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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 03 July, 2020, 01:04:21 PM »
I have snapped up that bundle and so far am loving Little Bird.

Love it.

If Tharg could get / afford him, I'd love to see his Dredd or ABC Warriors. Mind you, he would surely knock a Nemesis commission out of the park.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 29 June, 2020, 02:11:39 PM »
Meanwhile, the rumour in England is full schooling will be mandatory from September, and so parents who are still at risk are basically fucked. Thanks, Johnson and co!

Apparently the Government is prepared to start handing out fines to parents who refuse to allow their children to attend school.

I just really don't know how you expect parents to make such a decision. It is horrendous. So, totally expected that a Tory Government would put people in just such a situation.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 June, 2020, 08:45:23 AM »
Someone had mention this.



I literally work with a few, different ages daily males.

Boring and tiresome wouldn’t describe the “conversations.”

Initially, because I’ve never, thankfully, worked in such an atmosphere before, I was angry and offended by their words, I still am, but I’ve come to pity people with such little empathy or hope or understanding. It really must be a miserable existence to have such narrow, hateful views, and always be yearning for things that never existed.


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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 June, 2020, 11:34:53 AM »
Continuing a bit of a Star Trek rewatch watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan this morning, and it really is brilliant isn't it? The dialogue is sharp, the performances from the crew are great, the whole theme of them being older and facing mortality, the James Horner music, the horrible brain leeches that haunted me as a kid...a stone cold classic and perfect Star Trek movie. Not to mention the fact I've never gotten through the last chunk without crying and this was no different!

I've seen the movie over the years in bits and pieces, and really need to get around to sitting down and watching it uninterrupted.

Vividly remember the final few scenes, though. Incredible, emotional stuff.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 June, 2020, 11:36:05 AM »
Mad Max (1979).

That reminds me - I watched Mad Max: Fury Road a few days back, in glorious 3D on my PSVR.

It’s only the second time I’ve seen it, the first being at the cinema. I had forgotten what a relentless, bonkers, batshit crazy film it is.

The real stars of the show are Charlie’s Theron and the other women, plus that young lad that switches sides. Hardy is a monosyllabic non-entity really, but that’s ok.  The others more than make up for him.

Anyway, great film - thoroughly enjoyed the second viewing.

Just an astonishing movie. The imagery, sound.

I think I saw it three times in the cinema, but I haven't really appreciated just what an oddity, and bonkers bit of Gonzo cinema it is. No other filmmaker makes movies like George Miller.
It's an incredible spectacle. The sheer *colour* of it all (which is ironic given how well the black and white version was received -- not for me, that one). Weird and interesting storytelling, with the titular character not much more than an instigator, and the real character arcs reserved for everyone else, even the bad guys. It's almost like they shot the prequel to an as-yet unfilmed *actual* Mad Max story *first*. And then the action, which is every bit as good as the originals. It took me a second watch to really understand what they were going for, but I've enjoyed it several times since then. Big screen, lights down, surround sound pumped up...it's pretty unique.

I play it through a Projector, bargain basement one which does the job until I can upgrade, and through a Sonos Playbar. Lovely sound system. Big images, big noise and spectacle.

Have yet to watch the black and white version, but I'll definitely be getting around to that.

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Games / Re: PlayStation 5 / Xbox Series X mega-thread!
« on: 16 June, 2020, 03:07:32 PM »
I'm thinking of purchasing a machine after about a decade in the wilderness, but I'd be more likely to wait till the new generations are released, then just purchase a reduced PS4 and grab a pile of games, hopefully at reduced prices.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 June, 2020, 02:12:37 PM »
... JBF War...

What was that? Sounds dramatic???

If I remember corrctly, it was when some of our agents went undercover to live amongst the denizens of the John Byrne Forum, initially pretending to join them in devotion to their frothing, boorish leader.  I can't quite remember how it went after their cover was blown.

I remember browsing the John Byrne forums.

Very quick way to lose interest in a childhood favourite.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2020, 01:55:22 PM »
Mad Max (1979).

