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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 29 March, 2021, 01:29:31 PM »
Of course, if there were no vaccine - and we simply had to rely on our natural immune system, these figures would be far worse. Obviously.

I can't help but feel that it probably says a great deal if the next step down from the government's actual response is "doing literally nothing".

Which, it goes without saying, they also failed at doing the moment they took any action at all, since the concept of "herd immunity" relies on the government doing nothing and letting the virus run its course, so... they even fucked this up by their own bullshit standards of logic.  I am pretty sure this means there isn't any possible timeline where they didn't fuck this.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 March, 2021, 12:52:47 AM »
Sweetheart - never heard a thing about this one, and I like me some survival films, I do, and no, I have never watched Castaway starring Tom Hanks, a film which I hear is possibly the finest example of the survival movie genre, because why on Earth would I watch a film that is good and I will enjoy when I can watch Asylum movies featuring Kevin Sorbo?
Anyway, this was good, so of course I watched it by accident.
A young woman is washed up on a small deserted island with her mortally-wounded friend, and things just get worse from there.  Oh boy do they ever get worse from there.  There's a wild animal that attacks at night and before you start groaning about yet another allegorical duel between civilised man and the untamed beasts of the wild, don't worry, the "animal" is actually an evil HP Lovecraft fishman devil beast from a deep dark pit at the bottom of the ocean and he comes at night because he is READY TO FUCK.  Though not literally, I mean it's not a rapey thing, he just wants to tear people to pieces and eat them.
It's not rocket science or anything, it won't change anyone's life, it just gets in and entertains you for 90 minutes and then leaves before it gets weird because it knows the deal and this was never meant to be a long term thing.  You wanna watch a Robinson Crusoe movie where a lady runs around trying to stab a big fish monster with a stick?  Well this is for you.  If you don't want that... well, I wouldn't blame you.  It kind of sounds silly now I type it out.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 28 March, 2021, 09:18:42 PM »
The Witness, for free as part of Sony's Play At Home thingy, so I didn't know anything about it and figured I'd pick it up as I went.  I still haven't a clue what the story is, but the game is a first person puzzler where you wander around a deserted island looking for join-the-dots puzzles to do.  Tremendously chill, and it's really fun figuring out the various puzzles from clues in the environment.
Classic action platformer Ratchet & Clank, which was also free from Sony, and while I have played this in various forms over the years, I didn't realise this was such a major overhaul of the original game rather than just a HD upgrade.  I never liked the gadget-switching or backtracking to older levels as a game mechanic in this or other games, but this is a serious chunk of entertainment for a freebie, neither too easy nor too hard and will likely keep you occupied for weeks.  The framing story and narrative device - based on the recent movie which was in turn based on the original game - is also impressive.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 28 March, 2021, 09:06:07 PM »
Considering the trouble getting the vaccine rolled out atm, I wouldn't have much faith in the establishment of a booster regimen for the entire country (even if you could get everyone to submit to such a thing).  I suspect that older patients will get a jab as usual, but the rest will be left to fight it off and eventually we'll be conditioned to think of the extra thousand deaths a year as the new normal.

Film Discussion / Re: 2000AD movies you'd love to see...
« on: 28 March, 2021, 11:58:40 AM »
Hell Trekkers, even if it is just another riff on Damnation Alley.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 March, 2021, 12:17:12 PM »
Maybe I'm getting too old, but I don't know if the Northern Independence Party are a real thing or yet another Reelpolitik podcast meme that's gotten out of hand again.  It's not even April and 2021 is giving me something that I genuinely cannot tell if it's a real political party or a shitpost.
Either way, it's great to see centrists filling their nappies with the old "but they'll split the vote and hand victory to the Tories for a generation!" canard, which as we know from the 2019 election isn't actually a problem for centrists when it's the LibDems doing it.

I'm getting a little pissed off with labour activists who are outraged at a "Tory takeover" of Liverpool but never got outraged about decades of graft and corruption.

I imagine most were unaware.  I certainly don't recall it being national news, even when the media were publishing absolutely anything they could that painted Labour in a bad light.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 March, 2021, 01:40:50 AM »
George Galloway 2.0 is online.

Content Warning for police violence: cops cover their names and badges before laying into protestors yet again.  ACA - and I cannot stress this enough - B.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 March, 2021, 07:22:13 PM »
Apparently, Labour are actually more electable than ever now the grown ups are back in charge, and the real problem is people talking the party down and not keeping the faith.  Oh, and don't forget the all-powerful hard left Cultural Marxists who want Labour to lose*.

/clears throat

* Actually, they probably have a valid point with this one - I know I definately never want bootlickers and right-wing psychopaths to win elections.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 March, 2021, 01:42:58 PM »
Utterly, utterly useless

Film & TV / Re: Star Trek: Enterprise
« on: 23 March, 2021, 04:30:34 PM »

That STD has really lowered the bar.

EVERY time I see this I have to remind myself of what it is referring to, not the result of a an unprotected encounter ...

The producers are painfully aware of this, and have struggled for years to make "Disco" the abbreviation used among fandom.  Fandom is... uncooperative.

Film & TV / Re: Star Trek: Enterprise
« on: 23 March, 2021, 01:57:38 PM »
There was a running joke in Trek fandom that after DS9, every new Star Trek show was the worst Star Trek show yet*, but STD really tested that theory to destruction.  And then Star Trek: Picard somehow set the bar even lower.

The third season of Enterprise is a hoot (even though the limitations of the cast are never more apparent), and season four is a bit of a mixed bag, but it finally manages to thread the needle between fan-wankery and faster-paced stories meant to draw in new viewers - though sadly, both those and die-hard Trek fans had already written the show off because of the dreadful first two seasons, which promised much but were ultimately just a Star Trek greatest hits compilation album you bought from a pound shop that turned out to be a bunch of synth instrumental covers when you got home and put it on.
But fair play to Enterprise for at least being the last Star Trek show with an actual theme tune and title sequence, rather than just some leftover instrumental music from the show cobbled together over some random gifs.

*  For many years, Brannon Braga was the whipping boy for fans, but retrospective examinations of the show's behind-the-scenes dramas seem to lay the blame more at the feet of producer Rick Berman, who may or may not have had issues with The Gays™, women, and non-white cast members.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 March, 2021, 12:39:45 AM »
It's a shame that's not a real Labour Party ad, because it would be one of their better efforts.

Murdered teenager fined by police for attempting to prevent her own death.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 March, 2021, 07:53:07 PM »
Give Keir Starmer a chance.  He's just keeping his powder dry.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 March, 2021, 11:26:47 PM »

"Anything to bring this nightmare to an end."

Those are truly terrifying words.

The country turning into Chile circa 1973 is slightly more worrying to me tbh.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 March, 2021, 03:25:22 PM »
A strung-out, under-resourced and undermanned police force with nothing to lose and everything to gain by brutalising anyone with a camera?  That can only end well.

This shithole of a country is currently brewing-up the perfect recipe for accelerationism and at this point, I'll take it.  Anything to bring this nightmare to an end.

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