Sunday, February 19, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 poster


"Workmen's cafe overwhelmed with customers after it is accidentally awarded a Michelin star"


Véronique Jacquet, who runs the café, said it had a regular clientèle of local tradesmen.

“Suddenly, we were rushed off our feet," she said. "Reporters were coming in and then my son phoned me from Paris, where he lives. He almost died laughing.”

They're making a Peter MacNicol/Dr. Janosz Poha action figure

New Ghostbusters figures. (I've updated my new toy reveal post. Also, the newly-revealed NECA and DC toys are available for preorder.)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"According to Nintendo, early Switch systems in the wild were stolen by employees of a distributor in the United States and illegally resold"


The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.

Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time."

"The thing that made Jurassic Park great was a reverence for intelligence"


Everyone in that movie, literally everyone, is smart and capable. The kids, the snivelling Lawyer, Even the fat slob bad guy Dennis Nedry. The movie goes to great pains to show that he's the best there is at his job.

For an early 90's action movie, this was a revelation. The 80's was full of 'shoot first, ask questions later' action heroes that were idolised for their can-do attitude and straight talkin', ' folksy stupidity. Smart people filled exactly two roles: the bad guy (whose smartness was a weakness exploited by the hero) or the bumbling sidekick and bully victim. Smart people were a plot device, existing only to be protected by the strong-yet-stupid hero, or defeated by their overthinking and their evil commie ways. Nerds are to be mocked. Jocks are the heroes. As for smart women, forget about it. Nerd ladies don't get to be married, let alone heroic.

Then along comes Jurassic Park. Here was a film where the baddest motherfucker on the screen was a chaos-mathlete ladykiller with a black leather leather jacket and 400 dollar shoes. The idea of a rockstar mathematician blew my mind when I saw it as a kid. You can be cool AND smart? sign me up! It's not limited to Ian Malcolm. A Teenage hacker girl and a shotgun weilding paleo-botanist to this day are some of my favourite female characters of all time.


Then we get Jurassic World.

Kurt Russell/Ego figure available for preorder

At EE. (I've been updating my recent toy reveal post.)

Friday, February 17, 2017

New toy reveals (updating)



MOSPEADA and Iron Man.




Marvel Legends.

More Marvel.

Lord of Light.


Bearded Ryu, Tyson, Ali.

Godzilla snowglobes.

Lego Star Wars and Guardians.

Batman vs. Predator.

Ash Puppet.

Ex Nihilo Marvel Legends.

Harley, Alfred, Supergirl.

Ripley and Trollhunters.

X-Statix Heroclix.

Amidala and Gamorean Realizations.

Splatoon figure available for preorder

As part of case or individually. Alien Covenant toys, too, but no pics.

"Chris Sullivan Wears A Fat Suit In 'This Is Us' And People Are Not Happy"


“We tested a lot of gentlemen who were bigger,” Metz said on WWHL. “And I get it, people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by [that decision to cast Sullivan], but Chris has been heavier and I think he does understand the plight of being overweight.”

"Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set"


such TV sets "listen" to what is said and may share what they hear with Samsung or third parties


"If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party."


The third party handling the translation from speech to text is a firm called Nuance Communications, Inc.

"Suspect in North Korea killing 'thought she was taking part in TV prank'"


An Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s half-brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank, Indonesia’s national police chief has said, citing information received from Malaysian authorities.

Tito Karnavian told reporters in Indonesia’s Aceh province that Siti Aisyah, 25, was paid to be involved in pranks.

He said she and another woman performed stunts which involved convincing men to close their eyes and then spraying them with water.

“Such an action was done three or four times and they were given a few dollars for it, and with the last target, Kim Jong-nam, allegedly there were dangerous materials in the sprayer,” Karnavian said. “She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents.”


The second female suspect, who was captured on CCTV at the airport in a top emblazoned with “LOL” and arrested on Wednesday in possession of a Vietnamese passport, stayed at a hotel near the airport in the days before the attack, booking the cheapest room and carrying a wad of cash, according to a receptionist who spoke to Reuters.

She moved accommodation twice. Employees at the second hotel said she borrowed a pair of scissors from the front desk the evening before the attack, and that a member of housekeeping staff found hair on the floor and in the bin the next day. She then checked into another hotel on Monday afternoon. It is not known what her subsequent movements were before her arrest.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Why Does This One [$1,200] Couch From West Elm Suck So Much?"


Around when the throw pillows finally arrived, the couch began to disintegrate in small ways. We would scooch across a cushion at the wrong angle, and a button would pop off, leaving a fraying hole behind. We would lean back slightly too far, and all of the cushions would shift forward and over the edge of the couch in unison. As soon as one button had fallen off of our couch, it was like a spigot had been turned, allowing all of the other buttons to fall off, too. I emailed customer service and asked if this was normal. They sent me a button-repair kit, indicating that this probably happens a lot. The kit was backordered, so it arrived two full months later and contained a wooden dowel, two buttons, and some directions that didn’t make sense. One direction was to “Hold the cushion properly and make sure the pointed end of the stick is all the way through, until you can see both ends of the stick on each side of the cushion.” I tried in earnest to follow the directions, but the wooden dowel would not fit into the buttonholes, and the entire exercise left me with fewer buttons than I started with.

I became obsessed with the extremely banal mistake I had made as a consumer. You know how you’re not supposed to talk about the weather or your commute because they’re boring? The same is true of couches. The craziest fucking couch in the world is still not more exciting than the Q train running on the R line because of scheduled track maintenance. But I was obsessed, and all I could talk about was the couch. The more I talked about the couch, the more I heard from people having the same problem. It turned out that an unusually large number of our friends owned the same exact couch and were extremely miffed at West Elm about it.