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Friday Wrap-Up: Too-Sexy Superheroes, D&D meets Google+, Paranormal Activity 3, and more…

September 30th, 2011 by Rick · No Comments ·

And there you have it, folks: another week in the rearview mirror. Not much to say about it right now, but keep an eye on the site here for some info about my New York Comic Con plans, which solidified this week and will have me at the show and serving an interesting role. (No, I won’t be dressed up as a comic book character.)

Here are this week’s links:

— If you’re wondering what to do with those old 3.5-inch disc drives lying around, here’s one creatively geeky option:

(via @jmbloustein)

— I mentioned last week that DC was taking some heat for the way a few of their female characters have entered the “New 52″ landscape (DC’s massive reboot of their entire line of characters). Case in point: this interview fantasy author Michele Lee conducted with her 7-year-old daughter about one of her favorite superheroes, Starfire, who received a sexed-up redesign in the new DC universe.

“What about this Starfire? What do you think about her?”

“I can see almost all of her boobs.”


“Well she is on the beach in her bikini. But…”


“But, she’s not relaxing or swimming. She’s just posing a lot.” *my daughter appears uncomfortable*

“Anything else?”

“Well, she’s not fighting anyone. And not talking to anyone really. She’s just almost naked and posing.”

From the mouths of children… But hey, it’s not like they’re the ones buying comics, right?

— My buddy Rob Lammle is using Google+ to conduct a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. I’ve never actually played any D&D (no, really!) but I feel like this is a pretty cool — and ambitious — use of Google’s new social media platform.

Here’s some of what he had to say about the experience so far:

The reason I thought G+ might work for a play-by-post campaign is the concept of Circles. Creating a Circle with only the players in it has definitely helped cut down on the clutter; however, if you’re a busy poster like I am, it only helps so much. Players still have to search through a lot of non-game posts to find the next in-game information. To that end, I was really excited to see Google recently added the ability to search Google+ posts. It may not be perfect, but we’re using a custom hashtag (#robsgplusdnd) to designate our D&D posts and, in conjunction with a saved search for that hashtag, it’s working out pretty well.

So if you want to see what’s up with the game, you just click on that saved search and it takes you right to those posts. The search results default to the Most Popular posts for the hashtag, but you can easily click Most Recent to see the latest posts. It would be nice if you could set one or the other as the default, but that’s definitely a First World Problem in the big scheme of things.

You can read more about it on his website, where he details more of the process.

— I’m a big fan of the Paranormal Activity movies, so you can probably imagine how many times I rewatched the latest trailer for Paranormal Activity 3. A lot of people ragged on the second film, and though I thought it wasn’t as scary as the first, it was still a great little scare-fest.

I’m ridiculously excited about the third movie, which serves as a prequel to the others. Here’s that trailer:

Scary stuff!

— I’m of mixed opinion when it comes to those interns suing the Black Swan studio because they were basically just unpaid assistants instead of students receiving some on-set education. On one side, I agree with Matt Singer at IFC, who argued that it was their responsibility to realize they were being exploited and find a better gig. Internship horror stories abound, and it’s hard to believe anyone could go into an internship without knowing what constitutes a bad situation.

However, I also feel that since they’re interns, we shouldn’t expect them to know how the industry works, and it makes sense that they only realized they were being exploited after the fact. Similar to the stance we should take on anyone who commits crime against children, the people doing the abusing are supposed to know better, and we shouldn’t blame the victims for not extricating themselves from the situation.

Now I know this is nothing like child abuse, but it does fall into that middle ground where we’re not sure whether to blame the arrogance of the exploiter or the ignorance of the victim. What’s the cutoff point? What determines the stance we should take?

Tough questions, and I’m terribly interested in finding out how this case answers them (if at all).

— On the Doctor Who front, check out io9’s coverage of the Doctor Who spoof on Community (which is a show I really should start watching).

Inspector Spacetime, eh? Brilliant!

— In other news, I’m not sure whether to be entertained or terrified of this chipmunk sleeping in a girl’s hair:

— If you’re interested in media philosophy, my friend Kevin Marshall (no relation) has an interesting analysis of a recent controversy that erupted in the Capital Region regarding a Times Union writer’s tongue-in-cheek column that made fun of the BuffaloBills and their fans. Apparently, there’s fury on all sides with this one, as commenters are spewing all of the venom one would expect with a sports-related opinion piece, but that’s not the only weird element of it.

As Marshall explains it:

According to [one of the fans quoted in the piece], the tone of the interview was light and he was given the impression that an entirely different piece was being constructed than what was eventually published. Which, as Lydia Kulbida pointed out on her blog, sometimes happens. What isn’t acceptable is that she took hisquotes out of context to make him look foolish, shoving him into a media pillory and embarrassing him on a grand scale. She never gave the impression that she would use anything resembling the tone and slant she ended up with, and when confronted about it, she replied to him and said that she told him that the article was going to be about the fans needing a reality check. Which is flat out not true: the only reference to a “reality check” was when she asked him if the game against the Patriots was going to be one for Bills fans.

Owch. While I usually side with the journalists in scenarios regarding intent and final text, the details Marshall outlines are pretty damning when it comes to the writer. I think the angry sports fans have a point on this one.

— Finally, I know this cat is terrified, but I can’t help laughing:

For those wondering, I’m not sure if the video is legit, but I’m fairly certain the animal in it isn’t being abused (so it’s okay to laugh).

That’s it for this week, folks. Back again with more links on Monday!

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