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Off Topic / The Intercourse of Beautiful People
« on: 06 January, 2010, 06:02:49 PM »
You read the word "intercourse" and thought I was on about SEX, didn't you? Well, I wasn't on about SEX at all, but SEX sells and so I deliberately tricked you into thinking about SEX through cunning use of the word "intercourse," by which I mean not SEX but chat.

Web chat, to be frank.

It's a New Year, so why not make a resolution to nip in to our snuggly Twoothy-based chat room on Wednesday nights? It's not as good as SEX, but it's better than bleeding to death in a rat infested sewer.

If you have a pc, download and install the Paltalk chat client (it's free to install and use) from here: http://www.paltalk.com/index.php

Mac and Unix can join in the fun (also free) via this page: http://www.paltalk.com/express/

Once you get Paltalk (which is free, or did I mention that?) working, you can find our thrillpowered room under: Miscellaneous/Other/Rowdy Yates Block Citizens Yap Shop

You'd be surprised who visits us. Colin MacNeil (yes, the very same) joins us regularly and PJ Holden has been known to drop in from time to time as well. I'm going to try to get some more creators in this year for Q&A sessions, maybe, or maybe just for a chinwag.

Most people drift in between 20:00 and 21:00, some much later, and the room is open into the wee smalls. So, come on down and have a natter and please accept my apologies for luring you into this thread with the promise of SEX.

Creative Common / 2000AD Posters
« on: 16 December, 2009, 01:06:19 PM »
Earlier in the year, my local printer (for whom I occasionally provide artwork) gained access to a proper poster printing machine. I created a few images for him which he used to promote his business and he asked me if I'd any ideas for using this machine.

Well, yes. I do have an idea, but it's pretty niche and I have no idea how to proceed so I thought I'd pick the communal brains of the forum.

My idea was to create vector images based on classic 2000AD covers and panels (I'll post the ones I've done so far at the end of this thread) and to keep the style of the original artist. Once vectorised, these images could be blown up to any size without becoming blocky or blurred. Initially, this idea was purely for my own personal use but then I thought, hey, maybe other Squaxx may want copies also. That's when I kind of lost my way.

I emailed Rebellion some months ago to ask the following questions but, unfortunately, did not receive any reply. So, I thought I'd ask you lot.

1: Is there a market for this stuff? Would you buy one and how much would you be prepared to pay?

2: If I were to sell these privately, at cost, what permissions would I need?

3: If I were to sell these for a small profit on Ebay, for example, what permissions would I need? Would Rebellion require a percentage of the net profits or what?

4: What wording, in regards to copyright, would need to be on the posters?

Once I have the answers to these questions, I'll know if/how to proceed. If all goes well, I'd love to vectorise more classic images for posterisation and I'm sure that at least some Squaxx have favourite images/covers/panels they'd love to see on their walls in glorious poster form.

Any help or advice anyone could give would be much appreciated. This is my initial exploration of the feasibility of this project, and if anyone from Rebellion is reading this, then I'd be most interested in hearing from you.

Anyway, here are the images I've vectorised so far:

("King of the Streets" is not quite finished yet.)

Off Topic / The Wee Smalls
« on: 14 September, 2009, 02:15:02 AM »
It's 02:15am and I'm still sat at my computer. Around me the majority of the country sleeps, fitfully no doubt, storing up energy for the working day which is only a few hours away. I don't have a job at the moment. Society regards me as useless. So I sit here, a pointless, idle human being with only a small, grumpy old Patterdale Terrier for company, browsing through the 2000ADonline website and wondering where it all went wrong. Or where it all went right.

Being out of the rat race may be socially unacceptable, but it certainly is peaceful. Sure, I've got no money to indulge in such things as travel, Sky TV, the latest gadgets, assembling an impressive collection of graphic novels, eating properly, developing a drug habit or hiring hookers, but I find that the less I have, the more content I become. Not for me the constant worry of earning enough to pay the rent or paying off credit cards and loans that will never be cleared. As an old farmer I used to know when I was a hard-working youth used to say, "I've got nothing, but that nothing is all mine."

Poor without debt is better than a prince, as the old proverb goes, and I was lucky enough to be able to pay off all my debts some years ago with a miserly redundancy package. Nothing was left after I'd paid my debts off. I cost the state about £100 per week (Gordon Brown costs the state about £3,596 per week excluding allowances, MPs cost about £1,245.50 per week excluding allowances, and none of them post here, so far as I know). On the one hand, society abhors me; on the other, I'm largely happy.

I try to put something back into society through my work as a parish councillor - but still I am regarded as a parasite. I try to help people. I try to amuse and entertain people through mediums such as this very message board. I don't always succeed, but I try. No matter what I do, I don't seem to be worth that £100 per week.

These are some of the thoughts that keep me awake into the wee small hours of the morning. What keeps you up so late?

