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Can someone remind me: am I ok to just post something in the advent board thread or is that frowned on? (because I have a thing...)

Hi PJ. While we book days ahead, I think it's mainly to ensure all days are covered. It's fine to double up though, so go right ahead!

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 20 December, 2019, 06:03:11 pm »
Ah yeah, I kind of guessed that.  Same reason poor old Theon Greyjoy got the name.

EDIT:  For my own part, I've just realised that a daystick  (or day-stick) was the real name given to a police baton uses for daytime hours.  I'd always assumed it was a jokey Wagner / Grant play on the word 'nightstick'.


Me too!..
... and posting this I saw Tordels comment.

For some reason I thought it had something to do with getting the daylights getting beaten out of you.

My mind goes to a dark place sometimes. Heh.

Thanks, and ...sneck! I'm not surprised one slipped through as I had to check myself a couple of times.

Really enjoyed your 'Wulf's-eye view' story; the talking heads work for me! And the idea of mutating tachyons blasting backwards through time is genius (Wagner and Grant missed a trick there), as is your brave effort to knit the Dredd / Stront timelines together - never an easy task.  Looking forward to seeing the rest.

Thank JB. That means a lot. I enjoyed it when I wrote it the day before, but on reading it through and editing yesterday, I felt it dragged. Part of that might have been because I was reading a story I'd told myself then read back again, but I think it could use some paring down.

General / Re: The 2000 AD Messageboard Advent Calendar 2019!
« on: 19 December, 2019, 09:45:10 pm »
I can't edit above any more, so apologies for the second comment. If you follow the link and click the 'download file' it should download a pdf to your browser.

General / Re: The 2000 AD Messageboard Advent Calendar 2019!
« on: 19 December, 2019, 09:35:28 pm »
Here's my bit. My apologies, it's later than intended.

I think it could use a bit of work but I hope you like it.

The Bearded Man Job_ Part 1

Well done everyone so far. Wish I had your talent!

I haven't forgotten about my entry everyone! I'll upload it when I get home. It actually relates to my entry on the 2017 thread. (I thought it was last year's.. doesn't time fly scary fast.)

 I had an idea for a Strontium Dog strip back then and left it too late and ended up drawing a picture instead. (I checked it out again earlier, and doesn't my Wulf look gaunt! For Wulf anyway.) I intended to do the strip this year, and again left it too late. I did a prose piece instead,* but I think this may work out better.I'm not much of an artist.

I'm not much of a writer, either to be fair, but this was quite fun.

* Or rather the first part. I'll upload that this evening. Second part  should be uploaded on the freeforall day, Christmas Eve.

Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 05 December, 2019, 09:04:44 pm »
Disney + and ‘The Mandalorian’ Are Driving People Back to Torrenting

The Mandalorian is set to become the most pirated show of 2019

I looked into using a VPN, but when I calculate the cost plus that of Disney plus I wonder if it's worth it.

I guess March isn't too long really, and there are plenty of other things to watch, but seeing the discussions and spoiler online really makes me want to catch it sooner. Gnnn!

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 05 December, 2019, 09:00:49 pm »
I had no preconceived ideas about what it is, what given characters should be like or what plot points should or should not be addressed at any given point and am just viewing it as its own thing.

I'm in the same boat, but conversely it's taken me a while to 'get' it. Episode 1 didn't grab me at all, and while I thought episode 2 was much better the parallel universereveal killed my interest a bit, quite frankly (no surer way to kill my immersion in a brand new world than link it straight back to ours - I always planned to start reading King's Dark Tower books, for instance, right up until I found out they start going through portals to the real world's present-day Maine; ugh, no thanks. I'm looking for some escapism, here!

Minor Dark Tower series spoilers:

They don't go to Maine until book 6... Although there are excursions to New York before then. So I guess it amounts to the same thing, if you don't like that. It's done in a very interesting way though. Not the usual thing.

Episode 4 was the one that finally 'got' me - it all clicked in my head, and this world is starting to excite me a lot more than it has so far. There was a real sense of high adventure and world-building that's got me dying to know more.

Yeah, really enjoyed it but agree that they introduced a connection to our world too soon.

Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 04 December, 2019, 05:24:29 am »
Ordered too!

I increasingly download for convenience, but love the idea of a hard copy for Christmas.

Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 01 December, 2019, 08:02:04 pm »
I can’t wait to reveal it!  :)

Ever the exhibitionist, Davey! Still, I'm sure that when you whip it out and give us all an eyeful, there'll be no-one disappointed.

(Not referring to the comic there. I AM looking forward to THAT!) The teaser doesn't disappoint.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 December, 2019, 07:56:14 pm »
Return of the Jedi in preparation for Rise Of Skywalker.
It was great. I've even grown to love the Ewoks which eighteen year old me thought were a bit too childish.

*Although I've always liked the Ewoks, what we see of them on the screen and what we think about them due to merch, spinoffs etc is so often confused.

I was young enough to like the Ewoks at the time and haven't gone through any 'hate' phase.  I really dislike the Tarzan yell and the Wilhelm scream in Jedi though.

Heh. I remember The Last Jedi being criticized for sending itself up somewhat with that ironing scene* but right back in Return of the Jedi they had that Tarzan parody. Which I confess I also found amusing.

I like RotJ a lot. It might even be my favourite of the original films. I get the criticisms (the cutesy stuff with the Ewoks -which never bothered me**  and the similarities in the latter part of the film to A New Hope, with the whole Death Star stuff) but it's got so much else going on. I particularly liked the whole redemption arc with Luke and Vader. Curiously I've seen that criticised, as it appears many would prefer Vader to have just remained a one dimensional villain, or they dislike the idea of bad guys being redeemed instead of getting their comeuppance. (Not directed at anyone here, I hasten to add. Just something I've seen online.)

*Not by me. I found it very amusing.

** Those weird teddy bears are actually pretty grim, when you consider what they were planning to do to Han and Luke. Alive.  Part of me wishes they'd gone with the original idea of using the wookies instead of the ewoks though. I've got nothing against the ewoks, and I understand why Lucas went that route (and I'm not cynically referring to the merchandising opportunities, although he might have had that in mind as well). It's just we have a wookie support character, so having an arc dealing with saving his species from slavery (it makes sense that the Empire might use Wookie muscle to build their new space station), would have been nice and provide extra symmetry, maybe. Still, we've still got the Holiday Special😝. ( I've never actually seen that!)

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 28 November, 2019, 07:03:13 pm »
Concerning the energy provider thing have you considered advice like maybe Citizens Advice Bureau. Pretty sure they can't BOTH keep payment. And also glad things worked out with your brother's place.

All the best, and try to stay positive. I appreciate that's easy for others to say.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 November, 2019, 02:38:54 am »
Coincidentally, I only watched the last series of Twin Peaks recently.

"Gotta light?"
Heh! That whole episode was super weird! I understood some of it but what was with that insect frog thing?I’m guessing that young woman is one of the older ladies who went a bit barmy, but I missed who. I’m terrible at remembering names.

Sorry, don’t answer that here. I just remembered this is the movie thread.

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