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General / Re: Welcome
« on: 10 August, 2021, 09:23:15 AM »
Did the Eternal thread die?

Creative Common / Can you help identify the artist?
« on: 20 June, 2015, 05:06:40 PM »
I was given the attached sketch about 11 years ago but I can't remember the artist.

I'd like to clean up the pencil marks and then put this on a t-shirt but I don't really want to use it without permission.

Can anyone help ID the artist?


Links / Re: If Superheros Were Fat
« on: 05 February, 2014, 11:39:29 PM »
Hi Gents & ladies

Well the Heroes thingie has been running over 2 months now and no complaints :)


Links / If Superheros Were Fat
« on: 27 November, 2013, 03:37:23 PM »
Hi Guys, long time no hear.

Just thought I'd let you know about a little microsite we've done for a client who sells Diet Supplements. It asks the question as in the title and shows 5 well known Superheroes getting fat on chips!

Check it out here :

If you like it, share it!

Film & TV / Re: dinosaurs on a spaceship
« on: 09 September, 2012, 02:16:20 AM »
I thought it was the first who episode in ages that actually DID make sense, a nice, straightforward story and great fun. Dinosaurs, robots, Silurians, a baddie who gets his comeuppance, a hot Nefertiti and some good comedy interplay between ' The ponds' - what's not to love?. Mark Williams in particular was very good, but Mitchell & Webb seemed rather pointlessly included.

I watched this with my son (13) and his friend and we had a ball. We thought the camp robots added fun at first but then when they started getting violent it got a bit creepy ( in a good way). I didn't realise who the robots were voiced by but my son was in there like "hey that's M & W!".

"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" - so cheesy but what a line!  Almost as good as "Clay Pidgeon shooting, with tanks"

Very silly, but a lot of fun.  Brought back memories of Tom Baker and K9. Ahhhhhhh


Film Discussion / Re: DREDD reviews. (SPOILERS!)
« on: 08 September, 2012, 02:58:21 PM »
I did find myself cringing when the bad guy picked up Anderson's gun as I KNEW what was going to happen when he pulled the trigger - and it did. I could tell that came as a surprise to some of the audience!

I thought this part was excellently done.
Too many films have to explain things in detail and then you wait till later in the film for that thing to happen.
Dredd didn't treat the audience as stupid and let the film tell you these things.

I also noted that they included the part where a Judge can select ammo by vocal command - then used this in a clever way where Dredd (in the cafe) says something like "Your call HOTSHOT" thus selecting his ammo of choice without alerting the perp.

This seemed a running theme in the film - show in a subtle way how the world of Dredd works and then use it to bigger effect later. As Logan says, it doesn't spoon-feed the audience. Too many films have been ruined this way.

The biggest (IMHO) was Harrison Ford's voiceover and the final scene in the hovercar in Bladerunner. The audiences make their own minds up why characters act as they do.

BTW I didn't see Rebellion in the main credits or the first part of the final credits - were they? If not how come?

Oh and did any of you guys see Iron Sky recently?


Film Discussion / Re: DREDD reviews. (SPOILERS!)
« on: 08 September, 2012, 01:03:48 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I've not posted here for a very long time - don't have the time I'm afraid - but I went to see the film last night and it was excellent.

I would waffle on but my highlights were :
1. Dredd was gritty and battered - in fact his uniform was battered and grimy at he start. Urban was excellent in his acting. As he said an actor's best tools for conveying emotion are the eyes and he didn't have this. Best scene for the acting with just the lower face was when he'd been shot and the Judge was standing overhim - the grit in the jaw was pure Dredd

2. The Slo-Mo scenes of violence were very graphic but captured what we experience in the comics - after all each frame in comic is a frozen image.

3. Attention to detail - whomever was in charge of the backgrounds had done an excellent job and clearly understood the world of Dredd - I thought the Hottie Stand ad was great and did you all spot the "Chopper" and "Kenny Who?" graffiti? Was there more?

4. Simple story - I don't meant this badly, this film could have been a Mega-Epic like "Apocalypse War" or "Judgement Day" but the Dredd character would have been lost. I think the simple story of a drugs bust with a rookie in tow going horribly wrong allows the true Dredd and his resourcefulness to come through. (As well as Anderson)

5. Being Faithful - whilst certain aspects of timeline were changed I think everything in the film stayed as close to caconical history as possible. Perhaps this could be viewed as a early point in time in Dredd's history where the PSI division was only just getting going.

I did find myself cringing when the bad guy picked up Anderson's gun as I KNEW what was going to happen when he pulled the trigger - and it did. I could tell that came as a surprise to some of the audience!

All in all this film lived up to expectations and can finally bury the corpse of the celluloid disaster from the 20th Century. Can't wait to see what happens next!!

PS this film cleary used 3D well


Welcome to the board / Re: Hi!
« on: 06 August, 2010, 03:15:30 AM »
Well, I was digging around on the forum and realised that my old account was still here. After racking my brains for 5 mins I dug the password out of long, long, long, long, long-term memory and go into my old account!

So, StainlessSteelRat ID will just languish and you'll have to put with Dante again.


