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Posted by Ken White

Imagine a local news channel in a small city. The channel starts running stories fed to it by criminals, thugs, and n'er-do-wells. The stories are uncritical and unquestioning. "Local methamphetamine dealers report that their product is more reasonably priced and safer than ever," goes one report. "Consent: is it an unfairly ambiguous concept?" goes another. "A career burglar explains why alarms are a bad investment," goes the third.

Seems ridiculous, like something out of The Onion, doesn't it? Yet we endure the equivalent all the time — news stories that are indistinguishable from press releases written by law enforcement or government.

Take the story of Patrick McLaw or Maryland. Several writers are posing troubling questions about whether McLaw was suspended from his teaching job, subjected to some sort of involuntary mental health examination, and his home searched based on the fact that he wrote science fiction novels set in 2902 under a pen name. Jeffrey Goldberg explains:

A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future.

Though I am generally receptive to believing the worst about law enforcement and local government, I was skeptical when numerous people emailed asking me to write about this. I suspected that more than two books were at issue. Subsequent reporting suggests that McLaw may have sent a letter that was the trigger of a "mental health investigation":

Concerns about McLaw were raised after he sent a four-page letter to officials in Dorchester County. Those concerns brought together authorities from multiple jurisdictions, including health authorities.

McLaw's attorney, David Moore, tells The Times that his client was taken in for a mental health evaluation. "He is receiving treatment," Moore said.

Because of HIPPA regulations mandating privacy around healthcare issues, he was unable to say whether McLaw has been released.

McLaw's letter was of primary concern to healthcare officials, Maciarello says. It, combined with complaints of alleged harassment and an alleged possible crime from various jurisdictions led to his suspension. Maciarello cautions that these allegations are still being investigated; authorities, he says, "proceeded with great restraint."

What's more, he told The Times, "everyone knew about the book in 2012."

We need more facts before we draw firm conclusions, but for the moment, I think there is reason to believe that the story may be more complicated than the provocative "authorities overreact to citizen's fiction writing" take.

But it is not at all surprising that people would leap to that conclusion. Two factors encourage it.

The first factor is law enforcement and government overreach. When schools call the police when a student writes a story about shooting a dinosaur, and when law enforcement uses the mechanism of the criminal justice system to attack satirical cartoons or Twitter parodies, it is perfectly plausible that a school district and local cops would overreact to science fiction.

The second factor is very bad journalism. The Patrick McLaw story blowing up over the long weekend can be traced to terrible reporting by WBOC journalist Tyler Butler in a post that was linked and copied across the internet. Butler reported McLaw's pen name as a sinister alias, reported as shocking the fact that McLaw wrote science fiction about a futuristic school shooting, and quoted law enforcement and school officials uncritically and without challenge. Faced with the bare bones of the story, any competent reporter would have asked questions: is this only about the two books he wrote? Was there a basis, other than fiction, to think he posed a threat? Are there any other factors that resulted in this suspension and "mental health examination?" Was the examination voluntary or involuntary? Is it reasonable to suspend and "examine" someone and search their home over science fiction?

Even if authorities refused to answer those questions, a competent reporter would discuss them. "Authorities declined to say whether any factors other than the two books led to the investigation," Tyler Butler might have written. Asking the questions and reporting on them might have restrained our temptation to believe the worst. Instead he gave us this:

Those books are what caught the attention of police and school board officials in Dorchester County. "The Insurrectionist" is about two school shootings set in the future, the largest in the country's history.

Journalists ought to ask tough questions of government and law enforcement, to present us with the facts we need to evaluate their actions. But too often they don't. Too often journalists run with law enforcement "leaks" without considering how the leaks impact the rights of the suspects, or asking why the government is leaking in the first place. Too often journalists allow themselves to be manipulated by law enforcement, not recognizing the manipulation as the important part of the story. To often journalists accept the headline-grabbing take rather than the less scandalous but more correct take. Too often journalists buy access with the coin of deference. Too often journalists report the law enforcement spin as fact.

