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The Flash

Posted May 16, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Of all the superhero powers in all the comics of the world, it's the ability of The Flash to side step peak hour traffic, or to get to lunch before all the good tables are taken, that always appealed to me most. That's why I'll be watching this CW series when it airs, even though it looks more than a little like teen soap. Buffy was teen soap and that worked. Also, The Flash is from the producers of Arrow, which has turned out to be somewhat more awesome than anyone expected.

I'll admit I was also a little nervous when I first watched it because Dave Hooper shares somes of Flashy's mojo, but having seen the whole trailer I'm less bothered by that now, for reasons that'll become obvious when the books are finally released.

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yankeedog asserts...

Posted May 16, 2014
Flash! (aaahaaaaa) He'll save every one of us!

Oh, wait. Wrong guy.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted May 16, 2014
<P>So The Flash will set up ensemble cast singing?</P>

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted May 16, 2014
Dave's got other things going for him besides The Flash.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 16, 2014
You know it is a hard realisation that the Person you want to spend the rest of your life with 'doesn't'.
Doesn't.
That's the word.
I will watch the video now.

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 16, 2014
Watching Pulp Fiction now.
John and Samuel.
PMSL.

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Sudragon puts forth...

Posted May 16, 2014
Sci-fi, then superheroes. How long to we cycle back to westerns as the theme du jour?

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ShaneAlpha reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
They tried that with The Lone Ranger recently. It bombed.

It cost 215 million, taken 89 million according to imdb. Rule of thumb is box office needs to be 2.5 x cost to break even. I doubt that even with international sales and home release it will break even. But, it's Disney, so who the hell knows.

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pi reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
want

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 17, 2014
Captain,
I have unleashed the Hounds.
I am forever scarred with Humility.
The older hound waited and came to me.
He looked me in the eye.
Five seconds maybe more.
I said, 'Go' and he went.
I cannot describe this adequetely

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted May 17, 2014
What's the point in going really fast if you can't be arsed getting off the couch?

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 17, 2014
So I go up to the bottle shop and there is a big line.
I mention I hate grabbing babies by the legs and thrashing them on the tiled floor.
None of the fuckers would talk to me.
I figure I will just do it when it suits me.
At the mall or the shops.
Just pick up a kid, kill them, rape the woman cow up the ass with a torch and shoot the Husband.
He's not Australian is he?
B;ack bastard. 9/11.
Now kids die.
Hide your kids Australia.

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 17, 2014
So I go up to the bottle shop and there is a big line.
I mentioned I hate grabbing babies by the legs and thrashing them on the tiled floor.
None of the fuckers would talk to me.
I figure I will just do it when it suits me.
At the mall or the shops.
Just pick up a kid, kill them, rape the woman cow up the ass with a torch and shoot the Husband.

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 17, 2014
So JB,
Next time I am at the cafe I will ask the parents(up to 7 years old) what do you know about Iraq and Afghanistan?
Then I will will kill their child in front of them.
Then they will know.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 17, 2014
So JB,
Next time I am at the cafe I will ask the parents(up to 7 years old) what do you know about Iraq and Afghanistan?
Then I will will kill their child in front of them.
Then they will know.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 17, 2014
So JB,
Next time I am at the cafe I will ask the parents(up to 7 years old) what do you know about Iraq and Afghanistan?
Then I will will kill their child in front of them.
Then they will know.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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yankeedog mumbles...

Posted May 18, 2014
Geez! May I suggest tonight's special-the roast aripripazole? Or any of the other free-range antipsychotic drugs? Perhaps a nice Levosulpiride or Droperidol?

I thought Sweet-jane-says was a piece of work...

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BigWillieStyle mumbles...

Posted May 18, 2014
Just wondering whether Dino had any thoughts on the subject?

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2014
Yep BWS I do,
I have to get a SYkiartric Report or Assessment and it's not that easy.
Plus I have to pay for it!
Hence I have employed the Cloud.
Results should be in soon.

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 18, 2014
Have Primary ID on ECT.
Systems at 90%.

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 18, 2014
OT but I need to get a Blockheads Album.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 18, 2014
I am not going in there again, under there, where the vibrations, the vibrations alert you, where you are alone, where you are alone.
Surely there is another younger fuckwit than me who is better suited.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted May 18, 2014
9/45 thats a significantly low signal to noise ratio. When I aw how many comments were posted I thought I was late to the party. Though Yankeedog made the same link I thought of regarding FLASH....

