taking actions to limit the spread and reduce the death toll. I wish the UK would do something similar. It is not a complete lock down but sensible precautions.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 11 March, 2020, 01:17:31 PM »
Preorder from Forbidden Planet instead, man.

I would agree gave up on the Hatchette site before it went to the moving message a long time ago. Pre-order form FP and you don't miss an issue. Managed to pre-order all the Dantes until the end I believe.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 30 January, 2020, 12:32:05 PM »
They seem much better placed to accept that you don't have to have all the answers, and don't do that adult fan thing (?) of needing to force predictive guesses to a story and just roll with it,asking smart questions when they can... not that I can answer them yet!

Yeah that is what always gets me with these threads. Doctor Who is a kids show. I was watching it aged 5 and up. Now I am 50 I still just watch it for what it is and love every minute. When there is a bit of continuity or back story that pops up it is most satisfying but I don't care about inconsistencies. Some shows are better than others I prefer some characters to others but all in all it is just a tv show to be enjoyed not anal-ysed.  Same like all the Star Treks just fun TV.  :-)

And yeah Saphire and Steel was great never understood any of it really, same like Blakes 7.

There's a truth I've noticed through trying to find help when I'm stuck on a coding or technical computer issue and I search for a solution online:

Best resource for coding issues is undoubtedly Stack Overflow most of the derogitory people are monitored out so you get reasonable thought out responses unless someone doesn't understand your question.

So as Wikipedia is not regarded as a reliable source is there a website you guys would recommend for showing my kid what a duck billed platypus is for instance. 

What are your preferred, online, encyclopedias?

Wikipedia has its uses, though use as a fictional encyclopaedia isn't one of them

Yeah it is fantastic for a factual resource on the world around us. The fact that articles are backed up by their sources makes it reliable enough for me when tacking questions from the kids :-) 

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 January, 2020, 01:17:30 PM »
A little off topic, but has anyone ever seen this for sale in an actual shop? I quite fancy the odd issue, but apart from the first few, I've never seen it sold at any branch of WH Smiths or Forbidden Planet.

The advert on the back of virtually every prog says "Ask for it at your local Newsagent" - is that irony? Do Newsagents exist any more? I mean, my local corner shop has a small shelf stocking newspapers and TV Quick, but I'm sure if I asked the bloke who runs it to reserve me a copy of "2000 AD The Ultimate Collection" he would probably think I was smoking something.

I pick up the ones I want from Forbidden Planet. You can pre-order in advance so you don't forget when they come out. Very happy with the service.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 December, 2019, 03:51:16 PM »
The complete Red Seas would be nice. Don't know if that would fit volume wise?

Off Topic / Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
« on: 16 October, 2019, 01:00:46 PM »
always look forward to this thread during it's hiatus. Fantastic every time it returns.
Great stuff keep travelling and keep eating man, cheers.

Off Topic / Re: Donating blood.
« on: 25 June, 2019, 01:04:30 PM »

Love it.

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