Off Topic / Anyone For Photoshop Tennis?
« on: 27 August, 2009, 06:19:57 PM »
I came across this on t'interweb:  http://www.slightlywarped.com/crapfactory/photoshoptennis/index.htm

I thought we might have a go, starting off with a Twoothy image, of course. Seems to me that the first step is to identify how many Photoshoppers want to play. Once we have our artists, I'll post up a starting image and then email or PM the first player. The first player adds his/her alterations, posts the new image and then passes it on to the next player in line. The next player does his/her thing, posts the result and passes it on to the next player and so on and so forth until everyone's had a go. You can only play with the image when it's your turn or else it'll all just go wrong.

Anybody wanna play?

General / The Never Ending Tale of Edwin Dweeble.
« on: 19 August, 2009, 03:24:06 PM »
Just a bit of fun I thought I'd try. The Rules are:

1: Each post must be short, with an absolute maximum of 100 words.
2: The story is set in Mega City One exactly 122 years in the future. http://www.hf.rim.or.jp/~kaji/cal/cal.cgi?2131 for a calendar.
3: Always leave off halfway through a sentence.
4: Always continue the previous unfinished sentence, using it as the start of your post. (If someone beats you to it, they win.    Delete your post and start again.)
5: Have fun.

About Edwin Dweeble: Edwin (33) is married to Petunia (43) and has two children; Millie (8, F) and Pewter (10, M). The Dweeble family have just moved from Brit Cit to MC1 because some idiot told Edwin there was work there. Edwin is a qualified Spivvle Valve inspector. He has just found out that Spivvle Valves are illegal in MC1. Beyond that, just add stuff as you go.

Right then, I'll get the ball rolling:

The Never Ending Tale of Edwin Dweeble.
by Whoever

Sunday August 19th 2131

Well, we've been in "The Big Meg" for a whole month now, so I thought I'd knuckle down and get started on making something of myself. Through hard work and perseverance, through courage and cunning, through adversity and triumph, I know I have the drive to succeed. That is why, with a resolute heart and a firm hand, I put my shoulder to the grindstone and started a diary.

What better way to make money? I shall document my experiences and then sell them to the highest bidder, thus becoming rich and famous. Perfect. At least, that was the plan. I was just sitting down to write my first entry when there was an insistent hammering at the front door. Upon opening the door, I was immediately struck by...

Off Topic / Pat Mills on TV now...
« on: 08 June, 2009, 07:22:01 PM »
Pat Mills is being interviewed about UFOs on Sky Channel 200 right now.

Off Topic / I'm so out of love with ____
« on: 28 May, 2009, 12:58:07 PM »
... the greedy spuggers on Ebay who refuse to combine postage and then mail things in flimsy, second hand envelopes.

Do you have any proper shoes, like Sump Sweaty Sandals, Justice Dept Moshing Boots or Strontium Hush Puppies?

Film & TV / Minder Remake
« on: 10 February, 2009, 11:18:19 AM »
Channel Five have remade Minder.

I doubt that there's ever been a more inauspicious sentence than that in the history of television. Channel Five, that shadowy purveyor of CSI Omnipresent, gangsters relieving each other of their kneecaps, fuzzy reception and documentaries about people with horrendous things wrong with them has had a stab at reinventing one of the best loved comedy-drama programmes ever to be seen in the UK. I just knew it was going to be beyond rubbish. It was going to be toxic, unrecyclable rubbish that would poison the airwaves for centuries and quite possibly cause aliens watching on Zeta Reticuli to finally unleash their death rays and mutant zombie cyborg stormtroopers on us once and for all in the interests of galactic sanity. Removing any heavy objects from within easy reach in case I got so miffed as to throw things at my beloved telly, I tuned in and watched it expecting to be in a state of apoplexy from roll to cut.

Imagine my surprise when I actually enjoyed it. Imagine my confusion when I found myself laughing out loud at the"...might as well be haunted" line, Archie pretending to be a ghost and the microwaving of two unfortunate cockroaches.

It was never going to be as good as the original, but it's not a hundred miles away and I for one am looking forward to the next episode. I can't be alone in this... can I? I can't remember being so pleasantly surprised by anything for a long time and it's taught me to be less judgemental and condescending about certain sentences that would otherwise chill me to the bone. In honour of this lesson, I have decided to make the following my sentence of the month:

Channel Five have remade Minder.

Off Topic / Great little animation
« on: 01 February, 2009, 12:12:15 AM »
I only ever seem to start threads to share links. Maybe I'm no good at original thought. Still, the peeps who made this are: http://www.cyberthing.net/video-play.php?id=89


Off Topic / The Chances of Anything Coming From Mars...
« on: 21 January, 2009, 04:58:10 PM »
Video of the Trolig meteor: http://sydsvenskan.se/webbtv/article406 ... ext=webbtv

Amazing, huh?

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