1. The new HP TouchPad looks a lot like the iPad, will run the WebOS software and seems to be genuine iPad competitor. The big question is price and when it will be available. Engadget has been covering the announcement all day.
2. The Porn industry embraces the cloud. Like all technologies, they get their first and perfect it for everyone else.
3. MIND BLOWN! “Frank Mankiewicz once told me (I hope I’m remembering this right) that back around 1948 or 1950, he (Frank) and his fellow members of the Beverly Hills Democratic Committee considered drafting Ronald Reagan as their local congressional candidate. They decided against the idea because they thought Reagan was too liberal to win. How different history might have turned out if they had not made that monumental blunder. Reagan probably would still have become President, but he’d have been “our” President, if you get my drift. We’d probably have gotten single-payer!” [via]
4. The Fantastic Four get a new name and a new member. Now, they’re called the Future Foundation and count Spider-man as one of their own. Stupid. Except for those costumes, which are tight.
5. Obvious question: Why didn’t a newspaper company create a variant of the Huff Po? Unfortunately, we don’t get much of an answer, other than the glib “web as threat.”
Newspapers and other media outlets, however, have been effectively incapable of recreating what The Huffington Post has been able to build. The Guardian has probably come the closest, with its Comment Is Free network, which pulls in commentary from anyone who wishes to submit it — and as we have written, the British newspaper is also one of the most forward-thinking when it comes to things like crowdsourcing (with its MP expenses project) and also its Open Platform API, which allows outside parties to develop applications and services that use Guardian content and share in the revenue generated. But few other media entities have embraced the web in the kind of whole-hearted way that The Huffington Post has — and that’s because it sees the web (consciously or subconsciously) as a threat.
6. I love this longish interview between BLDGBLOG and Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy, about the architecture and landscapes in his artwork. It’s unexpected, specifically cool and very fascinating. Everything they talk about is one of the principle reasons I love Mignola’s work.
I have never done a story in a shopping mall because, even if I’m not drawing it myself, I don’t want to see somebody draw a shopping mall. In the Hellboy world, and in other things I’ve done, those places almost don’t exist. When I do Eastern Europe—and I’ve been to Eastern Europe, and I’ve seen the shopping malls and the god-awful housing projects and things, and there are horror stories that take place in there, I have no doubt—but I gravitate toward the classic, clichéd, spooky places, whether they truly exist in this world or not.
But that’s the world I want to live in, and it’s the world my characters live in.
7. A new trailer for the upcoming DC Universe video game looks interesting. [via]
9. If you turn to the internet to name your new government office and they vote to name it “Harry Baals” after a four-time elected mayor and the thought of naming something that sounds like hairy balls makes you uncomfortable, well, you better man up and follow through. Otherwise you just look foolish. Amirite Fort Wayne, IN?
10. I still don’t know what to think about the new Strokes tune “Under Cover of Darkness.” My gut tells me I’ll pass. The new album, Angles, comes out March 22.