The Digital Dozen for July 27th.

This week’s link round-up is San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) heavy to start with, because I’ve been trawling for a lot of tasty stuff from that! Enjoy, pop culture lovers. The rest is a grab-bag as always.

  • The creator of this video has done some other terrific montages of cosplayers at other cons, and this one is no exception. I have to assume a few of these people are paid to be there costumed at booths, but it doesn’t mean they look any less awesome.
  • For a more comprehensive look at SDCC cosplay, there’s a LOT of galleries out there. Bleeding Cool have a couple of hundred in these galleries, and this huge gallery by Norman Chan (I suggest clicking the grid view up on the top left to scroll through thumbnails rather than one image at a time!). There’s a LOT of amazing stuff in there, but I’m pretty fond of this lady Ash, and this TARDIS/Lady Doctor combo. Swoon.
  • The Cartoon Network had an Adventure Time-themed booth in the exhibit hall this year, which was a huge awesome cave shaped like the Ice King’s head, which you can see in this video.
  • There was a lot of good stuff if you’re into Marvel movies/TV as far as panels. I’m excited for the Agents of Shield  knowing Coulson’s gonna be taking part! They also got together a lot of the cast for the X-Men Days of Future Past movie , which will also go a long way toward me forgetting the terrible atrocity that was X-Men 3. There was also a massive ‘Marvel cinematic universe’ panel in which Tom Hiddleston turns up AS LOKI which is wonderful, so take a look:
  • Artist Olly Moss got a bunch of his friends at SDCC to draw Batman with their eyes closed, and it’s wonderful. I love that something like this can come out of the behemoth of SDCC!
  • I went to see Pacific Rim last week, and I enjoyed it. I don’t feel like I have a lot to say about it other than it was visually great, and yes – there’s a lot of heavy-handed dialogue, but I felt it was in a old-school comic book kind of way. There’s been a lot of stuff written which is far more interesting to read – that Pacific Rim isn’t dumb – uncomplicated, yes, but not dumb. This discussion of the film’s visual richness is awesome, and something i’d NEVER have come to realise objectively.
  • When passive-agressiveness leads to wonderful creativity.
  • “Frequency illusion,” somewhat better known as the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, is that thing that happens when you hear of something for the first time and then you see/hear about it EVERYWHERE. You know the thing. Now you know what it’s called.
  • Presented without comment:
  • This is a lovely video – about being geek girls, and being for real. It bugs me so much when people assume girls are interested in stuff because guys are, or they’re attending events like cons because guys do. Guess what? They like that stuff for the same reasons the dudes do, and they’re at the cons because of those interests, not because dudes are there. There’s no ‘fake geeks’, only real jerks. Everyone’s into their own thing, let ’em be!
  • Rescued dogs paired with PTSD-suffering veterans leads to amazing things. The video linked to in this Boing Boing article is so heartwarming, to hear that the vet & the dog could change each other’s lives for the better in such a deep way is beautiful. Both sides are so lucky.
  • Lastly – if you are somewhere in the world where there’s an Empty the Tanks protest today, head along if you can! Or just read more about the issues. Go see Blackfish. Aquariums are atrocities. Captivity and cruelty aren’t necessary to learn about marine animals.
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