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"Kick-Ass" kicks ass

"Kick-Ass" kicks ass

And Peter, who I saw it with, agrees with me. A lot of people are whining about this movie and how morally depraved and empty it is. Here’s why: Kick-Ass Red Band Hit Girl Trailer – Watch more Funny Videos But you see, those people are wrong. Charlie Jane Anders brings up the important point that superhero films create a context for acceptable violence, but I think her argument, that this narrative frame is similar to the frame surrounding consensual…

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My second "Bebop" post is up at Tor!

My second "Bebop" post is up at Tor!

And you can read it here. I’m slowly figuring out the Tor.com backend. It may sound strange, but at this point I think I’ve worked with just about every major blogging platform there is at one time or another. (I should put that on a CV somewhere, now that I think of it.) Even so, I find that I write most of my posts (for everyone, not just Tor) in HTML. It’s just easier, once you know the tags. Not…

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My first "Cowboy Bebop" re-watch post is up!

My first "Cowboy Bebop" re-watch post is up!

You can read it here at Tor.com. It’s been really hard to sit on this news. I’ve only told a handful of people, so it feels really good to show this post off to everyone. For a post regarding a series I’ve watched over and over, it took a surprisingly long amount of time. Frequently, I found myself wanting to cram in another detail or observation, feeling frustrated that I couldn’t talk about everything that makes Bebop as wonderful with…

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How NOT to read manga online

How NOT to read manga online

Okay, so you want to read some manga online. Good on you. It’s a rewarding pursuit, engaged in by millions of readers globally, of all types. You’re sure to find something that suits you: manga about flying, manga about fighting, manga about fucking. Different brushstrokes for different folks. You’ll love it. Wait. What’s that you say? You want to read licensed manga online? From commercial distributors? Well, that’s very noble of you. Let’s give that a shot. Let’s pick a…

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Friday Food Blog: Cheater's chana masala

Friday Food Blog: Cheater's chana masala

From Food Please excuse the blurry, stalker-esque photo. And yes, I know, today is not Friday. But I’ve been in love with chana dal since attending a Hindu wedding last summer. I first tried the dish during the mendhi celebration, when the groom’s mother prepared it for the women in his family. Instantly, I realized I would have to learn how to make it for myself. Although I had come to enjoy Indian cuisine since moving to Toronto (where the…

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Nick Simmons is lucky Kenpachi Zoraki's not real

Nick Simmons is lucky Kenpachi Zoraki's not real

Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons, apparently writes comics. And apparently, those comics flagrantly plagiarize panels, character designs and dialogue from Tite Kubo’s manga Bleach. The parallels are so close, Simmons’ publisher has halted production on his comic, pending an investigation. Pro-tip: if you plagiarize (jackass), make sure you go after small fry, and not, say, one of the top-selling manga in Japan and North America. And not copy the design of, say, one of the most popular cosplay characters…

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My first consulting gig

My first consulting gig

I had a really interesting meeting today. I talked with Justin Ferrato, a student of the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, about a project that he and his fellow Media Lab students are working on for Nuit Blanche 2010. I don’t want to give away the content of the project, but it sounds really interesting and I’m excited to see the final result. I was asked by a Media Lab faculty member, Susan LK Gorbet, (who I know from OCAD’s…

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In which I'm embarrasingly long-winded about anime:

In which I'm embarrasingly long-winded about anime:

A while ago, I proposed an SF Signal MindMeld column on anime, and this is the result. My section is by far the longest, but that’s because I spent the weekend watching anime and was feeling re-invigorated about the medium. I had lots to talk about, and I was still pinging about the subject on Monday. I felt a little embarrassed about how long-winded I was, but it’s also heartening to realize how engaged I still am about the topic….

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Quit chugging that blue Kool-Aid!

Quit chugging that blue Kool-Aid!

Say it with me now: “Avatar is not the Second Coming of Christ.” Granted, other viewers have articulated this same sentiment from a variety of angles. Peter liked the film as an experience but not as a story, and Scalzi explains why that experience works. And both Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz have mined the film from a post-colonial perspective. And still, I see thread after thread of comments declaring the film as the best of the year, the…

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