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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: February 13, 2015, 03:39:17 PM
NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program is very good at its job...

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Or click here.

Other Expedition posters
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 13, 2015, 02:53:32 AM
This week's episode especially so. Such a great series.
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: February 11, 2015, 11:33:43 PM
And don't forget the music. As one friend said, the composer does 80's John Williams better than John Williams did.

There's only one thing I don't like about the show, there's only one Lego set that comes with a Sabine minifig - and she doesn't have her helmet. Gah.
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: February 11, 2015, 11:31:07 PM
And yet it's practically guaranteed to make millions of dollars (possibly plural).

The Conan boardgame finished earlier today with just over $3 million pledged, making it the most funded boardgame on Kickstarter. I was on the fence about it for some time (largely due to the estimated US$90 shipping cost to NZ), but jumped on at the last minute. Why? Because it's Conan, and they've made it with the assistance of people who know, understand, and love the setting.

As for Ghostbusters, I was hesitant then I saw they were using cartoon-style sculpts and my excitement lessened. I know they're using an artist who worked on the cartoon, but it was a little too much for me. Now that I know it's a Zombiecide clone, I think I'll just wait for Thunderbirds.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 06, 2015, 04:45:04 PM

"Some patrons even said that the band stopped playing while most of the bar watched out the windows."

That's only partly true. Once the band realised what was happening they started playing "Sex on Fire".

Amusingly, this sort of thing happens at my work on a surprisingly regular basis. We have a bit more sense in Auckland, though, and the amorous couples head to a room with no windows and a lockable door.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 06, 2015, 05:40:58 AM
Question: is the girl with the prosthetics that they've been making a feature of a minor or major character?

Major. She's the Odd Job to Jackson's Goldfinger.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 06, 2015, 01:09:20 AM
I just got home from seeing Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Yes.

F'ing yes.

All I'll say is "Freebird" and "Pomp & Circumstance".
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: February 02, 2015, 04:56:26 AM
Auckland, New Zealand celebrated its 175 birthday last week. We've come a long way in that time, and now there are these photos showing just how far we've come - or not in the case of the Remuera Train Station.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 30, 2015, 12:48:19 AM
Ra's al Ghul

That's right. Ra's is Australian in Arrow. That made me laugh.

(No complaints about the actor, mind. Just amusing to this Kiwi, is all.)
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 29, 2015, 12:09:39 AM
Here's one more ethnic switch (of a major character): Iris West in The Flash.

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I've haven't paid attention to the online fan response to the show and her character in particular, but I personally have no problem with her. Sure, she's a little clueless when it comes to Barry's alter ego, but I just put that down to the usual in-universe blinders most people seem to wear. That, and superhero outfits being the costuming equivalent of stage whispers.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: January 28, 2015, 04:37:59 AM
Maybe it's because Johnson wears it better.
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 28, 2015, 04:36:39 AM
But people who are uncomfortable with the "whitewashing" of Ghost in the Machine should be equally uncomfortable with a member of the Fantastic Four being black. It's simply not how the characters were written.

Let's be fair, it's far from the first time they've tweaked a character's ethnicity...



One slightly confusing and concerning note from the movie's Wikipedia page: "[Kate] Mara said that she was supposed to read the Fantastic Four comic books for preparation. However, director Josh Trank suggested to her that it was unnecessary with writer Simon Kinberg adding, that the film is not based on a single issue of the Fantastic Four comic books."

I'm hoping that means they're not adapting an existing comic storyline, instead of ignoring the series altogether.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Of Peter Jackson, Kiwis, Wargamers, And the Great War.... on: January 26, 2015, 12:36:17 PM
We're way ahead of ya Wink

I know a bunch of guys who've already put their hands up for this. I would have myself, but I don't think my painting is at the point where I'm happy for it to go on public display.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: January 22, 2015, 12:42:57 AM
Because The Oatmeal, basically.

The game seems simple enough, but I imagine it's the addition of Inman's art and sense of humour that makes it a must have for many.
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: January 21, 2015, 04:03:50 AM
Two words: Exploding Kittens

1.5 million in less than 24 hours, and it's still rising.
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