Charles had certainly experienced more than a few awkward
moments since he’d started his new job, but this one took the cake. Hell, it
took the whole fucking bakery.
It was all his new boss’ fault of course. Charles had never
had the easiest time working at Shaw Industries given he hated the owner
Sebastian Shaw with the fiery intensity of a thousand suns. But he loved
mutants and all of the wonderful powers they possessed, and so Charles had swallowed
down his opposition in order to continue with his work- composed of researching
mutations and publishing articles on the relevant findings.
But then, one day, Charles was told his department would be
expanding. That he would be getting a new boss. That said boss was none other
than Erik Lehnsherr- renowned mutant activist and overly-stubborn turtleneck-wearing
maddeningly-infuriating fanatic. At least, in Charles’ humble opinion…
A Review of
Maggie Umber 2017. Sound of Snow Falling. 2dcloud: Minneapolis, MN.
I received my copy of Maggie Umber’s (@maggieumber) Sound of Snow Falling this week. This is an attempt at putting in
words some things that it brought to me, even if a piece of music might be able
to say it better.
has Maggie Umber succeeded in her stated goal “to make science more accessible
to non-scientists”, as testified by the owl researcher James Duncan in his
foreword to this book — but her scientifically accurate work has a huge
emotional impact which is that of a work of art. Popularizing science has been
a trend in recent years if one looks at the success of the YouTube channels such
as those of Mitch Moffit & Greg Brown of @asapscience, Emilie Graslie of @thebrainscoop,
and Hank Green & co. of @scishow, following in the footsteps of such
eminent science communicators as Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye. What Maggie
Umber does, however, is not so much to popularize as to give us an engaging living viewport
into the lives of the Great Horned Owls in their environment.
What for me
was the most immediate and accessible part of the novel, was its depiction of
winter light. The colour scheme is very restrained: umber, the colour used by
the Dutch Baroque masters to give chiaroscuro
shades, and near-monochromatic grayscale gradients dominate the work with blue.
Some muted red is added here and there to give additional strength and contrast.
For me, the effect is instantly recognizable.
This is what winter light feels like. Many of the general landscape sceneries recall
to my mind Finnish landscape painters such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Pekka
other hand, some of the deceivingly easy looking brush strokes remind me of the
Japanese art of Zen ink painting.
This sort of a meditative mood is what I take
home from the novel - a nowness of a world depicted and evoked with just a few
lines. What is the sound of snow falling
is like asking the kōan – what is the sound of one hand clapping. Umber’s nonverbal
communication through the narrative is evocative of nowness of hearing the
silence, the silence that John Cage proved does not exist except in the act of putting
together of the sounds themselves (“one enters an anechoic chamber [–] to
discover that one hears two sounds of one’s own unintentional making (nerve’s
systematic operation, blood’s circulation)” John Cage 1955. Experimental
Music: Doctrine). The silence that is what makes music, music.
And yet, the effect of
her novel is entirely contemporary and new. The documentary-film–like quality
of the work rises to the fore for example in the sequences of nesting as if
through a streaming webcam. Even if she started off in the idiom of graphic novels with their
narration techniques, I feel that Maggie Umber has moved beyond, into the realm
of art as a portable, affordable treasure to be owned. These things don’t
happen that often. So, if you don’t have it yet, grab it while you can.
Supergirl has enlisted one of This is Us‘ flashback tykes for a big episode about aspiring hero James Olsen
TVLine has learned that Lonnie Chavis aka Young Randall on NBC’s freshman hit will guest-star on the CW superhero series as Marcus, a young alien boy who bonds with James (played by Mehcad Brooks) after the rugrat’s mother attacks National City.
The episode, titled “City of Lost Children” and airing Monday, May 8, promises to find CatCo’s interim CEO at a crossroads, as he grapples with his extracurricular destiny.
“There’s a lovely moment that I have with Mehcad, about accepting who you are,” shares David Harewood, who plays DEO boss man Hank Henshaw aka “Martian Manhunter” J’onn J’onzz. “James is reluctant to step in and help somebody, and I persuade him, as a hero, that sometimes you have to go against your own instincts and do something that’s right, as opposed to what you think might be right.”
In success, might National City’s Guardian eventually suit up for Hank & Co.? “I really want to see James in the DEO,” Harewood says. “Winn has been a real find in the DEO, so maybe one day we can get James in there, as well.”
Supergirl resumes Season 2 on Monday, April 24 at 8/7c, with the Lena/Kara-centric episode “Ace Reporter.”
It was the summer of 2007. Brotherhood 2.0 was half over already but I hadn’t heard of a Hank or a John yet. A video was featured on the front page of YouTube where some really nerdy-lookin’ guy was singing about Harry Potter. I wasn’t a huge Harry Potter fan. I have no idea why I clicked on the video, but I did. And I’m so so glad I did…
I watched the featured “Accio Deathly Hallows” video. Then watched it again. Then clicked through to the vlogbrothers channel. Subscribed. Watched a few dozen more videos, I was hooked. A week later I emailed Hank and asked if he wanted to collaborate on a video for my channel. He said “maybe” and asked to see the script first. I sent it. He replied something along the lines of “this is perfect, this actually sounds like something I’d say”. So he sent me a collab clip.