Marvel is winning in the movies but DC is kicking ass on the small screen.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 18, 2014
Just made the connection with Asimov.
When did he write the trilogy?
Poor fuck if he saw I what i did.
Makeup/Foundation love the little ladies...

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2014
Just read the Asimov entry on Wikipedia.
Complete shit.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted May 18, 2014
which is easier than making Whisky taste like bacon.

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 18, 2014
insomniac,
You can do better than competing with me.
Aim Higher...

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AuntyLou reckons...

Posted May 18, 2014
Sorry guys... I love this place...but if Dino stays I go. I don't have time for this stream of consciousness shit. If I did I would enroll in a University literature class. I miss book club & interesting conversation with minds in the real world. Dino needs help. Maybe those of you who are his friends could probably point him in that direction rather than letting him rave. Sorry...love you dudes but really can't cope with this shit.

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Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted May 18, 2014
Well the last bridge resident was talented at her game, the newest just verbose and repetitive.
For small mercies we don't have both.

AuntyLou mutters...

Posted May 18, 2014
Eccentricity & a touch of verbosity I can live with. Have never had an issue with Havock as he is an institution & though I rarely agree with him he has a unique style with which to express his opinion. I remember Sweet Jane says from my lurking days. Those posts at least made some sort of sense. Guess I might just be a grumpy old woman tonight but seriously! Does any of this Dino stuff have any point? Or do any of the denizens of this fine blog find these posts illuminating? Happy to be told to shut up and go away if I just am missing the point.

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pi reckons...

Posted May 18, 2014
I'm with AuntyLou. Dino is down on his meds, and that's sad, but regrettably, it's not something I can solve, and not something I really have the time nor inclination to wade through.

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted May 18, 2014
Dear Dino.

I am a fan. I have greatly enjoyed your contributions over the years. But, you have gone off course.

I have been avoiding the Burger a bit lately because you seem to be using it as your own scribble pad for a type of free form verbal expression that is sometimes quite poisonous. I have been thankful because a lot of it is either incomprehensible or over my head.

On the Burger, we are a friendly bunch enjoying a backyard game, courtesy of our host JB. But you keep nicking the ball just to kick it over the neighbour's fence. I mean really, what's the point? It sure does ruin the game.

As a starting point, on topic, comprehensible, maybe one or two a day. Personally, I like it when you make sense. Then I just about always enjoy reading it.

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Maddoug is gonna tell you...

Posted May 18, 2014
Comment here from a regular lurker, I have to agree. Havock and others give colour. Dino is just too much.

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yankeedog has opinions thus...

Posted May 19, 2014
Dino!

Listen to some of the people here. You need some help, go get it. Or talk to somebody that can help you. I've been around since damn near the beginning of this blog, and trust me, y'all are making absolutely no sense.

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JG is gonna tell you...

Posted May 19, 2014
I've been commenting here for almost three years. Something like that, on and off. I think you've been around here - on CBG - for a while, Dino, and I don't remember you posting randomly like this until a couple of months ago. Then again, I took a break from CBG for a few months, so maybe you did.

Anyway, recently, I at first thought you were mucking around, or had had a few too many drinks on occasion. Perhaps I was wrong in that regard. I suspect you may be going through a bad patch and in need of medication. Sorry if I have that wrong, but I hope you are alright. I agree with W that you have interesting and astute points to make at times, when you are in a right state of mind. I wish you all the best in your recovery. Take care.

Joanna/JG

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Halwes has opinions thus...

Posted May 19, 2014

If I thought Dino was really an ex Afghan war vet then I'd start barracking for the towelheads. I don't reckon he's that sick. Just a sad, half intelligent, angry, lonely, old pisshead. Australia's full of them and they are all full of shit. Eventually the liver cracks under the strain of the piss and the depression medication. Now yankeedog I don't know about "no sense" though. Having just reread your own William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, I can't really see the difference. Gees Dino, When you remind people of a couple of old, drug crazed, poofter junkies then you know it's time to get help.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 19, 2014
Thank You all,
Some comments I have taken to heart.
I note the syclogy and help bullshit.
fashion as Oscar Wide said needs replacing etc.
Not one person,cept smarty pants, mentioned I need a good fuck and some money.
tell that to the Royal Society of fuckwits

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Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted May 19, 2014
There you go. "Tell that to the royal society of fuckwits". Now where else would you get a great line like that.? Dino will need the money first though otherwise he'll have no chance of getting rooted.

