Week in Geek – a roundup of science, technology and pop culture news with commentary each Friday
Things are a little different this week, since by the time you’re reading this i’ll be up to my eyeballs in geekery at Wizard World Cleveland!
The pop culture extravaganza runs Feb. 20-22, and i’ll be writing up a post-show day post each night starting tonight. Wizard World is a huge show, and i’ll be doing my best to capture the spirit of the event.
Throughout the show, i’ll be taking photos for a media gallery through The News-Herald (as well as for this weekend’s trilogy of posts) so be sure to check that out and see if you’re in any of them. i’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for great costumes, and i’ve got slips with the URL for the gallery attached to my business card to hand out during the show.
And also pick up cool loot. With any luck, i’ll find a vendor with VS System cards so i can finish off that all-foil Mister Miracle deck i’ve been working on for the last two years. Not that i ever get a chance to play anymore, but if i ever do…here’s hoping i’ll discover foil versions of Madame Xanadu, The Phantom Stranger and Messiah Complex.
This will also mark my first foray into using the Uber car service. All the parking nearby the convention center is booked solid, and since it’s currently 4F degrees outside, i’m not really up for a brisk walk through downtown Cleveland. Fortunately, i live so close to downtown that even a luxury Uber ride is cheaper than a parking lot all day, and they’ll pick up outside my front door and drop off right at the show so…yeah, no-brainer there.
End of a run
One of my favorite books of 2014 came to an end this week, with She-Hulk #12 hitting the shelves and digital pull list on Wednesday. There’s been several great books in the last year that i’ve championed, including this one for its terrific take not just on a great female hero, but because it went well beyond a typical monthly slugfest. The titular character was presented as a fleshed out individual with a real life outside of superheroics, and that’s something i always appreciate in comics. In fact, it’s almost something i exclusively look for anymore.
Just last night, i came across this site of fellow blogger and writer of She-Hulk Charles Soule, who had been posting daily essays leading up to the book’s final issue (12 of them, one for each issue).
This is a great behind-the-issue look from the creator, thoughtfully written and gives me a reason to go back and re-read this wonderful run with an expanded perspective. Plus, i thought it was really cool to see that the writer’s blog exists right here through WordPress, too.
If none of my previous appeals to check this book out worked, well, here’s another attempt! Check out Mr. Soule’s blog, and maybe that’ll convince you to give She-Hulk a look. Since the arc and book are now concluded, you won’t get trapped in an ongoing series and there were no event tie-ins all year so, it’s just 12 issues and you’re done.
If you’re looking for more She-Hulk, she’ll be appearing front-and-center in Marvel’s following the upcoming spring event Secret Wars (boy they’re really mining that well deep, huh?).
A-Force is a new book that will launch in the aftermath, when a disbanded Marvel Universe will find itself on the patchwork Battleworld. This team book will feature an all-female cast of superheroes, and She-Hulk looks to be leading the team. Given her long history and experience in the Marvel U, this is a great fit for the character. Although the book sounds kind of gimmicky, it does look to have some cool stuff, like the addition of a new character, Singularity, based on the cosmological event. The book is written by a female writer, G. Willow Wilson, who writes the critically-acclaimed Ms. Marvel book as well. Overall, it sounds like it could be pretty good and i’ll give it a chance when it releases.
And speaking of comics, Wizard World is set to begin soon, so it’s time for me to finish getting ready and get to the show. See you there!
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Thanks for reading the 16th Week in Geek in addition to visiting The Long Shot. Of course, there were many more exciting things that happened in the world of science, technology and pop culture this week…but these were the ones that most caught my attention. If you have any news you’d like to share, drop me a line and let me know – i try to keep up with stuff but i can’t read everything!
If you would like some further reading, about some science, technology and pop culture stuff that happened this week, here’s a few links i hope you find as interesting as i did:
- Absurd creature of the week: the badass snail that has a shell made of iron
- Evolving near hydrothermal vents gives these snails the equivalent of lamellar armor
- Even their squishy part is covered in iron plates!
- This new technology will make fonts look great on small screens
- Internet of Things calls for flexible fonts due to unpredictable text
- Technology adapts the font to whatever size screen will display it
- Cleveland State University pumps $679 million into Northeast Ohio
- My alma mater
- Economic impact has a profound effect through labor, employment, taxes and more
- New Dungeons & Dragons game ‘Sword Coast Legends’ coming in 2015
- Parties of up to 4 human players cooperate online in adventures managed in real-time by human DMs
- Could be the game people have been waiting for since…a long time
- Mars is the next step for humanity – we must take it
- Long-term insurance policy in the face of climate change, extinction events and recklessness with technology
- Terraforming makes the leap from science fiction to viable possibility
- This iPad case makes real buttons rise out of your keyboard
- Shapeshifting buttons that rely on microfluidics
- It’s for an Apple product 😦
- The Android version has the technology built right into the tablet itself! 🙂
- The real robot economy and the bus ticket inspector
- 47 percent of jobs in the current workforce are at high risk of computerization
- 87 percent of creative jobs are at low or no risk of automation
- Fingers crossed that it will be a while before robots can blog with panache like yours truly
- Is the Star Trek economy a welfare state?
- Not really – there’s no drain because stuff is just free due to abundance and technology
- There’s a different kind of incentive to “make something of yourself”
- People are motivated more to be creative, or excel in fields of interest
- “Someone who owns a blog with enough readers that he is able to sell ad space and make a living is an industrious, model American. Someone who owns a blog with few readers is a lazy parasite” – Hey!
- The hot yet little-known trend that’ll supercharge AI
- Supercomputers meet deep learning
- Gamers are ahead of the curve
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