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Saying hello / Re: Hello, compatriots!
« Last post by Disreputable_Stave on November 11, 2013, 10:24:56 PM »
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Feedback / Aerial Transmitter interference.
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on November 07, 2013, 02:08:18 PM »
Hello all

This really applies only to what I've discovered in the UK but would like to know if any of you people reading this have had problems with your DVD recorders in the past year or so. if you've read up on the likes of Google, that the mobile phone  4G transmitters are the recognised culprits.

I've moved my aerial (in the attic makes it easier), especially as a few inches or feet difference I can be picking up three different TV transmitters. I've given silver foil protection to keep microwaves out. I've even got a slightly more expensive aerial booster with a working signal adjuster. All have worked for a short period of time before the problem comes back.

Much of the time, the signal messes up at different times of the day, specifically around the hour mark and will prevent recording. Often with the TV itself, the sound will go but if you have a Q.Menu, change the sound setting and back will sort that one out.
 The regular times would tie in with 4G usage and likely to be worse with 5G on the horizon.

  I'm not entirely convinced the commercial filters will do much and reading the various reviews they don't appear to that effective.
  I put my thinking cap back on when my research this week pointed out that 4G uses the higher frequencies and that there is a crossing with the digital channels.
  Now although I use an LG DVD recorder, this should apply to other recorders. Look amongst your settings for one dealing with Frequency and see what it's set at. There should be two settings, approximating to 900 and 600. If it's on 900, switch it to 600 and test over the periods you have the most problems. This should take it below the 4G level.
   My first day and no obvious problems recording when in the past week I couldn't record anything. The problem could still come back but rather than give a few weeks before I said anything, it would be useful if any of you having a similar problem to try around the same time so there would be some up-to-date info.

  If it works or doesn't, can you leave a message here please.

Feedback / Re: Daisy sentient sentences
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on November 07, 2013, 01:38:08 PM »
Every day you learn to write a new date down, you have to forget the previous one.
Saying hello / Re: Hi all, any old Bablylon 5 fans here?
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on November 07, 2013, 01:35:13 PM »
Hello Andy

I think its probably more to do with continuity and multiple repeats. Even UK channels are a little nervous about that or why else isn't The X-Files not being shown neither.

IDW Joins The Party At Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

Publisher’s Big Plans For L.A.’s Big Convention

 San Diego, CA (October 31, 2013) – Over the weekend of November 1st – 3rd downtown Los Angeles will be taken over by one of the fastest growing conventions: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. For IDW’s first appearance at the show, the publisher is bringing along some very special guests and exclusives.
 On Saturday November 2nd at 10:30 AM in room 308AB join Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, and IDW President Greg Goldstein as they set the stage for IDW’s upcoming 15th year anniversary. Bring some questions, and come prepared for a lively discussion in a unique town hall format. You just might walk away with a free book! With sneak peeks, and a few tricks up their sleeves, this will not be a panel to miss!
 Be sure to stop by the IDW booth (712) to pick up the Comikaze exclusive variant of Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #3 by John McCrea featuring Stan (The Man) Lee! Along with this special $10 variant, IDW will have a library’s worth of your favorite books to stock up on! And watch the IDW Facebook and Twitter feeds for special deals on books throughout the show!
 Throughout the convention the IDW booth will also host a number of great signings:
Friday November 1st
 3:00 – 4:00  Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
 5:00 – 6:00  Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
Saturday November 2nd 
 12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
 1:00 – 2:30 The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch, & Special Guest
                                                Kevin Eastman (of TMNT fame!)
 3:00 – 4:00  My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs
 4:00 – 5:00  Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
 5:00 – 6:00  Amelia Cole & The Unknown World – D.J. Kirkbride
Sunday November 3rd 
 12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
 1:00 – 2:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs
 5:00 – 6:00  Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry
 Stan Lee’s Comikaze is set to have its biggest year yet, and IDW is excited to be a part of it!

 Diary Date: Thursday 7th November 6 – 7pm

Behind The Sofa is a collection of over 100 celebrity memories of Doctor Who, and we’re delighted to be playing host to some of its contributors. Signing, at the London Megastore on Thursday 7th November from 6pm, will be: -

·      Ben Aaronovitch
·      Sophie Aldred
·      Steve Berry
·      Richard Herring
·      Robin Ince
·      Katy Manning
·      Al Murray

 A life-long Who fan, Steve Berry decided to do something a little different to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research. He began to interview celebrities, writers, actors asking for their earliest memories of the show that sent us cowering behind the sofa. Now he presents the fruits of his four years of labour - a beautiful, touching book containing short articles and touching memories of one of the most successful TV shows ever. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO - this is the perfect way to enjoy those 50 years!

