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by Mark James
Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Electronic music
Replies: 26
Views: 2153

Re: Electronic music

That said, I would venture that members of this forum tend towards the extremes of the particular genre, whether that be metal (so Slayer/Metallica rather than, say Iron Maiden or Def Leppard) Bad examples on the metal front there. Slayer and Metallica would be fairly mainstream and not in the extr...
by Mark James
Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Electronic music
Replies: 26
Views: 2153

Re: Electronic music

I noticed that people seem to either be into mainstream or rock on the music forum. I just re-read the music thread and I don't get that impression at all. There was a huge selection of genres mentioned as well as extremely rare stuff that no one would have heard of before. Anyway, in terms of Elec...
by Mark James
Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

Fred Mumford wrote:Shooting Stars did do the Great Wall of China question because I saw it! The bit that made it silly was questioning whether it could ONLY be seen from space. Ulrika said true and Vic pointed out that you could be stood right next to it.
Sorry yeah. Had over looked the only bit.
by Mark James
Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

I would like to compile an entire quiz based on misunderstood trivia, kind of like they used to do on Shooting Stars - "True or false - the Great Wall of China can only be seen from outer space?" Etc. I also would like to do this... Is this not just QI's General Ignorance section? Shooting stars di...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

JimBentley wrote: - VHS took off rather than Betamax because much more porn was available on VHS
I've heard that but also because the running time wasn't long enough to record an entire game of American football.
by Mark James
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deliberately Silly Factoids
Replies: 45
Views: 3037

Re: Deliberately Silly Factoids

Marc Meakin wrote:One of the Monkees mother's invented post it notes.... ( Mike Nesmith ? )
No, she invented a precursor to Tipp-ex, but that one's true.
by Mark James
Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1806

Re: Who are your heroes?

I probably wouldn't pick astronauts because although they're risking their lives in their exploration, there's countless people who would jump at the chance and would probably also do just as good a job if they were selected, so I see it more as right time, right place. I kinda get the argument but...
by Mark James
Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 20
Views: 1806

Re: Who are your heroes?

Tricky one this. I have tons of people I admire greatly but would be reluctant to go as far as calling them a hero and questions like this often tend to boil down to people with a certain amount of celebrity status (and I mean in the proper sense, not just people who are in that famous for being fam...
by Mark James
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 10-15pm Tonight Freeview HD 81...Sky 343.....SCUM........
Replies: 1
Views: 457

Re: 10-15pm Tonight Freeview HD 81...Sky 343.....SCUM........

Hardly requires an entire thread though. There's a movie thread you know.
by Mark James
Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner
Replies: 428
Views: 47616

Re: The Matt Morrison Computer Corner

My 10 year old niece put a password into her mobile phone and forgot it. Only way to unlock is to do a factory reset but she'll loose her photos. Anyone know a way of hacking the password? There's no "forgot your password?" option.
by Mark James
Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: New Alcohol Guidelines
Replies: 30
Views: 1363

Re: New Alcohol Guidelines

Also a person who doesn't drink trying to advise on how to make pubs better is like an atheist trying to suggest how to improve mass.
by Mark James
Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: New Alcohol Guidelines
Replies: 30
Views: 1363

Re: New Alcohol Guidelines

By the way, I think pubs are missing a trick. Regardless of how much people like drinking, drinking is never going to be as good as eating, right? Nope. Being drunk is an unnecessary, brain altering experience that is pleasurable. Eating can be pleasurable but mainly because it satisfies a need. If...
by Mark James
Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 13525

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Dave Ricesky wrote:Alan Rickman dies aged 69

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35313604
Well Aaron Ramsey scored. It was always gonna happen to someone.
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 12854

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Ireland (obviously), UK (Rhyl, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry), Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht), Canada (Toronto), Germany (Hannover, Berlin, Hamburg), Poland (Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Sopot, Gdynia), Spain (Benidorm). Only 7 so I threw in some of the d...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 13525

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

Here's my provisional list. May change before the 31st. -Paul Gascoigne (obvious reasons) -Billy Connolly (as Jim said) -Kim Jong Un (apparently he's losing his grip and could be susceptible to assassination) -Ammon Bundy (Shot by feds) -Regis Philbin (always seems to overcome health scares but I re...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 13525

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

All this talk of dead celebrities reminds me of Celebrity Death Pool . Anyone fancy playing for the year ahead? Lets say we have till the end of this month to pick our list (I propose 10 rather then 20) of the celebrities we think will die by Jan 31st next year. Just do it on here rather than that o...
by Mark James
Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 13525

