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Messages - Pyroxian

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Film & TV / Re: Blu-ray Minithread
« on: 25 February, 2019, 02:34:59 pm »
Man, i'm missing Fopp in Manchester. Went into HMV yesterday with money to burn but was so put out by the shite selection I only ended up slapping a tenner down for the DVDs of the Frankenstein Must be Destroyed rerelease and the Lone Ranger movie double bill.

Strangely sticking my head in the window of Fopp, all the stocks still on the shelves. Somethings a foot mayhaps...

The Oxford one's the same, which is a bit bizarre - obviously they're still paying rent on the unit, so why not keep it open?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 10:03:28 am »
Lego Movie 2 - I think I enjoyed it even more than the first one, and I really enjoyed the first one. Laughed most of the way through it - there's so many little references and jokes in there, I probably missed about 50% of them...

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Off Topic / Re: The Dream Warriors
« on: 12 February, 2019, 02:02:22 pm »
I had my first ever Kaiju dream last night - it was awesome.

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Film & TV / Re: Netflix recommendations
« on: 01 February, 2019, 02:17:24 pm »
Isn't it written by Warren Ellis? I was tempted to watch it just because of his involvement, but the trailer made it look a bit rubbish.

I enjoyed Castlevania, but I'm not an Anime fan, so maybe that had something to do with it. It definitely helps watching Seasons 1 and 2 back-to-back though, as the first season is pretty much all setup for the second.

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Books & Comics / Re: Toxic
« on: 25 January, 2019, 03:53:39 pm »
Professor Grabblefax has a collection of mutagens, which he has labelled Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta & Epsilon.  If the professor picks one mutagen at random, then changes his mind, replaces it and picks another again: what is the probability that he chose the same mutagen both times?

1 in 5, or 20%.
As far as I understand it, it's the equivalent of rolling a 5 sided dice and getting the same number twice.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 17 January, 2019, 10:05:07 am »
I really enjoyed Overcooked on the Switch -and it has cooperative / vs. play.

Switch is fairly robust, but a Screen Protector and/or carry case will definitely help.

Getting an extra pair of Joycons is useful too as you can then do 4-player split-screen games.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 January, 2019, 10:00:57 am »
Yes, I like what they've done with Runaways.

6 episodes into Titans, and enjoying it so far.

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General / Re: The 2000 AD random prog game
« on: 10 January, 2019, 10:05:58 am »
Prog 1695:



Invasion

Judge Dredd: The Connoisseur (Part 1)
Start of a new Dredd story about a new serial killer on the scene, with Exploding Cit Phenomenon as a side story - was pretty good, and I'll probably re-read the next few parts now.

The Red Seas: Hell and High Water (Part 8)

Bit of a character-development episode, with a revelation from Cerberus at the end setting up the finale. A slow episode, but with promise of action to come!

Sinister Dexter: The Why-Shaped Cut (Part 3)

Fairly quiet episode dealing with the maneuverings between Apellido and The Mover.

Savage: Crims (Part 11)

The first American assault has failed, so Savage tries to single-handedly infiltrate a Volg particle accelerator. Once again, not much action...

Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha (Part 7)

Feral explaining how he tried to get Johnny resurrected after the events of "The Final Solution".

So, a prog from a good era of 2000 AD, but all these stories were a bit... quiet, apart from Dredd.

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 09 January, 2019, 05:06:40 pm »
Looking forward to seeing this. Sterling job Norton Canes.

Will quickly sneak in my votes then:

1. Brink
2. Survival Geeks
3. Strontium Dog

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Prog / Re: Prog 2110 - Gremlins in the System!
« on: 06 December, 2018, 11:20:01 am »
I don't have progs or collections to hand, so can anyone tell me whether the other chapters have ended with 'THE END' below their final panel? I mean the SinDex story in this prog has 'THE END' on the final page doesn't it?

Most of them have.

Kingdom - The End
The Promised Land - The End
Call of the Wild - The End
His Master's Voice - The End
Aux Drift - The End (Kingdom will Return)
Beast of Eden - End of Book Six
As it Is In Heaven - The End

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 November, 2018, 10:24:26 am »
Colonising Mars is not about stabilising population growth, but more about having an off-site backup of the human race in case something really bad (Asteroid!) happens on Earth. Plus, the technological challenge of keeping people alive on Mars would give us technologies to solve some of our problems on Earth.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 November, 2018, 05:29:15 pm »
I've had to accept that he was a huge and innovative influence on the SF  genre,  but I just don't get along with his work the way I do with fellow founding fathers like Asimov and Clarke.

Bizarrely I find Heinlein easier to read than Asimov and Clarke. Possibly because I read Heinlein at an early age, and didn't get on to the others until my late teens.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 November, 2018, 11:55:08 am »
Starship Troopers was a bust but I thought I'd give Bob Heinlein another go, which is a way of saying that the genre picks in my local cancer shop - AKA The Only Book Shop In The Town Anymore - are a bit slim and I'm stuck with whatever's been dumped there, and it was a toss-up between one of the fifty Len Deightons on display, or a the wrinkly old copy of Podkayne Of Mars with a sexy lady on the cover that is in no way made troubling by the blurb on the back telling you her age.
A sci-fi travelogue in the vein of old school romps and based on Heinlein's own nautical travels in the Pacific, it clips along well enough and I enjoyed the retro sci-fi version of space travel like the radiation panic rooms ("BRACE FOR SOLAR STORMS!"), and the endurance of class and racial divisions just seemed quaint (at the time of reading, though in retrospect...), but I thought there was a twist coming in the story in which the (primary) narrator would be revealed to have created her journal to stitch up her brother as a high functioning sociopath in order to obfuscate her role in crimes that might have hindered her ambitions, but it really is a remarkably linear effort for such a highly-regarded science fiction author, to the extent the ending prompted demands for a rewrite from the original editor - both endings are presented: one in which the main character dies due to a moment of forgetfulness on the part of a character at odds with pretty much everything we've heard about them up until that point, and another in which the main character lives and we get a lecture on how their misfortune came about because their mother had pursued a career instead of staying at home to raise her children by hand and so their female kids were too independent.
Uhhhhh... okay.  Obviously, at this point I had some questions and concerns, so decided I would check out if this conservative tract was put in as a gag by Heinlein in response to his editor's demands for a rewrite to something less challenging to the audience's sensibilities, but I never got that far as the threads discussing it seemed to have more thoughts on Heinlein's defence of the MaCarthy Hearings and I'm like WHAT THE ACTUAL F butyeah I totally thought Starship Troopers was meant to be satire but it was, apparantly, just meant to be a juvenile fiction book.
Anyway, POM was okay until the ending(s) and beyond.  The last stretch takes a leftfield turn for the worse with its voodoo-tinged depiction of a rural Venusian swamp dweller and inferred threats of sexual violence, none of which apparently seemed problematic enough to be included in that rewrite.  I'm not quite sure why Heinlein has such a good rep if the two books I've read are any indicator of the general quality.  I did enjoy the more traditional and borderline goofy stuff in the first 4/5ths of the novel, but he just didn't bring it home.  I've been finding my intermittent visits to Bradbury's works far more rewarding, tbh.

Read "The Moon is a Hard Mistress".

Podkayne's not great - it's one of his Juvenile novels, so aimed at younger readers.

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