May. 16th, 2017

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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

In terms of the week in US politics, I could comment on the various stages of "WTF?" that are going on, but instead I choose to proffer an analogy... Imagine a puppy.. now imagine a blender. You can complete the analogy for yourself (Hey, they MIGHT just be making a smoothie for the puppy.. or they might be making the puppy a smoothie, if you see what I mean).

In terms of the week in UK politics, imagine a puppy.. with fleas. A lot of fleas, of a variety of types, all the fleas make the puppy very uncomfortable, but there's not a lot the puppy can do about it and even if it can get itself down to one type of flea it'll still be itchy.

WB Games and Traveller's Tales have confirmed that the next LEGO console game will not be released for last generation consoles, so Marvel Superheroes 2 will require a PC, PS4, Switch or Xbox One. It will feaure time travel and alternate versions of existing characters, so we'll get Spider-Man 2099, Wild West Captain America and so on (I suspect no X-Men again though... which is irritating, but maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. There is a teaser trailer with a full trailer next week.

The infestation of UK computers (especially in our National Health Service) by the WannaCry ransomware in a massive cyberattack (which may be linked to North Korea) is a serious issue, but I did like that the severity was greatly reduced by a young British computer security tech who, after examining the code, spotted a line of code for a website domain that didn't exist, and the failure to contact would trigger the worst of the virus. So he registered the domain for $11 and directed the domain to a sinkhole server where it prevented a lot of damage being done.

Special note that Microsoft has, very unusually,
released a special patch to protect no-longer-in-general-support Windows XP PC's (because there are still a heck of a lot of people running XP at home...including yours truly)

The Eurovision Song Contest final was held this past weekend, and it was it's usual bizarre self, with entries including:

Americans, you don't know what you're missing out on!

And finally, to remind you either that all things are possible in life, or else to remind you that no matter how cool you are, you will probably never be THIS cool, a 101 year old man, and D-Day veteran, has just broken a world record, by going skydiving from 15,000 feet!. :)
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"I've not seen ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ so I’m gonna wait until we see what we see. But, yeah, it was bizarre and flattering. I don’t even know if Ganke was the inspiration [for the character of Ned], or they just got to their own place with a character like this on their own. I don’t know. It does seem like it might have been, but no one’s told me either way. There’s so much else in that trailer that’s from ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ that I would assume that, yes, it is… It’s weird only because Ganke wasn’t part of Peter’s story — he was part of Miles’ story.” - Brian Michael Bendis

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