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R.I.P Alan Rickman

by snowman1989

January 14, 2016

This year's barely started and we're already losing talented people like flies. Alan Rickman, most famous for his role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, has just died of cancer, much like Bowie only a few short days ago.

There's another movie I remember him from: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as the corrupt Judge Turpin. A surprisingly good movie for a musical. Damn, I'm already missing the man's villainous charisma...

R.I.P. David Bowie

by CWS

January 12, 2016

By now I'm sure everyone is aware that David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69. So I will let the man speak for himself.

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North Korea tests H-Bomb?

by snowman1989

January 6, 2016

Can't go a fucking week into the new year without some asshole like Kim Jong-Un scaring the shit out of the civilised world. :x According to Japan's geological service, there's been a sizable man-made earthquake in North Korea just a few short hours ago, consistent with an nuclear test, with some even claiming this was an attempt at an H bomb. Oh, and the test site is virtually right next door to China. I can only imagine the fury in Beijing right now.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

by CWS

January 1, 2016

You know what...? I'm not even going to look back at how much the past year has sucked, this time. (Even though I know I just did.)

But let's have one anyway. Let's just do it, one way or another.

Deadpool

by Loki Kola

December 26, 2015

Well, the second red band trailer for Deadpool is out, and fucking hilarious. Like Deadpool or not, Ryan Reynolds certainly captures his hyperactive charm.

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Merry Fucking Christmas

by Loki Kola

December 25, 2015

Today I thank Santa for my friends, my family, these presents, and the stretch of perilous ocean separating us from New Zealand Middle Earth.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

by snowman1989

December 17, 2015

Just came back from the cinemas, and I'll give you my honest, first impressions: I'm still trying to figure out whether this was a good movie or not. :? I know the reviews so far have been raving and singing its praises (because Lucas isn't involved anymore), but I approached this movie with a heavy dose of caution. This might take me a while.

I will give the movie credit where its due: it wasn't afraid to take a risk near the climax; if you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Alien: Covenant

by CWS

December 12, 2015

Ridley Scott's long-delayed sequel to Prometheus has gone through a number of iterations and metamorphoses, but apparently the details have finally been hammered out and it is now going to connect much more directly to the original Alien than was originally planned. So much so that the official title will now reflect that.

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Ridley Scott Promises Familiar Aliens in Alien: Covenant
By Silas Lesnick ON December 11, 2015

Prepare yourself for a veritable menagerie of Xenomorph forms in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant

Although the film went on to gross more than $400 million worldwide, some Alien franchise fans were disappointed that Ridley Scott’s 2012 Prometheus did not feature the franchise’s original creature design until the alternate “Deacon” form at the very end of the film. That’s not going to be the case with the upcoming Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, Scott tells The Wrap. Covenant will bring back H.R. Giger’s popular Xenomorph in its many terrifying forms.

“We’ll have them all,” Scott promises, “Egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.”

Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

“They’re going to go to the planet where the engineers came from,” Scott continues, “and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechanoid, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it.”

20th Century Fox will release Alien: Covenant in theaters on October 6, 2017. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are set to reprise their roles as scientist Elizabeth Shaw and the android David, respectively. Given the film’s synopsis, it remains to be seen how Rapace’s Shaw will factor into the film.

Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Green Lantern) are providing the Alien: Covenant screenplay.

That very last sentence does give me a moment's pause, I will admit. Still, the prospect of seeing Ridley Scott return to the material which both launched his own career and completely revolutionized the entire concept of sci-fi horror is interesting to say the least.

Paris Hit In Multiple Attacks: 140 Dead

by Loki Kola

November 13, 2015

Paris has been attacked across at least four locations, including an Eagles of Death Metal concert at Bataclan Concert Hall. Hostages were killed, and assailants wore suicide vests, according to people rescued by police. Gunman and bombers also attacked nearby restaurants and bars. The death toll is 140 or greater at this point, with 200 injured: 80 of these injuries are serious or critical. Three explosions killed five at Stade de France, where France played Germany. President Hollande was present here, and evacuated by his security team. Borders have been closed, flights suspended, and metro lines shut down. At least 1500 French soldiers have descended upon Paris.

Fallout 4

by Loki Kola

November 10, 2015

Is fucking amazing. Never played a Fallout game before. In love with this title. Spent three hours building a guard tower out of scrap metal to protect my survivor group. Found power armour and fought a deathclaw with a minigun while "Mechanical Man" played on YouTube. Starting a farm now.

