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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.

I confess it's getting harder and harder to find the positive stuff to temper the discussion beyond the death spiral of shitty politics and sheer bloody mindedness that seems to be engulfing the US and UK, so if you have other good news to share, for the love of your poor Mod Team's blood pressure please do!!!

A new trailer for Doctor Who hits, and I confess I'm getting excited by the prospect of more Peter Capaldi as D12. (and the title of the first episode "The Pilot", does hint in some ways as a soft reintroduction to the series)

All I will say about the current UK situation is that Scotland's First Minister has called for a second Scottish Independence referendum and Prime Minster Theresa May has called it a dangerously divisive and likely to cause economic uncertainty which, given that's EXACTLY what she's in the middle of doing (on a much bigger scale) must rank as one of the most ironic comments ever made in British political history

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is lawful to ban "the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign" in the workplace, This specifically includes Muslim women wearing headscarves or other forms of concealing attire.

The Nintendo Switch has been released.... has anyone picked one up?

I'm limiting myself to one Trump story (and avoiding commenting on healthcare) and that one, from a wide selection is that apparently President Trunp didn't mean wiretapping when he said wiretapping and he wasn't actually referring specifically to President Obama when he said it was President Obama was behind it... Yeah, wrap your brains around that one.... and Kellyane Conway appears to think that the Decepticons are involved with her comment that "You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets - any number of ways... microwaves that turn into cameras."  Decepticon spokebot Reflector was unavailable for comment at this time.

The US North East has heavy snowstorms incoming. Stay safe folks!

Date: 2017-03-14 12:51 pm (UTC)
informationgeek: (lyra)
From: [personal profile] informationgeek
Okay, JonTron has lost his damn mind and it's both shocking and depressing all at the same time. Seriously, what the hell happened to him?!

And that's not the only thing....

Date: 2017-03-14 01:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
Wow, LPers are just losing their shit right and left these days. What the hell is going on?

But wow - that is some special right there, wonder how many folks are going to try to defend him and say he didn't mean it like it sounds.

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Date: 2017-03-14 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
A lot of celebrity gamers, from what I've seen, trend *very* libertarian. Depressing as this may sound, that's probably the alignment with the shortest jump to the Alt-Right.

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
What Theresa May means is that a call call for Scottish Independence is getting in her way. She seems to have a real hate on for things that get in her way. She sets out her plans then gets angry when the world does not conform precisely to what she demands of it. I don't see that as an attractive personality trait in a leader (or any politician), I see it as bloody dangerous. She doesn't realise that other people getting in the way of government edict is a feature, not a bug, of democracy and that holding government to account even if it means finding against her is a vital thing.

Decepticon spokebot Reflector was unavailable for comment at this time.
Although I believe Soundwave later issued a statement referencing Megatron's speech to High Councillor Halogen. #FusionCannonToTheFaceSolutions

If you want good news, the miniature daffodils along the path to my front door are now starting to come up and they brighten what is usually a rather grim ribbon of concrete in a relatively dark alley considerably. I just hope the council's groundskeepers let them alone when they strim the path of grass they are growing through. I did plant the bulbs on what is technically municipal ground. I just needed some sort of flowering plant there at this time of the year. Little splashes of yellow do lighten the mood.

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Though he hasn't seen it yet, Samuel L. Jackson has delivered criticism for Get Out having a British star play in a movie centered on an American type of racism.

Daniel Kaluula has responded to this criticism, saying, "I resent that I have to prove that I'm black."

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I was never a fan of Samurai Jack as a kid. Not like I hated it or anything, it just wasn't up my alley. But after seeing such a massive, overwhelmingly positive response to the new Season, I got curious, and decided to give it a try.

Guys, it was SO GOOD. You should go watch it if you haven't already, it's GREAT!

I'm 99% sure at the very least one of the seven girls will die. Possibly, they all will die. BUT I HOPE THEY ALL SURVIVE BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME AND NEED A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF HUGS.

I also beat Alice: Madness Returns last week.

The environments were some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen in a game. Definitely something well worth seeing. The story is interesting. The setting is fairly unique, and you really end up rooting for the protagonist.

But the gameplay was frustratingly rough… No combos. Only 4 weapons (two melee, two firearms). Zero aerial combat (seriously. You can only fire and swing when your feet are fully on the ground, and the firearms take a good while to charge up too. Needless to say, this makes fighting the many flying enemies a royal pain in the ass). And you can’t cancel the fire/swing animations, you are stuck and forced to wait at least a second until they are finished, which is plenty of time for the monsters to shoots at you and/or knock you down; making that even worse, it takes at least couple of seconds to recover after being shot and/or knocked down, which is enough time for the crowd of monsters to swarm you. And I kinda want to yell at whoever thought that invisible planks were a good idea in a platformer.

