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More specifically - that the devastation in the African American community in the 80s and 90s stemmed from the social and economic policies of the Reagan and Bush administrations and that the mythology of the Crack Epidemic in particular and the... [more]
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Though the illustrations could be (and often were) sublime, both in the pre-60s (I'd recommend Dudley D. Watkins, pregenitor of The Broons, Oor Wullie and Lord Snooty and his Pals out of them) and later (Baxendale in... [more]
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"So, the way we get everybody to do what we want is by getting our Democrat elected - after eight years of Bush, they're not going to stand for any more Republican bullshit. We need Democrat bullshit now." "That way, whatever... [more]
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As I understand it, the WBC have a business model that revolves around threatening to turn up and picket and then sueing people who try to stop them w/r/t their first amendment rights. That is to say, they don't actually believe any of it, but it's a... [more]
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All we really need are the prime number times tables, and there's fewer of those anyway Nope, the set of prime numbers is the same size as the set of all non-prime numbers. Or indeed the set of all numbers, prime or non-prime. Or so I've... [more]
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Sorry if this is an old and much-invoked comparison, but is Zack Snyder the M. Night Shamalayan of action movies? Marvelman is a very interesting book, partly for the wrong reasons - unlike V For Vendetta, its production was... [more]
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If anyone was going to kill Superman, it should be Jimmy Olsen. In a stupid accident (throws a kryptonite dart or something over his shoulder by mistake, and turns around to see Dead Superman). And then six issues of black farce with him trying to... [more]
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I think some music that blatantly tries to emulate a forty-year-old sound definitely has some... juice? Is it obvious what I mean by that? A kind of life despite itself. The most obvious example (though in a quite different genre) is Gabriel Roth and... [more]
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Having joined Creative Cloud in the last few months, my Adobe hate is so well exercised I don't even get much catharsis out of expressing it any more, but: 1. The subscription (or as I call it the Adobe Tax) is, like all of their products, charged... [more]
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I love the fact that there is at least one person who believes that a man called Ed Balls is a possible candidate for Prime Minister, even now. Even if that person is Ed Balls.... [more]
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Oh, yes, I find it very bracing. In some ways - because of the lack of visuals and that it's designed to be listened to at 3am - I think the original Blue Jam is even better and occasionally terrifying. Still... "We're particularly... [more]
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And that's all you've got. [more]
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And Bishopslips. And Bushwhacked. [more]
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There's also My Wrongs 8245 - 8249 and 117 of course. [more]
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Why should I use Adobe's applications?
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Baker II and McCoy even less than that. McGann either 45 minutes or nine years depending how you count it. [more]
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4: They must be good with kids (and other people). The most successful Doctors have been very good at relating to members of the General Public, espcially the very young ones. This is something Matt Smith is particularly good at, but so was David... [more]
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Brian Cox Do you mean the astronomer or the first Hannibal Lektor? [more]
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I mean there are two Brian Coxes in the popular imagination: Brian Cox the Science Moptop and Brian Cox the Serious Actor, who just happens to be best known internationally for playing victim-munching Hannibal in the movie Manhunter. But he's... [more]
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"Popular Privilege" sounds like it should be the title of a magazine in an Arrested Development cutaway gag. With Lindsay on the cover. In her younger years. Like Popular Mechanics. For the societally advantaged.... [more]
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I think people respond to the possibility of a new Doctor by making a list of actors they quite like. I don't think anyone actually thinks it through. [more]
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Benedict Cumberbatch would be a much better Romana. Or Romano, I suppose. [more]
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Also on OS X - Name Mangler. [more]
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The thing that struck me very strongly about Baltar (I watched the series in what seemed like one sitting, by the way, over a period of two weeks, so my understanding of the series is necessarily impressionistic), was that he was one of the few... [more]
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is there a name for that type of structure? I believe it's traditional to refer to Rashomon when talking about this narrative structure.... [more]
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'I am not mad. I am trying to heal my soul' [more]
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When photography was first invented, there were people who were afraid to have their photo taken because they thought it would steal their soul. Walking over Westminster Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament, one morning, I noticed how many... [more]
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The British Film Institute cinema magazine Sight and Sound has, every ten years since 1952, polled critics on the Best Films of All Time, publishing a top ten list: Here's the historical lists up to 2002 (on the old BFI site); Here's the... [more]
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Well, I really enjoyed that (the episode that just finished). There isn't anything else on television doing anything as bonkers as that. This season has been remarkably consistent, I think. I've enjoyed all the episodes as they went by about the same... [more]
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With reference to filming and photography at performances: when a number of people direct their attention towards a point, a performance happens. You don't even need any performers, actually (something that Beckett knew and worked with), but you do... [more]
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David Hyde Pierce. [more]
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Bob the Builder. Can we watch it? Bob the Builder. No, we can't. [more]
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You might find some of this stuff lurking in the interstices of Scott Walker's recent albums. They's scary. [more]
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One of my girls thought it was the absolute height of hilarity that there was a song called Love Me Tender That will be because in 2012 language it's "Fuck me 'til I'm raw".... [more]
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Lene Lovich's keyboard player was Thomas Dolby who wrote New Toy - here she is singing it with Dolby's band in the mid-1980s (and if you watch the version of Radio Silence that precedes it, you get to see here wandering alluringly across the... [more]
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Everyone in every Warren Ellis comic is British Everyone in every Warren Ellis comic is Warren Ellis. But, yes, Nextwave is wonderful.... [more]
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The fundamental problem of this behaviour is that these people are saying "this is stupid, and anyone who enjoys it for its own sake is stupid". It's a form of bullying. The point of cinema is that it's immersive, and anyone who... [more]
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Grebos In Love
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A.A. Gill is the defining wanker of the mid- to late-1990s. No, wait, that was James Brown of Loaded magazine. A.A. Gill isn't even that, then. Sorry, A.A.... [more]
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Although I've never really had a problem with this keyboard shortcut, dealing with Adobe is bizarrely annoying. It's like they're trying to troll their customers. For example, command-option clicking (I think, it's instinctive now) to zoom,... [more]
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Not only were they typical of the upper classes then, they're fairly typical of the upper classes now, if you catch them off their guard. It's one of the reasons the country's in so much trouble (as it's people like this who are running it).... [more]
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What does that mean? It means William Hague is a smug, patronising bastard, just as you thought. Otherwise, it doesn't really mean anything.... [more]
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Will the coffin be carried by penguins? [more]
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Ideally, Blake won't be in it at all. Or, in a bizarre twist, he could literally be seven years old. [more]
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Rejoice! Rejoice! [more]
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She wanted to destroy the miners for what they'd done to Ted Heath's government. She was going to get her revenge one way or the other. [more]
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With the Doctor's speech, I found myself thinking "I wish you hadn't had to do that, but you did it really well." I do think Matt Smith is increasingly excellent, even if I'm not sure what, exactly, he's doing excellently. He carries... [more]
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Fundamentalism was a reaction to the cultural collapse of the empire, not the cause of it. And, y'know, colonialism. British, French and U.S. colonialism particularly. The radicalisation and ratcheting-up of violence of the Islamists in... [more]
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And although the hyperreallist seam was worked out over thirty years ago, Moody's stuff is well done in its way, and fits neatly into the never-dying tradition of making tasteful paintings for the walls of the very rich. The problem with Lichtenstein... [more]
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Now, who wouldn't want to see at least a few episodes of what it would be like to be a timelord living among 13th century monks? It's been done. Sort of.... [more]
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