That's why when a local news channel reports matter-of-factly that a man was detained and "examined" over science fiction, it doesn't occur to us to question the story. Just as it's entirely plausible that the government might do it, it's entirely plausible that journalists might report it without criticism, analysis, or apparent consciousness of how outrageous it would be.

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Posted by Amy Ratcliffe

It’s only a month until we see Elsa from Arendelle make her mark in Once Upon a Time’s Storybrooke. The Queen swept into the small town populated by characters from fairy tales at the end of season three, and though we’ve seen some official photos of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Sven, this is the first video showcasing Georgina Haig in her icy role (she wasn’t cast at the end of last season).

The Hollywood Reporter shared a teaser of Elsa striding into town, and while it doesn’t tease any of the Frozen plot, it’s worth watching. Elsa glides down the main street with chilling effect as the rest of the cast looks on dressed in the garb of their fairy tale personalities. Mr. Gold has his Rumplestiltskin makeup, Regina is in her full Evil Queen attire, and everyone else is dressed to the nines. That’s likely just a fun twist for the teaser, but it does make me wonder if Elsa somehow brings the enchanted realm into Storybrooke. Take a look:

Regina’s, “Here we go again…” reaction is pretty great. I can’t wait to see how Storybrooke is affected by Elsa and how they’ll make her an antagonist without making her a total baddie.

Besides Elsa, we know that Anna, Kristoff, Prince Hans, Pabbie the Troll King, and another character in a mysterious Frozen-related role will join the series. Anna is marrying Kristoff, and whatever the specifics of the Frozen story are, they’ll last through the first 11 episodes.

Season four of Once Upon a Time premieres on Sunday, September 28th.

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Posted by Alicia Lutes

No doubt riding high on the viral news that is/was the Robin Hood Monkey (I mean, because obviously), Saturday’s upcoming episode of Doctor Who has taken a bit of a folkloric turn in the “Robot of Sherwood.” And it looks like this one’s gonna be a funnyun’ (not a Funyun, though — that’d just be weird).

We feel this is a thing that should go without saying but because this is the Internet, it’s always better to be over-safe than sorry: spoilers — big ones! — lie ahead for Saturday’s brand new episode of Who, folks. Proceed with caution if you’re afraid you’ll see something you don’t want to. (Also maybe stop clicking on stuff that looks so obviously spoilerrific.)

The Mark Gatiss penned episode features a veritable smorgasbord of British comedic talent, including Tom Riley and Ben Miller as Robin of Locklsey and the Sheriff of Nottingham, respectively. And while some of you out there may be thinking “wait a second — but wasn’t Robin Hood not even a real person? Wasn’t he just like, y’know, a folkloric character and/or amalgamation of medieval outlaws with a positive spin?” Just know that, trust, those sort of concerns will be dealt with in the episode itself.

So while we wait for Clara, the Doctor, and the TARDIS to touch down in medieval Nottingham forest, how’s about we look at the bevy of photos the BBC released to help quell the unyielding, exhausting anticipation that is “waiting for the next episode of Doctor Who to come on”? The struggle is so real. But at least these images have a bunch of super great colors in ‘em, eh? (It’s the little things, folks.)

So — How excited are you for the Doctor and Robin Hood to meet? Because we’re feeling totally Merry Men about it.

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Posted by Rachael Berkey

“Downton is catching up with the times we live in,” says Mrs. Hughes in the new season 5 trailer of Downton Abbey which was released by ITV yesterday. As we’ve followed the upstairs and downstairs scandals, joys and sorrows for the past four seasons, we’ve seen old world problems clash with the new, and the new season looks to bring us even more upheaval on the estate.