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 19, 2014
tell it like it is.
But maybe it should have been 'College' not Society.
I would love mentally disturbed patients(females if you please) to pay me to fuck them.
Oh the Joy.
Me, substandard.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 19, 2014
What's that Paul?
Your a Father.
Good on you mate.
How's your son?

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Deadwood Retro

Posted March 12, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Don't blame me for making you realise your mortality, but it's been ten years since Deadwood premiered.

I've got the house to myself tonight and plan on streaming this half hour RogerEbert.com tribute to the Apple TV to watch on the big screen.

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John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted March 12, 2014

Well that was fucking awesome.

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embilbie would have you know...

Posted March 12, 2014

Fucking amen, brother.

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted March 12, 2014

You hoople headed cocksuckers should stop with the blasphemin.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted March 13, 2014

Binge watched the whole series during the summer of 2010, the one summer I taught history before realizing that summers were best spent lifeguarding.

I seem to recall that everytime someone in that show took a drink, I did too.

Great show but I don't think I'd sit through the whole series again.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Babes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 13, 2014

I could never get into that show...I think the aesthetics were too bleak for me. Same with M*A*S*H* and mom's beef stew.

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pitpat swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 13, 2014

It's a favourite in the shed. I look for gold for a living and have lived and worked in the major gold towns in Qld. Charters Towers, Gympie, Selwyn, the Isa, Cooktown, Mareeba, Herberton .

Deadwood gives a slice of what it was like from a human perspetive. The hope that is talked about in the doco is evident in the historical record. For example at Gympie there are some 400 shafts , the Ellen Harkins pulled 40,000 ounces from 40,000 tonnes ( 40-60 million bucks in todays money). Of those 400 shafts only 2 paid their shareholders any divedend. In Gympie it went from 0 people to 30,000 in little over 5 years and a flavour of the town is given by the shaft names. Occidental, Scottish Gympie, West of Scotland, Dead Goat etc. But it is the hope - or prehaps greed/ambition- that drove the people all looking for a better life out of the mud, the blood, and the beer. From my understanding Gympie wasn't too bad in terms of out of control violence but that probably had a lot to do with it's strategic importance -ie pulling Qld out of the grasping claws of NSW.- and probably had a bigger constabulary presence than say Charters and certainly bigger than Cooktown.

Anyhow I could rabbit on for hours about goldming towns and their special brand of lunacy but I've got to go find a gold mine.

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S.M. Stirling puts forth...

Posted March 14, 2014

The way to make money out of a gold rush is to sell supplies, booze and pussy to the miners. Actually trying for gold is a mug's game, or a lottery at best.

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S.M. Stirling would have you know...

Posted March 17, 2014

Pet peeve with Westerns (and historical films/TV in general to a slightly lesser extent): TOO MANY OLD PEOPLE!

Dudes, the median age in the US through most of the 19th century was -sixteen-. That's right, half the population was below the age of sixteen. Three-quarters were under 30. Only one or two percent were over 60.

And the frontier had -even fewer- old people than the settled districts. Admittedly fewer women and children, too, especially the cowboy/mining sections of the frontier, but also fewer middle-aged men. It was overwhelmingly a young, unattached male world -- hence the truly pathological levels of violence and drunken hooliganism. Add in that stable people with good prospects generally didn't end up there.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted March 17, 2014

I feel the same way about Argo. The American Embassy take over scenes were populated by old people when, in reality, it was young Iranian college students who made up the mob that stormed the embassy. Ruined the movie for me.

Now Deadwood is ruined for me, too. And for the same reason. Thanks for that.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 18, 2014

How is that supposed to make me feel better? I feel worse! That photo proves that Deadwood is a completely unrealistic show. Nothing more than Bonanza with profanity.

w from brisbane reckons...

Posted March 18, 2014

Sorry PNB, wasn't a comment on the show, I just find looking at hats strangely relaxing.

Re: Deadwood. Not Bonanza for me, I think the show was more like Cheers, if Sam hadn't got off the drink.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted March 18, 2014

Those guys with beards? 19. Maybe 23 on the outside. It was hard livin ;)

Either that or probably tourists (it does say board of trade). Probably just share holders out on a sunday picnic to see how their investment is coming along.

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S.M. Stirling swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 17, 2014

The future will probably make the same mistake about our time a couple of generations from now, when the median world age is 55 and cities are being abandoned every year.

