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The late Ken Campbell, almost certainly erroneously and for the lulz, used to say that Hawking had a secondary voice, a Southern belle called Sadie, that he used at parties. Consequently Campbell referred to the professor as Sadie Hawking… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

It was also interesting to see Mike indulge in a bit of calculated sloppiness by buying the room a round. A tiny echo of Pryce's hummer, in that he was throwing money around that he should have kept quiet, except he knew what he was doing and… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

No. Or rather, taste and intelligence are usually defined in such a way as to valorize all the things that the upper classes are interested in and all the ways they think anyway. It's a rationalisation of the supremacy of the cultural interests… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

In neither case was that the official punishment: Matt believes he has bought his freedom by getting Joe to confess - the police turn the tables on him by saying a pardon is up to the Home Office and technically giving him his freedom but blocking… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

I was trying to think of what book had changed my life, but I don't really react that way to books. Perhaps the book of Peanuts cartoons I read on the train from Scotland when I was five. That was when I learned the word "sarcasm",… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

I must admit I find the idea of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the least rock and roll thing I can think of, with the possible exception of fruit jellies in the shape of teddy bears, but I was wondering whether it might be possible to get The Fall in,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Also, getting all the ex-members of The Fall on one stage could be quite amusing. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I've long felt that Rick Wakeman's ideal job would be doing stand-up in a 1970s working man's club - a sort of Bernard Manning type who could play for the singalong at the end of the night. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Though "I didn't expect to find myself living in the future but here I fucking well am" might be my new motto. [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

Gal Godot is lovely But frustratingly tardy. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I have no idea what to think, except that it's not at all well of anybody. The quantity of cynicism that seems to be involved here is breathtaking, especially when ranged against the amount of human suffering caused. It's entirely plausible… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

All the trailers just make me giggle. I'm so looking forward to this. With this and Free Fire, we just need one more idiosyncratic British director to take on American crime genre tropes with laughs and we'd have enough of a trend for a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

W/r/t Rickles' appearance in Jimmy Olsen - The Vulture explains. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

It's odd the holes in one's knowledge of popular culture - all I really knew about him was that he was a character in Jack Kirby's take on Jimmy Olsen. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Wow. I'm convinced that this is the best thing to be made out of a superhero property ever. And I laughed three times in succession at the end: When Children of the Revolution started playing, when Jermaine went "Aaow!"… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

So, are Easter egg hunts in the U.K. like they are in the USA? Easter eggs tend not to be hunted, as they don't give much of a chase and the hounds aren't allowed chocolate. The Easter Bunny on the other hand... [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I don't really understand any non-money reason for any of the current glut of live-action remakes of animated movies, but I am interested to know whether anyone's asked Scarlett Johansson why she's so interested in making movies where her… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Rhea Seehorn suggests in the podcast that as we already know that Jimmy is aware of Kim's relationship with her dad, and considering the nature and intensity of their friendship, it's very likely she's heard this story before from Jimmy (although his… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

Class isn't just about money - I was very struck by an interview Paul Merton gave in the Guardian last year (I think I quoted it then too): "Well, class is awkward, isn't it? Am I allowed to call myself working-class now? Because obviously… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I wonder if they'll have a meeting about all the publicity and conclude that they'd be a lot more successful if they actually opened the Gravy Bar than being yet another web design agency. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

They even had vegetarians covered. Vegetarians covered in gravy. Delicious. Sorry. Went all Hannibal for a moment. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I actually thought Robyn was one of the only things in the show that doesn't work for me. Every second she was on the screen was a second I was hoping something else was on the screen. But that's the point - that's the only point that's of… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

"OK Computer" was a line in the book I always hear it in Mark Wing-Davey's voice, but I'm a radio-series purist. My usual OKC story: I was working as an artworker in a design/below-the-line advertising studio… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

A=A In my dictionary, under "Tautology", it says "See 'Tautology'". [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

