Petition to ban old men from writing books just because they don’t know how to use an iPhone
Petition to have the youth in this country to actually educate themselves instead of spitting out some bullshit they read on some shitty post on facebook that’s untrue, and continues to spread like wildfire.
In 2012, young adults set the record of completing both high school and college and are on course to become the most educated generation in American history. Maybe you should follow the example of ‘the youth in this country’ and do the same.
Cap’s early battles against Tumblr.
Captain America #291 (1984) cover by John Byrne
a heaven, a gateway, a hope (by anthony samaniego)
BoJack Horseman goes much deeper than its early episodes would have you believe
While I really enjoyed Bojack Horseman (I blew through all 12 episodes in 24 hours) I think this (really glowing) review highlights its weaknesses rather than its strengths.
I really enjoyed the earlier more-comedic episodes to the later dramatic episodes. The show wants us to go along with Bojack as he reconsiders his life, and that’s hard to do when all his problems are man- (horse?) made. Rather than being subjected to the vagaries of life, the cruelty of other people or the dismissiveness of the universe, Bojack alienates or betrays nearly everyone who comes into contact with him. Will Arnett’s performance goes a long way towards making this work. Bojack may seem like a departure from the character of GOB that Arnett played on Arrested Development, both are arrogant and dundering, GOB never had the self-awareness to ask for our compassion or forgiveness. Bojack, on the other hand, wants our love. As the show progresses, Bojack’s actions become increasingly repellent all while his need for adulation from the other characters and in turn the audience increase.
The character of Princess Carolyn also seems like a misstep. Played by Amy Sedaris, Princess Carolyn is both Bojack’s agent and his ex-girlfriend. Dissatisfied with her life both personally (she is 40 years old, single and childless and literally dating a child) and professionally (washed-up Bojack is one of her biggest clients), the portrayal of Princess Carolyn never rises above the caricature of a Cathy cartoon. Amy Sedaris’s characters are usually so subversive in their refusal to adhere to society’s requirements for women, and it’s disappointing she wasn’t able to do that here.
The portrayal of Asian characters (Diane’s boorish Boston brothers and the doctor who provides Bojack with drugs) are particularly clownish and offensive. It seems strange that on a show where the half the characters are anthropomorphic animals, more care wasn’t put into rendering the Asian characters as less, well, cartoonish.
While Bojack Horseman certainly broadens the possibilities for the cartoon sitcom genre, it’s not quite as progressive as it could have been.
So, hypothetically… if I could take a bunch of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and read books at Barnes and Noble all day… and then be able to display my knowledge and understanding of the subject on an equal, if not higher, level than a college student… then, hypothetically… why is everyone paying for college again?
(Answer: Because a college degree isn’t about education, it’s a class marker. If we cared about everyone being educated, we would accredit free online courses and allow people to achieve intellectual growth and success without going into debt. But that’s not what college is for. I mean, yeah in college you can travel and learn from amazing professors and start your own anything and have access to facilities and resources and money, yeah, college is all that. And I’m not discrediting anyone who loves college but… college, at the end of the day is a business. College is just one more big way to perpetuate the system. But I say f**k the system, man.) #FreeEducationForAll #LearnRadically"
Vanessa Newman (Washington, DC) - haikuology.tumblr.com
“winged” eyeliner I did a while back
When the Melissa McCarthy led Tammy came out, it made less than a lot of analysts predictions and lead to a lot of disappointed rumbling. This is surprising because the film made a lot of money at the domestic box office, relative to its budget (it cost $20 million to make, and took in a little more than that in just its opening weekend.)
So why were people so disappointed? Probably because Melissa McCarthy’s films have a history of ridiculously overperforming. (The Heat, Bridesmaids, Identity Thief). For Melissa McCarthy, incredible return on investment is the norm.
When I examined the 100 highest performing films in 2013 and 2012, as well as films released so far in 2014, a pretty clear pattern emerged: female-led films leave male-led films in the dust, once you pay attention to their production budget. Melissa McCarthy is just an extreme example of this trend. I’ve included highlights from my analysis under the read more.
TLDR; Looking at box office take relative to production budget, female-led movies have overperformed for the past three years.