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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.

So British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 last week, officially notifying the EU that Britain wishes to leave, and to say the wheels are coming off that cart faster than even I had thought possible is understating it. Little things like Spain being likely to play hardball over Gibraltar ("But who could have seen THAT coming?" wail the Brexiters. "We did, and warned you about it", say the Remainers with a sigh) and not helped by Michael Howard, one of our "elder statesmen", immediately ranting on about how Britain would be prepared to go to war over Gibraltar (Wanna bet?).

Internet privacy in the US took a major body blow, with ISP's now able to sell your data to third parties without any need to check with you about who those third parties might be. Several of the more right wing websites are appalled at this, since it means that something the man they helped vote into office might now impact on THEM! (Shock horror), though in a delicious move, a number of parties are now seeking to buy data about the Congress members who voted on those laws, and we'll just have to see what comes of some of THAT data being revealed.

And as appreciators of the visual medium, scans_daily extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gilbert Baker, who died at the weekend. The self-styled "Gay Betsy Ross" was the man who designed the Gay Pride Rainbow flag in 1978 at the behest of Harvey Milk.

In more happier news...

Grenoble has become the first city in Europe to ban outdoor advertising, and replace it with community noticeboards and trees

It's been confirmed that Bill Potts, the 12th Doctor's new companion (played by Pearl Mackie) making her debut in a little under two weeks time when Series 10 launches, is gay. Aside from the rather special case of Captain Jack (Who hails from a distant future where being omnisexual is the norm) she is the first confirmed LGBTQ companion in the shows history. Go Bill! :)

And I'm delighted to report that I'm the happy owner of the new Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure from the X-Men wave; WARLOCK! :D

Date: 2017-04-04 12:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
-Gail Simone has an interesting and important message for people who are upset about certain choices in the comic industry.

http://hellotailor.tumblr.com/post/158905076785/source

-Samurai Jack keeps being very good. But I'm disappointed that the new episode was pushed to a later date, especially since the previous episode had ended on a cliffhanger.

-A Bayonetta port for PC might be coming out on April 11th.

http://gematsu.com/2017/03/8-bit-bayonetta-released-pc-via-steam-achievements-lead-countdown-website

I don't particularly care for a port of the first game, since I beat that one several times years ago, so the most I could get out of it is a Steam badge. But I cling to the slim hope that we might get a port of the sequel, which I was never able to play because I don't own a Wii U.

-I'm irritiated by my inability to find ANY Vegeta/Bulma love/hate foeyay fics. ALL the Vegeta/Bulma fics I've seen are fluff. Fluff bores me to tears. There is a reason 80% of my OTPs are of the "I can't decide if I want to kiss you or kill you" variety. Come on, Vegeta is a cool caring guy now (I'm still astonished that Vegeta of all people has become an affectionate family man. Character development!), but when he first came to Earth and for entire years afterwards he was absolutely terrible. I can't believe there are literally thousands of Vegeta/Bulma fics, but I couldn't find even just one fic that accurately characterizes him as the total dick he was at the time and portrays their relationship at the time as rocky and messed up.

(I'm aware that I could write it myself. But my own writing can never scratch the itch. It feels like "you want to chat? Talk to yourself!")

-I've been playing a ton of Don't Starve lately. Fun game, but a little too addictive.

Date: 2017-04-04 12:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indy2012
My husband and I just finished booking all of the travel and lodging arrangements for our honeymoon on May 3 starting in Madrid, then Barcelona, then 3 days in Rome, and 4 days in Paris. We are very excited. To any fellow community members living on the other side of the pond, any hidden gems or advice for the abovementioned places?

Date: 2017-04-04 12:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indy2012
Oh, and I'm also looking for some good reading material for all of the flights we are going to be on. I haven't read any comic title consistently in a few years and was looking for something to sink my teeth into.

Date: 2017-04-04 12:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Can't really give any advice about Rome, since I live in Campania. But if you have any trouble during your stay in Italy, and need a translator or any other type of help, feel free to contact me :)

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Date: 2017-04-04 02:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] speedingtortoise
I don't have any good advice to offer, but I hope that you have a wonderful honeymoon, and congrats on your marriage!

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Date: 2017-04-05 07:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minervasolo
Tapas (the traditional bar snacks, not small plate meals) is a southern Spain thing that's only really done for tourists in Madrid and Barcelona - often the quality isn't great and they charge for it. If you can must some halfway decent Spanish bar staff might treat you to something better though. Book tourist attractions in advance to skip queues, unless you want to spend several hours outside of all the attractions. Most European cities have a free or reduced price day each week for major attractions, but there's no queue jumping on those days - we saw the Picasso museum for free but it was two hours queueing outside (in a gorgeous back street with lots of ice cream sellers, so it wasn't terrible!). You'll find a lot of street sellers outside all major attractions, mostly with selfie sticks these days (though the speed with which they acquire water/umbrellas when the weather demands is very useful). Big catholic buildings often have beggars outside, which can be hard if you're not used to it.

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Date: 2017-04-04 12:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
Black Sails finished, and it gave us a show that fulfills all 3 sides of the LGBT drama triangle

It is good.
it has LGBT characters
They live*

Date: 2017-04-04 01:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] informationgeek
Unfortunately, yesterday I had to put my dog of 7 years, Candy, down. Only 7 years old and she was dying of kidney failure. I just... I'm just feeling numb and empty. It was just out of the blue.

