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by Mark James
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Oscars 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Oscars 2018

I like Mark Kermode's take on Lady Bird winning and 10/1 is a decent price. Think I might have to throw a few quid on. Surprised he hasn't done a Kermode Uncut about the Shape of Water controversy. A guest reviewer did review the film and never mentioned it, plus the comments section had been disabl...
by Mark James
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Oscars 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Oscars 2018

That Said, If the Shape of Water does win the Best Picture Oscar it is probably because the Director is Mexican, rather than it being the best film. What if Get Out wins, would it be because "he is black"? Can no minority ever win an Oscar now without accusations of tokenism? And if they wanted to ...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2414

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Nah it's fine, I was being slightly facetious.
by Mark James
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2414

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Is it necessary to mention the deaths who weren't on anyone's list here? Whenever I see this thread has turned red and is at the top of the page I think someone must have scored some points and when it's just Gev listing off the latest dead "celebrity" it's a bit of a disappointment.
by Mark James
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *
Replies: 100
Views: 6012

Re: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *

Man that post was a long time ago. I've since become a hard core socialist since then. Anyway yeah, I reckon UBI is inevitable (unless people don't care about people starving to death and looking at the current US administration I don't think they do). I heard a talk recently about self driving vehi...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Without knowing it was holocaust memorial weekend I watched Schindler's List which I had never seen before. I think one of the things that put me off was the running time but it's such a great movie I've never experienced such a long film fly by so quickly. It should be required watching really, an ...
by Mark James
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Watched Get Out or Black Black Mirror as I'm gonna call it from now on. I enjoyed it but the way it was being talked about I was expecting something a bit more groundbreaking. Also watched Logan. Again, it was fine but it got talked about alot as something more than it was. I guess for a superhero m...
by Mark James
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 246
Views: 19884

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Black Mirror season 4: Only watched the first episode so far and thought it looked like it'd be shit but NOPE, it's excellent. looking forward to the rest of the series now even though I've seen mixed reviews. I loved every second of the entire thing. Don't get what the mixed reviews are about. I'l...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 184
Views: 13661

Re: Music

One of the articles I read made the point that the phenomenon mainly relates to music more so than other forms of entertainment. People still get excited for new books, movies or tv shows in a way that they don't for new music and they demand even more time than listening to a song. And even if you ...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 184
Views: 13661

Re: Music

I was reading some articles on why we go off modern music as we get older and most people suggested that we have more time to discover new stuff when we're younger. I don't buy that argument. I still have the time to search for music I've never heard before but invariably I find myself liking stuff ...
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 184
Views: 13661

Re: Music

Have I just gotten too old or is music today really as crap as I suspect? I was reading one of those top albums of 2017 lists and checked out the recommended song for each one and they were all rubbish.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2414

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:32 pm
Mark James wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:21 pm

Queen Elizabeth II
I genuinely think she'll still be around if you're doing this in 2028. Ain't a chance she's going soon the amount of care she gets - she can still ride a horse for god's sake.
A lot of my list is based more on hope than expectation.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2414

Re: Deathwatch 2018

The points difference is the same but likelihood of death is different. People are less likely to pick younger people because, even though you would get more points the likelihood of it happening is less. Plus the fact that you can also get a first pick bonus means you're better off focusing on the ...
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2414

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Dick van Dyke
Regis Philbin
Bill Clinton
James Earl Jones
Barbara Streisand
Mel Brooks
Bret Michaels
Queen Elizabeth II
Gay Byrne
Kanye West

Not many changes from last year although no more Gazza for once so he's probably guaranteed to go now.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2414

Re: Deathwatch 2018

If we're gonna suggest rule changes I think 120 is too high. It ruins the risk reward element of going for young people. You may as well just pick a list of people over 90. I know people are living longer than ever but who realistically lives to 120? To get over 20 points for people in their 90s is ...
by Mark James
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: When is it too early to celebrate Christmas?
Replies: 18
Views: 1363

Re: When is it too early to celebrate Christmas?