From an actual fire that looks to be heating things up to Lord Grantham bursting in on Jimmy Kent and an unknown woman in flagrante delicto, this new season promises to keep our pinkies quivering with anticipation as they jut out ever so slightly from our tea cups. Does Mary have a new suitor? Will the Crawleys lose a grandchild by theft? And in grander conversations of society and equality, the servants question the basic human rights they are afforded below stairs while Isobel Crawley asks the same question of the Dowager Countess in the drawing room.

The new season will introduce new cast members Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Šerbedžija to Downton. Grant joins the show as Simon Bricker, a guest of the Granthams; Chancellor as Lady Anstruther, former employer of Jimmy Kent; and Šerbedžija will play a Russian refuge who fled his homeland after the First World War.

Downton Abbey will premiere in the US on PBS starting January 5, 2015. It premieres in the UK on September 21, 2014 on ITV.

What are you hoping the new season brings to Downton Abbey? Tell us in the comments below!

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The Vineyard (1989) Review

Sep. 2nd, 2014 08:34 pm
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Posted by Jonny Dead

the vineyard posterStarring, written and directed by James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), The Vineyard is an atypical zombie film about the mad Dr. Po who is known for his wine making. Unbeknownst to the public, Dr. Po is only kept alive by a potion that requires human blood, a vampiric formula of sorts, so he has a host of victims chained up in his mansion to feed his youth. Out in the vineyard however are even more horrors in the form of the restless dead that come out of the ground at night. Although the focus really isn’t the zombies in this little cheesefest, it can still fit along nicely into our Month of the Living Dead.

The film opens on Dr. Po in the middle of what turns out to be a nightmare, and then that pales in comparison to reality when he wakes up and begins to transform into some ancient-looking monstrosity until he is able to drink some of his blood-laced youth serum. It’s at that point that we’re exposed to only a small portion of his dungeon of donors. Then when a group of actors show up thinking they’re auditioning for a movie role, there’s only trouble to come for all of them, but there is one particular actress that Po has his sights set on. And to make matters worse, Jezebel (Popcorn‘s Karen Lorre) seems inexplicably drawn to the mad doctor.

For some mostly undefined reason, the vineyard is also packed with zombies that we are basically left to assume are the restless bodies of former victims. Dr. Po seems to have some limited control over them, just enough to keep them at bay most of the time. Then there’s the room that Po’s henchmen are even afraid to go near.

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James Hong brings the kind of cheese and campiness to this film that Vincent Price brought to most of his, and that’s saying a lot. Without a doubt his enthusiasm for the movie comes out through his character, and injects the kind of charm into The Vineyard that can only be the result of passion and sincerity, no matter how misplaced. “So bad it’s good” comes to mind, but it’s really not that bad of a film. Instead, with some quite impressive makeup effects (particularly in Po’s transformation scenes), it just has that charming quality that has to be experienced to be understood.

The rest of the cast is about what you’d expect from low budget 80′s horror, with the inexplicable attraction between Karen Lorre’s character and Hong’s character, the various bodyguards and henchmen that are master fighters until that point that the good guys really need to get through, and then the expendable cast of oh-so-80′s visitors that make up the bodycount. The zombies aren’t anything new, but there’s a hint of a Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things influence in a couple of them.

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The Vineyard packs just about everything but the kitchen sink into a fairly goofy 95 minutes, from voodoo to vampirism, zombies and transformation. It’s an appropriate demonstration of the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none”. It all amounts to good fun, and there’s plenty to enjoy, but none of the elements are carried out to their fullest potential. Still, those looking for a brainless, entertaining watch with just the right amount of zombie in this age of over-zombification, it’s definitely an enjoyable film, and available on Netflix instant at the moment. So kick off the Month of the Living Dead with a trip to the vineyard.

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Posted by John Scalzi

I’m back on the road, and here’s what the road looks like today. Not too bad. The hotel room I’m in tonight has a jacuzzi. I feel like I should listen to some smooth jazz or something.

In any event: Denver! Come see me tonight! 7pm at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Colfax. Here are all the details. Come and (you know this part by now) bring everyone you know. The more the merrier.

