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ALL NEW!!! Twomorrows' new history series, "American Comic Book Chronicles," is a really fun read. I talked to editor Keith Dallas about the focus, the stories and how it all came together in this video interview. Please share it with your fanboy friends! http://www.mrmedia.com/2013/04/american-comic-book-chronicles-gets-majors-minors-right-2013-video-interview/#.UXbreYKt-H5ALL NEW!!! Twomorrows' new history series, "American Comic Book... more
ALL NEW!!! No secret that I have a special place in my heart for most projects relating to late American comics master Will Eisner. So it was interesting to invite Tom Inge on the show to talk about his new interview collection, 'Will Eisner: Conversations.' Hope you'll watch, listen and share. Thanks! http://www.mrmedia.com/2012/10/comics-legend-will-eisners-conversations-in-one-place-2012-video-interview/#.UI8L_4VYViNALL NEW!!! No secret that I have a special place in my heart for most projects... more
2012 video interview with documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, director of Comic-Con: Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, Super Size Me, conducted by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=44572012 video interview with documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, director of... more
Sara Underwood loves dressing up in crazy costumes, so of course we're going to send her to Anime Expo, one of the biggest anime conventions around. She dresses up as Lum the Invader Girl to check out vintage robots, Transformers, anime character pillows and more.
http://www.g4tv.com/videos/54940/sara-underwood-cosplays-at-anime-expo/Sara Underwood loves dressing up in crazy costumes, so of course we're going to... more
I’ve been a consumer technology critic for over 10 years. During that time, hate mail has been part of my job every day.
In the early days I thought I understood it. Back then, it was all about Microsoft versus Apple. It was easy to see why people took sides: Apple was the underdog taking on an established giant. It was fun to root for one side or the other.
Today, though, there are fanboys and haters ready to attack every conceivable position in the tech world—“position,” of course, meaning “company or product.” Mention almost any big name, and you’ll hit a raw nerve: iPhone. Android. Kindle. Canon. Nikon. Google. Facebook. And, of course, Apple or Microsoft.
We’re not talking about civil disagreements, either. We’re talking about name-calling, hair-pulling, toxic tantrums, featuring a whole new arsenal of modern-age putdowns (the suffix “-tard” is always popular). It’s gadget hate speech.
At tech conferences, we columnists compare notes on the hostility of our hate mail. Doesn’t matter if you think you’re being evenhanded in the review; someone will flame you for it.
So when the Apple iPad debuted last year, I tried a crazy experiment: I wrote two reviews in the New York Times in a single column, taking opposite positions. One was for the fanboys—all positive. One was for the haters—all negative. Surely, I thought, this would satisfy everyone.
Incredibly, though, the stunt pleased nobody. The anti-Apple bloggers wrote about my “love letter” to the iPad; the fanboy bloggers foamed at the mouth about the “hatchet job” I’d written. Each side ignored half of the review!
Later, I learned that I was witnessing a well-documented cognitive bias: the hostile media effect. It says that people who hold strong opinions about an issue perceive media coverage of that issue to be biased against their opinions, regardless of how neutral the coverage may be. But that phenomenon usually applies in politics, not electronics. That could only mean one thing: that gadget brands have, in fact, become politicized.
What’s going on here? Why do people work themselves into such a lather over their choice of phone, for heaven’s sake?
First, tech companies these days work hard to link their products to style and image. Those colorful, silhouetted dancing iPod ads never mention a single feature—except how cool it makes you. The message seems to be, “You’re not worthy if you don’t buy one”—and suddenly, if someone disses your gadget, they’re also dissing you as a person.
A second factor is that gadgets are expensive, and they quickly become obsolete. You become invested in the superiority of your purchase. People see you using it, judging your choice—so you defend your choice. Insult my gadget? You’re insulting me.
The old Apple underdog phenomenon is still at play, too—but now in reverse. Apple is now the overlord of music players, tablet computers and app phones. Forget the 1997 Apple commercials that encouraged us to “Think different.” Today if you buy Apple, you’re not an iconoclast—you’re a sheep. Those who once would have rooted for Apple the underdog now root against it.
For the same reason, Facebook and Google gain their own hater populations as they grow bigger and more prosperous. Size and success naturally stoke suspicion and cynicism.
But why gadgets? You don’t encounter this degree of rabid partisanship among customers of rival clothing stores, insurance companies or banks, and those are large companies, too. And why now? I mean, you didn’t hear about people in the 1950s flying into name-calling rages over their choice of toaster oven or gangs in the 1980s starting rumbles about brands of hair gel.
Easy: Because of the Internet effect. The kinds of people who peg their self-worth to their gadgets are precisely the kind of people who live online, where the standards for civility are very different from the real world’s. When you’re online, you’re anonymous, so you don’t experience the same impulse control you would if you were face-to-face with somebody.
