Adam the Alien

The random thoughts of Adam J. Manley, better known as Adam the Alien. This is a secondary blog for fleeting fancies. Be sure to check out the main website at www.AdamTheAlien.com.

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thisismyplacetobe:

A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term  “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.

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tramtheram:

adamthealien:

In which I talk about ALS, the ALS ice bucket challenge and its effectiveness, and get a bucket of said ice water dumped over my head. Please donate at http://www.alsa.org or an ALS-related charity of your choice. 

I tagged thatssoscience, drnoise, and the normantweeter crew.

My Friend in Oregon was challenged to do the ALS Ice bucket Challenge but before he got all wet, he took the time to explain What The Frak the whole thing is about, which seems to be missing in a lot of the ALS videos that I’ve seen.

Yeah, that was something that turned me off about the whole thing, initially: that people barely even mentioned what it was all about.

Meet Miles Morales, voiced by Donald Glover! (x)

Watched the clip.

"But you’re so young.”

Not “But you’re black.”

Not even “But you’re not me," which is what he first assumed.

Just “You’re so young.”

This is refreshing, for multiple reasons. First, the obvious: we’ve (rightly) established that Spider-Man himself doesn’t have any trouble or problem with a Spider-Man who isn’t white (unlike certain fans). He’s not even phased by it. Doesn’t give it a second thought.

Now, obviously, the creators weren’t going to be politically incorrect, but note that Peter isn’t even phased by the fact that the Spider-Man in front of him isn’t an alternate version of himself. They could’ve easily had Peter say, “But you’re…not me!” That would’ve been a politically correct way of saying, “But you’re black!” That statement wouldn’t have been overtly racist, but it would have implied that Peter, a very intelligent young lad, couldn’t grasp the idea that an alternate version of himself might be a person of color.

And yes, in a way, they are dancing around that conversation, still. But the way they’re doing it establishes a great deal about the character of Peter Parker. It establishes him as the Spider-Man I’ve always envisioned, and the one I’m always happy to see him portrayed as.

Because the second reason it’s refreshing is how true to character this conversation is: the first and foremost thing Peter thinks about his how young Miles is. Younger even than Peter when he first started slinging webs. Peter knows what a burden it is to be Spider-Man. With great power comes great responsibility, after all. Peter shoulders that burden while cracking jokes, but one of the reasons Spidey is often tagged as emo or whiney is because his life freaking sucks.

Peter was an outcast and a nerd before becoming Spider-Man, but he had a bright future and would have led a very happy life. Being Spider-Man regularly means sacrificing that future and that happiness. Being Spider-Man means taking a beating, being humiliated and hated, and still sacrificing friendships, opportunities, and general peace of mind. All for the greater good. All to live up to that sense of responsibility that comes with his power.

Peter wouldn’t wish that on anyone, least of all someone even younger than himself.

So the creative team, here, has not only avoided going with the obvious “But you’re black”/”You’re not me” reaction, but they’ve done so in a way that is consistent with the core of Peter’s character. Miles isn’t what Peter expected, and of course he notices the differences in physical appearance (in the clip, he has an initial, “Huh?!” when Miles unmasks). But the thing that occupies is mind, the thing that shocks and maybe even horrifies him to some degree (at least subconsciously), is how young Miles is.

It would be so easy to make a comical reference to race in this scene, even without referring to it. Maybe it could be interpreted that they are, with his little pause. But in one short clip, they not only avoid turning Peter into a racist, they reinforce his character’s nature. Moreover, since this is a kid’s show, they’ve subtly influenced the nerds of the next generation to have a similar reaction. Actually, they’re providing a number of positive influences to a number of kids in a lot of different ways, but I can’t go into them all.

All I know is that maybe, when this generation grows older, the idea of casting a black man as the original Peter Parker, we’ll get less outrage from overt racists and pedantic white nerds who are so caught up in the supposed sanctity of character design that they can’t even fathom the idea of changing a character’s race for a damn movie (even after it’s already happened, and rather successfully in Nick Fury’s case). Because seriously, that shit was depressing and embarrassing.

Those who aren’t hardcore racists have come to accept Ultimate Nick Fury, Marvel Cinematic Universe Nick Fury, and Ultimate Miles Morales Spider-Man. In comic books, we frequently mess around with alternate universes. The movies are no different; it’s just another alternate universe. So, as much as I love Miles Morales, why not a black Peter Parker?

