Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category
Word from comiXology now after many hand-wringing updates overnight is that Apple didn’t prevent comiXology from pushing to iOS apps, but comiXology made the call. In a letter on their blog page, comiXology CEO David Steinberger noted:
Ric’ Originally Wrote on April 9th:
Apple Computer’s been pretty absurd about trying to prevent mature individuals from enjoying mature content on their mobile devices.
What’s so special about mobile devices? Nothing, except that Apple has implemented a file system and application system that they can control, they can prevent the user from using for any content. There is only content Apple approves of, on apps Apple approves of. And they’ve been your nanny since day one.
But now they’ve gone a little nuts.
Tomorrow, one of the finest comics available, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, will not be available in digital form on iOS devices. This is due to two “postage stamp sized gay sex scenes” that appear in the magazine. They’re kind of background images, literally like someone left a TV on in a scene, context is ambiguous and not flamboyant.
Still Apple takes umbrage, and is shutting down all iOS apps that might try to down the comic. No iPad, no iPhone, no. Because they’re trying to protect you from an image you can walk into any comic store tomorrow and buy without showing your driver’s license. And it’s not the first nudity or sexuality in the magazine. It’s undoubtedly because of the gay context that they get out their big censor stick.
This is a crime against art.
I’m not exaggerating, Saga is one of the best comic books available today. Smart, inventive, human, witty, lovely, and unique.
All things Apple used to be.
And now they’re just disappointing.
Sometimes we have to put the tech, and the presenting and the other stuff geeky aside and just enjoy a glass of wine.
But maybe we can combine a few of these. The latest tech in wine storage. The geeky flavor of an impromptu unboxing and demo. All on a Friday afternoon.
I’m a big fan of books. Not just the stories, but the book construction as well. From bindings, paper choice, typeset, typography, layout, it’s all interesting to me.
Mark Z. Danielewski is most famous for House of Leaves, an inventive experimental work of layered stories and typographic morphing of most everything we think of as the printed page.
In this video I do a short review of House of Leaves for those who are not familiar with the work (and to allow those familiar with it to berate and chastise me for “getting it wrong” I suspect) and then do an unboxing of his latest work The Fifty Year Sword, which comes in a unique box and exhibits some of the same traits found in House of Leaves.
I hope you enjoy, and I hope those trying to make a purchase decision on this book are aided in their decision making.
Every now and then I start off a blog entry with “I really don’t write often enough…”
But that’s not really true. I write a ton of stuff, it just doesn’t always end up here. The articles I write very rarely have to do with things I’ve written elsewhere. (Irony, on reflection I see that the post just prior to this touts a review I wrote elsewhere. I’m simply not paying attention. But I’ll write on as if I hadn’t noticed that.)
What I need to do is rechannel efforts, make blog entries about or completely repeating writing I’ve done for other sources – that is when it’s not against some standing prior agreement. This does seem to be a factor in blogging success – let’s see if I can remember it.
Boring yet? Let’s move on.
So with that in mind, I invite you to view a series of articles composed of my pictures from Comic Con 2011. Some of you may know of my association with the website Fanboy Planet. I produce a weekly podcast and occasionally have prose pieces that appear there. And every now and then, there’s a fun set of photos.
- Comic-Con 2011: Nothing But Costumes, Gallery 1
- Comic-Con 2011: Nothing But Costumes, Gallery 2
- Comic-Con 2011: Nothing But Costumes, Gallery 3
- Comic-Con 2011: Nothing But Costumes, Gallery 4
There are likely a few more to come.
If you’re interested, you can follow me or Fanboy Planet on Facebook, or check back here to see when I update.
Now some of you may note that there are far more women in far less clothing in these pictures than there are men.
There are two reasons for that:
1. There simply are more women in costume at comic con, and they do it so much better. It’s a sewing thing I expect.
2. I’m a guy.
August 12, 2011
For the last four years I’ve produced a weekly podcast and occasionally written articles for a web site called Fanboy Planet. There’s no money in this, but usually it gets you into conventions, occasionally it gets you into great parties, and quite often it delivers great swag. The cost of most swag is that you must review it, and this week my review of the first season of the 70′s science fiction show Space:1999 is up for your reading pleasure. I’d repeat it here, but I’d much rather send you off to Fanboy Planet where you might read and listen to a great many other fun things.
In the meantime…why not go to Hell?
Every once in a while a little book comes along that sheds light on our desire for intimacy, our determination to grow spiritually, and our collective yearning to define the boundaries of the soul.
The Five People You Meet in Hell is not that little book.
A sensitive everyman, Edgy works a meaning-less job at a seaside tourist trap. When a freak accident sends him to "the other side," he encounters a series of strangers compelled to explain the meaning of life. Running the gamut from annoying and incoherent to irritating and hard to follow, these individuals all share a basic desire with virtually every other soul in the universe: to make quick money from a made-for-television movie.
The Five People You Meet in Hell is as illuminating as a short-circuited night light and contains all the insight of a chocolate-dipped fortune cookie (with none of the fat). If you’ve ever died, expect to die, know someone who has died, raise alpacas, collect Hummel figurines, breathe air, or enjoy line dancing, you must buy this book. You will never think about thirteen bucks the same way again.
If you experience erections lasting more than four hours, please consult your physician.
Rich Pablum lives in Idaho, where he covers competitive yawning for the Edison County Courier. He is researching his next book, Ventriloquism for Dummies.