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Art, internet, & media (2000-foot paintings, million-dollar pixels, Bury Your Gays supercuts, and more) June 21, 2019

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A nearly 2,000-foot-long thangka (a religious Buddhist painting) wraps around the interior walls of [the museum’s] second floor. The painting is one of the longest thangkas in the world. More than 400 Tibetan artists spent almost 30 years finishing the masterpiece.”

Fifteen years may not seem a long time, but in terms of the internet it is like a geological age. Some 40% of the links on the Million Pixel Homepage now link to dead sites. Many of the others now point to entirely new domains, their original URL sold to new owners.”

Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to do anything on the web without JavaScript? How many sites use progressive enhancement in practice? Chris Ashton did an experiment to find out. ”

“I hope to raise the profile of difficulties faced by real people, which are avoidable if we design and develop in a way that is sympathetic to their needs. Last time, I navigated the web for a day with just my keyboard. This time around, I’m avoiding the screen and am using the web with a screen reader.

As far as we can tell (and trust us, we’ve looked everywhere) not one person has reported setting their eyes upon a Pornhub-branded truck. No one took to social media to let their friends know Pornhub had responded to their request and cleared their snow, or posted about spotting one somewhere in Boston.”

Video: the evolution of queerbaiting. With some startlingly overt pre-Hays-Code gay clips, the original context in which queerbaiting developed, and how the current mainstream handling of LGBTQ characters is aggravating in a whole new way.

“Or they could have had Lexa’s death not follow mere minutes after Clarke and Lexa had sex. After a season of potential growth, they finally came together – Clarke and Lexa were finally a couple, finally, clearly in love and DEATH.” A couple years old but still relevant, about series that actually include queer characters and then kill them off ASAP.

I literally googled “Bury Your Gays supercut” and found that exact video. (It’s a women-only cut, even.)

How to recognize fake AI-generated images” of faces. It’s gotten exponentially harder in the past five years.

Lack of representation is a failing of the wizarding world. We must first acknowledge this failing if we want to address it. Pretending Harry was not explicitly written as white in the canon is denying that there is a lack of representation in the wizarding world. Pretending Hermione was not explicitly written as white is denying that there is a lack of representation in the wizarding world.”

“Typewritten portraits” printed in The Strand, March 1909. Emoticons are older than the internet!

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Monday Works Roundup, 6/10 (Good Omens, Lucifer, Sailor Moon, and more) June 10, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Parade Wear (wallpaper | Emma/Bianca, Sparrow, Bennett/Cohen, Camellia, Jany, Henriette | worksafe)
Hoard of Lesbian Pride Flags (art | Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Mermay 2019 Wallpaper (art | mer!ensemble | worksafe)
Cozy Captain (art | Sigrún | worksafe)

Good Omens/Lucifer
Lux Omens (comic | Lucifer/Chloe, Crowley/Aziraphale | G)

Sailor Moon
Moon Pride wallpaper (art | Setsuna, Rei, Mamoru, Minako, Usagi, Chibiusa, Michiru, Ami, Haruka, Makoto, Hotaru | worksafe)
Zero Hour (art | Usagi, clone!Usagi | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda issues a double-challenge, and Emma has a personal realization.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Juniper gets called away by a blast from their past.

Depressing immigration link roundup June 4, 2019

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She’s a toddler, so she can’t tell me if something bad happened to her. I don’t know if she thinks we chose to abandon her. All I know is she came back pounds thinner, with lice and a hacking cough, and she cried for days, traumatized by a government that keeps children from their parents because they are migrants.” [NYT]

“The Intercept’s and ICIJ’s reporting, which included a groundbreaking review of more than 8,400 reports describing placements of ICE detainees in solitary confinement, found that the immigration agency has used isolation cells to punish immigrants for offenses as minor as consensual kissing, and to segregate hunger strikers, LGBTQ detainees, and people with disabilities.

The Onion pulls no punches: “Saying the incident was so long ago that he had difficulty recalling the girl’s face, ICE agent Ed Thornton couldn’t believe he was being reprimanded Friday for a child who died months ago.

