Gays in Space

They've released a (meandering, kinda pointless) scene from Alien: Covenant. But there's an incidentally gay couple in it - just two blokes, not spaceship interior decorators. Weird that this still feels like a breakthrough.

EDIT: One of the commenters on that page made a good point: This is supposed to be a colonizing spaceship. So, yeah, sending a gay couple to help populate a world doesn't make sense. Maybe they have some sort of essential skills... like decorating. Oh, God.

Henry the Mouse

comic: Henry the Mouse

I made a wee friend the other day. He was freezing to death on the path in front of our house. I went inside to get some food for him, and, on returning, found him on his side, seemingly perished.

So I took him inside, where we warmed him up, made him a wee nest in a big plastic tub, and fed him. He made a full recovery!

...Then escaped during the night and is now somewhere in our house.

Oops.

I Wish I Could Quit You, Facebook

Cribbed from an e-mail to a friend...

My clicky-finger was hovering over the 'Deactivate' button on Facebook just a few days ago.

I hesitate to share anything there because I don't want to deal with the volume or possible negativity of others' reactions. Yet, as a creative person who's enough of a wank to need applause, I enjoy having someplace to share things where I know people will see them. (Twitter used to be that, but I have a weird feeling that Twitter is dying.)

If I thought anyone would ever see my blog, I'd just stick to posting there, because that's my space, and I have some creative control there. I don't particularly want to advance Facebook's thing. (Especially when I'm on my phone and it recommends horrible pages by horrible Americans saying horrible things.)

I wish I could just ignore Facebook, but somehow it has a gravitational pull, especially in those empty moments when I'm spent. But when I do pull myself away and read or even just look up, life feels better.

On Violence in Comics

This is a long podcast interview between cartoonist Chris Schweizer and educator Jerzy Drozd, discussing non-violence in comics -- but it really extends into every story in our culture, and the way violence is so often presented as the de facto solution to every conflict (e.g. Marty McFly is a chicken unless he punches Biff in the face, and his doing so instantly resolves the situation).

This is an idea that keeps coming back to me lately: "What is peace?" How can we be peaceful, especially when faced with an opposing force hell-bent on violence, or unwilling to engage with the level of thought and empathy that makes peace possible?

As John Lennon said:

When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system's game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight! Because once they've got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don't know how to handle is non-violence and humor.

I'm grateful that my work gives me the time and space to listen to long-form discussions like this in the background!

Chris Schweizer and Jerzy Drozd on non-violence