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Apr 10 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: SMILE!

Jared Leto Joker camera photo Suicide Squad

When David Ayer recently posted a photo of the Suicide Squad cast, fans wondered where the hell was Jared Leto? Ayer responded with this, the closest thing we’ve seen yet to Leto in-character as the Joker. As Entertainment Weekly points out, it seems to be an homage to the cover for The Killing Joke.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a horror story about the Apple Watch, your biggest Internet nightmare coming to the silver screen, and the Left Hand of Darkness radio play!

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Mar 31 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Regramming Some Replicants

Blade Runner Reality Instagram account

The Instagram account Blade Runner Reality documents little moments in cityscapes (primarily New York City, it seems) that resemble moments from Blade Runner, bringing us closer and closer to that dystopia with each photo. It’s a bit of a trip. (Hat-tip to Complex for finding it!)

Morning Roundup defends your fiddlesticks right to free speech; gets scared about zombies all over again; and has only one question for you: A/S/L?

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Mar 30 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Flash Dance... What a Feeling

The Flash dance set photos Grant Gustin Tom Cavanagh

Well, isn’t this delightful: While shooting an episode of The Flash earlier this month, Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh (in-costume as The Flash and Reverse Flash) realized they had attracted an audience. What better reaction than to break into an impromptu waltz! Check out the whole gallery at ImageBam (via The Flash Spoilers).

Afternoon Roundup brings you a new Spock documentary; what happens when “the cloud” bursts; and the most badass deer to get caught in your headlights.

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Mar 26 2015 3:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Happy Birthday Nu Who!

Doctor Who birthday cards cast 10th anniversary

RadioTimes got the Doctor Who cast to share the sweetest, most touching birthday messages. Russell T. Davies says happy birhtday to the loyal fans; David Tennant and John Barrowman remember being Who fans before they joined; Simon Pegg, Sophia Myles, and other famous cameos chime in as well. But Billie Piper’s is the one that gives us the happy tears. Read them while eating TARDIS cake and reading about how “Rose” introduced a new generation to the series.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Jason Segel’s new LEGO project, high school cliques for the Internet, and reasons we’re getting closer to a Super Sad True Love Story.

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Feb 27 2015 3:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: The Dress That Launched a Civil War

Captain America Civil War meme the dress blue and black white and gold

Yesterday the runaway llamas united us, and then #TheDress tore us apart. We can think of no better way to represent this polarizing, reality-changing debate than the Captain America: Civil War meme. Your eyes are playing tricks on you, Tony! Read the Wired article all about it. But no, he won’t give Steve the satisfaction of agreeing with him. And so—superhero war!

Afternoon Roundup brings you more Blade Runner (woo!), more Robin Hood (meh), Katee Sackhoff’s feelings about Power/Rangers, and an argument for CGI in movies.

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Dec 3 2014 11:00am

Why We Shouldn’t Reboot ReBoot

ReBoot The Guardian Code logo information Rainmaker Entertainment

If you had told 13-year-old Natalie that her beloved CGI animated series ReBoot would be returning to television screens for its 20th anniversary, her squees would have been heard out in space. Now, that revival seems to be a reality: After several false starts, Rainmaker Entertainment has released the logo and some information for ReBoot: The Guardian Code, a modern continuation of the series after the last new episodes were released in 2001.

But as an adult who will always cherish my memories of the series, and who owes most of my attitudes about fandom to my time spent online with fellow Bootnicks, I wish people would just leave ReBoot alone.

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Nov 20 2014 4:00pm

When the Internet Doesn’t Work With Your 1970s Plot: Down a Dark Hall

From the moment she arrives at the school, Kit Gordy is aware that something is wrong. No, more than wrong—outright evil. These claims could, I suppose, be dismissed as usual teenage angst. But as it turns out, Kit is quite right: The building, the school, and its purpose are all quite, quite evil.

That isn't actually the disturbing part of reading Lois Duncan's Down a Dark Hall (1974/2011) today.

[When updating your book for the Internet age causes all kinds of contrived plot problems in a book that already had contrived plot problems.]

Aug 27 2014 3:00pm

Lois Lane Gets Her Own YA Novel With Virtual Reality Video Games and Internet Romance

Lois Lane young adult YA novel Fallout virtual reality video games cyberbullying Instant Messenger Clark Kent Superman DC Comics

When DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio hinted last year that “we have big plans for Lois Lane in 2014,” we assumed that meant her own comic, in time for Superman’s 75th anniversary. Instead, Lois’ first real solo project will be a young adult novel called Fallout, by Gwenda Bond.