I find those outside lights very offensive mainly due to the waste of electricity, what with the whole global warming and all. But even beyond that they're pretty garish. If you're into Christmas fine, decorate the inside of your house. Then at least you can enjoy it and leave the rest of us out of ...
by Mark James
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Don't know why but I watched the entirety of Assassin's Creed even though it was clear from the first 5 or 10 minutes that it was going to be awful. Before anyone says it, yes, the fact that it's movie based on a video game should have made it clear without having to watch any of it but I enjoy some...
by Mark James
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 246
Views: 19884

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Bojack Horseman season 4: Objectively 'good'... deals with dementia, mental illness and miscarriages in a heartbreakingly, bitterly real way. Some really cool ways of setting up the episodes (the penultimate episode, the Princess Carolyn episode). Subjectively, though, I didn't find it very enjoyab...
by Mark James
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 151
Views: 12970

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air. https://i.imgur.com/xA7NDV1.gifv That's how I found out. That video was going around Facebook and I felt kind of stupid that it hadn't occurred to me that that's what they actually did. Apparently they can fill themselves with air when they are out...
by Mark James
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 462
Views: 39835

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Ian Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:17 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:23 am
Why do round door handles exist?
Why not? They're perfectly effective for gripping, often comfier than an asymmetric handle.
Probably one of those not quite true internet facts but they're illegal in Canada as part of making things easier for the elderly and disabled people.
by Mark James
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 151
Views: 12970

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air.
by Mark James
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).
Replies: 17
Views: 1407

Re: Vegetarianism/Veganism (in the right section!).

How do vegans feel about the fact that planes have to test engines for bird strike by firing chickens at the engines?
by Mark James
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 394
Views: 33909

Re: Politics in General

I'm with Ian. He wasn't a politician at the time, was failry young and enough time has passed for him to grow up and see the error in his ways. For me an apology should be acceptable and then be the end of story. No one has to lose their job. Same for Lewis really. I found it more cringey than offen...
by Mark James
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

I really expected to hate Inception but I loved it.
by Mark James
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Very good. The right ending even though I wasn't sure exactly why Max made his choice....maybe it was a B.O thing I enjoyed it too. But I agree it would have been good for their to be a specific reason for her downfall, like her not even knowing that he hates that brand or something. Yeah, it's the...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 1811

Re: Do you know what you know?

Did it the other day but forgot to copy and paste results. If I remember correctly I got 30 right, answered 12 at 100% and got one of those wrong. Everything else I gave 50% confidence to.
by Mark James
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
Replies: 5
Views: 866

Re: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:28 am
Acting in films or a Pilot
Why just a pilot, not an entire series?
by Mark James
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
Replies: 5
Views: 866

Bernard Pivot Questionnaire

Since Meakin was looking for a thread about noises it reminded me of the questionnaire that you may be familiar with from the Inside the Actor's Studio tv show. I thought people may want to share what their answers would be. What is your favourite word? It used to be paraphernalia but squinancywort ...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 61
Views: 5484

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I haven't ice skated in years but I picked it up fairly quickly when I tried it. I am terrified of the losing fingers thing though. Wear sturdy gloves. I'm not even joking either. Why don't people just do this? Well yes, but you can still be afraid of something even after taking necessary precautio...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 61
Views: 5484

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

I haven't ice skated in years but I picked it up fairly quickly when I tried it. I am terrified of the losing fingers thing though.
by Mark James
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 10049

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Played in a football tournament earlier in the year. The team flew in to Cologne, got a bus to Maastricht to our accommodation and then travelled by taxi to Millen in Belgium for the tournament. A great weekend (Maastricht is amazing BTW, highly recommended) but two of those countries were already o...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 20
Views: 2781

Re: Songs that make you switch off the radio

In Ireland there's no ad free radio stations. That puts me off listening to the radio altogether more than any song. Plus news on the hour. Why are predominantly music based stations required to do the news? As for the actual music I'd say pretty much any sort of chart music from about 1998 onwards ...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 61
Views: 5484

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

There's a lovely caf I've been to a few times for breakfast when at CoLin and when they ask if I want tea or coffee, "no thanks" seems to translate to coffee. In fact most places I've ever been don't seem to understand the concept of not wanting tea or coffee with breakfast. I tend to just order cof...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 61
Views: 5484

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

This may need its own thread soon but I'm with Jen and Gev. It's time for non tea drinkers to take a stand. I don't drink it and I'm not keeping it in my house. Same goes for coffee.
by Mark James
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 61
Views: 5484

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

Do that card shuffling thing where you split the deck in half then splice them together. Like anything it just takes practice. I think one problem people have is they are afraid of over-bending the cards especially if you're doing it in your hands rather than on a table. I couldn't do it until I st...
by Mark James
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 151
Views: 12970

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I've just realised not everyone watches QI. What's not obvious though is why they don't.
by Mark James
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 151
Views: 12970

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together. Yes, I love this one! What am I missing here? Why on earth would anyone think a finger and thumb rubbing would produce a sudden sharp click sound? What you're missing is...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 40218

Re: People you shouldn't trust

It's especially egregious when it comes to dead celebrities. I don't really care how old someone would have been if they were still alive. You must hate Google. Good point. I don't mind them as much. If they have a little game to go along with it that's usually cool. It's more a facebook thing wher...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 40218

