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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« Last post by JPMaybe on Today at 10:20:01 AM »
It is this scornful and dismissive attitude which I find most disappointing about science, scientists and science fans.
It is the job of religion to demonise. It is the role of science to investigate.

The kind of evidence-free, unfalsifiable drivel cooked up by credential-free crackpots like Hoagland deserves scorn.  Science has occasionally followed something loosely approaching the Kuhnian paradigm model in the past, which is what I assume you're talking about, but that at least requires a falsifiable hypothesis in the first place.  Hoagland's prediction free, unparsimonious claptrap doesn't even present that.

I pour scorn on this kind of bollocks because it has all the intellectual rigour of an astrology column, and absolutely zero respect for the actual hard, demanding, unforgiving scientific method- the one that requires evidence and work.

Also, fact wise, we've known the earth was round since the ancient Greeks.  Germ theory was accepted as soon as repeatable experimental evidence was presented in its favour. 
Loved Jon's card (still don't get the joke concerning the nonscrots card, but then I am slow...)

took me a while, but it's this

Oh that makes sense, never seen that image before, not that bothered about seeing it again either...  :)
Jon's picture is much nicer to look at.
Thanks for the info Dandontdare, least I don't feel so dumb now.

The picture of that woman gained notoriety as it was supposed to have 'broken the internet' at around the time the human race managed to steer something the size of a washing machine onto a comet. Shortly after, one of the dudes responsible for possibly the greatest scientific achievement of all time was lambasted for wearing a shirt covered in semi-naked anime ladies.

I hope that gives the whole thing some context.
Games / Re: Last game played...
« Last post by shaolin_monkey on Today at 10:05:16 AM »
This   :D

That sounds interesting. Is it anything like Syndicate?
General / Re: Why doesn't Judge Rico get his own strip?
« Last post by Jimmy Baker's Assistant on Today at 10:03:41 AM »
Serves me right for sticking my noob oar in... I have a lot of catching up to do! I do wonder though if there are better candidates for a stand-alone strip than a clone of Dredd.

Well, I agree with you. There's no point in a Rico strip, he only works as a supporting character for Dredd.

Unless Dredd dies, then Rico would be a good replacement...
Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by Steve Green on Today at 09:59:30 AM »
From what I've read, the whole Interview thing only started being mentioned by the GOP when the media linked the two.

It's not the first time Sony have been targeted without any North Korean angle.

It's also been suggested that having NK as the culprit suits Sony regarding any lawsuits from people affected by the hack.

I think there is a conflict between my bank card and Sage-Pay.

They keep sending me a error message that my card has been blocked, and yet when I contact my bank. They tell me this is not the case and I don't have problem using it anywhere else.

General / Re: Question about this week's Thrill Mail
« Last post by ZenArcade on Today at 08:15:05 AM »
Hopefully Judge Russell is bring some more Z & D to the meeting they are truly excellent. Z
Other Reviews / Re: Brass Sun: The Wheel of Worlds hardcover
« Last post by Dan Banks on Today at 08:10:19 AM »
I'll echo the sentiments here, great collection all in all. Really excels in this format.

The one gripe as Eamonn mentions is the sparse extras. Certainly I was hoping for a complete cover gallery, I reckon there's one prog cover missing and the US format mini isn''t represented at all? I'm guessing these were left out to maintain a consistent art style throughout though and that is completely understandable.
Books & Comics / Re: Charley's War overview.
« Last post by Colin_YNWA on Today at 07:22:31 AM »
I've just finished a re-read of all 10 of Titan's Charley's War reprint volumes and while I'm not sure I have anything new to add to the chorus of praise this strip has recieved that's never stopped me before, so here I go.

This is definiately the greatest UK kids comic strip. This possibly my favourite comic strip of all time. It is simply brilliant. It makes a mockery of those that would mock adults for reading comics aimed at children or teens. It blasts a healthly broadside at those that try to ridicule people's choices by using the term nostalgia as if its simply a bad thing. Its a child's comic that should be read by adults to appreciate the astonishing level of craft and skill that made it. Reading it evokes so much nostaglia which makes the experience of revisiting it now as an adult all the more powerful.

As a strip in its own right the fact that its 6 year run (as captured in these volumes, which do have the perfect ending), as completed to the standard it was by only two creators, who happen to be at the very top of their game, is its greatest strenght. That Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun maintain this standard of work with such consistancy over its entire course is quite breath-taking. The strips format, a kids comic told in 3 page episodes really helps it as a body of work. Its high octane, none stop, boys own stuff and that really fortifies its subverse anti-war message. Its dropped in, out of context and thus works its way into you so much more deeply. Especially when you compare it to some of Pat Mills later work when he can rather smash you over the head with his anti-establishment stance. The fact that Charley himself is never anything other than the loyal, brave solider really makes this work as well. Its a reflection of the status quo that he was born into, both as a character and a creation. Sure he complains and raises his concerns but Pat Mills stays true to him throughout and he  always accepts his place and does his duty.

In other ways its not at all subtle, its an entertaining, thrilling explosion of a strip and the contrast between the two, the child's format and the strong message surplanted in that, makes it work so well. In every three pages Pat Mills throws so much in, information, action, message that it puts so many other writers to shame.

Joe Colquhourn makes all this possible with some of the most glorious art you will ever see. He combines a brilliant sense of place and time, you feel the dirt on you, you walk in the mud, the heat of the explosions blasts your face, with unparalleled charactisation and humanity. His mindblowing level of detail never compromises the movement and action he makes so visceral. There has never been more human, and because of that, horrific art in comics. That he's starting to get more credit these days does not get close to that fact that he should be marked as one of the true legends of the medium. Amongst the absolute best of the best.

To this heady mix pour in a little nostaglia. You see I remember this strip from back in the day. My brother and I go Battle for however long, not the entire run, but a good chunk of it and I remember the experience of reading it. Not the specifics but the thrill and excitment, the thoughts it provoked. As I read it now as a adult I can reflect upon how it dug into me, its message became entrenched into forming who I am. I can put it into the context and the world it was created in. The grim landscape of the early 80s, shiny cartoons on Saturday morning, Blue Peter in the evening, school. I see all that as I read Charley's War and it amplifies its power and magnificence all the more. Simply because I can be nostaglic about what it meant in its context, because my nostaglia for it then adds to my depth if appreciate for it now.

That is not to say that Charley's War or indeed myself are trapped in that time, are stuck in some past glory, we've  both moved on, the strip is still revelent and powerful in its own right now. I've grown and developed as a person (quiet at the back), but each of us has that context of where we came from, what we grow from. Nostaglia is a powerful and useful allie of reassessing entertainment, for both the good and the bad and there is no better example of this for me that re-reading the simply wonderful Charley's War.

General / Re: My Advent Calendar mini-comp RESULTS
« Last post by maryanddavid on Today at 12:54:30 AM »
Great idea Jay, I only got a few of them, (I did get Torqey!). I should be in Dublin just after Christmas, Ill keep an eye out for some of them in the flesh.
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