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Feb. 6th, 2016 09:45 am
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Last night, my host sat down with a pile of books in her hands and said “By the way, I do a little origami” and busted out like, A BUNCH OF GREAT ORIGAMI and some awesome books, and proceeded to show me the highlights so I could choose from among them.

I happen to have two decks of Captain America cards, and I had brought one with me because it’s always nice to have a deck of playing cards when you travel, and when I saw the “Playing Card Box” I knew…I had to make A CAPTAIN AMERICA CARD BOX.



I’m super duper pleased with how it came out. I’m going to make at least one more out of the deck I have with me. I have a collection of playing cards at home that I never quite know what to do with, so I might break into those as well when I get back.
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Posted by Alex Bean

Deadpool Has That Weird Wayne Rooney Dream Again

The promotional barrage continues for next week’s [release date: February 12, 2016] “Deadpool” with our anti-hero experiencing that weird Wayne Rooney dream yet again…

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Posted by Dan Wickline

Non (Chris Vance) and Astra (Laura Benanti) seem to be at odds over the fate of Kara (Melissa Benoist) in the next Supergirl. Astra gives specific orders that Kara is not to be harmed, so Non uses something called a Black Mercy which he says she has everything her heart desires… and makes that sound very menacing. He also speaks of Myriad and initiating the next phase. Seems like the Kryptonians are going to be making some noise.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 PM on CBS.

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Non And Astra At Odds In Latest Supergirl Clip

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Greg Anderson-Elysee writes,

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A couple of weeks ago, I launched the Kickstarter for my first comic, Is’nana the Were-Spider. I was surprised at the immediate response the book garnered and the amount of money the campaign raised, meeting my goal within the first 3 days. A lot of the messages I was getting from backers of the campaign were from parents, in particular fathers, thanking me for creating a book that not only showcased a young Black hero, but also focused on his relationship with his father, Anansi the Spider, also known as the West African God of Stories. Quite a few backers have told me they were looking forward to sharing this story with their children.

When it comes to comic books, the theme of parentage plays a prominent role in certain characters’ backstories. Clark Kent would not have been such the upstanding citizen known as Superman if not for the upbringing from his parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent. Wonder Woman will always be Hippolyta’s little girl, no matter whether she succeeds or fails. Thor will always butt heads with Odin while proudly carrying out his name as Odinson.

Yet the chances of a parent staying alive in a superhero/comic book are rare. Deceased parents, a trope all too common in superhero stories, is often an important component of that character’s origin. Bruce Wayne’s war on crime every night dressing up as the Batman is a reaction to the death of his parents. Peter Parker takes up the responsibility to be a hero at all costs after his father figure, Uncle Ben, is shot by a robber whom Peter previously let get away due to pride and arrogance.

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Not every superhero has a parent involved in their mythos. There are a lot of heroes (and villains) whose parental upbringing we haven’t been introduced to, and some simply referenced or briefly showcased. A good number of superheroes tend to become parents in their own right, their characterization and development being presented as the next stage of their lives, in a sense “aging” and maturing them.

Knowing how important my parents – ALL of my parents, including my step parents and aunts who have raised me – are important to me and my development, some supportive in some of my pursuits, some disappointed in other aspects of my life, I tend to appreciate seeing family moments in comic books, in particular father and son moments. Given that I didn’t grow up living with my father, I always loved and appreciated him for always taking the time out to have me over, to come visit me, and support me in every way he can. It may have been an extremely messy situation between my parents when it came to me, but my pops made sure to be there, and knowing many people who either don’t know their fathers or may not have a strong relationship with theirs, its something I appreciate more than many people know. Maybe more than my dad actually knows.

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I find myself disappointed at the number of actual relationships between fathers and sons when it comes to Black characters. We don’t get to see many bonding moments when it comes to black fathers and sons, like flashbacks that show a father being there to teach them how to ride a bike or teach them right from wrong and other touching moments. Due to the disappointing numbers of representation for characters of color, it really isn’t that much of a surprise when you really think about it, but at the same time it does make you rack your brain trying to figure out a comic book that actually has a focus on a Black father and son. We have T’Challa the Black Panther who strives to live up to his father’s legacy as the King of Wakanda, but the actual showcasing of their relationship really isn’t focused on. Static is probably one of the rarest comics that actually show a loving relationship between a Black father and son. More recently, we have the more troubled and complex relationship between Miles Morales and his father, a relationship that many children (and adults) struggling with themes like sexuality and the fears of coming out to a parent can relate to, with Miles Morales’ father being prejudiced and a bigot against mutants or beings with powers. There’s also the struggling dynamic between Cyborg and his father, Silas Stone, currently being written and fleshed out beautifully by David Walker, and also Blue Marvel’s relationships with his sons, one of which attempted to be his father’s nemesis but eventually reconciled, an on-going subplot developed by Al Ewing in his Avengers books. To be perfectly honest with you, most of those relationships I had to really think about or ask some of my Black comic geek friends and peers if any came to mind, with it generally taking them a bit of time to really think of many options that made us say, “Oh yeah! I forgot about that one!”

