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As with all things, only time will tell.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 22 June, 2022, 11:14:10 PM »

It's got a fiber optic wire trailing from its butt. I shouldn't think old Howard's too worried. Might explain some of Hammerstein's more unglamorous Great Gram'ma stories, though.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 June, 2022, 11:07:35 PM »

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. What can I say? I'm biased. I love the MCU. Comic book stories told in motion pictures. Pure fantasy. All the thrills of comics (and then some) without all that tedious page-turning - like, who has the strength, right? The part of me that loves these films is the older version of the part of me that loved Harryhausen and Doctor Who. With that in mind, I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish, all the way through to Bruce Campbell's perfect last words. Definitely one for the Multi-Play list.

Film & TV / Re: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ (High Chance of SPOILERS)
« on: 22 June, 2022, 06:24:07 PM »

Jovus Crust, they may as well do away with starships and just have teleporters or stargates instead. This has been a frustratingly Curate's Egg of a series. The lightsabre battle was ace, though.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 22 June, 2022, 06:06:10 PM »


Eccleston, because lots of planets have a north.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 22 June, 2022, 07:38:26 AM »

I've been where you are, Jade, truly. For almost a decade.

In the end I decided that waiting for the authorities to help was the biggest waste of my time imaginable and took control of myself. It's a very daunting thing to do and a very hard thing to do but I did it and haven't looked back. I know this doesn't help you much but it does demonstrate that there is a productive way out and I'm sure you'll find yours. The first step, in my experience, is to discard all thoughts of what other people might think your life is worth and to value it for yourself, on your own terms. Never forget that you are a being of infinite worth and potential and that the meaning of your life needn't be objective. One has to find one's own meaning and not give a f*ck about how other people measure such things (unless they chime with one's own views and needs, in which case simply fold them in to one's personal philosophy).

And congratulations on going to your model club, that's a Big Win for you at this stage.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 21 June, 2022, 06:20:49 PM »

Try breaking the house-tidying into smaller bits, one area or job at a time, so you're not faced with doing the whole place all at once. One step at a time. Maybe start by giving yourself an hour one or two days a week, once you start seeing results it'll encourage you to add another hour here and there - and treat yourself once your hour is done. Might help.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 20 June, 2022, 06:59:08 AM »


Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 19 June, 2022, 09:39:38 PM »

Derry Girls, Season Three. Wonderful, superb, excellent, cracker.

Film & TV / Re: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ (High Chance of SPOILERS)
« on: 19 June, 2022, 10:18:47 AM »

 - How did Obi-Wan escape captivity - it's not clear.

I liked that we didn't see this. I don't think we really needed to as we'd just seen him trouncing stormtroopers by the shedload, so another protracted action scene might have been excessive and a bit samey. And he's Obi-Wan Kenobi.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Battle of the 8-bit nerds
« on: 19 June, 2022, 10:14:24 AM »

I had a C64 and enjoyed it for a while - but playing out and holiday jobs had more appeal.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 18 June, 2022, 07:36:49 AM »
My condolences Mister Funt. At the risk of sounding patronizing, it seems to me that your reaction to this shite thing that happened is perfectly valid and it's good that you're confronting it. There's no right way to grieve.

Most definitely this.

For more than half of my life I've been of the feeling that grief is mostly self-pity in that I won't have this person in my life any more, which is a perfectly valid feeling. It must be balanced, though, with the feeling of joy that I was privileged enough to have had this person in my life at all. Of course, one can't very well start proselytizing this opinion to grieving relatives and so I tend to be just as awkward as most other people in such situations - stumbling through expressions of sympathy which, although heartfelt, seem little more than inadequate platitudes.

Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 18 June, 2022, 07:19:18 AM »
If there is a God, then for me it has to be the universe (or the multiverse) itself, because that's the only thing that is both omnipresent, omnitemporal, and omnipotent.

I once heard a suggestion that brains evolved because the universe was trying to understand itself. It's a nice idea, but a bit too teleological for me.

Yes, I think I first heard that one in Babylon 5. The idea does, however, rest on the ideas that the Universe is self-aware enough to want to understand itself and also has enough self-knowledge to be able to manipulate its own molecules over long periods of time in order to create brains, the biological casings and support systems to house them, and environments in which to store them. It also aggrandizes us like most religious beliefs which rest on us being specially created for a specific purpose.

If we are "the universe trying to understand itself" then I think it's more likely we'd be a natural part of the universal consciousness (if such a thing exists), like the nerve endings in our own bodies.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 18 June, 2022, 07:07:18 AM »

One of the things I enjoy most about The Boys is Homelander's fake smile. Technically every on screen smile is fake, but Anthony Starr really sells the fakeness. Proper rictus grin.

Couldn't agree more. Starr's entire performance is great. I love the way he manages to get across Homelander trying to hide his ignorance or petulance behind a facade of powerful perfection. The odd little tick or stifled childish outburst in such a powerful character is chilling, creating the impression of an atom bomb on a hair-trigger.

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