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(Cross-posted at aceofthorns.tumblr.com)

Right now, I should be sifting through my ComicCon “footage”, pulling together some kind of after-thought piece on OPERATION FROZEN MUSTANG, but… oh hell, there HAD to be an election in the UK. An election in which I had a wholly unexpected part to play…

I was pretty disillusioned with British politics after the EU referendum, and the 2010 general election where I voted for the Liberal Democrats, in direct opposition to the unemployed-hating Conservatives, only for the LibDems to commit electoral suicide by forming a coalition with the Tories, enabling Tory hate-crimes against the unemployed and the disabled. This time round, I had intended to vote for an independent candidate, rather than let my vote go completely to waste… until Prime Minister Theresa May - who became PM solely by replacing David Cameron as leader of the Tories - started talking about banning internet encryption (making all our communications vulnerable to criminals - AND TERRORISTS) and tearing up human rights laws to get at terrorists (EXACTLY what the TERRORISTS want).

Instead of sitting on the sidelines, I decided to make an active contribution to the political discourse. I voted for the current MP for my constituency.

He retained his seat by TWO VOTES. In an election where the Tories were stopped EIGHT SEATS short of an outright majority.

I, a solitary voter, had made a difference, through my change of heart. I don’t view myself as some kind of king-maker, and I certainly don’t expect any special treatment. Even so, I find myself feeling so much more RELEVANT than ever before, even if just for one shining moment.

To make things even sweeter, the party held two votes short of winning were the LibDems, who seven years earlier sold my vote to the Tories. Payback is, as they say, a bitch.

And finally…

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Let it go,
Let it go,
Don't wanna hear no more about it
Let it go,
Let it go,
You don't want me to lose my sh!7
Not my fault that girl took ten minutes to p!$$
Don't ride me on this
Got enough crap to deal with anyway...

I thank you. *drops mic*
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Heh - MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST is my go-to mobile game right now, and I just had some serious luck. Nailed the Deadpool Daily Taco token, which got me 1000 Hero Coins, of which I used some to buy a cut-price Heroic Recruit Token, and out of that came a Power for Marvel NOW! Thor. That 2-star hero is maxed out, and was just assigned Champion status - so that Power earns him a new level, above his normal Level cap... and THAT nets me another Heroic Recruit Token as a reward. Now THAT Token nets me a Power for Ms Marvel Captain Marvel, who I've been desperately trying to level up...

...errrr, not that that'll make sense to a bunch of you, but hey, its news, and has made my day. Smile for me, okay?
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Ooooohkay, this seems to be up and running now. There are a bunch of broken video links, to various movie trailers, it seems... *checks links to YouTube stuff* yup, those are broken, too.

Right, let's try a newer vid from the Ace of Thorns Channel:-



*tests...*

Good, that looks okay, even if it goes weird in preview. So, that's essential functionality in effect - but there's some stuff that *sighs* won't be coming back. The huge number of links to (some of) my fiction blogs are broken, 'cause those got closed down, probably for lack of activity - anything with "diaryland" in the link is gone from the online sphere...

All is not completely lost, however. I kept back-ups, and I'm thinking maybe an e-book might be the solution. That means a whole heap of conversion from HTML, and subsequent editing. Hm.

If all that works, I might even get round to finishing the stories I was telling when my writing focus finally expired.
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I had planned to import my LiveJournal, following the change in the TOS there, but when I tried it, the account access failed. Now, my LJ login doesn't work - I'm locked out...

I think LJ is now illegally hosting my material.


Some tinkering later, it has worked, as you can see.
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From BBC News, and rather suspiciously fell pretty rapidly off the main news feed:

Russia says drivers must not have 'sex disorders'.

MONSTROUS.

Livejournal is a Russian-based service. I just can't bear to use this any more, given the way that Russia is sleepwalking into this kind of outright fascism, after sacrificing so many of their people to get rid of the Nazis.

The UK Government attacks the BDSM community, and now this...

I'm out of here.
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Right: time for some catch-up. Esssential if I'm going to get back into this blogging business...

Movies: Since last time I reviewed any movies, I saw Interstellar and The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. Both merit a worthy 8/10. The former had hints of 2001 to it, but they didn't impede the story at all, whilst the latter entertained, but lacked a sense of conclusion - proimarly because it leads straight(-ish) into the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

I actually saw fewer movies this past year than in 2013, partly because some never got to us here, or had decent screenings, and three movies on the list either got postponed (Jupiter Ascending) or ended up with a 2015 release date over this side of The Pond, those being Monsters: Dark Continent and surprisingly Big Hero 6, which could have been a Christmas hit. Guess Disney surrendered to the power of The One Ring...

This year, however, is starting to shape up VERY nicely. There are two Marvel movies, of course, and a Star Wars. There was a "15 Movies To See in 2015" list somewhere, but some of those just didn't "float my boat", or feature on my radar. Oh, there's also a Jurassic Park in there somewhere, which might be fun. I'll throw together a "must-see" list if I happen to have nothing better to post about.