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There are also some stand out moments in some indie books, like Sean Anderson and his touching scenes with his father in Robert Jeffery II’s Route 3, moments of both tension and love. And also Midnight Tiger by Ray-Anthony Height.

My upcoming comic book, Is’nana the Were-Spider, is generally a story about a Black father and son (although the father is more so a spider, but Anansi as a Black figure in African mythology is still of importance to this tale). Anansi the Spider is the West African God of Stories. He is one of the more popular Black mythological characters in the Black Diaspora, portrayed in various media and represented in various ways, from a Godlike figure to a hero, and on some occasions a villain! Whether known or forgotten, the character has a legacy. I created Is’nana, the son of Anansi, to act as his legacy, not only biologically but also in keeping his status alive. Is’nana is a bit of an oddball next to his siblings, and especially compared to Anansi. Anansi in the old tales is a selfish, rude, clever, charming, annoyingly self-absorbed trickster who gets himself into all types of trouble. Is’nana, unlike his father, is kind-hearted and generous, self-deprecating, but seeks to make his father proud while attempting to figure out his place in the world. Their differences will surely have them clash and butt heads, but like a lot of family and friends, their love and appreciation for each other will always be prominent.

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Despite Anansi the Spider being rough around the edges, at this point of his life he wants to leave a mark on the world by being a good example for his son, Is’nana, although at times it’s very hard to see due to his weird personality. While Anansi is very combat ready, he knows there are other means of fighting for his existence. But push him in a corner and poke him long enough, he will fight back. And that’s especially prominent in Is’nana, who in a sense is a bit of a pacifist, which leaves Anansi both worried for his son’s safety but comforted knowing he raised an empathic child.

Finding a character one can relate to in terms of race, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, experiences, etc, is something many readers strive for. It continues to be a major topic in the fight for diversity. Black love is an aspect that many Black readers feel is lacking in comic books. The portrayal of Storm and Black Panther was such a hot topic for the comic community; their divorce was seen as an attack against Black representation among a lot of Black readers who enjoyed seeing a loving Black power couple. Black love also counts for all showcasing of Black relations, be it romance, family, friendship, etc.

I can only hope Is’nana the Were-Spider can help fill a void that I feel is missing when it comes to representing a relationship between a Black father and son. While not directly based on my father and mine’s personalities, I still couldn’t help but think of moments with my father and I while I wrote this book. This book became a bit of an ode to all my parents, in fact.

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Loving relationships between Black family members is something that I will continue to wish to see, especially in genre pieces like fantasy and sci-fi. Although I wasn’t a fan of the movie After Earth, it made me really happy to actually see a science fiction film that focused on a Black family. There honestly aren’t many genre films with a portrayal of a Black family of that caliber, so that alone would have prompt me to want to support such an effort. I’ll continue to want to see more of these relations and I can only hope more creators become conscious of this to want to portray it, especially when we continue to want to see products that reflect the world we live in and have products that we wish our kids can look up to see themselves as those heroes standing tall and proud. Just like that, we could also aspire to see the loving parents who played a part in the development of those proud heroes. What do we have to lose?

Special thanks to Jude Terror of theOuthousers.com, Okwudili Uded, Brent Lambert, and Toby Quested of Chocolate City Comics.

The Curse Of The Dead Parent In Comic Books

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Posted by Dan Wickline

In this new clip from LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Justice League: Cosmic Clash… which is a very long title… we see that Brainiac is channeling Sheldon Cooper as he prepares to take on the Justice League… in alphabetical order.

LEGO DC Comics Super Hero Justice League: Cosmic Clash will be available digitally Tuesday or on Blu-ray / DVD March 1st.