Much like Dean Trippe’s excellent (and, sadly, rejected) Lois Lane: Girl Reporter pitch, Fallout aims to introduce Lois to an entirely new generation of comics fans and reporter wannabes. And they’re doing so in the most Millennial way possible.

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Jul 23 2014 1:00pm

According to Lock In, How You Feel About the Internet Now is How You’ll Feel About Robots Later

Asimo robot Lock In John Scalzi

It’s funny, although John Scalzi’s Lock In is primarily a crime procedural thriller it features a very detailed future, with a complexity of worldbuilding that is normally reserved for high fantasy and hard sci-fi. You find out more than just how the tech works. You see how it has impacted our culture legally, socially, and financially. And most importantly you see how it would alter the mundane details of our day to day lives. This sense of the future is an extremely important aspect of Lock In. After all, you need to know what the future is like for there to be any stakes to the story. What dramatic use is there to saving something the reader doesn’t understand?

In essence, Lock In needs to make you care about the maintenance and existence of robots and the humans who require them. Scalzi bridges this gap by subtly evoking another technological leap that has shaped our lives in the present day: the internet.

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May 27 2014 12:00pm

You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet

They say that the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II ordered a group of children to be raised without any human interaction so that he could observe their “natural” behavior, untainted by human culture, and find out the true, deep nature of the human animal.

If you were born around the turn of the 21st century, you’ve probably had to endure someone calling you a “digital native” at least once. At first, this kind of sounds like a good thing to be—raised without the taint of the offline world, and so imbued with a kind of mystic sixth sense about how the Internet should be.

But children aren’t mystic innocents. They’re young people, learning how to be adult people, and they learn how to be adults the way all humans learn: by making mistakes. All humans screw up, but kids have an excuse: they haven’t yet learned the lessons the screw-ups can impart. If you want to double your success rate, you have to triple your failure rate.

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Feb 19 2014 4:10pm

Loki Writes Slash Fiction... Because Of Course He Does

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett

We were wandering ‘round the internet today, minding our own business, when this panel from the recently debuted Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 comic popped up, and our lives suddenly seemed richer and full of promise.

Loki, brother of Thor, spy for Asgard, god of mischief, has written slash fan fiction. It’s Cap/Iron Man, right? We are going to peruse Archive of Our Own for the rest of the day and unearth it. Farewell, noble friends.

Via Tumblr.

Sep 6 2013 3:45pm

Bob Orci Blows Up At Star Trek Fans For Not Adoring Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Bob Orci criticism

In the creative life, there are certain rules about how you handle criticism—no matter how unfair it may seem. Golden Rule Number One tends to be just this: Don’t rise to the bait.

Unfortunately, it would seem that Robert Orci (responsible for the rebooted Star Trek screenplays with Alex Kurtzman), forgot that golden rule the other day. Which led to some serious online ugliness that it would be nice to forget.

[Let’s take some deep breaths...]

Jan 31 2013 2:00pm

Grammar Fight! Star Trek Into Darkness Title Sparks Tussle on Wikipedia

Wikipedia Editors and Star Trek Fans are Fighting Over Grammar in Star Trek Into Darkness and it is Fascinating

As brilliantly highlighted in a recent installment of the web comic XKCD; the title of the latest Star Trek film has precipitated a grammar smack down on a Wikipedia talkpage between whether the “into” in the title Star Trek Into Darkness should be capitalized. Most of this “controversy” probably would have never occurred if a colon had been present in the title. So what’s the big deal?

Grammar snobbery is something we enjoy at (we recommend the Merriam Webster Ask the Editor Series for a more fun, relaxed take on grammar) especially when grammar outrage gets to silly levels.

[Engage! Or stop. Stop engaging.]

Jan 29 2013 10:30am

If There Must Be a Girls Parody, We’re Glad It’s “Robots”

'Robots', a parody of HBO's Girls

If there must be a parody of Girls—and there must, because you don’t win a trunkful of Golden Globes when you’re under 30 without some blowback—then we’re glad it comes in the form of “Robots.”

“Robots” does what it says on the tin, re-imagining Girls if the main character was a robot and not Lena Dunham. But oh, what a perfect re-imagining it is. You don’t even have to have seen the show to get in on the joke.

