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Month: October 2008

My open-source body.

My open-source body.

There’s a moment in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels after the caper is finished when Vinnie Jones’ character bids farewell to the four main characters and says simply: “It’s been emotional.” Which rather sums up how I’ve been feeling, lately. My friend Emru Townsend, co-editor of Frames Per Second Magazine, recently had a bone marrow transplant to help treat a pernicious form of leukemia. However, despite the full engraftment of his new stem cells, Emru is now facing a…

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On "Supernatural"

On "Supernatural"

I should have listened to Henry Jenkins¬†when he talked about Supernatural. (And to everyone who pimped Supernatural to me.) Because then I would have grown accustomed to this level of awesome: This is Jensen Ackles, who plays “Dean” on Supernatural, doing his “Eye of the Tiger” routine as a special feature to the latest episode. After seeing this, it’s impossible to not to imagine John McCain doing the same each time he begins a rally with the song. (And I…

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"The Von Neumann Wives"

"The Von Neumann Wives"

Dear Story Entitled “The Von Neumann Wives,” Thanks for appearing to me last night. That was very nice of you. I like it when you guys show up. Really. I just wish there could have been some notice, first. Otherwise I would have known to get some other things done, beforehand. Like some more Foresters, or a bit more research for my Fullmetal Alchemist-meets-cognitive narratology paper. Or, you know, some baking to fuel said pursuits. Some espresso-infused brownies perhaps. Because…

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Things only tangentially related to the story I'm writing:

Things only tangentially related to the story I'm writing:

UCSB study finds physical strength, fighting ability revealed in human faces Subjects were asked to rank the physical strength or fighting ability of the people in the photographs on a scale of one to seven. When the photographs depicted men whose strength had been measured precisely on weight-lifting machines, the researchers found an almost perfect correlation between perceptions of fighting ability and perceptions of strength… They also found that perceptions of strength and fighting ability reflected the target’s actual strength,…

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Democracy, let me show you it.

Democracy, let me show you it.

Americans living abroad, like me, can still vote in the upcoming federal election by registering as an absentee with VoteFromAbroad.org. Answer some simple questions, and the wizard develops a fresh voter registration form for you. But if you really don’t want to bother with all that, and you’re already registered (and you remember the details of your registration, such as which county you lived in when you registered), you can just download the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). But after…

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Review: Astral Project

Review: Astral Project

I found out about Astral Project via this post at MangaBlog, and I’m glad I did. Because even if this story didn’t have call girls, cults, and free jazz beats that literally pull you outside your body, it has one very special thing going for it: it makes me feel like I’m back in Japan.

Porno and children and manga, oh my!

Porno and children and manga, oh my!

I just finished a new post over at FPS about the recent developments at the intersection of fandom and the law, specifically whether anime and manga featuring children in explicit situations still counts as child pornography. (In Canada, it already does.) The argument for this definition states that even though the images are drawn and rendered rather than photographed and filmed, they still incite arousal on the part of the pedophile, and therefore encourage criminal behaviour. The argument against it…

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DTV Monster Hits: my introduction to mashups

DTV Monster Hits: my introduction to mashups

¬†You know, even without getting into postmodernity and schizophrenic time and juxtaposition, I’d say that my generation was primed for mashups and AMV’s. Not least because I once made it a point to watch my well-worn Betamax copy of this very special, taped off television in 1987 by my uncle for me and my cousins, ever year. My dad cloned a copy, Ring-style, and each October I would decide which afternoon was dreary enough to merit watching the tape again….

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All dressed up with nowhere to go.

All dressed up with nowhere to go.

I have just come to the startling realization that Mr. Ashby would look spectacular in a Rorschach costume: He even has a fedora. And a trenchoat. And, you know, I could probably cosplay Sarah Palin (who would be hot for Rorschach anyway, given his leanings). If I had a party to go to.

Project: Rooftop

Project: Rooftop

Sometimes I stumble upon links which make me absurdly happy. Case in point: Project: Rooftop, which unites both pro and fan artists around the huge drawing board that is the history of superhero costume design. My favourite so far is the tribute to Stephanie Brown, AKA Spoiler, AKA Robin. Stephanie got a raw deal from Detective Comics, which they have recently tried to repay. But whatever you might think about the wisdom (or lack thereof) of DC writers, you can’t…

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