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You can find more info on my userinfo page - but this is just here to say that I'm very happy to be friended by anyone that wants to read me. I rarely post friends-only, and that only tends to be about things that mention work, so if I don't friend you back you're not actually missing much...

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I rather liked "The Wicked + The Divine"
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I think the first Kieron Gillen comic I read was his work on Thor, which was great*. I then picked up his indie book "Phonogram", which I enjoyed, even if it felt a bit basic - reminding me of early works by comics writers I liked in the 90s. I was intrigued to pick up the first trade of his new book, which had been getting quite a lot of buzz.

The Wicked + The Divine is clearly the work of a more experienced writer. It's structured better, it's got better dialogue, and the whole thing moves along very smoothly. It's had several moments I didn't anticipate at all, some nice characterisation, and some frankly gorgeous art to go along with it.

The basic setup is _very_ Vertigo - every ninety years a group of twelve Gods reincarnate into mortal forms. Within two years, all of them will be dead. We start with the cryptic ending of the 1920 cycle, and then move to the modern day, where we set up rivalries, intrigue, and possibly even a little bit of murder.


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I'm not entirely hooked yet - the writing isn't as good as, say, Grant Morrison at his best, although it's in the same vein (albeit on less drugs). Similarly, the art feels half-way between Steve Dillon and Phil Jiminez - solid, engaging, with some nice flourishes. I'm actually finding it hard to tell if it's not quite as good as the things I loved then, or if it's just much harder to have that kind of emotional effect on a 42-year-old...

It's certainly good enough that I'll be picking up more of it. And if you miss the early days of Vertigo then you'll almost certainly enjoy it.

7.5/10

*Even if it slotted into a rather frustrating situation where JMS had taken Thor from being largely unread to being very popular, causing the publisher to decide to create a corporate cross-over around it, causing JMS to walk away without finishing his arc.



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Sometimes, I am less than sympathetic to anti-copyright campaigners
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Boing Boing has a story - Youtube nukes 7 hours' worth of science symposium audio due to background music during lunch break.

a) Who puts up a 7 hour video unedited? Complete with the lunch break?
b) Yes, that music is owned by someone (probably several someones). Feel free to lobby for the law to change, but you don't get to use someone else's recent music without their permission. I think copyright overreaches a lot, and would limit it severely, but "I put someone else's recently-made music in my video" is definitely something copyright should cover.
c) For God's sake, edit the lunch-break out of the video and put it back up. And while you're at it, chop it into sensible chunks and put them up as separate videos - how hard can that be???



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Deep Blue Sea. But with Dinosaurs. I can live with that.
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I need to know what you think of JK and JRR
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BOOK FIGHT!

Harry Potter
27(29.3%)
The Lord Of The Rings
65(70.7%)

MOVIE FIGHT!

Harry Potter
26(31.0%)
The Lord Of The Rings
58(69.0%)

In my friends-circles...

It would be embarassing to admit to liking Harry Potter
2(2.1%)
It would be embarassing to admit to liking The Lord Of The Rings
0(0.0%)
Neither of these would be embarassing.
94(97.9%)

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I just love this picture so much
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Sadly, I have no idea where it's from. But those dwarves aren't getting's precious, precious gold.



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If you update to Android Lollipop and find your phone is stuttery/slow...
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My phone updated to Lollipop last week. So far I like it a lot, with a couple of minor usability bumps.

One of those was that my phone was intermittently slow. Switching between apps sometimes ground to a halt for a few seconds, and scrolling in Firefox would stutter on long pages.

So I did some searching, and what I found was this, where someone noted the steps that Google's tech support took them through when they phoned to complain about their phone suddenly being very slow.

Now, these are the steps for a Nexus 5, so I am absolutely not saying they will work for any other phone. And if you try this, your phone implodes, and you are left with shards of glass embedded in your ceiling, then it is absolutely not my responsibility.

But having followed these steps, my phone is now working much more smoothly.
You turn off the phone, then hold the power button and volume down to go into the boot loader.

Then hit volume down till it says Recovery, and hit the power button to select.

Then you will see the android lying flat with the words "No command." underneath.

This part took a few tries, but you now briefly hold down the power button for about half a second to a second (not too long or the phone will restart I think) and WHILE HOLDING DOWN THE POWER BUTTON, tap the VOLUME UP BUTTON and LET GO OF BOTH.

