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A panel of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne in the DC Pride 2022 story "Finding Batman."

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DC Comics’ latest collection of queer stories from queer creatives all over the DC Universe for Pride—and Pride in general this year—comes at complicated time for queer communities. Trans people face daily, horrifying denials of their rights, and places around the world attempt to erode the small, vital steps towards LGBTQ+ progress made this century. But the ways the collection addresses that pain alongside its joys holds a particular resonance this Pride… with a little help from one of the finest wielders of the Bat-Mantle.

While the vast majority of DC Pride 2022‘s stories choose to address the ongoing struggles LGBTQ+ people face in the real world right now by rejecting hatred and displaying an unabashed, relentlessly queer series of stories about love and acceptance, it would be unfair to frame it as naïve, or cynically ignorant, of the precarious state queer and in particular trans rights are in, in America and beyond. From the very get go, in a foreword from trans activist and actor/writer Nicole Maines—who played Dreamer on Supergirl, and then wrote for the character in several one-shot stories for DC—the anthology acknowledges that its blast of optimism and love is tempered with a reminder of the very real threats faced by the LGBTQ community in the here and now.

“Right now, we are seeing an unprecedented amount of aniti-LGBTQ+ legislation being introduced all across the country,” Maines’ foreword reads in part. “Lawmakers in a chilling number of states have made their message clear: young queer kids are public enemy number one, and they are wrong for being who they are. But seeing a proud queer person don a cape can inspire hope and tear that message down.”

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If DC Pride 2022 thought that this was all it needed to say before going on to tell those proud, queer stories, that might be well enough. But it isn’t as far as the anthology goes, and it’s all the better for it. The final story in the collection, prefaced with a trigger warning for its content depiction of graphic content including slurs, acknowledges that it may feel out of place capping off the stories that you’ve just consumed: loving tales of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, of Tim Drake and his boyfriend Bernard, of a young Jon Kent flying through his first Pride parade as Superman. But it’s a necessary contrast, because its story is very real—a personal recollection of the past by Batman: The Animated Series’ growling Dark Knight himself, Kevin Conroy.

Conroy pens “Finding Batman”—illustrated and colored by J. Bone, and featuring lettering from Aditya Bidikar—as an introspective, haunting essay of his life as a gay man. From his childhood family traumas, balancing staying in the closet with a deteriorating marriage between his mother and father, through his struggles as a young actor told to deny his identity for the sake of his career—a career beginning as the AIDs crisis emerged, killing a generation of Conroy’s friends and associates—and to the very moment he found his voice for Batman.

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It is a stark, unflinching tale, rendered so. The deliberate contrast in structure and its position in the shape of the whole anthology, down to its intentionally muted color, “Finding Batman” strikes you the moment you begin reading it, a frank, colorless contrast to the rainbow of pages you’d been reading before it. It demands attention because its story, Conroy’s own story, is a painful and necessary reminder of what queer generations before the ones reading and loving DC Pride 2022‘s other tales have, in the most part, been able to escape. Every time Conroy touches on a job lost, a slur hurled, a friend dying in the hospital, it’s another declarative piece of punctuation. It’s telling that there is just one striking shock of color beyond black, white, and cool shade tones in the entire story, and that is a splash of red letters to illustrate a slur hurled at Conroy by his own brother in a moment of anger.

That anger simmers throughout “Finding Batman,” if not largely from Conroy’s recollection of his younger self—his discomfort, his need to hide, his reservation of just how to confront the tandem horrors of AIDS and homophobic abuse in acting masks what anger the actor could’ve, must have felt in these moments. That is, until the story’s final page, the moment in Conroy’s audition for the role of Bruce Wayne when he is asked to relate to the tragic story of a boy who saw his parents gunned down before his young eyes. “A mask of confidence to the world,” Conroy reflects, “and a private one racked by conflict and wounds. Could I relate to that, they asked.”

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Placing the grief of his own life—the death of his father, cradling his mentally ill brother—over the grief of Bruce Wayne holding his parents’ bodies in Crime Alley, Conroy recalls the growl that emerged from his voice as he read his line. It’s a roar that he describes: what escapes, what becomes the voice that would define a character for generations and continues to define it to this day, is a howl of pain and rage at the injustices Conroy spent his entire life facing. The Batman, in that moment that Conroy defines him, is not a figure of hope, a salve to his traumas, but a figure with which to channel that righteous fury.