Frankly, the gameplay can’t hold a matchstick let alone a candle to games like Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, or even Transformers Devastation.

Nevertheless, the aesthetics are so good that they can, if not exactly make up for it, at least make me glad I played it.

Date: 2017-03-14 01:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
So Madness Returns plays like the original then?

I tried to play that one but sort of got stuck in a death loop save in the middle of the ocean and jsut stopped caring. It's a pretty game though.

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
Erm good news - Uh...the new Duck Tales trailer is out? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeEqyeSu2P0

I'm still not sold on Tennant as Scrooge, but I'll give it a chance. And it looks like we'll actually get Donald hanging around this time instead of off in the Navy somewhere.

Looks like they might be starting the series off in a scenario like the end of Life and Times? where he's a shut in and doesn't talk to his family?

Date: 2017-03-14 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Trailer looks great :D

I'd say an alt version of that. In Life And Times, he became a shut in because he was a total dick to his family (and I will forever love Hortense for refusing to put up with his bullshit and kicking the door in to yell at him that his behaviour was unacceptable). Here, the ruined newspaper seems to imply that there was some kind of accident during one of his missions. "McDuck Hangs Up His Spats After---" is unlikely to get on the front page of the city's main newspaper if the "---" is "he acted like a rude douchebag"

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Kind of excited for Mass Effect Andromeda coming out next week...
Then I noticed it comes out on a Friday where I live.
(This seems to be a thing with video game companies here. Always releasing stuff on Friday. Tres annoying.)

My computer of ten years seems to have finally reached the end of its life...
Which is annoying, because it's got all my Sims saves on it.
(And I was in the middle of stuff when it crashed! And hadn't actually saved all day... urggh...)

On a whim, and partly in the hopes it will motivate someone to release the next series on DVD (which doesn't look likely, sadly), bought Digimon 02.
It's... not as bad as I remember?
Okay, the plot is meandering and the villains nowhere near as interesting as last time, and the executive-enforced humour isn't great...
But it's not outright terrible. Just bleh.
... except Cody.
Cody is the Worst.
(Probably not his fault. His arsehole of a grandfather and his crappy grand-parenting seems to be to blame.)


Also, on a day trip the other week, found that Ra's Al Ghul LEGO Batman set. Not much to say about it, except the Batman figure has a tan, and that's brilliant.

Date: 2017-03-14 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
Why is Cody the worst? I seem to recall him being bland, but that's all

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
I have two 14 year old dogs, yorkie/Maltese mixes named Beethoven and Mozart. This Friday night/Saturday morning, something was wrong with Beethoven. Apparently he had bladder stones (who knows for how long) and one of them was blocking his urethra causing him to have a bad irinary tract infection and show signs of renal failure. We checked him into the emergency room, where they told us all of this, and they flushed his bladder, treated the UTI, and he just came out of surgery to remove his stones yesterday. He's apparently doing fine, but they're keeping him a few days to make sure he's ready to go home. We're going to visit him today and are taking him a shirt that I wore to keep him company.

Mozart, meanwhile, barely seems to have noticed that someone was missing. He's been cuddlier than usual, and he's noticed that no one is trying to steal his treats, but that's pretty much it.

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Date: 2017-03-14 01:42 pm (UTC)
thanekos: Yoshikage Kira as Kosaku Kawajiri, after the second arrow. (Default)
From: [personal profile] thanekos
Give Conway this, she acknowledged the cartoonishness of her comment: " I am not Inspector Gadget. "

Date: 2017-03-14 02:03 pm (UTC)
skjam: (Garcia)
From: [personal profile] skjam
Several new reviews up on my blog...no comics-related ones, so I'll link to the latest, Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie: http://www.skjam.com/2017/03/12/book-review-the-tuesday-club-murders/

In other matters, still looking for work, not having much luck.

Date: 2017-03-14 02:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_phantom
I do hope this new "Scottish independence referendum" (If it does comes to be) will be renamed to the much more accurate "Scottish province of the eu referendum".

Date: 2017-03-14 02:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] speedingtortoise
I want the new Legend of Zelda game so bad . . . but I can't justify to myself spending $360 for one game. I don't suppose anyone knows of any (legitimate) opportunities to win a Nintendo Switch in America?

Date: 2017-03-14 11:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
Do you own a Wii U? Breath of the Wild is available on that console, too.

