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Hawkeye, Volume 4: Rio Bravo, written by Matt Fraction, art by Chris Eliopoulos, Francesco Francavilla, and David Aja, color by Jordie Bellaire and Matt Hollingsworth: As always, Aja and Hollingsworth are excellent together on art and color, and when Kate returned from L.A., I was approximately 80% more into the story, but, like, should I have recognized that redhead? Or, really, anyone who wasn't Clint or Lucky? Because I didn't. And it'd been so long since I'd seen Aja's Kate I didn't recognize her at first either.

As for the story, the second half of this is an action movie, and it just didn't work for me. Lots of blood and violence, some animal harm, and a general confusion as to what was going on. This volume does have the issue where Clint's been deafened and that's an important one, with its empty speech bubbles and panels with ASL. But it also has some weird nondenominational winter holiday issue with symbolic cartoon dogs that doesn't fit into this storyline at all. Then there's an issue that's background for Clint's relationship with his brother, which had a great look with Francavilla's art, but felt like someone somewhere was like, oh shit, we have to introduce Barney, quick, do a thing. It felt isolated from the rest of the story.

Basically I think this graphic novel's a collected mess, and though it does bring some resolution to the whole building/tracksuit bro business; it doesn't even approach the Kate and Clint problem. And, surprise, I still have no clue who Jess is or where she came from or—look, I love Fraction's dialogue, and his Clint and Kate, but his storytelling has always left me with more questions than answers, and they're not the good kind of questions. They're like "Where did that money come from?" and "He was married? To her?" This is just more of the same.

our current dystopia

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:45 pm
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I was thinking about how Dominic Selwyn was basically Reince Preibus: much less crazy than his boss, still evil, but you'd almost certainly rather have him in charge, and this got me pondering other Death Eater <> Current Members of Trump's Administration pairings.

(Did we have any readers who were Trump fans? I'm going to say, if so, that you somehow weirdly missed the point of this entire project...)

Lucius. Clearly the Mike Pence of the Voldemort administration: extremely influential but not in charge, and there's legitimate debate over whether putting him in charge for real would be better or worse than the original option. (On the plus side: less likely to nuke China / make his followers fight to the death in an arena for kicks. On the minus side: probably would be more effective at pursuing his agenda.)

Amycus Carrow. The Steve Bannon. No one but the Top Dog actually wants him around but there he fucking is; also, DEEPLY CREEPY and physically repugnant (not that this is the worst thing about him).

Dolores Umbridge. I know it's been popular to compare Betty DeVos to Umbridge, but I actually think KellyAnne Conway is the better comparison here.

I suppose we could also say that Selwyn's analog is Spicer: he got sent out to defend the party line bullshit on the regular, but Selwyn was a fair amount better at it, I think. Also, you kind of don't need a Spicer when you are unapologetically running a dictatorship with no pretence of a free press.

Lana Sandoval. Ivanka Trump. (Ivanka Trump has reminded me of Lana since sometime during the campaign. Something about her facial expressions.) And Jerod, obviously, is Ned. Less influential than he thinks / aspires to be.

I'm not sure whether to be glad or sorry that I can't think of anyone in Trump's administration who remotely reminds me of Dolohov.

Movie thoughts

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:43 pm
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Saw a preview for "Gifted." I hope I can rely on fandom to give me the romance between Chris Evans' character and Octavia Spencer's character which Hollywood will certainly deny me.

[ SECRET POST #3703 ]

Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:37 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3703 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Notes:

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Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

Hopscotch + The Game of Goose

(I have to say, as someone who is fascinated by the history of games, this is so fun!)

And meanwhile, this time we have Surprise Cretans and the Phaistos Disk!

(also I am making progress on Revenant Gun I really am!!! don't send in the WRITING POLICE after me lolz)

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Hi, everyone,

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Wednesday Reading Meme

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:51 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

R. A. MacAvoy, The Book of Kells: I really loved The Grey Horse so I keep reading MacAvoy but I am clearly not going to love anything else as much and should probably give up. This is time-travel fantasy where the protagonists end up in medieval Ireland (medieval Ireland = a fuckton of Vikings in addition to the cattle raids, who knew?) and it should have been my thing except I felt like all the spiritual moments were mishandled, I didn't care about the Vikings, and the main male character was a jerk. Also, weirdly, the author made him Canadian, and you could tell he was Canadian because when he finally got to medieval Dublin he started singing "Barrett's Privateers." No, really.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #4.1, Black Panther #11, Captain America Steve Rogers #12, Infamous Iron Man #5, Mighty Captain Marvel #2, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16, Scarlet Witch #15, Spider-Woman #16, Thunderbolts #10, Uncanny Avengers #20 )

What I'm Reading Next

No idea! Books!

Mardi Gras Shenanigans

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:29 pm
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So I know I've been unavailable this week due to vacation-type stuff, but next Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and I can't let it pass unmarked.

My intention is to make a party post this Saturday morning (eastern US time) with Yrael throwing open the bar door to the raucous party of the New Orleans French Quarter, for any bar patrons who would like to attend the festivities. There will be music and dancing, parades with colorful floats, masks to wear, strings of beads thrown down from balconies (for a price), and food and drinks for all. I will be on the road for Saturday and Sunday, so I won't be able to tag in Yrael himself until Monday evening, but the post will stay open for the entire weekend through Wednesday or whenever people get done with their threads. :D

<3
Saph

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Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:29 pm
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WILD CARD
undeserved reputation
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This took a while to post, but I had some technical difficulties.

