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There was a real problem with Motorola, which is why they switched to Intel. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

(And, yes, the FPP is an astonishingly lazy bit of troll-the-white-guys - a list of books wide-ranging enough that anyone in the target group might be expected to have at least one of them. One could get a similar effect for a different group by… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Because one day the UK might be ready for a woman Prime Minister. If we're very lucky she might even be a proper leader in her own right, as strange as that sounds. (What was the emoji thing for sarcasm, again?) [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

It's probably not best to take a bit from this particular comedian out of context, however tempting it might be, or how appropriate it might seem. Just because of the way he structures shows, and I don't remember whether there's anything else in that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

The funny thing about Bad Guys and classical music is that, more often and not, it's very, very specific - after Silence of the Lambs, it seems to be, most often, the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations, performed by Glenn Gould in… [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

The thing I realised about Cameron over the last few weeks - and it's one of those things that when you see it, you can't unsee it - is that he's a complete fake. He's not the leader of the Conservative government, but someone employed by… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

When Farage first appeared on television, on Have I Got News to You, he said that he didn't mind how his name was pronounced, as long as people were saying it. So farewell, then, Niggle Farrago. [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

I'm always startled by how much price variation there seems to be in the market for sex, and how much some people are apparently willing to pay for it. As I've been given to understand, in places like Washington and London, people aren't… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

I'm surprised Apple hasn't yet done the same with Siri. They have, or rather they've put in a thing that starts Siri up whenever it hears something that sounds a bit like "Hey, Siri", on the TV or whatever. Obviously it doesn't… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

Not sure I can answer the question as put, but Trick of the Tail is my favourite Genesis album: I like Watcher of the Skies or Musical Box or Supper's Ready, but I'm not sure I want to listen to the whole… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

People do tend to refer to modern TV series as very long movies, but I've thought for a while (definitely reinforced by Better Call Saul, and definitely this), that the novel is a more appropriate model. Not necessarily a Great Literary… [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

Will assists the investigation into a woman's body found inside a horse I must admit, I do enjoy the fact that a précis of Hannibal reads like a parody précis of Hannibal. It takes guts to be as ridiculous as a parody of… [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

I can't believe this bothers me enough to comment on it, but "The One Where..." is Friends. Seinfeld is "The [Whatever]", so "The Bad Download", "The Reuben Sandwich" or "The Cereal… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

(While, yes, LibDem is technically Not Tory, it seems they're not quite Not Tory enough.) [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

(J. Smith is also actualish size, though not as tiny as the Holmes book. I sort of worked on them.) [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

The week after the first episode aired Linehan appeared on Channel 4's complaints show, Right to Reply, to be told by a woman from Manchester that he didn't know what it was like to be Irish. And I've only ever attended Catholic mass… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

Not sure whether Pope's Last Word blog post has been posted in this thread (though it has been mentioned)*, but: Why did I write an Open Letter? People think this is a one off request for special dispensation from one particular… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

they got you to swallow Fisk's "We have to destroy the village in order to save it" position hook, line, and sinker I'm not sure I swallowed anything, exactly. I'm not convinced of Fisk's case, rather that they've drawn a… [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

The trope that the hero and the villain "aren't so different, you and I", is a hoary old thing, but it's quite refreshing that the series lets the audience come to that conclusion by themselves, albeit with some very heavy-handed hints. But… [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

What's fascinating about this series is the way it's working almost as the opposite of an adaptation: they're taking all these things we remember very clearly (the census-taker reference, the burning wheelchair, the maze full of carnivorous pigs,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

it is “sexually explicit” and has a “religious viewpoint” and contains “violence” That's basically true of the Bible, isn't it? [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

Being Jimmy McGill? [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

(Also, the actors they've got playing Karen and Foggy really look like the kinds of characters Colan liked to draw, in the same way that Toby Jones in Captain America looks like he was drawn by Jack Kirby). [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

One thing this thread has done for me is lead me to the startling information that there's going to be a stage version of Shock Treatment running at the King's Head in Islington in a few weeks. It's one of those films that I find strangely… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

And of course Hannibal is telling Mason that he's nothing more than meat. But he's not worthy of transmutation. He's dog food. [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

