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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 03:07:10 PM »
Left hand/right hand. On the plus side, I look forward to my copies rocking up. (No mail today, alas.)

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: Today at 10:54:28 AM »
as.we rip up the trade agreements we have with the trading bloc from which we import about 30% (it may be a lot more than that) of our food
I was helpfully informed by someone on Twitter this past week that this doesn’t matter, because doesn’t the EU know we can import food from elsewhere? I don’t even.

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Books & Comics / Re: Not book or comics- what else do we read?
« on: 28 October, 2020, 01:47:42 PM »
Yep—Chris has done a good job with those, even if it does feel as a Zzap!64 #107 bod that our prior efforts have been sort of ret-conned out of history. (I did get the OK from Kean and Frey at the time, and we had Houghton, Hogg and Glancey working with us. Others later expressed regret at not joining in when they saw the final product!)

I’m less keen on the Crash mags, in part because I was a C64 chap, but also because the magazine itself just wasn’t—to my mind—at quite the same level. I’ve still bought them all though. (The first Zzap!64 has the best design, IMO, and the second one has the superior writing.)

Also: if people like old games, get over to https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk and check out Games That Weren’t, Arcade, and the superb visual compendium series. (Disclosure: I contributed a little to two of the compendium books.)

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 October, 2020, 01:23:21 PM »
Any subscribers got theirs yet? My account states 81/82 were processed on 16/10 (and that the next dispatch will be 5/11).

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Books & Comics / Re: Not book or comics- what else do we read?
« on: 28 October, 2020, 01:15:54 PM »
Zzap!64 was a hugely influential magazine for me, in terms of going into writing and in some ways (along with Amiga Power and Digitiser) informing _how_ I write. Back when I had no life/lots of time, I spent quite a lot of time working with a games journo and an ex-Zzap! editor to make a new issue, #107. I also provided editing assistance for the special that went out with Retro Gamer (IIRC, for issue 18). I’m merely an interested consumer regarding the more recent hardback ‘annual’ versions of Zzap!64, though.

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Books & Comics / Re: Not book or comics- what else do we read?
« on: 27 October, 2020, 11:17:52 AM »
For people who used to like quality games mags, do check out Wireframe. It’s by the Pi Foundation and gives you something different in concentrating on the stories behind games and how they’re created. If you don’t want to pay, every issue is freely available as a downloadable PDF — but if you do enjoy it, please obviously consider a sub. (Full disclosure: I’m a contributor to the mag, but a rare one; I’m also a subscriber, since issue 2 — I bought the first one in a store.)

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Books & Comics / Re: Not book or comics- what else do we read?
« on: 26 October, 2020, 08:31:39 PM »
Magazines are in trouble, but the problem with Colin’s point that you can replace them with content from the internet is two-fold:

1. Magazines are about a set selection of curated, carefully edited material where the broad subject matter might be self-selecting but the individual pieces of content are not. In other words, you don’t just hone in on what you want to read, but get fed things you didn’t realise you wanted to read. That rarely happens online.

2. Those publications you might enjoy online are quite often funded by magazine/print subscriptions. Once the print subs are gone, the online content is going to vanish. If not, it’ll have to radically restructure, which means massive cuts to budgets and — usually — what’s there going to shit.

In short, pay for what you love or it’s going away.

That said, I don’t have patience for anything that isn’t high quality, and I don’t care for volume. That’s why I fling a DD at The Guardian (which I read often) but don’t get paper copies. Mags I’m currently subscribed to are Wired and Wireframe. Basically, give me something that begins with Wire, apparently.

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General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 26 October, 2020, 02:25:11 PM »
Ha! I’m reliably informed by other parents that things change pretty quickly from this point on, in terms of time. So we’ll see. I’m not going all Marie Kondo, but there is a point where things become a burden rather than something positive, and my Progs are teetering on the brink — although my subscription itself absolutely is not.

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General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 26 October, 2020, 01:44:39 PM »
Plan a re-read.
Which would be fine, but… With the 6yo, I currently have maybe two hours tops, per day, of my own time. And along with several thousand 2000 AD comics sitting there, I have a pile of unread books, loads of Marvel Panini reprints in a cupboard, half-finished Pi projects, etc. :/

I mean, it’s really first-world problems to be complaining about being rich in geeky projects, and I’m more than aware of that. But it is starting to head into guilt territory. (My wife is very cool about this. She’s happy with all the books on or shelves, and says I’ll read them eventually when mini-IP is older. But she is starting to nudge a bit about the 2000 ADs…)

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 October, 2020, 01:08:34 PM »
They’ll become the NIxit Party, determined to have NI rejoin the UK.

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General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 26 October, 2020, 11:15:57 AM »
I’m trying to figure out a way forward. As much as I love my complete collection of 2000 AD and the Meg, it’s not viable to continue with. It already takes up the entire space under the spare room bed, and I know I won’t likely ever read them through again. It’ll be a huge wrench to part with them, and I’m not ready yet, but I think that’s in my future.

Which leaves two choices: continue to subscribe in print, but then sell on the Progs at the start of every year; go for a digital Prog instead. I’m increasingly tempted by the latter. Rebellion would still get my money, and I’d build a collection of comics on my NAS drive that I could access at any point, with the bonus they wouldn’t take up any physical space.

But, as I said, I’m not there yet. (The Rebellion comics are the last survivors for me, since Titan pissed me off too much with Doctor Who comics and Panini canned MWOM.)

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 October, 2020, 10:45:49 AM »
I’m not entirely surprised by that, though. Economically, nationalism has various places it sits within the political axis, and even if you shift to a political compass, that doesn’t offer the nuance to accurately position a party—just approximate where it stands. But in England, BNP and UKIP have historically in many cases sat economically to the left of the Tories, even if they are more authoritarian. That’s still largely true—and the same for the DUP—although I do wonder at what point the Tories might now start gunning for things like women’s rights and gay rights.

As for the DUP in general, they’re just inept. They held so much power last year, and they pissed it up the wall for the sake of ideology that made no sense whatsoever. Then again, it’s not like any of the opposition parties covered themselves in glory either in things like the IVs.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 October, 2020, 04:09:47 PM »
What worries me now is how often I’m seeing people argue they’re all the same, when that’s demonstrably not the case. Elections are often won not by people voting, but through people not voting. If we hit 2024 and have a lot of people still banging on that Starmer is a ‘blue Tory, like Blair’, genuinely not seeing the massive gulf between the Blair and Johnson governments, then we are truly fucked. (And I say this as someone with deep problems with several decisions Blair and his cabinet made.)

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Film & TV / Re: War of the Worlds musical streaming free today
« on: 24 October, 2020, 04:05:34 PM »
The new lyrics are a bit on the nose.

The chances of anything coming from Mars were a million to one, he said
But this is 2020 and anything goes, so the Martians all came — and now Earth is dead

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 October, 2020, 03:31:33 PM »
Looking at the voting record, only one DUP vote was cast, and so I won’t be giving them that much credit. Had they all thrown their lot in with Labour, that would have been more impressive. I suppose at least they were smart enough to let the Tories own this one alone.

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