Archive for November, 2006

QotD: I’ll Have Two Boxes, Please

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 18, 2006 by Budd Black

What's your favorite kind of Girl Scout cookie?
Submitted by My Lovely One.

Sumoas, hands down, no doubt about it!

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Vox World Tour Essay Competition

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 17, 2006 by Budd Black

I like the way Vox allows me to post video, music, and pictures with ease.  The community rocks!  The best part is that Vox lets you know when someone has responded to a comment that you left in their post.  Vox rocks!, so please pick me to go on a cool vacation.  Thanks Vox!

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Super Star

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 17, 2006 by Budd Black

My oldest (center), sporting her super star award and her perfect attendance ribbon.  My youngest (right), trying to get in on the attention.

She looks pretty proud of herself.

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Does Dwight Deserve Happiness

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 17, 2006 by Budd Black
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On The Office last night Andy was hitting on Angela. I thought that was okay. I mean Dwight deserves better than Angela, right? Or does he? Maybe Dwight's personality is so abominable that he doesn't deserve happiness. Maybe the Schrute line should end.

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QotD: I Rock The Mic

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 16, 2006 by Budd Black

What song makes you rock the karaoke mic?
Submitted by Ann.

4 Non-Blondes What's going on.  I don't know why, but I can't help singing this song.  Oh and I sing poorly, so I don't know if I am rocking the mic or not.  Also I am Southern, so, I guess, Freebird and Sweet Home Alabama. 

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QotD: Top 5 Video Games

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 15, 2006 by Budd Black

What's on your Top 5 video games list?
Submitted by mileena.

Centipede

Street Fighter II

Star Ocean

Contra

Tetris

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Why Don’t Black Books Sell?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 15, 2006 by Budd Black

The guys over at Silver Bullet Comics asked some comic creators a couple of really good questions

1. Why are there not more comics featuring minority characters?

2.  Why don't "black books" sell?

Most of the guys that answered stated the obvious.  They said that comics are written by white males and are read by white males. 

Maybe asking the creators was dumb.  If you want to find out why the consumer isn't buying something you don't ask the people producing the product, you ask the people not buying it.

I don't read "black books" for the same reason I don't watch "black movies."  They are poorly written and full of stereotypes.  They get a pass on quality because they are "black entertainment."  Not to say that there are not some good that comes with the bad.  But for every Harlem there are twenty Undercover Brothers.  Shock humor and drug references seem to be a cancer that is eating "black entertainment" from the inside.  I imagine that the books that do this don't sell well amongst black people as well as whites.  I think it is also harder for me to identify with black characters.  A well written character can overcome this by letting you experience all parts of the characters life and you feel like you went through it too. 

I think books are doing a good job of putting more minority characters in.  I mean I grew up loving Jubilee.  Do I like her because I have an affinity for Asian women or do I like Asian women because of Jubilee.  The X-Men in general have always done a decent job of being inclusive. 

I don't think you should write a character as a black character.  You should write a good character and race doesn't matter.  Look at Blade and Spawn, both great characters that happen to be black.  You could interchange the races of these characters with other races and it would not change the fact that they were good books.  Is the world ready for a black superheroe of the caliber of Superman?  If it is written well, then of course we are ready.

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