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‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ Get the Netflix Axe

Jessica Jones and The Punisher are the last Marvel Netflix shows to be canceled according to Deadline. The third season of Jessica Jones will still air, but no official release date has been announced yet.

At this point, I expected Netflix to cancel these too. I’m confused by the why, but I think this article on Forbes makes a solid argument.

I’ve been hoping they revive these characters on Disney+, but according to some reporting by Joe Otterson for Variety, it seems that would have to wait:

Sources tell Variety that the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation.

Daredevil, Luke Cage, nor Iron Fist could be on any streaming service until 2020. Jessica Jones would have to wait longer. I’m unsure whether they can begin production before then (as long as it doesn’t air before the cool off period), or if the specifics of the deal prevent them from working on these shows at all.

In the end, I think this whole thing will be for the best. It’s always better to own your content and have final say as to where it lives and how it’s distributed.

Apple Rumored to Release a 31-Inch 6K Display and 16-Inch Macbook Pro Sometime This Year

Chance Miller writing for 9to5Mac:

Perhaps most notable are Kuo’s claims about the Mac lineup. According to the analyst, Apple will release a new MacBook Pro between 16-inches and 16.5-inches with an all-new design. Further, Kuo says Apple will return to the display market with a 31.6-inch 6k3k monitor. This display is said to feature a Mini LED-like backlight design, giving it “outstanding picture quality.”

I don’t usually write about rumors, but this is juicy. The partnership with LG was rocky at best, so returning to the display business makes a lot of sense in my mind. Apple may be sweating the details less than in previous years, but this partnership made it abundantly clear how bad things could be without them.

As Matt Birchler points out, the cost of this 6K display will no doubt be high, but its design and functionality will most likely blow everything else on the market out of the water. Not to mention, this isn’t something you upgrade often. I had my Thunderbolt Display for about seven years, so at that point, it had paid for itself many times over.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is an intriguing rumor too. After years of Apple going smaller and thinner for almost everything, why increase the size? Maybe we’ll see a MacBook Pro with I/O and ports added back?

Whether all or some of these rumors turn out to be true, one thing is for sure: 2019 looks to be an exciting year.

The State of DC’s Black Label Line 

Mike Haynes:

The most painful part of Black Label has been DC’s backpedalling. They promised a mature comic book line and then went back on their word at the first sign of trouble: a silhouette of Batman’s junk.

Agreed. Here’s what I said back in September of last year:

This all feels like an overreaction, really. It was clear the title is for adults so… I guess I don’t see what the big deal is.

I continue to feel the same. DC had to know that people would be shocked (likely because it’s Batman, and because people seem to be more scandalized by male nudity). Instead of riding the wave and letting the shock pass by, they allowed the ordeal to cower them. Personally, it confirms that if you want risky and adult-geared stories, the big two are probably not the place to find them.

When Your Shared Netflix Account Outlasts The Relationship 

Yuki Noguchi reporting for NPR:

The expression “Netflix and chill” isn’t just code for date night. It speaks volumes about how closely relationships entwine with digital life. But unwinding these entanglements can get messy after a breakup. Some spurned lovers exact revenge by changing the password just as their ex reaches the climactic season finale.

This whole article reads as if straight out of The Onion.

Culture Is What You Do 

Shawn Blanc:

If you were to look at the amount of work you are doing, and the pace at which you doing that work, would it be something you would still want to be doing in 20 years from now?

Anybody can talk about how they value a healthy work culture.

But culture is what you DO (not what you SAY).

I like that Shawn talks about human sustainability because humans are the core of any financially sustainable business. But this is also a great life lesson. Your actions need to be in line with the goals you have in life, and sure that’s something must of us would be like “duh” about, but living life in autopilot is all too easy.

