“When we were filming Matt’s last moments as the doctor I found Jenna in the back crying and I just sort of held her and cried too and I was just like “I’m gonna make you tea!””—Karen Gillan on Jenna Coleman (via devilstrapsandbowties)
“You can’t even read American fiction to get a sense of how actual life is lived these days. You read American fiction to learn about dysfunctional white folk doing things that are weird to normal white folks.”—
“We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.”—
REDIVIDER JOURNAL:Your work to date seems to exhibit a tension between sympathetic moral engagement and an aesthetic fixation with nastiness and evil; how do you manage to encourage basic human decency in your work when faced with the fact that evil is just sexier?
DANIEL HANDLER:In my experience, evil is only sexy in fiction. A fantasy about a wicked woman throwing one down an elevator shaft may be appealing; actually being thrown down an elevator shaft is not. Much mischief in this world appears to be the result of people forgetting they are not in a gothic novel or an action movie. A public forum, such as an interview, may be a good place to remind such people: you are not in a gothic novel or an action movie.
If you were at ECCC and spent any time in Pike Place Market, please read this! If you are feeling sick GO TO A DOCTOR!
Today I am grateful for vaccines. This is a lot worse than the usual “convention crud”.
It’s important to note that if you were exposed and you think you may have measles. you need to call the doctor or the hospital you are going to BEFORE you go. They need to be prepared for your arrival so that you don’t spread measles to others.
Fucking hell. Signal boost for people who were at Emerald City ComicCon and stopped by Pike’s on the 29th.
I’m betting my friends who went to ECCC have heard about this already, but just in case! Link has more information including a full list of locations/times and recommendations from the health department. And here’s more from the Seattle Times.
What do you think of the Spider-Verse announcement? I'm glad that they are including the Spider-Women this time, they even included the Betty Brant from the "What If" where she was bit by the spider. I also look forward to Miles meeting Miguel O'Hara and 616 Jessica meeting Ultimate Jessica.
I’m only intermittedly reading cape comics at the moment, and none of them are Spidey titles. Despite my affections for the far-flung, usually dust-strewn corners of Spider-Man discontinuity, nerdgasm smorgasbord stories like Spider-Verse rarely do it for me, and the same could be said of Dan Slott. So for me the big draw would be Coipel on art, and as much as I really, really like Olivier Coipel’s spider-people… hmm.
On the other hand, I’m tentatively interested in Waid/Robinson/Del’Otto’s Family Business OGN. Waid’s Peter is hit and miss for me, but I am curious to see how he and Robinson approach some of the same plot beats as Adam-Troy Castro’s Sinister Six trilogy.
He raised his hand, palm open, fingers slightly spread, as though he was pressing it against a window pane. Amy echoed the gesture with her left hand, so they could ‘touch’ hands through the holographic medium. An elasticated mitten dangled from her cuff.
Their hands passed through one another. They both stepped back sharply, shaking their heads.
'I thought that would be, like, really sweet,' said Rory, disappointed. 'I thought it would be a proper moment, like in those films when the hero's in jail, and the girl visits him, and they put their hands up on either side of the glass partition of the visitor's cubicle? You know, like that?'
The Kindle edition of Dan Abnett’s Eleven/Amy/Rory novel The Silent Stars Go By is currently $1.99 (down from $9.50). If an episode-style adventure with Team Ponds (minus River) and the Ice Warriors sounds like your thing, check it out.
(You need an Amazon account to buy, but not a Kindle — you can download a free app or read the book in your browser.)
Who was I back then? Just a 17 year old kid from the Bronx with dreams of becoming a scientist. And somehow, the world’s most famous astronomer found time to invite me to Ithaca in upstate New York to spend a Saturday with him.
I remember that snowy day like it was yesterday. He met me at the bust stop and showed me his laboratory at Cornell university. Carl reached behind his desk and inscribed this book for me. ‘For Neil, a future astronomer. - Carl’.
At the end of the day he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his home phone number on a scrap of paper and he said ‘If the bus can’t back through, call me, spend a night at my home with my family’. I already knew I wanted to become a scientist, but that afternoon, I learned from Carl, the kind of person I wanted to become. He reached out to me, and to countless others, inspiring so many of us to study, teach and do science. Science is a cooperative enterprise spanning the generations. It’s the passing of a torch, from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds reaching back to antiquity and forward to the stars.
Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey - "Standing Up in the Milky Way" - Neil deGrasse Tyson