by Jill Pantozzi | 11:20 am, September 10th, 2013
It’s October 28th already, and you don’t have a Halloween costume. But worry not, because we’ve got your back.
What's with the name?
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:20 am, September 10th, 2013
by Brooke Jaffe | 11:45 am, August 5th, 2013
The collective fandom groan that is Kindle Worlds (Amazon’s project to sell fanfiction) has picked up another author’s oeuvre– literary legend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Let’s lampshade the irony of Kilgore Trout (perennially penniless sci-fi author who can only get his work published in porn magazines, recurring Vonnegut character, noted communist) being used to sell an open-exchange fandom’s work back to them for a profit.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 6:00 pm, July 6th, 2013
In this interview with AFI archives from late 2012, actor Dustin Hoffman remembers the initial planning for Tootsie, the film in which his character disguises himself as a woman for a job. It was the first makeup test which led Hoffman to break down in tears over a huge revelation about men and women in our society. Take a look.
(via It’s Walky)
by Susana Polo | 2:46 pm, July 3rd, 2013
John Scalzi‘s no stranger to taking his clout as a successful (not to mention Hugo and Nebula award nominated/winning) science fiction author, the (now former) president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a blogger with no small amount of renown and using said clout to do good things for women who create and are interested in science fiction, and sometimes even for women in general. He participated in the first Humble EBook Bundle, where fully half of the items available where created by women, was up for a photoshoot with Jim C. Hines, and when the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure defunded Planned Parenthood for very clearly political reasons, he donated all proceeds from the sale of his ebooks to Planned Parenthood.
Now the author, often asked to be a prominent guest at science fiction conventions, is issuing an ultimatum to any con that wants him on their floor that is as simple as it is firm: have specific, clear rules about sexual harassment and a path to report them, and make sure that everyone knows it.READ MORE
by Brooke Jaffe | 2:45 pm, June 27th, 2013
In reaction to the Kickstarter fiasco over a pick-up artist (PUA) seeking to write a book that contained some alarmingly rape-y advice, a few feminist ladies decided to take matters into their own hands.
Female pick-up artist Arden Leigh, queer burlesque star Madame Rosebud, and matchmaker Amy Van Doran proposed a book about seduction aimed towards teaching women about pick-up techniques so as to empower them to be more active participants in their own romantic lives.
Kickstarter, however, stayed true to its new rule banning all guides of the kind, and rejected their proposal.READ MORE
by Brooke Jaffe | 2:00 pm, June 20th, 2013
The biggest news out of E3 was the announcement of the PS4 and the Xbox One. Unfortunately for Microsoft’s new Xbox system, the second biggest news to come out of E3 was the ridiculously dictatorial policies the Xbox One would bring with its arrival: 24-hour check ins, no offline gameplay, pay to play used games, strict region locks, and scarily lenient privacy loopholes– among many other criticisms.
So when they suddently announced a complete reversal of the policies that were major the points of criticism, Microsoft said it was “listening” to its fanbase.
I have some serious doubts about that.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 4:20 pm, February 28th, 2013
Once upon a time, in a land far away, director Sam Raimi decided he wanted Tony Sta—sorry, Robert Downey Jr. (easy mistake to make) to play the lead in Oz the Great and Powerful. It didn’t work out, of course. Negotiations fell apart and the role eventually went to James Franco.
But why? There’s a very scandalous reason. Wait for it…
Wait for it…READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:30 pm, January 31st, 2013
Stu Zicherman is on the interview circuit for his new movie A.C.O.D., and in a recent interview Badass Digest took the opportunity to ask about his experience writing the 2005 flop and all-around awful movie Elektra. Because apparently they like rubbing salt into wounds over at Badass Digest.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 9:38 am, September 11th, 2012
Want to hear an awesome female roboticist talk very frankly about how to improve robots? Wearing a tophat? I mean, so do we, although we didn’t quite have time to watch the whole video. We do know, however, that it contains a valid argument for why robots hate looking in mirrors and should always wear sunglasses, just like Lt. Horatio Caine.
(NSFW for language, throw on some headphones.)
(via Boing Boing.)
by Susana Polo | 2:45 pm, August 27th, 2012
Every now and then you hear an amazing story of a surgeon who went the extra mile to get to the operating room in time for a needy patient, like packing their whole family into the car on very little notice so that they could use the carpool lane. Last week, a tanker truck full of isobutane fuel gas was rear-ended and sprung a leak near Baton Rouge and the ensuing efforts to drain the gas to a new tanker, and to keep drivers safe from the very possible explosion and fire, gridlocked traffic around the closed road and surrounding area. Breast cancer surgeon Catherine Baucom was one of those stuck in the jam, on her way to the operating room, but so far as we know, she was the only person to find a solution to the slow down so close to our interests.READ MORE