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SHOCKIN’LY SPAIKED O’ER SMOT (BADLY DUBBED PORN) LIVE! - Flesh Gordon in Ulster-Scots [Mar. 1st, 2009|04:26 pm]




“Flesh! Flesh! I luve ye, but we hiv anely fowerteen oors to sauf the earth!”

When Emperor Wang, leader of the planet Porno, fires his “Sex-Ray” towards Earth, turning the inhabitants into sex-mad nymphomaniacs, only one man can save the day. Flesh Gordon, with the help of his trusty side kick Professor Flexi-Jerkoff and the beautiful Dale Ardent set off in their Penis-ship to stop the evil Emperor Wang and save the Earth.

Join our resident voiceover artists and dissident Ulster Scot speakers, brothers Roger and Phil McCrackin, and the beautiful Fanny Flood as we deliver to you this cult classic of adult cinema like you’ve never seen it before. An evening of titillation is ensured as this crack team of linguists get to work deciphering the text from the infuriatingly intricate English language in which it was written, translating it for you live into the lyrical and unadorned Ulster Scotch we all know and love.

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Orange Order superhero Dan in copyright row [Jul. 19th, 2008|10:58 pm]

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When the Orange Order unveiled a cartoon mascot last November, leaders of the organisation hoped their new superhero character, Diamond Dan, would help to transform the formerly sectarian image of the group into something more family and tourist friendly.

He featured on the Order's Christmas cards and was unveiled in full before last week's 12 July marches commemorating the Battle of the Boyne, with souvenir fridge magnets and notebooks.

But Dan appears to have fallen foul of copyright law.

Dan Bailey, a designer from Essex, posted a similar image on iStockphoto.com, one of the world's digital libraries, and its graphics cannot be used for commercial purposes without a licence.

Diamond Dan was created as part of the re-branding of Orangeism aimed at attracting tourists from abroad to participate in what has become known as "Orangefest".

Named after one of its founding members, Dan Winter, Diamond Dan - Diamond referring to the Institution's formation at the Diamond, Loughgall, in 1795 - began to spread the 'good word' of the Order in the run-up to the marching season.

Speaking at the character's unveiling earlier this year, Orange Order education officer David Scott said the character, developed to appeal to young people, was meant to represent the true values of the Order.

"Diamond Dan will be the kind of person who offers his seat on a crowded bus to an elderly lady. He won't drop litter and he will be keen on recycling" he said.

"He will also be committed to the Orange Order and to the Junior movement and will make efforts to know all he can about his history and culture."

The Order hopes to make its new mascot legal.


Can't say I can see any resemblance myself


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"I've come out of a closet that bigger on the inside than the outside" [Jan. 14th, 2008|02:04 pm]
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would it be cruel of me to point out to the Belfast Whovians who frequent these parts (you know who you are) what a great gig they missed at the Black Box on Friday night? Yes, it would but I'll do it anyway.

It was a stand-up set called Moths Ate My Dr Who Scarf by Toby Hadoke, about his experiences growing up as a Dr Who fan in the 70s and 80s and how it showed him excitement and adventure, but also brought him pain and misery as the class geek who all the girls liked, "but as a friend". Eventually though there was vindication and validation (although those words weren't actually used in the show). It wasn't a laugh out loud show but rather the gentle titter of the comedy of self-recognition. Although billed as a gig that was accessible to non Who fans, there were many geeky types in evidence. He did achieve a fine balance between Who related in-jokes (some of which I didn't get as a mere general SF fan*) and jokes that the mundanes could grok. Katherine, my better half really enjoyed it, and she usually calls Dr Who silly (when she's being polite)

The ending was a little mawkish but ultimately life affirming and the whole thing well worth the few quid entrance.  If he comes this way again I do advise you have a look as it's skiffy fun, of a sort you don't get too often. It has been dramatised on bbc7 with Colin Baker and Louise Jameson as his mum and you can also get it on cd, but of course it's not quite the same as the real thing

*of course I am a big enough geek that when he was making a point about the ground breaking natature of the programme featuring a suicide bomber in Death to the Daleks, and you wouldn't get that in a science fiction programme nowadays, I was tempted to shout out, "what about Battlestar Galactica, Season 3, episode 2"
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mine is a casio fx100, what's yours? [Jan. 6th, 2008|02:15 pm]
anyone catch that rather good, if somewhat hyperbolic, C4 programme last night on how the paranoia of the Soviets in 1983 lead them to think that a NATO war game was the cover for a nuclear first strike. The dramatic reconstructions were only marred by the bit where they talked about how when the soviet agent working within NATO needed to send a special signal he used a modified calculator. Cut to dramatic reconstruction of man keying numbers into calculator. And what number appears on the LED display, 55378008. which as everyone who was a boy in the 80s with their first calculator knew spelt out BOOBLESS when turned upside down.

yes, I do need to get out more
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Bryan Talbot on British Comics [Sep. 14th, 2007|09:38 pm]
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From last Saturday's Guardian Guide, Bryan Talbot's take on British comics over the years