This revised and expanded edition includes over 30 new entries from people such as comedians Al Murray, Stephen Merchant, and Bill Oddie; actors Lynda Bellingham, Nicholas Parsons, and Rhys Thomas; writers Neil Gaiman, Jenny Colgan, Jonathan Ross and Charlie Brooker and politicians Louise Mensch and Tom Harris. In addition, there is input from a number of the writers, actors and production staff who were involved in creating the show!

Forbidden Planet, London is the largest store of its kind in the world. The biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comics have visited us for signing events, including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.

For more news about our signings please go to:

Starfarer's Tavern / A superior intellect
« Last post by andyw1691 on October 09, 2013, 09:09:42 AM »
Now here’s a thought. In Count to a Trillian and its sequel The Hermetic Millennia we have one Illation Montrose who was initially a normal but intelligent human. He then inject a serum which makes him a post human genius dramatically increasing the power of his brain. He is able for example to logically divide up his mind to deal with different tasks or problems. It also gives him the ability to control his body down to a cellular level. At one point he adjusts his eye’s sensitivity and image processing sped to give him an advantage. Despite all of these improvements and vast intellect Montrose remains human with very human emotions including anger and bearing grudges.

Now the crux of this post – is it reasonable to assume that a superior intellect would still retain normal human emotions?

Just wondering…
Saying hello / Re: Hi all, any old Bablylon 5 fans here?
« Last post by andyw1691 on October 09, 2013, 07:42:01 AM »
What surprises me about Babylon 5 is that its not being re-run on any of the UK cable channels. It would make a welcome change to all the various flavours of Star Treck that keep getting shown.

I wonder if the studio is asking to much...

Starfarer's Tavern / Re: What is it with dragons?
« Last post by andyw1691 on October 09, 2013, 06:40:50 AM »
Aha! So you think we evolved do you?

There was a wonderful line from the comedian Sarah Milligan to one of her guests: "Just how hairy does a man need to be before they are still technicaly a monkey?"

Seems as though a few of us still have a way to go  ::)
IDW: The Most Explosive Panel of 2013!
Saturday, October 12 -- 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Room 1A10
 Join IDW's Dirk Wood, Chris Ryall, and Scott Dunbier, along with acclaimed creator DARWYN COOKE and another surprise legendary guest, as they set off an explosion of exciting new projects for 2014 and beyond. Includes three announcements that are sure to set the Con on fire! This panel will be a true one-of-a-kind experience that has to be seen to be believed!
IDW Presents: Taran Killam’s Illegitimates
Sunday, October 13 -- 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM, Room 1A14
 Fresh off his "night job" the evening before, SNL actor/comedian Taran Killam is appearing alongside co-writer Marc Andreyko and IDW's Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall, to discuss his exciting new comic-book series, The Illegitimates! Come get the lowdown on the new series, the new SNL season, and plenty o' laughs at this special panel delivered Live from New York!
YOE! Books Presents: Fiends, Ghouls & Haunted Horror!
Saturday, October 12 -- 4:15 - 5:15 PM, Room 1A06
 Join the award-winning comics historian Craig Yoe for a lively discussion and Q&A session about the pre-code classic comics that gave you night terrors! And make sure and swing by Craig Yoe’s booth at the show, #588!
IDW Publishing: Creator Visions
Sunday, October 12 -- 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM, Room 1A10
 Join IDW's VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood, and a virtual cavalcade of today's most exciting creators. Featuring rising stars from David Wohl's Darby Pop imprint, the creative team from the hit digital "America's Army" comics, and much more, come down and witness Wood and company pulling back the curtain on IDW's most exciting new projects for 2014!
WILL.I.AM's Wizards & Robots
Friday, October 11 -- 1:45 - 2:45 PM, Room 1A23
 Musician and visionary creative is launching a special project with IDW, Wizards and Robots. Will is making his first-ever comic-con appearance to discuss the comic, chat about futurism, and how he just might change the comic-book world through this unique project. 
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