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by Various Varieties
Sat May 14, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751617

Re: Doctor Whom

Did you see "Midnight" by RTD? That was better. You're kidding, right? That was cack. I can't stand that episode. It's down there with "Love and Monsters" I loved both Midnight and Love and Monsters. :shock: Midnight 'cos I thought the way the threat was built up as a genuinely ...
by Various Varieties
Sun May 08, 2011 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751617

Re: Doctor Whom

About the Little Girl I don't think she's Jenny (from series 4, btw). Whose name I prefer as Genny, because it's from "General somethingorother clonespeak". Funny you should link the names Jenny and Genny, since the Red Dwarf episode "Polymorph" features this...
by Various Varieties
Tue May 03, 2011 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Interesting but flawed games
Replies: 168
Views: 22956

Re: Interesting but flawed games

I loved Mirror's Edge. I just loved it. I loved that it wasn't too long, I loved the way the levels were designed, and I really loved how futile combat often was. Personally, what I would have liked in addition would be some kind of a playground / sandbox map that you could boot up to just run arou...
by Various Varieties
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 30363

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

There's also this: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/10/19/ That reminds me of an issue of Grant Morrison's comic The Invisibles. The issue was dedicated to telling the story of the mundane life of a young family man, only for it to conclude with the revelation that he was one of the many face...
by Various Varieties
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 72287

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

An update to the Boston Big Picture blog. I can't see how you can look at this and see it as anything other than a big win for nuclear safety. That's pretty much the conclusion of this Register article . Hopefully the author isn't being premature in making his assertions so confidently. (There's a ...
by Various Varieties
Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 72287

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

Dr. Josef Oehmen of MIT has written a letter explaining how nuclear reactors work, what has happened at the Fukushima plant, and why there is nothing to worry about. He also criticizes every journalist ever for inaccurate reporting, but especially CNN. Reading that it's mindboggling how many things...
by Various Varieties
Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 72287

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

The Guardian's live coverage page linked to this Scientific American article on nuclear reactor cooling, which is worth a read. They also recommended following the Twitter feed of this guy , who isn't in Japan but is (according to his website bio) "an engineer specializing in risk assessment an...
by Various Varieties
Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 72287

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

Does it ever feel like we're experiencing more and more earthquakes nowadays? No. News just travels faster. Anyway I've already seen two news commenters say what you just said by the way. Seems to be the story of the day. I swear though, if someone blames it on global warming I'm gonna smash my hea...
by Various Varieties
Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 278638

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

I just read Iain M Bank's Consider Phlebas... its really not very good. Its a meandering tale of no consequence about a fairly unlikable character with some content which has escaped from stories set 100 years in the past (the episode with the eaters). If I hadn't read Player of Games first I would...
by Various Varieties
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Radiothread
Replies: 265
Views: 81088

Re: Radiothread

http://www.thekingoflimbs.com/DIGBP.htm New. album. Anyone else think that the artwork and album title seem reminiscent of the forest image for These Are My Twisted Words? It'll be interesting to see if that song and Harry Patch (In Memory Of) are at all representative of what the album's like. At ...
by Various Varieties
Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 50199

Re: 0851: "Na"

xkcdforum wrote:How about "Here comes the Hotstepper"?

Yes, that song came to mind for me as well ...after Hey Jude.
by Various Varieties
Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hardest Piano Piece
Replies: 48
Views: 45691

Re: Hardest Piano Piece

I don't play piano, but this seems like it would be a bit tough. Sorry for breaking the seriousness around here, but no thread like this is complete without " Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz ". I recently came across a blog post by the nephew of Death Waltz's composer John Stump, talking ab...
by Various Varieties
Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 95598

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

I guess I should put some opinions down: Four chords does not a good song make. Four chords alone don't make a good song - but even though musicologists might spend most of their time analysing songs in terms of I-iv-V Roman numerals representing chords, I find that lyrics, melody and arrangement a...
by Various Varieties
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Halo: Reach
Replies: 60
Views: 7669

Re: Halo: Reach

My Xbox hates Reach, and that's annoying, 'cause i traded in ODST to get it. I can play everything other than Campaign, which sucks, and it's not just my disc. 'cause i tried another one, and it still didn't work. Me=Fucking pissed as shit Do you have one of the 4GB slims? If not, you could try ins...
by Various Varieties
Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 206675

