Against my better judgement, the lights in my apartment are connected to a wireless network controlled via an app. There are physical buttons, but they are located near the plugs, at ground level and often behind obstructions. When I leave, turning off the light requires digging my phone out of my pocket, typing in the unlock code, opening the app, waiting for it to detect the network, then tapping a button to turn off the light. I do all of this while standing an inch or so away from the old wall switch, the use of which would achieve the same result in a fraction of the time. As a result of this modernity, every time I leave the apartment, I feel the uncontrollable urge to make sure I’m listening to the title theme from French director Jacques Tati’s 1958 masterpiece Mon Oncle. I am, at that moment, Monsieur Hulot. Continue reading…
Posted July 31, 2011
Fans are upset with DC’s drop from 12% female creators to just under 2%, or, well, 3 total. And fans, most notably the Batgirl of San Diego, asked about it at San Diego Comic Con. DC’s Dan DiDio responded by demanding of a male fan, “What do those numbers mean to you?” and “Who should we have hired?” The Beat has a firsthand account of the interaction. Comics Alliance‘s Laura Hudson wrote on what those numbers meant. Comic Book Grrrl has some thoughts, and a fan created a petition asking DC to hire more female creators and included a list. Now Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have written a joint letter saying they have heard fans and affirming their commitment to diversity. Bleeding Cool suggests no one wants “a repeat performance,” but I bet there will be a lot of Batgirls at New York Comic Con. And the petition is a good way to help DC keep listening.