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Messages - shaolin_monkey

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Off Topic / Re: Objet de désir
« on: 24 June, 2019, 07:39:50 am »
Oh god, I am so guilty of buying random crap it's unreal.  That's aside from the ever growing book pile I just don't have time to read.

Here's a quick breakdown of some of my stuff JUST THIS MONTH:

ED-209 model - it is frikkin enormous!  Too big to fit in a normal freestanding bookshelf.  Full poseable too.  Oh god, it's beautiful.  One of my all-time fave robot bad guys ever.

Carved Tibetan Skull replica - again, a thing of beauty.  here's a link to the seller on Etsy.  His museum quality replica skulls are amazing.

EDIT:  This isn't the one, but close.  The one I have includes full jaw and teeth.  This pic doesn't do it justice:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/606119432/tibetan-hand-carved-skull-replica?ref=shop_home_active_30


Chimpanzee skull replica - see above.

APEMAN wildlife camera trap - bought this so me and the lass could get a good look at the birds and squirrels that frequently raid the feeders at the bottom of the garden.  Plus it has IR, and have already caught a couple of nighttime prowling cats on it. 

Alice in Wonderland pop-up book - I bloody love pop-up books!  The best I own are by Matthew Reinhardt, which are packed with pop-up goodness.  he's a master of the paper folding craft.  This one is very close to his level of genius.  I thoroughly recommend it if you are in any way interested in the art of folding cardboard.  Plus it's a almost half price here.


I'm sure there's more.  It has to be said, I'm usually more restrained than this, but I had a bonus in work this month and went to town a bit.  I usually limit myself to one major frivolity a month.



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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 June, 2019, 12:29:34 pm »
Philomena Lynott - Phil Lynott's mum. 

Quite a character apparently.  A regular at Dublin's Rock Museum, where she donated a ton of Phil's stuff for the final room in an awesome museum.

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Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 07 June, 2019, 07:06:13 pm »
 :D

I line ‘em up, you knock ‘em down! Good work folks!  :lol:

Stockings eh..?

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Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 07 June, 2019, 12:43:10 pm »
After reading through this entire thread I feel I have realised two things:

1)  There are many ways to argue on a forum, and none of them seem to arrive at the intended outcome.

2)  I've just wasted a good half hour where I could have been reading up on Exxon Mobil's history of climate change denial funding, the rare appearance of a carved Tibetan skull, or the history of the sock.



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Cor blimey!  That's an awesome running total!  Nice one!!!

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Events / Re: Lawless Model Raffle
« on: 07 June, 2019, 09:20:42 am »
I’ve just got word from the other online raffle winner, Steve Sullivan, that Werewolf Dredd survived the journey through Royal Mail’s Undercity!

So, with Cookie, Werewolf Dredd, and Don Uggie Apelino all safely delivered, that concludes the JustGiving Lawless Model Raffle! (See pics)

Once again, a reminder that we collectively raised £1406 for Save the Children when including the raffle on the day of Lawless itself - a phenomenal amount. Thank you all for your generosity!

Same again next year? 😄










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Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 04 June, 2019, 11:14:27 pm »
Is this the right room for an argument?

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Film & TV / Re: Good Omens Series
« on: 04 June, 2019, 11:02:40 pm »
I read the book years ago, and it didn’t make a massive impression on me at the time. However, we chained this on the weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sheen and Tennant are the highlights.

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Games / Re: PSVR - Recommended or not?
« on: 02 June, 2019, 09:28:08 pm »
I absolutely love my PSVR. I suffer from motion sickness quite a bit in cars, so a couple of the games did take a bit of getting used to. However, I found playing it on a full stomach really helped with that.

Astrobot: Rescue Mission is an absolute revelation in terms of the full 360 degree gaming experience. So inventive, like Marioland on acid with cute robots and sub games and the like. Best of all, that title gives me no motion sickness whatsoever!

Also, if you have Star Wars Battlefront already, you get a free brand new level designed for VR. For my Star Wars buddies this game was absolutely revalatory, and pushed one of them to get the VR headset the very next day.

Skyrim is fab in VR, but it does suffer two things - you get a bit of motion sickness until you get used to it, and also they had to drop the resolution somewhat to get it to run. That’s not surprising when the CPU is essentially drawing two different perspectives (one for each eye) on what is already a resource hog of a game. It’s bloody brilliant when you get past that though!

I also invested in a couple of Move controllers too, just so I could play Beat Sabre. That’s currently the closest you’re going to get to wielding two lightsabers and feeling like a total Jedi in a music rhythm game where you chop at blocks coming at you. Sounds a bit shit, but is amazing fun, hugely addictive, and gives you a great workout!


I personally went for this huge bundle on Argos for £299, which included 5 downloadable games (2mentioned above), as well as all the other kit you need to get started. The games alone are worth about £150+ when bought on their own, so a pretty good deal if you ask me.

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9219218


Anyway, long story short, amazing gaming experience, and a must-buy in my opinion.


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Events / Re: Lawless Model Raffle
« on: 23 May, 2019, 02:08:57 pm »
Final final total! (Maybe :D )


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Events / Re: Lawless Model Raffle
« on: 22 May, 2019, 09:41:20 pm »
‪It’s the final draw for the Lawless Model Raffle for Save the Children!

‪Watch this video to see the winners from the event, and results of the final draw for Werewolf Dredd, Cookie, and star prize Don Uggie Apelino (signed by Mike McMahon)!‬

‪https://youtu.be/YJiEqxgfHRE‬

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Events / Re: LAWLESS: A Celebration Of British Comics 2019
« on: 21 May, 2019, 07:12:58 pm »
From the other side of the table, it's a great con. I must admit I'm not overly fond of doing events (I'm an introvert with fast-depleting social energies!) but this one has always been painless, friendly and there's a real family vibe to the whole thing. If you've never been, highly recommended!

Was it your dad that turned up at front desk saying ‘Erm, I’m here to see my daughter. She’s doing some kind of art gallery thing - AD something-or-other?’  :D

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Events / Re: Lawless Model Raffle
« on: 21 May, 2019, 05:18:48 pm »
Check it out folks - the final total for the online raffle and the one at Lawless last Saturday, all for Save the Children!

Thanks once again for your incredible generosity. The result far exceeded my wildest fundraising dreams!

For those waiting to hear about the online raffle for Dredd Werewolf, Don Uggie, and Cookie, I’m hoping to complete the draw this week, film it, and post the results here. Watch this space!!!





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General / Re: Do John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra own Judge Dredd?
« on: 20 May, 2019, 12:44:05 am »

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Events / Re: LAWLESS: A Celebration Of British Comics 2019
« on: 19 May, 2019, 07:36:10 pm »

Colin MacNeil returns the favour of the Tharg who gave him his break in comics. MacNeil's always been a great artist, but the recent addition of a talent for caricature to his formidable armoury makes me wonder if there's anything he's not brilliant at.

Even more impressive, MacNeil did this in the boozer:





Even more impressive when you see the state they were both in!





:D

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