TV: 2014 was the Year Of The Twelfth - Doctor, that is - and Peter Capaldi did a pretty fine job of sweeping aside the "pretty boys" of the past: he really COULDN'T have been any more different (unless, of course, he'd be a Diversity Darling*, of different gender and ethnicity). The scripts had their ups and downs, but there was some really good stuff in amongst it all. Even the Christmas Special got pretty cerebral!

The other Big Deal on TV in 2014 was the return of Agents of SHIELD, for the first half of a second season - and boy did it turn things around! Now that Marvel Studios have Phase Three all planned out, the show can stretch its legs a bit, and grab some much-needed room to breathe - as in breathe [SPOILER] Terrigen Mist [END SPOILER]! The second half of this season will be "must-see" - as will mid-season "special event" mini-series Agent Carter. If the buzz (ahem) surrounding Ant-Man is anything to go by, the "glory years" of SHIELD will have a significant part to play in how things shape up from here!

Also worthy of note:
- Gotham: a different take on the Bat-world. Some liberties may have been taken, but hey, it's been worth seeing just to see where it'll go next...
- The 100: a show that didn't seem to have much potential, but which has since proven me wrong. Season 2 is due to commence on Tuesday, and that cliff-hanger certainly got my attention...
- Homeland: You'd have been justified in querying whether this could go any further after the final events of Season 2, but the recently ended Season 3 actually managed to keep things going... except for the last, and rather anticlimactic episode. I think a Season 4 is on the cards, and I'm happy to give it the benefit of the doubt when the season premiere comes around!

Okay, that was a bit longer than I planned, but sometimes, that's how these things go

* Oooooh, bit risky there, but I do hope that 2015 isn't another year of making creative types feel guilty for not pushing non-males or non-whites to the fore. This is something else I need to address on it's own...
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I was going to blog earlier, to fill in some gaps concerning recent events, but that just didn't happen - and that's something I'd like to rectify in the year to come. I'll post a review of the year (or somesuch) sometime in the next month...

So here I am, waiting for the turning of the year, in the semi-dark now that my light-bulb just blew, and I'm NOT going to replace it right now. My back is screwed up again, and my expensive office chair is jury-rigged to not drop me to floor-level and aggravate my spine any further...

Ah, t'hell with it. Back to work - and normality - soon enough.

Have a good one, people.
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...GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is out on home release ON MONDAY????

Looks like I'm making a diversion to the nearest outlet on the way to work, then.

Also: new boots ordered. It's nearly Patent Saturday, so what better way to celebrate (apart from the now almost traditional get-away)...?
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Marvel Studios Announces "Captain Marvel," "Black Panther," "Avengers: Infinity War"

- or more correctly, the announcements are:-

28 July 2015 - Ant-Man
- which we already knew about, but it's still on schedule...

6 May 2016 - Captain America: Civil War
- which we also knew about apart from the full title. What we DIDN'T know is that it will FULLY feature a character getting his own movie the following year...

4 November 2016 - Dr Strange
- Also expected, but still not official word on a star. And then, onward into less explored territory:-

5 May 2017 - Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
- Anticipated, but moved up the schedule a bit, to allow for...


28 July 2017 - Thor: Ragnarok
- Apparently as momentous as Winter Soldier, but in a different part of the universe...


3 November 2017 - Black Panther
- That solo hero movie previously mentioned! Yes, that's THREE movies in 2017!


6 July 2018 - Captain Marvel
- Carol Danvers lives! In which costume, remains to be seen.


2 November 2018 - Inhumans
- Easter Eggs soon, we're told. Agents Of SHIELD Season 2 soon, perhaps...?


May 2018 - Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
May 2019 - Avengers: Infinity War Part 2

- A two-part epic, as The Big Purple Guy gets his... hand on The Prize!

I am SO HAPPY I caught word of the event containing these announcements, just before the news started to filter through from Hollywood, at a special event for press and select fans. THIS IS IT - the road-map we've been waiting for, the gauntlet before The Gauntlet.

And now, I have five years worth of stuff to talk about. Blog paradise...!

It is a VERY GOOD TIME TO BE ALIVE.
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Why? Because of THIS:-



"I've Got No Strings" will NEVER sound the same again.

Tomorrow, things get even better, 'cause AGENTS OF SHIELD returns to UK screens at last! Wheeeeeee....!
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"...a brand new gaming PC!" - or at least that's what I'm now researching. Yeah, I got the laptop back yesterday (with a new fan in it), and following some advice from Ultima Online associate Aurelius (thanks, my friend), I searched online for any indication that this laptop's issues might be something others have encountered, and perhaps solved without any additional expense - only to learn that a whole bunch of folks have experienced the same overheating. There is an official "solution", in the form of a fan override program that forces the fan to work at maximum speed on request...

