Posted by thisthislife

I have been a loyal Apple/Mac user for many years, but I'm starting to get tired of their products. I really can't stand the fact that I can't charge my Macbook Air and have it plugged into something else at the same time unless I buy some other doohickey thing to splice the cables. My Macbook is only two years old, but the battery power is really low, and I am about to start teaching and will probably need to use it to teach, so this does not bode well.

Are there any good computers that are run off operating systems that aren't Mac or Windows (please don't try to convince me to use Windows)? Anything especially good for teachers? Anything that runs off Chrome that actually has storage space that's not all web-based?
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Posted by John Scalzi

As part of my continuing effort to justify the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription I have, I’ve been playing with my Audition audio software and learning how to use it. Today I learned how to make a multitrack file! Go me. I also played with the various filters in the software to distort and shape sounds.

All of which is to say I recorded a song today and it is very very noisy indeed. It’s “Here Comes the Rain Again,” which is my favorite song from the Eurythmics. Here it is (and no, it’s not actually nine minutes long, I don’t know why the media player says that. It’s, like, five):

Yes, that’s me singing. No, Annie Lennox doesn’t have a thing to worry about.

In case you’re curious, every noise on that track either comes out of me, or out of an acoustic tenor guitar. Audio filters are fun! Let’s just say I let my Thurston out to play, and if you get that reference, congratulations, you’re old too.

No, I’m not giving up my day job. Relax. But I do enjoy playing with sounds. This is fun for me.

In any event: Enjoy the noise.

Posted by Kyle MacDonald

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday… It’s human nature for us to think we’re a bit special. Pretty much everyone considers themselves an “above average” driver, even though that’s a statistical impossibility. We also tend to find comfort in believing we’re […]

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which analyzed female homicides from 18 states over the period 2003-2014, has yielded two horrifying, but unsurprising, statistics: 55% of female homicides (where the circumstances of the death were known) involved intimate partner violence, and 54% involved a firearm.

In 93% of the cases involving intimate partner violence (IPV), the women were killed by “current or former intimate partners.” In the other 7% of cases, the women were bystanders, family members, or first responders killed during the incident.

Men were the perpetrators in 98.2% of IPV-related homicides and 88.5% of the non-IPV-related homicides.

While this is a scary report for women of all races, it’s important to remember that women of color are the most affected. “Homicides occur in women of all ages and among all races/ethnicities, but young, racial/ethnic minority women are disproportionately affected,” reads the CDC’s summary. In the report itself, they observe frequent disparities between victims of different races.

For example, “By race/ethnicity, non-Hispanic black women had the highest rate of dying by homicide (4.4 per 100,000), followed by American Indian/Alaska Native (4.3), Hispanic (1.8), non-Hispanic white (1.5), and Asian/Pacific Islander women (1.2).” This means Native women and non-Hispanic black women are more than three times more likely to die by homicide than white women.

Hispanic women, on the other hand, were the most likely to die due to intimate partner violence (61% of all homicides of Hispanic women).

The CDC hopes that breaking these homicides down by race will help them to better design and implement early intervention programs to prevent IPV-related homicide, and to focus on the communities that are most affected by this crisis. “Racial/ethnic differences in female homicide underscore the importance of targeting intervention efforts to populations at risk,” reads the report, “and the conditions that increase the risk for violence. IPV lethality risk assessments might be useful tools for first responders to identify women at risk for future violence and connect them with life-saving safety planning and services. Teaching young persons safe and healthy relationship skills as well as how to recognize situations or behaviors that might become violent are effective IPV primary prevention measures.”

As for the role of guns, the report notes that “state statutes limiting access to firearms for persons under a domestic violence restraining order can serve as another preventive measure.” And indeed, some studies have found that states which deny firearms access to anyone with an open domestic violence protective order saw as much as a 25% decrease in IPV homicides by firearm.

When we talk about misogyny, we often focus on things like pay disparities, representation, or reproductive rights. And these are incredibly important. But one of the most glaring, disturbing elements of our culture’s misogyny is the simple fact that men kill the women they date, marry, and “love” with alarming frequency. While these numbers are nowhere near the femicide crises in Central and South America, the threat of intimate partner homicide is real and present for women in the U.S. – especially so for women who date men. We’re so used to protecting ourselves that it’s easy to forget how incredibly fucked up and fixable this situation is. A world where women don’t have to calculate the potential for violence from every new intimate partner is possible. American society and the American government just have to want it and work towards it with us. So when will they?

