Things of note for the week ending March 11th, 2016.
That hashtag stands for Internation Women’s Day 2016. That was on Tuesday. My contribution was to embark on some mad ‘Follow Friday’ on Twitter but a) not on a Friday and b) specifically for AMAZING women.
Today is #IWD2016 – tweets today will consist of one super long chain, all recommending you go follow the amazing women I follow on here.
— James Whatley (@Whatleydude) March 8, 2016
If you missed it, you can find the many, many recommendations right here. Do me a favour and RT it when you get there so others can find the whole thing too.
Thanks you guys.
2. CALMZINE – OUT NOW
Seen one of these before? No? Look harder!
Just before Christmas, the lovely people at CALM (hi Jojo!) asked me if I’d like to put something together for its Q1 edition of the free magazine it puts out – aka CALMzine (see above).
And I made it in!
Said edition is OUT NOW and available at (select) Topman stores across the country.Â A fact about which I am immensely proud and generally super pleased.
Speaking of ‘super’, the piece itself is called ‘How to be a Superhero‘ [in five easy steps] – I like fives, who knew? And has been lovingly illustrated by the rather talented Samuel Williams.
If you can’t make it to your local Topman any time soon then you’ll be pleased to know that the article is available to read online as well (pages 6-7).
Or if all else fails, I have a copy of the mag in my bag right now so if you see me in the street say ‘Oi Whatters, show us your piece!’ and I’ll know exactly what you mean! 😉
3. BATMAN ’89
iO9 has this coverage of a (sadly canned) proposal for the ‘BATMAN ’89’ comic book series. Set to pick up straight after Tim Burton’s Batman movies, the pitch included more of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman as well as an introduction to Burton-universe versions of Poison Ivy et al.
If you’re a bit of a bat-geek, you’ll love this.
4. GALAXY QUEST STUFF
For no reason other than I found a couple of interesting articles on this this week.
First is this ‘Oral History of Galaxy Quest‘. Featuring such nuggets as:
“Tim Allen used to kick the door open to the make-up trailer. We would be all lined up and he would say â€œNumber one is here!â€”
“When I was in that Captainâ€™s chair I was not mimicking William Shatner, with whom Iâ€™m now friends because of this movie. I liked the way Yul Brynner sat in his throne in â€œThe Ten Commandments.â€ I worked off of that. I studied that. Well, I rented the tape.”
I found the link to that one from this list of ‘33 things you probably never knew about the making of Galaxy Quest‘ -Â which, while occasionally doubling up on factoids, is also a bloody good read.
5. KIDS: DON’T POST ABOUT ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
This is interesting.
The New York Times writes:
“Recently, university researchers asked children and parents to describe the rules they thought families should follow related to technology.
In most cases, parents and children agreed â€” donâ€™t text and drive; donâ€™t be online when someone wants to talk to you.Â But there was one surprising rule that the children wanted that their parents mentioned far less often: Donâ€™t post anything about me on social media without asking me.
As in, no pictures of them asleep in the back of the car. No posts about their frustration with their homework. That victory picture after the soccer game? Maybe. The frustrated rant about the fight you just had over laundry? No way.”
If you’ll forgive the oxymoron, I find this as unsurprising as it is surprising. Why wouldn’t children, children who have grown up not only with social media platforms being an every day presence in their lives but also with their parents having their own pages and profiles on said platforms, want a say in what is said about them online?
This has been a long time coming and the babies that were born the same year as Facebook was founded quite rightly want to exercise control over how their own digital legacy is being shaped.
Much to noodle on, wouldn’t you say?
Bonuses this week are as follows:
- Porsche and Mercedes say congrats to BMW (classy)
- The clocks at Grand Central Station are wrong (on purpose)Â
- Atlas shrugged (at what we all knew already)
- There’s solid in here.
AND YOU THOUGHT WE’D GO THIS FAR WITHOUT ME MENTIONING THE CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR TRAILER?!