Tomorrow: Seattle, at University Bookstore, also at 7pm. Also will be a blast.

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Chris Roberson & Patric Reynolds' "Aliens: Fire and Stone" #1 brings readers to planet LV-426 as the colonists try to dodge the violent creatures.

Poem: "Titanium Transformation"

Sep. 2nd, 2014 03:38 pm
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This is the first freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] pinkrangerv. It also fills "the cost of magic" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It contains spoilers for Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.

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Posted by Jill Pantozzi

YouTubeIf you think you’re seeing more stories about people being jerks or otherwise getting up to criminal mischief online, you’d be right. But it’s not because it’s happening more often, it’s because more people are taking a stand against it.

Whether you’re a celebrity, internet celebrity, or a regular surfer of the old world wide web, you’ve either witnessed harassment taking place or have been harassed yourself. As I said in my post about the recent photo theft, the internet is a cesspool.

You may remember us reporting on Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams, signing off social media for an undetermined amount of time as a result of heinous users harassing her. Yesterday, she tweeted “Thank you” along with a link to her tumblr which contained a quote from Harvey Fierstein: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

Excuse me for a moment…


Twitter vowed to take a stronger stance against harassment, yet the last few weeks have proved they haven’t. Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian have both witnessed varying degrees of harassment with Sarkeesian recently needing to leave her home for fear of safety. And after being vocal about not blaming the victim (specifically Jennifer Lawrence) for the stolen photos being posted online, I personally received harassment (which isn’t new territory for me). I banned/reported as necessary but the users went on to harass my followers and friends and are still active on the site. I also reported two instances of Lawrence’s photos on Twitter itself and those accounts have been suspended. It’s telling what gets immediate action and what does not.

Sarkeesian, and many others, are fighting the uphill battle against harassment and victim blaming. According to her, the most recent came from the police. You know, the ones who are supposed to fight crime.

Meanwhile, YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, has decided, “screw it, I’m done with comments!” It’s something Sarkeesian did away with on her YouTube videos long ago and something her detractors have railed against specifically and will not let go, claiming freedom of speech. Which, you know, is not how that works.

Here’s Kjellberg’s explanation video. Fair warning, he says “bros” a lot. Apparently that’s a thing. Talk of comments starts around 2:40.

He says, “I go to the comments and it’s mainly spam, and people self-advertising, it’s people who are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these, just all this stuff that to me, it doesn’t mean anything. I don’t care about it. I don’t want to see it. I just don’t care.”

So what did his subscribers have to say about it? According to Kjellberg they’ve been fairly supportive, even if they don’t like the change. He suggested allowing people to comment if they paid money, which he would then give to charity, but has since nixed the idea. I did a cursory search of his replies and so far have not seen a rape or death threat over it (though one threatened to kill him in his sleep if he didn’t follow him). I also noted others saying he’s made rape jokes in the past so I’ll leave you all to debate what this all means. I need to go pet my cat.

(via Yahoo, Polygon)

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Posted by Victoria McNally

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After hundreds of private nude photographs were stolen from celebrities’ phones and then posted to the Internet without any of their consent, many theorized that this security breach pointed out a huge  flaw in cloud-based storage systems like Apple’s iCloud. Today Apple acknowledged that while these celebrity accounts had been accessed through them, their iCloud system was not technically breached in any way.

The official statement reads:

When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone.

Apple urges its users to strengthen their passwords and enable two-step verification for their accounts (instructions for both can be found at Apple Support), and notes that they are working with the law enforcement to track down the person responsible for the hacking.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the FBI also notes that they are “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter,” but that “any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”

Obviously the men and women who were targeted this weekend were not responsible for the theft and proliferation of their own private photos, and those who are responsible should face strong repercussions; furthermore, we obviously need to continue pointing out the cultural factors that lead people to commodify and humiliate women (particularly famous ones) for their bodies and/or sexual desires in the first place. But in the meantime, if all this talk of hacking has made you uncomfortable using iCloud at all, you can also learn to disable your photo stream completely over at Forbes.