Watch below while we eagerly await robot parodies of AMC and HBO’s entire line-up.


Oct 24 2012 11:00am

You Are Not Anonymous: On Internet Privacy and the War On Trolls

You Are Not Anonymous: On Internet Privacy and the War On Trolls

The web has been buzzing over the past several months due to the unmasking of some well-known internet trolls. A large portion of the online community has thrown up their hands in a collective sigh of relief, but a sizable number are enraged – by bringing the names of these people to light, real life identities have been comprised and people’s lives have been altered for the worse. And in the name of privacy, people have picked up their virtual boxing gloves and started winding up the good old one-two punch.

Yet it seems that this anger stems from the internet’s greatest fallacy, one the internet itself has long encouraged: the notion that the world wide web is somehow private in the first place.

[Keep away from those chat rooms…]

Oct 16 2012 10:00am

Ada Lovelace, Through the Centuries

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with this illustration of Ada Lovelace, through the centuries

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, and to celebrate this computeering pioneer, we thought we’d ask artist Scott Brundage to illustrate Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, as she works through the centuries, inspiring, creating, and perfecting the very device that the modern first world now cannot live without.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Lovelace’s life, read Ay-leen the Peacemaker’s tribute. Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Oct 8 2012 3:00pm

All Alone in the Night: When Babylon 5 Invented 21st Century Fandom

Babylon 5 and the beginning of 21st century fandom

Fan chatter about TV shows like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, and Mad Men often revolves around the various spoiler-filled turns in long-game plot arcs. But the word “spoiler”—at least in the way we use it in relation to television—is relatively new. Though it’s possible fans of a bygone era of soap operas were afraid of other fans ruining the outcome of the previous day’s episode, the vehemence of these protests were probably not as serious as they are now. Notably, fans of 20th century soap operas didn’t have the internet.

But way back at the end of the last century, one of the first sci-fi fandoms did have the internet, complete with online spoilers! That fandom was centered around Babylon 5, and though we don’t talk much about Babylon 5 now, the narrative structure of the show, in tandem with internet discussion, essentially created the model for TV fandom today.

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Oct 1 2012 10:00am

Steampunk Week 2012 on

Steampunk Week 2012 on

One of the first major blogging events we’ve done on was for steampunk, and every autumn with the turning of the leaves, the H.M.S. Stubbington gets its engines stoked for another bout of gears, cogs, and 19th-century know-how. Now, Year Four into this brass madness, the question comes to mind: “Why does steampunk still matter?”

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Sep 18 2012 1:15pm

Homestuck is the First Great Work of Internet Fiction

Homestuck is the First Great Work of Internet Fiction

What is Homestuck? Since the success of its Kickstarter, that’s what everyone has been asking. What is Homestuck? Well, that is the rub; in fact, “let me tell you about Homestuck…” has become an internet meme in its own right.

First off, let me say this: what Homestuck is and what Homestuck is about are two entirely different things, but they usually get lumped into the same breath, which really confuses things.

Don’t get me wrong; Homestuck is confusing on its own. Homestuck starts slow, with a measured mundanity punctuated by petty struggles wrought in epic terms…which provides only a baseline to be shattered by the surreal. For a story that is so big it contains worlds… and underworlds. The level of detail and complexity can certainly be maddening, even brutally so, but that is what the MS Paint Aventures Wiki is for. I’ll try to express in my own clumsy way what Homestuck is, and what Homestuck is about, but in all honesty, the only way to understand it to experience it for yourself.

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Aug 2 2012 3:00pm

Technology Isn’t the Bad Guy: H+: The Digital Series

We joke about it all the time. One day, we’re all just gonna have chips in our heads and we won’t need things like TV or computers anymore. But what if that actually happened?

That’s the starting point for a new web series produced by Warner Bros. and Bryan Singer called H+: The Digital Series, which launches next week. Although, “web series” is a bit of a limited term. Web experience, more like, as H+ is going to be hugely interactive, allowing viewers to watch episodes out of order, edit them together differently, and create their own experience of the world, much like the characters are able to do with their web experiences in the context of the show.

I had the chance to speak with H+ star, Alexis Denisof (Angel, Dollhouse), and producer, Jason Taylor (Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions), about this unique and exciting sci-fi project.

[Humanity goes offline. Survival goes on.]