Friday links – 02/09/2016

This week’s Friday links contains comic book industry rants, views on management, the future of apps, and trips to Mars…

Die Industry, Die! 

Jude Terror writes about pre-orders and the state of direct comic book industry publishing today. I remember when things changed in the 90s, but I had no idea how this change affected my local comic book shop.

After reading this rant, I wonder if there is a space for a kind of “bandcamp.com for comic books” for independent comic book publishing. I imagine a world where digital publishing is the default, and print-runs of trades or individual issues are closer to the vinyl-releases that bands do for their fans. In this way, maybe it could become possible for a creator to support their work on < 2000 “true fans”, purchasing their digital work for a monthly fee that’s much less than current physical comic book costs.

An open-letter to managers of women

Jason Shen writes a call to all managers to check themselves in their approach to appraising their staff. As a former manager, this rings a few bells. Despite agreeing wholeheartedly with the message, this has made me wonder whether I could have done things any better in the past.

6 scientists “return to earth” after a year in insolation

The crew of an experiment to simulate human interactions and living on Mars talk about the completion of their mission.

“A person can be totally cool one minute and severely annoying the next,” he said in an email. “The little things people do that you’d never notice in real life can make you think about tripping them on the stairs here.”

How to survive the future of apps

Kate Abrosimova writes about App Fatigue in users, chat bots and AI.

Server side Swift VS Everything else… 

Qutheory explore the speed of Swift on the server vs. Go, Python and several other languages. I’m interested to see how this looks in the future, especially with respect to Swift’s string handling speeds.