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Wednesday Morning Linkspam

Discovery Launch as Seen from a Passing Airliner

iPad Gets Approval from FAA to Replace Paper Flight Charts and Maps

Obama Administration joins critics of ICANN

Apple: If “App Store” trademark is Generic, so is Microsoft “Windows” I had a deep discussion with someone about this; I think “App Store” is a fairly generic term, but I can also make a strong argument in favor of the trademark. (For example, neither Droid nor Microsoft use “app” or “store” for their store fronts—it’s the Android Market, Microsoft Marketplace. RIM has the Blackberry App World, though.)

Charlie Sheen Quotes Presented by Superheroes They actually make more sense this way. The only thing that’s missing is Tigra from Thundercats talking about having Tiger’s Blood. XD

Four Days at Dragon*Con (Preview)

Nerdy Links

One of these days I’ll do more “SERIOUS BUSINESS” blogging, but until now, here are some cool links I’ve found in the couple of days:

10 Female Characters that would Kick Your Face In I heartily approve of their #1 choice. 😉

“Bound for Feminism” Lecture Will Focus on Wonder Woman I wish I could have taken a class on Women in Comics when I was in undergrad! This lecture seems really interesting, and makes me wish I could go. If only Richmond wasn’t so far away.

Seek and Speak These are some amazing retro/mod-styled movie posters. I saw a link to them on io9 but thought I’d give the direct link instead.

25 Magnificent Modern-Day Movie Illustrations I love the ones that look like book covers.

Eric Tan Art Eric Tan works for Disney (yes? I think?) and has done some awesome LOST and Up posters. Also, check out his Tiki-Stitch!

The Sun: Megan Fox is Catwoman

DO. NOT. WANT.

I can’t even begin to describe what’s wrong with this. I can only hope that the Sun has no freaking clue what they’re talking about.

I guess first of all, Megan Fox doesn’t have the acting talent to fit in with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Christian Bale. Part of that is because she’s an inexperienced, young actress, but most of that is because she’s best known for being the Mary Sue of Transformers. (Come on.. she’s hot, popular, AND a mechanic/juvenile delinquent? SUE.) And my friend Wes is right—Fox is too young to be Selina. She needs to be closer to Bruce’s age, and she needs to look older—and not in the “high school girl wearing too much make-up” kind of way, either.

Second, Selina Kyle has class and doesn’t look (and act) trashy. Fox has the stigma of being “OMG SO HAWWWT” and of being an arrogant, obnoxious bitch about it. (“I come across as confident and they assume that means that I think I’m hot s—. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me.” Um, no.) I don’t think that she’d play the role in a way that’s true to Selina, and her mere presence in the movie will overshadow everyone else because, OMG IT’S MEGAN FOX. And really, these movies are ensemble movies. Yeah, everything revolves around Bruce Wayne, but Alfred and Lucius Fox keep him grounded and equipped. I can’t see casting Fox as anything but a PR stunt, and these movies don’t need PR stunts—they’ve got Michael Cain, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman for crying out loud!

Third, casting Fox as Catwoman would be an insult to fans who sat through five hours of the Batman Boys’ Club and are eager to see some female villains. I was, quite honestly, glad to see Rachel go in The Dark Knight because that opened the door to possible female villians and new relationships… with Selina as being the perfect fit for both vacancies. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Joker and the Scarecrow in the last two movies, but it’s frustrating to watch Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal struggle with Rachel when I know there are vivacious, interesting female Gotham characters who are being ignored. As I said above, I don’t think Megan Fox has what it takes to be Selina, and I don’t want to have to endure another crappy Catwoman. If she has no clue about Wonder Woman, how much do you think she knows about Catwoman beyond the sexy catsuit? It would be exciting (from a female geek perspective) to have a female Bat-villain, and I just feel like casting an actress who is known only for being attractive would say, “We had to put this chick in here cause Batman had become a sausage fest. But don’t worry guys, it’s a HOT CHICK!!! Ogle away!”

It’s definitely time for some female villain action in Nolan’s Batman movies, but dear God, why does it have to come from Megan Fox? And what on earth is that Sun reporter taking to think that she’d be a “brilliant” Selina? Hopefully this “news” is just a rumor a la the “Miley Cyrus as Batgirl” nonsense.

Geeky Linkspam

Miley Cyrus to Play Batgirl in Dark Knight Sequel? DO NOT WANT. NO NO NO NO NO.

– Last week, I tweeted about EA’s “Commit an act of Lust with a booth babe” contest. And today, When Fangirls Attack posted their SDCC edition of WFA (sort-of..), which included a TON of links about this contest. Among my favorites was the Newsarama post which said, “It’s kind of funny to me, too, that “booth babes” are still used to lure fanboys, who then turn around and complain about Twilight fangirls squealing over Robert Pattinson.” EXACTLY.

