Sunday, March 26, 2017

From my wishlist, Number9Dream is $1.99 today

"Number9Dream is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams." $1.99 today at Amazon.

Friday, March 24, 2017

AMA with Midway's Mark Turmell


Q: How difficult was it change the NBA's view of the game so that they would give you the license?

A: Very hard! Their understanding of arcades was solely based on Times Square in NY, which was very seedy and dangerous at the time. We made videos of normal arcades to win them over.

Q: Can you describe some of the "never seen before" NFL Blitz footage? Is it lost forever or is there a chance we see it in the upcoming "Insert Coin" doc?

A: We removed >20 animations from the game to eek into NFL approval status, but I still have a hard drive with the incorporating all of them. Haven't spoken to Josh much re the Insert Coin doc, but maybe I'll dig that up and send to him.

The moves were indeed violent. Grabbing the face mask and flinging around, kicking the player while he's down, stomping, and wrestling moves. Suplex, etc.

Q: Can you please speak on the rumored NBA Jam made for specific NBA players with Michael Jordan included?

A: I have it!

NBA Jam was made and tested in Chicago. Jordan was in all those early games, and weeks before we were to ship nationwide he pulled out of all NBA licensed products due to his Nike deal.

"Ecologist Evon Hekkala travels to Madagascar to help protect a village from a man-eating crocodile"

Good podcast about the making of the NatGeo special "Man-Eaters of Madagascar."

Nike's Experiments in Style

"a new generation of designers explore the concept of walking on air"

"a 'wildness creator'—a hypothetical artificial intelligence that would autonomously protect wild spaces"


In Australia, autonomous killer robots are set to invade the Great Barrier Reef. Their target is the crown-of-thorns starfish—a malevolent pincushion with a voracious appetite for corals. To protect ailing reefs, divers often cull the starfish by injecting them with bile or vinegar. But a team of Australian scientists has developed intelligent underwater robots called COTSBots that can do the same thing. The yellow bots have learned to identify the starfish among the coral, and can execute them by lethal injection.

Spidey working out

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Kong Skull Island skull crawler design

"During the year I spent working at a coffee shop:"

"Reminder: this was within the space of a single year."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

GI Joe Subscription Figures in stock, including General Flagg

At the BBTS.

Vintage action figures repackaged

By Sucklord (site is NSFW).

"TV show contestants spend year in wilderness – with no one watching"

"For the contestants of the Channel 4 programme Eden, coming back from isolation means not just coming to terms with 2017 but also the news that their year of toil in the wilderness barely made it on to television."

"Theranos Offers Shares for Promise Not to Sue"


said Theranos director Daniel Warmenhoven. “Elizabeth elected to contribute her own equity to protect any dilution of shares held by other parties.”

He said Ms. Holmes showed “a level of selflessness and grace reflecting her commitment to the company’s success.”


Theranos reached a separate agreement to buy back the shares purchased in early 2015 by Rupert Murdoch for about $125 million, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Murdoch is executive chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox Inc. News Corp is the parent of The Wall Street Journal.

Under the terms of that deal, Theranos agreed to pay Mr. Murdoch a nominal amount equal to a tiny fraction of the original purchase price, the people said. One person familiar with the matter said the amount was just $1.