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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 12-18 May 2013

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Weird. I thought I had more links this week. Oh well – they’re still fun!

COMICS!

Just for fun here’s the four-page, connected action scene from Steranko’s Nick Fury. Dang, that’s an amazing comic.

This is an interesting post about the Silver Age and its creators with a lot of links to other places, including the Howard Chaykin quote that started it all. It’s not that interesting that several Silver Age creators didn’t like each other, but stories about the comics industry of the past are always fascinating, even if they make Mark Evanier sad.

Brian Hibbs writes about how much he hates mini-series. As a retailer, that is. He concentrates on Big Two mini-series, but I wonder if it’s any different for other companies? I mean, some things just don’t need an ongoing series, and Hibbs makes the point that graphic novels do even worse than mini-series, so that’s not a solution. Man, comics retailing has to suck sometimes.

POP CULTURE!

Don’t make fun of renowned novelist Dan Brown! I actually talked about Dan Brown with two different people this week, which is two more times in a week that I usually talk about Dan Brown. I have read The Da Vinci Code and thought it was mildly entertaining, but I’ve never felt the need to read any other Dan Brown books. I guess he has a new book out that everyone is going ga-ga about?

This is an interesting application of the Hawkeye Initiative. Of course, you can’t post something like that and not expect a backlash, but that’s what comments sections are for! The only thing I wonder about is what the person involved wanted to achieve. If it was that men deserve to be exploited as much as women, then, yay? But it’s still an interesting story.

This is an interesting list about why ten pilots got rejected when they seemed to have good buzz. I’m not sure if the reasons are all true, but if they are, they shine an interesting light into the “mediocre rules all” mindset of network television executives. As for The Sixth Gun … they claim it’s because NBC is trying desperately to be like CBS. Good luck with that, NBC.

The cult of Benedict Cumberbatch explains why it’s the strongest one on the Internet. Maybe. It’s still a fun collection.

The Bea Arthur nude painting sells for $1.9 million. Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t click that link unless you want to see something you can never unsee!!!!

George Takei responds to anti-gay people with hand-written notes. They’re very funny. When do you think Takei become the King of the Internet? Show your work! The most depressing thing about the anti-gay people are how young they are. Man, that’s just sad.

HISTORY/SOCIOLOGY/POLITICS!

This past Monday was the 28th anniversary of the MOVE disaster in Philadelphia. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, that was the day – 13 May 1985 – when the mayor of Philadelphia and its police force decided to bomb a house in their own city. The MOVE case is much more complicated than that – read more about it here – and the members of MOVE were certainly not the saints that many people made them out to be, but it’s kind of hard to see through all that when the ultimate fact is that the police dropped a bomb on the house and let it burn, killing almost everyone inside (including children) and destroying over 60 homes (because the fire quickly burned out of control). Let me tell you, for people living in the environs of Philadelphia on that day (including yours truly), it remains a bizarre abuse of power by a fairly corrupt police force.

This is a fairly snarky and even self-evident graduation address, but it’s somewhat funny and I suppose it should be said to all those college graduates who think they’re going to fall into their dream job and house at 23 years old.

This could probably go in the category below, but I figured I’d put it here: a Florida teenager got expelled from school and faces criminal charges for being gay. If you think that’s ridiculous, read the story. Here’s the Facebook page for the girl, and the first link takes you to the whole story (granted, from the girl’s mother’s point of view, but still). Many people have tried to make this about “age of consent” because the girl in question was only expelled once she turned 18 and her girlfriend is 15, but I’m not sure if that holds water. First of all, according to the girl’s mother, they had one sexual experience, but it sounds like that the girl hasn’t had much contact with the other since she turned 18, so if they were both under 18, there’s no age-of-consent problem. Second of all, Florida appears to have close-in-age exemptions for situations like this, although that link doesn’t tell what they are. I totally get where the people arguing from an “age of consent” standpoint are coming from – when I taught high-schoolers, we had plenty of underage girls getting pregnant, and very often the boys were over 18, but no one seemed to care. Arizona does not have close-in-age exceptions, but very often these girls were getting pregnant with the tacit approval of their parents, so what are you going to do? So I understand that concern, but it really doesn’t seem to be the case here. This seems to be a case of parents not being able to handle that their daughter might be gay and lashing out at the girl who “converted” her. The fact that the school board and the district attorney seems to be going along with it is awful. Welcome to the 21st century, everyone!

HORRIBLE PEOPLE!

Here’s a story about rich people hiring handicapped people at Disney so they don’t have to wait in line. That provides a link to original story, by the way. I’m not sure if these people are the most despicable people on the planet, but they’re close.

SPORTS!

I don’t really care about Derrick Rose at all, but an old friend of mine, Allen Wallace, tore him a new one with regard to the fact that he doesn’t seem to want to come back from an injury even though he’s been medically cleared. Derrick Rose would probably say, “Willis Reed? Dude was cray-cray, man!”

That’s all for this week, everyone. I hope you’re enjoying Ho Chi Minh’s birthday – you know you love him as much as I do!!!!