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Off Topic / Re: I'm getting married on Saturday, any advice?
« on: 13 October, 2008, 10:50:14 pm »

I wish you both health and happiness and many years of contentment.

General / Re: 2000AD October Art Comp: Things that go BUMP in the night
« on: 11 October, 2008, 01:26:42 pm »
Awww, now you done gone made me blush  :oops:

Creative Common / Re: 2000AD Submissions
« on: 11 October, 2008, 01:24:19 pm »
Quote from: "kingsyn"
So you sent a self-addressed A4 envelope in the A4 envelope you sent your submission in?
(Just making sure!)

Well, yes. (Folded, of course, so it fits.)

General / Re: 2000AD October Art Comp: Things that go BUMP in the night
« on: 10 October, 2008, 08:44:39 pm »
I guess everybody's going to be putting helmets on pumpkins (now, there's a sentence you don't read every day), so - apologies for beating all my fellow pumpkin-helmeters to it.  8-)

General / Re: 2000AD October Art Comp: Things that go BUMP in the night
« on: 10 October, 2008, 08:22:17 pm »
Judge Pumpkin...

Not the best of starts, sorry. I'll try to think of something better.

Off Topic / Re: The U.S. Election
« on: 10 October, 2008, 01:51:33 pm »
What makes you think there's going to be an election, anyway? This (engineered?) financial crisis might be just the excuse Bush needs to call it off - especially if Obama pulls ahead in the polls.

"My fellow Americans, the financial situation is just too unstable at the moment to go ahead with the election. We need to keep a steady hand on the tiller to ride it out and an election at this delicate time might damage the economy even further. No, we'll postpone the elections until things settle down a bit, until a more fortuitous time..."

...and America leads the world down another dark path...

Off Topic / Re: Work:Life balance.
« on: 10 October, 2008, 01:41:48 pm »
I was brought up in a proper working class home. My dad was a mechanic and worked every hour he could because that's what working people did. He died without a penny to his name after working harder in one week than most "executives" do in a year (probably). Towards the end, even he began to question this ethic.

I don't have a job at the moment, and it's almost seen as an insult to society to be jobless. Who says? (No, really, just think about the kind of people who are always going on about how desirable it is for everybody to work hard. Politicians and bosses, mainly. Curious that, isn't it?)

The myth is that slavery has been abolished. Rot. They simply hid the chains. Now we all carry our own chains in our pockets; the harder you work (in theory) the more links you earn to add to your chain. I was once replaced by a robot, but did that robot ever share the profits it made with me? Do I get half its salary ad infinitum? Of course not. The owner of the robot gets all its profits and I can just go hang. Fair society? Bollocks. Fair economy? Bollocks.

In this day and age, where technology should be making life easier for everyone, not just the rich, is filthy all-out capitalism really the best system we can come up with? Democratic communism, that's what we need. (Of course, mention communism and the gut reaction is to scoff, to say that it didn't work in Russia. But is this really true? Was it Russia's communism that failed, or her tyranny?) Probably the ideal solution lies somewhere in between capitalism and communism, but it needs cleverer folk than me to design a better system.


Off Topic / Re: I'm having my 1st Driving Lesson on Friday, any advice?
« on: 10 October, 2008, 01:01:10 pm »
As a professional driver I learned that driving is 96% observation, 3% luck and 1% skill. Controlling the vehicle must become instinctive so that you don't even realise when you're braking, indicating, changing gear, turning or whatever. The trick is to OBSERVE EVERYTHING. Be aware of what the driver two or three cars in front (and behind) is up to. Be aware of pedestrians, dogs, kids, parked cars etc. You can practice this simply by walking down a busy street; just watch what everyone is doing and try to predict their movements. Is that kid going to run into the road? Is that driver who looks lost suddenly going to stop or turn without indicating? Is that dog on a lead? Awareness of what's going on around your vehicle is paramount and the secret of good driving.

My driving instructor was like Yoda (Roada? Mm, sorry...), and he taught me many useful tips such as, if you see a School Sign, just check the time to see if there are likely to be children running about and, when overtaking a parked lorry or van you can't see around, look for feet moving underneath to warn you if pedestrians are walking around it. When learning to drive, have a go at it without your shoes on, driving in your stockinged feet or slippers gives you a really good feel for the pedals and gives you the kind of gentle touch that makes for a smooth ride and more mpg. (Make sure you wear tightly fitting slippers, though!)

Buy and read the Police's "Drive" manual. You want to exceed the skill levels required to pass the driving test, not simply achieve them. Oh, and once you've passed your test, don't for one second think that you know how to drive properly. Good drivers never stop learning.

Creative Common / Re: 2000AD Submissions
« on: 10 October, 2008, 12:17:02 pm »
Quote from: "Cthulouis"
Is it necessary or advisable to send a copy of the script you have worked from with art submissions?

I have to say that I'm not sure on this. Personally, I'd say that yes, it might be a good idea to enclose at least part of a script you've illustrated to show the editor how you've interpreted it. This is just a guess, though.

Maybe you'd have more luck with art-type questions if you joined the Yahoo Art Droids Group, which you can find here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/artdroids/

Hope that helps a bit.

Creative Common / Re: 2000AD Submissions
« on: 10 October, 2008, 12:02:08 pm »
I always send mine unfolded in an A4 envelope along with a short covering letter, a brief synopsis and a self-addressed, stamped A4 envelope. I don't clip or staple any of the pages together but send them loose. Matt has got a lot of stuff to get through, I assume, so the less unfolding, unclipping etc he has to do, the better.

There is a Yahoo Group set up by would-be script droids which is full of interesting snippets. If you're interested, you can find it here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scriptdroids/

Hope this helps.

Off Topic / Re: I'm getting married on Saturday, any advice?
« on: 07 October, 2008, 08:25:27 pm »
1: Never buy a woman black or red underwear as a proper present. It's okay as a joke or a one off, but for birthdays, Christmases and other special occasions, always buy white.

2: Preserve the mystery. Never use the toilet in front of each other, for example.

3: Familiarity breeds contempt. Do things as a couple, sure, but also set aside quality me-time for each of you.

4: She is always right.

Took me over forty years to learn all that guff, and now i's obsolete  :(

Oh, and congratulations! May your union be a zarjaz one.

Creative Common / Re: 2000AD Submissions
« on: 07 October, 2008, 08:14:40 pm »
Yes, in my experience there is always a sentence or two of constructive criticism. Sometimes even more.

Suggestions / Re: Dredd Suggestions
« on: 07 October, 2008, 02:15:41 pm »
Hello, Mr Slogan...

Welcome to the board / Re: techno scare
« on: 07 October, 2008, 01:57:06 pm »
"Normal?"  Are you sure?

News / Re: Rebellion buys Death Ray publisher
« on: 07 October, 2008, 01:54:02 pm »
Quote from: "IAMTHESYSTEM"
You can brag to people at work about forthcoming TV progs and enhance your reputation as a fund of essential, if useless, information. I do !

What is this "work" of which you speak? I'm not familiar with the concept.

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