Iranian demographics were very different then.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted March 18, 2014

In the case of Argo, it was a scheduling problem. They knew they needed younger people, but they couldn't find any. The embassy storming scenes were filmed in Turkey. At that time, the Turkish economy was booming and all the young people were either in school or had jobs. The only people available for "extra" work were older folks.

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The TV chef who wasn't.

Posted March 9, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

I dips me lid to Prof Boylan for this video. A local TV spot in the US to promote a book by 'Chef Keith'. Leftovers Right: making a winner of last nights dinner. Or something.

Turns out chef Keith isn't a chef. And he hadn't written a book. About leftovers or anything. I think he may have been taking the piss.

But damn if those mashed potato ice cream cones don't look mighty temptin'.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted March 10, 2014

He did this at, and to, a fair number of different local news television stations before he was discovered to be a hoax.

See it while you can. Nobody can take a joke. Those local television stations are sending cease and deisist letters to Youtube to pull Chef Keith off the net.

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pitpat would have you know...

Posted March 10, 2014

I want to see him do Road Kill recipes. Sqaushed Emu anyone mmm.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon would have you know...

Posted March 10, 2014

He needs to dip that mashed potato in crushed up corn chips.

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted March 10, 2014

In another spot he explains "The average person eats a pound and a half of faeces each year." Gold.

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SweetSisterMorphine puts forth...

Posted March 10, 2014

I have so little faith in the veracity of anything I see in the news these days that I honestly wouldn't be surpised to discover that everything outside of my neighbourhood is really just mutant filled-wasteland.

NBlob asserts...

Posted March 10, 2014

*scratch scratch, moan*

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The unusual appeal of TWD

Posted February 19, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Interesting bit in Variety on the unlikely success of The Walking Dead. Have to admit, it's a true addiction for me. Something I hate myself for doing, and don't really enjoy, but cannot stop.

I'm saving this week's ep for the end of my deadline, hopefully in three days.

To simply chalk up the success of “Walking” to the viability of the horror genre is to misunderstand the show. It’s never been some splatterpunk thrill ride like the “Saw” film franchise; there’s actually just as much an arthouse sensibility to “Walking” as there is to other AMC shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” And as last night’s episode indicated, the series doesn’t adhere to conventional storytelling. Then there’s the tone of “Walking,” which is so bleak it practically thumbs its nose at mass appeal. Throw in the fact the show hasn’t minted any true breakout stars and attracts zero awards buzz, and these gaudy ratings are even more inexplicable.

What’s truly mystifying is that the show seemed to have reached its audience peak at a time when the storylines couldn’t be less broadly appealing. While the previous season’s faceoff with the character known as the Governor provided a pretty conventional villain character to root against, most of this season was focused on the ensemble fighting an invisible enemy: a virus that decimated their ranks. One of the show’s most difficult but heretofore lesser themes — the plight of children in this war zone — was thrust repeatedly to the forefront of the latest episodes in all its depressing, hair-tearing ethical implications.

And when they did turn their attention to the Governor, they brought him back in most unusual fashion with a morally ambiguous storyline that essentially humanized a character that had engaged in mass murder.

Most amazing of all was “Walking’s” audacious decision to bench the entire cast for two episodes to tell the story of the Governor — name another show that would dare do that. If anything, the sidelining was tacit acknowledgement that its lead actors aren’t exactly featured attractions on this series.

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Propnut would have you know...

Posted February 19, 2014

The character are human, with all the faults that come with that, the voyeuristic aspect of how they survive / cope in an unimaginable world is part of the appeal i think.

But really we all can’t be acclaimed high end authors living in an a Bunny palace in BrisVegas! so maybe if your day job really blows then the prospect of a zombie apocalypse might seem like an enviable alternative, in an extremely escapist sort of way. :-)

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted February 19, 2014

I have yet to go further than Season 2 of TWD...although I have been tainted somewhat by reading the original comics to date. Admittedly the TV show has diverted somewhat from the source material, but it has rubbed some fo the glos off the show for me.

Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted February 19, 2014

I am so sorry, if you can manage it push on through the interminable dreariness of season two, down on the farm becasue it does improve.

I think you will find sufficent divergence from the comics ( I too am a fan of the comics and the only reason I have held off from reading the latest trade paperback The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War is becuase its the first in a two parter)

The choice of David Morrissey as the Governer in series 3 I think is the beginning of the divergence where you can see the TV series making choices as a Tv series rather than simply seeing it as a visual translation of the comics.

