Bryan Singer accused of sexually abusing a 15-year old boy

Bryan Singer accused of sexually abusing a 15-year old boy - Bent Corner
Bryan Singer, known for directing movies such as The Usual Suspects and a number of the X-Men films, has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. At least he was 15 at the time of the abuse. The alleged abuse took place in 1999.

The accuser, Michael Egan, claims he was given drugs and alcohol and was physically forced to have sex with Singer.

Egan is represented by Jeff Herman, a lawyer who specializes representing victims of sexual abuse in civil trials. He’s represented victims in cases against the Catholic church as well as victims of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.

Singer’s newest flick, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is scheduled for release on May 23. Singer was scheduled to appear at this weekend’s Wondercon, but has now canceled. ABC has pulled promos of its upcoming TV show Black Box that contained Singer’s name. Singer is listed as a executive producer on the show.

Personally, I don’t know what to make of this. I usually enjoy Singer’s movies, but I don’t like men who force anyone, let alone underage people, to have sex with them. These are only allegations, but I think it’s interesting that the alleged victim is represented by Jeff Herman. Say what you will about Herman, but his victims always seem to be legitimate.

I guess time will tell.

Awesome Con 2014 this weekend

ACDC_Exclusives_LogoAwesome Con, the Washington D.C. comic book and pop-culture convention, is this weekend. Like last year’s inaugural event, it’s being held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Unlike last year’s inaugural event, the price of admission is $30 a day.
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Last year it was only $15 a day.

I was thinking about going this year, but not if it means paying twice as much as last year. That just seems wrong. Parking is around $25 near the convention center. That means it would cost Sheri and I $85 just to walk in the door and that doesn’t include overpriced food and drink. That also doesn’t include anything purchased in the dealer room.

It doesn’t seem like it would be worth it.

ComicsPRO responds to Amazon’s acquisition of comiXology

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ComicsPRO, the trade organization dedicated to the progress and development of comic book retailers, has issued an official response to the Amazon Purchase of Comixology. This was posted on the ComicsPRO Facebook page:

There’s always a concern when a huge corporation that shows little need to turn a profit tries to convert a niche market into a commodity. Fortunately there is a tactile element to comics that no deep-discounting web entity will ever be able to replicate. So as long as there continues to be fans for the real thing, there will be comics and comic book stores.

The real thing? It doesn’t matter if a comic is created with dead trees or instead, with ones and zeros. A comic is a comic. To imply that a digital comic isn’t a real comic seems more than a little… silly.

We live in a digital world. It’s ironic that ComicsPRO issued this statement on Facebook, something that only exists digitally. There is no physical, or in ComicsPRO speak, “real” version of Facebook.

Personally, I don’t care who serves as the distributor of digital comics. Amazon, comiXology, Prodigy, CompuServe, or anyone else, it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is the actual comic, not the mechanism used to deploy it. Amazon seems to do a fairly decent job distributing e-books. I can purchase an e-book on Amazon with one mouse click and read it seconds later on my Kindle, iPad, or on a desktop computer using a Kindle app.

I see no reason why Amazon can’t succeed at digitally distributing funny books.

Why I wont be watching tomorrow night’s episode of ‘Raw’

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According to all of the wrestling blogs, at least the ones I read, tomorrow night’s episode of WWE’s Raw will focus heavily on paying tribute the late James Brian Hellwig, AKA The Ultimate Warrior, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54, this past Tuesday.

I don’t think I can watch anyone paying tribute to The Ultimate Warrior.

I didn’t watch wrestling back when The Ultimate Warrior was a big deal in the WWF, now known as the WWE. He joined the WWF back in 1987 when I was in the Air Force and stationed in the Philippines. I don’t believe the WWF was shown on the Armed Forced Network, at least I don’t remember ever seeing it. I didn’t start watching wrestling until Stone Cold Steve Austin popped. I can remember seeing people walking around the Valley Mall here in Hagerstown wearing AUSTIN 3:16 t-shirts and I was curious what they meant. That got me interested in wrestling. I don’t remember exactly when this was, but it was sometime in the late 90′s. Whenever it was, The Ultimate Warrior was no longer a part of the WWF.

