Minorities in cartoons: Jubilee

Jubilee and Wolverine

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jubilee, a character in the “X-Men” comics. Jubilee first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” #244 (May 1989), and was created by longtime “X-Men” writer Chris Claremont and artist Mark Silvestri. Jubilee (real name: Jubilation Lee) was born the only child of wealthy parents, and grew up in Beverly Hills. … Read more

Happy 75th birthday, Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the official first Bugs Bunny short, “A Wild Hare.” While there were a few prototype shorts made earlier, “A Wild Hare” is the first one that could truly be called a Bugs Bunny cartoon for good reason. Time Warner has decided to not make a fuss over Bugs’ anniversary, possibly reflecting the … Read more

Google plans to unlink Google+ from its services


Google’s recent moves to decouple Photos from Google+ isn’t the only Google+ news. Google announced on its blog earlier today that the search engine giant also plans to unlink Google+ as a requirement for its various other services, starting with YouTube comments. YouTube comment users hated the shift to requiring Google+ for comments, so they’ll presumably be … Read more

A year with the Chromebook


It’s been a year since I bought my Acer C720 Chromebook. Last year, I wanted a more lightweight laptop versus my 15″ HP laptop, which weighs over 5 lbs (2.3 kg). I also was growing increasingly curious about Chrome OS and Chromebooks as an alternative to traditional Linux distributions. Others online, including Heather at Lectio.ca, also … Read more

Flickr Pro is back

Fuji camera

Yahoo, the owners of photo hosting site Flickr, has announced it’s bringing back Flickr Pro subscriptions. A few years ago, Flickr was revamped, with accounts gaining 1TB of photo storage space for free. No new Pro accounts were allowed; existing Pro users could keep paying for Pro. In exchange, they’d get… the ads removed. Needless to … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: “Ant-Man” is still up and at ’em, but not Adam Sandler


It’s a close one for #1 this weekend at the box office, but once again, the world’s smallest hero (that isn’t Atom Ant or the Atom) has triumphed. “Ant-Man” earned $24.8 million at the box office, dropping 56.7% from last weekend. Its totals now stand at $106.1 million domestic and $226.5 million globally. Barely behind in … Read more

Package shows: “Happy Days” animated spinoffs

Fonz and the Happy Days Gang

Time for another look at a package show. This time, it’s a spinoff based on the “Happy Days” franchise at large: “The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour.” This show is actually the summation of several previous years’ worth of animated spinoffs of ABC’s primetime live action hits “Happy Days,” “Mork & Mindy,” and “Laverne & Shirley.” … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Gravity Falls”

"Gravity Falls" cast

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Gravity Falls,” an animated series that debuted on Disney Channel in 2012. The series currently airs on Disney XD. “Gravity Falls” focuses on 12-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines, a boy and girl who’re sent by their parents to spend the summer with their cranky great-Uncle Stan, or … Read more

Google+ Photos shutting down on August 1, 2015

Google Photos

Google’s recently spun off its popular Google+ Photos service into the stand-alone Google Photos, without the “+” or ties to Google’s less-than-popular Google+ social network. As such, the search engine giant is shutting down its Google+ Photos apps as of August 1, starting with the Android app, followed by the iOS and web versions. Users … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: Up and at ’em, it’s Ant-Man at #1


While it’s not an Atom Ant movie, Marvel’s ant-sized superhero has taken #1 at the box office this weekend. “Ant-Man” opened with $58 million; so far, it’s earned $114.4 million worldwide. While it’s excellent, of course, it’s also on the low end for a Marvel movie, perhaps reflecting its hero’s real-life small stature. However, since it only … Read more