Some of you may have seen the picture of the d10 engagement ring that’s been floating around lately, such as ThinkGeek’s Facebook page.
We reached out to the owner and got the full story! Here are the highlights:
“Hi everybody! My name is Amy Robson, although I’m perhaps better known as ‘Dragonslorefury’ for the photo I posted up of my engagement ring on deviantART. The ring was inspired by an enthusiasm for White Wolf games that my partner and I share and, as a result, Ian has asked me to share our story:
“It rarely snows in the coastal city of the U.K. where my partner and I live. So when snow decided to fall on a late night walk with some friends (and fellow White Wolf roleplayers), my partner seized the opportunity to orchestrate a surprise proposal—running off and writing ‘Will you marry me?’ in the settled snow of the city’s promenade. Of course I said yes!
“Roleplay is one odd-ball aspect of our relationship that we’re both loud and proud about. My partner was a roleplayer before we met and he introduced me to roleplaying when we began dating, starting with a good old fashioned Dungeons & Dragons game before introducing me to other systems. It didn’t take long before I was hooked on roleplaying, much to my partner’s delight, and roleplaying became part of our social life and our relationship. It was about a year or so into our relationship that my partner stumbled onto one of the New World of Darkness books (Mage: The Awakening), from there on and with no small amount of enthusiasm we became avid White Wolf roleplayers.
“With all this in mind, when I suggested to my partner that my engagement ring have a die as its highlight instead of a diamond, designing the die with a D10 in mind was a no-brainer. White Wolf games had been our main roleplay games of choice for so long and had meant so much to us that we both couldn’t think of a more perfect dice to use!
“When I’ve seen pictures of my ring around I’ve noticed it sometimes comes with the caption: ‘D10, or would you hold out for a D20?’
“To that all I have to say is this—my partner and I are White Wolf players at heart and so I’d take the D10 any day!”
(See source for full story.)
People being angry about ~dem gays~ on Target’s Facebook.
I just want to give my two cents on this and tell you a story.
A couple weeks ago, I was hired at Target. I have a job at Target. Not a big deal right?
It is a big deal because i’m a transman.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it’s hard for me, my brothers, and sisters to get a job. There are legal restraints regarding the job and if you don’t pass, it’s hard to be taken seriously at a job interview.
Right on the application, it asks what your preferred name is. It also asks if there is anything that target should know. I put the fact that I am a transman, expecting not to get a call because usually when you put that down, people will throw out the application. I got TWO interviews.
At the interview, they asked me about it. I told them I am on hormones and they told me that they didn’t care. Not in the sense that they don’t emotionally care, but that it didn’t matter. I was male and that’s all that mattered. They also told me that they give sex same couples benefits in states that do not recognize them as a married couple.
At my job orientation, I was not misgendered once. Even my supervisors who weren’t sure of my gender avoided pronoun use, which I found only happens when you’ve had pronoun training. They gave me a name tag with my preferred name and didn’t ask questions. I felt safe and respected, which is huge for a trans* person.
TLDR: Target is amazing not just for the LGB, but also the T. Shop there for the rest of your life.
Wednesday night at The Standard, NYC: Chip Kidd and Gengoroh Tagame book signing, 6 - 9 pm!
Fans of old-school anime, rejoice! Anime Sols’ website has officially launched! Similar to Crunchyroll, it’s filled with a great sampling of older anime & a little something for everyone (from the magical girl series “Creamy Mami” to the wacky “Yatterman”). They’re also taking pledges (similar to Kickstarter) to fund DVD releases of these titles as well. So if you watch any of the videos and think they’re awesome, consider donating to help make that a reality! In the meantime, enjoy the free official streaming!
PLEASE help spread the word! This is the first time most of these have ever been officially available in English! ヽ(´▽`)/
COMICS FROM TAHRIR SQUARE
Meet Magdy El Shafee, graphic novelist of the ongoing Egyptian Revolution
Saturday, May 11 — 2pm to 4pm — FREE
School of Visual Arts Auditorium
209 East 23rd street, room 311
Magdy El Shafee’s 2008 graphic novel, Metro: A Story of Cairo has been called the first Arabic-language graphic novel. It was banned by the regime of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and El Shafee and his publisher were arrested, jailed and fined. In 2012, one year after the fall of Mubarak, it was finally republished in Arabic, French, Italian, German and English.
El Shafee has continued to chronicle his own involvement in the tumultuous Egyptian politics of street protest and repression through comics, several of which have now appeared in English in World War 3 Illustrated magazine, the U.S’s longest-running political comix anthology.
In late April he was again arrested with a group of protestors demonstrating against the new Egyptian regime of Mohammad Mursi. After his arrest made international news, he was released on bail, but still faces extreme charges in an Egyptian legal system known for targeting demonstrators.
On Saturday, May 11th at 2pm, at the School of Visual Arts auditorium on 23rd Street in Manhattan, El Shafee will give a presentation via live Skype from Cairo talking about the new movement of cartoonists that has emerged from the Arab spring, about the changing situation in Egypt, about his own case and his own art.Introducing and interviewing El Shafee will be Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman, co-founders of World War 3 Illustrated.All are welcome, admission is free.
Its free comic book day! Unfortunately, I got stuck at work all day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have some FCBD spirit! Here’s a comic I got drunk and made in two hours on the day of a convention my school was putting together. I printed and sold all of them that very same day, so I hope you enjoy it too!
I nominate Robot and Shark for ever Eisner.
Unlike physical books, which a library just purchases like you and me, ebooks are digital media, so they are licensed by the library from the publisher. This license is essentially a contract through which the publisher dictates how the library may distribute their material. Thus, publishers set up “copy limits” to regulate access to the material, like the scarcity of physical books does at the library, so the library ebooks don’t eat a chunk of their ebook profits.
I don’t have an informed opinion on the effectiveness of the method. To me it just seems like one of those weird transitional systems as uncertain publishers are slowly testing the waters of digital distribution methods.
Before “Let’s Dance” came out, David Bowie did a press junket in a hotel room. It was one of those deals where interviewers file in one at a time. I had interviewed him before, on the radio, but I’m sure he didn’t remember me.
I said, “I have some tough questions for you, David — I hope you’re ready.”
And he said, “Ha, great, because at the end I’d like to ask you some punishing questions as well.”
That comment just blew by me.
At the end of the interview, he started asking me why there was such a dearth of black music on MTV.
I said, not trying to toe the corporate line but honestly, “Listen, if this was a radio station, we’d be a rock station. It wouldn’t make sense for us to play stuff that isn’t in our format.”
The conversation got around to Bowie saying, “Don’t you think there are black kids in the audience who would like to see some of these videos?”
I said, “Well, I guess so, but this is what we do, and we have to think about the audience that has cable.” A lot of times we were finding that cable’s heaviest subscribers were in rural areas where they couldn’t get any television reception at all, out in Oklahoma or whatever — not usually your biggest fans of urban music.
Bowie was hammering me, and I was trying to defend the network — but it was an awkward position.
What irritated me was that I felt like a pawn. I had no say over what MTV played — I wasn’t an executive. And Bowie knew what the situation was. He knew (MTV executive) John Sykes, and he knew a lot of the other principals. He was just using me to bring this issue into the forefront. I felt like an idiot, and I felt used, and I felt insignificant to David Bowie — which I probably was, anyway.
- Mark Goodman. Source.