Pull List for February 13, 2019

Comics for the week
From left to right, back to front: Daredevil #1, Star Wars: Age of Republic - Anakin Skywalker #1, The Amazing Spider-Man #14, and Deadpool #9

Every Wednesday, all-new comic books hit the shelves with original stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

Daredevil #1 4/5 stars

Chip Zdarksky didn’t disappoint with the first issue of this new Daredevil run. It felt like an excellent starting point for new readers, and I’m interested to see where he takes the character. Marco Checchetto’s art is fantastic and feels like the perfect pairing for this book.

The Amazing Spider-Man #14 2/5 stars

I’m not a fan of Bachalo’s art in this one. Felt like a complete departure from the styles Ottley and Ramos had established earlier in the series. Unfortunately, I may drop this since I haven’t been as interested in the past few issues.

Star Wars: Age of Republic - Anakin Skywalker #1 5/5 stars

I’m so happy we get stories like this. The issue certainly feels like an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While George Lucas (and Hayden Christensen’s performance) made Anakin seem like a petulant child, stories like this show what I believe to be the true Anakin: a man with a strong moral compass and convictions.

Favorite of the week: Star Wars: Age of Republic - Anakin Skywalker #1

Picking up this week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #15 - If I don’t like this one, I may drop it and wait for the next arc. Like I said above, I’m not a fan of this new artist either.
  • Captain Marvel #2 - Kelly Thompson wrote a killer first issue, and I’ve been waiting anxiously to read the next one.
  • Oblivion Song #12 - Conclusion to the arc! Holy moly this story has been a rollercoaster, and I’ve had that weird feeling in my stomach the whole time (in a good way!). I’m looking forward to how Robert Kirkman wraps up the “season finale” of this book, and what will be next for these awesome characters.

The New Keychron K1 Mechanical Keyboard is a Gorgeous Piece of Hardware

The Keychron K1 keyboard with blue LED back-lit keys from the right.
The Keychron K1's space grey matches my MacBook Pro perfectly

A few weeks ago, David Sparks wrote about a new mechanical keyboard he was buying. I’d stumbled upon the video a few days before, but after seeing him write about it, I pulled the trigger on the 104-key, Space Grey for Mac version.

The Keychron K1 keyboard with green LED back-lit keys up close from the left.
The keyboard has beautiful back-lit keys

My package was delayed a day due to some bad weather here in Saint Paul, so I was able to get my hands on it yesterday finally. I opened up the minimal packaging and used it for the day. The keyboard is shockingly slim, and while it doesn’t have flip out feet, the angle was perfectly comfortable for me.

Picture of USB-A to USB-C cable, keycap puller, and replacement keycaps on a wood desktop.
In the box, you'll find a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging, a keycap puller, and replacement keycaps

Unfortunately it doesn’t come charged, but it’s USB-C connectivity made that an easy fix. It’s only been a day, so I can’t even begin to give you any type of review. So far, the pairing and using of the Keychron K1 has been smooth.

You can buy your own, starting at just $74.

Patreon, Venture Capital, and the Loss of the Win-Win 

Cheri Baker on Patreon:

Here we have a business that people like, offering a service we value, and it enables small businesses to grow, benefiting many people. That’s how business should work. But because Patreon took in a shit-ton of VC money, they don’t have the freedom to stay in that business. They have to chase more money, a lot more, just to stay afloat.

Cheri’s right. The proof is in the pudding. If you’re starting a business in tech, self-funding is the the way to go.

Andy Baio's Eulogy for His Dad 

I’m going to give my dad the last word, by reading from the end of his will, a message that he addressed directly to all of you — the people who meant so much to him in his life. Here’s what he wrote:

Well, I think that’s about it for now. If I think of anything else, I’ll let you know. (Ha Ha.)

I’ll sure miss you a lot, more than you’ll ever know.

Maybe I’ll see you where ever God decides to send me. I hope there’ll be fishing and pretty girls, good music, my Mom’s Italian spaghetti, and beer.

Thank you all for everything, your love, your friendship, good fun, good laughs and memories, and for the pleasure just to know each and every one of you.

