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Messages - Professor Bear

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A $12,000-a-ticket private music festival in the Bahamas has turned into a Lord Of The Flies-style dystopian nightmare and like most people on social media, I can't stop laughing.  I have a bad cold so I end up wheezing and coughing, but it's totally worth it.
I'll feel bad if someone dies, but until then if you paid 12k to watch Blink 182, seriously, fuck you.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 April, 2017, 12:43:33 pm »
I disagree that Corbyn is useless at PMQs. The whole affair is fucking stupid with all the jeering and point-scoring being the expected behaviour, rather than engaging with any questions or answers.

I honestly can't see what he does differently with May that he didn't do with Cameron - nor what May does worse than her predecessor - so can't understand why people say he has a good day every now and then.  As far as I can tell it's the same old shit every Wednesday and the only difference now is the gender balance.

All of which is irrelevant - PMQs exist only to give the illusion of accountability on the part of the PM.  Practically, they achieve fuck all except to keep the commentariat employed and reinforce existing bias.  Nothing good will ever come of the inbred panto that is PMQs... which is the whole point.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 April, 2017, 11:09:23 am »
Still, if people are going for the May's a coward line, the Mirror breaking out the giant chicken and Corbyn supporters complaining about not enough media coverage, doing the same as May seems to me like the worst option.

Corbyn has been pushing for a debate with May since the GE was announced, May is the one who's ruled them out entirely.
As for getting media coverage, the only benefactors of an opposition-only debate would be the Tories and their "Coalition Of Chaos" narrative.  When Corbyn is dogpiled by the other leaders as they're egged on by the interviewer, Labour can kiss those recent polling gains goodbye.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 April, 2017, 11:06:11 pm »
I imagine because even Seamus Milne knows it would be idiotic to subject Corbyn to a televised dogpile.  May would be the one on the defensive in an all-leaders debate, but without the PM it's just the opposition parties attacking each other.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 April, 2017, 10:12:14 pm »
We can still be okay if people pull together and abandon the factional squabbliyeah we're fucked.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 26 April, 2017, 04:47:27 pm »
Got a stinking cold, so gave Star Trek Online a go.  Free-to-play on PSN (and one presumes also on XBL), you pick a faction/race, then walk into the screen being pelted with text too small to read while the TNG computer voice gives you a tutorial on how to use the many controls by speaking too low to be heard over the music and background noises.  Why not just change the sound options?  Can't find them, or options to make the text big enough to read.  I also got lost multiple times trying to figure out what the actual heck I was supposed to be doing, as the map showing your destination is microscopic in size, and the glowing circle showing your destination - when not blending into the background so you can't see it - doesn't tell you which floor your goal is on, so you backtrack a bit, get lost, give up, maybe quit the game and come back to it an hour or so later and then find that the game was actually bugged the first time, and this time it hasn't loaded up textures like computer screens, so you can't tell a lot of background details apart.
I'm not saying I'm thankful for my cold making me stop to retch at random intervals, but that at least gave me some excitement while trying to find something to do in this dull, dull game.  Also inexplicably set in the JockTrek Kelvin timeline despite clearly being paced and visually modeled on the TNG era of boiler-suited psychiatrists spreading their communist message of subservience to the greater good to races that seem to be getting along just fine with their capitalist and/or war economies.  If you're going to go The Full Kelvin, I'd have expected some skydiving minigames, cover mechanics for shootouts, or outrageous setpieces like the terrible Star Trek movie tie-in game that came out a few years ago and which despite its failings at least made an effort towards being a thematically appropriate co-op shooter.  This isn't even shovelware-quality, but I got what I paid for, I suppose.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 April, 2017, 03:44:21 pm »
I propose making the thread about big butts.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 April, 2017, 01:23:32 pm »
I think he's proposing some sort of anarcho-syndicalist commune where everyone takes it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week.

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Games / Re: What was your best game?
« on: 23 April, 2017, 04:46:57 pm »
If the Nintendo Switch doesn't do it for you, the next iteration of ZX machines, the ZX Spectrum Next, is out tomorrow.  Has a whopping 5MB of RAM, apparently, but more importantly supports all original Spectrum peripherals and games, and comes with HDMI output so you can enjoy all 256 colours and both sound channels on a HDTV and no I don't even know if I'm joking anymore but THIS IS A REAL THING THAT IS HAPPENING.

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Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 23 April, 2017, 03:47:08 pm »
My definition of "the important thing for the direct market" is not what makes publishers happy, it's what keeps retailers profitable and in business by actually being able to resell the comics they preordered from Diamond.

What would be good for the Direct Market was if it wasn't an illegal monopoly run by a company that is provably incompetent at the single job it does.

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Games / Re: What was your best game?
« on: 23 April, 2017, 03:19:28 pm »
Tomb Raiders 1-3 and the Command and Conquer games for the PS1 and the Grand Theft Autos on PS2 ate up a shocking amount of my free time.  At one point I was let go from a job and my first thought was "great, I'll get to play more San Andreas."

I vaguely recall the ZX Speccy and 8-16 bit stuff like Mad Max and Story of Thor, but revisiting them via emulation sites wasn't a great idea.

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Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 22 April, 2017, 08:08:32 pm »
My basic argument against Gen13 would be along the lines of "Wasn't that already invented? Why do I need a new one?"

Because people may want it and it might make money - though obviously these are reasons based on the assumption that DC might be interested in making comics for someone other than their own editorial staff.  Which I gather is the case lately.

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Books & Comics / Re: DC comics
« on: 22 April, 2017, 05:30:42 pm »
I assumed the ABC stuff was the only priority for DC, as recent years have revealed DC higher-ups have a bit of a boner for Moore's work that suggests they haven't read much of it beyond the two or three GNs they've been flogging to death.  The fact they couldn't make hay with Gen 13 when it is basically the X-Men (complete with videogames and 1990s heyday buoyed up by a cartoon show) and they have several ex-Marvel staffers - including one fan-favorite X-Men writer and several editors who shepherded the property through its sales high points - on the roster just reinforces the notion.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 April, 2017, 05:12:23 pm »
Tory enabling fuckwits who'll go back into coalition with them in a heartbeat

I just assumed I missed a new dictionary definition of the word "oppose" being introduced that means the opposite of what it used to.
They also quietly shifted from the anti Brexit party to the anti hard Brexit party without skipping a beat, I notice.

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