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Performance Anxiety

If Valentine’s jitters abound — just follow your heart.

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Khazer

When it comes to bagels, all bets — and diets — are off!

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Beale Street Blues

It’s a great movie about very real, important issues, but sometimes you just need a laugh.

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Mr. Cat, I Don’t Feel So Good.

https://tailsfromthebackyard.com/2019/02/13/mr-cat-i-dont-feel-so-good/

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The Five Arts of Comics

I can’t count the number of people who’ve said to me: well, if my screenplay doesn’t become a feature film, I’ll probably turn it into a comic book/graphic novel.

Chances are this too, the Next-Mister-Neil-Gaiman, is not going to happen.

Why?

Well, perhaps because people assume comics are for children, they assume their making too is child’s play. They are, of course, wrong on both counts. Some type of comics not just require phenomenal intelligence to read (especially European, Japanese, and Canadian graphic novels) but comics, when not in the hands of the #Comicsgate crowd, are a form of applied graphic design, one of the most intricate uses of art, literacy, and technology known to mankind.

The making of comics require the mastery and combination of five ‘dark arts’. These are: 1. Writing 2. Pencils 3. Inking 4. Colour 5. Lettering. Follow me into the Crystal Maze as I take you through each zone at the end of which you will be awarded with…er… some minor and banal insight into the making of comics!

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La Borinqueña se une a los pesos pesados de DC Comics para reconstruir la Isla

Por: Lillinette Díaz | Libros787.com

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DC Comics and Feminism… Can We Talk About This?

So here’s the thing… I’m interested in DC Comics for a number of reasons, it seems a fair amount of the time, when I get hooked on a character, it turns out they are from DC. Don’t get me wrong, of course I love Marvel (Iron Man is my guy and always will be.) However, Green Arrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, these characters are DC. Despite the fact that she isn’t as widely talked about, Poison Ivy is a character I have found myself extremely drawn to. At first glance, one might be inclined to think: “Great, another woman who is wearing nothing, appealing to the male fantasy, who is also portrayed as a bad character.” Yes, I see it, too. They could give the girl some clothing, okay?

With that said, there’s a lot more to her, especially since Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, that people don’t give her credit for. She’s a brilliant scientist who doesn’t take any lip from anyone, even the pouting male scientist in the background saying she shouldn’t be allowed to be in a lab because she’s a woman. She’s insanely smart and the way that she uses her powers is very unique. She isn’t just crazy strong or crazy fast, she creates plants that she bends to her will and uses the power of pheromones and it’s just such a fascinating take on the idea of “super powers.”

In later renditions of her character, she also seems to take command of her appearance and make it work for her. In a way, I see a shift in how her lack of clothing could actually be empowering. In recent years, the feminist movement has encouraged women to take back their bodies and be empowered. Perhaps it’s all that rhetoric that is changing how I view this character, but when you think about it, she may be wearing little clothing, but her powers and personality are huge and in-depth, making her feel like a whole, developed person. She isn’t some simpering female character with no personality and limited powers that cause her to need to be rescued by a man or easily taken down by a man (since she is a villain.) She’s seriously tough and cunning. (In this rendition, mind you.)

However, I also know that Cycle of Life and Death is not her main representation in the comic book world, she originally came about as a Batman villain. So, let’s talk about female characters like her and how they work within the DC Universe.

Take Another Look At the Red Caption

In an article by Wright State University titled Batwoman and Catwoman: Treatment of Women in DC Comics, Kristen Race analyzes DC’s response (or lack thereof) to the social movements of the last few decades, especially in the context of feminism. Race comments on the fact that DC has always been hesitant to “get with the times,” when it came to social movements that were sweeping the nation. There was this slight reluctant delay in representing whatever was going on at the time. When it comes to female representation, the same held true for DC, as Race says, “…for all their well-defined muscles and scripted ingenuity, they have been denied true agency, self-sufficiency, and even identity on the glossy page.”

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The classic chocolate heart should come in breakup sizes.

Completely useless information in visual form ©️andrew ulanoff 2019

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Cave of Treasures

[WHOA! Make sure to check out Part 1 so you can truly appreciate the literary tapestry. It was woven with love.]

Cave Of TreasuresA Pirate Tale In Two Parts • Part 1medium.com

Double high-five to Mark for his spirited Medium posts!

They bring fun, laughs and life to my reading experience. He has amazing range as an author, but I’m partial to the kooky stuff. (It’s Coco Puffs for the Soul!)

Thanks for collaborating, dude!

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Cave Of Treasures

I discovered Roy’s comics shortly after joining Medium. They always give me a smile and make me laugh. I thought it would be fun to collaborate with Roy on a comic. So I came up with a rough idea of how we could combine Roy’s skeletons with my pirates. Each of us doing one part on our own page. I presented the idea to Roy and he agreed to do it. It has been a lot of fun. Thanks, Roy!

