I haven’t yet read this article by Julia Hobsbawm about her father, Eric Hobsbawm, described by the Financial Times as a “historian and champion of the left.” But a quick skim shows that some folks were not, shall we say, fans of Mr. Hobsbawm’s work. I wonder what it’s like when your dead dad is attacked by commenters online.
It can’t feel good, right?
To see what I mean, scroll down to the comments section. It would seem that Eric Hobsbawm was a supporter of Communism, and some people are still rather upset about this. Because, as we all know, writers are the ones who control governments, not politicians. (It reminds me of when Christopher Hitchens died and many criticized his support of the United States invasion of Iraq, as if he was the only person who had any responsibility in that matter.)
As I said, I have not yet read the Financial Times article so I don’t know if Hobsbawm believed that Communism works in theory, as the great Homer Simpson said. Although Homer has also been critical of Democracy:
I guess what my point is that it’s possible that the situation is more nuanced than one might be led to believe. I know. It’s just The Hive, a massive pile of opinion, flotsam, jetsam, some valid, some not. I keep a copy of this xkcd cartoon handy whenever I forget that I shouldn’t take such things personally.
All that being said, I still wonder what it feels like to have people say nasty stuff about your dead dad on the Internet. I don’t know, and I imagine Julia Hobsbawm has a thick enough skin to deal with it. But it seems unnecessarily rude. The guy is DEAD.
As for the commenters, perhaps they have a point. Or perhaps they could take a tip from another Simpsons moment:
I tweeted this already, and perhaps it’s tacky to quote yourself. That said, what does tacky really mean when it comes to social media? I wanted to make sure that as many people, parents in particular, read these wise words from a mighty Avenger:
“The metal of the human spirit is forged upon the anvil of sorrow.” Thor, Avengers Issue 87. Writer: Roy Thomas, Editor: @therealstanlee
— Brett Singer (@brettsinger) April 16, 2013
Yes, that’s from a comic book. Good stuff, right?
The Avenger in question is Thor, in case you didn’t catch that in the tweet. The great words, written by Roy Thomas, with art by Frank Giacoia, appeared in issue number 87 of The Avengers, published in 1971. You can read it online with a Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited subscription, which I highly recommend because it’s awesome.
What else is there to say except, in the words of the great Stan Lee… Excelsior!
Whatever badness is currently happening in your life or the world, these 11 pics are a welcome respite from that.
I love me some Six Million Dollar Man. And when I was a lad, I had a lunchbox. I don’t think I had one with Steve Austin on it, but I would have liked it if I did.
Apparently we don’t call them lunchboxes anymore though. We call them Tin Totes.
I don’t want to make too big a deal out of this. But what the hell is a Tin Tote? Is it something one uses to carry around tin?
It’s a lunchbox!
If it has a thermos inside, I may lose it. But I don’t think that’s the case.
And… breathe. OK. Much better now.
The Six Million Dollar Man at Amazon.com
(Random aside from the YouTuber who posted the video: “Seriously, who struts down the sidewalk munching on a jar of peanut butter???” Never thought of that.)
Here’s the problem. When you buy a comic book, a plain ol’ dead-tree paper comic book, you have a physical object that you can resell or give away. That’s not the case with digital comics.
HOWEVER. Digital comics are SO much easier. You tap, you download, you have comics. (It’s actually a little dangerous with Apple’s in-app purchasing.) On an iPad with a retina screen, they look amazing. Even on an iPad without a retina screen, they look muy bueno. But you don’t really own anything. If the comic behind the digital sales process disappears, who you gonna call? The Digital Comics Police? Good luck with that.
Therein lies the conflict. What’s a
fanboy fangirl fanperson person who enjoys reading comics to do?
For me, I draw a line. Not a line in the sand. Just a criteria. Here’s mine.
With digital comics, I’ve decided that if the price is lower than print, I’m in. If the price is MUCH lower than print, I’m all over it like Rorschach on a can of beans.
Enter Marvel Mondays. Today, April 8, 2013, the deal is a bunch of digital Runaways comics for 99 cents each. That’s a good deal. Since the site says Marvel MondayS (with an s) rather than Marvel Monday (with no s), my guess is that there will be similar sales occurring on — wait for it — future Mondays.
So you take the good, you take the bad, you them both and then you have the facts of comic book life.
The video shows Rice doing the following during practices: shoving and grabbing players, hurling basketballs at them (at least once at a player’s head), and verbally abusing them by “screaming obscenities and homophobic slurs.” The latter refers to a word that begins with the letter F and ends with “got.”
The firing was announced via Twitter. I still find that odd although it is convenient.
Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.
— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) April 3, 2013
Apparently there is another wrinkle here. ESPN reports that a Rutgers employee was fired and it may have been for telling the administration about Rice’s behavior. Here’s a video about that.
It is beyond belief that anyone would behave in this manner and be able to get away with it for any length of time. College sports are screwy.
Breaking news: Rice says he’s sorry. (Scroll way down on the page.) OK.