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Visible Diversity

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Aug 27 2016 · 0 views

Essays, Not Rants! 232: Visible Diversity

So I recently started Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Finally, I should say; you’d think with a Marc Webb directed pilot I’d have watched it sooner. Anyway, once you get past the somewhat off-putting title (which, as the theme song says, is a sexist term and the situation is a lot more nuanced than that), Crazy Ex is a lotta fun. It’s a musical equal parts cynical and idealistic set in a relatively mundane setting where no matter how outlandish it gets, the character relations stay heartfelt. It’s great.

But that’s not what this post’s about.

Look in the backgrounds of a scene in Crazy Ex or the backup singers and dancers in a musical number. It looks unlike a lot of what you usually see on tv, and not just because of the singing and dancing. Crazy Ex has made an effort to fill its background with people of all colors. Not just one person-of-color in the background, but a variety of folks who you don’t usually get to see on tv (or in media in general). I mean, c’mon! When was the last time you got to see an Asian guy as part of a musical number! Where he wasn’t the token background person of color? Since there’s, y’know, a few other non-white people populating the scene?

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been remarkable at filling out its cast – both main and bit players! — with people who aren’t white. The person protagonist Rachel obsesses over is an Asian guy named Josh (*cough*). The Major Client she has to land for her law firm is black, some of the peopler competing in the guac competition at the Taco Festival are Latino. And the people at that Taco Festival also run the racial spectrum.

Am I making a big deal about a small thing? Yes. Because it’s a small thing worth making a big deal about.

It’s easy, all so easy to fill out a scene with a bunch of white people peppered with the occasional sprig of diversity. But what Crazy Ex does that’s so cool is take that diversity and ratchet it up several notches, and then make those sprigs of diversity visible. You don’t have to squint to find your background minority.

Star Trek Beyond did something similar. Not only is the background crew of the Enterprise noticeably more diverse, but, once again, the featured people in the background aren’t all white. The crew members we see disappear into a cabin while making out are an Asian guy and a white woman (*cough*); the woman we follow as the bridge is evacuated is an Indian woman. Heck, the leader of the super high tech space station, Commodore Paris, is played by Shohreh Aghdashloo who was in The Expanse. She’s the person who tells Kirk, what to do, by the way; and that’s great.

And this is the part where I have to mention Rogue One. Because, again, diversity! Heroes! Chinese actors! A Middle Eastern actor is the pilot! Diego Luna! Forest Whitaker! But! But but but! It’s also the small stuff in the background. The Rebel troops we see in the trailer are racially diverse (and the LEGO AT-ST set coming out features a black guy as the generic rebel trooper). Again, these are small details that give the world a fuller feel.

And it’s friggin’ important. Because this is fiction, and fiction reflects reality, and reality is remarkably diverse. White-as-default isn’t gonna fly anymore. Yes, I have a personal investment in this because, growing up, I didn’t see a lot of heroes who looked like me. Over the years I’ve gotten used to turning on the tv or sitting down in a theatre and not expecting to see myself represented (or represented as anyone other than The Other). Yeah, I try and fix that in my own stuff, even if it’s just a student film.

But.

It’s changing.

Star Trek Beyond firmly proved that Sulu wasn’t the only Asian on the Enterprise and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is inclusive as all-gets-out in who gets to be in its musical numbers and who gets to be multi-faceted people on tv. And Rogue One, well, I’ve already ranted about that.

If this is the sign of fiction-to-come, I can’t wait.

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Super Metroid: Clear!

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Aug 27 2016 · 0 views

This one took far too long. Really, really great game. Brought me back to when I played Zero Mission as a kid.

Next up: Prime! If I can get through that omega pirate...

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first day on ToaD's server

Posted by Scythey in VA-11 HALL-A, Aug 27 2016 · 28 views

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off to a great start

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An Eighteenth Random Question

Posted by Toa Smoke Monster in The Island., Aug 27 2016 · 17 views
Random Questions, 18

If you were to write a song, would you want it to be loved by the majority of people, become a classic as time went on, but not make any money off it at all, or would you want it to be hated by the majority of people, forgotten as time went on, but make millions of dollars off of it?