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Date: 2017-03-14 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Since video games seem the thing for people for talk about in these posts... I'm not much of a gamer, but recently I was trying to find app games for my iPhone to help pass the time. I didn't have much success at first, but I finally landed on Final Fantasy Dimensions. I didn't love it by any means, but I was entertained enough to play through to the end. So now that that's over with, can anyone recommend similar games for the iPhone?

Date: 2017-03-14 03:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Well, it's not not similar by any means (a dark psychological horror puzzle game, rather than a colourful RPG), but LIMBO is a very good game.

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Date: 2017-03-14 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Got Zelda on Wii U. No plans to buy a Switch. Nintendo's lack of support for last gen doesn't give me high hopes for current gen. It doesn't help that most of the announced Switch library are remakes and sequels to Wii U games that just came out.

The lack of backwards compatibility is disappointing but the lack of any Virtual Console news at all is infuriating.

Date: 2017-03-14 11:30 pm (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
How is it on Wii U? The reviews I find are all talking about the Switch, but I don't intend to buy one at the moment.

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Date: 2017-03-14 05:55 pm (UTC)
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For anyone planning to see Kong, stay for the post credits,you won't regret it.

Date: 2017-03-14 11:55 pm (UTC)
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but now he’s added an argument as baffling as it is new: Danny Rand is too much like Trump and that is why people don’t like him. We are dead serious.


...

You may want to rethink that description, mate.

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Zelda and shrines.

Date: 2017-03-14 08:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozaline
So I am addicted to the new Zelda game (on U holding off on the switch) and I've covered a huge part of the map (been to the top of the Mountain North of Hateno but didn't feel ready for that challenge), and just got into the Garodo desert last night...

Inspite of this I've only got about five heart containers and no stamina boosts... Several times the shrine alerts pop up and I search and search but can't find them (example in Hateno village). I have solved some more complex environmental challenges like "Master of the Wind" but most of the time I'm clueless. Any tips? I'm trying to stay off guide.

Also any tips for finding the Garuda desert dungeon; are the Sacred beasts themselves dungeons?

Date: 2017-03-14 08:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dewinged
Looks like CW's Riverdale got renewed. So, anyone waiting on more Afterlife With Archie or Sabrina is going to be out of luck.

Happy fluff news

Date: 2017-03-14 11:03 pm (UTC)
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Well, in good news, a local comic shop wants me to do a book signing there! So I'm excited about that.

In video game news, I watched Markiplier's mom play Five Nights at Freddy's, and it was so much fun to watch her laugh and ponder through the game. She seems like a really nice person!

Also, I've been reading a lot of nonfiction lately, and recently nabbed a copy of the comic Sally Heathcote: SUFFRAGETTE, which was really interesting. I picked it up pretty much because I like Bryan Talbot, but I always appreciate a good educational comic!

Re: Happy fluff news

Date: 2017-03-15 12:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Congratulations :D

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Date: 2017-03-14 11:37 pm (UTC)
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"The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is lawful to ban ""the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign"" in the workplace, This specifically includes Muslim women wearing headscarves or other forms of concealing attire."

To be fair, wouldn't this also extend to religious symbols from other, widely accepted (or at least not as persecuted as Islam is now) religions, like crosses or manji?

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Date: 2017-03-15 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Kind of upset Iron Fist is getting bad reviews. Of all the Netflix shows, it was the one I'd been looking forward to the most.
(I mean, Daredevil, JJ and Luke Cage were all great, but a guy punching an invincible dragon? What's not to love about something that ridiculous?)
But now it sounds like there's a dramatic lack of dragons and the punching thereof.

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Date: 2017-03-15 01:40 am (UTC)
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I don't know why but every time I see previews for Secret Empire from Marvel something about a brainwashed Captain America working for HYDRA really pisses me off. There's no real conflict of emotion because it feels fabricated and false. And the people that are eager to believe Steve is capable of evil just pisses me off slightly same way I get tired of seeing Superman turned evil.

I don't know I realize I'm the only one annoyed with the event on this site, so I'm just yelling at a wall. Sometimes I wish I could just drink cyanide and call it a day or just give myself amnesia.

On the bright side I can take pride that Marvel is tanking in sales once again by D.C. Taking the lead. Perhaps one day a Geoff John like editor will save the comic branch from its drowning of political B.S.

Date: 2017-03-15 06:08 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: Black Widow with sights on her (black widow)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
You're not the only one annoyed by the event. The only reason I'm looking forward to it is that the stupid Hydra Steve thing will eventually be over.

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Date: 2017-03-15 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] md84
Glad I was never a fan of JonTron in the first place.

Theresa May being a raging hypocrite? Wow, total shocker. /sarc

Trump and Conway...they seem to think gaslighting America is a good way to govern.



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