It is a shocking note to conclude a Pride anthology on—but an honest one. Its power is a reminder that queer anger is as necessary as queer joy in a time when LGBTQ+ find their hard-earned rights slowly being picked apart. It’s a reminder that even one of the most beloved figures in the DC Universe can stand as a parallel of queer struggles, embodied by a trauamtised, but proudly gay man. “Finding Batman” may not be the explosive shock of color that ends DC Pride 2022‘s celebration you might have expected, but that it isn’t is as beautiful as if it had been.


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In brief: Thoughts of data centers often elicit visions of sprawling server farms situated in rural areas where electricity is more affordable and tax breaks are aplenty. It’s an accurate mental image in many cases but increasingly, companies are electing to move their operations to the hearts of large cities to be closer to the customers they serve.

Our progressively digital lifestyle has only fueled the desire for instant gratification. Streaming providers, app operators and other digital service providers are increasingly aware that consumers’ patience for latency is razor thin. Simply put, if service isn’t snappy enough, customers will take their business elsewhere.

Tech companies on the leading edge are thinking long and hard about how they can offer the same level of service regardless of where a user lives or works, and in many instances the solution is to build nodes in urban areas that seamlessly blend in with the environment as part of a concept known as edge computing.

MIT Technology Review notes that sending on colocation data centers increased by nearly 12 percent last year. Amazon, a leading cloud provider, recently announced plans to launch “Local Zones” in 32 cities around the globe for customers that demand low latency. At one point, Walmart was considering using some of its retail footprint to build edge computing platforms that could be rented out to third parties.

The publication sees the proliferation of data centers in urban areas as a double-edged sword. On one hand, owners and operators are being mindful to build them discretely so they aren’t eyesores to the local environment.

Conversely, these stealth installations make it easier to forget just how many resources Internet usage costs. Last year, data centers accounted for 1.8 percent of electricity consumed in the US and were responsible for 0.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

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We’re just a week away from Independence Day and many of the best Fourth of July sales have already begun. With a variety of retailers having already kicked off their sales, those wanting to get a head start on the savings can start shopping right now. 

Whether you’re wanting to upgrade the tech and appliances in your life if you’re ready to revamp your wardrobe, there are plenty of Independence Day deals to choose from — and even more are arriving each day.

We’ve collected together some of the top early Fourth of July sales currently available below to help you make the most of the current promotions. Check back here regularly as we’ll continue to update the list as additional sales begin.

Top tech sales for Fourth of July

  • Amazon: TVs, tablets, smart speakers, e-readers, home security, fitness trackers and more are marked down right now.
  • Best Buy: Price cuts on smart TVs, laptops, smart speakers, headphones and more will help you upgrade your gear for less.
  • B&H: This limited-time Mega Deal Zone promotion is discounting everything from laptops and monitors to Bluetooth speakers and mesh networking gear. 
  • Dell: You can save hundreds on Dell computers and monitors, of course, but you can also get some competitive prices on a bunch of peripherals and consumer electronics from other brands. 
  • Echelon: Take an additional 15% off Echelon connected fitness equipment when you use promo code USA15.
  • Govee: Save on a variety of smart lighting products at Govee.
  • Home Depot: Smart tech for both the home and outdoors is discounted now, along with lots of other tools, storage and appliances.
  • iRobot: Save up to $250 on home cleaning tech like robot vacuums, mops and more.
  • Lenovo: Save up to 55% on select electronics including PCs, tablets, peripherals and much more.
  • Newegg: Deals at Newegg change regularly but there are always savings to be found on computer parts and essential electronics. 
  • OtterBox: Protect your tech with discounts on cases, screen protectors and more.
  • Satechi: Satechi’s summer clearance sale offers as much as 60% off essential tech accessories. 