EA (kind-of) apologized for the contest, but they’re still being a little disingenuous about it. How many people honestly think that taking a picture with someone is the first thing you’re going to think of when you hear “Commit an act of lust!”? Really?

– Also amusing (and found via WFA), this Girl vs. Robot comic.

Harry Potter and the Pint of Liquid Courage Good grief. *facepalm*

Newsarama: Girls and Fandom

Or, “Newsarama says what I’ve been saying since Mary Jane bent over the laundry basket and showed us her thong.” (But that subject wouldn’t fit up there…)

Read the whole thing, but notice this part:

Over the years, I’ve grown exceptionally good at navigating comic shops and the varied reactions of the employees/owners. And I remember each clerk who was condescending, who was rude, and I took my money elsewhere…

So, con-goers and fans, think about all of this when you’re at SDCC and you roll your eyes at the squealing teenage girls (and trust me, I don’t like listening to squealing either). Those girls have money and just as much right to be there as you do. And it couldn’t hurt to be nice to them.

That dovetails nicely with my Con Questions post, in which I talked about the importance of a dealer’s reputation, as well as my post on the sexist goings-on during ComicCon, in which I (again) talk about female fans and disposable income.

I’m getting really, really sick of people bitching about the Twilight fans at SDCC. I’m glad I’m not in San Diego, because if I was, I know some obnoxious fanboy would get a crotch full of Catwoman motorcycle boot if he so much as sniffed at a TwiFan in front of me. I am by no means a fan of Meyer’s creation, but the douchebags complaining that those young women don’t belong there need to put their big boy pants on and get over it, cause chances are, other people bitched about their beloved fandoms in the same way at one time or another, too. It’s gotten to the point that if you bitch about Twilight fans at SDCC I’m automatically assuming that you’re afraid of lady parts because you’re not complaining about the franchise, you’re complaining about the fans. And eventually, that kind of behavior—complaining about the women at “your” con—is going to make women feel so unwelcome that the only costumer who will show up for the Slave Leia shoot at the con will be this guy. (And if that happens, fanboys, you fucking earned and deserve it.)

ComicCon: No Girls Allowed!

In case you hadn’t heard, IGN posted a contest in which only men ages 17-24 were eligible. The irony of the contest is that it’s to promote District 9, a film about aliens landing on Earth and being forced into internment camps—basically, they’re discriminating to promote a film about how bad it is to discriminate against others. *facepalm*

To add insult to injury, the Los Angeles Times posted a “Girl’s Guide to ComicCon,” the focus of which was basically, “HAY GIRLS! THERE ARE GOING TO BE HOT GUYS AT COMICCON!!!!” It actually included this: “Women will be rushing the stage, offering to do star Jake Gyllenhaal’s laundry on those washboard abs that he acquired for the film, since he spends much of it fighting, shirtless or both.” Because you know how much geek girls enjoy doing laundry. (Especially in our pearls.)

io9 has a great post on the contest and the LA Times article, which really isn’t worth linking because of how useless it is.

Female sci-fi, fantasy, comic, video game, etc. fans have been ignored and insulted for a long time and frankly, we’re sick of it. We have just as much disposable income as men do and our money is worth as much as theirs is, so what’s up with ignoring us or treating us like ignorant fangirls who are only here for teh hot boys? I’ve been going to cons for about three years now, and I see plenty of women there who go for many different reasons. And while one of those reasons may be to go to panels, it usually isn’t to cry over men and ask to do their laundry.

And do they really want to pretend that guys don’t go to cons to ogle girls in costume or to drool over hot female celebrities? Do I really need to bring up the (insulting, untrue) stereotypes of geeky men who live with their moms and are terrified of women? Guys should be standing up for their female geek counterparts here, too. I’m more than happy to beat down stereotypes about awkward geeky guys, but I’d be even happier to do so if they’d stick up for geeky girls sometimes. Modern media and society try to drive wedges between us, but imagine what we could do if we would stick up for each other and get along!

The LA Times article made me feel stabbity beyond belief, but at least I found some good links about it:
When Fangirls Attack
Geek Girls: A Guide that’s Actually Helpful
Like abs? Like laundry? You’ll love Comic Con!
An Open Letter to the L.A. Times from a Geek Girl Best (off-topic) quote of this post: “I don’t want to be Bella. I read the bio on your blog that you have a passion for Twilight. That’s great. For myself, I can’t understand why any woman in her right mind would want to be an emo, sexually frustrated teen with a boyfriend who won’t put out.” WIN.

If any of you are going to ComicCon, I would suggest looking for bloggers who have actually been there (or to other cons) for survival tips. And also, I want to see pictures afterward. Lots and lots of pictures.


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