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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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