Home sales for Fourth of July

  • Amerisleep: Get $450 off any mattress with code AS450 as well as 40% off upholstered bed frames with a mattress purchase or 30% off adjustable bed bundles. 
  • Bear: Bear is offering up to 30% off sitewide when you use code JULY30 at checkout. You can also get two free cloud pillows with a qualifying mattress purchase.
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond: If you’re looking for deals on small kitchen appliances, cookware, linens, decor and other deals for the home, you can save a bundle.
  • Casper: Save up to $600 on mattresses and up to 50% off bed frames, pillows, sheets and more.
  • Chewy: Grab some can’t-miss deals for your furry, feathered and scaled friends with deals on food, apparel and more for your pets.
  • Embark: Save up to $40 off DNA test kits for dogs when you use promo code DOGLIFE at checkout.
  • Green Chef: Enjoy $135 off plus free shipping with code GCJULY4TH22.
  • Hello Fresh: Get 16 free meals and free shipping with code HFJULY4TH22.
  • Liquid I.V.: Stay hydrated on the go with 25% off Liquid I.V. using promo code NHD25.
  • Nebula: Get up to 70% off whole genome sequencing. 
  • NordicTrack: Save as much as $100 on connected fitness equipment. 
  • ProForm: Upgrade your home gym with Independence Day deals on rowers, exercise bikes and more.
  • Solo Stove: Save up to 45% on fire pits and 35% off accessories for your backyard or other outdoor adventures.
  • Waterpik: Save as much as 25% on water flossers at Waterpik’s Amazon store.
  • Wayfair: Items are on sale for your living room, office, bedroom, patio, backyard and more with up to 60% off.

Appliance sales for Fourth of July

  • American Freight: Appliances are discounted by up to 55% right now.
  • Best Buy: As well as being great for tech purchases, Best Buy’s Fourth of July deals on appliances are hard to beat right now with discounts across a multitude of appliances, bundle offers and up to $250 in free gift cards. 
  • Lowe’s: Save up to an additional $750 on large appliances, plus discounts tools, outdoor power equipment and more for everything you need for your home or lawn and garden right now. 
  • Overstock: Save an extra 10% off select large appliances.
  • Samsung: Get up to $1,550 off select refrigerators and up to $1,100 off washers and dryers.
  • Sears: Right now you can get up to 35% off select appliances and get free delivery when you buy two or more.

Fashion and apparel sales for Fourth of July 

  • Adidas: Save up to 50% on clothes, hats, bags and a variety of shoe styles.
  • Aerie: Get up to 50% off the Aerie collection of tops, bottoms, bras and clearance as well as up to 50% off swimsuits.
  • American Eagle: Everything is on sale sitewide for up to 50% off right now.
  • Anthropologie: With a plethora of tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories on sale, you’ll find exactly what you need to freshen up your wardrobe for summer at a fraction of the cost.
  • Eddie Bauer: Get up to 50% off shorts, tees and footwear for men and women.
  • EyeBuyDirect: Right now you can get 30% off site-wide with coupon code LOVE30.
  • Free People: Free People is celebrating the start of summer with 20% off select clothing and shoes. And it’s offering free shipping and returns on all orders right now.
  • Hollister: Get up to 50% off select styles plus an extra 25% off swimwear and shorts online.
  • JCPenney: Save up to 30% on select home products or as much as 25% on select apparel, shoes, accessories & fine jewelry with code 4THJULY.
  • Kohl’s: Save an extra 20% with code SHOP20 plus other coupon deals.
  • Laura Geller: Beauty products have up to 60% off plus an extra 10% discount with code JL10
  • Nike: Get up to 40% off sneakers and sportswear.
  • Ray-Ban: Save up to 50% on select Ray-Ban styles in its clearance sale.
  • Urban Outfitters: Save up to 50% off summer styles for everyone.

Travel sales for Fourth of July

  • Budget: Save up to 35% on rental cars. Amazon Prime members can get up to 10% cash back in the form of a gift card.
  • Expedia: Save on US city breaks, foreign vacations and more. Members get special pricing, too. 
  • Hyatt: Members can get summer savings up to 15% off.
  • Marriott: Save on staycations in the US, plus trips to Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. Use code ZJL to save.
  • Priceline: Get $20 off Express Deals hotels when you use SUMMER2022 until June 28, save 15% on summer stays, save 20% on car rentals and enjoy cruise deals.