(via Mashable, The Hollywood Reporter)

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Posted by Daniel Nazer

Update: On August 28, 2014, EFF asked the Federal Circuit for permission to file a short amicus brief in this appeal. Our brief argues that the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank requires that Ultramercial’s patent on showing ads before content (but on the Internet!) be invalidated as abstract. Since this case has bounced back and forth between the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit, this is now the fourth amicus brief EFF has prepared arguing that the patent is invalid.

Is adding “do it on the Internet” enough to make an abstract idea patentable? That’s the question for the Federal Circuit when it considers, for the third time, Ultramercial’s idiotic patent on showing an online advertisement before a “media product.” The Ultramercial case is the first big test for the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank. If the patent stands, the Federal Circuit will be insisting on business as usual. If it falls, many other abstract software and Internet patents should soon fall with it.

The Ultramercial case has been bouncing around the federal courts for years. In 2010, a trial court held the patent invalid on the grounds it claimed an abstract idea. On appeal, the Federal Circuit reversed, finding the patent non-abstract because it “clearly require[s] specific application to the Internet and a cyber-market environment.” The Supreme Court then sent the case back to the Federal Circuit for reconsideration. In a remarkable decision by former Chief Judge Randall Rader, the lower court thumbed its nose at Supreme Court authority and upheld the patent for a second time. The defendants returned to the Supreme Court. EFF filed an amicus brief urging the Court to take the case and find the patent abstract.

While the second Ultramercial petition was pending, the Supreme Court decided Alice v CLS Bank, holding that adding “do it on a computer” does not make an otherwise abstract idea patentable. Today, rather than issue a ruling on the merits in Ultramercial, the Supreme Court issued what's known as a "GVR order," sending the case back to the Federal Circuit (again) for reconsideration in light of its Alice ruling.

In a sane world, Ultramercial would be an easy case. Tying an abstract idea to the Internet (or even a “cyber-market environment”) should not render it patentable. Also, courts must not be conned by the faux-complexity of the claims. The Supreme Court cautioned in Alice that patent eligibility should not “depend simply on the draftsman’s art.” The techno-babble in Ultramercial’s patent, and the Federal Circuit’s credulous treatment of it, is a good example of exactly the opposite.

Patents like this one, which are the favorite weapon of patent trolls, should never have been granted in the first place. But since the USPTO has already flooded the system with thousands of similarly vague and abstract patents, we need courts to strike them down before they do any more damage. And we need judges to rule early in litigation (like here and here) so that defendants—especially small businesses and startups—don’t have to spend millions to defeat a bad patent.

Back in 2010, after the original trial court decision, Mike Masnick of Techdirt wrote that the Ultramercial case would be “worth watching.” Since then, the patent has become a poster child for stupid software patents. Nearly four years later, we’re still watching to see if the courts will protect innovators from a patent that should never have issued.

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Journal, 26/8 2014

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Very foggy this morning. The sun showed up later, bit too late for it to affect my choice of what to wear though.

Got up, went to my first grammar lecture. It was surprisingly fun and interesting, probably because I understood more of it than I thought I would. Then it was straight on to the American Literature and Culture seminar - Thoreau, Resistance to Civil Government - which was also interesting, although I still think I talk to much. No-one else really does, though!

Afterwards I had lunch in the cafeteria while finishing a library book. It had nothing to do with my studies, but I should have handed it in yesterday so I really had to finish it. Then I did some grammar questions and faffed around a bit, and then went into town on an errand. It wasn't supposed to take long, but I got distracted by a photo exhibition outside on the way. Our constitution is 200 years this year, and so someone decided to exhibit pictures of those groups who fall or used to fall on the outside of society, such as disabled people, the Sami, drug addicts, Roma, and our soldiers and war veterans. It was very powerful, although I didn't catch who was exhibiting.

