Mary (AKA @sapphicgeek) works in an Indiana comic shop, and Saturday, she met a customer, a distraught teen girl, looking for Supergirl.
When Mary asked her about the recent plotline in which Supergirl comes out as gay, the girl broke down in tears, and Mary realized "I'm staring down a crying baby gay. One who was having some big issues." Mary talked the girl through the issues she was confronting, and then ended up treating her to a stack of comics with awesome LGBTQ themes: Batwoman: Elegy (which features Batwoman as an out lesbian); Midnighter (whose hero is also gay); and Gotham Central, the Batverse police procedural comic with many queer characters.
If you can make it through this without misting up (especially the punchline, "I ended up buying the other 3 for her and I make her promise me that in 10 years she'll help another queer kid") you're of sterner stuff than I am.
In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my short story "Materiality," which was commissioned for Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture, a book edited by Edwina Attlee, Phineas Harper and Maria Smith that is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale.
Aestetix writes, "We have good news. There will be a HOPE [ed: Hackers on Planet Earth, a beloved, NYC-based hacker con put on by 2600 Magazine] in 2020. And we expect it to be better than ever. For several months, we have been looking for a venue that would have the needed space and flexibility […]
I'm something of a Bitcoin skeptic; although I embrace the ideals of decentralization and privacy, I am concerned about the environmental, technological and social details of Bitcoin. It was for that reason that I was delighted to spend a good long time chatting with the hosts of the Bitcoin Podcast (MP3), digging into our points […]
Everybody could use a little improvement, especially those of us on the hunt for new careers. Each job requires a different set of skills, and that list can change from year to year or even month to month as new technologies emerge. When you’re in that race and need to learn fast, the old model […]
In recent years, natural language processing technology and language translation technology have advanced greatly. The trouble is, language translation software typically comes in the form of apps. And while your mileage may vary on their usefulness, they share one thing in common: a serious drain on the battery for your smartphone, the very thing you’ll […]
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