The partially furry post-apocalyptic Wastelander Panda now has its first episodes up on YouTube.
Apparently, Warner Brothers have a CG/live action Looney Tunes feature in the works, written by former SNL writer/performer Jenny Slate. Fascinatingly, I also see a French studio is producing an animated version of Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, with the voice casting including Jeff Bridges, and directed by Mark Osborne, late of Kung Fu Panda. One of his earlier projects, made in his garage, was the six-minute stop-motion short from 1998, "More".
It may, given it's an academic journal, be insanely priced - but, it's notable that it's even coming into existence: Porn Studies, "the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts. Porn Studies will publish innovative work examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts. Porn Studies is an interdisciplinary journal informed by critical sexuality studies and work exploring the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, class, age and ability. It focuses on developing knowledge of pornographies past and present, in all their variations and around the world. Because pornography studies are still in their infancy we are also interested in discussions that focus on theoretical approaches, methodology and research ethics. Alongside articles, the journal includes a forum devoted to shorter observations, developments, debates or issues in porn studies, designed to encourage exchange and debate."
I'd be interested to see how that develops, in perticular with regard to insight into fetishes - how they arise in people, in particular. From what I can tell, they seem quite deeply ingrained, much as furriness is - would I be wrong in assuming you can identify such traits in yourself from quite early on?
Want to experience zero-g for yourself? In a curious tie-in with After Earth, ESA's running a little competition to win a trip to Bordeaux, for a parabolic flight on an A300. =:D The rules note you'll have to pass a medical exam, reasonably enough. It's open to residents of ESA member states, closing on July 21 2013. In something of a novelty, contest entry does actually require brain usage, with six multiple choice questions to answer. (One question relates to the Rosetta probe; in 2014, its lander will, we hope, land on the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet, performing a range of experiments) And yes, if you really want, you can book a flight yourself - for a mere 5,980€. ^_^; Still, it's well worth checking out the video on that page.. as you might expect, the rate of climb is.. quite substantial, not to mention descent. =:D
Today (ie June 26 2013) will almost certainly see the SCOTUS rule on Prop.8. AFER have a chart up, showing the possible outcomes; my expectation is they'll punt, and rule for "no standing", which would limit the immediate effect to just California, which would restore marriage equality to California. ^_^ The best place to check is SCOTUSblog, who run a live-update widget when decisions are announced - this goes live around 9.30am Eastern (2.30pm UK), with decisions commencing at 10am Eastern. Given the level of interest lately, they're likely to temporarily replace the site with that coverage, to contain the server load, so you should be able to just visit the front page and find the coverage immediately.