As Emiko Petrosky, one of the authors of the report, said, “Intimate partner violence can affect anyone … it really just shows that [this] is a public health problem.”

(Via NPR and Huffington Post; image via Shutterstock)

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In Memoriam

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:04 pm[personal profile] onyxlynx
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John Heard, actor (Home Alone, et al.)  Driftglass has a YouTube video of his performance in "A Cask of Amontillado."

Father-Son Drum Duel/Duet

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:56 pm[personal profile] chomiji
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I give you Max Weinberg, drummer for Springsteen's E Street Band, and his son Jay. This performance was in 2009:

Talented, good-lookin' Jewish guys. ♥♥♥ :-D

Posted by Marykate Jasper

The official San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) trailer for The Gifted imagines what life would be like for young mutants in a world where Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters no longer exists. Without Professor X’s haven, or the militant power of the Brotherhood of Mutants, mutants are left as a demonized minority with no defenders except each other.

“This is the story of two families,” says the voiceover, “who came together to protect each other – not the ones with resources, but the ones in the shadows, fighting to hide, to escape, to survive. This is our story.”

The Gifted centers on two teenage mutants – Andy and Lauren Strucker – from Dallas, who discover their powers in a world where mutants are jailed, and where “the X-Men, the Brotherhood…we don’t even know if they exist anymore. We’re getting picked off one-by-one.” The mutants Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Polaris (Lorna Darne), Blink, and Eclipse step in to help them.

“The idea is that this is definitely its own universe,” said executive producer Matt Nix at the show’s SDCC panel. “We’re not in the same exact timeline as any particular movie or comic, but that said we do share some characters with the movies and comics. The idea is we’re doing our own thing. As they say, there are many streams.”

This trailer actually surprised me! I didn’t have super-high hopes for an X-Men property from Fox, but this looks pretty solid. It has a relatively diverse cast (though the white, blonde characters are, yet again, pitched as the protagonists), and I’m actually intrigued by the possibilities of a show about marginalized people seizing power through mutual aid. The superpowers are also well-designed for a network TV budget. They don’t look particularly flashy or cheap; instead, they look like the sort of low-key powers that would actually be effective in evading the police and fighting guerrilla-style in an urban setting.

All in all, I’m pretty excited to check out this pilot. But what did you all think?

(Via io9; image via Fox and Marvel)

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Like everyone else on the internet, I’m feeling pretty excited about the action-packed, snark-laced Defenders trailer from Comic-Con. Sigourney Weaver’s character, Alexandra, looks like a properly scary female villain, and I already can’t wait to watch her and Wai Ching Ho’s Madame Gao split a dozen extra large meals of scenery together. I’m so happy to see Kristen Ritter’s angry face in anything, I was delighted to see Rachael Taylor’s Trish make an appearance, and I would literally watch Mike Colter react to paint drying.

However, this trailer also seems to confirm that The Hand and/or its offshoots will be one of the primary villains. The fight scene in the Rand board room screams “secret ninja organization,” we see Gao return, and Elektra seems to be training as a warrior under Weaver’s Alexandra. Plus, the whole “war for New York” has been building with The Hand since Daredevil.

To be fair, this could also mean a sizable focus on Elektra. At the Defenders panel, Weaver did tease that “[Alexandra] spend[s] a lot of time with Elektra, and their relationship is certainly one of the most unusual that I’ve ever experienced. It’s very, very strange.” I’d certainly like to see a plot which focuses on that character reclaiming some of her agency.

Or this could mean more focus on Matt Murdock/Daredevil, who first encountered The Hand as a villain. But given previous interviews, the way that Danny seems to bring the team together, and the way he urges everyone “We belong out there, together” and “They’re hunting our friends, our families…and they’re not going to stop there,” I’m getting the sense that he’ll be the team lynchpin. And…I’m pretty meh about that prospect, TMSers.

Like many viewers, I found Iron Fist underwhelming, and I found Danny a bit of a cypher, with strange motivations and decision-making. I’m not buying him as the emotional core of a team, and I’m worried that The Defenders is going to ask me to.

