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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 19 February, 2020, 04:39:53 pm »
See also fandom reaction to 2000 AD (bar, perhaps, the objectively crappy period around the 800s for a few years).

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 18 February, 2020, 03:39:33 pm »
I kind of forgot that we’re in short season mode with DW, and so only the two-parter left. My guess: part one will be great and part two will be pap, as is traditional.

I’m glad we’ve seen some properly great episodes during this series – the previous one was often good, but rarely beyond that. But it really is the most uneven production, and it needn’t be. Or perhaps the series should be shorter, with some kind of magic wand banishing the pap. Remove the dreck that was Orphan 55 and the rubbish Praxeus, and you still have some middling stuff (Spyfall, Part 2/Tesla), but the series as a whole would look a lot more solid.

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 17 February, 2020, 10:31:05 am »
I used to live in Adamsdown. The entire area was… damp. Even so, that’s quite a sobering map. As for flooding, I do get the impression a lot of people are looking at sea-oriented flood maps and thinking PHEW. These things aren’t smart enough to understand increased rainfall, rising rivers, etc.

Here in sunny Fleet, we have a water sink in the shape of Fleet Pond. Even so, our garden for the first time ever was basically 50 per cent standing water yesterday, with a few bits of grass poking out. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I suspect I will again though. (And I’m not remotely trying to compare this to, you know, actual flooding. But from small bits of temporary flooding to genuine human disaster, these are all needles moving in the wrong direction.)

Prog / Re: Prog 2169 - 43 Years of Blood, Sweat and Tears
« on: 16 February, 2020, 01:55:18 pm »
I recall Matt saying Regened was the best-selling Prog last year. That might suggest a reason for it returning in this way. As for spinning it off, perhaps it will if this run works out. Who knows? (Personally, I’d sooner see Cor/Buster as a monthly though.)

I am a bit hmm about the scheduling though. Would have been nice if the strips had wrapped up, then Regened, then a jump-on. At least Brink was concluded. Two weeks for the final part would have been a nightmare.

Now, who do we have to bribe to get Brink in an Image-style HC?

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 14 February, 2020, 10:03:09 pm »
Well, we just watched episode 3. It takes 16 minutes to deal with two conversations. About three quarters of the way through, an event happens that should arguably have closed out episode one. It is so insanely slothful, and with some cringeworthy dialogue. Mrs IP wants to stick with it because she likes Star Trek, but that’s twice now where we’re both saying we hope it gets better. Right now, it’s like listening to an album of slow self-important surges written by someone who thinks slow means clever. Slow can just mean slow.

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 14 February, 2020, 02:39:11 pm »
not the endlessly dragged-out nested plots that the Modern Streaming Audience Wants
Almost all of the streaming stuff I’ve watched has had a sense of urgency and not pissing about. What I’ve watched of Picard feels a lot more like broadcast telly, stretching out 10 minutes of plot to fill an hour.

Film & TV / Re: Red Dwarf is Coming Back
« on: 14 February, 2020, 02:36:21 pm »
plus Norman Lovett is back as Holly
Hmm. Given that he’s been a massive prick about Red Dwarf on multiple occasions, it’s curious that Hattie Hayridge continues to be so overlooked by the show. (Plus, her inclusion may have at least stopped it being an ongoing boys club. Oh well.)

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 14 February, 2020, 10:37:47 am »
Although it turns out if you have a seafood allergy, you’re basically fucked when it comes to eating insects. So that’s me out when it comes to such nosh.

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 13 February, 2020, 08:29:32 pm »
I’ve never seen anything like it. The deck was a blanket of wasps, every day. As much as we hate killing things, we bought traps. (Our dog is 13. One sting was one too many.) The things were basically full after a couple of days. It was disgusting. Friends about 10 miles away had much the same problem. Their entire neighbourhood was swamped with wasps. But, yeah, it’d be good to know if this is some bizarre relatively localised issue.

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 13 February, 2020, 02:09:46 pm »
Judging by last summer, an insane amount of wasps is somehow the future, despite everything else being in decline. They were all over the fucking place in our area. Every day, we had swarms of the buggers all over our garden, leading to the first time ever our dog got stung. (Poor blighter. 13 years and never a bite and then – RONCH! – angry wasp.)

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 13 February, 2020, 11:08:19 am »
a global catastrophe happening in slow motion
Not even that slow. And some hot takes I’ve seen on this subject have amounted to “great – fewer annoying insects”. ARGH.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 February, 2020, 08:01:11 pm »
Why would an incumbent government ever allow a change to the system that got them elected?
The Tories won’t; Labour should have seen the writing on the wall in the mid-2000s, and recognised working with the Libs would beat being out on their arses. (Also: fairness would be a reason in general. Again, not that the Tories give a shit about that. But it’s notable that the SNP are pro-PR, even though it’d cost them a bunch of Commons seats.)

Don't see the Lords voting themselves out of a job, either.
Despite being a wishy-washy lefty liberal, the Lords is the lesser evil. I’d like to see changes, but it’s not nearly as urgent as changes for the Commons. Regardless, there are ways to transition that house to a more democratic end game, if necessary.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 February, 2020, 02:38:28 pm »
Looking at the numbers, it was interesting to see that SF wouldn’t even be a majority within a coalition (assuming the coalition forms a majority government). That’s quite something.

Honestly, I’d love to see something similar here in the UK, but it’s quite clearly never going to happen. The Tories are wedded to FPTP, and Labour are as well, under the delusion that sooner or later they’ll win.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 February, 2020, 10:44:18 am »
There’s a world of difference between the Irish and British systems. ‘Winning’ in Ireland isn’t cut and dry. STV means that a majority government has to have the backing of the majority of the publication. SF won’t be able to ride roughshod over the country as a whole, because if they get into government, it will be in a coalition in which they themselves won’t even be a majority. By contrast, the UK is lumbered with a toxic and massive Tory majority off the back of a plurality vote.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 February, 2020, 09:06:10 pm »
Meanwhile, in the UK Labour continues to tear itself apart:


I don’t even.

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