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Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 24 January, 2022, 02:31:13 PM »
Well I'm glad that I'm not the only one making an effort to remain gorgeous in my late fifties.

Somewhat bewilderingly as creep towards my mid-50s, I'm in the best shape of my entire life.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 24 January, 2022, 09:03:06 AM »
Funnily enough the 'government advice' line has been played as a justification.

Yep. The missus is getting this too, despite pointing out that the government withdrawing advice that you "should work from home if possible" is not the same thing as the government saying "you must work in your office".

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 24 January, 2022, 06:54:08 AM »
That must make her not far off in age with Temeura Morrison. One of them has a lot of City miles!

Ming-Na Wen (according to Wikipedia, anyway) is 58. As is Jennifer Beals. I'm assuming there are paintings in the attics of both these women that really don't look so good.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 January, 2022, 12:51:19 PM »
If you can suspend your disbelief abandon any semblance of incredulity for the Double Eff You movies the you will probably enjoy Hobbs & Shaw. Or as I like to call it:

Fuck You, They’re Superheroes Now

In Samoa

Electric Boogaloo

Accurate. I think I actually lost several IQ points when I saw it in the cinema, but it was entertainingly stupid. :-)

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 22 January, 2022, 10:46:56 AM »
It would be interesting to see how much of a geographical spread there is on this.  Out west here the tendency seems to be more towards hybrid working. 

Dunno. I think it's more the kind of business, how long its been running, and possibly a generational thing with senior management. My wife's office (the UK head office for the business) is in Nottingham. A friend of mine works for a software company out of their Leicester office. They've completely closed all their other sites (mostly down south, saving them a fortune) and are basically maintaining the Leicester office for people who want to go in and work there. They're absolutely fine with everyone else working remotely as a permanent arrangement — my friend doubts he'll ever set foot in the office again.

Megazine / Re: Meg 440: Fully Loaded!
« on: 21 January, 2022, 08:18:58 PM »
Only reading Dredd and Surfer in the Meg itself

You really need to give Lawless a go, if nothing else. I know I work on it, but I've been a fan since long before then…

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 21 January, 2022, 05:59:16 PM »
If output and productivity hasn’t been affected, why mandate people work in an office? It makes no sense.

Again, precisely the argument my wife is having. Her department (which she runs) has operated perfectly effectively for almost two years on a 100% WFH basis. Where is the business case for forcing employees back into the office when they don't want to go?

The only answer that's been offered is: "It's our business culture to conduct operations face-to-face."

Transl: "We don't care about your increased risk of catching covid, get back in the office because we say so."

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 21 January, 2022, 05:56:50 PM »
Some of us are pushing back, but I fear minds won't be changed and the outcome will be me getting a new job, which I really don't want to do as I like this one and I haven't been in the job market for a looong time.

I'm angry but mainly so disappointed that after all the platitudes and talk of work life balance and building back better, it's build back as it was before.

Precisely what my wife is experiencing right now. She's trying to push back for the moment, on the grounds that the covid situation is current;y worse than it was when the Govt brought back the WFH advice in December, and that the Chair of the BMA has described the Government's decision to relax covid measures as clearly "not guided by the data"… but I fear this will be a losing battle.

I've suggested that she digs her heels in, simply because insisting on a return to the office right now is demonstrably unsafe and if they sack her for refusing to do it, she can take them to the cleaners.

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 20 January, 2022, 03:57:28 PM »
I certainly wouldn’t want a Diggle-style upper limit on chapters.

Contractually obliged correction: the "shot glass of rocket fuel" memo from Andy, and the ten-episode (?) limit on stories were two separate things. The episode cap was imposed due to a re-print deal in the offing with a European publisher who insisted on a very strict page count for re-packaging purposes. The deal never came off, and the episode cap was duly lifted.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 19 January, 2022, 01:41:48 PM »
but he’s an old fucker now.

Since this takes place in the Mandalorian timeline, it's actually only supposed to be (what?) seven or eight years after RotJ, which took place twenty-odd years after we saw him as a kid in AotC, so he should only be early-to-mid 40s… maybe 50 depending on exactly how old he was meant to be in AotC, and the slightly nebulous timescale between the films of the original trilogy. I think we're supposed to accept it's the burns and scarring from the Sarlacc acid we saw in Ep1 that makes him look older (Temuera Morrison is 61).

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 18 January, 2022, 05:46:45 PM »
That’s my take too, FWIW.

Yeah, this is a character about whom (canonically) we know almost nothing and, since the last time we saw him, has Been Through Some Shit™ … which we're still in the process of finding out about. I think a lot fans have a notion of a bad-ass that's largely been created in their heads, or derived from a chunk of material explicity ruled non-canon, which this version isn't matching up to.

(You'd think the fact that he has to keep putting himself into one of those medical tank thingies every time he mildly exerts himself would tip people off that this is a man no longer in peak condition…)

And, fundamentally, super-competent bad-asses* don't make for good television. I'm not sure you could get eight (or whatever) episodes out of Boba Fett marching into Mos Espa, declaring himself King of Everything, then killing anyone who disagrees.

*Yes, I know Din Djarin is super-competent compared to Fett, but he hasn't been burned by Sarlacc digestive juices and been through still-not-entirely-revealed stuff in the Tatooine desert… and they still had to give Djarin Grogu to create an Achilles' Heel for the character.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 17 January, 2022, 12:14:55 PM »
Then there's Dennis Quaid, who was in sci-fi classics such as Enemy Mine and Inner Space

Or possibly Doug Quaid, Arnie's character in Total Recall.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 17 January, 2022, 09:35:56 AM »
Good spot it was only the Aliens ones that stood out for me.

It was, but I can't take credit for it — I naffed that image from John Freeman's FB feed.

Now I’m trying to name the films the characters are in (without google) it will while away the morning 😁

Hint: not just films…

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 17 January, 2022, 07:00:49 AM »
Is there any reason for the name drop for "Aliens" just before the drop or just paying homage the writers fav film?

The screen showing the assault team's names was full of references, not just to Aliens:

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 January, 2022, 03:08:38 PM »
Still, I wouldn’t go around telling people their fun is wrong.

Well, quite. Lots of people seem to have enjoyed the newest Star Wars movies. I didn't, and have said so. What I don't do* is pop up online everytime someone says they did enjoy them and tell them why they're wrong. God knows, everything is depressing enough as it is, without trying to suck the joy out of what little cheer people are able to find.

*…any more.

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