Date: 2017-04-04 05:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
I'm so sorry to hear that. Sending good vibes your way.

Date: 2017-04-05 12:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indy2012
So sorry for your loss. :(

Date: 2017-04-04 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
And in even worse news, my car needs a new starter motor, crank seals (whatever they are), a new front end suspension, and a new back box on the exhaust. Yet somehow it still managed to pass the MOT because either it doesn't count towards it (crank seals and starter motor) or it was literally just squeaking under the legal limit. Ugh.

Oh, and a man was caught trying to illegally entice birds of prey in the lammermuir hills in Scotland into shotgun range using a tethered owl decoy. Their behaviour when they noticed they were being filmed is....disturbing.
https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/armed-man-with-tethered-eagle-owl-on-a-lammermuirs-grouse-moor/

[Edit: Damn, I have some unfortunate post placement. Makes it look like I think my car is worse than the poster who had to have their pet put to sleep. I'm so sorry for that. My bad news is nothing compared to that. ]
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Date: 2017-04-04 01:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
I'm trading in my car of 9 years. It's done 110,000+miles and is worth a princely £50. I'll be sad to see it go...However it'll be nice to not be scared when I drive.

Date: 2017-04-04 01:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Still looking for work and right now nursing a cold.

Richard Bolles, Episcopalian minister and author of the long-running "What Color Is Your Parachute?" series, has passed away. I had the honor of reviewing the 2016 edition over at my blog. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nelson_Bolles

Speaking of my blog, the most recent posted review is for Science Fiction Stories January 1960 an issue most notable for the first published SF story by R.A. Lafferty. http://www.skjam.com/2017/04/01/magazine-review-science-fiction-stories-january-1960/

Currently, I am participating in a readalong of A Game of Thrones as I had never gotten around to that before. I also need to work on a book I received, a self-published tome on self publishing. Oh and if I have time left in the day, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales

Date: 2017-04-04 02:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spidermanwashere
The first season three episode of Rick and Morty aired as an April Fool's prank. It was probably the first and last time I will actually enjoy an April Fool's prank.
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Date: 2017-04-04 02:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
College Humor and Sinbad had the best April Fools joke, this year. (AV Club linked, because it actually explains why it's funny for anyone who might not be aware of the background.)

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Date: 2017-04-04 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
I'm finding i really enjoy Trail and Error but I sound like a monster when I recommend it to people.

For those that don't know, its a comedy about a man being accused of killing his wife.

Date: 2017-04-04 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
Once you find out that it's based on a real case, the whole thing gets even more funny and outrageous.

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Date: 2017-04-04 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Sadly this announcement about Bill being gay just has me cautious there's going to be yet more sodding Moffat Romance.

Still hoping the next Doctor is a black woman. (If played by a Muslim woman of some manner, so much the better.)
Admittedly, this is Phillip J. Fry-style hoping.
"I refuse to give up unless there's some ray of hope."
"There isn't any."
"Slim hope?"
"No."
"What about false hope?"
"*sigh* Fine!"
"Alright!"


Also, spent all of last week playing Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Actually enjoyed it quite a lot, all things considered.
(The krogan were easily the best part. Love them krogan.)
The only problem is I finished it, and am now incredibly bored.

Date: 2017-04-04 02:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
Has the Doctor ever been religious by our standards?

I'd like to see an Asian actor/actress, there's almost zero representation for them in the media even when people claim to be 'diverse'.
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Date: 2017-04-04 04:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kid_a_aslan
By chance anyone here play PvP ARK:survival evolved on ps4 , that may also be an Alpha or know a server that is decently friendly overall? The games great the players and tribes i've encountered and dealt with not so much. Right meanies the lot. :(

Date: 2017-04-04 04:43 pm (UTC)
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I find certain characters should always hate each other forever.

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Date: 2017-04-04 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
And as appreciators of the visual medium, scans_daily extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gilbert Baker, who died at the weekend. The self-styled "Gay Betsy Ross" was the man who designed the Gay Pride Rainbow flag in 1978 at the behest of Harvey Milk.

Two thoughts occur in response to this.

1) RIP, and godspeed, sir.
2) I guess that's why that stupid 'the queers stole the rainbow from God' meme is going around.

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Date: 2017-04-05 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
Not much going on here - getting my own brain out of depression mode is a chore. Trying t get my art blog back up and running after a long absence.

A friend recently got me into Overwatch so if anyone here wants to friend me on battlenet I'm FoolErrant #11705

Date: 2017-04-05 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gnarll
So the Red Skull lost Xaviers telepathic powers. And Steven Bannon is out on his ass.

Im not saying there is a connection but... the timing is very close. Like his aquiring the powers and Trump getting elected.

Date: 2017-04-05 08:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
So Comics Alliance was unceremoniously shuttered last week, though its url will apparently stay active as a content aggregator.

I'm disappointed to see it go, but in retrospect hardly surprised, and honestly I felt that the site had slipped in recent years. My problem wasn't with them publishing clickbait (I know that's just how websites work these days) but that the site overall felt like it had gotten kind of... marshmallow-y. Like, there wasn't a ton of hard reporting or editorial work going up beyond occasional pieces. It's a shame because they had a lot of talented and passionate voices on the website, but in recent months I was frequently frustrated to see them talking about the issues of the day, often in thoughtful and engaging ways, on social media, but with nary a mention on the site.

At this point I just hope to see the writers turning up elsewhere and being a little more free to write seriously.
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