Monday, March 27, 2017

"Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public"

"According to the developer, several people had orchestrated a gossip campaign that culminated in informing Drupal's authorities about his unconventional sexual and romantic proclivities, which are based on the 'Chronicles of Gor' sci-fi series."

Little girl meets a "robot"

Nike's Russell Wilson Alpha Menace Elites

"The spines are adorned with WILSON on the right and DANGERUSS (his tagline) on the left"

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Iron Fist: "really, I was learning the fight scenes 15 minutes before we actually shot them"

"I had three weeks of very intense martial arts and weight training preparation. But then unfortunately once the show started . . . my schedule didn’t allow me to continue the training as much as I really hoped."


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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