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

In music it will probably be a big deal if Bono poppoed his clogs.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Jim have you seen Kung Fury? Bloody amazing it is.
by Mark James
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Sounds like the work of The Asylum Jim. They're a production company who make really bad movies. I love all the Mega Shark Vs various other creatures series and how could you not love Nazis at the Centre of the Earth? P.S. The spider volcano thing could be Lavalantua. Arachnoquake was "good" as well...
by Mark James
Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Getting sick of all this spoilering but here's my take on it: I could be wrong but I think Gev is misunderstanding Matt when he says people will think they know the twist. I don't think he means knowing or figuring it out before hand. I reckon most people assume the spider is going to cause her to c...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Still haven't watched Chappie yet. I loved District 9 though so am kind of looking forward to it but man the title is really putting me off. I know it shouldn't but it's just a horrible title. Without spoiling is there a good reason he's called Chappie? As for scoring movies I agree with Matt. I ten...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Spider - The best short movie ever - 10/10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyhs8dKMTN4 Haha yeah that's quality, enjoyed it. I don't really know how to rate an 8 minute short amongst full length ratings, so I won't try. I like how everyone will think they knew the twist and then they don't. About a...
by Mark James
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Giles wrote:
Mark James wrote: Star Wars: Force Unleashed - Almost makes up for prequels - 7/10
Video game review too?
Whoops. Force Awakens or whatever its called. Wouldn't be giving the game 7/10
by Mark James
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Kingsman: The Secret Service - Bit flashy but top notch - 8/10
Star Wars: Force Unleashed - Almost makes up for prequels - 7/10
Spider - The best short movie ever - 10/10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyhs8dKMTN4
by Mark James
Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: You Are The Judge
Replies: 11
Views: 897

Re: You Are The Judge

I don't understand either. A judge can do nothing until there's been a trial. My judgement would be that I need more information.
by Mark James
Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?
Replies: 14
Views: 1072

Re: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?

https://www.facebook.com/leann.kiernan. ... 8257467691 Here's a nice story about Travellers just to prove you can't tar them all with the same brush.
by Mark James
Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Replies: 105
Views: 4879

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us

What does everyone think of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bnGxdoTJ6E I remember hating his routine at the time and this hasn't really impressed me much. It probably goes on more than you'd realise on the show but I hate it when the magicians do fake moves that are intended to be obvious to ...
by Mark James
Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning foreign languages
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: Learning foreign languages

Did beginners German for two years in college just as a supplementary subject. Fairly basic stuff and I got Bs in my exams yet I can't remember most of it. Wish I could speak more languages, I just reckon I don't have the brain for it. Did French in secondary school and hated it. German was much mor...
by Mark James
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What things have you been doing lately?
Replies: 33
Views: 1490

Re: What things have you been doing lately?

They might have kept them all the same so that they can continue to do those hilarious tooth fairy mix ups in their sitcoms.
by Mark James
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What things have you been doing lately?
Replies: 33
Views: 1490

Re: What things have you been doing lately?

Isn't there ridges on the paper money that you can feel with your thumb. There is on Euros anyway.
by Mark James
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?
Replies: 14
Views: 1072

Re: Tyson Fury: Fundamentalist bigot or misunderstood mental patient?

Ignoring Jono and Gevin's love-in (seriously, you two need to share a room at COLIN, I think) I wonder if anyone is interested in the view that Tyson is now being discriminated against, indeed "bullied" by people who dislike his Irish Traveller heritage? Me, I think it's perfectly reasonable to dis...
by Mark James
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.
Replies: 27
Views: 2446

Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.

Steven M. McCann wrote:Got to be Tyson Fury surely, beating a Champion who had held the title for 11 years in his own backyard
In what way was it in his own backyard? The fight was in Germany. Klitschko is Ukranian.
by Mark James
Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Finally got round to watching series 5 and 6 of Archer. Series 5 was a chore - the new set-up was tedious - while Series 6 was better and definitely benefited from returning to the spy agency side of things, but it's still not up to the levels of the first 3 series. The lack of Woodhouse in particu...
by Mark James
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Fair enough genius is probably too strong but in terms of being able to do broad populist humour the man is leagues ahead of anyone else. Compare his stuff to the tripe that is Mrs Brown's Boys or Miranda.
by Mark James
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Really like Peter Kay's Car Share. It's so sweet and twee that I should probably hate it but the man is a genius. He just knows how to do simple stuff like that.
by Mark James
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 39349

Re: Politics in General

Aye, steady on Mark. I love a good conspiracy theory but Icke is just a silly scattergun commentator who undermines himself endlessly, with seemingly no self-awareness whatsoever. He'll start off with something in the news - not necessarily a contentious thing - and then try to link it in to his gr...
by Mark James
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 39349

Re: Politics in General

The worst thing about it all is it makes nutters like David Icke seem right.
by Mark James
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cooking
Replies: 47
Views: 3346

Re: Cooking

If you want a starter, have some damn soup. You say that as if there's something wrong with soup. Soup is amazing. I love a good starter. One of the best I ever had was at a wedding, a little chicken in lattice pastry thing with an amazing sauce that I still don't know what it was but was the best ...
by Mark James
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Rob Grant left after series 6. that's why it went shit. I'd rate 6 better than 4 actually. Legion is one of the best written episodes ever. Really hard to pick an overall favourite episode though, too many good ones.
by Mark James
Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I know I've gone on about it before, but if - anyone - hasn't seen Arrested Development, I can highly recommend it. Best US sitcom since Seinfeld. Finally got around to watching it and really enjoyed it. Not as good as Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Curb imo but certainly one of the best in recent...
by Mark James
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 990
Views: 70455

