March 2nd, 2018


Interesting Links for 02-03-2018

UK running out of gas, National Grid warns
(tags: gas UK infrastructure OhForFucksSake )
Theresa May admitted there could be no open border in Ireland if Britain outside the EU
(tags: UK Europe ireland )
Living in 'Demon's Souls' as the Servers Shut Down
(tags: games end_of_the_world )
An outraged Theresa May rejects her own EU withdrawal plan
(tags: Europe UK conservatives OhForFucksSake )
A short list of problems that having a smart dog can bring into your life
(tags: dogs Intelligence funny )
How Google has celebrated Wales every St David's Day since 2004
(tags: wales google )
Denmark plans double punishment for ghetto crime
(tags: denmark OhForFucksSake immigration crime )
Revealed: The Edinburgh bus driver who averted snow disaster
(tags: driving impressive snow Edinburgh video )
Why Scotland doesn't cope as well with snow as Canada does
(tags: Canada Scotland snow money )
Someone Put a Statue of Jason Voorhees in a Minnesota Lake For Divers to Stumble Across
(tags: water horror movies art statue )
States court Delta after lawmaker's threat to punish it for not giving discounts to the NRA
(tags: guns airplanes USA law OhForFucksSake )
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War moved up to April 27th
Gives me a little more chance of seeing it before I'm distracted by a baby ;-)
(tags: marvel movies )
St Andrews university is refusing to pay staff for doing their job
(tags: StAndrews strike work OhForFucksSake academia university )
Las Vegas Strippers Accept Bitcoin via QR Tattoos
This was the future you were expecting, right?
(tags: bitcoin sexwork LasVegas thefuture )
By 2055, no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority in the United States.
(tags: USA diversity thefuture )
Polar bear makes the most of the snow at Scottish wildlife park (lovely video)
(tags: bears snow video scotland )

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Why I haven't enjoyed any of the Pratchett adaptations I've seen

They keep filming them as comedies.

And in my head Pratchett characters aren't in comedies. They're in tragedies, or police procedurals, or adventure stories, or straightforward dramas.

Now, the narrator may well be telling those stories in an amusing way. And the characters may sometimes make jokes. And some of the situations may end up being ridiculous.

But in my head, when I'm read the books, the characters are definitely not doing "comedy acting". And specifically not "British Comedy Acting", where everyone's speech patterns leave spaces for the laughs and emphasises the punchlines, and generally acts as if they're acting on a stage, winking at the audience. Because, in my head, the characters have no idea that what they're doing is comedy. And if they're breaking the fourth wall then they're terrified that things from the Dungeon Dimensions will now come through the gaps and eat them.

The closest I can think of for how I'd like to see Pratchett shot is something like Thor:Ragnarok. Where lots of funny things happen, but there's also a lot of tragedy and drama, and none of the characters seem to think they're there for comedic effect (except, now I think of it, for Korg, who I found a bit grating sometimes).

(Jane says that the radio version of Night Watch was played fairly seriously, but I haven't heard that.)

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