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w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted February 19, 2014

"A soap opera, or simply a soap, is a serial drama, on television or radio, that features related story lines dealing with the lives of multiple characters. The stories in these series typically focus heavily on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama."

TWD is a soap. Soaps can be addictive, a guilty pleasure, and they also can be bloody good. The hard thing is sustaining the interest over many seasons. They are often highly watched but under-represented in awards shows. In perhaps not unrelated news, in the USA, the 2013-14 season has seen a ratings resurgence in soaps generally.

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted February 19, 2014

What I am most alarmed by is the suggestions embedded in the piece and I am worried the same management at AMC that made the decision to throw Frank Darbot out after season one (confirmed as a poor decision if we look at what happened, or more accurately how little happened in season Two 'down on the farm') they might think these are a good idea

  • “Now if we could just work in a guest arc for (insert brand-name actor here), we could raise the show’s visibility even more!”
  • the cheesy love triangle,
  • the awful catchphrase,
  • the curvaceous or studly character who somehow manages to look sexy in a post-apocalyptic war zone (Daryl fans not withstanding)

shudder

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Posted February 19, 2014

Just to tie this into the Robocop responses, did any one notice that Hershel was played by the same actor from Judge Dredd? he played Pa Angel who was planning to eat Judge Dredd and Fergie. Not sure if that improves either show.

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted February 19, 2014

I'll be doing the usual TWD full season binge when s4 becomes available. Season 3 was vastly superior to s2. My personal favourite point was the emergence of the son as a complete stone-cold BMF on the side of good, with the moral hazard of his father [Andrew Lincoln] wanting him to have a childhood but knowing that the kid has to be able to fight for himself.

And Merle. Just because.

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Rob would have you know...

Posted February 19, 2014

I thought the first episode of the new season was my favourite so far. Classic. especially the eating icing on the roof , while the zombie wants to eat Carl.

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Lobes mutters...

Posted February 20, 2014

I really enjoyed season 1 then I also made the mistake of devouring the comic series and now, to use bondiboys phrase, it has really rubbed the gloss off.

It hasn't quite jumped the shark and I'll probably finish season 2 one day but I'm uncertain I'll ever enjoy it as much now I'm so (over)familiar with the survivor dynamics.

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Lobes asserts...

Posted February 20, 2014

I really enjoyed season 1 then I also made the mistake of devouring the comic series and now, to use bondiboys phrase, it has really rubbed the gloss off.

It hasn't quite jumped the shark and I'll probably finish season 2 one day but I'm uncertain I'll ever enjoy it as much now I'm so (over)familiar with the survivor dynamics.

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Babes puts forth...

Posted February 25, 2014

I think it has to do with the combination of great storytelling/acting and lots of hot chicks, guns and gore. If you'll notice during the promos (at least in the US) they advertise HEAVILY for the dumbest looking show ever, "Game of Arms" (about the intense training and commitment of professional arm wrestlers). I think the show's formula is something like, conoisseurs of fine morality stories + meat-head-hot-chick-zombie-lovers = surprisingly good ratings that do not translate into awards. But we are addicts! (although my hubs and I agree, we wish Andrew Lincoln would do his interviews in Rick's accent.)

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Posted February 25, 2014

"Game of Arms"

OT, but I think this is now my favourite reality show title (following "Rat Bastards").

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Timmo ducks in to say...

Posted February 26, 2014

That was a brief but interesting read, but I'm left with the question (and TWD brought this up last season too) - if it's death rather than the bite that zombifies you, (since everyone is carrying the virus) why spend so much time avoiding getting bitten? Or is the bite deadly?

Timmo mutters...

Posted February 26, 2014

By that I meant the George A Romero interview.

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted February 27, 2014

According to The Walking Dead Wiki, in TWD, the danger of the zombie bite is due to septic elements in zombie saliva due to their diet and decomposition.
This is separate to the zombie pathogen, which the living already have and will turn everybody into a zombie upon death, as long as the brain is reasonable shape.
Look up the Zombie Bites section on this page.
http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/Zombies

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Star Trek Continues. Lolani

Posted February 12, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Think I might actually stream this one thru the Apple teev to the big screen later tonight when I'm done writing and editing. These folk are doing God's work.