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Brainiac May Have OCD In Newest LEGO Justice League Clip

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Film Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies REVIEW: I’ve never been a fan of Jane Austen, or her novels. I understand and respect them for their place in history, and I ...

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I’m a stalker. Not a virtual stalker, a real life stalker. The good news is that Douglas Coupland—author of Microserfs and Generation X—doesn’t seem to mind.

Snatching my camera, Coupland reassures me in his smooth Canadian brogue that “electrons are free, one of these has to be OK,” before firing off 20 selfies, while I stand here in shock.

Text Butt 2015 by Olaf Breuning (credit: Lucy Orr)

This may be somewhat at odds with the art that he's here to promote at the hot new Whitechapel Gallery exhibition, Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), which has just opened to the public in London. Coupland's large mixed media pieces are black and white photos with Piet Mondrian-like coloured cubes, or black and white stripes stuck over them. Titled Deep Face, the images (see gallery below) represent a critique of Facebook’s face recognition software.

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A South Carolina teenager has sued a Colorado television station over allegations the station broadcasted a picture of his erect penis taken from a cell phone video uploaded to YouTube.

The case, known as Holden v. KOAA, asks for $1 million in damages and accuses the station, its reporter, its parent companies (NBC and Comcast), and other defendants of violating federal child pornography laws, invasion of privacy and negligence, and other allegations.

According to the lawsuit, the teen was 14 years old and living in Colorado at the time of the incident. (The incident occurred two years ago, but Ars will not name the individual as he is still a minor.) The cell phone video had been taken of the teen and put online as a way to blackmail him. His father’s girlfriend, Heather Richardson, soon contacted the KOAA TV station to let them know about the situation. KOAA sent a local reporter, Matthew Prichard, to the family’s home in Pueblo, Colorado, where Prichard interviewed the boy and filmed the offending material. The suit claims that the boy’s father specifically told Prichard to keep his son’s name out of the report.

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Posted by PartyBusDriverHatesMannings!WeHatesThemPrecious!

Well it’s been a while bit Sleepy Hollow is back. As always, be aware that there will be spoilers beyond the jump.

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COTD Signup

Feb. 6th, 2016 02:00 pm
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Posted by Pie 'oh' Pah

COTD Signup

Some days you’re gonna get screwed either way.... what’re you gonna do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Well, you can still sign up for a COTD post!

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Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Johnny Cupcakes is a T-shirt brand with retail outlets designed to resembles bakeries. As you do. A popuar brand using their distinctive logos…

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They’ve also been known to, um, reflect other people’s brands as well.green_plumber_tee_3b14b1aa-1707-4d92-9b8b-98d840dbaf1e_1024x1024

Well now their attention has turned to Deadpool. Though they prefer to refer to this shirt as “Mercenary Crossbones”.

Have you ever seen a talking cupcake? How about a talking cupcake that kills? Well if not, now you have! A true hired gun, this Cupcake & Crossbones will take any contract, big or small, as long as there is bloodshed involved.

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And they have a “Mercenary Big Kid” as well.



deadpool_big_kid-1_1024x1024Hopefully Marvel’s lawyers will be too amused….

 

Johnny Cupcakes Do A Deadpool T-Shirt – Almost

Festivids recs list

Feb. 6th, 2016 02:07 pm
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These are pretty much all of what I've watched, generally just trying the fandoms I know. (The vids are all still anonymous at this stage). You'll find any warnings/ratings on the vid posts.

Recs )

The full Masterlist is here if you want to check out what teeny tiny fandoms now have extremely shiny vids made for them. :-)

About that humidifier...

Feb. 6th, 2016 09:35 am
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Remember a few days ago, when I ordered a calendar and a certain online retailer that we all know and love/hate (frequently both at the same time!) sent me a humidifier instead? They sent me a link in my account to theoretically print out a return label, but when I tried to do so I got an error message. Three times. So, you know, I contacted support again going "help?" very pitifully.

Basically? They ended up saying something along the lines of: "yeah, we don't know why it's not working and don't want to go to the trouble of fixing it so just keep it."

