Recommended daily reading – 22 December

A few interesting links before I begin working on a new “Worlds in Panels”:

Marguerite Reardon, yesterday on cnet, has a good overview of the new FCC rules regarding net neutrality. In the end, this looks like one of those political compromises that can be cast as the ‘right’ solution because no one is happy with it, but, in fact, no one is happy because the decision makes little sense as an approach to the problem at hand.

At The Unofficial Apple Weblog is speculation as to whether Apple will be a target of “Anonymous” now that the company has pulled the WikiLeaks app from the store. I am disappointed that this choice was made, but have long given up the illusion that just because I like their tech and design sensibilities that Apple is anything other than a profit-maximizing, risk-averse corporation.

In the cities and design realm, on Lost Remote, I saw this piece about interactive bus shelters in San Francisco. The article is really just a ‘teaser’ about the project, but I am certainly intrigued by the possibilities of using public space like this for social interaction and play.

In comics movie news:

  • At The Wild Hunt, Jason delivers the best response I have read to the racist furor over Idris Elba having been cast as Heimdall in the upcoming Thor movie (link via Ragnell on Twitter).
  • And this casting news, from MTV’s Splash Page, is something I like.

Finally, a Christmas memory from Kate Beaton.

Recommended daily reading – 2 November (distracting you from this f@$%ing election edition)

Crazy last week, but here are a few choice items:

Better before Halloween, but here is Kate Beaton’s series of Dracula strips. I especially like, “The Horror of The New Woman”.

Sticking with comics, at NPR’s Monkey See, Glen Weldon looks at the curious tendency for mainstream media to report on certain ‘big changes’ in comics characters, the latest being ‘hipster Superman’ from Earth One, even where there is little evidence that regular viewers or readers even care. Most importantly, he notes that most of these reports are devoid of context, and any understanding of what it means that Superman is in a hoodie (which is to suggest, not much).

Finally, Bill McKibben has an interesting and wide-ranging look at public radio at The New York Review of Books.