I also noticed that this board must be approaching 10 years old cos my reg date is way way back in 2001. So apart from Wake can anyone show a reg date earlier than October 26, 2001? Wake is October 11 2001

Good to be back

Off Topic / The Future Of Comic Artists
« on: 08 June, 2007, 01:24:40 PM »
I got sent this link the other day. Take a look at the video and remember this kid is THREE.

I'd love to see what he's doing in ten years..

Reckon he'd make a great comic artist?

Link: Painting Kid

Off Topic / Re: Help Test My Uni Project!........
« on: 20 March, 2007, 11:23:11 AM »
Sorry about the formatting on the last post but it was well spaced when I typed it!!

Wake can you fix it? Cheers

Off Topic / Re: Help Test My Uni Project!......
« on: 20 March, 2007, 11:21:17 AM »
Okay my thanks go to funt for taking the time to make this post, so I will take the time to answer each of his questions. First though let me explain that this is NOT the final submisssion of the site! I want to get all the major bugs ironed out of the code before I do the polishing!

Secondly, the main thrust of the module is to use advanced design techniques to build the site. Whilst it is important to have a nicely laid out site this wasn't my main concern. Since I have had a lot of time constraints I purchased the template from a site and reconfigured it to my needs, hence the reason for a couple of quirks in the HTML. This might sound cheating but it has been documented and also I use Smarty templating, so it was also an exercise in showing how to reconfigure someone else's templates.

1. >>When I passed your site through the w3c validation service I got 4 errors. (I find the quickest way to do this these days is to use the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar.) The errors themselves seem fairly straightforward, so I won't go into them.>Running the CSS through validation, it can't find the sheet called layout.css (it says). I am curious, looking at your code, as to why you've linked to default.css using the link element in the head, and also linked to layout.css, but using the embedded style element and @import. Why not be consistent? >Also, your title element and both the meta elements in the head of your home page (I haven't checked the others) are blank. On purpose?>Blank alt attributes on your images isn't helping out the visually impaired. It takes a few seconds to type in a value there.>box2, box4 etc. are poorly descriptive. Give them a name that also provides meaning. I think the term is meta-structural. (Oh, and you've used box4 twice, which is a no-no for an id attribute.)>Loads of stuff in the table element at the bottom of the page could be done with CSS equivalents, thus cleaning up your xhtml. I'd remove border, width, all the aligns. Even the highlight class could be replaced with a colgroup and attached CSS styling.>It's , not . That single space before the / is important. (Something to do with older browsers.)>The indentation is a mess, although I don't know what the php source file looks like, so perhaps that's partly to blame. >Strikes me that you might be suffering slightly from div-itis, but then at least it's not a table-based layout. A couple of inline styles have snuck into the code near the end - considering how well you've done prior to that to separate structure from presentation, you could ship those off to the css file.

Off Topic / Re: Help Test My Uni Project!........
« on: 19 March, 2007, 11:41:02 PM »
Sure thing guy, it is always difficult to assess the interface for useability when you know how it is supposed to work! That's why I threw it open.

You points are acknowledged and will be acted upon.

Off Topic / Re: Help Test My Uni Project!......
« on: 19 March, 2007, 03:26:33 PM »
The DVD information is done by accessing Amazon's ECS database!

To see you collection, click on the My Collection Tab, then select 'Search Collection' on the left. To see all leave all search parameters empty and click on the "Submit Search".

If this is not immeditately clear to a user, then let me know and I will add some helpful text on the screen.

Off Topic / Help Test My Uni Project!
« on: 19 March, 2007, 02:06:50 PM »
Hi Dudes,

I need some help testing my 2nd year Uni project in Advanced Web Design.

I've built an online DVD catalogue that allows you to keep a record of all the DVDs in your collection, sort & search using your own categories and even (eventually) report a list with an approx value (useful for insurance).

I've moved the site into Beta test and you are all invited to come and use and abuse the site. But I do need your feedback which you can send through the contact area on the site.

I'd be really grateful if you could help on this! Please follow the link below.

Link: Barny's DVD Project

Off Topic / Re: Techy Pooter-Type Advice Neede...
« on: 09 July, 2006, 08:15:11 PM »
To be honest, wireless is the best way to go UNLESS all the machines are in the same room. If they are not you would have to lay ethernet cable around your house which is somewhat of a pain.

Wireless network cards are generally peasy to install. I personally use a Netgear router. There are now routers which either plug into the DSL line direct or the cable system (as you have now) making life easier. You should pay no more than ?80 for one.

I can't comment on the Mac for wireless (go to PC World they should be able to help) but the XP machine is easy. You can even get USB Wireless NICs now so you don't even have to take the computer cover off.

Very important : If you do use WiFi then 1) Make sure you change the admin username & password on the router and 2) make sure you use WEP encryption (the router instructions will explain this). If you don't do this then you leave your network wide open for hackers.

If you need any more advice on this then just drop me a line. I currently have 3 PCs, 1 laptop, my XBOX and my DVD Player all connecting together via WiFi - oh and there's a NetPrinter on the system as well.

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