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

At least they had enough sense not to give him the literal four-eyes like Jack Kirby did, amrite? (That is a haunting image.) Josh Kirby. Jack Kirby was the superhero artist. (Yep, I've made the same mix-up a few times!) I remember reading a couple of comments from Terry Pratchett saying, affection...
by Various Varieties
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 95598

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

(WARNING: the opinions above are genuine, but were stated in a deliberately pedantic and obnoxious fashion just to attract attention, following the intention of pretty much every post in this thread) Yes, whenever I read most posts in this thread (at least, the posts that are just lists of blunt st...
by Various Varieties
Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: So... Why'd you choose your "Top Ten Favourite Games"?
Replies: 134
Views: 29493

Re: Top Ten Favorite Games

1. GoldenEye The videogame which has given me most pleasure over the years. It has immense replay value: an unlockable difficulty setting where you could customise enemy challenge characteristics was a great indication of the level of polish undergone by the entire game. I still think all FPSs coul...
by Various Varieties
Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Has this been done before?
Replies: 17
Views: 2728

Re: Has this been done before?

Most modern games actually use this in a more subtle way. Your 'eyes' adjust within seconds. Usually referred to as HDR (high dynamic range). iirc Shadow of the Colussus was one of the first to implement this. It's not exactly proper HDR lighting, but I think Metal Gear Solid 2 was one of the first...
by Various Varieties
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Conception
Replies: 371
Views: 48474

Re: Inception

I saw it on Sunday at the IMAX. Only the second movie I've seen there, the other being, of course, The Dark Knight. I was a little disappointed to find that Nolan hadn't made use of the IMAX camera for this film: I remembered reading a comment from him during the making of TDK that he was keen to do...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Radiothread
Replies: 265
Views: 81088

Re: Radiothread

Thom Yorke really resembles an autistic frog-man. I don't know if you meant "frog-man" as in "human-amphibian hybrid" or "scuba diver", but either way the phrase reminded me of another animal resemblance someone spotted ... http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/1182/3557y...
by Various Varieties
Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movie martial arts/fight scenes
Replies: 26
Views: 6409

Re: Movie martial arts/fight scenes

My personal favourite Jackie Chan fights are the one at the end of Gorgeous (pretty much the only thing that makes that film worth watching) - and also any time he's fighting drunken style (in Drunken Master 1 and 2). The rooftop fight in Who Am I is also great. I suppose all of those are among the ...
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Knowledge from group averages
Replies: 25
Views: 3450

Re: Knowledge from group averages

The example I saw of a similar experiment was "how much does this melon weigh". However, in that question, you can both pickup the melon, look at it, and use your intuition (calculate via observation) the weight. This does allow you to get an average number of guesses that end up very clo...
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Top Bear!
Replies: 170
Views: 32624

Re: Top Gear!

In other news, this week's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is... dun dun dun - Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz . Track times: Tom Cruise - 1:44.2!!!!! :shock: 1:45.2 - Cameron "Foul Mouth" Diaz Although technically they didn't actually show the end of Cruise's lap... they kept to the ...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 206675

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Pretty hefty news update on Paulkidby.com: - The fourth Tiffany Aching book, I Shall Wear Midnight is done! The cover art on the proof copy (a signed copy of which is currently going for £579 on eBay ) is different from the cover art currently shown on Amazon. - After that, the next Discworld book ...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751617

Re: Doctor Who

To all those theorising the Christmas special... Orient Express in space , like the Titanic in space , so don't expect to see any historical figures... I like the Orient Express in Space . I like Space Florida. But which is better? There's only one way to find out... fiiiiiiight We've just ...
by Various Varieties
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fifa World Cup 2010
Replies: 600
Views: 51234

Re: Fifa World Cup 2010

Dream wrote:footballs are hard, heavy, dangerous objects that are liable to do serious injury to anyone who touches them in any way. All footballs, all the time.