Everything I know about The Ultimate Warrior, I know from reading about him. I have no first-hand memories of him or what he did in the squared circle.

I read some very disturbing things about The Ultimate Warrior shortly after his death over on Deadspin. Not only was he an extreme homophobe, he actually felt hatred towards the late actor Heath Ledger even after his death, because he played a closeted gay cowboy in the movie Brokeback Mountain. Here is something The Ultimate Warrior wrote after Ledger’s untimely death:

In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you I have watched Brokeback Mountain no less than 45 times and I own the Limited Edition DVD, signed by Willie Nelson a short time after he wrote that queer cowboy song as a tribute to the courage of the producers and actors who broke such incredible creative ground when they made their agenda-less movie. Serious. Until I saw Bendover Brokeback, Braveheart was my favorite movie. But the love scenes of Brokeback sucked me right in and I had no choice but to give myself over to the passion of its wide open range, if you get my drift. Such courage this young man and his colleagues have. Reminds me of the courage of classic movie stars, where during the War they enlisted and flew bomber planes and fought on frontlines, then came back and picked up their lives and careers right where they left off, without anti-American sentiment, whining and complaining, or self-destructive self indulgence. I’m equally inspired.

Apparently, Leather Hedger had sleeping troubles and anxiety and dealt with terrible mood swings. So do soldiers but they don’t self-destructively fuck up their lives. In fact, they don’t sleep, handle anxiety and mood swings while dealing with whether or not they might at any moment lose their life. And they do this all the while they are dangerously protecting the freedom of others to fuck up their own. By the way, how many 28 (or older or younger) year old soldiers met their death yesterday? It’s not easy to find out. None of them made the headlines of any news.

By today’s standard, though, I do have to agree that he was a great father. Perhaps even greater then the father of the year, Hulk Hogan. After all, Leather Hedger did what it took to kill himself. His kid is without a father, yes, but the negative influence is now removed and his own child has the chance for a full recovery. Hogan, on the other hand, won’t go quite that far. He insists on sticking around to keep further ruining, and profiting off of, the parentally mismanaged lives of his own children. It is sad and tragic….that we don’t demand attention be paid to greater things.

Just to clarify, The Ultimate Warrior is applauding Heath Ledger because he accidentally killed himself. The reason? Because Ledger’s child now will grow up without her father in her life. All this because he had the audacity to play a closeted gay cowboy in a movie. Furthermore, he denounces Hulk Hogan because he has not killed himself.

What kind of person does that? Nobody I want to see paid tribute to, that’s who. If the WWE is going to focus tomorrow night’s Raw on honoring a homophobic piece of garbage like The Ultimate Warrior, they can count me out.

Heartbleed is the scariest thing to hit the Internets since Y2K

Heartbleed is the scariest thing to hit the Internets since Y2K
It turns out that OpenSSL, the open-source toolkit for implementing SSL and TLS protocols, has a programming mistake that had caused a potentially, major security flaw. It’s had this flaw for over two years. Because of this flaw, it’s possible that sensitive information such as usernames and passwords, were exposed.

The bug got its name because it involves the handshake between two computers, or the heartbeat. It’s what allows two computers to sync-up and stay synced-up, this sharing of a common heartbeat. The bug is called heartbleed because it allows a leak, or a bleed, of memory from the server to the client and vice versa.

It’s hard to say exactly just which websites were affected by this bug. Just because a website is all patched up and secure now doesn’t mean they were last month or last year. If a website uses OpenSSL, and they kept it up-to-date, it’s safe to assume they were affected.

Because OpenSSL is open source, this type of thing shouldn’t have happened. It’s not just that there was a simple coding mistake that lead to a major security flaw, it was that it was somehow able to exist for two years. One would think that because of the collaborative nature of open source, someone, anyone, would have discovered this mistake and done something about it.

It shouldn’t have taken two years.

The fear is that someone did discover the coding mistake and instead of reporting it, used it to harvest sensitive information. Problems like this didn’t exist 150 years ago. People back then didn’t have to worry about SSL protocols, they only had to worry about grizzly bears, getting attacked by indians, or coming down with cholera.

They had it so easy.