Which, you know, works for me. Yay, free humidifier! \o/

For such a small one, it works surprisingly well. I set it up last night, and there's already a noticeable difference in my apartment. The ridiculous amount of static electricity in the air is basically gone, and my skin already feels less dry. It's in my bedroom right now, and I honestly might end up buying one to set up in the living room as well.
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Posted by Mark Wilson

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There have been changes aplenty at Twitter as the company fights to remain relevant in an increasingly crowded social marketplace. There have been rumors that the famous 140-character limit could be dropped, and we're already seeing Twitter dropping the requirement to be logged into an account in order to see conversations. Just like Facebook, Twitter has also experimented with changing the order in which content appears in users' timelines, and it seems like this is something that's due to spread to everyone.

The company could be on the verge of launching a new algorithm-powered timeline that displays tweets not in reverse chronological order, but based on what it thinks you might want to see. Before the change has even been implemented, there has already been something of a backlash, with many people suggesting this could be the death of Twitter. The hashtag #RIPTwitter quickly started trending and is home to vocal opposition to the change.

While nothing concrete has been confirmed by Twitter, we already know that timeline changes have been previewed to small groups of users. Buzzfeed reports that the new timeline structure could roll out to everyone as early as next week, and a Twitterstorm has blown up questioning not only Twitter's motives, but also its future.

One of the main arguments being voiced against changing the way tweets are displayed is that it takes control away from users. The Twitterati have chosen who they want to follow on the site, they don't need to have content surfaced that they 'might be interested in'. Without knowing quite how the algorithm works, it's hard to say whether its implementation will simply mean seeing broadly the same content in a slightly different order -- which could play havoc with people trying to follow a narrative through tweets from numerous people -- or if Twitter will take this as an opportunity to extend its advertising and promoted tweets programs.

Twitter is accused of trying to ape Facebook, and users are angry that the company should be so arrogant as to assume to know better than individuals what they might want to see. In choosing who to follow, users have already indicated what or who they are interested in; bringing other content to the fore runs counter to this idea.

But it might not all be bad news -- if, indeed, you regard the timeline change as bad news. NBC's Josh Sternberg suggests that the algorithm may not be forced on everyone, but will in fact be optional:

https://twitter.com/joshsternberg/status/695794971669098498

This is certainly not the first time the death of Twitter has been predicted, but the angry outbursts that the latest timeline news has led to is pretty much unprecedented. Twitter may not be dead, but it certainly treading a dangerous line and risking alienating large swathes of its users.

It has even inspired poetry:

https://twitter.com/C4Compete/status/695905793196089344

#RIPTwitter? Maybe not. But Twitter does need to start listening to what its users are saying they want -- an Edit button, anyone? -- rather than continuing to tell them what they want.

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Auto close Firefox after set period?

Feb. 6th, 2016 02:04 pm
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Posted by /u/Mr_Drizz

I'm pretty bad at just leaving Firefox open and many tabs signed into sites when I walk away from the PC. I also have Lastpass installed, and I have this to auto logout after a set period of time. This got me thinking, is there a way to have Firefox close after a set period of inactivity?

Thanks

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Removal of Firefox Panorama

Feb. 6th, 2016 01:45 pm
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Posted by /u/johanegp

So Firefox Panorama, which is one of the best unique features of Firefox, is being removed.

And I shouldn't worry because someone will create an addon which will be ready someday, not necessarily being on time or as good as Panorama. Too bad this extension will eventually be deprecated by the changing extension environment, but that's life.

And I assume all current tab groups will be simply merged into one. But because it's feature used by a small percentage, then it's ok I guess... They are a minority and their opinion doesn't matter in the great Firefox community consensus.

Is that really it?

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Crimson Peak Mind Blowing Moment:

Feb. 6th, 2016 01:59 pm
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forgottenghosty:

The dog in the movie is a breed known as Papillon.
Papillon is french for “Butterfly.”
When its ears are dropped it’s called Phalene, french for “Moth.”

Some deep thought had to have gone into picking this dog for the movie.

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Posted by Sampo

We just discussed “Attack of the The Eye Creatures” in the the episode guide discussion, and along comes Troy with a timely question…

I’d be interested in knowing what other MSTies think is the least successful attempt at humor in a MSTied movie. Personally, my money has to be on the 40-year-old frat guy from “Ring of Terror,” who kept trying to do… well, I guess you could call them impersonations. When your schtick is so noxious it makes even the normally laid back Joel chant for your death, you know you’re in over your head.

I’m going to have to go with Bruno’s head-conking bit at the end of “Wild World of Batwoman.” Oh my sides.

What’s your pick?

Weekend Discussion Thread: Worst Movie Attempts at Comedy originally appeared on Satellite News on February 6, 2016.

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