Which is why you should always run away from them as fast as possible. :mrgreen:
by Various Varieties
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fifa World Cup 2010
Replies: 600
Views: 51234

Re: Fifa World Cup 2010

Johan Cruyff comments on the Netherlands' approach to the game, and on the referee. "This ugly, vulgar, hard, hermetic, hardly eye-catching, hardly football style, yes it served the Dutch to unsettle Spain. If with this they got satisfaction, fine, but they ended up losing. They were playing a...
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fifa World Cup 2010
Replies: 600
Views: 51234

Re: Fifa World Cup 2010

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Still, aside from that flying kick, the match wasn't quite as bad for stop-start, foul-filled silliness as Portugal-Netherlands in 2006. :roll:
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fifa World Cup 2010
Replies: 600
Views: 51234

Re: Fifa World Cup 2010

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:You're still wrong:
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My attempt at pausing at the right moment:
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Looks onside to me.
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fifa World Cup 2010
Replies: 600
Views: 51234

Re: Fifa World Cup 2010

Here's the BBC's freeze-framing of the moment of the pass: http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/4161/worldcupfinaloffside.jpg Even though I'd found Spain's passing in the semifinal great to watch (far from directionless!), I decided to go for the Netherlands this time. During that vicious first half,...
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 206675

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

I really don't get [...] Unseen Academicals, but maybe it's because I'm not into [...] football. Neither's Terry Pratchett! (As well as that link, the Guardian Book Club's video discussion and the full-length audio version are also worth a download.) I liked Unseen Academicals. Mr Nutt may have bee...
by Various Varieties
Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 7244

Re: Studying Music 2.0

I disagree. You only have to get good enough to achieve your own goals. ... You don't have to become a slave to the instrument, nor do you have to accept that somehow because you haven't done it yet you'll never do it at all. Just go do it and enjoy it. It's supposed to be about having fun and maki...
by Various Varieties
Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fifa World Cup 2010
Replies: 600
Views: 51234

Re: Fifa World Cup 2010

the announcer shouts "Gol!"* for fifteen seconds and the crowd is just as excited. Remember in the Mega Drive/SNES FIFA games, where if you scored you could press down different buttons to trigger different celebrations , one of which let you make the commentator scream GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOA...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 195732

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

You'll either love this image Tweeted by Nathan Fillion earlier... or hate it for being so tantalising about something that will probably never happen. :(

http://yfrog.com/596xbuj
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Animaniacs
Replies: 29
Views: 3593

Re: Animaniacs

Oi, you can't mention Ren and Stimpy in the same thread as Animaniacs! Because John K and '90s Warner Bros cartoons really don't mix ... Having said that, the guy knows a hell of a lot about animation techniques and history, so we'll forgive him his little blind spots when it comes to appreciating T...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: XKCD in the IT Crowd
Replies: 58
Views: 8783

Re: XKCD in the IT Crowd

Did the second episode remind anyone else of the spelling bee episode of Frasier , in that its climax revolved around the joke of a genteel spelling competition being taken outside? I didn’t think it was as good as that Frasier episode, or as good as the first episode of this series. But it had its ...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Germany & Japan as the 'Axis'
Replies: 20
Views: 2429

Re: Germany & Japan as the 'Axis'

As for Germany and Japan's ultimate aims, we just don't know. The Nazis were never quite clear on whether they merely wanted to conquer Europe, or if they wanted the whole world. This reminds me of another WW2-related question I should probably be embarassed about not knowing. You often come across...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Conception
Replies: 371
Views: 48474

Re: Inception

Empire's Inception review does a great job at conveying the reviewer's awe at the film, but it ain't exactly brilliantly written: in rying to cram at least one flowery turn of phrase into every sentence, the overall review ends up sounding really awkward. They've done this before . To Empire review...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Conception
Replies: 371
Views: 48474

Re: Inception

It's getting some astonishingly positive reviews so far. :mrgreen: Including one from Devin at CHUD : The simplistic comparison is to The Matrix, but I think it's also the best - no action scene in a mainstream movie has been so incredibly realized, so elegantly staged and remained so viscerally exc...
by Various Varieties
Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Radiothread
Replies: 265
Views: 81088

Re: Radiothread

Wanna hear the first track from Phil Selway's solo album?

http://www.philipselway.com/music.html

It's quite good. But on first listen, I'm less keen on the high-pitched "put it where you found it" outro than I am on the rest of the song.

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