Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Essays , Commentary, and Insights

Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the movie The Love Witch. Read at your own peril. Witches have been part of literature from the very beginning. Female connection to supernatural powers can be drawn directly from Medea all the way to modern stories such as The Witch and Charmed. ...

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the author’s master’s thesis. It has been edited for style and length. To read the full work, go here. At the beginning of “The Thing on the Doorstep,” Daniel Upton, the story’s narrator, has murdered his friend Edward Derby. Years before, Derby ...

“[Lord Fanny] made a huge impression on stupid, mopey me,” Tara Marie states in “The Search for Trans Role Models in Comics” written for The Harlot. Her essay is a wonderful, yet critical examination of trans women in comics. It’s also an illuminating trip into the nostalgic rememberings of a ...

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  • 13 COVERS: A JOE GIELLA Birthday Celebration
    One of my all-time favorite inkers turns 89. Simply put, Joe Giella helped craft the New Look Batman of the ’60s. He and Murphy Anderson were the go-to inkers on Carmine Infantino’s striking Batman and Detective covers and I have many fond memories of poring over them as I accumulated a healthy collection of back issues as Young Dan in the ’70s. (He also did plenty of interiors, of course.) Giella was born ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • HOT PICKS! On Sale This Week!
    Scott and Dan pick the comics they’re most looking forward to this week … Scott Tipton, co-owner, Blastoff Comics, North Hollywood, Calif. Jem & The Holograms: Infinite #1, IDW Publishing. The Jem franchise leaps full-on into science-fiction with this new dimension-hopping miniseries. If you’ve been passing on Jem and its sister book The Misfits, this is a great place to start, with some of the best writing and art around. Highly recommended. By ... Read more...
    Source: 13th DimensionPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017By Dan Greenfield
  • wordsofdiana: textsfromsuperheroes: Diana: We have to talk…
    wordsofdiana: textsfromsuperheroes: Diana: We have to talk about Willem Dafoe dying in this movie via glider to the dick. Andrew: He was stabbed right in the dick. Jocelyn: Yes, this is a movie where the villain is killed via flying skateboard to the dick and I say, yayyyyyy!!! Andrew: I’m imagining that scene at the end where Harry sees Spider-Man leaving his Dad’s body and he’s like, “What happened to my dad?” but ... Read more...
    Source: Texts from SuperheroesPublished on Monday, June 26th, 2017
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  • How can we save the pollinators?
    An often-cited estimate is that one-third of the food you eat comes from insect pollinators. Many of the fruits and vegetables that you enjoy develop their fruit and seed primarily through insect pollination services. Other sometimes overlooked benefits of pollinators are the ecological services that they provide. For example, insects pollinate many plants that provide erosion control, keeping our waterways clean. Ground-nesting bees, meanwhile, can help aerate and mix soil. And yet another benefit is ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • The biological ironies of transgender debates
    Transgender issues have made significant headlines in the United States. Not long ago, North Carolina struggled to repeal a 2016 law that required people to use only public restrooms that matched the sex on their birth certificate, not their lived gender identity. Only weeks earlier, the US Supreme Court declined to hear a case from a Virginia student on the same issue. Then, in mid-April, over eight million viewers of the “Survivor” TV series watched ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017By DanP
  • Longer Life Span with Genetic Mutation
    According to a new study, a deletion in d3-GHR, a growth hormone receptor gene, is linked to an average of ten extra years of life among men. More... ... Read more...
    Source: A4M – GeneticsPublished on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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  • My first drone kill: One of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq
    (Credit: Getty/Main_sail) A Ranger team operating in the same area happened to be watching our live drone feed. We had a vast interconnected network across the battlefield, and it was necessary to collaborate. That they were watching was no secret. They didn’t hear our conversations or know many of the details about our operations. Usually they just monitored our feeds for situational awareness and in case one of their aircraft needed to cross into our ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – SpacePublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017By Brett Velicovich and Christopher S. Stewart
  • Sick Of Streaming Services, This Crew Crowd-Funded An IRL Video Store
    When musician and DJ Dave Barresi moved to Baltimore in the early aughts, he found a community of like-minded people at one of the city’s local video stores, Video Americanin in Charles Village.“Normal store exchanges and many repeat visits led to lasting and meaningful friendships and collaborations,” he told HuffPost in an interview.Which was why, when Video Americanin shuttered in 2014, he was among a crew of people who attempted to keep hold of its ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Technology – SpacePublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • NASA Keeps a Close Eye on Tiny Stowaways
    Cleanliness on the International Space Station is a priority. ... Read more...
    Source: NASA – JPLPublished on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
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