Is there hope for a détente in the electronics wars? Not as long as nobody knows your real identity online, as long as the gadget mill cranks out new models twice a year, and the marketing machines make us believe that our self-worth depends on the brands we carry.
That’s my opinion, anyway. And if you disagree with me, you’re an idiot-tard.I’ve been a consumer technology critic for over 10 years. During that time, hate... more
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San Diego Comic Con 2009 : Toy Showcase
. . . .because CHRISTMAS is all about the TOYS !
( well,....o.k. I may not QUITE have that right,....but still,....these toys are WAY kewl ! Gimmm-me ! )
http://www.sideshowsito.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/sideshowsito_san_diego_comic_con_toys_a_2009_0101.jpgSan Diego Comic Con 2009 : Toy Showcase . . . .because CHRISTMAS is all about the... more
How to: Completely Functional R2D2 RC Robot | Hack N Mod
---While having your own slave pet R2D2 has been a dream of thousands of Star Wars fans, one dedicated man made his own functional and extremely realistic R2D2 robot. So realistic, it looks like it just motored off of the Star Wars set. He also has an entire build diary dedicated to his projects.
http://vfranco.blogspot.com/How to: Completely Functional R2D2 RC Robot | Hack N Mod ---While having your own... more
Comic-Con 2010: the highlights
This year’s Comic-Con, the annual get-together of fanboys, fancy costume wearers and lovers of comics, just wrapped up in San Diego. Here are the highlights from the four-day nerd fest:
By Subhajit Banerjee
27 Jul 2010
Sneak peek at how a huge comic franchise like Avengers is shaping up for the big screen – good. Identity of the new Hulk revealed (Mark Ruffalo) – great. Full cast turnout including Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson – awesome!
Click to see...The Hot Women Of Comic Con 2010: Jessica Nigri and More…55 PIC SLIDESHOW...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/the-hot-women-of-comic-con-2010-jessica-nigri-and-more-55-pic-slideshow/Comic-Con 2010: the highlights This year’s Comic-Con, the annual get-together... more
Comic Con 4 AMERICA
It will be difficult to return to society after my Comic-Con experience. Like the soldier who misses the comforting feel of his rifle, I now have to resist the urge to fumble awkwardly for my camera every time I see a girl with partial boob showing. But just know that what I did, I did for you guys. And for America.
http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2010/07/comic-con-final-photo-essayComic Con 4 AMERICA It will be difficult to return to society after my Comic-Con... more
--- Many of these have been posted,...but some of these placards seem fresh and the pics are good-
--a couple of videos and 12 pictures of some of the funny signs, including “Have you seen my keys?”, “Odin is God”, “Is this thing on?”, and (my personal favorite) a cardboard sign with an arrow pointed at the Westboro taintbadgers that simply said, “DERP“.
http://gammasquad.uproxx.com/2010/07/the-best-counterprotest-signs-at-comic-con--- Many of these have been posted,...but some of these placards seem fresh and the... more
A Real Iron Man The material Le used for the armor is thin but takes stress well. “You can throw it against the wall, and it won’t even be damaged,” he says. Tyler Stableford
Anthony Le, 25, has been a fan of Iron Man since he was a kid, but when he heard that the comic-book superhero was hitting the big screen in 2008, he was inspired to build his own Iron Man suit. That version was more of a costume, but his new one, finished just in time for the movie’s sequel, edges much closer to the real thing. With its dent-proof exterior, motorized faceplate and spinning mock Gatling gun, his take on the movie’s War Machine suit could easily frighten a supervillain.
Le, a fitness consultant, studied some concept sketches of the suit posted on the Internet. He used thin, high-impact urethane for the armor, cutting it into plates and joining them with some 1,500 rivets and washers. He sculpted a clay helmet mold and then used a liquid resin mix to create the final product. But that was just cosmetic work. He also added a small servo motor that opens the faceplate, as in the movie, and built a gun out of pipes and a motor. LEDs in the eyes and chest-plate further add to the illusion.
Le plans to wear the suit to the movie and already has quite a following, especially at sci-fi conventions. “I’m kind of hard to miss,” he says.A Real Iron Man The material Le used for the armor is thin but takes stress well.... more
So I was reading Apple Insider's post about how Apple's secretive new Mighty Mouse might revolutionize the act of pointing and clicking and change the world forever. Rumors of an axed roller ball (ZOMG!!!) and a spiffy new ""multipoint touch detection mechanism" (OMGWTFBBQ!!!) abound.
But seriously. People, it's a mouse. It moves and clicks and as long as there's no food lodged inside (70/30 in my experience), the thing just works. Who cares? Then again, this is Apple we're talking about and people go apeshit over the mere idea of something like a mouse upgrade. I shouldn't be surprised over this, I know. But still. A mouse. A. Mouse.
I did enjoy reminiscing over Apple's 30-year mouse history, though. Man, those were some serious fashion missteps. Especially the hockey puck from 1998 (shudder).So I was reading Apple Insider's post about how Apple's secretive new Mighty... more