• Technology

    Blot is a great way to leave Tumblr behind


    If you’re a frequent user of Tumblr and are looking for a way to move off the site following some their recent changes, I’d highly recommend using Blot to do it. I went with the portfolio theme — as I post a ton of images on my Tumblr page — and had my stuff moved over and looking great in no time.

    If you’re willing to put in a little extra work, you can even bring over your “likes” and turn them into posts too so you won’t be missing anything.

  • Technology Micro

    We’ve got some really cool news coming in the new year for Dialog users regarding a big update and our push towards a full featured release. I’m excited to share more very soon.

  • Comic books

    Marvel doing weird things with numbers again

    Spider-Man art by Marco Checchetto

    Jude Terror for Bleeding Cool:

    That’s right, in addition to Amazing Spider-Man #17 and #18, March will also see the release of Amazing Spider-Man #16.HU, not to be confused with February’s Amazing Spider-Man #16.

    Where will it fit in with Legacy numbering? Who knows?!

    I find the number juggling Marvel likes to do just makes it even harder to keep track of which issue is which. Marvel made a habit of it a few years ago and I hope this isn’t the start of it all over again.

    A year from now, when I finally go through and organize my books, I’m certain I’ll have all sorts of trouble remembering if the 16.HU issue goes before or after issue 16, which was a constant problem when dealing with the mountain of .1 and .AU issues years back. Also, how does it fit — as mentioned in the article — into the legacy numbering?

  • Comic books

    The talent and design at the heart of TKO Studios

    TKO Studios

    TKO has been fun to follow. I was a little skeptical at first but they’ve been bringing on great talent, the books they’ve shown off so far look beautiful, their pricing model and format availability is completely new, and they’re letting people read the first issues of their books for free on their site. It might just be the revolution comics need right now.

    I’m going to have to break down and order some of the books soon as an early Christmas present to myself. I really like the look of Sara by Garth Ennis and Steve Epting, and Goodnight Paradise by Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli.

    I also really love the design of TKO. Their logo, typography, on-book corner boxes, merch, etc. It’s simple, easily identifiable, and feels distinctly comics.

  • Technology

    Apple Music Twitter account fiasco

    Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada:

    YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee seems to be the ultimate sleuth when it comes to Twitter, as recently he’s been busting companies for tweeting from competitor devices.

    Earlier this month, he caught Samsung using Twitter for iPhone, and now he’s apparently busted the Apple Music account for using Twitter for Android.

    Slow news day?

    Apple Music is available in a variety of places including the iPhone, phones that run Android, and even Amazon’s Echo devices. Seeing the Apple Music team tweet from something other than an iPhone doesn’t seem weird to me and especially not embarrassing, which the article suggests.

  • Technology Micro

    The fingerprint reader on my Pixel 2 XL was acting up so I sent it to Google for repairs — leaving me without a phone. I made it almost two days before caving and picking up a Pixel 3. First impressions? The camera is amazing and the build quality is stellar.

  • Video gamesMicro

    I felt inspired after watching the Noclip Half-Life doc and decided to toss $10 — an absurdly good deal — at EA for Titanfall 2 on PC. I’m looking forward to checking out the single player campaign after hearing so many good things about it.

  • Video games

    Persona 5’s Joker coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge:

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is almost here, but Nintendo isn’t resting on its laurels. On the eve of the game’s launch the company announced the first of five DLC characters for the fighting game: Joker from Persona 5.

    I can’t be the only one wondering why a character from Persona 5 – a game that’s only available on PlayStation – would appear in Smash Bros.

    I had initially thought this could be the first step to bringing P5 out on the Switch but it seems like a strange order to do that. Why not announce the port and then offer the new character in Smash to tide fans over?

    We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Technology

    The people running Tumblr don't seem to understand why people used it

    Live view inside Tumblr HQ

    Shannon Liao for The Verge:

    This week, Tumblr announced that it would ban all adult content from its platform and said any user who was hurt by the decision could simply migrate to another site. But creators and readers alike don’t believe there’s another website that fosters the same kind of sex-positive spaces that Tumblr has. It’s as though Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio has failed to understand his own platform, how unique these communities are to Tumblr, and how unlikely it is for them to survive beyond the shutdown.

    That’s it. That’s the post.

  • Technology

    Tumblr banning all adult content on December 17th

    Shannon Liao for The Verge:

    Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations.

    My longtime Tumblr blog isn’t affected by the update to their content guidelines. That said, I find it infuriating that neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are allowed to remain on their platform as photos of “female-presenting nipples” are being flagged and removed left and right.

    I’ll likely be migrating the content of my page over to this site in the next little while and decommissioning that page as soon as possible.

    They might as well just shut the whole site down.