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Congrats Ireland. Assume we're not that fussed about shocking handball decisions in qualifier play-offs now? I was never fussed about the Henry situation. I was more annoyed at Paul McShane's terrible defending than Henry handling the ball. We had already had the benefit of a poor handball decision...
by Mark James
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I'm a Celebrity...........2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1023

Re: I'm a Celebrity...........2015

Steven M. McCann wrote: he's a "Celebrity" only because of his parents,
As Karl Pilkington once said, "You could say the same about Jesus".
by Mark James
Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 39349

Re: Politics in General

Does anyone remember the case of the guitarist from heavy metal band Pantera who was shot on stage and then a policeman shot the shooter? Does that count as capital punishment? For some reason I have no problem with that even though it may still have been possible to subdue the attacker rather than ...
by Mark James
Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *
Replies: 100
Views: 7306

Re: The General Election of Thursday 7 May 2015 *

JimBentley wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jon O'Neill wrote:I'd like to see a Powerpoint on these at COLIN.
I'm looking forward to this.
You know. I have never really used Powerpoint. I've probably got an old version somewhere, but I've never done anything with it.

I'd like to do something with lasers.
You should try https://prezi.com/
by Mark James
Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Interstellar: Some flaws but loved it. 8/10
Birdman: Keaton is great, amazing editing. 8/10
Liberal Arts: Sky info button was misleading. 5/10
Jaws: One of the best ever. 9/10
by Mark James
Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 59048

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Just to be clear I love both albums. Where my lack of trust comes in is that I suspect there are people (not necessarily yous) who say they think it's better just to be hip or because it was the failed album and that they are the only ones who appreciated it and thus are a better fan. The same thing...
by Mark James
Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 59048

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Despite singing El Scorcho in my head all day, people who think Pinkerton was a better album than the Blue album.
by Mark James
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 163
Views: 24107

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Seven - Bad guys should win more 9/10
Braveheart - Quality historical revisionist torture porn 8/10
The Sting - As Jim said but better 10/10
Primer - What was that all about? ?/10
Falling Down - Douglas underrated actor, great script 9/10
by Mark James
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you earn?
Replies: 12
Views: 1103

Re: How much do you earn?

I don't get it either. I'm on a back to education scheme. It's the same amount as unemployment benefits so I get 188 euro a week.
by Mark James
Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 59465

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I'm probably missing something really obvious but, you know the circles on the threads of the forum that indicate when someone's made a new post and you haven't read it. Why does the text in the middle move on some and not on others?
by Mark James
Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 6141

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Really want a PS4 to play Bloodborne but just can't afford it at the mo. Still play Dark Souls and Tetris but FIFA probably takes up most of my gaming time. Still on FIFA 14 though. Didn't think it was worth buying a newer version until I get a new console.
by Mark James
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3773

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

Jennifer Steadman wrote: Anyone else prefer non-fiction to fiction?
I much prefer it. Can't remember the last time I bothered with fiction.
by Mark James
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Also 30 Rock is amazing too. Heard rumours there's a new season of Curb your Enthusiasm on the way too which would be great news. I think I might have mentioned it elsewhere on this forum but the best comedies of the modern era don't have laughter tracks. If a new comedy does I know I'm going to hat...
by Mark James
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Mark Deeks wrote:Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish. Well written stuff.
This is one of those shows I never set out to watch but if I do watch I enjoy.
by Mark James
Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43808

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Narcos is top. I watched the entire thing in a day a few weeks ago. Took a while to get on with the lead guy but I couldn't stop watching it. Started to rewatch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia again. On regular television I tend to stick with quiz shows and sport. I can't explain why but I also go...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Must Pop Words
Replies: 1
Views: 883

Re: Must Pop Words

Pretty good. It won't let me access the high scores though. I'm clicking on it and nothing happens.
by Mark James
Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 519
Views: 59048

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who say horr-nedd viper on Only Connect I would have thought that people still do it now out of a kind of tradition. At this stage I'd be upset if people didn't do it and I'd add people who didn't do it to this list because I'd feel like they were simply not doing it out of some kind of desp...
by Mark James
Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Photo Dump
Replies: 343
Views: 34042

Re: C4C Photo Dump

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Have to get me one of these. You can find this and more great stuff here http://jimllpaintit.bigcartel.com/
by Mark James
Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Photo Dump
Replies: 343
Views: 34042

Re: C4C Photo Dump

I was going to send it to Private Eye but it seems it was a bit of an obvious joke as I've seen a few variations on the internet since I (thought I) had made it up. Hate it when that happens. I know what you mean. I was thoroughly convinced I was the first and only person in the world to figure out...
by Mark James
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Post a picture of your fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1210

Re: Post a picture of your fridge

Jon Corby wrote:Is that Betty Boo on your fridge?
Don't think its her. Just looks a bit like her. Its' a Spanish flamenco dancer.