Best description I can come up with for the feeling of playing this is the survival factor of Walking Dead combined with a Mad Max feel to scenery and combat, with a mass effect/dragon age sort of conversation and personality system, and a really interesting and engaging crafting and leveling system.

Intifada 3.0

by CWS

October 10, 2015

I guess Hamas has had enough time to regroup and re-arm since the last time they got their asses kicked. The UN flying their "flag" last week probably gave their morale a shot in the arm, too.

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Hamas Declares Intifada As Palestinian Terrorism Surges Throughout Israel

by Jordan Schachtel | 9 Oct 2015 | Washington, DC

Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh declared Friday that Palestinians are engaged in an “intifada” against the State of Israel, urging fellow jihadis to continue their bloodthirsty campaign against Israel’s Jews.

A full-scale intifada, or Palestinian “uprising,” has occurred twice during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the time periods when both Intifadas broke out (1987-1993 and 2000-2005), thousands of people lost their lives due to the Palestinian terror uprisings.

“We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada… It is the only path that will lead to liberation,” Haniyeh said during prayers at a mosque in Gaza.

“Gaza will fulfil its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation,” he threatened, according to the Times of Israel.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has not at this time employed the tactics seen in their summer 2014 war against Israel, when the militant group launched thousands of rockets towards Israeli population centers. At the moment, the outfit has instead focused on inciting Palestinians to hunt down Jews in Israel, instead of launching rockets from Gaza.

Haniyeh’s speech was coupled with a major flare-up on the Israel-Gaza border Friday, when hundreds of Palestinians rioters hurled rocks at Israeli troops stationed on their side of the dividing line. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers responded by firing at the rioters.

IDF troops “fired at the main instigators in order to halt their advance and disperse the riot,” an Israeli military spokeswoman told the Jerusalem Post. Six Palestinians were killed and nineteen were injured in the rioting, according to reports.

From Wednesday to Friday alone, there has been more than 150 separate terror attacks throughout Israel and the West Bank. Many have already lost their lives, and hundreds have been wounded in the chaos.

The Obama administration, however, has almost completely ignored the Palestinian terror campaign against Israel. When the administration has released official comment, the president’s State Department plays it down the middle, asserting that both sides are to blame for the violence.

President Barack Obama has remained completely silent on the issue. The only statement from the administration came last week from a State Department spokesperson, who called “on all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation.”

10% off an EVGA power supply (expires 10/31/2015)

by CWS

October 1, 2015

No, this isn't some spambot hijacking my account...but I just got a coupon for 10% off any EVGA power supply, and well, I have no need of it...so, anybody else want to use it?

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to resign

by CWS

September 26, 2015

Faced with the prospect of having to rely on votes from the opposing party in order to keep his position, House Speaker John Boehner, the alleged Republican "leader" in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Friday that he will resign at the end of October.

Boehner is best known for his bizarre and unnatural-looking tan, for his habit of bursting into tears in public, and for bending over for President Obama on virtually every major issue after mustering a brief and purely theatrical show of resistance.

While he will most assuredly find many ways to screw us all on his way out the door, I do not exaggerate when I say this is probably the best news I have heard in at least five years.

I'll let Curly Bill give voice to my final thoughts on the matter:
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NZ Flag Change

by snowman1989

September 23, 2015

The US has a good flag. A damn good flag. It's so simple a child could draw it. It's iconic, aesthetically pleasing, could not possibly be mistaken for anyone else.

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My heart is swelling with pride... wait, no, that's my cholesterol level


By contrast, New Zealand's flag is, pardon my French, fucking terrible. It was adopted over a hundred years ago at the height of British imperialistic, jingoist fevour, and boy, does it show.

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A.k.a the BRITAIN OWNS YOUR ASS flag


You can tell straight off the bat what my main problem with it is. Far more grating to me than its confusing similarity to Australia's flag, this piece of unimaginative shit not only denies my country its own voice and identity, it outright states that New Zealand is under British occupation. Quite literally, the official national flag of New Zealand is the Blue Ensign for the Royal Navy, with the Southern Cross added to it as a dismissive afterthought to give the rest of the world a vaguest possible idea of where we are in the world. You might as well not have the stars and blue background, the Union Jack is really all there is to the flag. We're a British province!

That's why I have been jumping for joy in recent months over the Flag Referendum that's currently gauging public opinion, and if all goes well, we'll have a new flag by the end of next year. Are the current official choices perfect? No. I have some scepticism about them, which I'll get into later. But I would gladly pick any one of those flags over what we currently have. Even if this whole thing fails miserably - something I am sadly expecting - it will at least have gotten some discussion going, a place to start.

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