Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
They’re the world WHACKIEST superheroes!
While on vacationing in Nevada in the early 70’s they took a wrong turn down a desert highway and wound up driving into a nuclear test site during an experimental atomic bomb test. Unfortunately, the bomb explodes and the Atoms are bathed in a shower of nuclear radiation.
But something strange happens… Instead of killing them, the radiation from the experimental bomb mutates them into something more than human. It gave them powers and abilities far beyond mortal folks.
But who in their “right mind” wants to risk life and limb to fight aliens, monsters and megalomaniacal super-villains? Not the Atoms Family! Join the hijinks and the misadventures of the Atoms Family and learn how NOT to be super-heroes!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
City of Men is often cited as a 'spin-off' of the film City of God ; City of Men is a less violent and more light-hearted affair. However, the two do share some common aspects: the directors, some of the actors, and the setting of the Brazilian favela (slum) with its background of gangsters and poverty.
The programme tells the stories of Luis Claudío and Wallace, better known by their nicknames Acerola (Douglas Silva) and Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha), respectively, who are two best friends who live in a notorious Rio slum, in a community of drug-dealers, hustlers, and teenagers struggling to fulfill their dreams. (Wikapedia)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
African Fractals introduces readers to fractal geometry and explores the ways it is expressed in African cultures. Drawing on interviews with African designers, artists, and scientists, Ron Eglash investigates fractals in African architecture, traditional hairstyling, textiles, sculpture, painting, carving, metalwork, religion, games, quantitative techniques, and symbolic systems. He also examines the political and social implications of the existence of African fractal geometry. Both clear and complex, this book makes a unique contribution to the study of mathematics, African culture, anthropology, and aesthetic design.
Monday, December 17, 2007
"Next time you bump into one of those idiots who starts asking you questions like, 'where is the African Mozart, or where is the African Brunel?' -- implying that Africans do not think -- send them a copy of Ron Eglash’s study of fractals in African architecture and watch their heads explode." mentalacrobatics.com
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Who knew foot in mouth disease was so rampant
James D. Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and winner of the Nobel prize, raised a storm recently when a British newspaper quoted him saying that black Africans are not as intelligent as whites. But his own brilliant DNA seems to blur the lines.
A new analysis of Dr. Watson’s genome shows that he has 16 times the number of genes considered to be of African origin than the average white European does — about the same amount of African DNA that would show up if one great-grandparent were African, said Kari Stefansson, the chief executive of deCODE Genetics of Iceland, which did the analysis.
"This level is what you would expect in someone who had a great-grandparent who was African," Kari Stefansson of deCODE Genetics told The Independent. "It was very surprising to get this result for Jim."
According to The Times of London in October 2007, Watson said that “there are many people of color who are very talented,” and he hoped people were equal, but that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.”
In October, Watson stepped down as chancellor of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York after his remarks, which sparked strong public criticism.
Neither Stefansson nor a representative of deCODE Genetics responded to requests for comment and a copy of the analysis about Watson's genome.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
"I pitched the story of a mystery based around a Walter White type brother who pretends to be caucasian to investigate black lynchings in the American deep south. They went for it, and bought the movie rights as well. The gifted Warren Pleece is illustrating, and it will hit next year. My cousin Ben Karp and I used to talk about going “incognegro” growing up, or passing, and I always joked that Incognegro would be my breakthrough bestseller (some people think I look like a caucasian, but I am a biracial African American). The graphic form let me tell the tale in an interesting way without doing a stupid commercially driven novel."
Written by Mat Johnson; Art by Warren Pleece; Cover by Stephen John Philips
Writer Mat Johnson (HELLBLAZER: PAPA MIDNITE), winner of the prestigious Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction, constructs a fearless graphic novel that is both a page-turning mystery and a disturbing exploration of race and self-image in America, masterfully illustrated with rich period detail by Wareen Pleece (THE INVISIBLES, HELLBLAZER).
In the early 20th Century, when lynchings were commonplace throughout the American South, a few courageous reporters from the North risked their lives to expose these atrocities. They were African-American men who, due to their light skin color, could "pass" among the white folks. They called this dangerous assignment going "incognegro."
Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New York-based New Holland Herald barely escapes with his life after his latest "incognegro" story goes bad. But when he returns to the sanctuary of Harlem, he's sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi.
With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane must stay "incognegro" long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder in order to save his brother — and himself. He finds that the answers are buried beneath layers of shifting identities, forbidden passions and secrets that run far deeper than skin color.
Click here for Mat Johnson's interview