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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 04 June, 2020, 01:52:43 PM »
ADDENDUM:

Yes, we need to follow the rules. Let's enforce them.

Yes, we need to protect the vulnerable. Let's protect them.

No, the healthy cannot stay at home because they are worried. We need the tax.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 04 June, 2020, 01:50:13 PM »
If not now, when?

If we don't re-open schools and shops and travel and all that jazz now, when do we?

Because the virus hasn't changed and neither has our immune system. Lockdown was to flatten the curve of cases, not reduce the number. It is about preparation, not prevention. Somewhere along the line that message has been lost.

This is a Bad and Terrible Thing. But we either all stay at home or we do not. We either allow our economy to collapse or we take steps to prevent collateral damage - health and financial - by implementing a return of school and work and other services with distancing and other measures to reduce risk.

That risk is here and will not go away by staying at home. We can't do that forever.

For those who are worried, how long in lockdown is long enough? And when will you be satisifed it is safe? Do you think we will have jobs at that point? Genuine questions.

And while the answer may be "until we have a vaccine"... well, there are not a lot of RNA vaccines out there and a vaccine is most likley going to be like the flu jab. It will not reduce severity but is not a pancea.

This is here. It is not going away. We need to accept that.

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 17 May, 2020, 03:13:49 PM »
I don't think Luke is Frodo either - he emerges whole from Return of the Jedi, his lone vigil at Vader's pyre followed by Leia drawing him away from the lineup of approving ghosts and back to party with his friends perfectly sums up the character's completeness.  There is no wound to re-open every 6th October (he's already confronted the reality of his hand), and the white shores of Valinor are all around him; perhaps waiting at the end of a long life, but not as an escape from one he no longer belongs to. Yoda's final instruction is to pass on what he has learned, so unlike Frodo his purpose is still ahead of him.

I also don't think his later failure was a passive one, or that it grew from his own nature: in TROS we learn that it was Palpatine that twisted Ben Solo, just like he did Anakin - so Luke's failure to keep Ben on the light path wasn't any more of a deficiency in his abilities as a teacher and mentor than Obi-Wan's was; rather it was a defeat in a hidden struggle with a Sith mastermind he didn't even know existed.  He thought he was contending with Snoke, but that was only one part of what was going on.

Where Luke did fail was in a single moment of despair when confronted with the complete undoing of his happy ending, and in that instant weighing options that should never have been considered. I can happily allow him this one moment of doubt, because he didn't go through with it, without ascribing it to some deep damage he sustained in the OT, or a flawed character. And his subsequent withdrawal follows on as a natural, even rational decision: this system he's devoted his life to rebuilding only ever ends in darkness. Better it ends now.

Of course he's wrong about that, but it'll take time and events for him to see that.

The sequels failed by not telling this story. Instead we got a rehash of the original trilogy. The whole think trod water.

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Links / Re: Crap you really don't need but still want.
« on: 13 May, 2020, 08:18:55 PM »
Yeah. Enjoy it.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 May, 2020, 03:17:53 PM »
The Void

On Amazon.

The illegitimate child of  From Beyond and Prince of Darkness

Great 80s style horror. One of the most true takes on the Lovecraftian mythos I have seen on film. Total WTF ending.

I liked it.
Prince of Darkness is one of my favourite horror films. I'll definitely check out The Void. Cheers, Dr. X.

It's closer to From Beyond, but still wears its Carpenter on its sleeve.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 May, 2020, 03:16:43 PM »
I also enjoyed The Hive on Amazon.

The illegitimate child of Memento and Dawn of the Dead

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 May, 2020, 01:32:27 PM »
The Void

On Amazon.

The illegitimate child of  From Beyond and Prince of Darkness

Great 80s style horror. One of the most true takes on the Lovecraftian mythos I have seen on film. Total WTF ending.

I liked it.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 May, 2020, 07:10:33 PM »
Just Cause 3, because my boys have nagged me to play it. Easy, simple, exposive fun.

Fifa 19, which I can give up any time I want.

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Links / Re: Crap you really don't need but still want.
« on: 05 May, 2020, 07:06:31 PM »
I sold a tonne of Star Wars lego for more than I paid for it. Including a Star Destroyed bought under the influence on Boxing Day one year and stuck in my loft when I realised it was so big I would have nowhere to put the model.

I had a motorized At At, a Tantive IV and discontinuted stuff.

Got enough for a sofa bed, which is of more use now that plastic tat. I have since avoided all such stuff. It's cool, really cool, stuff but I just can't justify it any more.

Top tip: order from Amazon.fr or Amazon.de. Typically 70% of the UK price and despatched from the UK warehouse!

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 03 May, 2020, 08:00:18 PM »
Missus is waiting on the results of a Covid test.

Front line health worker, waiting to hear so she knows if she can work.

Results delayed by the bank holiday.

I actually asked for this post to be deleted by a mod. I was irritated when I posted it, which was caused by a recording on the phone line when we called to chase the results. Then, about 30 minutes after posting, we got the results (positive). I am really annoyed at myself for venting in a public forum and would like to apologies to all.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 03 May, 2020, 04:03:33 PM »
Missus is waiting on the results of a Covid test.

Front line health worker, waiting to hear so she knows if she can work.

Results delayed by the bank holiday.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 02 May, 2020, 03:50:12 PM »
Thanks for your kind words. She's actually fine, mostly. Sore throat and grumpier than usual (but that might be because I'm at home more). Sore limbs. But no cough, no temperature.

I had a really wierd metal taste in my mouth for five or six days. Whisky got rid of it.

Reckon we've got something.

As she is a pharmacist, she thought it best to get tested so as not to infect anyone.

Results tomorrow - 48 hour turnaround.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 01 May, 2020, 02:20:28 PM »
Mrs X has just been tested!

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 24 April, 2020, 04:13:49 PM »
Just bought Xcom: Chimera. £8.50 on Steam

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General / Re: 'lost' Judge Dredd strip by John Wagner
« on: 24 April, 2020, 11:25:32 AM »
Nice bit of fun. Not sure how many youngsters will get it!

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