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Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted February 12, 2014

I've watched the Phase II episodes: http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/

The current Star Trek comic (which takes place in the Abramsverse) is running a story where the crew have encountered a mirror universe of gender opposites. Jane T Kirk, Spock (female), Marjorie Scott (Chief Engineer), Hikari Sulu, Pavlovna Checkov (should have been Chevokva), Lea "Bones" McCoy.

Kirk is still all swagger, Spock all Logic and Bones "Dammit Jane, I'm a Doctor not a ..."

Wouldn't mind seeing it as an ongoing series.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 12, 2014

Ha! Bought that comic last Friday night. Deadline treat.

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Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted February 12, 2014

It's pretty good. They're funded by a Kickstarter.

Project Update #53: Episode 2, LOLANI is now online

Posted by Far From Home, LLC ♥ Like

In case you were unaware, the latest episode of Star Trek Continues is now online for viewing, free. Visit http://www.startrekcontinues.com and select Episodes. There you will find the link to the second episode.

This is the one with James Doohan's son and Grant Imahara as Scotty and Sulu.

HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted February 12, 2014

HEAD like a fkn KICKED IN BICKIE FKN TIN!

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted February 12, 2014

Speaking of dumb shit!, what RETARD let fkn KORBY KERNELL QUEENS FKN MUTT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted February 13, 2014

I am afraid I must take responsibility for that.

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Murphy would have you know...

Posted February 13, 2014

The Official Star Trek Continues is run by the folks who had built the sets for Starship Farragut. There is a batch of webisodes, shorts, an animated series and a comic featuring the crew of that show/ship. Set up down Georgia way I get the sense that this crew gets the feel of the original series down pretty well.

Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II is the older of the two fan fic based TOS series and it has always seemed more interested in building what they call Season 4 as well as moving onto elements from the Animated Series plus the cancelled Phase II tv series.

The sets and gear are better in Phase II in my opinion but the acting in Continues is a notch better.

Best part of all, Phase II is putting out a new episode on Valentines Day following a young Dr. Carol Marcus. So between the two groups it is almost as if the show is back on again, producing episodes.

Both also have actors who look more like the original William Shatner Kirk. James Cawley of Phase II apparently lost interest after getting harassed for his portrayal, unfairly I think since there is no real way to clone Shatner or any of the other actors.

Respects,

Murph

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

ummmm, I have to say, I've never seen that bloke as Kirk before!.

How many eps did the ugly bastard do and I swear, that green chicky babe looks a lot like Katie Perry IMHO!!!!!!

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted February 13, 2014

This certainly shows what can be produced if you have people making the series who have a great love for the original rather than simply "we can make sacks of $$$$'.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted February 13, 2014

These voyages show you can still have a utopic future, replicators, infinate space, needs met and still have an interesting story.

I can see how the stories fo the Culture can have grown from the vision of Star Trek: The Original Series which these versions capture so well.

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pi is gonna tell you...

Posted February 13, 2014

How the fuck did I miss this?!?!?!!?

Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted February 13, 2014

misspent youth?

pi reckons...

Posted February 13, 2014

More likely early onset dementia.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted February 13, 2014

What an amazing reconstruction of sets and props.

Barnesm mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

Thats no way to talk about William Shatner

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted February 13, 2014

It's self funded - there are some rich nerds about.

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Posted February 14, 2014

I am impressed that one of the qualities of nerdosity appears to be a love of detail.

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Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted February 14, 2014

Hey! I'm not rich but I helped fund it. Every little bit helps. I may however be slightly nerdy.

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Top Ten Capt Kirk fight scenes

Posted February 7, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Not because I'm on deadline. Just because you cannae beat a flying double kick to the chest, or a double handed backhand back fist. But you can totally beat a giant space lizard wearing a scarf. If your name is James T. Kirk, motherfuckers.

Arrgh, you didn't floss!

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted February 7, 2014

One of my favourite group fight scenes was in "The Apple" where the Enterprise team was attacked by a group of angry tennis players who must have had their post-game sauna interrupted.
Jim's double use of his bowling ball move clearly perplexed the irate tennis club members. You can see the move at .05 and .12 in this very short clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pighpPCNPU

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted February 7, 2014

Left Hook.

Works evry time!

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Murphy would have you know...

Posted February 7, 2014

Dayton Ward lives in Kansas City, a Marine (because there is no such thing as, "former Marine") he submitted a short piece of a now defunct Star Treky short story anthology. Now he writes novels. Nice guy, sat on a panel with him once at a local SF convention.