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who celebrate "birthdays" of inanimate objects (especially things like movies and video games). I would also add people who wish celebrities happy birthday unless of course they actually know them but then I'm sure they'd let them know directly rather than through some Facebook meme. It's esp...
by Mark James
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 151
Views: 12970

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
by Mark James
Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Wrong Time
Replies: 2
Views: 843

Re: Wrong Time

You can change it in your own personal settings. Go to user control panel and then board preferences.
by Mark James
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 462
Views: 39835

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

When can you feed a mogwai so it won't turn into a gremlin? Not feeding them after midnight isn't specific enough. Technically all times are after midnight. Is six a.m. safe but two a.m. isn't? What about time zones? Does the mogwai's digestive system know if you've crossed the international date li...
by Mark James
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Here is a short movie what I done wrote and directed. I'd love to know what people think. Cheers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEHi0-i9ROo
by Mark James
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 246
Views: 19884

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Breaking Bad: Halfway through season 4, I'm amazed that so many people were able to binge-watch this... I find it so heavy and stressful that I can only watch it in a certain mood (not watched any for about a month now). It is good and I really enjoy it/am gripped sometimes, but the constant suspen...
by Mark James
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 40218

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who wear wedges. That "filled in" heel look is the most disgusting footwear I've ever seen. I was under the impression that a higher heel was for aesthetics rather than comfort so why you would choose both uncomfortable and ugly shoes is beyond me.
by Mark James
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 462
Views: 39835

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Bradley Walsh apologised to Fanny Chmelar today for that hilarious episode of The Chase and it got me thinking does anyone know any English names which would cause a similar reaction on a foreign version? Similarly I have always wondered, we often laugh at weird sounding place names in foreign count...
by Mark James
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 24
Views: 2470

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

I'm from ireland and was on 5th. I think you're doing that human thing of trying to spot patterns that aren't there.
by Mark James
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 52
Views: 8845

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Post edited. Sorry about that.
by Mark James
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 5530

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Had a dream last night where I was playing some sort of Dark Soulsy type game and Lord Buckethead's costume was available as DLC. If someone doesn't get on to this it will be a massively missed opportunity. Fingers crossed someone in the modding community at least will do it.
by Mark James
Tue May 23, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 246
Views: 19884

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Better Call Saul. Yes it's not as good as Breaking Bad but still amazing. Latest season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's definitely declined in quality but still one of the best comedies out there. And just discovered Yes Minister is now on Netflix. Just incredible writing and as relevant ...
by Mark James
Sun May 21, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Drive - More boring than I expected. 6/10
by Mark James
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 196
Views: 24410

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy's brother died the other day. He was a decent comedian in his own right but I would advise checking out his true hollywood stories featured on the dave chapelle show if you haven't seen them. The reenactment of the stories about meeting Prince and Rick James are among th...
by Mark James
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 37
Views: 4504

Re: Football grounds you've been to

I've been to more than 20 in Ireland. 2 in England. 2 in Poland. 1 in Scotland. 1 in Germany. 1 in the Netherlands. Favourites would be my home team's ground Richmond Park, the national stadium of Ireland the Aviva and the one in Germany which was Hannover 96's ground. Can't remember the name. Those...
by Mark James
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 509
Views: 40218

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who tell you what collective nouns of animals are. No one cares. No one ever uses them in any other context other than telling you they exist and even then, who decided they exist in the first place? You might get it in a quiz or something, like "what's a group of owls called?" Well what the ...
by Mark James
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 151
Views: 12970

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

In Ireland we only ever got one monster fact on the back of the Monster Munch packet. It was the cyclops so I assumed the actual crisp thing was an eye with eyelashes. We don't really get Monster Munch anymore and the rival brand Mighty Munch seems to think it's a footprint. https://sites.create-cdn...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 394
Views: 33909

Re: Politics in General

The best has to be the death penalty for anyone who uses radio signals to kill people. Except of course during warfare. That's only common sense really.
by Mark James
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown
Replies: 44
Views: 5468

Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

I'd not heard this! I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time. I don't think I was speaking to Charlie from beyond the grave. Maybe I should check That's exactly what someone who was dead but didn't want people to know they were dead would say. You can't get past me let me ...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 122
Views: 12013

Re: What films have you watched lately?

P.S. The spider volcano thing could be Lavalantua. That was it! Cheers Mark! The sequel was just on SyFy channel. It was brilliantly called 2 Lava 2 Lantula. Jim you should check out Red Letter Media on YouTube particularly their best of the worst series. You'll get lots of ideas for so bad they're...
by Mark James
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: You Are The Darts Ref
Replies: 15
Views: 1091

Re: You Are The Darts Ref

Take the flight out of the dart.