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I Don't Like Owl City

Posted by Jean Valjean in Kraggh's Works ♫♪, Aug 27 2016 · 68 views

:kaukau: Last time I said that on this site, some people were appalled and thought that I needed to justify my dislike of him. Well, I'm not going to bother justifying it. I just don't like his music, and that's that.


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Ever feel like you're being followed?

Posted by Soran in Soran's Stuff, Aug 26 2016 · 60 views

I got bored tonight and was looking at the status of past topics I used to post on in the COT Sub-Forum. As I was reading through a couple pages of the topic I would glance and see the amount of "Guests" in the topic. At first it was 1. Then it turned to 5, then 9, and it incrementally raised more and more.

I'm aware of this situation, it's happened to me before so I began to be curious how high the number would eventually reach. So I just kept changing the page and glancing at the amount of guests in the topic. My previous personal record was 30-something. The new record blew that one out of the water. There must've been a lot of bored people tonight.

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So there's a question. Have you ever felt like you were being followed or being watched? If so, what was the situation like and how did you feel?

~Soran

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Regarding Slizer Dome US

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak in Mt. Coronet, Aug 25 2016 · 31 views

Yeah, the delay's going to be a bit longer.

I was recently approached to collaborate on something for G&T (don't know how much I'm allowed to say right now so I'm leaving it vague), and working on two games at once still sounds like a bit much. I also want to kick myself into writing more Shooting Star Sonia 2 (the posting schedule is about to catch up to where I'm writing and that makes me a little nervous), so between these two projects I think Slizer Dome US would benefit from waiting a while.

Besides, Slizers on Okoto is still fresh in your minds. I don't want that tainting your view of the players who choose Ultrarex planets. :P

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Long waits...

Posted by -ToaD- in ToaDally Terrible, Aug 25 2016 · 55 views

Planning on ordering a Rem Nendoroid with how much I've found myself enjoying Re:Zero

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Estimated arrival: March 2017 ಠ_ಠ



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That Moment When

Posted by Bambi in The Small Horse, Aug 25 2016 · 51 views
non-pony

You realize how many new members here will never know about the Member Spotlight or Hot Topics list.
Those are two little things I never even thought about until I realized they were gone; I remember getting a few lolz from the Member Spotlight.

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Quake Beast + Umarak the Destroyer

Posted by Trijhak in One Second in Eternity, Aug 25 2016 · 44 views
G2, thoughts, quake beast and 2 more...

Quake Beast... easily the weakest of the three beasts, and the weakest of the entire summer wave. It looks awkward from the back and the side, only looking good from the front. The function isn't really that good, either - it's just swinging the crystal arm forward without much oomph. If you ask me - they should have used Skull Basher's function here instead of a gearbox. Also, the legs are only just barely supporting the body.

Umarak the Destroyer - the largest single figure G2 is ever going to get. And the last. At least it's worthy of being called a titan. Neck looks a bit awkward from the side, but given that they haven't use the normal neck ball joint, that can probably be easily fixed. Legs aren't quite as bad as they look, they have a reasonable degree of forward-backward movement. Torso gears work fine and quite well. Like Storm Beast, the hands don't have their own ball joints and are more an extension of the forearm, but Umarak's hands are so huge that it would only make Umarak look a lot more awkward. Hands could do with a bit more friction, though, but they're fine as is. Definitely looks menacing compared to the Toa, even moreso than Umarak the Hunter. The Invasion from Below claw pieces - they really do look like Umarak's claws here.

Though... across all the beasts, the jaw piece is just so bad. How do you make a jaw piece and not make it have obvious teeth? You can hardly see any teeth on the jaw piece, and I'd imagine it would be received a lot more kindly if it actually looked like a lower jaw with teeth - at the moment , it's kind of hard to imagine it as a lower jaw., And the eyestalk-mask-off mechanism thing: why couldn't the beasts' 'masks' be designed so that it makes the jaw close rather than shooting their masks off?

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Your Rebrick Makuta...

Posted by Iruini Nuva in Round 2, Aug 24 2016 · 66 views
rebrick, moc, makuta, sketch

...how's it coming along?

Finally getting into a groove on mine. I'm realizing how rusty I am at MOCing. Been...probably 5 years since I built something that wasn't just a G2 set following the manual.

To that effect, my first attempt at a CCBS/Technic hybrid has a way steeper learning curve than I expected.