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The unsung hero behind Spider-Man [Sep. 14th, 2007|02:14 pm]
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I thought comics fans might be interested in this from today's Guardian, just to whet their appetite for the Ross documentary on Ditko on Sunday

The unsung hero behind Spider-Man

Stan Lee is celebrated as the creator of Spider-Man. But artist Steve Ditko had just as much input into the comic-book superhero. So why do we never hear about him? Jonathan Ross tracks down a reclusive genius

Friday September 14, 2007
The Guardian

As a kid I had only one real love. I liked movies more than anyone else I knew, apart from maybe my mum, and she drew the line at Death Race 2000. I had a passion for watching just about anything on TV as long as it didn't involve people chasing balls or riding horses and cars faster than each other. Even long after puberty had made those little changes it visits on all young men, I didn't really get into the idea of sex for quite a while. But the earliest, the first love of my life was comic books. In particular, American comic books, and, to be yet more specific, American comic books published by Marvel. There were only two major publishers, Marvel and DC, but DC books always seemed a little square. Too neat, too tidy, too straitlaced. DC had Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman - all characters who had been born in the late 30s and early 40s and were beginning to show their age. Marvel was more of the moment: cool and freewheeling in its house style, as editor-in-chief Stan Lee shot the breeze like a hip uncle, and in the art - mostly raw and rough and powerful - and, of course, in the characters themselves.

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The Yellow Sign at the 2nd Belfast H P Lovecraft Film Night. [May. 5th, 2007|01:14 pm]
Have you seen the Yellow Sign?

Now you can on 10th May 07 at the 2nd Belfast H P Lovecraft Film Night.

See Aaron Vanek's The Yellow Sign & full supporting features for a night of movies that will warp your senses and shatter your mind

This film is inspired by the Robert W. Chambers story of the same title. Like H.P. Lovecraft, Chambers is a difficult author to adapt to film. "The Yellow Sign" is one of a set of loosely connected stories about sensitive individuals discovering an obscure play, "The King in Yellow", then becoming obsessed with the story's intrusion into their own lives. The emphasis of the
original story is less on plot and characterization than on creating a eerie, disturbing atmosphere. Vanek, with colleague John Tynes of Pagan Publishing fame, have taken the sketchy plot of Chambers' story and built a more complete screenplay around it, while still capturing the proper weird, disconnected, dream-like fantasy feel."
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm

Queens University
Student Union
University Road

Admission free
(but a donation to our preferred charity, Cancer Research UK, at the event is welcome)
More details at our website
Sponsored by QUB Science Fiction Society & TableTopTop north roleplaying
Contact hpl at terracon3000.org.uk

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why I love the Belfast film festival [Feb. 28th, 2007|09:56 am]
Either one alone would have been worth the price of admission

turkish wizard of OZKure Kure Takora
      • £5.00 BUY TICKETS

The Turkish Wizard of Oz has to go down in history as one of the most amazing remakes ever known. The film gets off to a quick start; once in Oz, Dorothy encounters a group of dwarfs dressed as toy solders, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion (a fat guy in a pair of brown pyjamas with hair glued to it).

Belfast based group Kinnego Flux will present a new live score to the film. Kinnego Flux write music which varies from electronica, soul, funk to breakbeat. David plays bass and clarinet, Brian plays drums, trumpet and vocals.

An evening in the company of an octopus, a peanut and a fat guy in a pair of brown pyjamas with hair glued to it.

Gimme Gimme Octopus is a 60s Japanese TV show for kids, starring an octopus and a peanut who are in love with the same walrus. However, love stories are notoriously boring, so the creators of this series decided to infuse the series with lots of crime, gratuitous violence, and insect repellent. Local electronic musicians Iso9 and Deadman present a new soundtrack to such classics as Stealing The Dragon’s Mosquito Repellent Which Is Not At All Psychoactive.


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That skiffy book meme [Nov. 19th, 2006|12:25 pm]
This is the Science Fiction Book Club's list of the fifty most significant science fiction/fantasy novels published between 1953 and 2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

Ian McDonald's list is at http://ianmcdonald.livejournal.com/51156.html

I have added # for books on my shelf to be read but haven't got round to yet (I have very big shelves)

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien - shame, shame but it 's the bloody poems & songs that keep stopping me

2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov*
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson*
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke*
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick #
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury #
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.*
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov*

14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett*
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison

18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison #
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester #
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R.
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman*
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling*
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*

28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley#
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick*
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven"
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys#
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut#
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner*" took me ten years to read as I loved it so much i never wanted to finish it
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester*
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer#
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Helpful hints for IT types [Nov. 15th, 2006|10:53 pm]
here's the gist of an email I sent to the IT Support manager at my work today


here's a helpful hint you might want to pass on to your support staff.

When they are slagging off a user who has inconvenienced them {by asking them to install a card that they claim can't be installed] by calling him "a cheeky bastard" and asking "who the fuck is he anyway?", they might want to check that they have hung up the phone first. Especially if they then go on to slag off several other members of their department with equally colourful and forthright language!
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