That reminds me - I watched Mad Max: Fury Road a few days back, in glorious 3D on my PSVR.

It’s only the second time I’ve seen it, the first being at the cinema. I had forgotten what a relentless, bonkers, batshit crazy film it is.

The real stars of the show are Charlie’s Theron and the other women, plus that young lad that switches sides. Hardy is a monosyllabic non-entity really, but that’s ok.  The others more than make up for him.

Anyway, great film - thoroughly enjoyed the second viewing.

Just an astonishing movie. The imagery, sound.

I think I saw it three times in the cinema, but I haven't really appreciated just what an oddity, and bonkers bit of Gonzo cinema it is. No other filmmaker makes movies like George Miller.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 29 May, 2020, 12:04:49 PM »
I've just seen the clip. Truly deplorable.

Just unbelievable. If you were his SPAD, you would surely nip the fecker the minute that interview had finished up. The arrogance, nonchalance and superior attitude. Christ.

Disgusting. They really have no concept of the suffering and horror they have helped bring about. They'll get away with it, too. I have no doubt of that.


They have a concept.  They just don't care.

True, Sheridan.

They really just don't give a damn.


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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 May, 2020, 10:55:16 AM »
Brilliant series of movies. George Miller shoots action like nobody else, and having recently re-watched Fury Road, I really can't wait for the prequel, and whatever else he comes up with.

Fury Road might just be one of the best looking movie ever put together.

In saying that, I've always loved Thunderdome the most, but Fury Road certainly picking at its heels.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 29 May, 2020, 10:10:04 AM »
I promised myself I wouldn't get involved, but... Why would a loving creator give us a choice whether to believe or not, when the wrong choice leads to eternal agony?

Because it's not about the belief, it's about what you do - hence my suggestion that the bible is a test, with a mix of good and bad ideas.

Anne Widdicombe would disagree with my thesis, but she's horrible and is choosing the bad ideas, so to hell with her. Literally, one hopes.

Regards.

Robin

Ann Widdecombe the perfect example of someone who thumps the Bible, can quote from it with no bother, but seemingly hasn't taken on-board any of its more basic lessons. As you say, Robin, she picks and chooses to fit her own prejudices and bigotry. Her comments on AIDs recently show the true person.

I'm an atheist, and I'm more Christian than she is.

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Creative Common / Re: Folklore Thursday: Island
« on: 29 May, 2020, 09:41:57 AM »
That's brilliant!

My gran terrorised us about chewing gum. I still worry.

M.I.K., that is absolutely bonkers. The thought of the food chain being infected is a longstanding Urban Myth generator, then you read about the Tylenol Killer and its clear so many of these Urban Myths come about as bastardisations of real events.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 29 May, 2020, 09:33:14 AM »
So we had a letter in the post a few week ago inviting our daughter aged 9 to have a covid19 test. My daughter has been at home self isolating for 6 weeks and me and my wife have social distancing and only my wife has been out to do the weekly shopping. Test has come back that she is positive so this would mean we all have it.

So be careful we have had no symptoms luckily but at the same time it's like a huge weight has been lifted as my anxiety level were high

Glad to hear your anxiety has eased, Moly. Hope everyone doing good and take care.

Makes me wonder how many of us have been so very careful, but somehow still contracted it and are spreading the bloody thing about.


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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 May, 2020, 02:23:38 PM »
And I seem to recall that the soundtrack is a wonder synth score?

Tangerine Dream. Not my sort of thing, normally, but it adds a lot to the movie.

Ah! To Spotify I go.

Cheers, Jim.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 May, 2020, 01:59:46 PM »
Near Dark is a wonderful film.

I first saw that on VHS in '89(?) and watched it three times before it went back. A firm favourite in my house and a film I'm very pleased to say made the generational leap and my kids love it too.

I've seen it once or twice, pretty sure it was a showing on Channel 4 that I caught in the mid 2000s!

Looking forward to a re-watch. And I seem to recall that the soundtrack is a wonder synth score?

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