That one collab video turned into a dozen collab videos over the next few months. And then we started chatting on AIM regularly. And then he asked me to design the first Project for Awesome thumbnail that all of Nerdfighteria used to take over YouTube for charity. That was such an exciting 48 hours! I took off of work so I could stay home commenting and watching videos with everyone.
I eventually started chatting with John too, he and I made a couple joke websites together. He created a fake woman for one of his projects (Paige Railstone), and asked me to be her boyfriend on Facebook to add some legitimacy to her profile.
Later Hank and I co-founded DFTBA Records together. We started selling Hank’s CDs, and my CDs, and CDs and shirts and posters for our YouTube friends.
This was all before I met either of them IRL.
Hank taught me about LLCs and loving corndogs. I co-wrote Hank’s song “Nerdfighteria Island” with my friends Tom and Monica. John wrote the forward to my first published book. I designed an early draft of John’s Paper Towns book cover that he presented to his publishers.
Hank and I finally met six years later, we both - unknowingly - wore the same CGP Grey shirt that night. John and I finally met a year after that, we ordered in pizza, which seemed appropriate after selling so many Pizza John shirts together.
Nerdfighteria is a wonderful second home. So supportive, creative, caring, and way bigger than the sum of its thousands of parts. I cherish so many of the friends and people I’ve met simply because we both happened to be nerdfighters. And am very grateful for every project, big or small, I got to work on because of Nerdfighteria. <3
THESE ARE CARTER REYNOLDS RECENT TWEETS. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT HE IS AT VIDCON WHEN HE SHOULDN’T BE. Hank Green, the co-founder of the event asked him politely that he doesn’t return for a second day of Vidcon, and now he is just making matters worse for himself, please signal boost this
OKAY! I need to say this. It recently hit me how fortunate I am. Honestly, I have only been an HBO war blog for about two months. But in those two months I have talked to so many people. I have gained so many mutuals and I have honestly never felt better about myself. The HBO War fandom is one of the greatest things I have been apart of. I can not express what it’s like to actually feel like I’m part of something. It’s an amazing feeling. I just want to thank you all. We may not be mutuals. I may not follow you, and you may not follow me. We might not talk. We may not reblog a lot from each other. That doesn’t matter. I love every single one of you. So thank you:
So Natalie DM’d me on the last day of VidCon to say that she wanted to say hi (totally humblebragging right now, don’t care). We had our Team Andrew Q&A but I immediately wrote her back to tell her that I’d love to see her.
No response. Couldn’t find her anywhere. Meanwhile, all my friends reported sightings of her throughout the convention centre. I was worried that I would be the only one that didn’t get to meet her.
Ended up hanging out with Hank and co so I wrote her to let her know where we were. She wrote back saying that she’d be over in a few minutes! Hank, Katherine, and everyone in the world is making fun of me at this point, because they all know how badly I wanted to meet her.
She shows up and immediately gets stuck in a conversation. Do I wait in line? Do I interrupt? WHAT TO DO?
Hank brings me over and initiates a conversation. I have no idea what the hell we ended up talking about but she kept apologizing for not meeting up earlier and all I’m thinking is, WHY ARE YOU APOLOGIZING FOR ANYTHING YOU ARE OUR QUEEN???
We snap this pic:
So go off into our separate things again (SOME WEIRD STUFF HAPPENED THAT NIGHT BUT I WILL ONLY CRYPTICALLY ALLUDE TO IT WITHOUT BEING SPECIFIC AT ALL)
She disappears and I assume it’s because she decided to retire for the night. BUT NO. SHE COMES BACK WITH TIM TAMS. FOR ME.
I’m like whaaaaaahhhhhhahaaaahaaahtttt? Again, I have no idea what we talked about. I seem to recall showing her some pictures on my phone but I am internally shaking and crying and maybe even externally as well.
OK. Then we’re done. Natalie is gone. VidCon over.
Listen, I’ve met a lot of YouTubers that I admire but Natalie Tran is NEXT LEVEL. I don’t understand/roll my eyes at most of the “celebrity culture” of YouTube but I mean… this is Natalie Tran. She’s popular AND she makes funny, smart, quality videos. She never goes to conventions. And she was so gracious and nice and she brought me Tim Tams.
ALSO I have no idea how she knew who I was or why she was following me in the first place?! But she’s super cool, I love her stuff, and she is part of that good side of YouTube that I hope never disappears.
Anyway, this whole LA trip has just inspired me to work a little harder at not becoming more famous per se, but just having a Thing ™ that people know me for and maybe think I’m cool so that we can be friends. Because the next day, I went to YouTube Space LA with AsapSCIENCE and one of the staff there literally asked me, “and are you the friend that tags along?”
I’m pretty well connected within the YouTube community, but I think I’m becoming known for knowing YouTubers rather than… actually doing anything interesting with YouTube myself… sigh.
tl;dr - Natalie Tran is gracious and wonderful, YouTube is still a cesspool
In celebration of reaching 900 followers, I’ve decided to show my gratitude by making a note of all my favourite blogs. Give these beauties a follow, and thanks to all of you for making the past 2 and a half years brilliant! I love you all!