Nov.17.11 at 09:14 am

Congress is considering two bills that will dramatically change the internet, the so-called PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). If passed, they will give the government the power to shut off access to sites that serve copyrighted material. And who gets to determine what sites get shut off? The copyright holders which ultimately means, corporations like your Viacoms and News Corp and the like.

All they have to do is convince a judge that site is serving nothing but copyrighted material and boom, no access for you.

If these bills were law when the internet was a mere babe, there would be no streaming video. YouTube, which has completely revolutionized the way we consume video content, would have been dead on arrival. Which means no Hulu which means cutting off an income stream to the very corporations who support this stupid thing. Idiots.

Copyright and intellectual property should be protected. Of course. But the methods employed by this bill are broken and do much more harm than good.

I've sent emails to my representatives to try to convince them to vote this ruddy thing down. I encourage everyone to do some further reading: Ars Technica, EFF, an open letter, Fred Wilson.

If you feel moved to action, Tumblr has a tool that will connect you to your representatives so you can talk to them on the phone and Fight for the Future has a form you can fill out to email your representatives. We can stop this idiocy before it starts if we all say NO.

Source: Fight for the Future
Nov.16.11 at 10:14 am

Normally over at Angry Zen Master, Wednesdays are pretty awesome. Every Wednesday is Gundam Wednesday when I dig up Gundam related news which, even when it's not Universal Century related, is always awesome. But there are just days when something so horrible occurs that I must put aside the awesome to comment on the suck. And fam, this bloody well sucks.

According to this tidbit of sparkly news sent along by Angry Zen Minions Kwadwo Amo-Mensah and Bijan Houshmandzadeh, Kristen "Queen of All That is Sparkley and Pale" Stewart has been offered the role of Kei in the Warner Bros live action version of Akira which is called Steve 'round these parts.

And now I see what they're doing here. It's not just about white washing the film. It's about building a new franchise that Warner Bros can hang on two hot young stars. They figure that if they've got this property, they might as well try to milk it for as much cashola as they can get. Pairing Kristen Stewart with Garrett Hedlund certainly makes for a sexy looking couple and a power geek couple. With Kristen, they bring in all the Twilight fans. With Garrett, they get some eye candy for the ladies and possibly any TRON fans still left out there. I imagine the trailers will have a few scenes of him strutting around shirtless while working on his bike.

Of course, their power couple has to be young, pretty, and Caucasian because Warner Bros thinks that's what audiences will pay for. After all, even though Failbender was harshly criticized by the Asian American community, fans of the series, and pretty much every movie critic who had the misfortune of seeing it, it was the 20th highest grossing film of 2010 raking in $318,941,258 world wide, a little over twice the amount it took to make the horrible stain. No matter how bad the press will be for Akira, Warner Bros is banking that it will do at least that well, if not better.

It's pretty insulting to the movie going public for Warner Bros to just assume that an Asian cast can't carry this film. I think Akira has a strong enough brand that it would be an absolute blockbuster with an Asian cast. Sadly, I don't think we'll get that chance. I doubt they will listen to fan outcry. They didn't with Failbender and look at how well that turned out for them. The numbers, unfortunately, are on their side.

Source: Twitch
Nov.16.11 at 09:24 am

There's no big secret to breaking in to the comics social scene, but here are some ideas to get you started.

And here's Book 1 of Erfworld which was written by Rob Balder and drawn by me, the direct result of getting in to the comics social scene:
Nov.15.11 at 09:48 am

I'm not entirely certain how this happened, but the fact that it happened and was recorded means that you can now ask your friends if they saw the old folks Chinese choir sing Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and then show them this video and watch their faces as their brains implode. Thank you internet!
Nov.15.11 at 08:40 am

Reader Brian Lee sent along this music video for Decipher's "Angry Asian Man." The video does a wonderful job of capturing the feeling of isolation that I think speaks to anyone who grew up as an outsider.

You can check out more of Decipher's music at his Band Camp site, download the song, and buy the album.
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