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While it’s still be June at the moment, July begins at the end of this week. That means two things for Netflix fans. First, your massive beginning of the month drop is here, and second, the final two episodes of Stranger Things Volume Four are here.

Of course, Stranger Things is arguably one of the most exciting launches this week, but it shouldn’t overshadow the plethora of other content heading subscribers’ way. You’ll also be able to watch classic films like Goodfellas, moving biopics like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and comedy specials.

If you’re looking for things to watch over the Fourth of July weekend, here’s everything coming to Netflix the week of June 27, 2022.

  • June 27
    • Cafe Minamdang: A police inspector investigates a business that’s alleged employing a shaman.
    • Chip and Potato: Chip’s Holiday: Chip and Potato must help everyone after falling coconuts keep them away on vacation.
  • June 28
    • Blasted: A bachelor party is interrupted by an alien invasion.
    • Cristela Alonzo: Middle Classy: Comedian Cristela Alonzo debuts a new special.

  • June 29
    • Beauty: An up and coming singer is torn between the industry, her family, and her girlfriend.
    • Extraordinary Attorney Woo: An attorney navigates a new job at a law firm.
    • Pirate Gold of Adak Island: A team searches for pirate gold in Alaska in this docuseries.
    • The Upshaws: Season 2 Part 1: A working class Black family navigates life in this comedy series.

  • June 30
    • Bastard‼ —Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy: A dark wizard has to prevent the God of Destruction from rising.
    • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Idris Elba stars in this biopic about Nelson Mandela.
    • Sharkdog: Season 2: Max and his best friend Sharkdog continue their adventures.

  • July 1
    • Stranger Things 4: Volume 2: The final chapter of Volume 4 hits Netflix.
    • A Call to Spy: A team of female agents help undermine the Nazis during WWII.
    • Big Daddy: Adam Sandler stars in this film about a man who adopts a child to prove he’s responsible.
    • Blue Jasmine: A New York socialite gets divorces and moves in with her sister in San Francisco.
    • Boogie Nights: A young man find success in the porn industry but drugs and egotism threaten his career and new friendships.
    • Catch Me If You Can: An FBI agent attempts to catch a young, prolific bank robber and conman.
    • Deliverance: Four friends set out for a trip to rural Georgia but are terrorized by the locals.

  • July 1 [Con’t]
    • Falls Around Her: An Anishinaabe musician returns home.
    • Final Score: A former solider has to rescue his niece after terrorists take over a stadium.
    • GoodFellas: Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro star in this classic gangster film.
    • I Am Legend: Will Smith stars in this film about a man making his way in a post apocalyptic world.
    • Insidious: A couple living in a haunted house find their son has slipped into a coma.
    • LOL: A girl navigates life and romance on social media.
    • Mean Girls: Lindsay Lohan stars in this cult classic comedy about high school bullies.
    • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous: Gracie Hart returns to save her best friend.

  • July 1 [Con’t]
    • Natural Born Killers: This film explores the way the media covers killers.
    • Old School: College friends decide to found a fraternity after graduation.
    • Police Academy: A police department has to accept all new recruits in this cult classic comedy.
    • Semi-Pro: A unique basketball team own and his set of players must prove their way.
    • Seven: Two cops investigate a serial killer modeling murder on the seven deadly sins.
    • Snatch: Two boxers get roped into a jewelry heist.
    • The Dark Knight Rises: The final film in Christian Bale’s Batman run comes to streaming.

  • July 1 [Con’t]
    • The Dirty Dozen: Convicts are assigned to fight in WWII.
    • The Pursuit of Happyness: A man attempts to make his way on Wall Street to support his son.
    • The Talented Mr. Ripley: A man attempts to co-opt the lifestyle of a wealthy playboy through any means necessary.
    • The Terminal: A tourist is stuck in an airport after a coup in his country.
    • Vampires: A French half vampire, half human comes to terms with her powers.
    • Wyatt Earp: Kevin Costner stars as the famous cowboy.
    • Zero Dark Thirty: A female operative helps assemble the mission to capture Osama bin Laden.


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