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Megazine / Re: Meg 446: Royal Blood
« on: 05 August, 2022, 04:24:11 PM »
My copy of this still hasn't arrived yet. Anyone else's issue not shown up?

Nothing at Huff Mansions...

I contacted Rebellion a week ago and got a reply saying they'd send a replacement out. Got an email today saying it's just been sent.

I still haven't received this week's prog yet, neither, so I may have to chase that up as well. Could be something to do with my subscription renewing a few days ago.

Megazine / Re: Meg 446: Royal Blood
« on: 25 July, 2022, 04:05:07 PM »
My copy of this still hasn't arrived yet. Anyone else's issue not shown up?

Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 10 July, 2022, 11:32:55 PM »
It seems absurd to me that a human being can own a piece of the planet when it's patently obvious that, if anything, the planet owns us. All our greed and wars are based on this nonsensical belief that land and resources can be owned

Human beings aren't even special in believing that. It's nothing more than the same territorial behaviour that exists throughout nature being taken to an absurd extreme.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Battle of the 8-bit nerds
« on: 19 June, 2022, 11:56:00 AM »
There's also this text adventure...

...which was supposedly also released for the ZX Spectrum, but no trace of that version exists online.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Battle of the 8-bit nerds
« on: 19 June, 2022, 01:09:51 AM »
It can do colours, they're just very... idiosyncratic...

My vote's for the ZX Spectrum, obviously.

Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 16 June, 2022, 06:49:45 PM »
I will now share some of my views via the medium of pop-culture references...

In The Dark Crystal, the evil Skeksis and good urRu were originally a single species. Being evil, the Skeksis want to hold onto their power over the other species and environments of the world, using them for their own selfish needs. The empathic urRu know that this cannot be left to continue, but are entirely pacifistic hermit-hippies who can't achieve what they need to by themselves. Things can only ultimately be really "good" if the two species are combined into a neutral whole.

But there's a problem when defining anything as completely "good" or "evil" because in a lot of cases it's entirely subjective. Violence may be considered by most people to be a bad thing, but most species would never have survived without using it, whether for food or defense. Shark mentions plagues as one of the "natural evils", but from the point of view of the virus or locust, (aye, that's a separate philosophical discussion), we're the ones trying to wipe them out while they're only trying to survive.

There's an episode of Rick and Morty in which the title characters purge themselves of "toxins", the toxins being the aspects of their personalities which they personally consider negative. Said toxins then become separate individual entities - "evil" doubles. Thing is, some of the things Rick and Morty consider "bad" are actually important parts of being a fully functioning human being. Eg; Rick thinks being too emotionally attached to people is a bad thing, meaning the "bad" version of him is the one who's left caring what happens to his grandson.

Things get even more messed up when you have certain religious types saying homosexuality is evil and others like Mother Teresa claiming human suffering is a force for good, saying, (and I directly quote), "There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering." An attitude I would consider unequivocally evil.

Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« on: 04 June, 2022, 10:08:49 PM »
I read a blog quite a few years ago, (and also quite a while before the anti-trans thing became blatantly apparent), which detailed Linehan's inability to take even the mildest form of criticism from folk on Twitter, his refusal to accept he could possibly be wrong about anything, and his tendency to overreact with foul-mouthed tirades, name-calling and blocking of folk who'd done very, very little to justify such. I believe the blog was from around 2012.

I get the impression he's had severe issues for a very long time, the internet just made it more obvious, (and probably quite a bit worse when backed up by his more sycophantic/deranged/horrific twitter followers.)

Prog / Re: Prog 2282 - Out for Blood
« on: 01 June, 2022, 05:47:25 PM »
I don't know if the feet are particularly important but aye, it probably works better as an analogy when they're there - believing something's been taken away when something's actually been added and you're free to choose from either.

Trust me, it makes more sense if you're constantly exposed to folk saying stuff like "You're not allowed to say Merry Christmas anymore!" or "We've got our blue passports back!" or "Restoring little pictures of crowns to the side of pint glasses shows what can be achieved now we're out of the EU!"

Prog / Re: Prog 2282 - Out for Blood
« on: 01 June, 2022, 01:47:40 AM »
I didn't get the Droid Life :(

I wish I didn't.

It's about folk complaining about the way things are nowadays and demanding the right to return to the original way of doing things, when there is, in actual fact, absolutely nothing stopping them from doing things the original way anyway and they're complaining about a problem that doesn't actually exist, (or something along those lines).

Eg; using imperial measurements.

I'd like to see the Catweazle series given this treatment, although I don't know how much of it there actually was. I never watched it on TV, but I read Richard Carpenter's novelisations of the two series a couple of years ago and thought they were really good fun. (It would be really, really easy to do a proper, modern, sequel following on directly from the end of the original, probably staring Mackenzie Crook.)

There was apparently a cinematic German remake last year...


General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 21 May, 2022, 09:26:32 PM »
I vote for a complete run of "Burp the Smelly Alien" from Oink!

That would probably be a bit complicated/unlikely. The copyright to a load of Oink! characters is apparently owned by the original creators, Burp included.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 18 May, 2022, 07:14:22 PM »
I think it's just yer general EC comics homage more than anything to do with Scream!

I mean, reference to a "crypt of horror" isn't the most subtle of nods.

Prog / Re: Prog 2279 - Past Crimes
« on: 27 April, 2022, 05:01:52 PM »
Best Future Shock in years, (which isn't a criticism of any of the other ones).

"Contemporaries" is spelt wrong, though.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 25 April, 2022, 12:37:27 AM »
Ihave to say I find the use of band or song names in literature a bit of an off putting choice - it feels like the writer is either trying to get you on board because you like the same music / get the reference, or just an exercise in muso - like naming your child after an obscure musician so other parents who "get it" will nod approvingly

Yep. Who would do a daft thing like that?

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 21 April, 2022, 07:03:41 PM »
I don't think it's that bad a likeness...

...of Helen Mirren.

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