"The world is bigger than you know, and scarier than you might imagine. The only currency worth anything is being true to yourself, and the only goal worth seeking is finding out who you truly are."

— Derek Landy Skulduggery Pleasant  (via name of website)

(Source: what-evers-clever, via yes-but-shes-lost-in-this-world)

OK.  Now that we’ve revived Sherman and Peabody, can we bring back Tennessee Tuxedo?  I’ll be honest, I don’t care about Tennessee, I just want to see my old pal Phineas J. Whoopie and his expandable chalkboard (like really, really bad).
"Phineas J. Whoopie, you’re the greatest."

OK.  Now that we’ve revived Sherman and Peabody, can we bring back Tennessee Tuxedo?  I’ll be honest, I don’t care about Tennessee, I just want to see my old pal Phineas J. Whoopie and his expandable chalkboard (like really, really bad).

"Phineas J. Whoopie, you’re the greatest."


I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.


Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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Further proof that discrimination isn’t something we are, it’s something we do, as a society even more than as individuals, and often with the best of intentions.  (You know which road is paved with those …)

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For all your period pieces, victoriana, steampunky, Fallen-Londony, and other adventures.

Beware, there likely will be appalling sentiments concerning race and gender by today’s standards; this is a work published in 1909. Let’s all glean the good bits from it, shall we, and leave the antiquated pre-civil-rights parts where they belong?

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teenblunder asked: I just rewatched the Birds of Prey episode of Arrow and just realised they sorta gave you a shout-out with the line "at the corner of Gail Street and Simone,". It made me flail so much in front of my family. Like, how cool is that?! Not only are you a comic writer but you got a shout-out on a episode that's sorta inspired by your superhero team on a HUGE superhero tv show! Sigh. I envy you, Ms Simone


Aw, don’t envy, create something you enjoy! :)

But yeah, the Arrow writers have absolutely been lovely to me, they have written me many times about stuff on the show and I am told that we may see even more stuff of mine show up.

They’re very sweet people!

Reminds me of the first TMNT cartoon after the property was sold.  Either the badguy hideout or their manhole was at the corner of Eastman and Laird.



Here’s the third go-around where I’ll be bragging on my students’ work on their Romeo & Juliet movie pitches. Students were asked to come up with a modern spin on the classic tale.

The first one is kinda cool… this group imagined a Pixar-quality animated film where the contents of a fridge come to life and play out the story of Romeo & Juliet. They played careful attention to the feud aspect of the Montagues and Capulets by casting Pepsi products as one family… and Coca-Cola products as the other.

The next one is another reworking of an already-exisiting property: Romance Time, an Adventure Time take on Romeo & Juliet featuring many of the characters from the popular animated series. Seeing as I’m a pretty big fan of AT myself, I heartily approved.

Finally, in close up here are some examples of casting for one of the projects. You can see the though process of some of my students and their conclusions.


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"Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape."

— Charles Dickens (via observando)

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(Source: escuyer, via biblio-philly)

"Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential."

Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)

Let em know dad.

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I think the next time someone gets confused as to possibly why people were hoping Katniss would be portrayed as nonwhite, this quote above is why.

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"Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule."

— Charles Dickens (Novelist), born February 7, 1812 (via bearingwater)

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