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NPR’s tagged collection of commencement speeches is pretty great. Grab some inspiration. Just don’t forget the perspiration afterwards, assuming you want to achieve something.

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Midwest SpringCON cosplay.

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Is the open internet dead? A level-headed analysis of the FCC’s new pay-to-play (de)regulations.

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Blow your mind by learning about the scale of things very small and very large. Well, at least to the extent such things were understood in 1968.

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Why DC’s comic books are better than Marvel’s

On a friend’s suggestion, I have been reading some of the free stuff on the Marvel Unlimited app and the experience is decent. The app works better as a full-page reader but that’s how I try to read books on Comixology anyway.

My problem so far is with the content. I am reminded of why I prefer DC to Marvel when it comes to mainstream superhero comics. There are two reasons.

First, Marvel characters tend to be snarky and sarcastic. This is the Stan Lee approach to character and storytelling. It’s what made the books refreshing in the 70s and 80s. Back then, it was nice to get some snark from characters like Peter Parker because it was lacking in most other sources of entertainment at the time, even on TV shows. It is also part of why Marvel characters are more “relatable” than DC. These days you can find sarcasm pretty much everywhere (the internet is probably around 50% snark). If snark is your thing, you can get much better biting social commentary from many web comics than you can from a Marvel book. I don’t need a Thor who likes to try out stand-up bits; I’d prefer a Thor who is a more convincing part of a fantasy world. DC has for the most part stayed earnest in its storytelling. And its stories tend to be more transporting and immersive as a result.

Second, DC’s art tends to be better, particularly in the inking and coloring. Marvel employs many of the same great artists DC uses, but Marvel pages are frequently flat and dull. DC books can be stunning and if an artist like JH Williams III wants to go nuts, the inks and colors will support the work. Marvel books often look like they haven’t gone through the polishing phase before being sent out the door.

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Beautiful Naples, Florida sunset. More here.

Beautiful Naples, Florida sunset. More here.

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Dinovember?!? Yes!!!

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Please enter both your Dominican and Actual birthdates.

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A very helpful guide for Tigers fans trying to cope with the stress.

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jtotheizzoe:

Richard Feynman’s legendary lectures on physics, all fifty-two chapters, are now available in HTML form (which for the youngsters means “they’re on the internet”).
Of course, you can always watch seven of them in video form thanks to Bill Gates.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my physics bunk.

Watch seven of the Feynman lectures, or listen to all if them!

jtotheizzoe:

Richard Feynman’s legendary lectures on physics, all fifty-two chapters, are now available in HTML form (which for the youngsters means “they’re on the internet”).

Of course, you can always watch seven of them in video form thanks to Bill Gates.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my physics bunk.

Watch seven of the Feynman lectures, or listen to all if them!