On the flip side, it does give me a chance to sketch ideas for something other than software for a change:

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I lied

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Aug 23 2016 · 88 views

I lied I did another one.

Rate and share and all that stuff.

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So I started another movie spoof...

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, Aug 23 2016 · 90 views

The Jazziest JtO Spoof


Yep, I said to myself. "SPIRIT, m'boy, it's high time you write this thing. Bionicle may be dead, but the people need you one last time!"

Then I got very busy in real life.

Then I caught a cold.


So uh... chapter 2 is half done and will be released... soon... ish... *blows nose and downs more cold medication*



Here's an excerpt:

(Flashback to 2014...)

President Lego: So that's the plan. We're bringing back Bionicle next year. Are you in?

Pohatu: I am so totally in! What would Bionicle be without the bestselling Toa of all time?

President Lego: :superfunny: Bestselling Toa? Oh wow, you're actually serious. Yikes.

Pohatu: :(

President Lego: Look, just drop off your bio on Merlin's desk and wait for us to send you the script.

Pohatu: Aw man, I've gotta spice up my bio. Now what's cool, tough, and exciting? Hmm... I've got it. Australian Batman. I am a genius. No one will be upset by this at all. :)

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Makuta Building Guide

Posted by Brappy Hour in Raptor Paddock, Aug 21 2016 · 168 views

Hey everyone. I just finished building the Journey To One Makuta, and I'm posting how I made it here.

First off. The majority of the parts you'll need are found in these sets
Tahu Uniter
Ikir
Onua Uniter
Lord of Skull Spiders
Mask Maker vs Skull Grinder
Umarak the Hunter
Umarak the Destroyer

Please note that you'll need an extra ball joint, there isn't enough in these sets. http://www.bricklink.../PL/53585.jpg?0

Next, I used this video, which is very useful if you want a step by step guide, and which parts to gather.

Don't worry about the coloring, just use the parts from the sets, and you'll be fine.

HOWEVER. Please stop the video at 5:42. Do not build the following part, but instead use this image that uses Umarak the Destroyer's jaw piece. https://www.flickr.c...57670900951320/

And that's about it. Everything else should be simple and easy. If you need any help, feel free to post a comment. I'll be happy to assist.


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Brickfair NJ

Posted by Pomegranate in Hundreds of Crimson Seeds, Aug 19 2016 · 85 views

It looks like my late October schedule might've freed up, and I'll be able to finally go to Brickfair O:

I've always wanted to go but it never worked out; I remember sending a Bionicle painting in to be featured at one of the Brickfairs in like 2009, but other than that... nothing. Goodness, it's been 7 years since then. I'm really eager to go, it'd be so exciting! Honestly, how've I been a fan for my entire life and never gone? Now I've definitely gotta build something for it :D

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Competed in the Olympics

Posted by FallenAtlas in The Weight of The World, Aug 19 2016 · 117 views

Placed 13th in the forgetting to update this blog. Darn.


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college 2: now with pictures

Posted by Ehksidian in Cairo, Oblivia, Aug 16 2016 · 91 views

so i finally set up my dorm a bit more correctly, and thus have taken pictures

here's the album

only things that will change are a roommate taking the bed i currently have (after i get mine lowered) and...yeah that's it. dunno what they'll do to the room.

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Ultimately, Not Much (also I'm selling prints)

Posted by Haecceity in The Blog Of A James, Aug 16 2016 · 82 views

College is starting up, and I just got hooked up with a Lenovo IdeaPad Y700. It's okay, I guess. I've been spoiled by my workstation.

I'm selling some prints over in ye olde B/S/T if you wanna take a look...
They're nice, I think.

http://www.bzpower.c...e/#entry1087818

Hoping to get a design position for the campus radio station, interviewing for that soon.
Playing a lot of Shin Megami Tensei IV, replaying Sonic Adventure(DX), and generally working on stuff for my role-playing party game, Johnsonville: Cutthroat Capitalism.

Also working on a suuuuper secret project. Whether it pans out will be interesting...
But honestly, it all boils down to a lot of waiting.

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Dronevil

Posted by Queen of Liars in Amplifier Worship, Aug 15 2016 · 71 views

Finally managed to get my hands on a physical copy of my second favourite Boris album, and it is beautiful.

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Boris CDs are always really neat. Makes me feel a lot better about the prices of these Japanese-only ones.



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