Marvel: Thor is a Woman; Captain America is Black

Marvel seems as successful as ever. Every movie they release seems to outperform the last. So why would they suddenly decide that, in the comics at least, Thor should be female and Steve Rodgers should no longer be Captain America?

First of all, I don’t really believe for a minute that these are permanent, lasting changes to the MCU (full disclosure: while I consider myself a big comic fan-with a collection thousands of issues strong-I have not actually read super hero comics on a regular basis for some time now). Comics are well known for mixing things up, getting some quick publicity, and then returning to normal. Just look at the “Death of Superman”, big blue was only gone a few months.

And all that is okay. Comics, as a medium, are a great place to explore new characters and ideas. Marvel especially has introduced audiences to their characters in other media, so why not explore those characters in an interesting way in the comics? Want Steve Rodgers as Cap? Great, check out Avengers 2.

It’s a win-win for Marvel. Old fans who complain about these changes will buy the issues anyway, if only out of morbid curiosity. And they might just get some new readers on board who view the change as a “jumping-on” point.

Microsoft Lays Off Up to 18,000

In it’s largest layoff ever, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced plans to lay off up to 18,000 workers in a “restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy”. It seems that most of the job loses will be in the Nokia Devices and Services division.  It also seems that this news is not limited to Nokia, as Microsoft also announced plans to eliminate the Xbox Entertainment Studios today.

While layoffs are never good news, this event doesn’t signify much for Microsoft other than a realignment to fit the vision of new leadership. Nadella is from Microsoft’s cloud group, and seems to be more interested in software and services than other parts of Microsoft’s business.  Nadella also hinted at, “select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows.” It seems like Nadella plans for Microsoft to stop production on the experimental Android Nokia devices, and focus on their own Windows Phone 8 product.

It’s been rough couple of years for Microsoft. Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 itself can hardly be called successes. In a world increasingly dominated by Operating Systems from Apple and Google, a change in vision may be just what Microsoft needs.

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Welcome to the New Project Silence

Project Silence has been abandoned for some time now. I feel it is time to bring it back, but with a more personal touch. Here, you will find all my musings and opinions on, but not limited to, technology, gaming, media and geek culture. I enjoy everything from gadgets to superhero movies, so if that sort of thing interests you, we already have something in common!

I hope that this will not just be a place to throw up quick, link bait headlines. I hope to actually take the time to create longer form, intelligent postings that can spark constructive debate and productive discussion. Of course, I certainly plan to share links I find interesting and useful as well.

I have chosen tumblr as the home for the new Project Silence, because I hope it’s simplicity will remove barriers to production. Not having to update and run a server will give me more time to focus on the writing and content of the site, and not waste time on maintenance and upkeep.

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