Wednesday News: Google censors Blogger, comics derided at the Oscars, Pink Floyd comic book, and limericks of Victorian Writers
Rather than leave its already-restricted adult content alone, Google has told Blogger users it will be eliminating all adult blogs from public access on March 23, 2015, (and taking them out of all forms of search). . . .
Currently, Blogger blogs marked as “adult” include LGBT and “outsider sexuality” diaries, erotic writers, transgender activists, romance book editors and reviewers, sex toy reviewers, art nude photographers, film-makers, artists such as painters and comic illustrators, text-only fiction writers, sex news and porn gossip writers, LGBT sex activism, sex education and information outlets, fetish fashion, feminist porn blogs, and much, much more. –ZDNet
“The truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite,” Gunn wrote on his Facebook page.“What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care and thought into them than people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.”
Throughout the weekend’s awards shows, comic book movies got a spanking. In the Oscars’ opening number, Jack Black sang about the preponderance of superhero movies, and presenter Liam Neeson seemed to momentarily forget about his performance in “Batman Begins” when he also bemoaned their popularity in a series of scripted remarks. –Variety
For all their serious brooding and biting digs at the establishment, the members of Pink Floyd were not above having a little fun with their image. Take this 1975 comic book, created by their record cover designer Storm Thorgerson’s company Hipgnosis for the Dark Side of the Moon tour. A “Super, All-Action Official Music Programme for Boys and Girls,” the 15-page oddity—pitched, writes Dangerous Minds, “somewhere halfway between ‘professional promotional item’ and ‘schoolboy’s notebook scribbling’”—includes several short comic stories: Roger (“Rog”) Waters is an “ace goal-scorer” for the “Grantchester Rovers” football club. Floyd drummer Nick Mason becomes “Captain Mason, R.N.,” a “courageous and smart” WWII naval hero, and David Gilmour gets cast as stunt cyclist “Dave Derring.” The juiciest part goes to keyboardist Richard Wright, whose salacious exploits as high roller “Rich Right” complete the proto-Heavy Metal vibe of the whole thing. –Open Culture
If you’re wincing or cringing right now, check out their explanation/rationalization below:
As limericks were such a favourite literary pastime of the Victorians – as attested by the popularity of Edward Lear’s limericks in his Book of Nonsense (1846) – we’ve set ourselves the task of writing some limericks about Victorian writers. The results of our efforts are documented below. Where possible, we’ve tried to incorporate biographical facts into the poems, such as Thomas Carlyle’s dyspepsia, but this has not always been easy – so sometimes, I’m afraid, we’ve fallen back on a bit of good old-fashioned absurdist nonsense. In our defence, such a strain of nonsense is a staple of the limerick form as it was practised by the Victorians. –Interesting Literature