The spark of creativity for writers can come from innumerable sources—a line from a television show or book, a color, seasons, watching Food Network; who knows. Sometimes for me getting started down that path to a thousand words and beyond can seem impossible, but there’s always one thing that seems to motivate me: music. While there’s certainly something to be said for the method of repeating a song on YouTube for hours on end, or clicking on the related videos until you get to that whispered about “strange side” of the streaming site, these days I find myself drawn more towards online mixes. While I’ve made quite a few mixes, I always love going on sites like 8tracks and Spotify to not only find new music to add to my library, but to see other interpretations of certain characters, ships, and events. And while I can’t link the sites themselves, I was lucky to recently come across a Tumblr that filled this niche of mine: the aptly named Fanmixes.
This week, you’re getting a bird.
I been working on my summer bod: it the same as my regular body, but this time more popsackles in it.
—birdsrightsactivist (@ProBirdRights) June 15, 2015
Sex is an undeniable part of video games now. Arguably, it always has been (although we don’t talk about 1982’s Custer’s Revenge. Or I don’t). These days, it’s definitely a selling point for a game—see Bioware RPGs and The Witcher—and if not a selling point/something the player has control over, then it’s at least something that entices players to play when the protagonist gets down with their love interest. In this way, while sex is being portrayed, I wouldn’t exactly call it sex positivity. Recently, though, I came across a game that fulfills actual sex positivity by giving the player the full choice in their decisions when approaching a sexual encounter. None of that “if you choose not to have sex here, you lose the relationship” or “you can’t even skip this, so have fun boning lmao”. Today’s web crush approaches sexuality from the oft-overlooked aspect of consent, and I couldn’t be happier.
You may have heard of Questionable Content, a popular slice-of-life webcomic by Jeph Jacques. But today I’m not talking about Questionable Content. Jeph Jacques started a new webcomic last September called Alice Grove. And now that it’s far enough along that we can see what it’s actually about, I think it’s time to recommend it! Alice Grove is a sci-fi story involving humans that look and act like aliens, biotechnology, and of course, our protagonist, Alice the witch.
Mild spoilers below!
The problem with these weekly columns is that sometimes you find a really good page but instead of posting it right away, there’s this urge to save it for a month that offers awareness on the issue on a larger scale. Being thematically appropriate is something I love doing, but I wouldn’t dare hold out on this resource for any longer than necessary, especially when it could help the younger people who may be reading this blog.
Here’s an idea: the media we consume can have deeper meanings that inspire discussion about sociopolitical concepts. Whether we want to think about how various story themes are allegory for other topics, or how various uses of technology are signs of bigger, less concrete ideas, PBS Idea Channel strives to examine the connections between pop culture, technology and art. We shape these concepts just as much as they shape us, and for that reason, this week’s Web Crush Wednesday is Mike Rugnetta’s Idea Channel.
Way back in the day (okay, so it was when I was in high school) I decided to pick up statistics for my math class. While it was challenging, I completely fell in love with the idea of being able to discern trends in data and extrapolating them for a larger purpose. Though since my times at college I’ve fallen out of love with the study itself, my love for percentages and trends lives on almost as strongly as my love for astrology—if you follow my Tumblr, you know that’s a lot. What better way to re-experience this love than through other people’s original characters (OCs)?
I don’t know about other people, but I know that over the years my fan characters have managed to build a life of their own and turn into their own, multi-universe original characters. And, as I said, while I can’t be completely certain of the fate of other fan characters, I have a feeling that this is the case for lots of people. As such, the statistics gathered at OC Survey appeal to me in mathematical terms as well seeing what trends are rising in character building.