How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

This Makes My Brain Light Up

The San Diego Comic Con is now in full effect... and I'm not there. But there are a lot of people tweeting and blogging from the front lines. And what they see is full of awesome. The picture you see before you is the first ever look at Abin Sur from the upcoming Green Lantern movie. Pfft. He's all muscle.

I could take 'im.

Other news includes the Tron: Legacy footage being awesome, the Megamind panel being hilarious, the Scott Pilgrim panel being both and a WoW Cataclysm beta key to be handed out...

Here's an awesome picture of the Green Lantern in his suit...
This wasn't at Comic Con, but it's totally rad. That's right. I broke out the 80's slang. Ryan deserves it.

Here's a good quote from the Tron panel: "It's really a 4D film because Jeff Bridges brings a whole other dimension of awesomeness" -Michael Sheen. The Dude abides.

I feel like I should somehow relate this info dump to real life, but I'm really just excited about it all. It looks like just a cavalcade of random nerd alerts, and, really, it is, but look more closely... See... right there... That's the part of my brain that cares about stuff. The part of my brain that lights up like a Christmas tree when I get excited about a new movie or a new story or a new gadget.

What makes your brain light up?