Now, I also understand that there are viewers who think the backlash was a bit much, and actually enjoyed Finn Jones’s portrayal of Danny Rand. For you, I’m happy that The Defenders looks like it’ll highlight a character you enjoyed. I’m also hoping you’ll all prove me wrong, and Danny will work better as an ensemble character, with the proactive and self-positive attitude to counter everyone else’s deep mistrust of authority. But for now, the idea of leaning on this character for emotional weight does have me worried.

Iron Fist itself has been renewed for a second season, and we are indeed getting the Daughters of the Dragon team-up between Misty Knight and Colleen Wing that TMS previously requested. Our gratitude to Netflix for being so obliging, and for tricking me into checking out Iron Fist‘s second season.

How are you feeling about The Defenders trailer? Did it assuage some of your worries? Add some?

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Touristifying in Frankfurt

Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm[personal profile] oursin
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Having a weekend with partner in Frankfurt.

Hotel perhaps overdoing the stylish minimalism: why does this always mean, nowhere to put stuff in the bathroom? However, good marks for the breakfast buffet.

On matters of modern design, am I the only person who finds themself waving their hands at a tap that turns on some other way, and vice versa?

Today to the Stadel- art gallery, very good stuff and lots of it. Among works observed, one C16th courtesan as Flora, with obligatory symbolickal bubbie displayed.

Also to the Arts and Crafts Museum, which has gone full-on poncey and eschews labeling in favour of composing curatorial 'constellations'. Though I could have spent more time with the shiny pillow-like balloons that one was permitted even exhorted to touch. (Sometimes I am shallow and frivolous.)

Some general flaneurserie, looking into churches, etc.

Posted by Marykate Jasper

At last night’s Eisner Awards, there was plenty to celebrate, but one achievement in particular represented a special victory for representation. Thanks to Sonny Liew’s three wins, a Singaporean won an Eisner for the first time!

Graphic novelist Sonny Liew won three of the six Eisner Awards he was nominated for, making him the first Singaporean to win an Eisner Award. He won Best Writer/Artist himself, and his graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was awarded Best Publication Design and Best US Edition of International Material – Asia. “I can’t predict the future,” he said to The Straits Times, “but I hope this gives encouragement to other Singapore authors and artists. When I was young, I remember seeing local authors on the shelf and being inspired by that.”

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was the subject of some controversy back in Singapore, after the National Arts Council withdrew its $8,000 grant for the book because its satirical content “potentially undermines the authority or legitimacy” of the Singaporean government. Given these difficulties, and what it means for representation, I’m so happy that Liew took home so many Eisners for his work.

The Saga team took home four awards, with the series itself winning Best Continuing Series while writer Brian K. Vaughan won Best Writer and artist Fiona Staples won both Best Cover Artist and Best Penciller/Inker.

Jill Thompson won Best Painter/Multimedia Artist and also came away with two other awards: Best Single Issue/One-Shot for Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Thompson, Evan Dorkin, and Sarah Dyer; and Best Graphic Album—New for Wonder Woman: The True Amazon.

Writer Tom King also won big last night. “Good Boy,” by King and David Finch, from Batman Annual #1, took home Best Short Story, while The Vision, by King and Gabriel Walta, took home the prize for Best Limited Series.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, won Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17).

Love is Love, the anthology to benefits victims of the Pulse Orlando shooting, won Best Anthology.

March: Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, won Best Reality-Based Work, just as March: Book Two did in 2016. The March trilogy actually sold out on Amazon earlier this year after Trump Rep. Lewis for refusing to attend his inauguration.

Matt Wilson won Best Coloring for his work on titles like Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine, Black Widow, and The Mighty Thor. 

Todd Klein won Best Lettering for his work on titles like Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer, and Black Hammer.

Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm, won Best Humor Publication, and Zdarsky tweeted about the win in characteristic fashion.

The awards also took a poignant turn, as Jack Kirby was awarded the posthumous Bill Finger Excellence in Comics Writing Award. “At long last,” said Mark Evanier, “someone presents a writing award to Jack Kirby.” William Messner-Loebs won the living-writer Bill Finger Excellence in Comics Writing Award. Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, George Perez, Walter Simonson, and James Starlin were all inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame.

Were you surprised by any of the wins? Excited to see one of your favorites recognized? Let us know!

(Via Comics Beat and CBR; image via Comic-Con International)

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