161 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007
I've heard Steven talk and I think he's an intelligent likable guy. But I fear he's trapped in the mammoth doorstopper fantasy cul-de-sac. I think fine world detail is great so long as the story you use it in is equally compelling.
By the way, I am not criticising you for having stayed the course. All I'm saying is that he's just an author who is not for me.
ps. MANY MANY authors need a good editor. He really isn't alone there. There are a few big names, especially in fantasy, who appear to have "outgrown" good editing...
No, you're not the only one. Though I think you must have been getting something from those books if you read 10. I binned him after 2...
I'd like to give a shout out to the local cinemas we have in Edinburgh:
Dominion Cinema: Couches with footstools or lazyboys, beautiful listed building and interior, can buy drink on the way in (or bring your own - they don't seem to mind) etc...
Cameo (Picturehouse Cinemas are now owned by Cineworld that is true...): shows a great mix of films. Nice auditoriums. Bar and cafe is good too.
FIlmhouse: if you want Iranian films about teaching donkeys to polka they probably have it on.
But the thing is even outside of them the chain cinemas aren't bad. Even my local vue is relatively pleasant. People are in general ok, although I've had the odd bad experience - you get bad folk everywhere and bad manners are nothing new.
All this might mean I am spoiled but I do in fact like going to the cinema.
Re: Is this really a problem?
Is this really a problem?
Do we really need to upgrade every year for a new handset that doesn't differ significantly from what came before? If no one is buying the handsets would it not make sense for the handset manufacturers to look into real innovation in an attempt to make us see that we should upgrade.
Essentially the market has reached saturation and the devices on offer are much of a muchness. Couple that with longer contracts and the expense of buying handset only and people don't really see much reason for new kit.
And do we REALLY need a new phone every year anyway?
I gave up as soon as I saw the oily man giving his best sales pitch on the stage. Good tech, terrible presentation.
I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this but...
I find it ironic that the memex has been mentioned in an thread about steampunk given Charlie's well documented disdain for the "genre".
This isn't a new idea. I've seen this before.
He's got a point....
When you interact with publishers (or those acting for publishers) invariably they ask for for .doc format.
And that's a right pain in the bum these days.
However I quite like Scrivener. Write your doc and when you need to send it somewhere it will export a perfectly good .doc if required (although I keep a copy of Office to proof it on ... just in case).
Re: Seems the Daily Mail, Telegraph and YouTube comments sections are leaking...
Yup. The Unholy Turdspurt is splattering it's putrescence all over this comment thread.
I wonder when they'll finally get rid of the feudal element of the oath too.
Hm. Good luck to them... I just wish we had more decent single player games.
Non standard cables has been a longstanding bugbear of mine. Well done EU!
Since they changed the domain I've not had as much fun on www.ExpertSexChange.com.
Sizable fine? £75k?
I don't think, in banking terms, that £75k is a sizable fine. Especially where customer details are involved.
I've paid in
And now I want my ball themed mug.
I hope to have lots of special moments in the office as I walk around telling everyone how hot my balls are in my hand.
They work for you
So I have a suggestion - start writing to your local self serving representatives. It doesn't matter whether they are toeing the party line or not - get writing. Eventually if enough people start making a big enough fuss then your MPs are going to have to start paying attention because they will realise their jobs are theoretically on the line. Hand wringing and venting on sites isn't doing something about it.
I do agree that this is a daft idea. I have already started letter writing to my local MP and sundry representatives.
Transitions and the M
You write " ... and was sufficiently confusing to be released under his literary name in the UK, but with his M moniker in the US."
You are factually incorrect. I asked Iain and he told me:
"It's only 49% SF but it's 51% over there".
Looks like generic cr*p
Like a lot of these sorts of shows that feature teenagers (in their 20s) who are improbably good looking and coiffed.
Is this not a joke?
It reads like a joke. It sounds like a joke. It even looks like a joke.
Surely the whole thing is a joke?
"... close the knowledge gap."
That's a phrase which causes me to invoke the "one channel up" hand TV control gesture. It's such a fine piece of management-speak that we should salute it appropriately.
Aren't most CVs full of cobblers?
Re: Can someone do the same thing to the "Ask Toolbar" Please!!!!!?????
That's how I feel about all bundleware. Yes that includes Chrome and certain AV vendors (you know who you are).
If you download a program you shouldn't have to pay attention to the install process on the off-chance that you install some 3rd party thing you didn't actually want.
Well in the classical world...
... a small penis was considered to be a sign of intelligence and good breeding. Only those bestial barbarians were well hung.
Not sure where I am going with this other than to point out that eh... penis attractiveness does change dependent on cultural sensitivities. Or something.
Have a "thumbs up"!