“We followed U.S. law, and asked for asylum at an official border crossing in El Paso, Texas. We were together for one night, and the following day they took him away. I begged them not to separate us. They told me, ‘You don’t have any rights here, and you don’t have any rights to stay with your son.’

a backlog of links about dirty industry secrets March 12, 2019

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What’s a dirty secret that everybody in your industry knows about but anyone outside of your line of work would be scandalized to hear?” Twitter thread, both DMs in screenshot and direct replies.

“An investigation found that [Tokyo Medical University] had reduced all medical school applicants’ initial test scores by 20%, before inflating the scores of male applicants’ exams.

“Some executives argued that women’s traditional expertise at painstaking activities like knitting and weaving manifested precisely this mind-set. (The 1968 book “Your Career in Computers” stated that people who like “cooking from a cookbook” make good programmers.)”

“At first, the military doctors in Germany refused to admit her, saying it was just period cramps […] Finally, almost exactly a year after Lipe first started experiencing the pain, a private, nonmilitary reproductive endocrinologist and general surgeon in Jacksonville, Florida, figured out what was wrong with her — multiple small pelvic hernias caused by the ill-fitting body armor. It took two one-hour appointments, her records show, and they knew exactly how to fix it.

Somehow, my personal autonomy, my health and my comfort didn’t rate high enough to outrank the desires of my future, then-nonexistent partner. And nothing I said could change my doctors’ minds, not the stories about my frequently dislocating hips, my mom’s complicated pregnancies or the increased rate of miscarriage and preterm labor for EDS patients.” (Inconsistent attempts to use trans-inclusive language, but the point is serious.)

The photo went viral because many viewers noticed how beautiful the subject was before they noticed his prosthetic leg. The image also landed me in Facebook jail. Facebook deleted it and suspended my account for six months. It was only after a huge public outcry and media inquiry did Facebook reinstate the photo, but shortly after reinstating it, they once again removed it, and my account was again banned.”

“11 percent of users older than 65 shared a hoax, while just 3 percent of users 18 to 29 did. Facebook users ages 65 and older shared more than twice as many fake news articles than the next-oldest age group of 45 to 65, and nearly seven times as many fake news articles as the youngest age group (18 to 29).

Monday Works Roundup, 2/18 (Paisley Brickstone, Sailor Moon, Supernatural, and more) February 18, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
All Torted Up (art | Kara Lynn, Poe, Patrick, Reseda, Cybele | worksafe)
Gold and White (art | all the Beings | worksafe)
Steppin’ out (sketch | Bianca/Emma | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Fancy Iona (art | Iona | worksafe)
Woman in Black, Mage in Off-White (sketches | Acai, WiB | worksafe)

Paisley Brickstone
Kiddie Hue-mans (art | hue-mans | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Conspicuous Princesses (art | Chibiusa, Hotaru | worksafe)

Supernatural
Monochrome Wincest (sketch | Sam/Dean | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 27 – Age difference (comic, G)
Lesbian Pride Stamp (stamp)
Genderqueer Pride Stamp (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
A major plot point turns on “some lizards have detachable tails.”

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
A misunderstanding is repaired, and Elisa makes future plans.

Monday Works Roundup, 2/4/19 February 4, 2019

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Leif & Thorn
Cuddling (sketch | Kale, Caiomhe | worksafe)
Fire and Ice (art | Kale, Leif | worksafe)
Take My Hand, Let’s Dance (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

O Sarilho
Grumpy Boy, Loves Stars (chibi | Nikita | worksafe)

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Mira (chibi | Mira | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Asexual Pride Stamp (stamp, worksafe)
Ally Pride Stamp (stamp, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Lightning strikes twice!

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
New storyline! Elisa shares a bit with Leif about her family history.