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Glass Review — Shymalan’s superheroes sustain the genre

When it comes to movie directors, one of the most controversial is M. Night Shymalan. He’s directed amazing and classic movies like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable; he’s also directed atrocities like After Earth and The Happening. His movies are best known for the fact that there’s always some big twist, which sometimes ends up hurting the movie more than helping it. However, in 2016 he released his newest movie, Split, to good critical reception. His most recent movie is Glass, which is a sequel to both Split and Unbreakable. So, is Glass as good as its predecessors, or does the sequel fall flat?

The story of Glass is very reliant on its characters and their relationships to one another, and if you go in without any prior knowledge you want get the most out of your experience. There are four main characters: David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb, Elijah Price, and Dr. Ellie Staple. Dunn is the hero with super strength from Unbreakable, Crumb is a man with 23 personalities, Price was the villain of Unbreakable and has extremely brittle bones, and Staple is the psychiatrist trying to convince them that they aren’t super-powered, just regular people.

The majority of the movie takes place in a mental hospital, and while there are fights, there’s also a lot of discussion on the ideas of superheroes. While much of it is based on the events of the movie, Glass doesn’t shy away from social commentary about mental diseases and the pop culture obsession with super heroes. One of Glass’s greatest strengths is that none of its characters are bound by history, as Marvel and DC characters are, allowing for a unique narrative that wouldn’t be found in the big Marvel or DC movies.

As it’s an M. Night Shymalan movie, there are twists throughout the story, but none of them feel too gratuitous or hurt the story. The twists are all plausible and help to establish stronger relationships between the characters, and aren’t too far fetched that an astute viewer couldn’t guess them.

While everyone may not be in love with the story of Glass, it’s impossible to deny that the actors deliver an amazing job. Bruce Willis plays David Dunn with the resolve of someone who’s a hero because they couldn’t forgive himself if they weren’t, while Samuel L. Jackson uses the opposite energy for Elijah Price, as someone who is a super villain because they can be, and to bring on a major challenge. However, James McAvoy outshines everyone as Kevin Wendell Crumb. He manages to portray each of the 23 personalities with their own flair, but none of them shine as the true personality. There are also scenes which have him act straight up terrifying, or surprisingly emotional, especially towards the end of the movie.

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Investing across the U.S. in 2019

One year ago this week, I was in Montgomery County, Tennessee to break ground for a new data center in Clarksville. It was clear from the excitement at the event that the jobs and economic investment meant a great deal to the community. I’ve seen that same optimism in communities around the country that are helping to power our digital economy. And I’m proud to say that our U.S. footprint is growing rapidly: In the last year, we’ve hired more than 10,000 people in the U.S. and made over $9 billion in investments. Our expansion across the U.S. has been crucial to finding great new talent, improving the services that people use every day, and investing in our business.

Today we’re announcing over $13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states. These new investments will give us the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. With this new investment, Google will now have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities. 2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.

This growth will allow us to invest in the communities where we operate, while we improve the products and services that help billions of people and businesses globally. Our new data center investments, in particular, will enhance our ability to provide the fastest and most reliable services for all our users and customers. As part of our commitment to our 100 percent renewable energy purchasing, we’re also making significant renewable energy investments in the U.S. as we grow. Our data centers make a significant economic contribution to local communities, as do the associated $5 billion in energy investments that our energy purchasing supports.

Here’s a closer look at the investments we’re making state by state:

Midwest

We’re continuing to expand our presence in Chicago and are developing new data centers in Ohio and Nebraska. The Wisconsin office is set to move into a larger space in the next few months—and last November we opened a Detroit office in Little Caesars Arena, where you can see into the space where the Detroit Red Wings play.

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What this question means today, as opposed to when I was young.

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The Journey of Us: A Voyage through Black History

Like Black history itself, my journey contains multitudes. It began in New York City, where I grew up during the rise of the civil rights movement. The social politics of the time didn’t encourage me—a woman of color--to pursue a career in science, technology or math. But thankfully my father did. He built me my first chemistry set, encouraging me to build, create and fix things even as my childhood lab experiments went awry.

This empowerment pushed me to earn a PhD, land my first job at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and eventually come to Google. Along the way, I kept trying to fix whatever problems I faced.  At AT&T, I patented inventions that helped create Voice Over Internet Protocol (or VoIP, the technology behind communication like text messages), and the technology behind text donations that were popular during the 2010 Haiti earthquake. At Google, I’ve worked with teams to find ways to bring internet connections to more places with things like Project Loon and the deployment of Wi-Fi across India’s railway system.