I have a whole shelf full of Terry Pratchett hardback books. Not quite all of them - not The Colour of Magic or Wings or Wyrd Sisters or Good Omens or several others that are dotted my flat about in paperback - but… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

both of them will have attended Beverly's funeral between the two episodes Am I right in thinking that we only see one funeral in the entire series, and that turns out to be a fake funeral for someone who isn't actually dead? That has to be… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Mark Kermode's favourite film of last year, Wittertainment fans. In the first review, he mentions Jennifer Kent's earlier short film Monster. [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago


Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future (the UK one-hour movie) is a direct forerunner to Black Mirror in a lot of ways. Blew my tiny mind when it was first on - I knew from the trailer that this was something I had to video. So… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

(Just before I watch this week's episode, I wanted to say that I wasn't really clear in my earlier comment - I realise that what Sandpiper are doing is wrong, and Jimmy knows it and the woman behind the desk knows it, which is why she starts… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

I think Jimmy spent the other $20,000 and didn't replace it. He explicitly replaced it with his own money - something he pointed out to Mike as he threw it into the bag. [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Indeed. I suspect the thing that will go wrong is that although Jimmy wants to help people, he will just end up making their lives messy and painful, and hopefully his clients will get away without being evicted. What Sandpiper are doing is probably… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

I've been thinking of a 'stale beer' watch. I always (perhaps repetitively) try to drop Callan in when this topic comes up, partly because it's easily forgotten. Many of the early episodes (in black and white) are lost, but the… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Apparantly, yes, Sassenach / Seisnig is the Celtic form of Saxon. Which surprises me, as I assumed it was the Celtic word for arse. And it's "Welsh", not "Welch". [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

We've had a de-monstrified Silurian, and a Sontaran and even a Cyberman (if you count Handles), I don't see why not a de-monstrified Dalek. Though I'm a sentimental old fool, who finds characters more engaging when they're not trying to KILL ALL THE… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

John Goto was the photography tutor when I did my Foundation Course at Oxford Polytechnic - which is almost thirty years ago, now. Nice bloke, as far as I remember; smoked panatellas. The first time I'd met someone with that kind of technical… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

Whenever Putin's not on-screen, all the other characters should ask, "where's Putin?" And when he comes back, and he looks completely different, they all need to make sure they address him by name a lot, so we know who he's… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago


Every few years I come across an album that I listen to with a weird, voracious obsession that crowds out everything else. Every day for about six months I have to find an excuse to listen to it. Eventually the infatuation fades, but the creator has… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

If one must hate someone, I think the kind of people that would spend $17,000 on a watch that has literally no more functionality than the version that costs $400 is a worthy target. Although you don't have to hate anybody - that's… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

"How to Poo on a Date" Presumably you start out with something larger, like a watermelon, and then learn to refine your aim. And I credit travelling past an oil tanker in a tiny motorboat at about the age of seven with the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

It wasn't a very good piece, was it? A couple of things that stuck out - Firstly: the number of people who have begun writing in their thirties, forties, fifties and older and become well-known and even well-loved authors is far greater than… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

If you can dissolve the body in acid, it's then possible (though highly environmentally unfriendly, obviously) to decant the solution into a number of glass jars and from there to the sewers. Tricky business, though, and it takes ages. I wouldn't… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 months ago

(Also, I just noticed the development from Breaking Bad to Better Call Saul. Presumably the third story would be Best something.) [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

So, will Metafilter be reborn tomorrow as an old-school ascii roguelike, or will that have to wait until Monday morning? [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 months ago

I like all of Wes Anderson's films unreservedly, and they never give me anything other than unalloyed pleasure. Thus I win. [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

I think it's interesting that it's in the nature of the Rolex scam that the mark has to be a fundamentally dishonest person. I realise that that's what all con men tell themselves, but in order for the scam to work, the mark needs to be willingly… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

Am I right in thinking he's going for a longer scam? That is to say his aim isn't so much to set up a profitable business on the back of Hamlin's reputation (as Hamlin thinks and is going after Jimmy for), but rather to become such a huge thorn in… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

is "I'd hit it" really sexist? It's actually one of the sexist tropes that's openly (and astonishingly) misogynistic. In addition to the fact that it's generally used to undermine the female subject of the thread or a female… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 months ago

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