Preivew of the new Black Widow ongoing, featuring Nathan Edmonson on writing and the magnificent Phil Noto on art.
Wikileaks has apparently got hold of the draft IP section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal and released it here.
TL;DR: It’s “a Christmas wish-list for major corporations" that "strongly reflected U.S. trade objectives and multinational corporate interests with little focus on the rights and interests of consumers, let alone broader community interests." according to an IP Law expert (Matthew Rimmer), quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Most of the obnoxious IP provisions are being championed by the US and opposed by basically everyone else, and include:
- Pro big-pharma clauses which disrupt access to affordable generic medication.
- Strong Legal protection for Technological Protection Measures/DRM, even when said protections are for non-copyright purposes (eg region locking on DVD and Bluray, application of DRM to data in the public domain)
- Restriction of parallel importing.
- Holding ISPs liable for end-user internet piracy, and forcing them to enforce copyright on behalf of overseas companies.
- Extending patents to plants, animals, and medical proceedures.
- Considerably lengthening Copyright terms
All of these points seem to actually restrict trade rather than liberalise it, making one wonder how it can be legitimately called a “free trade” deal.
Story arc “Ghosts” Info:
Anka finally getting to do interiors, and it’s on the best x-team? h…HNNNNNG
Battle of the atom final issue preview. Don’t know what the hell’s going on with the faces here.
Maybe the artist’s trying to tell us that the whole event made the x-men look like some sort of clown sideshow?
>Decide to do some opengl programming, try to write a particle system using transform feedback.
>Waste a day trying to work out what you’ve done wrong.
>Turns out your program’s fine, it’s just that the “official latest version” display driver for your budget laptop has bugs. More recent versions of the driver have been made by radeon, but not released by the lazy incompetents at hewlett-packard.
>Finally solve the problem at 2am by installing an “unofficial” (hacked) more recent driver.
>Realise dealing with this shit has so badly affected you that you’re posting in the style of some intellectual giant from 4chan.
Loved Noto’s W&J mini, so it’s always good to see him revisiting the character. He’s doing a Black Widow ongoing next, so checking that out is pretty much mandatory too :)
More future X-Men seem to be arriving in battle of the atom. And is that future vampire Jubilee/w wolverine-style paf claws?
A group of Auckland law students viral video parody of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines has proven too raunchy for Youtube.
Youtube’s attitude here is pretty disgraceful: their moderators delete a parody/satire of “Blurred Lines” featuring a few dudes in underwear + minor offensive language, but are happy enough to leave Robin Thicke’s original unrated version* up (and make some $$$ out of selling ads on every view).
Fortunately, the parody seems to have been reuploaded by a number of other people. I’ll leave the links below so you can judge for yourself
*As an aside one could make an arguement that the unrated version is only equivalently “graphic” to the parody - i.e. that topless females shouldn’t be more heavily censored than topless males. Except, you know, the original also advocates rape.
I like X-23, I really do, but it feels like she undergoes the same sort of character development in a lot of the stories she’s in.
Sadly, this is a fairly accurate observation. I thought Marjorie Liu’s X-23 series was doing good things with the character, then that was cancelled and now she’s stuck in arena getting traumatised again.
I was also dissapointed that Marjorie Liu’s Astonishing run was cut short. The next planned arc was going to bring Jubilee and Laura into the book and actually continue the development from the x-23 series.