Friday, January 25, 2013

New Anti-Online Impersonation Bill May Affect Social Media Parody Accounts

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM

This legislative session, LD 8 Representative Michelle Ugenti of Scottsdale has introduced H.B. 2004, which would introduce laws that would make it a Class 5 Felony for people to make online profiles impersonating other people—though the bill's text, as it stands, doesn't explicitly make it clear whether or not parody accounts are in the clear.

From the text of the bill:

A. A PERSON COMMITS ONLINE IMPERSONATION IF THE PERSON, WITHOUT OBTAINING THE OTHER PERSON'S CONSENT AND WITH THE INTENT TO HARM, DEFRAUD, INTIMIDATE OR THREATEN ANY PERSON, USES THE NAME OR PERSONA OF ANOTHER PERSON TO DO EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. CREATE A WEB PAGE ON A COMMERCIAL SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE OR OTHER INTERNET WEBSITE.
2. POST OR SEND ONE OR MORE MESSAGES ON OR THROUGH A COMMERCIAL SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE OR OTHER INTERNET WEBSITE, OTHER THAN ON OR THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC MAIL PROGRAM OR MESSAGE BOARD PROGRAM.

Arizona isn't the first to introduce laws such as this one — 8 other states are either considering or have already enacted one — but it's interesting to note that this one was introduced by a legislator who has a parody account mocking them.

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We're Giving Away Tickets to Arizona Theatre Company's 'Freud's Last Session'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Okay folks, we've got four passes, good for two tickets apiece, to any performance of Arizona Theatre Company's Freud's Last Session which is running now through through Feb. 9 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

If you're interested in obtaining one of those passes, head to our "Contests" link at the top of the page, or click here.

We'll be drawing four names out of our digital hat on Jan. 30, and we'll be notifying winners by the emails they provide.

For more info on the play, check out Arizona Theatre Company's information page.

Not sold on entering? We've got a selection of clips from a 2010 performance at New York City's Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre below the jump.

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Local Author Frank Babb Recounts his Wartime Experiences in New Book

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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Local author Frank Babb used his experiences serving his country to create a fiction novel titled, “Hot Times in Panamá.”

The book follows the main character, Frank Blake, who is drafted and posted in the counterintelligence program in Panamá, because he had taken a year of high school Spanish.

As Babb states, the book is also “about personal relations of people.”

The novel also follows Blake’s love for a woman named Julia that he met at a party. After that, she disappeared and he never hears from her again until he receives a letter from her 45 years later.

Although the book does draw ties of Babb’s personal experiences in the war, he stresses that it is fiction.

“I emphasize the book in fiction, but like all fiction, things that happen sometimes get retold, refashioned, restated, and so on, for use of fiction,” said Babb.

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Tom Goes to the Chair: 'Girls,' Golden Globes and Thoughts From Around the Dial

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Okay, okay, I get it. A week after I ripped the gruesome HBO series Girls, it wins the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series. But, please note, these are the Golden Globes, not the Oscars or Emmys. The Golden Globes are a bit more…interesting. Remember, former Golden Globe top acting awards have gone to such luminaries as Linda Blair, Sasha Baron Cohen, and (gulp!) Pia Zadora. I understand that some people are enthralled with the different-ness of Girls, but different doesn’t always mean better, even in television. Seinfeld was different, but so was My Mother, The Car.

I urge you to watch the show for yourself, just to see how gratingly annoying it is. But, if you don’t have HBO or the time to watch the show, I’ll provide weekly updates of it along with the other TV topic(s) of the week, just to keep you updated.

This past week, responding to public pressure that the show was too white, writer/producer/director/idea person Lena Dunham found another guy to get naked with on screen. And whaddya know, he’s black. Donald Glover, from the show Community and the guy whose alter ego is rapper Childish Gambino, falls for our leading lady and chases her around a bookstore, complaining that he is having trouble “running with a boner.” Somewhere, Oscar Wilde is weeping at not having been alive in the 21st century, wherein he would have had the opportunity to make fail-safe erection jokes.

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Steve Jobs Biopic, "jOBS" (?!) On Deck At Sundance

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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Sometimes a film I genuinely want to like leaves a bad taste in my mouth before it’s even released. If things get really regrettable, I try and convince myself that I must’ve accidentally watched some pirated spoof trailer made by a 10-year-old overseas on iMovie, or that I need to stop coercing myself into reading movie news from Huffington Post because nothing good can ever come of that.

No, I’m not talking about J.J. Abrams directing the new Star Wars (that’s a whole ‘nother story, and I’m hardly an expert). Instead, I’m a little skeptical of Hollywood’s attempt to exhume a different American legend, Steve Jobs.

We live in an age where the moment a dramatic event unfolds on our Twitter feeds, some film execs are already in a boardroom trying to hammer out a working title and a release date. Lance Armstrong hadn’t even admitted to doping before Paramount had Bradley Cooper on the phone in hopes that he doesn’t mind shaving his head for a role and already owns a Livestrong jersey. Likewise, it seemed Jobs had hardly been dead a week before news of multiple biopics based on the Apple founder began to circulate the web.

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Talking Comics: Black Beetle

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

This week those hep cats at Heroes and Villains cast an eyeball on The Black Beetle—a hard boiled funnybook that's straight outta the pulpy 1940's!

Come on, snake! Let's rattle!

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Obama Names New Chief of Staff, Reminisces About Bike Rides

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

President Obama named Denis McDonough new chief of staff today. Here's a little more information about McDonough, courtesy of The Washington Post:

McDonough, 43, has spent the past two years as the No. 2 official in the National Security Council, helping guide some of the administration’s most high-profile decisions, including the military drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the response to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September.

The president said McDonough has been a leader in the National Security Council and always holds himself accountable. Obama also touched on how supportive McDonough is of military troops.

“He’s visited our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan repeatedly,” Obama said on CNN. “That’s the kind of focus, but also the kind of heart that I want in the white house”

Obama addressed McDonough's family in his speech telling them he would be spending more time away from home than he did before due to his new position. But the president was sure to remind the family that he only does it because he cares about them and about making the world a better place.

During his sappy speech honoring McDonough, Obama joked about the new chief of staff not being allowed to ride his bike to work.

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This Week in Tucson Bicycling

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM


Actor Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey and pro cyclist Tom Danielson led Ride On, Tucson event. More than 2,500 people came out to ride with them. Check out how they thought it went and what their plans are for the ride in the future.

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Is the Tucson Police Department auctioning stolen bicycles? A bike reported stolen was recovered the same day, but they never notified the owner and sold it at auction six months later. Check out the whole story.

It seems like bike thieves are working overtime lately. Check out our stolen bike listings to see if you've spotted any of these bikes.

The editor of Bicycling magazine visited Tucson this week for the Ride On. Tucson event. The day before, local advocates took him for a ride to see Tucson's best bike infrastructure. See where they went and what he thought about the ride.

A local mountain bicyclist heads to Phoenix for a race and comes home with a repeat title. Read about the race and check out the photos.

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