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27Dec/051

Marvel Revamps Their Online Comic Offerings

While doing some research for an upcoming GeekQuiz I caught wind of the fact that Marvel has revamped their website yet again in an attempt to make their content more accessible online. They've especially put a lot of work into making their comics readable in a web browser, and will reportedly be making a lot of their back catalog available in this manner.

I've long been of the opinion that reading comics on a computer can be enjoyable as long as you have the ability to zoom in to the panel level and really get a look at what you're seeing and reading. I just finished reading the first digital issue of Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman, and they've done a really nice job. The text is all vectors, so it renders beautifully when you zoom in - the art is decent resolution and loads quickly, and the flash interface walks you from panel to panel easily, and also lets you zoom back and get a look at the page as a whole.

I'm not a comic nut by any means (aside from a few indie books, I haven't bought one in years) but I do have a soft spot for many of these stories, and I enjoy getting to read them online. I'm kind of an anti-pack-rat, so I'll never have it in me to be a collector, and I don't mind not getting a physical comic to read. Aside from that, free is a price I can live with.

It's interesting to watch Marvel grow and change as licensing in the form of movies, cartoons, and TV shows grows beyond their traditional publishing business. I wonder if, at some point in the future, they'll simply create comics at a loss for the opportunity to create an affinity for characters and stories which will yield lucrative licensing deals in the future.

Check out the new free digital comics at Marvel.com (free reg required, but you can check out the first 1/3 of the comic without registering)

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23Dec/050

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21Dec/050

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20Dec/050

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20Dec/050

Transit Strike Podcast

Okay, I've set up a temporary podcast over at http://www.glitchnyc.com/TransitStrikePodcast to cover the news surrounding the strike and to collect interviews with union picketers, scabs, cabs, and others.

"Making sense of a complicated situation, one conversation at a time"

Feel free to send stories, rants, and audio feedback to TransitStrikePodcast@glitchnyc.com

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20Dec/050

The Transit Strike is on

strike contingency plan

25 years ago, New York came to a halt for 11 days.

Today, we begin the ritual again. Sources say the Transit Strike is on. Now, at 2AM, Announcements are expected any minute.

Both NY1 and twuLocal100.org are having trouble loading pages, suffering from a Slashdot like "strikedotting" as everyone in NYC refreshes the page in hopes of some concrete news one way or the other. After all this chest beating by both sides, we're all sick of waiting.

This time, telecommuting, vpns, remote email, and holiday vacation time make it much more manageable for the average office joe to handle the strike, at least for a few days. The most affected will be the businesses in Manhattan who will be robbed of the frantic last minute Christmas shopping sales. Shop owners in the outer boroughs will probably be extremely happy with the added foot-traffic that tomorrow's "Strike-day shoppers" will bring.

I'm toying with the idea of setting up a temporary Transit Strike podcast. I'll let you know if I go ahead with it, but if I do, it will be at http://www.glitchnyc.com/TransitStrikePodcast

The podcast would consist of daily news updates, interviews with union picketers, affected business owners, and commuters just getting around any way possible. What do you think, is anyone interested?

19Dec/050

The changing face of GlitchNYC

Well, after about 3 years of blogging here, I'm starting to take a look at what this site is about and why I do it.

Yes, it's reached that time, I'm posting the inevitable blog about blogging...

Many of you have probably noticed the new influx of "daily link" posts. I've decided to experiment with splicing in my del.icio.us links. I generally annotate these pretty well, so I consider them mini-blog-entries, and I know that people have been writing me and talking to me about them, so they're being found useful. I intend to continue doing my normal long-format articles here and there, but I enjoy seeing what other people find interesting, so I think I'll keep the del.icio.us posts around for a while. Let me know if you hate them at webmail2004 A T glitchnyc.com

The podcast has been keeping me mighty busy, and it's been a lot of fun to talk with so many great artists and get permission to play their stuff. I'm really really happy with the holiday special as well. It runs about 40 minutes and is all great podsafe holiday music, so it's perfect for burning to CD and playing around the house over the holidays. Give it a listen, especially if you haven't checked out podcasting yet. You'll be amazed at how outstanding these indie + under-appreciated artists are.

We'll be heading to CT and Upstate NY for the holidays, and I'm really looking forward to the vacation. I love this season, especially when music is an integral part of it. Thanks to the podcast, for the first time since I was last in a choir singing holiday tunes from September on through Christmas, I feel like this year has really milked the season for all it's worth.

17Dec/050

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16Dec/050

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13Dec/050

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