This will bring you to a menu with several options, like loading from ADB (sorry if I said that wrong), along with an option to Wipe Cache. Use volume buttons to scroll down to Wipe Cache and hit power button to select. It will prompt a couple of status messages as its doing so (takes a while, about 10 minutes), and afterwards it will bring you back to the previous menu with the first option now being to Restart the phone. Select that one, give the phone about 10 minutes to not just boot up to the home screen, but let all the startup actions take place, let your apps ping the servers or whatever else, and then you should be good to go.
Warning: There are people commenting on there saying "I waited for five minutes, thought it had crashed, and rebooted, bricking my phone." If you are going to try this, then be patient. It will probably take _at least_ ten minutes to run through. If you're going to get bored after anything less than an hour then just don't do it.

(And don't ask me for technical support here. I'm just following instructions written by some random person on Reddit. Frankly, that's the stupidest way to do anything technical _ever_, so any advice I have should not be listened to in any circumstances.)



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I need to know what you think of the presumption of innocence
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Someone is accused of a crime...

I can make up my own mind whether they're guilty or innocent, independent of the justice system
12(16.0%)
They're innocent until a jury is convinced of the evidence
46(61.3%)
SEIWEIC
17(22.7%)


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(Reminder: Contentious subject, please stick to attacking ideas, not the people expressing them.)

Some very impressive magic tricks
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Last week I read this long, fascinating, article on Ricky Jay, one of the best magicians out there, and one of the few with a real, deep, interest in the history of magic tricks.

And that led me to watch this video of one of his sets. He's damned impressive.





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A massive step forward for virtual reality
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I've played (thanks to cairmen) with an Oculus Rift dev kit. It was pretty amazing. But one of the main questions* was around control systems.

When I'm playing a game normally I'm using a keyboard/mouse or a gamepad. Either way, I'm _mostly_ looking at the screen, but occasionally looking down to work out why I'm pressing all the wrong buttons, or reminding myself which button "A" is.

You can't do that with a Rift - your eyes are completely enclosed, and there's no way to see the controller, so re-centering yourself after you've lost your bearings is really hard. And if you put the controller down for a second...

Meanwhile, back in the dark days of 2010, the "Leap Motion" was launched. Essentially a small, chocolate-bar sized, detector that can tell where your fingers are, it failed to find any real traction. There just weren't enough uses for it, it was a bit glitchy, and frankly you were better off with a mouse/keyboard or a touch-screen for most uses.

And then some people had a genius idea - strap a Leap Motion to the front of an Oculus Rift and use it to detect the hands of the person wearing it. Like this:


And now you've got something which is constantly detecting exactly where your hands are, works entirely intuitively, and gives you an actual workable control system for virtual reality.

Workable enough, in fact, that you can strap the office cleaner into it, and she picks it up in moments:


More details, and a good video of it being used to control something more complex here.

*Other than, I wonder how they're going to stop version two from making people sick.



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QOTD: On Evolutionary Psychology
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Overheard on FB.

My observations suggest that men are just hardwired to believe in evolutionary psychology. I guess, millions of years ago on the African Savannah, there was an evolutionary advantage to the hunting sex being able to jump to swift, simple conclusions based on minimal data, & leave the detailed understanding to the Gathering sex who were evolving the skills for nuanced, dynamic theorisation.




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I need to know what you think about errors and welfare
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andrewducker
No system is without error. No system perfectly captures the real world. This means that any bureaucracy you encounter, whether computerised or manual, is going to sometimes unfairly reward the undeserving or penalise the purely unfortunate.

With that in mind, you can design a system so that it's lenient - allowing more people to pass through it, including those that shouldn't - or so that it's strict - preventing anyone who has even the slightest whiff of dodginess from achieving success.

How would you design yours?

I would rather have a welfare system that

Gave 0% extra money, 5% get less than they should
0(0.0%)
Gave 1% extra money, 4% get less than they should
0(0.0%)
Gave 2% extra money, 3% get less than they should
0(0.0%)
Gave 3% extra money, 2% get less than they should
2(2.7%)
Gave 4% extra money, 1% get less than they should
6(8.0%)
Gave 5% extra money, 0% get less than they should
67(89.3%)


(In real life, of course, getting down to an "extra payouts of 0%" probably means that more than 5% wouldn't get their money. And vice versa. The closer to "perfection" you get, the harder it becomes to move that extra step.)

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