commented on Cock the Vote
He's really pretty. :D
But I really love that kitchen he's in... damnit. At what point does a healthy, queer, 20-something year old man say "I like the muscley twunk in the foreground, but I wish he'd step to the side so I could really appreciate the kitchen accessories."
I mean, the brick chimney with the hurricane lamp. The gas range. The tea kettle. The glass canisters with what looks like oat meal and maybe popcorn. *sigh* It's a very dreamy American Farmhouse look.
Can I have the kitchen and this Eli person?
commented on Sad Trombone for Doonesbury
@Robotslave, I don't follow Penny Arcade anymore, but they aren't the only game in the webcomics business. Blind Ferret, as mentioned above, has grouped together a few artists that put out daily comics, physical books, prints, and other merchandise. They are also working on moving into animation, putting together an animated series based on Least I Could Do and raising the funds to do a movie of Looking For Group.
On top of all of their online work, the people behind Blind Ferret decided that their hometown didn't have a good enough comics shop, so they bought brick and mortar buildings and put up physical comics shops in their town. Using the money they earned as web comics artists.
They're proving that it is a business model that can and does work. It just takes finding the right niche, marketing skill, and providing consistent quality product.
commented on Sad Trombone for Doonesbury
@7 Shoosh! You're shaking Paul's rightness!
Also include Jeph Jacques on your list. ;) if you're going to do a limited list, it shouldn't be mostly one hosting group. Something Positive and Girls with Slingshots are hosted on blind ferret servers. The business ties go deep there. ;)
commented on Amazon Reviewers Are Big Whiny Babies
I have to admit, I do feel a bit of resentment toward the publisher. I went out and bought the book first thing Tuesday morning so I could have that delicious thing in my hot little hands.
First off, the cost went up again. This last book cost $35 when previous installations cost $24, $26, $28... the cost has been inching up as the end drew near... while there really hasn't been any increase in the quality that I can discern. In fact, I'd say the inverse. The older hardbacks have a denser paper, with fewer ink stains. It looks a lot like the printing quality went way downhill since the last book.
That said, I was doing to buy this book no matter what. I've been reading the series since '95. I've grown up with these books.
I just wish the publishers hadn't known that.
Dec 13, 2012
commented on The Growing Story of Detroit: From Cars to Trees
So a businessman wants to buy vacant lots that are currently owned by the city, fill them with trees to potentially create a greenbelt more than a mile long, with the intent that at some point in the future that greenbelt could be harvested for lumber.
The people who are allegedly losing out in this deal are the 100 people who either live next to vacant lots or are currently living in abandoned buildings on those vacant lots.
I'm having a hard time seeing why this is a bad thing. If there is a reason, please explain it to me.
I'd be thrilled if a private investor wanted to buy up a surplus of vacant land and turn it into a greenbelt.
About the only way I could see this being a bad deal would be if Hantz wanted to wall off the lots once the trees were planted and keep the citizens out. But, if it's going to be used as a greenbelt in the traditional sense, like a large park that would have trails and paths and other outdoors activities... I really can't see why it's a bad deal.
Nov 12, 2012
commented on Cathy McMorris Rodgers Doubles Down
See, I still wouldn't necessarily mind a Jon Huntsman presidency. Especially if there were a Democratically controlled Senate.
I think he'll make another bid for it in 2016. The question is whether he'll be able to beat out Bush and Christie for the "I'm the best former Republican Governor so you should nominate me to be the President!" schtick.
Nov 2, 2012
commented on This Is Not Okay, No Doubt
The other, more subtle bit of racism here: latinos.
The setting is clearly a mission style town, one where you would expect a large population of latinos, but the only prominent darker skinned "townspeople" are the two men in the jail who arrested the bass player and then sat around laughing and getting drunk. The vast majority of the rest of the townspeople are pale white people. Additionally, the jail is clearly marked "policia," which plays into the associations with the latino community and law enforcement.
The video is full of white people pretending to be the non-white people who lived in the American southwest.
Oct 29, 2012
commented on The Two Faces of Gael Tarleton
This reminds me quite a bit of the race in the 38th in 2010. Jean Berkey was a moderate Democrat who hadn't voted down the line for the Unions (they gave her an 89% rating on her votes over her career) so they decided to oust her as a show of strength. A coalition of unions coalesced behind Nick Harper, whose consultant Moxie Media colluded with them to break the law in their efforts to unseat Berkey.
You will notice that Noel Frame's consulting company is Moxie Media... and you will notice that their primary strategy seems to be letting select union voices speak for them, both in favor of Frame and against Tarleton.
Now, that all aside, it's very disappointing that this piece takes quotes and opinions from biased sources and doesn't even present their own fact checking, let alone allow the target to speak against the allegations. I would love to read what Tarleton has to say about these things in a direct response, not pulled quotes from previous stories or press conferences.
I love reading the Stranger, but this wasn't up to snuff.