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5 REASONS TO PICK TECHIES (NOT FAKE)

Hey look, I did one of those all-lady Justice Leagues, inspired by Benito Cereno’s creative exercise.

Wonder Woman:  Leader, strategist, powerhouse, and icon. She’s kind of a big deal, dudes.

Jesse Quick: Speedster, businesswoman, and inheritor of two heroic legacies. Every team needs a fast person, and I’ve always been partial to her.

Candy: Digital ghost and outsider. I’m one of the few people who read iCandy, and one of the fewer who remember it, but I really dug this character. Having a character on the team that lives by videogame rules, opens you up to do all kinds of cool visuals and storytelling tricks.

Hawkwoman: Alien, officer of the law, and brawler. I’d tweak her personality a bit — make her more of a Marvel Hercules, than she’s traditionally been. The kind of character that lives large and loud, in all things.

Ladytron: Cyborg, techie, and mostly-reformed supervillain. Every team needs an angry brute, and I adore villains on the path to redemption, so Ladytron would fill both those roles on my team. I tweaked her design a bit — made her a little heftier.

The Crimson Avenger: Detective, successor of the first masked hero, and spirit of vengeance. I like the idea of having a new Crimson Avenger on the team, to hand around being brooding, mysterious, and dry. I’d make her powers more manageable; powerful, but not unstoppable. I also gave her the old Crimson Avenger’s costume, with the addition of an eyeless domino mask, to mirror the bandana she wore around her eyes in her earlier appearances.

Aquagirl: Former resident of San Diego, former resident of Sub Diego, and current Atlantean mystic. I really like Lorena Marquez’s arc, as a human who becomes displaced into Atlantis, with a host of other refugees, and becomes Aquaman’s sidekick. I’d play up the idea that she’s become a fan of Atlantean culture, while losing touch with human culture. Plus, she’d be the youngest of the team, which is always a fun character to have around.

kyoukomiki said:

imagine everyone going to a halloween party and like sayakas a power ranger and kyoukos in a horse head mask and mamis got some kind of sweet but simple costume and madokas a cat and oh haha what a coincidence homuras a cat too and kyousuke shows up late in a fucking banana suit but then the whole party stops when hitomi walks in as a witch

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Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods | Gawker 

Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined? I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town—and it’s really taking off!

Crain’s reports on SketchFactor, a racist app made for avoiding “sketchy” neighborhoods, which is the term young white people use to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched all five seasons of The Wire:

SketchFactor, the brainchild of co-founders Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington, is a Manhattan-based navigation app that crowdsources user experiences along with publicly available data to rate the relative “sketchiness” of certain areas in major cities. The app will launch on the iTunes on Friday, capping off a big week for the startup, which was named as a finalist in the NYC BigApps competition.

According to Ms. McGuire, a Los Angeles native who lives in the West Village, the impetus behind SketchFactor was her experience as a young woman navigating the streets of Washington, D.C., where she worked at a nonprofit.

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After meeting Mr. Herrington, an electrical engineer who was taken with the SketchFactor idea, the two quit their Washington D.C.-based jobs and decamped to New York City with funding from family and friends.

As one of the finalists in the BigApps competition, SketchFactor is poised to receive more attention when it launches.

With firsthand experience living in Washington, D.C., where white terror is as ubiquitous as tucked-in polo shirts, grinning caucasians Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington should be unstoppable in the field of smartphone race-baiting—they’re already finalists in a $20,000 startup contest! But don’t worry: they’re not racist. It says so right on their blog, which asks people to share “sketchy” stories about strangers they spot:

Who we’re not: racists, bigots, sexists. Any discriminatory posts will be deleted.

Oh, well in that case. The app launches tomorrow, so it’s probably safest to just stay indoors until then.

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