Monday Works Roundup, 1/14/19 January 14, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Inspiration, 20GayTeen to 20BiTeen (comic | ensemble | G)
Poor Unfortunate Beings (sketch | Jany, Kara Lynn, Blake, Walker | worksafe)
Spotlight Heist (cover art | Miranda, Timothy, Sparrow | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Leif & Thorn Deleted Scenes 2018 (comic panels | ensemble | G)
Longsword Heart (wallpaper | Pascentia | worksafe)
Anniversary draft (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
#OCDressup – Leif and Thorn (paper dolls | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
Formal Bunad, Cute Shoes (chibi | Elisa | worksafe)

Deer Me
Deer Me (art | Viana, Velvet | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Tuxedo Ally (art | Mamoru | worksafe)

Wizard of Oz
The Great Responsibilities of Oz (fic | Dorothy/Ozma, Toto, Wizard, Glinda | T)

General/Miscellaneous
Rainbow Hibana (chibi commission, worksafe)
Queer Pride Flags (animated stamp)
Trans Pride Flags (animated stamp)
Webcomic Woes 26 – The independence learning curve (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The Wolf is back in action, and she sure doesn’t look happy.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Lots of things are on fire! Fortunately, they’re supposed to be.

Bad things. (troop positions, scared refugees, lax gun laws, and more) January 8, 2019

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“Settled in their new countries, as years and sometimes decades go by, they often find these objects precious reminders of the lives left behind. They’re cherished long after the crisis has passed. In some cases, these keepsakes remind refugees and migrants of an essential part of who they are. NPR’s story about how a toy monkey ended up becoming a connection to a previously unknown part of a German boy’s family inspired us to look for other similar stories.

The president’s video posted Wednesday did not shield the faces of special operation forces. Current and former Defense Department officials told Newsweek that information concerning what units are deployed and where is almost always classified and is a violation of operational security.”

“Attorneys general from nine states and the District of Columbia wrote the court in January, 2017, urging the judge not to approve the recall process. The notices weren’t descriptive or informative enough, they noted, and Remington hadn’t even tried to find its rifles’ owners. […] But in March 2017, Smith approved the settlement. By then, only 22,000 people had sent in their Model 700s. That left as many as seven million unfixed rifles in circulation — “guns,” the attorneys general noted, “that might go off accidentally at any time.”

Hate crime reports increased 17 percent last year from 2016, the F.B.I. said on Tuesday, rising for the third consecutive year as heated racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news.” (Notice the use of the passive voice, here.)

“I’ve long understood that the dangers of global warming are real and rising. I’ve seen its power firsthand in the form of receding glaciers, dried lake beds, and Sierra tree stands taken down by bark beetles. This is the first time, though, that I smelled and tasted it in my home.

I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.” (Note: it’s got sexual harassment & homophobia in the mix.) (On the plus side, it prompted me to offer this morning’s cable guy a — much-needed, as it turned out — bathroom break.)

Disgruntled gay opinions December 29, 2018

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What it says on the tin.

A response to various facets of Discourse…and if you cringed just reading that phrase, feel free to skip the whole thing. I’ll completely understand.

In no particular order… (more…)

Just good things. (Nonbinary solidarity, great inventions, cool shadows, and more.) December 23, 2018

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“A 61-year-old person in my sample told me that they lived the vast majority of their life as though they were a gay man and was mistaken often as a drag queen after coming out. They didn’t discover nonbinary until they were in their 50s, and it was a freeing moment of understanding that nothing is wrong. They didn’t have to force themselves into the gay-man or trans-woman box — they could just be them. They described it as transcendent.

Evelyn Berezin, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building and marketing the first computerized word processor, died on Saturday in Manhattan. […] Ms. Berezin held nine computer-related patents.”

Motto and his team had enough data to determine that their work was unprecedented in the history of suicide research. In the first two years following hospitalization, the suicide rate of the control group was nearly twice as high as that of the contact group.”

Parallax in action. (Someone put a light on a model train, then drove it around a dark room and filmed the beautiful shadows.)

“The people making these memes obviously have never seen some of the weird ass shit in old-timey photos.” (Contains B&W vintage photography of what is definitely an old-timey fursuit.)

CollegeHumor sketch: the CEO of Tumblr makes the slow-building discovery of what all the content on his site is.

By the way, if you’re on Discord, come take a look at the Comic Tea Party webcomic discussion group! They host regular chats on a variety of comics – and Leif & Thorn is scheduled for January 17.

A few more webcomic discord servers I’m on: SpiderForest Collective, Comicadia, and StArt Faire. (I sure hope all those links are current. Discord is…weird about that.)