This is literally covered in the movie. Yeah, but originally. The way I remember it is that in Avengers #1 they're called The Avengers because Wasp thought it sounded like a cool name. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Um, why is it called the Justice League? Who or what are The Avengers avenging? [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I must confess, I never read Iron Fist or Iron Fist and Power Man when I was a kid - I got my kung fu RDA from Shang Chi - Master of Kung Fu, and before I start rambling I must confess that I'd have liked Marvel to hand… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

I don't have anything against Noel Fielding - and I love the Boosh - and I'm not a watcher of the Bake Off (just not my thing, although I do like cakes, perhaps a bit too much), but his hiring suggests that the production team… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

"None the worse for were" gets 787 hits on the Google. "When he transformed back from his wolf shape in the morning, Larry's mouth tasted of woodland animals, but he was otherwise none the worse for were." [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

It's Randy Newman. I don't think "in earnest" is the right way to put it. A lot of his songs are ironic, and even some of the tearjerkers have a certain detachment to them, as they're seen through the eyes of the main character (e.g… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

The fun fact I've been saving up for when I get on Only Connect (which will be precisely never, so I might as well tell you lot now) is that I met my wife in a scout hut halfway up an Italian alp in January while on tour with The League of… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 8 months ago

I think it's David having sex with Philly - so Sydney is jealous of Philly, while (and this is me projecting) realising that it's unfair, and while realising that it's David's memory of the sex. However, to me it colours the way she relates… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

"Edgeware" and "Edgeware Road" Oddly, Edgware, without the e. I've always fantasised that "Edgeware" could be either a William Gibsonesque term for razor-sharp knives ("He was known as the purveyor of the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Surely the problem was the list itself, not the fact that Iraq was on it? [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago


Luther Strange (R - Marvel Universe) Surely at some point in the convoluted story line they've found an evil brother for Stephen Strange? "BWAH HA HA! By opening the portal, I will bring the servants of the Brotherhood of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Only saw this a couple of days ago and, yes, wonderful. I don't have anything to add that hasn't come up, but am I the only person who is really reminded of Bill Forsyth at his best? This would make a fantastic double bill with Local Hero or… [more]
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FanFare comment - 8 months ago

This is brilliant, because a million deaths is this really abstract concept that most people can't comprehend, but Moore went ahead and made us know a few of them so that the deaths become personal. And so when Ozymandias says that he… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

There's something oddly dead about many photographic models. It's so pervasive of photography of people hired for the purpose (fashion photography particularly), that I almost don't notice it any more, until I see a shot like the self-portrait at the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Ooh, the FEE site tried to give me push notifications not once but twice. And a screen-covering pop-up selling books when I'd read about four paragraphs. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

Charlton Comics. Sorry. I'm a pedant, yes. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

It's symptomatic of the right that they tend to think of everybody else as very stupid indeed, and to proceed on that assumption. It really ought to be their fatal flaw. [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

(Oh. He didn't do the film. I was sure... Oh, well. According to Wikipedia, Daniel Handler wanted Guy Maddin, which would have been perfect, but would have lost and awful lot of money.) [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

I've been trying to remember who Stephen Miller reminds me of, except maybe a balloon with two black dots for eyes drawn on with a marker pen. Anyway, it's Roark Junior, the Yellow Bastard out of Sin City. Except not quite as compassionate,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

Ah. The analogies just make it worse. I find the straightforward explanation less confusing, tbh, assuming it's accurate. Thanks, though. [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

He basically seems to be the original Nathan Barley, the one Brooker described in his TV Go Home columns. Except, if such a thing were possible, worse. The temptation is strong to wish something dreadful upon him, except the universe seems… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

For the non-technical, can you explain what a buffer overflow attack is? [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

And I do know how pompous that last paragraph sounds, but seriously, fuck 'em. [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

(and of course The Intro and the Outro is all talking, but I guess that's not what you want.) And looking very relaxed - Adolf Hitler on vibes. Nice. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 months ago

discussion that relies heavily on the movie seems odd, like talking about the sequels to the Matrix or Highlander movies as if they were essential to the enjoyment people had of the originals While I wouldn't make any claims for… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

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