Five Things I've Learned from Watching Digimon

Believe it or not, Digimon was the first anime I ever got deeply into. Yeah, yeah, I can hear you snickering from here. It was 1999, and I didn't have cable, so it was like the first exposure to anime that I ever had. I was in my early teens by then, but Saturday afternoon TV always sucked, so I was still watching… » 3/01/15 7:30pm Sunday 7:30pm

House of Cards and Bottom Shelf Zinfandel: Liveblogging

The nice thing about working nights: marathon TV sessions on Friday while I wait for the rest of the world to turn into humans at 5pm. And since the boyfriend is out of town, I get many more hours of House of Cards all to myself. This is a relief, because if we tried to watch it together, he might breathe too loud and… » 2/27/15 11:00am Friday 11:00am

Get In and Get Out: Plea Bargaining as American 'Justice'

So you're fed up with your upstairs neighbor. He makes noise all the time and you've approached him and tried to talk to him about it. He promised to be quieter, but had a loud party the next weekend. You tried to talk to him again and he acted like a jerk. The next time, you complain to management. Management doesn't… » 2/24/15 4:28pm 2/24/15 4:28pm

On White Privilege and Being a Modern Day Medusa  

On Monday's "Fashion Police," Giuliana Rancic, in an egregious example of white privilege, claimed that Zendaya's dreadlocks must have smelt like patchouli oil. Co-host Kelly Osbourne cheerfully chirped in with her two scents, adding "Or weed!" to this mounting clusterfuck. Meanwhile, when Kylie Jenner donned… » 2/24/15 3:09pm 2/24/15 3:09pm

Lilly Pulitzer on a donkey: Let's hate-read Town & Country!

Welcome to our first round of hate-reading Town & Country, a very pretty magazine that does a decent job of poking fun at itself, but not a decent enough job, IMHO. So zip up your Barbour jacket, slip on your bespoke house shoes and hug your purebred Golden Retriever for warmth, 'cause we're about to go New England… » 2/23/15 12:30pm 2/23/15 12:30pm

Nerding out on the Comp Sci in The Imitation Game

I had been avoiding The Imitation Game 'cause I was way afraid of the way it'd portray Turing's work. Instead, it incorporated more bits and pieces of computer science than I thought it would, and did it all surprisingly well. So, I'd like to share with you some of the fundamentals of Computer Science that are… » 2/21/15 10:26pm 2/21/15 10:26pm

Hideous Progeny: Birth and Motherhood as Motifs in Horror 

Horror directors often tell us through the films they create that there is nothing more terrifying than identifying with the female gender. Horror films are rife with examples of women being punished solely because of their gender identity. Why else would women be hung up on meat hooks, caressed with razor-edged … » 2/19/15 10:45pm 2/19/15 10:45pm

Is the Fifty Shades Movie a Sly Domestic Violence PSA?

Back in 2012, when the furor surrounding EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey was in full effect, I wrote a series of snarky mini-reviews on the book which focused primarily on how bad the writing was, and how silly much of the non-existent plot was. But for the most part I didn't seem concern myself too much with the… » 2/18/15 11:48am 2/18/15 11:48am

Mardi Gras Indians Use Copyright to Stop Exploitation

Today is Mardi Gras, which means New Orleans has essentially been shut down for days of celebration and I'm left wondering, again, why the heck I ever left that beautiful, complicated, messy city. Even if a person has never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, there are always at least a few thoughts they can conjure… » 2/17/15 6:24pm 2/17/15 6:24pm

Looking for Feminist Comics? Why Not Try Webcomics?

Traditional comics have spanned a lot of different publishers, styles, and subject matter; the possibilities are endless. But becoming a published comic artist or cartoonist is a long, hard slog, and there's always the issue of working for a company that might push back against your ideas if they aren't marketable… » 2/15/15 9:46am 2/15/15 9:46am