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GRAMMAR WATCH: Neighbors Support Dudes Who Allegedly Raped Rehteah Parsons

18 Apr

GRAMMAR WATCH: Neighbors Support Dudes Who Allegedly Raped Rehteah Parsons

Here’s a serious thing I’d like you to consider: both of these young men are holding up posters that say “There’s Two Sides.” The pink flier on the ground also says “There’s Two Sides.”

I submit to you that people who do not understand  verb number agreement are not to be relied upon for ethical advice.

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Google’s Person Finder Tool Adds “Boston Marathon Explosions” Category

15 Apr

Google’s Person Finder Tool Adds “Boston Marathon Explosions” Category

Click the link if you’re missing a friend or family member. Death toll unconfirmed.

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Great Kotaku Article on How Metacritic Improves Games

11 Apr

Great Kotaku Article on How Metacritic Improves Games

Wow: the publishers of “Fallout: New Vegas” agreed to give the developers $1 million if they got a score of about 85%… and they got an 84, largely because of bugs that multiple reviewers flagged as knocking their reviews down a notch.

Good.

Honestly, I have absolutely no qualms about penalizing developers for releasing an unfinished product, even developers as talented and cool as the guys at Obsidian. Metacritic quantifies critical opinion, which isn’t exactly a great thing to do for a lot of reasons, but it also qualifies products on a tangible scale that is broadly pretty accurate. Crowdsourcing: it can work, if the crowd is made up of professionals.

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Ursula Le Guin Writes Book Reviews, Too

10 Apr

Ursula Le Guin Writes Book Reviews, Too

This would terrify the bejesus out of me if I was a publishable SF writer and not merely a thwarted shell of an unpublished one.

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Look, a New Poem by Neil Gaiman

3 Apr

Look, a New Poem by Neil Gaiman

Go read it. It’s very good.

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Neil Gaiman Completists Rejoice for “The Children’s Crusade!”

3 Apr

Neil Gaiman Completists Rejoice for “The Children’s Crusade!”

So back in the 1990’s when crossovers were a huge thing, a really nice DC Comics editor named Karen Berger was running her own, fairly new imprint called Vertigo. The star of the show was Neil Gaiman, who was writing the excellent “Sandman” series, and at some point someone decided that Vertigo had to have crossovers just like everyone else, despite the entire driving force behind the imprint being that its books were interesting and quirky in their own unique ways rather than slavishly conforming to a house style that sends all the creative people away in droves, Dan Didio.

Anyway, Neil Gaiman ran the thing and wrote most of the script for the bookends (which I strongly suspect he did to get out of having to include the main thrust of “The Sandman” in the thing, and thank God Berger let him do that because can you imagine?) and it’s actually pretty good as crossover books go, which is to say that I have the bookends in a short box somewhere and exactly none of the tie-in issues.

Lovely cover above by Dave McKean, whose work I’ve been wanting to post for any reason at all since starting this thing.

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Padraig O Mealoid’s Excellent Series on Marvelman Continues at The Beat

1 Apr

Padraig O Mealoid’s Excellent Series on Marvelman Continues at The Beat

Comics journalism is usually a thin scum of fan drool over a slab of press release boilerplate (looking at you, Newsarama) or the kind of snobbish nose-upturning you’d laugh at if it was opera criticism (hi there, Comics Journal!) Heidi MacDonald’s trade site “The Beat” is consistently the best-written and -informed of a very bad lot, which is not praise enough for it.

I am, seriously, totally OCD about an old superhero comic started by Alan Moore under the name “Marvelman” in the U.K. and then reprinted in the U.S. as “Marvelman” where Moore continued to write it to completion and then Neil Gaiman took it over and made it even better. Then it got canceled in mid-storyline.

Padraig O’Mealoid has a multi-part story about it at the link above, at the Beat, and man, it is just truly excellent. Go read it so you know what a big deal it will be if Marvel finally brings this book back.