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Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 27 May, 2022, 01:28:46 PM »
About thirty minutes out from Bristol. This is the first significant, multi-leg train journey I’ve attempted since the before times, and it’s all gone remarkably smoothly. So far…

Prog / Re: Prog 2283 - Scare in the community
« on: 26 May, 2022, 06:25:06 PM »
Personally, I’d say Niemend’s writing feels the closest to Wagner’s, in a manner only Al Ewing has really matched.

Not sure about that… for me, Al managed to write Dredds that were unmistakably Ewing, but still felt like Dredd. It's hard to articulate, but Dredd is actually such a difficult character to get right that when a writer tries to bring their own 'stamp' to the strip, it usually involves shifting at least a few degrees off what feels right for Dredd.

What I think both Ewing and Niemand bring (brought) is a desire to get Dredd right first, then write stories around that… and that's what makes them feel Wagner-ish — the fact that Joe is generally spot on. After all, the Wagner/Grant then Wagner-solo era encompasses such a vast range of tone, mood, and even genre, it's hard to point at any story that's definitively Dredd, other than for the fact that Dredd's in it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2283 - Scare in the community
« on: 26 May, 2022, 02:45:15 PM »
Yes, Jaegir's next arc called Ferox will most likely land sometime in August

The Coleby droid mentioned that he was drawing Norts just a couple of days ago, so there's definitely something in the works.

Indeed, LoEG was the only ABC strip that was creator owned, so it's the only one that Moore carried on with after his infamous exit from ABC. He willingly sold the movie rights and then became enraged when the studio seemed to cave in to a plagiarism lawsuit. Hence, no more Moore movies.

That’s a little unfair. He became enraged when he was subjected to a multi-hour deposition by lawyers involved in the law suit, and then the studio caved over an addition to the screenplay that wasn’t in the comics he’d actually written.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 24 May, 2022, 10:49:14 PM »
I heard a rumour Disney+ is going to continue the series with the same cast?

It’s long been rumbling that Disney liked Daredevil best out of all the Netflix offerings, and the Charlie Cox cameo in No Way Home seems to confirm that. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up in the She-Hulk series and with Fisk’s suspiciously inconclusive off-camera ‘death’ in the Hawkeye series, it would seem that there are a lot of pieces in place for an ‘official’ MCU version… to the extent that they’ve put a LOT of otherwise unnecessary work in if that wasn’t the plan.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 24 May, 2022, 10:39:57 PM »

Is that the one where Dan Dare gets bummed by the Mekon?

Oh yeah. Subversive.

There was some good stuff in Morrison’s Dare, specifically addressing the notion of a hero representing an Imperial ideal whose time had very much passed. Sadly, it felt like Morrison very much ran out of steam well before the end, culminating in the scene you refer to, which absolutely reeks of a writer saying “I can’t be arsed with this any more.”

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 24 May, 2022, 07:51:55 PM »
The reason most Tories won’t oust Johnson is because they don’t believe there’s anyone better as a replacement.

Yep. You only have to look at the shower of sycophantic cretins whose pictures appear next to the dictionary definition of "Dunning-Kruger Effect" that comprise the entire Tory front bench to see the fundamental problem here. In the past, even the Tories I'd thought of as fundamentally evil bastards were at least vaguely competent evil bastards… this lot, though…

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 24 May, 2022, 04:05:15 PM »
Is there any possible way Johnson can wriggle out of this?  Can't see how, but sadly I suspect the answer is yes, somehow there will be a way. There always is for him, it seems.

The arbiter on breaches of the ministerial code is… the Prime Minister. He won't go willingly because he has no honour, no sense of decency, duty or responsibility, and he geniunely believes that rules don't apply to him because, well, for his entire life they haven't.

Pretty sure the only way he goes is if the rest of the MPs oust him, and they haven't shown the stomach for it yet.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 24 May, 2022, 08:10:04 AM »
I read a Twitter thread from a virologist summarising the current state of outbreaks worldwide

Actually, you can find a pretty detailed report of the CDC's summary on monkeypox here.

Pretty much what I said above and, yes, smallpox vaccines are effective.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 24 May, 2022, 07:36:26 AM »
I wonder if the smallpox vaccine can protect against monkey pox?

I believe it does. I read a Twitter thread from a virologist summarising the current state of outbreaks worldwide (IIRC: concerning, but not alarming in scale or spread thus far. The virus doesn't seem to have 'legs', in as much as each case is only able to infect a very small number of people and infection requires direct physical contact… so we're not looking another Covid, with it's long asymptomatic infectious stage and relatively easy transmission.)

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 23 May, 2022, 10:44:50 PM »
You are not stuck in a time warp: Boris Johnson pictured drinking at No 10 lockdown event

I think it's quite important to keep reiterating this: the thing to remember, above all else, as this rumbles on, is — don't be angry because you followed the rules. It was the right thing to do. There are almost certainly people alive today who wouldn't be, because you followed the rules.

Be angry because THEY DIDN'T. Be angry because HE DIDN'T.

Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 23 May, 2022, 10:13:40 AM »
If it's literally going to be a room full of middle aged men with beards

By contrast, I'm practically beardless these days, my beard having gone entirely white whilst my hair, a few grey strands not withstanding, remains more or less the same dark brown that it's always been. Since the beard now looks daft and I really can't be arsed to dye it, I maintain it in a very short stubbly form (because I also can't be arsed to shave).

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:52:26 AM »
the company address is a private residence in a very leafy part of Surrey.

Fuck me, you need a few quid to live in that neighbourhood!

Music / Re: Discovered / rediscovered music thread
« on: 23 May, 2022, 08:35:37 AM »
I do the same with youtube music - I've trained both spotify and youtube to suggest the kind of music I might like, and sometimes they present things I've never heard of before.  Many lockdown discoveries have been made this way...

Always been a bit 'Old Man Shouts at Cloud' about music streaming services, but I got six months of Apple Music free when I bought some Beats Fit headphones so I thought I'd give it a go. The 'This Artist + Similar' autogenerated playlists are surprisingly good, and led down twin rabbit holes of Dark Country (which I didn't even know was A Thing, Johnny Cash notwithstanding, but I really rather like) and Shouty German Metal (aka NDH) which, it turns out, is absolutely fantastic to work out to.

(I mean, Rammstein has always had a strong showing in my workout playlists, but I've now got a dedicated 150 minute workout playlist full of Eisbrecher, Megaherz, OST+Front, Heldmaschine, Stahlmann and the like… there's about a dozen words of English* in the whole thing, and three of those are "HEAVY FUCKING METAL!")

*I figure I'll probably have learnt German by osmosis before the year's out…

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 22 May, 2022, 09:16:21 AM »
I'm going to get to Season 3,  but man its a lot harder work than the first 12 episodes of Season 1 made it seem like it was going to be!

I didn't care for S2 at all. The main problem, ISTR, is that Matt is such a whiny little twat for most of it. That, plus the lack of Fisk, made it a real slog. S3 is really good, though.

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