Eventually I got home, had dinner, did some job-related things, and then settled down to read as much of The Scarlet Letter as possible before the lecture tomorrow morning. This is what I should have been doing during lunch earlier...

Journal, 25/8 2014

Aug. 25th, 2014 10:13 pm
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Grey, a little wet. Blue sky behind the clouds.

Woke up warm and comfy, sort of remembered my dreams for once. Started out a little late and stayed that way. Tried calling my doctor to get a new prescription but couldn't get through. They have a mobile to text as well, so I tried that.

Somehow got to the lecture on time, American Literature and Culture again. Still quite interesting, but I still did some journaling and wrote a bit of fanfic. Afterwards I read for an hour or so, then had lunch. A Global English lecture followed, and then I stopped by the library on my way home to pick up some books. I've so far managed to avoid buying most of the books for my courses by borrowing them, and I hope I manage to keep it that way for the rest of the semester.

Mum isn't feeling well and she's also got a cold, so I had to go shopping on the way home. Normally that's not a problem, but on Mondays I have a lateish last lecture and I really just had time to shop, come home and have dinner before I had to leave again for band.

When I came home again I had remembered that I also needed to write and send some job applications. I usually have a template now, so it didn't take too long, but I still ended up working late.

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Posted by Sam Maggs

You all know what we here at The Mary Sue think of Milo Manara’s variant cover for November’s Spider-Woman #1. But this weekend at Dragon Con, the folks at SparkNotes asked Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick what she thinks of the whole debacle—and her answer is as cool as Kelly Sue herself.

Obviously Kelly Sue is choosing her words very carefully in this interview; she’s employed by Marvel, and Manara himself has drawn the new Captain Marvel. But she goes out of her way to say that she understands the problematic aspects of the cover, and the mixed messages it sends to the women who are coming “in droves” to read Marvel comics. It’s always nice to hear a strong and influential female voice in the comics community speak up about important issues, and I’d say Kelly Sue doesn’t let us down.

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Posted by DarkJoney

Hey guys, I worked on this last evening, and I want to see how community will rate it. I really want to develop my own product, with multiengine architecture. For concept, I think about Bitdefender, MBAM and Kaspersky. Also, it's will be cool to make own Proactive defence, I already imaginased name - DynamicWatch. I post it here to know our opinion about this design, and what do we think about usability. And yea, I will work more on Metro style app design. Thanks.
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The Sailor Punkz, by Cuppa-tan (SFW)

Sep. 2nd, 2014 03:56 pm
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Why this piece is awesome: Starting off my Sailor Moon recs with a bang! I love "bad girl/girl gang" takes on the Sailor Senshi, because it celebrates in a different way something that I think is very important to the show's legacy ... that whole sense of empowerment and inspiration that a generation of girls and women (among others) got from such teen-girl-centric power fantasies. Part of what's important in the manga/anime/etc is the fact that in many ways the Senshi are deeply, unabashedly "girly" ... but that makes more blatant homages all the more enjoyable for me. Anyway, I'm rambling, but ... it's so in-your-face and FUN. :) The messy cartoony style and bold colors suit it nicely, and I love their faces.

Link: http://cuppa-tan.deviantart.com/art/The-Sailor-Punkz-318198285
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Creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart discuss the origins of their very bad dog, and the rule by which Mr. Pickles lives -- or kills -- by.

I should have put an alpaca instead

Sep. 2nd, 2014 03:41 pm
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Bad Bang is live.

No points for finding me! Come fight me about historical accuracy in the comments! But I think I ought to actually wait to link until the reveal. I am kind of afraid to look at the the rest of the fic/art now. But my fic got a truly glorious bad photomanip, so yay.
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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People is back with an another anthropological look at the habits of smart people—this time in their natural habitat: college. Just remember, idiots: These videos are more about us smart people being able to laugh at ourselves than anything else, but feel free to laugh along with us.

Check out the trailer for The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People season two for a look at the other topics the series will cover:

(via Above Average)

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