Re: Daily Mail
No, we're not all right wing loons but that also doesn't mean we think animals rights extremist have carte blanche to do as they will in the name of the animals.
Re: Recently made unemployed.
To be fair you can get good net access at your local library ...
Of course that's assuming they haven't all closed "because no one is using them".
The search for your alternative results is almost as good as the one the in the article. El Reg missed a trick there.
Right so... Zardoz?
I know SF author Gary Gibson says its reputation needs rehabilitated but... Zardoz... over Silent Running...
More egregiously... No STALKER?
And you have Close Encounters on there... Whut?
I thought this was a hardcore list?
Other than that it's not a bad list.
I'd also chip in Strange Days.
If you like Gattaca then check out Code 46. It's great.
Also if you haven't seen it yet Robot and Frank is *brilliant*. Funny, moving AND thought provoking. Seriously this film packs a lot in on zero budget and a short running time.
"This contrasts with the public, which consistently calls for stiffer penalties for digital rights infringement when it's asked."
This particular line really struck me.
The public doesn't know what it wants.
Ask someone who the pirate is and they will tell you it's someone else ... then turn back to their torrent site and download MP3s because... After all they only do it occasionally so where's the harm in that?
This attitude - which is perfectly normal - effectively undermines your statement. The vast majority of people are incapable of seeing the wider picture.
Is widespread copyright infringement an issue? Without a doubt yes especially if you are a small time (yet popular) writer/musician or whatever.
Although the entertainment industry has upped it's game it is STILL lagging behind what the consumer wants. Why is my selection on Netflix different to the US subscriber? Why is it that we still see geographically staggered film distribution? It's all facepalming stuff. Remove those barriers, do the job properly and people will pirate less.
The problem isn't sticks it's carrots. Like it or not.
Re: Muntjac and roe need thier populations controlling
Post Pub Nosh dathmatch?
Weirdly I'd forgotten how good looking Carrie Fisher was back in the day... I just looked up some pics for research purposes!
Well BE had become really flaky lately if you wanted to watch anything BBC related so this is the kick I need to leave.
Like a couple of other people have mentioned - I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to all things Murdoch.
Whoa wait a minute. Didn't the Daleks need these power strips at first!
I agree with everyone here (including those pointing out that it's coming with a shutter).
Putt aside 1984 for a moment it does also remind me of the TV service Stand on Zanzibar...
... no, not a good thing. Count me out.
Re: Let them bear flintlocks
I see you've had a sense of humour failure.
Let them bear flintlocks
I'm pretty sure that's what they had when the constitution was written!
Reg is a bit late to the party. This has been reported widely for the last few days.
House of Cards?
Isn't this just a "remake" of the original Richardson House of Cards?
Oh yes ... it is.
So I couldn't possibly comment.
It was very interesting reading about Word but ...
I actually use Scrivener. Admittedly I wouldn't roll this out around the company but I find I can do just anything I ever wanted to do with it.
I know it's a bit of a left field suggestion for some people now that I've switched I'm very happy. And it's comparatively cheap.
As for the whole Office suite question.
In my company we're being more-or-less forced to upgrade from Office 2003 now because of document compatibility issues with clients. It's frustrating - especially as the staff do not have the technical expertise to understand what is going on.
There's no way we would roll out an Open Office solution to the people here. They just wouldn't cope. I've never found a satisfactory way to rejig a flavour of OO so that it 'looked and behaved" like MS Office - if anyone has a suggestion I'd be pleased to hear it.
Yep. And it's deeply annoying.
Re: I'm sorry...
Unlike, the UK, ... where there are excellent networks of intercity bus routes, there are very few or none, within France.
I can't speak for France but this idea that the UK has excellent bus links is hilarious. Well done you!
Re: Wikitravel and WikiVoyage
So wait a minute I can now look at this:
There's a lot of duplication among all 3 sites!
Turn off that telly we want popcorn?
Doesn't your cooker have gas?
In which case you could make popcorn on the hob like the old fashioned bloke you really are!
Re: 20th Century connectivity
Yeah, I was mystified by this comment too.
I don't have a telly.
I have a pc. I watch everything on my nice big monitor. Yes it is only a 22" one but I've never seen the need for a 46" mega screen in my tiny living room.
From a personal viewpoint I'd be happy if we just had inexpensive large monitors.
I haven't needed or used an actual TV in years. And I also thought the emerging paradigm was that people were very likely to stop watching broadcast telly in the near future too.
I might be more interested if we had decent colour e-ink screens by now. /offonatangent
Maybe I would have more sympathy if commercial content hadn't moved in the direction of less content and more advert breaks or if there was a minimum quality level for adverts (I think some adverts are actually really interesting or amusing to watch).
Re: Piss off
I never get Flame of the Week.
Andrew: you suck.
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