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Posted by Kyle Orland

Enlarge / Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan says he thinks they did a good job capturing the feel of this very early concept art for Overwatch in the final product. We have to agree. (credit: Kyle Orland)

LAS VEGAS—May of 2013 was not a very fun time to be at Blizzard if you hear Game Director and Vice President Jeff Kaplan tell it. After years of work on Project Titan, the massive MMO that was to be Blizzard's big follow-up to World of Warcraft, the game had been unceremoniously canceled (though official confirmation of that cancellation wouldn't come for another year). "For various reasons, we ran into a lot of trouble on the project," as Kaplan put it on stage at Las Vegas' DICE Summit today.

In the wake of the cancellation, most of the 140-person Project Titan team was forced to relocate with Blizzard's existing projects or put on "long-term loan" with those franchises. Forty of the remaining team members, however, were tasked with coming up with a brand-new, Titan-replacing idea in order to avoid the same ignominious relocation as their colleagues.

After years working on Titan, they were given just six weeks to craft this new game concept.

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Hot tip: If you're going to cheat while running a marathon, don't wear a fitness tracking band.

A New York food writer found this out the hard way on Tuesday after she was busted for an elaborate run-faking scheme, in which she attempted to use doctored data to back up an illegitimate finish time. In an apologetic Instagram post that was eventually deleted, 24-year-old runner Jane Seo admitted to cutting the course at the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon.

An independent marathon-running investigator (yes, that's a thing) named Derek Murphy posted his elaborate analysis of Seo's scheme, and the findings revolved almost entirely around data derived from Seo's Garmin 235 fitness tracker. Suspicions over her second-place finish in the half marathon began after very limited data about her podium-placing run was posted to the Strava fitness-tracking service. The data only listed a distance and completion time, as opposed to more granular statistics. (This followed the release of Seo's official completion times, which showed her running remarkably faster in the half marathon's later stages.)

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Psuperhero

Feb. 22nd, 2017 04:36 pm
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From NPF Blog.

No holds barred for this Psoriatic Psuperhero
Professional Wrestler Michael Murray puts new meaning into the phrase ‘wrestling with psoriasis.’

When Michael Murray was just three, he developed severe asthma. When he was 13, he was diagnosed with psoriasis. “The weird thing is, the asthma and the psoriasis swapped out,” he said. “I haven’t had an asthma attack and gone to the hospital since I was 12.”

Growing up with trouble breathing, followed by plaque psoriasis that “breaks out in chunks or big splotches,” doesn’t seem like a promising start for a professional wrestler. But Murray, who is 29, has been wrestling since he was 15. “Yes, this is my day job,” he said.

Click headline for story.



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Tycho: A torrent of generosity from the Internet washed the whole situation away, essentially - but there was an opportunity to make a lasting improvement to their Play Therapy department by supporting the playrooms and stock a new teen room they’d planned.  Travis over at Child’s Play did a write up that includes the overwhelemed response from the hospital; you can find it all here. (CW)TB
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Posted by Jon Brodkin

Enlarge (credit: T-Mobile USA)

T-Mobile USA is ready to deploy a new LTE technology over the same 5GHz frequencies used by Wi-Fi following US government approval of the first "LTE-U" devices.

The Federal Communications Commission today authorized the first LTE-U (LTE for unlicensed spectrum) devices after a controversial process designed to ensure that cellular network use of the 5GHz band won't interfere with Wi-Fi networks.

"With LTE-U, starting this spring, T-Mobile customers will be able to tap into the first 20MHz of underutilized unlicensed spectrum on the 5GHz band and use it for additional LTE capacity," T-Mobile said immediately after the FCC decision. T-Mobile is deploying LTE-U technology from Ericsson and Nokia, who had their equipment certified by the FCC today.

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Three notes on US politics

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:12 pm
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I've tagged this post; on Dreamwidth you can filter -- either for or against a tag.

1. I've looked around for a summary with facts and figures for the calculated plan to profit off deportations of immigrants, versus photo collages of unclear origin or unsourced information (note, I never doubted the truth of, say, US Uncut's claim; all I want is evidence). I know it's more of a tabloid, but I'm thankful to Salon for this piece. It provides a great pivot:

President Trump’s plan to round up the undocumented will be wonderful for private prisons

2. As I discussed yesterday with one of the people I met at a Silicon Valley - type gathering, US Republicans' inactivity now is easily explained. After all the Republicans have, for decades, tried to limit access to anyone not White and Wealthy -- access to education, access to the already-patchy welfare net, and of course access to voting:

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research. (WP)

3. Many people have weighed in on The Milo Issue (I refuse to learn how to even spell his last name). The folks reading this blog likely all agree on a few things: that it's sad it took claims of pedophilia to finally look harder at this real-life troll; that he exemplifies how in the eyes of conservatives women, trans people, and immigrants are not worth protecting; that Simon & Schuster dropping him now proves the matter was never about Free Speech after all, but *content* that conservatives found appealing...or not so. But I'll bring up an article that adds what I've privately thought: that his substantive comments in this instance were so personal as to not be particularly disturbing, except of course they were in these United States and their discourse:

What we'll tolerate, and what we won't. (currentaffairs.org)

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 55

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:05 pm
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Sei and the Amamiyas arrive on Ogami, and the hunt for Dr. Smith's diary begins.



Chapter 55

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