I wish we were already to that point. Because Donald Glover would make a spectacular Spider-Man (reference only partially intentional). I’m glad he’s voicing Miles, here, but man…he would be a perfect Peter Parker. 

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thedoubleclicks:

If you’re going to PAX… come see us! If you’re going to Dragon*Con… go see Molly and our friend Joseph Scrimshaw

And if you’re doing neither, tune into http://www.twitch.tv/pax/ and watch our live show a 9:30pm Pacific on Friday!!

Someday, I’m going to get my ass to both of these cons. Until then, I shall live vicariously through the metric fucktons of friends I seem to have the funds to attend one or the other (or both).

alandistro:

Today I met John Green (fishingboatproceeds) IRL for the first time. We’ve been friends for seven years, and we were business partners for four years. But with my social anxiety I haven’t made it to VidCon or LeakyCon. And with DFTBA Records being run online we never had to be in the same office together (as a side note, Hank and I met for the first time just a year ago).

But today John came over to my house for lunch (pizza, of course) and to hang out for a bit of the afternoon. We mostly sat talking about the state of online video, our favorite tv shows, the first records we ever bought, the upcoming Paper Towns movie, my upcoming album, John’s passion for soccer, my passion for old CDs, our mutual love of HGTV… 

It was really nice. =)

A beautiful moment between friends, a historic moment in Nerdfighteria’s history, and a perfect example of why online and long-distance friends are no less real than “IRL” friends.

People love to mock online friendships (“URL friends”), but Alan and John are a good example of a long-lasting friendship that, until now, was never in person. Here are two people who are close enough in both their personal relationship and their business relationship that I think most onlookers, and even some friends, likely assumed they’d already met in person at least once, if not regularly. They interact regularly, they’ve grown and changed together with each other and with YouTube, and they’re both (each in their own way) founding fathers and pillars of a community that has brought people all over the world together to form bonds that will, in many cases, last a lifetime. Yet, seven years into a friendship and four years into a business partnership, they’ve only just met.

Think on that, critics of Internet friendships.

URL friends rock the freaking Casbah.

Especially mine.

(Yeah, I’m talking about you. I hope all of you that I’m talking about can recognize that I’m talking about you, you gorgeous, wonderful, amazing people. Thank you for being such an important part of my life.)

Dear arachnophile friends and followers: can you identify this spider in my living room window? #Canby #Oregon #animals #spiders #arachnids #CedarRockFarm #nofilter

drnoise:

This Gif someone made basically encompasses the frustration molly and I had making it through that cover song.  Just one of those times where the camera made simple shit a total pain in the arse!!

I need to see more GIFs made of my friends. They are all wonderful, strangely adorable people, and they are more adorable in GIF form. This one made me smile quite a bit.
Edit: Apparently I already reblogged this. Tumblr said it didn’t, but it did. Yay, glitchy Tumblr! Not knowing that, I re-made the post. This one. So this is sitting in my queue as I edit this, waiting to post, and I could just not post it, but you know what? It makes me happy, so I’m posting it again. Anybody who has a problem with that can suck it. :-D

drnoise:

This Gif someone made basically encompasses the frustration molly and I had making it through that cover song.  Just one of those times where the camera made simple shit a total pain in the arse!!

I need to see more GIFs made of my friends. They are all wonderful, strangely adorable people, and they are more adorable in GIF form. This one made me smile quite a bit.

Edit: Apparently I already reblogged this. Tumblr said it didn’t, but it did. Yay, glitchy Tumblr! Not knowing that, I re-made the post. This one. So this is sitting in my queue as I edit this, waiting to post, and I could just not post it, but you know what? It makes me happy, so I’m posting it again. Anybody who has a problem with that can suck it. :-D

mellowblueness:

i feel like there needs to be a coordinated LOUDLY LOVING FEMINIST BRIGADE made of thousands of feminists who can ~spam the sites/blogs/videos of people (women) who decided to put themselves out there 

to drown out the super douchebag comments, y’know

I like this idea. I like it quite a lot!

Karen Gillan - Spectrum Magazine - 26.07.14

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