Oh, I'm all about the flying double kick to the chest.

Respects,

Murph

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 7, 2014

Captain,

May I suggest a computer that doesn't work on toothpaste and can do more than a single calculation?

The new quantum apparati with auxillary input are quite cute.

Just Sayin'

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted February 7, 2014

Captain,

May I suggest a computer that doesn't work on toothpaste and can do more than a single calculation?

The new quantum apparati with auxillary input are quite cute.

Just Sayin'

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted February 8, 2014

Two episodes, both written by Theodore Sturgeon for the original series: Shore Leave, where Kirk fights a nasty Irishman named Finnegan; and Amok Time, where Kirk fights Spock during a Vulcan mating frenzy.

Best Kirk fights of the entire first series.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted February 8, 2014

I see that both fight scenes were included in the official list.

Arena is second to least favorite. The Gorn was a fucking slow moving lizard. It can't catch you. How hard is that fight to win?

My least favorite fight scene is Shatner vs. Montalban in Spaced Seed. The stunt double is so obvious it hurts. I seem to recall he may have had a moustache, but I could be wrong. Its been a long time.

Rhino would have you know...

Posted February 8, 2014

Professor, everyone knows that whenever Kirk boosts his testosterone to engage in fisticuffs the overload causes immediate hair growth. Most of the time said growth takes place on his back and/or testicles. The best explanation for the moustache is that he was so boosted to fight the eugnically superior Khan that the additional hair space was required.

SCIENCE!

w from brisbane asserts...

Posted February 8, 2014

The fight scene in Space Seed may have been poor, but that episode does include Star Trek's possibly most rousing script moment.

SPOCK : Quite correct, Captain. Planet number five there is habitable, although a bit savage, somewhat inhospitable.
KIRK: But no more than Australia's Botany Bay colony was at the beginning. Those men went on to tame a continent.

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Darth Greybeard would have you know...

Posted February 8, 2014

Best tribute to the Kirk vs Gorn battle was in "Paul", where they went to the original spot and... if you haven't seen it, you probably should. Even better since Simon Pegg is now Scotty.

Speaking of which, there's a Continuing Voyages of the Starship Enterprise fan series with great (i.e. dodgy) sets, guest appearances by a couple of original actors, Grant Imahara of Mythbusters as Sulu and James Doohan's son as Scotty.

Also "Redshirts" is going to be a TV series.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 8, 2014

First JB becomes a character in an Emberverse novel. Now Redshirts is gonna be a TV series.

I'm not sure how much better my life can get.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted February 8, 2014

Upon further reflection, money would definitely make it even better.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted February 8, 2014

I think the Gorn vs Kirk fight is so memorable because it is so long.
They fight for minutes, then pause for an ad break, then the fight continues. You don't see that often in TV drama.
Of course, Gorn's 'Brute Barnard' style performance adds to the fun.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted February 8, 2014

Pugilistic longevity doesn't necessarily equate with excellence. As support for this argument, I refer you to The Gamesters of Triskelion. Long fights – truly awful in every possible way something can be awful.

Please - do not mention quatloos and disembodied brains.

Rhino mumbles...

Posted February 8, 2014

I bid 4000 quatloos on the swarthy newcomer.

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ShaneAlpha puts forth...

Posted February 8, 2014

Flying Leg Kick.

and that's why Kirk is better then Picard.

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Sudragon reckons...

Posted February 8, 2014

Rules of Star Trek Fight Club

1. Do not talk about Star Trek Fight Club. At least, not where the redshirted Ensigns can hear you.

2. If this is your first Episode/Movie, you must fight.

3. Do not talk about Star Trek Fight Club.

4. Do not get Spock angry. You won't like it when he's angry.

5. <i>Do not </i>talk about Star Trek Fight Club.

6. If your shirt sustains even minor damage, it must immediately be removed.

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted February 8, 2014

Anti space-lizard bastard. That Gorn was just defending his territory. Even Kirk admitted that he was in the wrong when it came to Cestus III.

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Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted February 10, 2014

That picture up there could work for a list of Kirk / space alien love scenes as well.

Lulu puts forth...

Posted February 10, 2014

with a different caption, of course

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted February 10, 2014

Anyhoo I don't hinkt kids should judge their parents.

Show some respect.

If I was bent over 'taking it for the team' please tell my kids I did it for them.

The moans wre ancicillary...

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