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Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 18 November, 2019, 05:35:29 pm »
Thursdays for me. For the last few months.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 November, 2019, 05:34:49 pm »
"New Jumanji" is my current recommendation for anyone who wants a good family film. I feel it's grossly under-rated. It has a timeless appeal to all, akin to Back to the Future (or, to a lesser extent Gremlins or Ghostbusters, although they have scary bits).

I'm not saying it is great. It's just a solid family movie, of which there are precious few.

Events / Re: JOCK SQUAD XMAS PINT 2019
« on: 12 November, 2019, 08:16:05 am »
My work do. As the boss, I need to be there to provide drink. So, a no from me

Film & TV / Re: PREACHER has ended... thoughts?
« on: 04 November, 2019, 07:34:58 pm »
I really enjoyed the last dozen or so episodes (end of season 3, all of season 4).

I wish it had ended with Jesse on a horse and a memorable fight with Cass, but as it was I think the final scene was genius and really highlighted the tragic lonliness of Cass.

Sure, it deviated from the comic. A lot. But, c'mon, any programme featuring an answer to the question: "Who would win a fight, Jesus or Hitler?" can't be all bad.

The omission of "Not enough gun" was criminal.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 26 October, 2019, 04:35:12 pm »
I realised at the zoo that eiderdown is actual downy feathers from a spieces of duck called the Eider.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 25 October, 2019, 05:33:58 pm »
Still nope

Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 05 October, 2019, 02:41:06 pm »
Nope. My 14 year old just got knocked back from it.

Y'know, the original posts on this thread might end up being premature, if reviews are anything to go by.

Suggestions / Re: ‘Vote Dave’ tshirt please!
« on: 28 September, 2019, 12:51:31 pm »
Wish I'd bought a "Because I hate you" T now, so I couldn't wear it at you all.

Suggestions / Re: ‘Vote Dave’ tshirt please!
« on: 28 September, 2019, 11:42:06 am »
Tharg hates me.

I give him my money.

He sends everyone else their stuff before me. Progs, Ts, whatever.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 September, 2019, 08:33:55 pm »
Okay I've never watched Princess Bride because the premise - a fairytale romcom -just didn't appeal.

However, given the lavish praise I've read about it here, I decided I must give it a go.

I lasted halfway. Hammy acting, cheap effects and I really didn't care one iota about any of these unrealistic cardboard characters. I felt like the kid at the start: "is this a kissy book? When's it gonna get good?", but unlike him, I was not won over.

 I guess that's the problem with "cult" movies - if you're not part of the cult, they're just crap.

Princess Shite more like


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 September, 2019, 12:24:54 pm »
   Priti Patel: Until Brexit is fully operational, we are vulnerable. The Rebel Alliance is too well equipped. They're more dangerous than you realize!

    Domic Raab: Dangerous to your constituency, Commander. Not to this government.

    Patel: The Rebellion will continue to gain a support in the Parliament, until...

    Boris Johnson: [walking in with Rees Mog] Parliament will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word from the Lord Advocate that we can prorogue Parliament permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.

    Raab: That's impossible! How will you maintain control without democracy?

    BJ: The Secretaries of State now have direct control over their portfolios. Fear will keep the local people in line. Fear of hard Brexit.

    Patel: And what of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical readout of the law on proroguing it is possible — however unlikely — that they might find a weakness and exploit it.

    Rees Mog: The law you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

    Raab: Any attack made by the Rebels against this government would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they've obtained. This Tories are now the ultimate power in Europe! I suggest we abuse it.

    Rees Mog: Don't be too proud of this geopolitical terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a country is insignificant next to the power of the Constitution.

    Raab: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Rees Mog. [Mog walks toward Raab, then slowly raises his hand] Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up better legal advice or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' legal argumen–– [grasps his throat as if he is being choked]

    Mog: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

  BJ: Enough of this. Rees Mog, release him!

    Mog: As you wish. [drops his hand and Raab's head hits the table as he regains his breath]

    BJ: This bickering is pointless. Rees Mog will provide us with the core of the the Rebel legal case by the time prorogation is operational. We will then crush the Rebellion with one swift stroke.

Prog / Re: Prog 2150 - You want Thrills, Earthlets?
« on: 23 September, 2019, 10:03:25 pm »
Weather control is on the blink, then. It's a bit chilly.

Anyhow, just read Dredd and SinDex. Loved both.

General / Re: Subscriber free gifts.
« on: 23 September, 2019, 10:01:48 pm »
I'll sell it to you on eBay for £100 just as soon as it is "OOP".

Suggestions / Re: ‘Vote Dave’ tshirt please!
« on: 23 September, 2019, 10:01:07 pm »
Nope, I was worried someone had theirs first.

Love the idea that in some print shop, there's a bemused guy doing a run of Dave t-shirts.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 September, 2019, 09:59:17 pm »
IP exists in order to incentivise creative individuals to continue to create things.

The problem is that it is abused. But that does not affect the underlying rationale or reality of it.

True, ideas as a thing cannot be protected. They cannot be property. Inherently, once communicated, they are in the wild (hmm... there's a future shock in that). IP law is, therefore, an artificial construct designed to creat and attribute value to them.

To that extent, they are property. But only because the law says that they are.

In fact, the alternative to most of the laws to which Shark objects, should they be scrapped, is anarchy. I disagree with a lot of posts here for that reason.

But that is not to say things should not be questioned or unchanged. The rules are good for all, but only if the rules are fair. The problem is that the rules are often rigged. But that does not mean they should be scrapped or sacrificed on the altar of principle.

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