Anthony upgrades to Xubuntu 11.04

Late last night, I upgraded to Xubuntu 11.04, running the newest version of XFCE. As I’ve previously noted, not much caring for the changes to regular Ubuntu (nor GNOME), I thought I’d give moving to XFCE a try. Installation went reasonably smoothly, and I’ve since customized Xubuntu by installing a few of the GNOME programs I’m used to. While Xubuntu has some OK defaults, a few didn’t pass muster for me (gmusicbrowser ‘s preferences seemed anything *but* simple, and thus I installed Banshee and Rhythmbox…

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Action Comics #900 released today, plus previous anniversary issues

Today sees the release at comic shops of “Action Comics” #900, an anniversary issue of the long-running Superman-starring title. Per a few other sites also taking a look at noteworthy or anniversary issues of “Action,” I thought I’d do the same and remark on previous anniversary issues of “Action.” Action Comics #100 (September 1946) Plot: A “sleuth who never fails” is convinced Clark Kent is Superman, and tries to reveal Clark’s secret identity. Comics.org’s description of this Golden Age story claims it’s the basis for…

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Nook Color finally gains Android 2.2 upgrade, Flash, the long-promised app store

Barnes and Noble today has released a major upgrade for the Nook Color. Not only has it been upgraded to Android 2.2, but it now comes with the long-promised Barnes and Noble app store. Flash has also been included in the upgrade. More information may be found here: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/04/nook-color-gets-froyo-flash-facebook-and-angry-birds.ars While I’d imagine those of us who rooted our Nooks won’t be reverting back to a stock install just to run 2.2, I do think this is a good upgrade for the Nook. A slightly more…

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The Best of Anthony: Easter in animation

On this Easter, I thought I’d link to my previous posts about the holiday: Easter animated specials that pass/fail the Bechdel Test: What the subject says. Apparently, the only one I could find that did pass was “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!” thanks to Peppermint Patty and Marcie’s hilarious subplot. As far as I know, this special wasn’t rerun on TV this year, but it is available on DVD, coupled with one of the odder “Peanuts” specials, “It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown!” Rankin-Bass special…

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The Best of Anthony: Life (to Date) With Archie

In light of the upcoming royal wedding next Friday, I thought I’d link to my previous reviews of Archie’s “Life With Archie” series, in case you’ve missed them: Issue #1 Issue #2 Issue #3 Issue #4 Issue #5 Issue #6 Issue #7 Issue #8 Overall, I think it’s been an enjoyable (if a bit melodramatic) series so far, and an interesting take on the Archie cast. Since they’re all adults in this series, there’s no reset button as in the usual high-school setting, so the…

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The Best of Anthony: My Ubuntu 10.10 post-installation guides

While it’s been one of my most popular posts, I thought I’d link to my Ubuntu 10.10 post-installation tips guides again, before the release of 11.04 next week: Things to do after a fresh Ubuntu (10.10) install Alternative programs to install The above post-installation guides available as a downloadable PDF (released under a Creative Commons BY-SA license) As for 11.04, I’ll have to think about whether or not I’ll update the above posts, given my plans to move to Xubuntu 11.04. Perhaps I could write…

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Comic review: Archie Bronze Age series DVD-ROM collections

A few months ago, I bought the “Bronze Age” series of DVD-ROMs produced of several 70s Archie Comics series, “Archie,” “Jughead,” and “Archie’s Girls, Betty & Veronica.” The DVD-ROMs, produced by GIT Corp, each contain the entire run of stories for each title released between January 1970 through December 1979, including any annuals. The comics are reproduced as-is, including the original third-party and house ads. (An annoying “Archie” watermark is used on each page, which appears only if you use a non-Adobe Reader program to…

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Anthony’s picks for Archie Comics for July 2011

Here’s what of interest is coming out for Archie for July 2011. As usual, dates are listed in order of comic shop/newsstand availability: Comics I’m buying Betty & Veronica Double Digest #193, on sale July 27/Aug. 2, $4 Kevin Keller #2 (Veronica #208), on sale Aug. 10/Aug. 16, $3 Life With Archie #12, on sale Aug. 10/Aug. 16, $4 Comics I’ll consider buying Archie & Friends Double Digest #7, on sale July 20/July 26, $4 Archie #623, on sale July 27/Aug. 2, $3 Betty #193,…

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How comics and animation handle characters’ aging

Spurred by a recent blog post on Westfield Comics Blog about sliding-scale comic timelines, I thought this might merit my own blog post—the major ways in which comics and animation handle characters’ aging, or (being fictional characters) lack thereof. The major ways I’ve seen seem to boil down to: Real time In-story explanations The sliding-scale timeline Editorial fiat No explanation To analyze each reason… Real time What might seem the most obvious answer is to simply age the characters in real time. Not only is…

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PC World on 10 things supposedly killed by the smartphone

PC World magazine has an article about “10 things killed by the smartphone”: http://www.pcworld.com/article/225372/10_things_killed_by_the_smartphone.html The list consists of: MP3 players Portable game consoles Point-and-shoot cameras Personal video players Voice recorders Portable GPS navigation devices Personal digital assistants (PDAs) Wristwatches Paper maps Dialing 411 for directory assistance Quite an interesting list, though it fails to observe situations where such items are still useful. For instance, paper maps still work in cellular dead zones, and MP3 players don’t rely on expensive cell phone contracts (plus are way…

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