“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”—Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via ormessociety)
if you give me a Junot Díaz quote I will reblog it, pretty much.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m slowly rapidly becoming an old man or if it’s because social media has reached a saturation point where people of all ages are active participants, but my Internet experience has become totally insufferable… to a point where I often find myself yelling at my…
don’t know if I’m going to do all of these things, but I do feel like I’m going to become Old Man Yelling at The Cloud if I don’t also do some of them.
“Another interesting nugget: “Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us.” The ACLU has a good rundown on the odious nature of Section 215. If Apple had been served with an order under Section 215, they would not be permitted even to say that they’d received it. So the clever bit here is that if such a statement (that Apple has not received any orders under Section 215) does not appear in a future version of this report from the company, we can assume that they have been served with such an order.”—Daring Fireball Linked List: Apple: ‘Report on Government Information Requests’ (PDF)
“When I heard that Rob was gone, I thought, fuck, the world has lost someone who knew how to listen. Rob was a writer, so we belonged to same tribe of sorts. We exchanged opinions about university programs and presses. He was hesitant and my impulse was always to push him harder.”—Stories That Happen Elsewhere
“Tohokushinsha Home Video / Thorn EMI VHD (Japan, NTSC). Another obscure video disc format, the VHD disc is held in a plastic caddy similar to a CED, but is rectangular in shape. The format was released only in Japan. It’s intended American debut was cancelled after the market failure of CED. The movie is spread to 2 discs, with the two-moons artwork on the cover of each. I imagine that the picture has probably been cropped for television. Dolby Surround.”—Every single Dune video release, rated: DuneStuff
Part of the reason I hadn’t come out to my mom right after I came out to my father was that she was in the middle of being mad at me (arguably justifiably,) and so I was already in hot water, so to speak. I knew how her temper worked because I had it, too: a slow burn building with each slight, raising both heat and pressure until some valve burst and everything boiled over.
During the last decade, many popular new media properties have launched, most aiming to attract alive people, like Politico, Bleacher Report, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Mashable, TheVerge, Break, College Humor, IGN, Thrillist, and Gawker. (Audience Demographic data via Quantcast)
“If you’d gone to a publisher in 1981 with a proposal for a science-fiction novel that consisted of a really clear and simple description of the world today, they’d have read your proposal and said, Well, it’s impossible. This is ridiculous. This doesn’t even make any sense. Granted, you have half a dozen powerful and really excellent plot drivers for that many science-fiction novels, but you can’t have them all in one novel.”—Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 211, William Gibson