There were no shortcuts to these challenges, but I forged ahead inspired by two things: my passion for fixing things and knowing that others before me had taken similar paths (and succeeded!).

Black history is filled with stories of people like myself who set out on journeys to challenge the status quo and make things better. Today, in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, we celebrate some of these historic and contemporary journeys. Take a guided tour with Google Earth’s "The Journey of Us" collection to explore how Black history has shaped the American experience and continues to move us forward across themes like advocacy, business, dance, education, film, TV and technology.

My story is a single pin in a sea of many. The stories include generations of people who pushed boundaries and resisted limiting ideologies as they paved the way for the next generation. While we hope to make their journey a little better than ours, it mostly certainly won’t be easy. People will doubt us, and at times we will doubt ourselves, but through it all we will push forward.

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209. a duck, a table, a pie, the baked beans

of the magic pail minus, the crypt, and the pines, andmushrooming marvin (how did they find this?),collections of sheep, and fifty-two fleeces(the sheep are now dead), and a misanthrope jesus

who died for our shorts, and the walden of warts,forest, a fire, and cats-o-nine, porpoisesplay for the king where projections of keatingkong the ape-astralopithecus leaning

lots, says the limpet, sugars and fillings,flops, fantastic, this oyster has lived withmaster race, meals, crocodiles, eels,elephants, ostriches, captain, tenille

forty feet witches with bright flaming bits, ifyou touch them they powder, i think they will triggerfireballs and farts, huge, laden carts(that’s different from witches) filled with car parts

’54 chevies, planes made from lead, ifyou heat them on high, the metal will melt, whichis why, when they flew to the sun he refused to — california chops is game but not stupid

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Get in the Sandbox: Googlers are teaming up with local tech talent

When you think of a tech hub, what comes to mind? While Silicon Valley might be one of the most well-known, there’s tech growth happening across the globe--in places you might not expect, like Baltimore, Nashville, Raleigh, Bucharest, Miami, Birmingham or Detroit.  As a native of Detroit, I’ve always been proud of my hometown and the things invented there: the automotive assembly line, the Motown sound and deep dish pan pizza. Now that I’ve worked at Google in San Francisco for 11 years, I’m even more proud of what’s to come in places like Detroit because of the tech talent that’s emerging there.

I’m part of the team that created Google Sandbox, an initiative helping to foster this talent in communities that have been historically underrepresented in the tech industry. The program brings first-hand experiences of Googlers to industry professionals in communities around the world. It’s a place to explore career opportunities while gaining deeper insight into Google's technology, business and culture. So far, we’ve reached almost 4,000 participants in 24 cities and six countries—and this year we plan to visit more.

Building for EveryoneWe know that future Googlers are everywhere, and we’re determined to build a company that reflects the varied backgrounds, communities and mindsets of the people who use our products. Google Sandbox helps us get there. During Google Sandbox events, attendees participate in tech talks, product demos, codelabs, case studies, design sprints, workshops, career discussions and panels. They get a sense of what working at Google is like, and walk away with new perspectives or skills--for example, our Machine Learning Labs show participants how various applications and tools, like TensorFlow and dataset modeling, can apply to their own professional projects. With our business-focused events, participants explore challenges like building for scale or developing a digital advertising system than can operate across all markets.Local LoveAnother thing that excites us about the Google Sandbox program is each city’s thriving tech community--led by organizations and meet-up groups likeJumpstart,Women Who Codeand theNational Society of Black Engineers. To support these communities, we feature speakers with local ties, and introduce event participants to local specialties they’ll love, likeJustice of the Pies in DC,The Reclaim Shoppe in Detroit, orHappy Ice in Los Angeles.

Vanecie Delva, a Strategy and Insights Lead at Google who hails from the Miami area, spoke at a Google Sandbox event there and was touched by the warm reception. “It was really cool to see people from my hood, Opa-locka, Florida, come up to me and ask me about my experience, and really understand that Google is something that’s attainable to them. It humanizes Google. You put a face to a name and a title, and it really breaks down the walls for people who potentially want to work at Google, which I think is a really cool experience.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Google Sandbox, attending an event, suggesting a city for us to visit, or becoming a partner, please visit us at g.co/Sandbox.

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‘Niño prodigio’: el lado oscuro del sueño americano

Blackie Books publica la multipremiada novela gráfica de Michael Kupperman

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Remote Control

She turned her bag out. A collection of parts and oils salvaged from the day. Items fell out that she didn’t recall picking up. A universal remote tumbled out of the backpack and bounced across the floor.

Copper picked it up and gasped. This changes everything.

Photo by Loewe Technologies on Unsplash. Thanks to Warren for the $10 Patronage.

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Le Grand Voyage! (16)

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