With all my love, now and forever.

Bye for now,

Me
Stephen

What a beautiful eulogy. I’m so sorry for your loss Andy.

The Colonization of the Americas Cooled the Earth 

They estimate that 55 million indigenous people died during Europe’s conquest of the Americas (~90% of the population), and the 56 million hectares of land that they had cleared of vegetation (roughly the area of Kenya) was then reclaimed by forests, which then took in more carbon dioxide, reduced the greenhouse effect, and caused the Earth to cool.

Holy crap.

Pixar Animated Short ‘Purl’

 

This animated short has some critical social commentary and lands some hilarious jokes while doing it. Turns out, the short is based on Director Kristen Lester’s experience in animation:

My first job, I was like the only woman in the room, and so in order to do the thing that I loved, I sort of became one of the guys. And then I came to Pixar, and I started to work on teams with women for the first time, and that actually made me realize how much of the female aspect of myself I had sort of buried and left behind.

Pull List for February 6, 2019

Every Wednesday, all-new comic books hit the shelves with original stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. I didn’t pick anything up last week, but this is what I’m buying this week.

Picking up this week

  • Daredevil #1 - Chip Zdarsky’s work (although not the writer) on Sex Criminals is just incredible, and I’ve heard many good things of his Spectacular Spider-Man run, so I’m excited to read his take on Daredevil. This is one of those characters I grew to love because of the Netflix series.
  • Deadpool #9 - I was going to drop Deadpool (not because it’s bad, but to make room for other titles), but then I saw that he’s teaming up with Jessica Jones. I can’t miss this.

H&Co Finally Offers Full Library to Cloud.typography Subscribers 

For years, Cloud.typography has included any five fonts of your choosing, and the rest available to purchase. Today we’re making things a lot simpler, a lot more flexible, and a lot more valuable: every Cloud.typography subscription now includes access to our complete library of fonts to use on the web.

Amazing news! Hoefler & Co. has such an amazing collection of fonts, it was a shame to be limited to just five. Can’t wait to use more of these typefaces in my personal projects.

Laura Gaetano Doesn’t Want to Be a Manager

Last October, Kelly and I had the fantastic opportunity of going to London. While we were there, I made plans to interview Laura Gaetano.

We met up in a conference room at her hotel and sat down to record. An hour later, we’d had a fun conversation about her upbringing, her experience at art school, her passions, and how things might be changing for her to do more of what she loves. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the episode:

We already have enough problems with society pushing those gender stereotypes, and we don’t need additional (let’s call them) bad influences from the parents. I think I’d really love to someday see toy stores not have separate sections for boy toys and girl toys, but have things labeled “cars”, and things labeled “dolls” and “puzzles” and whatever, and just have the kids be able to choose what it is that they want to play with.

A huge thanks to my dear friend Abi who helped voice the intro and outro due to me losing mine. She’s a natural.

It's Time for the Blogroll to Make a Comeback

I find myself reading more and more personal blogs these days. While many ditched their RSS reader years ago, I’ve always had my list of subscriptions. Some of my favorite people stopped writing over the years, but more are writing on their blogs again as we’ve come to understand the cost of a centralized web.

Unfortunately, I feel as if there’s isn’t a good way of finding this content. Remember the blogroll? Maybe it's time we bring that back. I’ll be adding mine to the footer of this site soon. Kyle Dreger has one on his blog, which helped me find a few new writers that I’ve come to love. These types of personal recommendations are much better than any algorithm.

I’ve also created a GitHub repo. If you write a personal blog, please add your info to the list. If you don’t know how to use GitHub, no problem! Send me an email with your info, and I’ll add it for you. I’m hoping we can build a diverse list of people writing about a whole range of different topics.

The reality is that no one wants to write in a void (which is what made platforms like Medium so appealing), but with small measures like this, we can start exposing more people to the excellent content out there.

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