I installed it, and it worked just ONCE (so far). I got good FPS and a fairly cool system for a short stint at Minecraft, and Star Trek Online ran pretty well after that... BUT the heat then was definitely on the increase, to what felt like dangerous levels.

This is getting beyond a freaking limit. There may be other things I can do, but I'm now certain those will only be short-term work-arounds. A new desktop gaming machine is becoming imperative.

Time to climb the Mount Doom of computer specs. unfortunately, I don't seem to have a Samwise to share the journey with me...
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Next year's Fantastic Four movie sounds more and more like a freaking train-wreck the closer it gets to release. Just read recent news material...

Miles Teller Promises a Less ‘Kitschy’ ‘Fantastic Four’

‘Fantastic Four’ Costumes Aren’t ‘Cheesy Superhero Outfits, Michael B. Jordan Says

People have been pretty brutal about Ben Affleck playing Batman in Superman v Batman - Dawn Of Justice, but THAT movie already looks and sounds several degrees of better than the Incredible Suicidal Fantastic Four movie, which hammers another nail into its own coffin every time one of its cast opens their mouth online.

Instead of supposedly giving people the "realistic" movie the filmmakers have convinced themselves "people" want (which people?), they will instead be eating a huge slice of humble pie come next August - several months AFTER Joss Whedon and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON show them - and all of us - how it SHOULD be done...

*plink*

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:24 pm
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There it goes again - surprised it didn't catch fire.

Time to start shopping for a new PC. And find a repair place that actually does the FUCKING WORK.
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Well, things are looking a bit better, now that another weekend is in the offing. The Laptop appears to be functioning A-OK at present, after three days back at base, and several sessions of Star Trek Online and Minecraft (albeit more of the former). Plans to modify my set-up to prevent future back trouble haven't solidified yet, but I hope to have something in place soon. "Hope", however, so often depends on several other matters either taking place or not taking place...

...and almost as though it wants to celebrate the one-week anniversary of fxxxing me around, things start to act screwy. I get the feeling this machine may not last much longer.

FAN-tastic.
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Yeah, it takes this to get me posting again - but right now, what else is there...?


Whether they're fine to begin with, only to take a seriously sh8-ty turn on a Sunday - like last week - or are a suck-pit from before they even start, such as this week, we got weekends to meet all your sh8-ty weekend needs...!

The laptop has let me down, apparently overheating twice last night and leaving me without critical hardware just when I needed to do stuff. I am, therefore, significantly pissed off, and lacking the urge to do anything major. I would have posted anyway, following this week's momentous events surrounding the Scottish independence vote, but... well, meh.

You are most definitely NOT finding me at my best. Let's hope the laptop returns from the workshop fully operational, 'cause I've had more than enough stress lately, especially within the last seven days...
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My Minecraft set-up is well and truly bollocks-ed up. All this modding has, I fear, royally fucked the whole thing up, and it's now time to start again from scratch. So long, all I've been working on these past weeks, and months...

This, clearly, is not a good time for me. Guess I'll just go and do something else for a while.
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I'm still around, but I just went through a month that has eroded some of my enthusiasm. Minecraft troubles (now resolved pretty much), back pain (still an issue)... that kinda thing. So, what can I talk about today?

The big news would have to be that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has become the most successful film in the US this summer, and perhaps this year. If you include international box office, the latest Transformers comes out on top, but a month on, GUARDIANS is still packing them in - and quite right too!

Talking about the year's blockbusters, you have to mention that the home releases are starting to come out, most notably CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which still looks awesome on a small, non-3D screen, and I imagine GODZILLA should be out by Christmas.

Last, but by no means least: the return of DOCTOR WHO, and the start of the Capaldi era. He's more Pertwee and Eccleston than Smith and Tennant, but that's no bad thing. Two episodes in, and both highly enjoyable, but we're waiting with bated breath for his defining episode...

Oh, and FOOTBALL SEASON is imminent!!!
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I saw GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY again this evening, and that gave me a chance to compare the two viewings. It seems as though regular scale 3D movies deliver a somewhat better 3D experience compared to IMAX 3D, at least for me.

Also, it appears that IMAX audiences like to laugh a whole bunch more, although the lack of laughter may be down to the fact that we have had a bunch of rain today...

...and one reviewer (I'll post a link when I relocate the video) was quite right: the soundtrack IS a character in its own right.

P.S. It looks as though GoTG is on course for a $95-98 million dollar US opening weekend, a spectacular record for an August movie. Yay!
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Yesterday, at least two years of waiting came to an end - and blew any doubts about MARVEL Studios's ability to keep the Cinematic Universe going beyond The Avengers clean out of the water.

WARNING! Spoilers ahead! )

The Final Verdict... A cosmic work of sheer GENIUS. Has to be seen to be believed - and you WILL believe a raccoon can cry. 9.5/10

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