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 "Nebula" is a short film about a girl and a magical creature.  Lovely animation, adorable story.
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Famous TV producer Glen A. Larson has passed away.  Among my favorites were his shows Battlestar Galactica  (the original) and Knight Rider.
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No, not spies on television.  Televisions that spy on people.  Things like this are why I'm getting less and less inclined to buy new stuff.  It tends to come with dealbreaker features.  Given a choice between being abused or going without important goods and services, I usually choose to go without.  This frustrates me.  With a television, not so much, because they've pretty much lost my eyeballs forever for a million different reasons.  But other stuff moving in the same direction really worries me.
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Someone went through and added more realistic shapes to Disney princesses.

Ariel, Jasmine, and Pocahontas definitely look better.

But.  Look at Belle and Aurora.  They are wearing corset dresses.  Those are designed to create exactly the shape originally drawn.  It's not natural but it is accurate.  You just have to imagine them breathing up and down instead of in and out.  Trust me, you can make an hourglass out of any figure with a corset, no matter how many hours your pour into it.  Elsa's dress is filmier but has that springy control-top look that some modern dresses use to make people look trimmer in a sheath.

You want to give girls a positive body image?  Put a princess in a houpplande.  They make average-to-large size bodies look awesome, and are period.

This kind of argument is why I use real bodies as character inspiration.  It's a lot easier to mix body types that way, and when I have artists, I can just say, "Here is a reference image."  I'm still working my way through that set of Olympic athletes.
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This is the most violent piece of utterly adorable fluff I have ever seen.  <3  I am pleased to see someone still making awesome, original entertainment.
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This I believe.

Go and do likewise.

I really have no tolerance for jerks who try to crush other people's dreams.
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Nina Paley has posted two GIFs of Hebrew slaves in Egypt, one of men and one of women.  And look!  They're brown, with curly black hair, not whitewashed.  I love the stylized geometric body parts too.
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 ... has an excerpt here.  Look closely at the last panel.  <3

Also, I'm intrigued by the subtle, probably inadvertent, but extremely powerful riff on male!Thor battling depression.  There's a discussion about how every day he struggles with wondering whether he'll be able to pick up the hammer, and how tired he gets, wanting someone to carry it for a while.  It's just not something that comics usually deal with at all, but I like the hints of it in Thor's storyline.
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Here's a short interview of artist Nina Paley.  She does cartoons, animation, and sundry other things.

I'm intrigued to see her complaining about the decay of good computer programs.  This is a problem I have observed very widely.  The first version is rarely the best.  Then a few rounds later, it gets really good if its ever going to.  After that it's all downhill as people add more and more crap until it collapses under its own weight or they get bored with it or sell it or whatever.  Before long, you can't get the version(s) that actually worked, so you can no longer do that thing.  It's extremely frustrating.

I miss the virtue of elegance  in programming.
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 This is one of my favorite dances to watch.

#1 -- Not the most skilled hoop manipulator I've seen, but possibly the best footwork.  Wow.  Prancing.

#2 -- This is much more what I expect from a hoop dancer, and my vote will always go to the guy who can deftly handle more hoops.
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It matters what stories we tell and pictures we paint.  Here's an essay about narratives of diversity in F&SF.  

That's why I write diversity and, especially, pay attention to the mix of heroes and heras in Polychrome Heroics.  Danso is there to provide a positive, nurturing example of a young black man.  He's very powerful; mess with his family and he'll fuck you up.  But he'd rather not have to.
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Here's a wonderful set of comic book covers against bullying, link courtesy of my partner Doug.  

Remember, you don't need to be a superhero to save the day.  Here are some things you can do to stop bullies.
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Here's a lovely look at several of Jack Kirby's characters of diversity, made with Stan Lee but these are ones primarily driven by Jack.  

Note that Ben Grimm is a double-tap for being Jewish and lower/working class.  As the Thing, he is also a man of color -- even though color-changed characters may have grown up white, they pick up the chromatic stigma of not being white anymore and it really shows in how people treat them.  Also worth considering is the way that Jack characterized Ben as Jewish for years before it was safe to come right out and say that.  Sometimes I tag the ethnicity or religion of my characters openly, but often it's just there in the name, location, physical description, etc.

I always liked the technological aspect of Black Panther, which so often gets overlooked.  After having discovered Odinani, the sacred science of Nigeria, I kind of wonder if that played in.

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