Posts from 12th February 2007

Feb 07

Only Begun To Fight!

FT + The Brown Wedge8 comments • 708 views

This is the first in an irregular series of posts looking at issues of FANTASTIC FOUR, “The World’s Greatest Comics Magazine”. There are several reasons I picked this title:

– It’s sometimes been very good and sometimes very bad over the course of its 45 years.

– It’s a barometer for approaches to mainstream comics. For a couple of periods in the early to mid 60s it was at the cutting edge of US comics, but mostly it has reflected trends not set them.

– It’s – mostly – starred the same characters throughout, so it’s also a good weathervane for characterisation in comics.

I won’t be attempting any kind of chronological critique of the FF’s mag: I’ll generally just hop around the comic’s history, posting when I feel like it. That said, this post is about FANTASTIC FOUR #1.


Nine reasons your IT guy/gal hates you

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9 Things The Non-Tech Savvy Do That Annoy Geeks has generated a lot of comments on Digg. So I thought I’d try posting my own (and then self-Digging this post in a pathetic attempt to get some hits. [nb this shouldn’t work])

Don’t get upset, it’s not your fault. It’s the curse of the specialist. Car mechanics could draw up a similar list and b!tching discussion, and grammar fiends do this all the time – hey perhaps there’s a Christmas gift-book best-seller in here somewhere. Anyway, I’ve been meaning to tell you…

(Three from the original article)
1 Getting aspect ratios wrong. DEAD RIGHT it’s top of my list. What’s the point in your nice widescreen telly if you are watching fat hollyoaks or even thinner movie stars. CAN’T YOU TELL IT LOOKS WRONG?
2 Double-clicking all the time. Seriously. Stop it d00dz.
3 Using Word for everything. You sent me an e-mail with nothing in it but a Word file that has three lines of text in it? Couldn’t that have just been in the e-mail. Oh and a Word document with a picture from the internet in it – handy! wah.

(and six of my own)
4 Fixating on ‘www.’ in URLs – The internets has moved on and left you for dead. (sorry Eli)


The Top 50 Women Who Really Understand Men

Do You See + FT + Proven By Science + Pumpkin Publog + The Brown Wedge12 comments • 2,735 views

minnie Irrational. Contradictory. Mad. The top 50 is an irrational list. But what do you expect – it was voted for by men!

We at Freaky Trigger towers were shocked when we saw the Observer Woman Magazine’s Top 50 Men Who Really Understand Women article – it seemed somewhat familiar! Surely, we thought, this couldn’t have been stolen from an up and coming Freaky Trigger article?? We hereby bring the publication of of Freaky Trigger’s Top 50 Women Who Really Understand Men forward for your delectation. In it, you will find women who understand men are drunks, women who understand their function as breast carriers, women who have carved out new ground within the fiercely competitive mens footwear market, and women who know that the true function of men is to be ground under heel like dogs. Your panel consists of a bunch of flabbergasted male drunks, and one exhausted female drunk who took dictation.



Lots of Random Cats

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Random Cats site found on Digg the other day. Fun if you have HALF AN HOUR to spend looking at them all. More fun that hitting refresh on your favourite off-line bulletin board.

Notes On A Pepper-Grinder

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Notes On A Scandal is a well made adaptation of a good, yet difficult book. Both are compelling, yet uncomfortable to watch and read. The impending sense of sadness and tragedy which fill both cannot exactly be described as entertainment – which is fine of course, we are not always about entertainment. But instead Notes allowed me to see the increasing North Londonification of London Cinema. And when I say North London I mean my hood: Archway, Crouch End & Highgate. Post Shaun Of The Dead, we got Breaking And Entering and now Notes On A Scandal which uses the Archway Road extensively.